How To Wear Brooches: The Ultimate Brooch Guide

Brooches have been making their way back in vogue of late, but not everyone knows exactly how a brooch can fit into their jewellery collection. Since brooches are tipped to one of the foremost jewellery trends in 2019, we thought we’d broach the subject by giving you a little insight into what brooches are, what to consider when buying a brooch and how they can be worn so you’re ready to jump on board with the latest brooch trend sweeping the world of fashion.

What Are Brooches?

Brooches are decorative accessories that you can wear on almost any item of clothing for an extra stylish finishing touch. Most often attached with a rotating pin clasp, brooches were once used to hold clothing together, but nowadays most people wear a brooch simply as a decorative accessory.

Are Pins the Same as Brooches?

Pins have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with many pop culture icons creating their very own collectable pins for fans to enjoy. Pins are simply a smaller version of a brooch – they differ from brooches not only in size but also in fastening.

Pins are secured with a push-on safety clasp, whereas brooches are slightly weightier and therefore are attached with a rotating pin clasp. The popularity of pins has meant that brooches are now coming back into fashion in a big way and are an essential part of your jewellery collection.

Are Brooches Fashion Jewellery?

Brooches were once quite a high-society item, crafted from the finest precious metals and adorned with precious gemstones, brooches were a sign of wealth (and style!) that could typically only be afforded by the upper classes.

As with most jewellery, brooches are now accessible by people from all walks of life and are enjoyed as pieces of fashion jewellery. Fashion brooches are so well-made that they can, in fact, look far more expensive and of a higher quality than higher priced brooches made with gold and diamonds.

Fashion brooches offer you a wealth of options when it comes to choosing a jewellery ensemble, inspiring a brand new sense of style and breathing life into even your most worn outfits! Whether you have an existing pin collection or you’re brand new to the world of brooches, it’s never too late to start a fabulous brooch collection you can dip into for any occasion.

What to Consider When Buying a Brooch

Buying a brooch can be as simple or well-considered as you like – with so many brooches to choose from you can make your decision as simple as going for the brooch that most catches your eye, or you can take aspects such as a specific outfit or occasion into account.

If you’re looking for a brooch for a particular occasion or to style with a particular outfit, you’ll want to consider the following points:

  • The colour of the brooch in relation to your clothing and other jewellery, so as to avoid clashing precious metals
  • The size of the brooch in relation to your clothing and other jewellery, so as to avoid the brooch detracting from your overall appearance
  • The style of the brooch, to make sure that it complements the style and period of your outfit
  • The theme of the brooch, to ensure that your brooch suits the occasion appropriately

Brooch Buying Do’s and Don’ts

Once you’ve made your initial considerations, you may also want to refer to our handy lists of brooch buying do’s and don’ts to help you make the right decision!

Choose a brooch that suits your personal style Follow trends when it comes to brooches, they should be timeless
Try wearing your brooch in a few different ways to find the best placement Choose a brooch that clashes with the rest of your jewellery
Start a collection of brooches so you can always find one to suit your outfit Limit yourself to one particular style of brooch – variety is key!
Take your time choosing the right brooch for a special occasion Forget to try your brooch on with a few outfits to check for versatility
Consider the colour of your outfit – contrasting brooches look best as they stand out against your outfit Waste your money on expensive brooches, fashion brooches look just as good!
Check the strength of your outfit’s material to avoid damage and creasing – thin material won’t support the brooch Buy a brooch that doesn’t suit any outfits you already have to save trying to match clothing to the brooch later

When To Wear A Brooch

  • Christmas
    Nothing quite brings an air of Christmas cheer like a festive brooch – with a touch of sparkle and a seasonal motif, a Christmas brooch can be worn all throughout December or paired with a special outfit for a Christmas party or festive family day out.
  • Wedding
    Wedding guest outfits should be extra special to mark the important occasion, and a beautiful flower brooch is a perfect way to add to the sense of occasion. If you’re part of the wedding party, why not try to match your floral brooch to the wedding bouquet?
  • Office
    Time spent in the office often means time away from loved ones such as cherished pets. Our selection of pet brooches can be the perfect way to keep your favourite animal in your thoughts throughout a hard day’s work – our animal brooches also make a great talking point if you’re looking to make new friends in the office!
  • First Date
    You always want to make a great first impression when heading out on a first date, and any of the brooches in our collection could be the perfect way to make your date night look that extra bit special. Once you’ve chosen your outfit, look for a fashion brooch to match.
  • Evening Out
    Stand out while on a night out on the town with your friends by adding a stunning brooch to your favourite LBD. An eye-catching brooch can boost your look, and your confidence, meaning you’ll enjoy your evening out all the more!
  • Dinner Party
    A special social gathering deserves a special outfit – so if you’re wanting to boost your dinner party style, we recommend looking for a special brooch such as a floral brooch or wildlife brooch.

How To Wear A Brooch

Brooches are one of the most versatile jewellery pieces in your collection, so don’t limit yourself when it comes to how to wear a brooch. Try your brooch in a number of places to decide how best to showcase it without overpowering your overall look.

  • …With a Dress
    Depending on the size of your brooch and the shape of your dress, you can pin a brooch:
    to your chest on either side
    beneath your bust
    on your waistline
    on the ‘v’ of the neckline
  • …With a Blouse
    Many choose to pin a brooch to either side of the chest when wearing a blouse, but for a more on-trend vintage look, we recommend pinning the brooch to the middle of your collar where the buttons join
  • …With a Jacket
    The most popular place to wear a brooch on a jacket is the lapel, and really it’s the only place it looks nice! However, that’s not to say that you can’t get experimental by wearing more than one brooch or pin at a time for a quirky look

  • …With Jeans
    An unusual choice of placement but one that’s no less effective, why not consider pinning your brooch to the front pocket of your jeans? They can be placed on the back pocket too, but be careful if you plan on sitting down!

  • …With a Skirt
    Create a belt-buckle effect by placing a large brooch at the top of your skirt in the middle – the larger the brooch the better the effect

  • …With Knitwear
    Scarves, hats and gloves are fantastic accessories in themselves, but you can make them stand out that little bit more by choosing to combine them with a brooch. Pin a brooch to the cuff of your gloves, the side of your hat or nestled in your scarf for a cosy yet glamorous look
  • …In Your Hair
    Upstyle your ponytail by pinning a brooch to your hair tie – or if you’re planning on wearing your hair down, why not add a brooch to a hairband instead?

  • …With Accessories
    Your handbag is a blank canvas on which you can let your imagination run wild. Pin a single glamorous brooch to a small handbag or clutch, or add several brooches scattered across a larger bag for added personality

  • …With Shoes
    Another unusual brooch placement that you may not have considered before, shoes and boots can be given an instant boost with the addition of a brooch. Consider pinning a brooch to the tongue of a pair of shoes or the side of a pair of boots for a bejewelled footwear effect that’s sure to elevate your look – can’t find a brooch you think will suit your footwear? Try our collection of shoe clips as an alternative.

Brooches from Eternal Collection

We stock a huge range of beautiful brooches here at Eternal Collection, including festive brooches, floral brooches, pet brooches, wildlife brooches and antique brooches for you to enjoy. Take a look at some of our best selling brooches below, or browse our brooch collection to see our full selection.

  • Robin brooch

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