Which Pocket is the Best Placement for your Brooches?

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Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Which Pocket is the Best Placement for your Brooches?

Quote of the day: “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – John Lubbock

Do you struggle with where to place your brooches when you finally remember to wear them? I feel like a pocket is one of those obvious choices to pin any brooch or even a couple of them! But could any pocket work? Keep reading to find out!

I decided to experiment with the different pockets in our closets. Tell me if you’d wear your brooch on any of these pockets!! And it may be obvious to everyone else, but I learned that it’s much easier to put the brooches on before I put on the jacket! Unless, someone is doing it for you!

And as always, our brooches got to be placed in many other locations by styling them on an accessory, here, and by our neck, here!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: For my pocket placement of my brooches, I chose the top pockets. I’m not always a big fan of pockets near the girls, since I really don’t need any help in looking bigger there. But for this example, I was hoping that the focal point would be the brooches themselves, and not the girls!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

One of the only pieces I found in my closet with pockets at the top, was my denim vest. I’ve been wearing it more lately since I discovered the idea of wearing a jacket under the vest!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

The heart pin which is made of zippers, is a souvenir that my mom brought back from Russia! Mom loved it so much that she made the same type of pin for Nancy, which coincidentally she’s wearing in the photos below! On the other pocket I wanted to see if I could recycle a solo earring. The 3 circle “pin” is actually an earring that has lost it’s mate. I keep thinking I should get rid of all of these solo earrings, but then I wonder if I can use them.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

I thought the print boots might be too much with the dotted jacket, but my second opinion (my husband) thought they looked great!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Jeans: Simply Vera-thrifted (similar here)~~Vest: Maurices (similar here)~~Jacket: Rag & Bone (similar here only in L or here in a fleece)~~Turtleneck: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Boots: Dolce Vita-thrifted (similar here in expensive polka dots and here in animal print)~~Brooches: (similar here, here in an I or U, here out of lucite, here as a pineapple, & here as a floral pin )

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s brooches got styled on her lower, vertical pocket (we just used one side), of her corduroy jacket!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Here’s that zipper pin that my mom made for Nancy. We used it and one of her angel pins that used to be part of her aunt’s collection.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

We didn’t add in a necklace since there was bling on the pocket. However, I figured some colorful earrings would be fun! I realize that these earrings don’t “match” anything in the outfit, but they do give a nice pop of purple!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

The older generation of women, may not think about white jeans in the winter, but I’m a huge fan!! I think it lightens the look so much! And then the darker boots help to ground the outfit, don’t you think? Of course, since the jeans are regular length, you can’t see the entire ankle boots. That’s the whole reason we tried the ankle pants in Nancy’s outfit from the last post!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Jeans: Chicos (similar here great deal!)~~Jacket: Woolrich (similar here as a quilted bomber for under $20)~~Turtleneck: Chicos (similar here)~~Boots: White Mountain (similar here another great deal)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooches: (similar here in lucite and here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom got chosen to place her brooches on the lower horizontal pockets. I decorated both sides for mom because she has more than enough pins to choose from!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

This monochromatic look is my mom’s favorite way to dress. I did try to slip in some color by adding a pink shirt under the blazer, but you certainly don’t see it much in these pictures!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

For the one pocket, I grabbed an owl brooch, a sheep dog pin & another generic one. Mom has the sheep dog pin because she & my dad had one of these dogs when I was a wee one. The other pocket got decorated with butterflies & buttons. I tried to pick lighter color pins so they’d show up better against the dark blazer.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Not that I’m trying to be a tattle tale, but mom didn’t think this idea was very functional. She kept thinking that the brooches would get in the way if they were at this level.  I could see how she’d think this, but would it be much different than a belt?

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Pants: Chaps (similar here in a corduroy)~~Blazer: Giorgio SantAngelo (similar here as a glen plaid)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here)~~Brooches: (similar here in 2 pieces, here, here, here & here in gold or here in silver)

The pockets are an easy detail to cover with brooches, but did you find a favorite of these three? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

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Here’s some more fun pins to decorate any part of your body!!

