Lately I’ve been loving wearing clusters of brooches or pins on my outfits; you can see some of my looks here and here. However, I have to admit that it was, at first, sort of intimidating deciding how to put the pins together. I have good news though. Through vigorous trial and error and dedicated application of the scientific principle, I’ve determined some fool proof* groupings and am here to share them with you!
First things first though. While I still love the impact of a single, shiny pin, three shiny pins are thrice as nice. For my tastes, three pins is the ideal number. Anything more looks like you’re the colonel in a fake but glittery army. And a mere two brooches look as though you forgot something. Like your third brooch.
Now, without further ado, here are some three-pin groups that I like.
On the Open Sea
Create a brooch picture with a gold boat, rhinestone feather as a wave & rhinestone cluster as the sun.
You’ll be spring-ready with a pastel, multimedia toucan, rhinestone & enamel circle and a blue rhinestone flower.
On the Dark Side
You don’t have to go bright; this group has a black/clear rhinestone piece, green cabochon piece & a clear floral arc pin.
Your time to shine? How about pairing a double rhinestone pin, floral arc & a cluster all in clear?
Go for the Gold
Not a fan of the shiny-shine? Try a matte gold cluster, here with a bee, double-flower and a rooster.
The Thing With Feathers
Hope is, and so is this cluster with the toucan pin, the feather and a blue flower.
Organic shapes (wheat, leaf and feather) make up this pearl and rhinestone cluster.
For the entomologist in every woman; a multicolored rhinestone pin, green butterfly and pearl-bodied fly.
One Sweet Pair
This sweet grouping pairs a mother-of-pearl sweetheart pin & a double butterfly-flower rhinestone pin. Yes, that’s right, this last group only has two pins, instead of three; because rules are made to be broken.
So, what do you think? Do you wear multiple brooches? Are any of these groupings something you’d try?
*And by fool-proof, I mean they’ll probably work. Most likely.
P. S. If brooch clusters are on your list to try, and you’re looking for pins, you can find them easily and cheaply on Etsy and eBay, in thrift stores and at garage sales.
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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.
Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.
Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.