Earlier this year I wrote a post on brooch clusters, because I love them. And lovely reader Annie asked a very good question; “how does one even wear brooches anyway?” So, today, for Annie and anyone else who might be wondering, I’m going to talk about wearing brooches.
How to Wear Brooches
As I said in my reply to Annie’s comment, you can wear them any way you want. And it’s true, you can.
You can wear them singly:
Or in clusters:
Where to Wear Brooches
When it comes to brooch placement, I tend to be pretty traditional. Most of mine are pinned mid-shoulder on my right side:
But, I’ve also worn them to keep a gapping blouse closed:
Really, though, you can wear brooches anywhere. You can wear them at your waist, in your hair, or on a clutch. You can even attach one to a length of ribbon to wear as a bracelet. Or, one of the coolest ways I’ve seen to wear a brooch, is the way my friend Carrie at Petal by Petal does it; she attaches them to her necklaces.
On What to Wear Brooches
For the sake of your clothing, I recommend wearing your brooches on heavier, knit fabrics. You can wear brooches on woven fabrics, but there is a very good chance you’ll put an irreparable hole in the item. And then you’ll be sad-faced. No one wants a sad-faced you, so try to stick to knit fabrics, m’kay?
Even on knits, brooches can be too heavy and cause tears (and tears), especially the vintage brooches. So here are a couple of tricks I use to keep my clothes from being damaged. As long as it doesn’t make the placement too wonky, you can pin your brooch to your bra strap. This keeps it from pulling on your shirt too much.
No bra strap:
You can see how the toucan is pulling on my shirt and the orange isn’t. Both of the above brooches are pretty heavy. They’re vintage and made of real metal and they’re pinned on similar fabric but the orange is staying in place much better due to also being pinned to my bra strap.
Don’t wear a bra? Straps not placed for optimum brooch-holding? That’s OK, I have a tip for you ,too. Moleskin. You know; the stuff you put in shoes to cushion your piglets and avoid angry heel blisters. Just put a strip of that inside your shirt where you’re going to attach your brooch and pin your brooch through it and the shirt. The addition of the moleskin fortifies your shirt and keeps heavier brooches from tearing your clothes.
So, to recap. Wear brooches. Wear as few or as many as you want. Wear them where you want but be careful not to tear your clothes. Wear brooches.
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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails 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.