Bring Back the Brooch

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Bring Back the Brooch

Brooches are making a fashionable comeback as designers and Hollywood A-listers are putting a modern twist on the accessory once reserved for our grandmothers. Brooches are showing up on runways. Both Chanel and Vera Wang had trendy pieces incorporate in spring collections. And they aren’t just for us ladies. Actors Kevin Hart and Jared Leto were seen on the Oscar’s red carpet displaying beautiful brooches. It is safe to say the brooch is back.

Today’s modern acceptance of the brooch comes in the form of both vintage and ultra chic designs. Even men are choosing to adorn sleek tux lapels with luxurious “stick pin” designs that add a personal touch to a monotone look. Women are choosing to utilize brooches in both classic and edgy ways.

Julie Moriarty Hockaday, the proprietor of Guilford and Company, has seen a rebirth of the brooch with her customers. Julie notes, “More customers are not only seeking out rare vintage finds but pieces that stand out. Everyone wants to make a memorable statement, and brooches are the perfect way to do that.” She works diligently to find and have signature pieces that are sure to become a beautiful addition to any collection.

Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State, was known for her jewelry, especially brooches. In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, she stated, “On good days, I wore flowers and butterflies and balloons, and on bad days, all kinds of bugs and carnivorous animals. I saw it as an additional way of expressing what I was saying, a visual way to deliver a message.” Madame Secretary Albright has even published a book on the subject, Read My Pins.

Brooches and pins, smaller brooches, can serve to be a subtle expression of your current mood or a reflection of your personality. They can be simple and elegant, functional and frivolous, glamorous and inspiring. There is no limit to the statement a person can make while wearing pins and brooches. So how can you take a fashion accessory that has over a hundred-year history and make it your own? How do you pull off this legendary look and make it modern?

Brooches can easily compliment any style wardrobe. Here are five quick ways to utilize a brooch:

  • Dress up a plain hat. Some designers and stylists have even been known to adorn baseball caps with a little bling. Attach the pin a little off center at the base around the band of the head.
  • Pin a brooch at the collarbone of a neckline on you favorite blouse or use it to spruce up the lapel of a crisp blazer. This will play up the juxtaposition of glamorous and dainty, or the conservative and trendy.
  • Attach a brooch to a long necklace, either a chain or pearls. Consider then pinning it off-center, to give new life to an older piece in your collection.
  • Adorn a formal dress at the waistline instead of the neck or above the heart. This has become a common trend for wedding gowns or dresses for special occasions.
  • Dress up a lapel on a tuxedo or a suit for a formal occasion. Make a bold statement or use a subtle touch. Either way it could be a conversation starter.

Guilford & Company takes pride in their assortment of rare vintage brooches. Contact Guilford & Company today to find the perfect piece to add to your collection.

Guilford & Company is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Historic St. Michaels and specializes in antique and estate jewelry.