Since my very first peek into Grandma’s jewelry box, I’ve been fascinated by sparkly, colorful and fun pins. I love to wear vintage and antique brooches as accents to collars, jackets, handbags and even as additions to chokers and chains in the form of pendants. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see several prominent designers feature this classic style element with new twists in their fall 2015 collections.
|Alexander McQueen Resort 2016 via Vogue|
To help you get started with this wonderful trend, I've included some of my favorite examples below and pieces from my fellow Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy team members.
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Looking for a way to accent your bold fashion choices in a new way? Derek Lam* hit the nail on the head with this look. An abstract vest and pants with large zipper pockets leave little room for accessories. I love the sweet round brooch peeking out above the vest on the base of this model's turtleneck. There is a special place in my heart for rolled gold Victorian and Edwardian brooches in many shapes and sizes. While many are ornate, they tend to have strong design lines such which compliment their delicate engraving and would be perfect to re-create this look with an added measure of grace.
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Do you see a brooch in this picture? Technically, Rodarte* didn't include a pin on their choker, but this is one of my favorite ways to wear small antique/vintage pins. Simply use a short leather choker or a ribbon tied around your neck and clasp your brooch onto it. Simple and chic!
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I love the simple lines and geometric accents in this ensemble by Suno* - they remind me of one of my favorite eras, Art Deco. Wearing a bold brooch on a well constructed vest or poplin shirt is always a classic fashion style. Try pairing an Art Deco brooch with your vest in contrasting colors like Suno does here, or similar shades of the color for a subtler look.
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Dolce and Gabanna* pairs gold and black in this stunning ensemble. During the 1950s/1960s, several leading designers produced pins similar to these. Some of my favorites are goldtone brooches accented by faux pearls and rhinestones by Crown Trifari, Coro, Hattie Carnegie, Weiss and Lisner. To get this look, try using multiple pins on a black sweater or heavy jersey shirt. These pins would also look great on white as summer fades into fall!
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* Model photos courtesy of Elle magazine New York Fashion Week 2015 Highlights