Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How I Wear My: Brooch

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Happy Holidays! The dazzle and glamour of the season are a big part of why this time of year is such a visual delight so what better way to partake in the glitz and the glory than to pin a bit of it somewhere on your outfit? With that in mind, Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I decided to devote December’s “How I Wear My” to that bejeweled accessory that is making a comeback in a big way—the brooch!

One of my favorite hashtags to check out on Instagram is #bringbackthebrooch (I am posting on IG as @everythingjustjewelry), and after putting together this post I do believe we can safely declare that the brooch is most definitely back. I bet you are going to want to wear a brooch every single day after seeing this post. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my “How I Wear My” partner, above, says, “I bought this sweater dress in Seattle in October. It’s easy to throw on with some boots but it needed something more - something eye-catching like this brooch I bought on Etsy recently. I know nothing about this brooch other than it caught my eye and I just had to have it!”

This is such a great brooch on Adrienne. It reminds me of a heart from far away, but on closer look it mostly definitely resembles a pair of lips!

A closer shot of the brooch. I love it!

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley says, “I love gathering brooches by color and concept to make fabulous statement necklaces! I even have a DIY for the necklaces on my blog. For me making necklaces with vintage brooches is a lovely way to breathe new life into cherished pieces.”

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this photo of Tamera—the necklace fashioned out of gigantic red poinsettia brooches, the tunic that is like a midnight sky laden with stars (and so ready for the disco too), the huge tray filled to the brim with lemons, the lush greenery behind her. This look is so California, so old Hollywood, and so very Tamera to boot. What a treat for the eyes!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made says, “With my American-made Farm 2 Fashion hunter green knit poncho and classic white button down and jeans, I thought I could add something kind of wild and sparkly like this fish brooch that belonged to my great Aunt. I used to wear it in the 80s on the front of a skirt, and then somehow my mother ended up with it again. Recently, my mother came to visit and returned the fish to me so I was happy to bring him out again.”

This is such a good color on Ana, she looks gorgeous! I am crazy for this fish brooch, both the look of it and the story behind it.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo has pinned this adorable vintage bee to her purple beret and I love the jaunty look of it, especially when paired with the purple biker jacket!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina says, “I’m sharing my fun way of gathering a few brooches that I’ve collected and wearing them together. I simply pulled a tie from my son’s collection and added three brooches to the front and then slipped the tie loosely over an oversized button-down. I’ve also worn it with a black sheath dress before. It just adds a little element of funky surprise to your attire.”

This is such a great ensemble on Trina, I love its menswear-inspired theme and the splashy colors in the tie! I couldn’t resist magnifying the photo a bit so you can have a closer look at the brooches.

A slightly closer look at the brooches. I love the dog at the top!

Glenda of So What To Twenty!

Glenda of So What To Twenty! joins us wearing an Isaac Mizrahi-inspired outfit. The brooch is vintage Ann Taylor and I love that she pinned it to the waistband of her skirt. I think Glenda looks so ladylike and elegant in this ensemble. It’s my new favorite picture of her!

Love this mix of textures and I am crazy about the brooch!

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic.

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic wore a pretty vintage brooch pinned to her knit hat for this photo. You can see it right above her sunglasses, just look past the snowflakes! I think that is such a wonderful ensemble, from the brooch on her hat to her pink sweater and red pants!

Karen of Fashion Tip of the Day.

Karen of Fashion Tip of the Day says, “I’m wearing this costume cameo brooch, which was my great Aunt Ethel’s, in a traditional way on my sweater. It helps keeps the turtleneck nice and neat. I had the matching earrings redesigned from old fashioned clips to French wires.”

I really like this brooch on Karen—and adore that it belonged to her great Aunt Ethel!—as well as the berry colors in her outfit and the fact that she remade jewelry to suit her taste. The brooch and the earrings go so well together!

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge is wearing, in her words, “a vintage-inspired brooch that shows a Victorian scene.” She also writes, “I bought this brooch years ago on Etsy and recently uncovered it buried deep within my jewelry box. I like how the colors in the brooch tie in with my leopard print scarf and my red cape. I love the modern vintage feel of this outfit!”

What a perfectly glamorous look this is on Shelbee! I never get tired of red and leopard and the addition of a brooch makes them all the more stylish!

A detail of Shelbee’s brooch.

