the brooch brigade

9 August 2012

Is it just me or does anyone else find this Fall’s chunky collar trend incredibly awkward?  A tad too long, a bit too short or just baby bib-like.

What the oh-so-trendy “chokers” have indicated is that we are finally dipping our toes back into a world full of statement jewelry. No longer are we afraid to bejewel ourselves with embellishment, shimmer and sparkle.  So, setting my oversized collar aside, allowing my bruised collarbone to heal, I dug deep into my bag of baubles and broke out a more reliable, practical, and multipurpose “statement” piece:

The Brooch.

bring on the brigade

I call for a compromise. Let’s embrace the glitz, but lean towards grace. Float one in your hair, fasten it to your lapel or pin one to your peplum. Shala Monroque has the right idea.  


Chanel brooch, similar here // Vintage Wedding Pearl Style Crystal Brooch // Jeweled lips, if you’re fancy by Solange Azagury-Partridge // Red Arrow Gripoix by Catherine Baba // A timeless crescent brooch from the classic A La Vieille Russie // Bug Brooch, a lucky scarab, my mom’s favorite.

Featured image: Shala Monroque via Streetpeeper

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  • Roxy

    I’m totally into brooches, they are no longer for your mom & grandma

  • Irina

    Love the rebellious note, and what a great alternative!! love the first picture!!)

  • Elle

    Take a meander in my favorite land of broaches…….

    • Jessica Arb

      why is everything better with .uk at the end? meandered for a solid 45 minutes.

  • Mandy

    Never thought of the brooch quite like that. Beautiful. And who’s wearing doggie collars? Haven’t seen them yet where I live but maybe it’s for old lady’s that don’t want their necks to be seen. Just a thought.

  • Sophie McLeain

    My mother is queen of the brooch! I think they are so elegant, and remind me of her. I was like in the 5th grade wearing them (no lie, and was so embarrassed). I hope they always continue to be a “yes” in fashion because I have a million of them coming my way. My grandmother’s vintage pearl & gold, as well as, ANY Chanel brooch are amongst my faves.