Wearing your Brooches by your Neck

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 Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Brooches for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Somewhere by your Neck

Quote of the day: “Every child is an artist until he’s told he’s not an artist” – John Lennon

I consider that for everything there is a good and bad element, or as I used to say a pro and a con! When it comes to brooches, this can be absolutely true! These small jewelry items can really add a nice sparkle and punch  and usually are a small investment. However, because most of them are pins, they can damage some materials. Not that I have the solution for this negative aspect, except to say be careful!!

Here’s our versions of  wearing our brooches by our neck. I know that one of the most common ways to wear this item is on a lapel, but I tried to get a little more creative in this post! And all except for mom’s photo in this post, I tried to involve more than one brooch. You can see our first attempt, here, where we pinned them on accessories!

And as an addition—I was just reading another Colorado blogger’s post about running errands. And she was wearing a brooch on her shirt—check it out here!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: It wasn’t planned in the original script, that I’d wear my brooches on a coat. But the weather had ideas of it’s own, so I figured I could be flexible! My mother just made me the coat for my birthday in December! And since it had snowed over 6 inches, I figured it was a perfect time to wear it out!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

The bleached jeans are a new purchase from our birthday trip to the mall! The advantage of the boyfriend cut jeans, is you can layer a couple pairs of tights under them and still be able to breathe! I’ve had the Sorel boots for over 30 years. To me they are very heavy and clunky to wear all day, so I usually take another pair of shoes to change into.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

I placed 3 different brooches on the one side, and a big flower pin on the other side. This is one of those examples where you might damage a material with your accessory. The black material is a faux leather, that I would think would show the hole afterwards, if you pinned something to it! Because of this, I kept the pins on the wool portion of the collars.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

I even pinned another brooch to the middle of the flower pin, so really it’s 2 pins in one! Since it was cold outside, I also added in my fur collar & gloves with a fur trim. I thought the furs looked great together!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Jeans: Pilcro (similar here)~~Coat: Mom made it (similar here and here with some leather trim)~~Boots: Sorel (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)~~Gloves: (similar here)~~Fur Collar: The Limited (similar here in blush or here in tan)~~Brooches: (similar here in fur for fun, here as a bow, here & here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: From far away, you might think that Nancy’s brooches are on a chain like in her pictures from the last post. But they aren’t. I pinned them to the front of her turtleneck.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Here’s another possible drawback to using brooches, they can be too heavy for some materials. You can see that they pull a little on the front of her turtleneck.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

That being said, it is nice to use the pins in this example as compared to the last post where they were on a cord. On the cord, you don’t have as much control over where they end up. By pinning them, I was able to create a more vertical assortment.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

I know many of us think that ankle pants are not an option for the winter months, but I like the idea that you can see the ankle boots better this way. Granted, Nancy wore her black tights under the pants so her ankles wouldn’t be exposed! And I’d like to point out that I’m not the only one who thinks this way, YouLookFab just published an article on it too!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Pants: J.Jill (similar here)~~Cardigan: J.Jill (similar here in a fluffy version)~~Top: Madison Hill (similar here)~~Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooches: (similar here, here & here as a trio)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: I wanted to incorporate variety into this post, so I placed mom’s brooch on her bow tie blouse. I thought this could be an interesting way to “tie” the bow. Because mom’s bow was pretty darn long, we looped it around her neck first.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

I was trying to use more than 1 brooch in all of our outfits for this series, but I thought this pin looked so perfect with the outfit. And there seems to be so much going on with it, that I finally showed some restraint!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Mom bought this reversible jacket when she was visiting Turkey! I know one of my readers was saying they had a reversible coat with leopard on one side too. I think having this reversible feature makes it a fantastic choice for travelling. The only problem with mom’s, is that the leopard side is textured. This detail can make it challenging to layer over another textured piece.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

The bow tie blouse is one of mom’s sewing creations. Because of the pretty pink color, we added in colorful rings too.

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

These pants are mom’s leggings that we just got from StyleWe. Since I ordered hers in a larger size so they aren’t so tight, she feels comfortable wearing them with shorter shirts!

Wearing brooches for Women over 50.

Pants: Style We (similar here)~~Coat: From Turkey (similar here as a puffer or here with both sides print)~~Top: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Mootsie Tootsies (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here in an abstract way)~~Rings: (similar here & here)

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Flowers are a common theme to see in many brooches! But even though they are all flowers, it’s amazing how different they can look!

  • Late catching up, but love love your looks here! Layering the two broaches you were wearing is BRILLIANT, it looks perfect, and I love how you used your mom’s broach on the scarf! I’m going to try to keep all these ideas in mind to try myself soon. 🙂 #FridayFrivolity

    • Also checking out those gorgeous broaches you found for us too… the lapis blue one is really phenomenal!

