A classic jewellery item, the brooch appears to have fallen by the wayside in recent decades as a veritable piece of bejewelled accoutrement. The younger generation these days seems to view the brooch as a “boring” jewel for dressier or more formal occasions suited to the mature set. Why, we wonder, since the brooch is one of the most versatile and playful pieces of bling. Fortunately, a new wave of young tastemakers is falling in love with it, and showing the world how to wear the brooch in fun, imaginative and stylish ways. Here are 12 examples of how they did it with flair and aplomb.
1. WATCH THE WAISTLINE
An avid collector of brooches, British TV presenter and style icon Alexa Chung manages to effortlessly fuse her street-chic style with the brooch, a so-called traditional jewellery item. Here, she uses her scatter brooches to dress up and lend a feminine accent to a plain tuxedo-style jacket, on the waist and hips. This also works for a cocktail dress or an evening gown, as modelled by America actress Kyra Sedgwick, who wore her brooch on a waist sash.
2. CREATIVE COLLARS
Once again, Alexa Chung demonstrates how donning a brooch doesn’t have to look fuddy-duddy. Here, she wears a small, plain bow-shaped brooch pinned on the centre of her buttoned-up collar – in place of a necklace, which would be hidden behind a high-collared shirt anyway. Another stylemeister, Sarah Jessica Parker, shows how a small brooch can be pinned onto a twilly scarf to create a choker collar.
3. BRING SEXY BACK
Adorn a sensual low- or plunge-back dress with a matching brooch ala Nicole Kidman, who is famous for her exquisite taste and creativity in wearing jewellery.
4. BRIGHT, BOLD STATEMENT
Hollywood’s queen of vintage style Chloe Sevigny spiced up her flouncy colour-block tulle Gucci gown with a large, cheeky beaded evil eye brooch pinned right over her sternum. Blake Lively, meanwhile, becomes the talk of the town with a huge gem-studded insect.
5. NECKLINE TO NECKLACE
The fashion-forward US First Lady Michelle Obama is well-known for her love of brooches, which are an essential part of her wardrobe. While she is frequently photographed wearing eye-catching single floral brooches, here she shows you how a cluster of three beaded brooches worn around a plain necklace is convertible to accents on a pearl necklace.
6. COOL CARDYS
Would a brooch look out of place on a piece of clothing as soft and casual as the cardigan? Not in Michelle Obama’s book. The power-dresser secures her cardys by not buttoning them up, but pinning them together at the top or around the chest.
7. TRESS FLASH
Occasionally seen on the red carpet with brooches in her hair, is Scarlett Johannson, who sports various brooches on different hairstyle, with different results. She channels a girly youthfulness with a butterfly brooch on relaxed tresses; an Austen-inspired elegance with scatter brooches against a low updo; and a contemporary sassiness with a sliver of a brooch on the side of a tousled updo. The beautiful Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway is a picture of dainty elegance wearing a ribbon hairband adorned with a jewelled brooch, as well as two diamond brooches on her collar and a ribbon brooch on her chest.
8. STRAP IT UP
A creative and visually interesting way of wearing a pair of brooches would be to pin them on or at the base of the straps of an outfit, just like how actresses Emma Stone and Charlize Theron rocked their gowns.