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3 Ways to Wear a Vintage-Inspired Brooch


Due to demand on this post, here are some examples of how to wear a beautiful, vintage-inspired brooch!

Brooches are very classic pieces that went out of style for a little while, but have made a comeback. These days, they are more than just pins! They can be used on purses, scarves, hats, headbands, and cardigans. Here are a few examples of how I would rock a brooch.

Outfit #1: Classic with a Modern Twist

How to wear a brooch

Product Information: Cable Knit Sweater – Aerie. Bird and Music Note brooch – Fairytales and Post it Notes. Skinny Jeans – Dorothy Perkins. Distressed Boots – Charlotte Russe.

I kept the colors and shapes very classic and simple in this outfit. I would pin the brooch to the lapel of a comfy sweater, throw on some skinny jeans, and my favorite boots. Add a good bag and your best winter coat, and you have a classic, cute outfit.

Granted, this isn’t the most creative way to wear a brooch, but it is a tried-and-true way that will never, ever go out of style. Brooches look great pinned to winter sweaters and comfy cardigans, because they provide a perfect splash of sparkle. However, if you’re looking for something a little more creative, keep reading…

Outfit #2: As a Headband Accent

How to wear a brooch on a headband

Product Information: Purple Headband – Tano Jewelry. Amethyst Purple Floral Brooch – 1928. Herringbone tights – Gap. Gray Sweater Dress – Peacocks. Plaid Jacket – Charlotte Russe.┬áLast Picture Show Boots – ModCloth.

Headbands with accents are in – bows and jewels on headbands are becoming commonplace, but it is just as easy to DIY – just pin a beautiful brooch onto a headband. That way, you have two pieces that you can use separately as well as together!

I paired this beautiful purple brooch with a matching headband. I would wear it with a simple gray dress, some tights, and boots in classic black, with a great jacket with subtle hints of blue and purple. The beautiful brooch and headband should be the focus of your outfit, which will bring attention to your beautiful face. (Where it should be!)

Outfit #3: On a Scarf

Wear a brooch on a scarf

Product Information: Striped Raglan cardigan – Forever 21. Two Tone Scarf (in black) – Forever 21. Elizabethan Cameo brooch – 1928. Plaid Wool flat – American Eagle. Essential Tank (in white) – Victoria’s Secret. Skinny Cords (in midnight black) – American Eagle.

Confession: I’m really bad at wearing scarves! I feel like they always fall out of place and I end up taking them off halfway through the day – how annoying is that? My friend told me to safety pin my scarf into place – both onto itself (to keep it folded) and onto my shirt (to keep it in place). I started to think, wouldn’t that be a way to use a classic, pretty brooch? Of course it would!

Like the other two outfits, I kept the colors of this outfit simple: black, red, and gray. The focal point of this outfit is a scarf with a unique brooch on it. I would wear a great black coat on top – letting the scarf with the brooch peak out. You could definitely switch out the striped cardigan for a plain sweater or even a great turtleneck if it is especially chilly. The brooch will keep your fabulous scarf in place as long as you need it!

What do you think?

How would you wear a brooch? How would you switch up these outfits? I love hearing what you think, so let me know in the comments!

Posted on on October 31, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “3 Ways to Wear a Vintage-Inspired Brooch”

  1. 1
    October 31st, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Girl, you have a gift!
    I love all three of those outfits, and Im actually putting together similar looks to wear this week in my head! Yhanks for the post!

  2. 2
    October 31st, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Hey, aren’t you going to be doing any Halloween fashions?


  3. 3
    October 31st, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Her fashions are okay… I guess.


  4. 4
    October 31st, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Jenna – I’m not personally doing any Halloween posts as they are not my specialty! However, the other interns and Zephyr have done some GREAT posts in the past two weeks about great and easy costumes. Plus, if you search in the little box at the top of CF you can find some great Halloween posts from last year or the year before! Happy Halloween!

  5. 5
    October 31st, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    WOOT- I just got a vintage brooch and these are awesome ideas. I especially like the idea of pinning it to a scarf.

  6. 6
    October 31st, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Love the scarf look! These are super fabulous. Thanks!

  7. 7
    October 31st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I absolutely adore this post, fresh and original and I would DEFINETELY wear these outfits! Awesome!

  8. 8
    October 31st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    thanks Michelle!!!!!! i really love the scarf one. keep up the good work…

  9. 9
    October 31st, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I like the first one. That sweater with the brooch just seems really cozy.

  10. 10
    October 31st, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Really cute ideas! I’m just as horrible with scarves….I just don’t understand them and how they are supposed to be worn! Maybe a post on that in the future? I’m going to try to pin a scarf with a brooch. I love the idea!

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    October 31st, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    One way I wore a brooch:

    To my brother’s wedding I wore a white, knee-length summer-dress. To tie into the wedding’s color scheme, I bought a yard of tangerine ribbon (the colors were canary and tangerine) and wrapped the ribbon around my waist. Rather than tie it in a classic bow, I overlapped the ends to create an elegant upside-down V and pinned a pearled brooch at the small of my back to keep them crossed and in place.

    I think this could be done with any summer-dress and ribbon. It allows you to play-up a simple solid color and give it diversity with any number of different colored ribbons.

  12. 12
    November 1st, 2009 at 4:50 am

    I love the last brooch (I’ve bought a similar pendant few days ago), although I wouldn’t pair it with a punky black’n’red striped cardigan. I would like to have this scarf though!

  13. 13
    November 1st, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I am in love with the second and the 3rd outfits!

  14. 14
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    hey i love how u make outfits like this and i have a request. i have an audition in 2 days and i was wondering if you could post what to wear for an audition!!! it would be soo helpful! if it helps the musical is beauty and the beast and im trying out for belle! thanks!

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    November 2nd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I love the fancy brooch and chunky sweater idea! I was going to add my bit on using brooches at the waist, but I see Jenette already mentioned one way. I also use mine to accent existing sashes or sometimes to gather up the waistline of a more baggy dress or shirt. Also lovely to wear on cowl necks to pull them asymmetrical, or just on the outside of a pretty coat :)

  16. 16
    November 7th, 2009 at 5:58 am

    stupendi questi capi e poi le giacche sn fortissime e anke gli stivali hanno dellostile!!! a me x esempio mi piacciono gli stivali ke arrivano fin sopra il ginocchio!!!!

  17. 17
    August 5th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I really like these outfits, thanks for sharing.

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