Brooches are traditionally worn on the shoulder, to secure a neck scarf, or near the lapel, but there are plenty of fun ways you can incorporate a vintage brooch into your wardrobe without looking dated or stuffy… you just have to think outside the box and maybe take a little risk!
- Create a choker. Using thick ribbon or a narrow length of cloth, swoop the fabric snuggly around your neck, and clasp it to the side (near your collar bone) with a choker. You can keep the ends of the fabric clean and tucked in or cut them on the bias and leave them long to create an asymmetric look.
- Complete your updo. Looking for a chic finish to a formal gown? Keep your jewelry minimal and add a large brooch to your hair instead. Sweep a section of hair behind your ear and affix it with a thin barrette or bobby pin, then place a large brooch over top to conceal the metal clip for a dramatic and elegant side-swept look. You can also use an old unused clip-on earring if that works better!
- Upgrade a simple bodice. If you’re wearing a strapless gown or have a simple neckline that gathers across the chest, you can complete the look by adding a brooch in the very center.
- Accentuate a gather. Many wrap style and formal dresses feature a gather across the waist. If your outfit doesn’t also have a waist tie, try placing a sparkly brooch just above the hip to create a little added visual interest.
- Create a focal point. All kinds of hats will be popular this summer. Turn yours into a real stunner by pinning a vintage brooch to the front or side to make it unique and memorable.
- Shoulder the load. Structured shirts and jackets with pronounced shoulders are making a big comeback. Create your own military-inspired look by using multiple small brooches pinned strategically on the front of each shoulder. They’ll instantly add flare to a simple shirt or dress up a blazer.
- Bedazzle a jean jacket. Everyone is wearing jean jackets this spring, and the front collar is a great place to add a little pizzazz — especially if your coat is distressed.
- Doll up a sleeve. Any button front shirt can be worn year-round if you cuff the sleeves. Why not secure them with a little unexpected bling? This would work well on a lightweight blazer too!
As you can see, there are many ways to create a dramatic look without adding additional make up or larger accessories. Just one strategically placed brooch can give you a real bang for your buck — and a totally one-of-a-kind look.