  • i am Zoe Watson

    Another great photoshoot! I never really think about broaches. Actually I don’t think about fashion much right now. The luxury of being a stay at home mom. Today I wore a hoodie, jeans and my slippers for drop off! I’m sure I’ll be in them again at pick up.

    If you were to suggest one part of my clearly messed up wardrobe to work on, what’s one piece that I should invest in when I go back to work in a few years? I just turned 40 if that helps.

    Thanks so much for posting your blog post to the #FanDayFriday Link Party! I hope you have a great experience with the link party and come back again next week! #fdflinkparty

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Your comment made me laugh Patty!!
      I know exactly what you are saying…I can fall into that same rut if I have an “at home day” and I know I’ll just be on the computer and such!
      But I will make myself get dressed (most days) by about 9 or 10. For some strange reason, it just makes me feel better. I don’t always do my makeup, but having real clothes on my body creates a adult feeling for me. But it’s also an opportunity to try new combinations of my clothing for a possible blog photo—so there is that too!!
      Of course when you go back to work, I’d suggest some great toppers. Whether it be a blazer or cardigan or even vest—I think these items can transform almost any outfit. Heck you could probably wear them with your yoga pants, and no one would even realize!!
      And these can be found at the thrift store too! I’ve gotten some of my best blazers at Goodwill.
      Of course if your workplace is way more casual, the cardigans are basically an unstructured blazer.
      When the time gets closer, I’m happy to help out—if you want to buy new, I can send you links to items. Or if you want, you could text me a photo for an opinion!! I’m here for you!!

      • i am Zoe Watson

        It’s not going to be for another two years or so. My preschooler has another year before he hits the public school then he’ll do half day kindergarten for a year. I’ll be getting a job when he hits first grade. I’ve got time 🙂
        Thanks so much for the offer. I’m sure i’ll be hitting you up then for help! I’ve been out of the work world since 2009! It’s been so long I don’t even know where to start on trying to get a complete wardrobe together.

  • PetiteOver40

    How fun to see how all of you are wearing the brooches on different pockets. It sort of breaks me out of the box of thinking brooches have to go certain places on things. I feel like I can get more creative with this accessory in a way I would never have thought of before. Thank you for experimenting and inspiring!! I love what you came up with for all three of you! ❤️❤️❤️

    Hugs,
    Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Maybe we’ll have a brooch party when I come out?? At least they are small enough so they don’t take up a tons of room when travelling, right?
      XOXO

  • This is SO CUTE!! I love how y’all did the brooches. I probably would have done the same as you and never considered placing them on lower pockets!! It’s so clever though!!!

    I need to bust out my brooches bc I have a million! This was such fun inspiration! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know, Samantha—I tend to forget about these little pieces of sparkle! I’m doing better now that I moved them to my jewelry closet, but it’s just getting in the habit to consider them among my many necklaces & scarves—-how do I wear everything?? Ha ha!

  • Jodie, I love your knitting pin! I have a ball of wool with knitting needles sticking through it pin but not one with actual knitting. Did you make it? I like your Mom’s look the best-I just like her style. The tweed jacket with pins on the pocket is just too cool. A few of you are making me want to put printed boots on my “gotta to get someday” list.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I didn’t make that knitting pin Terri. But I know when I got it, I was thinking that I could. Maybe I should do that for my knitting friends for next Christmas—I bet it wouldn’t be that hard—-thanks for the idea!!
      My mom will be tickled pink about your compliment! Thanks!!
      And, not to be an enabler, but I do love my printed booties!! And did I tell you they were from the consignment store? $20!!

  • I’m an up-top kinda gal like Patti. Or on my purse. If I put them “in the middle” near my waist, I’d constantly brush them with my arm and that would drive me bonkers.
    In the 90s, when buttons were a popular handout at LA pop shows, I had a rule that the button stayed with the purse that attended the gig.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly what my mom complained about when I put these on her pockets, Anne!! But, you know me, I kept giving her a hard time (isn’t that what daughters are supposed to do?)!!
      I remember those buttons—there was a time when I was a tour guide at the Denver Mint, and all summer, the tourists had these crazy buttons! They were great conversation starters, I have to admit!!

