Brooches have been on my radar. I don’t know if it’s that I’m old enough to have grown into them or if I’m being influenced by the fact that they are a current fashion trend. I’m checking out the beauty in brooches, the clever placement of them and how functional they can be.
The thing about brooches is that many people have them and just aren’t using them. I love helping clients use everything they own and look current so I’ve been in the brooch department of their jewelry boxes hunting for treasures.
I remember this spring when a client pulled out a cotton black Jil Sander jacket we’d purchased together about six or eight years ago. “Should I let this go?” she asked.
Non, non, non! Au contraire! Keep it!
“Let me make you five new outfits wearing this jacket,” I said. (I love a challenge!)
My secret weapon for these new outfits? Brooches!
Brooches are so “in” right now
I’d been reading my fashion magazines and knew how “in” brooches were. I headed to her jewelry box and pulled out two retro looking rhinestone brooches.
I positioned them on her cotton jacket — one right under the other and over to the right. I put her in her rolled up jeans, her white sleeveless cotton shirt, added the jacket avec (that means “with” in French, right?) the brooches, had her slip on her fabulous white leather chunky Tod’s loafers and she was oh so chic!
Here’s another find in another client’s stash.
My client (below) had purchased this long fabulous wool coat from Pure Cashmere. I was styling it for the first time and the lapels in this neutral taupe color were calling out for adornment. I’m totally crazy about this color combination in her outfit: taupe wool coat, ginger colored crewneck sweater, and the collar of her blue cotton blouse peeking out. We’d purchased her sunglasses at Uber Optics and the color was fabulous with the neutral colored coat. I wanted to pop the neutral shades so I went for her bright gold choker necklace and added two brooches that she couldn’t remember ever wearing. Are they fabulous or what!? She looks so bien dans sa peau (content, comfortable, at ease).
I know you must be thinking, “Brenda’s had way too much coffee today” but really, I find brooches to be so exciting! They make me want to speak French or at least say oui, oui all day. I imagine French women wearing them every chance they get. I think they are due a renaissance if they were every “out” at all, don’t you?
Where clothes can often be simple, brooches can be so full of detail. And the mix of metals, stone, and design give endless possibilities. Je t’aime, brooches!
Brooches for Brenda
At the Petaluma Antique Faire on the last Sunday in September (and repeated on the last Sunday in April) I scored a brilliant blue brooch. The colors in it made my knees weak. So so pretty. I went specifically to look for brooches. I wanted to add them to dresses, coats, or sweaters and since I’ve been building the “bleu department” in my wardrobe, this brooch was a no brainer.
My nickname is Mommyfoxy to my girls and several of their friends. When I spotted this fox brooch on the jean jacket of my Australian friend, Suzanne Dekyvere, I had to make a comment on her Facebook page. The next thing I knew, she’d sent it to me. Well, not to Brenda but to Mommyfoxy. I wore it last month with my column of orange. I positioned it on my plaid scarf. This scarf doesn’t slide around so I felt safe wearing it this way all day.
Brooches as Beauty Points
I had a brooch sighting when I was at the education weekend put on by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Image Consultants International in February of this year. I was crazy over the brilliance of this brooch and how Yanni, an image consultant, positioned it on her lovely black dress. Fabulous! It was the perfect accessory and seeing it like this, well I can’t imagine the dress looking nearly as fabulous without it. Brooches add such punctuation to an outfit. A la francaise (in the French style).
My friend Mariam is a lover of brooches. She’s the one wearing the Mariam Haskell vintage brooch on the animal print jacket in the first picture of this blog post. Below she’s wearing this amazing flying bird brooch on her belted long cardigan over a long pleated black and white skirt. It’s a perfect accent piece, isn’t it? Again, can you even imagine the outfit without it? I can’t!
Brooches that are functional to an outfit
Erin, below, needed something to keep her cashmere cape together and she did so with this bug brooch. She’s a major bug fan so it delighted her all day. This little jewel of a brooch is definitely an objet d’art.
I met my very talented artist friend Valerie Raven for coffee two weeks ago at Sunflower Caffe. She was wearing a silver brooch to keep her wrap together. (She designed and made that wrap and I lust after it!) I love her silver cuffs, rings and earrings. Talk about a great Beauty Bundle. J’adore.
I want to say merci beaucoup to all of my lovely brooch models today. Are there some brooches in your jewelry stash that need to come out and play?
A la votre! Cheers!