      • Jodie Filogomo

        🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for checking in Sarah!!
      It is amazing how many ways there are to wear a brooch!! Do you have many?

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    Hi Jodie- sharing this in the My Side of 50 newsletter that goes out tomorrow!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really, Cathy—-that’s the nicest thing ever!! Thanks so very, very much!
      What can I do for you? 🙂

  • PetiteOver40

    This is such a fun series. I’m getting SO MANY ideas! Thank you for doing this. I love all the different ways you’ve used brooches in this article, especially the brooch-on-brooch for your coat and Nancy’s cluster of brooches on her sweater. Your mom’s brooch matches perfectly so it makes sense to keep it to just one piece. It all looks great, Jodie, and of course, you know I am ga-ga about your mom’s talents making that gorgeous coat for you and the blouse she’s wearing. Beautiful!

    – Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Sherry!!
      When it comes right down to it, it’s almost like there are no “wrong” ways to wear your brooches! Just put them anywhere and everywhere and you’re done! You have a great eye for esthetics, Sherry (I’ve seen the photos in your place), so it’s all a matter of putting together a little collage of pretties!! Can’t wait to see your masterpiece!

  • Brooches are such a neglected accessories. It is a pity. Thank you that you point them out in your post and share this with My Red Carpet link up.

    Anna xoxo
    http://www.glamdventure.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Especially if we already have them Anna!! And then extra specially if they are handed down from other women we loved!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • You ladies and your brooches are too cute!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Brooke!!

  • You ladies and your brooches are too cute!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

  • Hannah Adkins

    These brooches are gorgeous and I love all of the ways that you styled them. I have to say I never wear broaches but I definitely want to experiment with them now! Thanks for linking up with us on this week’s Wearable Wednesday!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words, Hannah!! I’ve only started wearing mine more and more—and it turns out, it’s quite fun!!

  • Jodie, I am a huge fan of brooches and I have quite a nice collection, but I never can figure out how to wear them! I usually do the standard…on the lapel of a blazer or coat. Recently, however, I have been wearing them on my blanket scarves (I need to write a post, I guess!). I have a friend who wears hats often and she pins beautiful brooches to her hats. I look awful in hats so that’s not an option for me. But my sister just sent me vintage “twin brooches” (2 little flies that are so cute). She has a matching set that she wears on her denim jacket and it looks so adorable.

    Anyway…I love how you all styled your brooches. And you coat is magnificent. The giant flower brooch that you are wearing is my absolute fave! Well done, ladies. Thanks for linking up with me On the Edge!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know exactly what you mean, Shelbee!! There are times, I wonder, “does it look silly to have a brooch, here”. Luckily, I’m getting a little better at thinking- “hey—I like it, so it’s all good!!”
      Can’t wait to see you style them on your blanket scarf!!

  • My Mum loved her brooches. She passed away last year and they are one of the things I kept as a treasured keepsake of her

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so wonderful to hear Lyndall!! It always feels so nice to have sentimental pieces that mean something when you wear them!!
      Thanks so much for joining in on the conversation!!

  • Wow! That’s a lot of snow Jodie!
    I love broaches. At the neck on the waist or on the lapel. So many way’s to spruce up an outfit with them. I am loving that chain link one from Asos. It’s calling me! Would be perfect for a cardigan x
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You don’t get this kind of snow, Laurie? Well, if not, feel free to come visit me–although right now it’s all melted!! But I’ll be sure to tell you when it comes again if you want? LOL!!
      Thanks for the love!! Aren’t there some fabulous brooches out there? It’s so hard to contain myself when they are so reasonably priced and I don’t have to worry about the fit! 🙂

  • Julia Nyanyo

    I have a few brooches that were my nan’s, not especially fancy of valuable but very pretty. I must wear them more, it’s a shame not to. You have given me some great ideas.
    On another note, your mum made that coat or gave you that coat? As someone who sews a little, coat making seems very clever and advanced to me. If she did make it then I’m super impressed!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s the conclusion I finally came to Julia!! I have these items, so I might as well wear them. I used to think I should save them for special occasions, but shouldn’t every day be special? We’re alive and blessed, so that’s special enough, I guess!!
      My mom did make this coat for me. She is quite the seamstress as she used to be a home economics teacher for high school students, and then did alterations for Nordstroms!! I’m a lucky girl—that’s for sure!

  • Marci Vaughn

    Great options! I definitely need to add pins to my coats! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marci—they do add so much fun to everything!!

  • I am in love. Lovely brooches especially the flowered one. It was very stylish of you to have added it to your coat

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Juliett!!

