Monday, March 21, 2011

{Jewellery Week} Ways to Wear Vintage Brooches

It's theme week time again! This week is all about jewellery. Vintage costume jewellery can be very affordable, and - thanks mainly to car boot sales - I have a growing collection. Brooches are one of my favourite accessories (although in planning this week I've decided I need more necklaces!) as a quick way to dress up any outfit and make it suddenly look like you've put hours of thought into it. Brooches needn't be confined to the lapel, either - here are a few ideas for unique ways of wearing them.

From Woman & Home magazine, September 1950

  • For a touch of sparkle at the neck, pin a light brooch to a velvet ribbon worn as a choker (as shown above).

  • Secure a floating chiffon handkerchief at your wrist (as shown above).

  • For dramatic emphasis wear a sparkling brooch on the pocket of a trim, tailored jacket (as shown above).

  • To addd a touch of Parisian chic to your outfit, toss a scarf around your neck and fasten it in place with a brooch.

  • Take inspiration from Emma Pillsbury and attach a brooch to a bead necklace - wear it a little off-centre for quirky style.

  • Dress up a plain belt with a brooch. Pin it to cover the buckle, or slide the belt through the brooch clasp.

  • Add glamour to a simple clutch or evening purse with a touch of sparkle - pin it over the clasp, at the top, even on the strap, for a unique look.

  • A brooch worn at the hip adds an unexpected detail to your outfit.

  • Group themed brooches together for a twist on the standard look. Bombshell Bettie rocked this look ages ago and I've been waiting for a chance to try it since - and yesterday I finally added two more celluloid nautical brooches to the boat I've had since last summer.

  • You can even wear brooches in your hair - fasten to a fabric Alice band, or pin it in place in your updo (you'll need kirbigrips / bobby pins to hold it in place, as the pin itself won't keep it secure).

So I'm challenging myself this week to utilise at least some of these techniques. If you join in too let me know and I'll add a link to your blog!


  1. I love vintage brooches and have quite a few but really struggle to wear them. Unless I'm pinning them into a cardie or a coat, I alway worry they'll leave holes and ruin the fabric.

    The idea of the fastened wrist hankie does sound fabulous though. And if I can't bear to risk any of my prized scarves getting damaged, I could always buy some pretty but cheapo ones for the sole purpose of pinning brooches into... Hmmm, a new vista suddenly opens up. Must look into that one! Great post, thank you.

  2. This is such a great idea for an article. I usually just put them on a lapel, but now I might try something a little different!

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    Fabulous ideas Charlotte! I personally love the one about using a broach to jazz up a plain belt. I shall have to try it out! Mind you, now I am itching to collect more vintage jewelry/accessories... > o <

    bonita of Depict This!
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