Teresa. Photo by Denton Taylor.

Teresa, wife of our photographer friend Denton Taylor, is wearing a gorgeous vintage Hattie Carnegie brooch along with a Pucci scarf. I love the glamour, uniqueness, and color of Hattie Carnegie designs and I am happy to report that you can find them, sometimes for a song, on eBay! I hope to add one to my collection soon but there are so many to love, it will be hard to choose. I am dying over the blue in this one and Denton was kind enough to include a detailed shot of this beauty.

A stunning Hattie Carnegie brooch. I weep! Photo by Denton Taylor.

I am reminded that the great costume jewelry collector Barbara Berger once instructed all of us writers at a press preview for her own collection of jewels that the back of jewelry is almost more important than the front so you can see how it is constructed. I present Exhibit A in what Ms. Berger meant!

The amazing details in the back of the Hattie Carnegie brooch. Look at the construction! Photo by Denton Taylor.

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society is wearing her own Milano Blazer with Rag & Bone jeans, white Zara top, Gucci slides, one of her pearl and gold tassel necklaces, and a red Prada bag. She says, “I added this vintage brooch that I have had for a long time that has red and turquoise stones to compliment my red bag.”

I love the way Nora has taken a vintage brooch and incorporated it with pieces from her own collection, as well as other designers, and made a very modern look with a bit of vintage flair!

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness says, “I have quite a few vintage brooches. Some were worn by my mum or grandmother. Others I picked up at vintage stores. I can never resist a lovely brooch. The gold feather brooch belonged to my mum who wore it in the sixties. I love it on my new camel turtleneck from Aritzia.”

What a great December outfit on Susan—I love the edginess of her leather pants worn with the pale and chic sweater and the heirloom feather brooch adds the right amount of glamour!

Rena of Fine Whatever.

Rena of Fine Whatever writes, “How perfect for me that this month’s topic is brooch because I have quite a collection of brooches specific to the holiday season. However, since my holiday is not the mainstream one, many years ago I started collecting snowflake pins. All of my snowflakes have a six pointed star within the design so I am able to covertly pay homage to my holiday while embracing the general spirit of the season. I also have many Hanukkah themed pins as well which I wear during the holiday and I wear the snowflakes the rest of the month. For this picture I decided to wear a cluster of the snowflakes as if I had been caught in a sudden storm and had a dusting of snow on my jacket.”

I love that Rena is wearing not one, not two, but THREE beautiful and sparkling snowflake brooches. What a great collection. They are so pretty! Let me know if you ever wear a group of brooches like Rena (or Trina, above) does! And Happy Hanukkah to all of those who are celebrating it this week!

Elizabeth of Beauty Without Within.

Elizabeth of Beauty Without Within says, “I selected this sweet little vintage mother-of pearl brooch because the busy pattern of my dress and cowl collar just called for something simple. The pin is very special, as I bought it while visiting in Israel in 1972.”

I love the delicacy of this brooch, the sheen of the mother-of-pearl, and how its open-work design reminds me of lace.

A detailed shot of Elizabeth’s beautiful pin.

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style writes, “As a kid I liked how Liz Taylor and my granny Hannah wore their brooch, way high up about three inches below the outside end of the collarbone. It is still my favorite place. But I often wear my brooches to hold a scarf in place or close an open cardigan. Sometimes I wear my brooch instead of a belt like in the photo.”

I love this idea so much and wish I saw this look more every single day. I think I will give it a try myself!

Naomi of Coulda Shoulda Woulda.

Naomi of Coulda Shoulda Woulda is the lucky owner of one of my favorite brooches of all time: A Van Cleef & Arpels Lion Ébouriffé (Tousled Lion) brooch of gold, with emerald eyes, a pavé diamond face, and the cutest black enamel nose. I weep! It is one of the charming animal brooches Van Cleef & Arpels became known for when they introduced “La Boutique” in 1954, wanting to attract a younger clientele to the house with these whimsical pins. Princess Grace of Monaco owned this brooch herself, how’s that for exclusive company? I adore how Naomi has worn it here, right in the center of her black blouse.

Naomi and I have discovered that we have very similar tastes in jewelry so make sure to swing by her blog, because she has fabulous taste, if I do say so myself! She’s my eyes for jewelry and fashion exhibits in London!

The same brooch Naomi wears is currently available over at Beladora!
My mother on her birthday!

