The Accessory Of All Time

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

This season's must-have accessory is one that has been with us through the ages..the oh-so-essential brooch! One may associate this timeless piece with their grandmother’s jewelry box, but the fashionista with a keen sense of style knows the infinite possibilities that come with this versatile gem. People often ask us, “…but how would you wear it?” so we’re highlighting our five favorite ways to incorporate this investment piece into your wardrobe:

1. On your Converse (see pics)

If you’re anything like us, you are a dedicated, lifelong member of the #taylorgang and own an absurd collection of Chuck Taylors in every style and color. Have even more fun with them by tricking them out with sparkly, gaudy, or cheeky brooches! Yes, one of the best things in life just got that much better.

2. On your camo (see pics)

Let’s be clear. Camo isn’t going anywhere. It’s a wardrobe staple and it’s here to stay. While the original intent of this textile was to blend in, make yours stand out with a well curated collection of brooches that have a theme and/or cohesive elements. In this case, more is more! We love adding brooches that are military-ish or resemble badges or patches to camo jackets. You’ll have the people standing at attention!

3. On a scarf (see pics)

This may sound traditional, but with some imagination and experimentation it can be anything but. Play with color, patterns, textures and scale to create eye-catching conversation pieces that can be worn on the head, neck, wrist, lapel or big-girl bag. Go nuts. Do the most. We encourage it.

4. On a hat (see pics)

Whether on a beanie, beret, cap or turban – a brooch is like the cherry on (a proper) top(per). This is when we like to reach for the bling and add a little sparkle and shine. We’re in the season where our surroundings get to be dull and gray and that razzle dazzle can be just the boost that you (and the passersby) need. Hey, sharing is caring!

5. On a clutch (see pics)

Elevate this date night/holiday party mainstay with a statement piece or two (or three). Give your favorite clutch (or maybe even one you’ve retired) a face-lift with brooches on brooches on brooches! The added color, sparkle or texture will take it to new heights and make it a stand out piece on its own.

These are just a few ways you can use this fabulous little accessory to turn up the volume on any look. The possibilities are endless and, as always with fashion, have fun with it! Visit @instantvintage78 and tell/show us, how do you wear your brooches #brooches78!?

Written by Samantha Simms

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