Saturday, January 22, 2011

Vintage Brooches - Different Ways to Wear them

The first Lady, Michelle Obama, has a fondness for vintage brooches, which seems to have given them a come back in the world of fashion. They are certainly beautiful, but often an outfit can seem dated if they are worn in the traditional way.

I thought it would be fun to think of other creative ways to wear brooches which will give this fashion choice a new lease on life and won't make you feel like you are wearing jewelry like your great grandma does.
  • Pin a brooch onto an evening bag. This method looks best when the brooch is pinned onto a clutch or other small evening bag. Pick a brooch that matches a color or detail in your dress, and it will really help tie the bag into the look.
  • Want your outfit to have little French chic? Simply wrap a scarf around your neck and fasten it in place with a brooch. Very simple but effective. For a slightly more modern take on this look, place the scarf around your waist or hips instead to draw the eye downwards and accentuate your figure.
  • Do you have a sweater that is too big? Use a vintage brooch to make it fit better. In the back of your sweater, about where it hits your waist, pull the extra matieral together and fasten it with a brooch. You'll have a better fitting garment and a fancy new detail in the back. This really spices up an outfit.
  • Another neat idea takes a bit more creativity. Use a brooch as a hairpin. Make a bun or french twist extra glamorous by pinning a brooch in your hair. This usually looks best in the back of your hair, but use your judgment depending on the style. You will need bobby pins for this technique, since brooches are decorative but aren't great at holding hair in place by themselves.
  • Do you have a plain belt? Jazz it up with a vintage brooch. You can either pin the brooch directly onto the belt, or for leather or delicate items, use a piece of ribbon to hang the brooch or tie it in place while protecting belt.
Ready to try some of these ideas? Be sure to visit my website Vintage Jewelry Lane for a huge range of vintage brooches. Here are a few choices to whet your appetite.


  1. Really awesome tips! I love the sweater idea! This article makes me want to go through my grandma's jewelry!

  2. Really informative tips.
    Antique jewelry, a term applied to jewelry over a hundred years old, is now a favorite with the prospective brides, too.