My mother sent a photo of herself as she celebrated her birthday last month wearing the Buckley London Poppy Brooch I gave her as a present. I first learned of the brooch on the blog Duchess Kate, which showed Kate wearing this pin on a black lace Dolce & Gabbana dress. I loved how sparkly it looked, especially against black lace! The poppy is in honor of Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate British and Commonwealth soldiers who died during the world wars and other conflicts. Since I come from a military family, I really love that Buckley London donates all profits from the sales of their Poppy Collection to the Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland. Not only is this brooch so red and glittering and gorgeous, it’s a brooch in honor of fallen British soldiers and a brooch for a good cause!

A Buckley London Poppy Brooch (the small size). The Duchess of Cambridge has this too!

Wearing one of my favorite brooches!

Here is the brooch in sunlight. Such a great shade of iridescent blue!

I have several brooches that I really love but I couldn’t resist sharing this one, from the late 1950s or early 60s by 11 W. 30th Street that I picked up last year at a thrift shop close to where I live. I paid just $14 for it (and Ana of Mrs. American Made will be pleased to know it was made in America)! Because it’s a fairly large brooch and is so wonderfully blue, I wanted to keep everything else low-key so I paired it with my J. Crew Lady Day coat, a gray scarf, denim, Mikimoto pearl studs, and my beloved mini Chanel bag. When the picture was being taken Tippi peeked through the blinds to see what was going on. I tried to lure her closer with my bag but you will be happy to know she cares nothing for Chanel and only for the potential cat treat I might have in my hand.

Tippi thought I might have a treat for her.

I hope you are wearing all of your brooches this holiday season. I am going to try to wear one daily throughout December!

For January we are going to focus on another accessory that is an easy way to add a bit of style to an outfit—gloves! Whether they are made of fur-trimmed leather or fashioned from smooth silk, whether you wear opera-length stunners for a night on the town or a smaller pair trimmed with bows to brighten your day, join us for “How I Wear My: Gloves.” Send photos to by January 5, 2016 and be sure to tell us a little bit about your gloves and outfit!

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more stylish looks featuring brooches.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month and all year long!

Be sure to come back on December 23 to see our “Best of How I Wear My: 2015.” It is going to be one stylish end-of-the-year roundup!


Adrienne Shubin said...

What lovely brooch looks! I love your mom's photo - she looks so happy. And that poppy brooch is stunning! Your brooch is also gorgeous. I love its opalescent glow - and the way you pinned it. I'll have to try mine like that.
Another great HIWM year comes to an end. Can you believe it? I am looking forward to our Best Of post in a couple of weeks.
Thank you for being such a wonderful partner! XOXO, A

susan burpee said...

So glad that you and Adrienne do this monthly post. I love the vintage brooch on your coat. It's been so warm here in Ottawa that I haven't even worn a winter coat yet, just fall tweed blazers and coat sweaters. But I'm definitely going to try the brooch on the coat thing when the weather begins to feel more like winter. Thanks for the inspiration. And Merry Christams

Jill said...

Hi Adrienne! I can't believe we have completed another year of HIWM. Where does the time go? I love that lips brooch on your green sweater dress. Thank YOU for being such a great partner in HIWM fun! xx

Jill said...

Hi Susan! I really love the heirloom feather brooch, what a wonderful piece to have. It has not been very cold in NYC either, hooray, so I have been getting a lot of use out of my J. Crew coat since it's fairly lightweight. I am glad you joined us again this month! xx

Tamera Beardsley said...

Jill thank you ever so much for your sweet and poetic words describing my photograph! Truly appreciated my dear!

Another fabulous round up to be sure! And may I say you are looking perfectly New York City chic in your ensemble! I always leave visiting your blog … with a huge yearning to revisit your stylish city!

Sending big Holiday wishes to you and yours!


Petite Silver Vixen said...

Just popped over from Adrienne's post. So lovely having a double helping of gorgeous and diverse brooches to enjoy and a bumper crop here too.

Thank you Jill and Adrienne and looking forward to gloves next month and the yearly wrap at the end of this month!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

You guys put in so much work to this it seemed selfish to be s voyeur but never join so I've earned my subscription eh? It was fun to see that I might even send in a glove one too!!! Xx

Glenda said...

Hi Jill, all the ladies look beautiful. I sent in my picture over a week ago. I guess you didn't receive it?...