      • I thought of another potential location — on your cuff or near the sleeve buttons on a blazer. Possibly less annoying than the non-top pocket levels. If placed on the outside of one’s wrist, it (they) wouldn’t brush up against your torso and be kind of like a bracelet!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Anne—-you’re brilliant!! Basically they could be a women’s cuff link!!

  • Love all these. I’m an up-top brooch woman but now you’ve got me inspired to stretch my wings! Thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think that the up top location has to be the most common—maybe that’s what we were taught?
      🙂

  • Michelle Leslie

    I have tons of brooches but haven’t been wearing them much lately. I love how mixed and matched and added them to the pockets. What a super idea Jodie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!! I’m trying very hard to wear what I have in my closet and jewelry box! And especially since brooches are in style again—it’s time to get creative!! I hope this inspired you! 🙂

  • Laura

    This is a really fun idea for those with lots of brooches to show off! I really like how they look on the pockets. It adds interest on your look and Nancy’s look and dresses down the blazer in your mom’s look. All of you look fabulous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!! I have come to appreciate the fun these little accessories can add to a look!! Funny how it’s only taken me 50 years to realize this–ha ha!!

  • I love all your cute brooches! I own a few, but I always forget I have them! I really need to wear them more!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      I always say, if I can see my accessories, I’m more apt to wear them! So I ended up moving my jewelry to one big case so they’d be all together (sort of—I had to cheat with my longer necklaces, but at least they are close by)

  • Hi Jodie, I’m really not good with broaches. I buy them but then don’t wear them. I’ll have to make more of an effort. You have some good and fun ideas here.

    Thanks for dropping by my English life blog. I have another one as well that covers oufits etc called Mutton style and I.

    I’ve been a regular reader of yours but shy to comment. You’re such a professional and I such a beginner 😊

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Anna!! Thanks for chiming in!!
      I think so much of styling any clothing or accessories is getting in the habit and seeing it over and over!! But the nice thing is there really isn’t a right and wrong—you just have to go have fun with it!!
      I’d love to see you style your brooches—I bet once you do it a couple of times, you’ll feel more comfortable doing it!!
      Happy Weekend!

      • Just to say you prompted me to wear a brooch and I referenced your lovely blog. I wore mine to hold a blanket scarf together.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Anna!! How fabulous that you found a great way to wear it!! I’m going to pop over to check it out…I can’t believe I missed it, so thanks for the heads up!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    This brooches are all so cute. Either way on wich pocket 🙂
    I wish you a very nice weekend
    xoxo Tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina—there certainly are tons of great ways to wear them, huh?
      Happy Weekend!!

  • Brooches can really make it flashy an outfit. I totally agree with you Jodie. Have a nice weekend, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Eni!!

  • Kreativk Net

    Cute brooches and I like the idea to have them on the side pocket it looks great! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration this weekend!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Katrin!!

  • Great placing of the brooches! Love your photos, ladies! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!!

  • I’m with Charlotte on the monochrome look – but I do like a pop of color somewhere. Love your boots, btw. I think they actually make the look!

    And I am most certainly going to “steal” your vest over fitted jacket idea – never occurred to me, even though I have several colorful vests and a fitted black jacket in my closet. Maybe it will even inspire me to get out of my flannel jammies earlier in the day!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Funny Madelyn—because the vest over a jacket was like a light bulb to me too!! Now I feel like I’m able to wear my vests even when it’s cold out instead of just as a transition piece.
      As for the getting dressed before noon—the struggle is real!!!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    Love the different jackets and the ways you show off the brooches. The sheep dog pin is adorable! #fdflinkparty

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love!! Did you have a sheepdog in your past too? It’s so cute how they have so many different variety of animals in brooches that speak to us!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    What a great idea! I have some really pretty pins, but don’t wear them very often. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m finally realizing that it seems wasteful to have them and not wear them. I used to save them for special occasions, but shouldn’t every day be special?
      🙂

  • What fun ideas! I particularly love the way you styled them on your vest. And you’re right, it’s probably because I love sparkle 🙂 Happy Friday!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!!
      Sparkle just makes everything better lately, right?
      Happy Weekend!!

