I had a conversation with a friend recently about brooches, otherwise known as pins. With all the cardigans being worn lately, and Michelle Obama putting them on the radar in the past year or so, there’s a lot more interest in brooches recently. Here’s a collection of different styles I’ve pulled from across the Internet. If your wardrobe is feeling a little tired, these could really brighten things up! You can even wear more than one, if you can’t decide…
Here’s a hand-made charm piece on Etsy:
Flora and Fauna
I found a great site with an incredible collection of vintage and antique brooches at Fabulous Facets. They have a lot of amazing brooches, so check out the whole collection (the images also don’t do them justice). It was hard to narrow it down, but here are some of my hand-picked favorites:
This bird’s plumage is very graceful. (Note: It’s hard to tell scale of any of these online, so read the details on their site carefully)
This Victorian pin is a classic versatile example (great price, too):
I’m loving the hot pink cabochon stones in this bow:
To complete an animal menagerie, I think this fish by Boucher is incredible:
You could pretend this is your own family crest, circa 18th century:
And finally, this Kenneth Jay Lane costume piece from approximately 1980, but the colors and shape feel very current:
This site, Pugster, has a few fun, inexpensive options. This green leaf brooch is feminine with a cool color combo:
If you’re into genuine gems, A La Vieille Russe features some incredible finds. Especially for animals and insects. You can find almost anything with fur, feathers, or tails, such as rabbits, turtles, foxes, or flamingos.
This butterfly makes me weak in the knees:
And finally, aside from a circle pin, it’s hard to get more classic than this crescent pin from circa 1890:
Find any great brooches lately? Comment and let us know!