Nora Minassian said...

I love your antique brooch and have been admiring all the great ones you have been sharing on Instagram. How great does your mom look!! Love her red poppy pin as well. Thank you so much for putting this together yet again and looking forward to the next one :)

HappyFace313 said...

:-) Thank you and Adrienne very much for setting this HIWM challenge up!
I think it's one of the best ones to date.
It's so interesting to see how and where all the lovely ladies wear their brooches. Great inspirations all around.
Your vintage blue brooch is a real beauty and matches your eyes. Congratulations on your great find.
Now I must go on and check all the other blogs…

Have a wonderful and very HAPPY week!
All the best,
Claudia xo

Rena said...

I found your HIWM challenge just last month and it's been fun looking through all of the past editions. Thank you for including my brooches in this month's publication and I got some great new ideas for how I might wear my other brooches. I'm looking for the 2016 HIWM challenges.

Suzanne Carillo said...

This was a really fun link up. Goes to show there are so many ways to wear a brooch.

I laughed when I saw Tippi sticking her head through the blinds.

I adore that poppy brooch, the lion and especially Teresa's Hattie Carnegie brooch. Just stunning!

Thanks for hosting!


Happiness at Mid Life said...

A ground group of ladies styling so many pretty brooches. I think I need to add at least one or two in my closet.


Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

Anonymous said...

Love that you're bringing the brooch back, Jill and Adrienne!
Jill, your mom's poppy brooch is gorgeous, simple and stunning. And, I love the blue colors of your classic brooch.
This post has inspired me to add a brooch to my jewelry collection!

No Fear of Fashion said...

The brooches are beautiful. Everyone's. I especially like the poppey brooch of your mom. I forgot that I can send in two entries. Oh well, at least I participated again for a change.

No Fear of Fashion said...

Forgot to say that although I love all the brooches I love the way Nicole has used them. I do that often too. Put them in a place where people don't expect them right away.

Dawn Lucy said...

Everyone looks lovely! Thanks for another fun style challenge!

And the happiest of holidays to you!

Dawn Lucy

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Oh, Jill, not only do I love that your brooch is made in USA and vintage, that color is gorgeous!! It is perfect with the subtle black of the rest of the outfit. Thank you and Adrienne again for a wonderful and inspiring post - the biggest idea I got from this one was to try pinning a brooch on a hat ! Can't wait to try it. Happy holidays! : ) Ana

Jill said...

Hi Tamera! That necklace you made out of brooches is just amazing. And I love the blouse you wore it with. A feast for the eyes! I can't imagine a brooch post without you. xx

Jill said...

Hi Jacqueline, I am so glad you joined us again this month. I really love that sparkling panda brooch you wore over at Adrienne's. Adorable and glamorous! xx

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, I am SO glad you joined us, especially with one of my all-time favorite Van Cleef & Arpels brooch. You lucky lady! Do think about joining us again next month, we'd love to have you! xx

Jill said...

Hi Glenda, sorry for the confusion. Your picture is now in the post and is one of my favorites of you ever! xx

Jill said...

Hi Nora, I love that red brooch of yours and I'm so glad you joined us again this month! xx

Jill said...

Happyface, your Christmas tree brooch over at Adrienne's was one of my favorites this month. Just gorgeous and so colorful! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rena, I am so glad you found us and even happier that you joined us! I have never seen anyone wear snowflake brooches the way you do and I just love that look. They must be so sparkling in person! It is nice to meet you and I hope you join us again next month!

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, oh do I love that bee on your bonnet, um, I mean, your beret! What a great look. I expect to see you next month, I know you own some beautiful gloves! xx

Jill said...

Hi Alice, I will definitely be joining you babes on Thursday. Just wrote it in my calendar! xx

Jill said...

Hi Helen, I hope that nice husband of yours gifts you with some amazing vintage brooch with diamonds and rubies so you can keep growing that gorgeous jewelry collection of yours (you lucky thing)! xx

Jill said...

Hi Greetje, I am so glad you joined us this month. I really love your unusual eye brooch and I posted it to our FB page! xx

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, loved your edgy brooch, it definitely has your style stamp on it! xx

Jill said...

Hi Ana, I love that fish brooch of yours and that shade of green on you is so wonderful, you should wear it often. You look amazing in it! xx