  • I adore your little knitting brooch! How cute!

    I’ve worn brooches with a turtleneck at the side. They look like they are part of the sweater like that and draw the eyes upwards towards the face.

    I am also a fan of brooches but often find that my taste for bright bold clothing with loads of pattern sometimes makes it hard to add a brooch.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne!! I can’t even remember how I got that knitting pin—but I always thought I could make one like it. You know, sometime in all my spare hours -LOL!!
      I totally know what you mean about the bold clothing thing—-sometimes, I wonder if I have too much going on in an outfit….and then I think–too bad, life’s too short to worry about those details!!
      It’s a struggle between being fun & looking crazy—but hey, I am crazy, so why not look it? Ha ha!!

  • Lanae Bond

    I like putting a brooch on my pocket like you Jodie. I never really thought of putting my brooches on any other pocket but I may give it a try!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Lanae!!
      It is funny how we get into certain habits, and then never really consider other options!! I think that’s why I love this blogging so much—it makes me be more creative (or crazy—depending how you see it, LOL)

  • Jean Ann

    Hey girlfriend I like all 3 of these stylings but Charlottes is the winner again this post so refined and she looks great in the monochromatic outfit. I love the simplicity of Nancys outfit and your polka dot boots and jacket look great together I agree with Rob.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well you just made mom’s day, Jean Ann!! She’ll be tickled pink that you love her outfit!! I can’t tell you how much these comments mean to both her and Nancy!!
      So, do you have any brooches? If you do, you’ll have to wear a few to knit day!! 🙂

  • These are such great brooches that you shared! I love putting them on the collar of my blazers. I am so inspired by this post!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Katherine!!
      They really do add so much fun considering how small they are, right?

  • Personally I prefer upper pocket brooch placement – although on the neck and even on the shoulder looks great. I recall seeing a business woman on a plane wearing a huge butterfly pin on her shoulder and it looked like it was so poised there…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally remember you commenting with this story last time we did brooches Lorena!! It really made an impact on me!!
      Happy Weekend!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Lots of cute brooches and unique places to try them out. The three of you appear to have enjoyed this a lot!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom especially loved this just for the fact that she has so many of these pieces in her possession!
      I like it just to figure out different & unique ways to wear what I have. As for Nancy? She’s always such a good sport!!
      Thanks for the love, Jude!

  • Mireille

    These are my favorite look of the week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mireille!! Sometimes my creativity pays off…ha ha!!

      • Mireille

        Will you be emailing be the particulars for the maxi skirt for winter week?

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Wowza—so sorry! They’ve been sent!!
          Can’t wait to see your outfit/s!!

  • I have never thought of wearing a broach so low on a blazer, but that is actually one of my favorite ways I think!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!! It is super fun to give it a totally different spin!!

  • So cute! I personally like the brooches at the hips – I have broad shoulders so that would help distract from them!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—I knew there was a good reason for this placement!! Thanks Annessa!!

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    I’d never have thought of so many different placements or using brooches as accessories like this! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Only since I’ve been blogging, have I gotten so creative with these little pieces of happy!!
      Thanks for stopping by, Jocelyn—and tweeting!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What a cute idea, Jodie. I never would have thought of this. I love your creativity. You always inspire me. And yes, your hubby is right. Those boots look amazing with your outfit!! White jeans in winter…YES! And I personally love Mom’s monochromatic look. She looks chic, and stylish! Have a great weekend girls! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for always giving us so much love!!
      I’m glad you like the idea of white jeans in the winter—I’m working on an entire series about winter whites!!

  • What a good idea to first put on the brooches! And so simple! I had never thought of that 😂😂😂😂 I wore a brooche on a belt, on a pocket is fantastic too! I will wear it like that next time!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how some ideas strike you as “why didn’t I think of that”. Of course I didn’t think of it until the last photo—ha ha!!