How I Wear My: Brooch

How I Wear My: Brooch

Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the 52nd post in the How I Wear My series!

The dazzle and glamour of the season are a big part of why this time of year is such a visual delight so what better way to partake in the glitz and the glory than to pin a bit of it somewhere on your outfit?

With that in mind, Jill of Everything Just So and I decided to devote December’s “How I Wear My” to that bejeweled accessory that is making a comeback in a big way—the brooch!

Jill from Everything Just So starts us off with her stylish brooch look. Jill tells us, “I am wearing a J. Crew coat, L’Wren Scott sunglasses, and carrying my mini Chanel bag. My vintage brooch is one I bought for $14 at a local thrift shop. The stone color is known as aurora borealis and is the most beautiful shade of iridescent blue.”

What a stunning blue brooch on a stunning woman! I love the way Jill positioned her brooch on her scarf. I’ll have to try that!

jill HIWM Brooch collage3

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen wears a brooch that’s quite special to her and tells us, “I’m very pleased about the choice for this month’s series as it gives me a chance to wear my oldest and most beloved brooch – a panda.  I’ve had him for about 30 years and he’s steeped in sentimental value! I’ve loved pandas since I was given a cuddly panda bear one Christmas at age four. When I was about 9, I was taken to London Zoo to see the famous Chinese pandas – Chia Chia and Ching Ching – as a birthday treat!

“I decided to wear my panda brooch through the top button of my white shirt to keep the neckline of the shirt neat and tidy.  With the pattern mixing of polka dots and stripes, the flashes of red with the gloves and beret and the pop of the blue bag, there was quite a lot going on in the outfit so a necklace would’ve been overkill.  However, a jewelled brooch in black and white to match the striped pencil skirt, was just enough sparkle without over doing it.”
What a darling panda brooch and the perfect choice for Jacqueline’s look!

How I Wear My Brooch

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun shows us an edgy brooch look and says, “I have this antique art nouveau sterling silver brooch that I haven’t worn in years, so thanks so much for the motivation to get it out and wear it again!  The design seems vaguely disturbing, right?  A conversation piece for sure!  I wore it with a vintage coat and some edgy booties.”

What a glamorous gothic brooch. It especially looks great with the pewter buttons on Dawn Lucy’s coat!

How I Wear My Brooch

Hang of POUM! La Mode is glowing in her winter white ensemble featuring a few brooches she bought thrifting. She tells us “I have not had the chance to wear them a lot but thanks to you, I got to sport them again with pleasure!”

How I Wear My Brooch

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness wears a beautiful blur brooch from the 1950s and says, “I usually wear this on my navy Smythe boyfriend jacket. But I’m really liking it on this cream sweater from Gap these days. I have quite a few vintage brooches. Some were worn by my mum or grandmother. Others I picked up at vintage stores. I can never resist a lovely brooch.” 

They are hard to pass up, especially a gorgeous one like Susan’s!


Trina of Tea Time With Trina wears her brooches a little differently, on her knit cap. She tells us, “Simply pin them on a beanie and it instantly spices things up.” Such a great look for the holidays or anytime the weather calls for a cap.


Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 wears a bursting star brooch with champagne colored pearls and rhinestones. She tells a cute story about having to have this particular brooch:  “The year before Coldwater Creek closed, I saw this brooch in a store window at Christmastime. It was their last one and I loved it so much, I had the sales associate climb into the window to get it for me. I am excited to pull it out this year for my holiday outfits!”

How I Wear My Brooch

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion wears a super cool and “eye-catching” brooch (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) and tells us, “This brooch is simple. Plastic even, I think. Boy oh boy… it can make nearly every outfit look modern. I wish I had more of such modern brooches instead of all my vintage costume jewellery. Nice but much more dangerous. If I am not careful they can make me look very old.”

Not only do I love this brooch but I love where Greetje pinned it!

How I Wear My Brooch

Naomi of Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda wears a lovely pearl brooch, placed at the neckline of silky black top. The brooch adds lots of elegance to her beautiful blouse.


Tamera of Tamera Beardsley wears a necklace she made herself out of brooches. Isn’t it a stunner? She says, “I love gathering brooches by color and concept to make fabulous statement necklaces! I even have a DIY for the necklaces on my blog. For me making necklaces with vintage brooches is a lovely way to breathe new life into cherished pieces.”


