The Brooch and Its Many Uses!

Brooches are in style! In fashion, accessories come and go. But one accessory that has survived the ages and is currently making a comeback in the fashion world is the brooch. Most of us think brooches are for old ladies. Well, now, both old and young ladies who have good fashion sense are happy to wear a brooch and they are discovering the many ways one can use this wonderful accessory.

Brooches are mainly used for the purpose of fashion and aesthetics. By definition, a brooch is a jewelry piece so it is mainly decorative. It is a fun addition to an outfit and can be used to highlight a specific part of the body, such as a long neck. Traditionally, a brooch is fastened to a garment worn around the neck but a more modern style shows this accessory pinned to the lapel of a coat. An even more modern take is pinning a brooch to your clothing in such a way that it draws attention to the waist or the hips. So, the brooch could be pinned to a scarf belt or the waist band of your skirt.

Aside from its decorative use, a brooch is also very practical. In fact, no less than the First Lady herself wore a brooch in one event to secure her cardigan in place. A brooch is a wonderful substitute to other kinds of pins, clips and buttons. It will hold your jacket or sweater in place while adding a lovely touch to your getup.

A brooch is perfect to use if you need to secure an artfully-worn scarf, helping to keep the scarf’s design or position intact. If you happen to be wearing a top with a deep neckline, a brooch will allow you to quickly cover up. Just use a brooch to fasten the neckline of your top to make it appropriate.

Also, if you have a loose jacket and you’re looking to alter it to fit you better, you can save money by using a brooch instead. Gather the garment so that you have the slack pleated together and fasten this with a brooch. A brooch is also a prettier substitute to a safety pin so it is best to have a brooch handy in your purse for any wardrobe mishap.

You can easily find brooches in local department stores as well as in many affordable fashion boutiques. If you want more interesting pieces, you can definitely find some at thrift stores or, better yet, check out your mom’s or grandma’s jewelry stash.