Anett of Tall Girl’s Fashion also wears her brooch on a hat and says, “I tend to wear my brooches on my silk scarves or on my hat. This hat originally had an awful plastic flower glued to the side so I tore that off and replaced it with a vintage bird pin that I once bought in London. I love how the pin brings a sense of whimsy and femininity to the quite masculine hat.”

As a bit of a hat collector myself, I will have to give this fashion trick a try!


Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo adds whimsy to her look with a vintage bee brooch she pinned to the collar of a turtleneck.  I love the way her look is both vintage and modern at once.

How I Wear My Brooch

Ana of Mrs. American Made wears a circle shaped brooch on her patterned blouse and says, “Sometimes I use a brooch to adjust the size of a garment in a pretty way – kind of like a safety pin but more attractive. This lovely #madeinUSA VelvetTees print top is a bit too big in the neckline for me so I adjust with a amethyst wreath brooch that belonged to my mother (and I appropriated years ago) so it does double duty. I do love the vintage jewelry!”

A great tip reminding us that brooches can be functional as well as beautiful!


HappyFace313 is wearing a beautiful Christmas tree brooch and says, “I purchased this brooch more than 10 years ago here in Vienna and wear it every December. I like that it has two little rhinestone chains that move around and look like fairy lights. It adds extra sparkle to the season and a bit to me, too. I’m also wearing my Neige d’Antan jacquard scarf – also a December “must”.”

A festive and sophisticated ensemble. Perfect for December!

How I Wear My Brooch

Julie of Kay and Star joins us for the first time and says, “These are my favorite vintage brooches. The large star with the pearl was my grandmother’s and the black and white was my mother’s. The last one I bought at a vintage store with my oldest daughter.  I love to wear them on my wool moto jacket that I’ve had since college.  I’m always a fan of more is more – so why not wear them all!”

Sometimes more is more, especially when it comes to shiny, sparkly, pretty things!


Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style wears a pink brooch and says, “I’m wearing my brooch to add some color to my outfit. I wanted a little pop of pink color, so thus my brooch, shoes, and bracelet fit the bill! This brooch has an identical sister in my mom’s house, so we try not to wear them at the same time! It’s not an antique and it doesn’t have significant story attached to it, but I love the color!!”

It adds a fun, feminine pop of color to Jodie’s look!

How I Wear My Brooch

The holidays just seem to call for rhinestones and sparkle, don’t they? I think a whimsical or elegant brooch is just the thing to make an ordinary outfit festive and fun.


I bought a vintage Dorothy Bauer lip brooch recently on Etsy. I think it’s just what this simple sweater dress needed!


I wear the brooch against darker clothing when I want it to stand out. For a more subtle look, I will pin it on a winter white coat or sweater.


For January we are going to focus on another accessory that is an easy way to add a bit of style to an outfit—gloves! Whether they are made of fur-trimmed leather or fashioned from smooth silk, whether you wear opera-length stunners for a night on the town or a smaller pair trimmed with bows to brighten your day, join us for “How I Wear My: Gloves.”

Send photos to by January 5, 2016 and be sure to tell us a little bit about your gloves and outfit!


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Thank you to my How I Wear My partner, Jill, and all the stylish participants! We love seeing the looks you send to us each month. Be sure to take a look at lots more fabulous brooch outfits over at Jill’s blog, Everything Just So!

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to an end so soon. Last year Jill and I put together special How I Wear My posts in which we picked our personal favorite look from each month on our own blogs. We’ve decided to do it again for 2015. Look for it on December 23rd!

Make it a rich day!





  1. December 9, 2015 / 6:11 am

    What an array of brooches, Adrienne. Gives me many ideas of different way to wear mine. Thanks for doing this. And Merry Christmas. xx

  2. Jill
    December 9, 2015 / 6:41 am

    I am so crazy about this post. The brooches are just stunning! I am particularly enamored of Jacqueline’s panda brooch, Dawn Lucy’s art nouveau brooch, Happyface’s Xmas tree brooch and your lips brooch. Oh who am I kidding, I love them all! Cheers to you and all these lovely ladies, this is really one of my favorite posts ever! Thank you for being such a terrific and fun HIWM partner! xx

  3. December 9, 2015 / 6:58 am

    What great eye candy!! I love seeing all the brooches…especially as great ideas of how to wear them (like at the waistband or rim of a knit cap)! Thanks for a fabulous collage! jodie

  4. December 9, 2015 / 7:36 am

    Another fantastic gathering my friend! I always so appreciate seeing how your topics are interpreted! So lovely to see some new faces joining in as well!

    Sending you and yours big holiday wishes!!


  5. December 9, 2015 / 7:43 am

    Thanks for featuring me, Allison! It’s so inspiring to see all the different brooches and how differently we all wear them. The brooch necklace is an amazing idea — you repurpose something you already own to make something that would cost you an arm and a leg if you purchased it. Win Win!

    PS: I must have made some spelling mistakes in my email to you. I meant to say that I tend to wear my brooches on my hats or on my silk scarves. 😉

    • December 9, 2015 / 7:48 am

      Ooops! I meant Adrienne! Sooo sorry…

    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 9, 2015 / 7:50 am

      Hi Anett – thank you so much for joining HIWM again this month! I love your brooch look.
      The typos have been fixed. So sorry for overlooking that! It’s my job to edit!
      I hope you’ll participate next month too for How I Wear My: Gloves!

  6. December 9, 2015 / 8:10 am

    I adore brooches and this series is such fun!
    I think I will wear a brooch today….you all have inspired me.

  7. December 9, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my Panda Brooch amongst such sparkling company. I love all the brooches – what a diverse selection! Like Trina and Anett, I often wear a wee brooch on my favourite headwear – berets – as Trina is so right, they do spice things up.
    I love HappyFace313’s Christmas Tree complete with lights! Perfect for December and Dawn and Greetje’s ones are so unusual. I like Tamara’s idea of wearing them as a necklace; I shall have to try that. Off now to look at the ones over on Jill’s. Here’s to gloves for next month! Thank you and to Jill for hosting.

  8. December 9, 2015 / 9:30 am

    Those broaches are all so pretty – have really enjoyed looking through!

    I wanted to send my picture in too but you will laugh as I tend to wear my favourite broaches (spiders) on black leather converse high tops – crazy I know but I have pictures of me wearing them on Instagram 😉

    Yvonne x

    • December 9, 2015 / 10:12 am

      🙂 I’m in love with your style! what an idea to pin spiders to the canvas of your shoes.
      Following you on Insta now 🙂

  9. December 9, 2015 / 10:17 am

    🙂 I think this is one of the best HIWM challenges so far!
    Beautiful brooches and great ideas on how and where to wear them. Very inspiring.
    Now I’ll klick myself through the blogs of my fellow-brooch wearers…

    Thank you and Jill very much for hosting and putting it all together.
    Have a very HAPPY week!
    Best, Claudia xo

  10. December 9, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Darn!! Iiased this, how? I collect vintage brooches from mostly Etsy and just love the history and nostalgia behind them. Love the ladies looks I wear mine as a button to pin a jacket, on a lapel, or as a pin for a fur stole!/sorry I missed out

  11. December 9, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    So many pretty brooches and think I need to start adding some to my closet, they make such a great statement. Bummed I won’t be able to join next month since there’s zero need for gloves in Southern California.


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

  12. Kathy
    December 10, 2015 / 7:00 am

    Everyone looks great with their brooches. I just can’t bring myself to wear them, I feel too fussy with one on.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 10, 2015 / 8:09 am

      I only wear them around the holidays and for me, it has to be on something very plain.

  13. December 10, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Such great pieces are shown here. I especially liked Tamara’s tutorial on how to make a necklace of vintage brooches. Very enlighting.

  14. December 10, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    I have quite a few vintage brooches. I am so happy they have come back in style. You ladies had some fab examples this time

  15. December 11, 2015 / 3:51 am

    Thanks for hosting an inspirational HIWM! I really need to try a brooch on a hat now! I linked up this post with my Fun Fashion Friday Linky … stop by and join the party if you want!

    Dawn Lucy

  16. December 12, 2015 / 6:39 am

    Adrienne I loved seeing all of these unique ways to wear a brooh, whether a traditional or contemporary piece!! Beautifully done!

    The Arts by Karena
    More Books for the Holidays!

  17. December 12, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    This was such a fun challenge since everyone has a different method for wearing their brooches. It really shows just how versatile they can be.

    I’m in love with that gothic brooch of Dawn Lucy’s, it’s so unique.

    Thanks for hosting ladies!


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