  • Jean Ann

    Jodie your outfit is so fun! I love the fur collar and fur trim gloves. Charlottes outfit is really classy to me. The broach ties in well with the jacket interior.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jean Ann!!
      See…with mom’s outfit you could say it matches perfectly! A good example of how I like matchy matchy at times too!! 🙂

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie I had no idea that Brooches were so in. I must admit they look great. You outfit is so much fun. I like Nancy’s outfit the best. But I also like that in Charlotte’s case the brooch is practical in keeping the scarf together.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is true that styles come back around—and here is the case with brooches, Mary!!
      I think they are a fun accessory, and I’ve been so glad that they aren’t considered old fashioned anymore!! At least, so says the fashion magazines!!

  • I would never think to wear a brooch but these look very stylish! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit, I was surprised when this trend started sprouting up last year! But especially if you have some, I think it’s the perfect time to drag them out and experiment!!

  • Kirsten Wick

    Oh I love all of these brooches. You’re so right, they can really make such a difference. Have a great weekend. Kirsten x

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words, Kirsten!! And happy weekend!!

  • I love the brooch in the flower brooch! Your coat is fabulous!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jill!! My mom will love to hear that you like the coat!!

  • Carol Cameleon

    I love, love love that black and yellow flower but I’ve never really been any good at accessorising and co-ordinating. More of a mishmash really! #LovinLifeLinky

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the lovely compliment Carol–and for tweeting!! What a nice surprise!
      I think accessorizing is just like anything else—the more we do it, the easier it becomes!! Of course, it can be easier nowadays with bloggers and Pinterest as your inspiration!
      Or email me—I’m happy to help—really!!

  • I use to wear flowers on my lapel a lot. Then one day the man serving me at the petrol station said “wow, that is the biggest flower I have ever seen, I saw you coming a mile off!” While I laughed at the time I stopped wearing flowers after that. Seeing your post makes me think I should start again.
    #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      In a way, that story makes me a little sad! Of course maybe he didn’t mean for it to be a bad thing, Leanne!! But to squash your love of flower pins just because of one person makes me want to beat him up (in a nice way, of course–LOL).
      But I do realize that when I was younger I didn’t want to stand out as much—I wanted to blend in more! I think now that i’m older, I’m all about “look at me” for some reason! Maybe I’m happier? Who knows?
      But I do hope you wear what makes you happy! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • They are a great addition to a scarf or coat to add some sparkle!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I do worry about pins/brooches damaging the material sometimes with a tiny hole or I worry about it being too heavy and maybe adding a tiny rip over time! I agree that is was wise where you pinned it on your jacket. I love the idea of adding 3 brooches together, how pretty! Your mom always has a great smile and I love that original brooch she is wearing! Nancy’s brooch is really pretty, too. Love seeing so many different styles with them!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie! Mom & Nancy will love hearing your nice compliments!!
      It’s funny because I don’t usually worry about damaging the material and I should! That’s probably why you see them a lot lately on denim—it’s indestructible!

  • Such fun snow pics Jodie, I’m loving the brooch series. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!
      Should I send some of the snow your way? ha ha!

  • These are all so beautiful! I love brooches. I really need to wear them more often. I really liked Ana’s idea of putting them all on a ribbon in your closet – that’s an awesome idea! And that large flower brooch is amazing!! 🙂

    ~Lindsey
    http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lindsey!!
      Don’t you just love when someone gives you a great idea like Ana’s? It’s one of those aha moments because if I see them, then I’ll wear them!!
      Happy Thursday!

  • My favourite is the big black flower brooch you are wearing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet—it sure stands out, doesn’t it??
      Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by!!

  • This post just made me smile. All beautiful outfits, and I love the brooches. They add so much color and fun to any outfit. Great looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the wonderful comment, Lana!! If I’ve made you smile, my work here is done 🙂

  • Love how the brooches just add a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the very stylish outfits you show. They are so pretty too. My grandmother used to be a big brooch wearer, and also made them. I’ve inherited a few, which now I’ll start wearing !!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Johanna!!
      How fascinating that your grandmother used to make brooches too!! I think you definitely should try wearing them!! They’ll not only look great but bring back wonderful memories of her!!

  • writeofthemiddle

    I’m not a broach kinda girl buy you three make them look awesome! Ahhhh that snow – such a novelty to an Aussie girl living in the tropics of Brisbane in Queensland currently enduring a heatwave!! #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well if you get too hot, Min, feel free to come visit us—we have a great guest room available so you can enjoy the snow & cold! LOL
      Thanks for your voice about the brooches!! I’ve heard many women report that they don’t love them, but that’s what so great about fashion & stylel—we all get to be different!!
      Happy Thursday!

  • I have to admit I’m really not a brooch person Jodie. Perhaps on the right outfit but they they really don’t appeal. Perhaps it’s also the informality of my style etc… #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And I don’t think that it’s a bad thing, Deborah!! My latest saying is that we’d be so boring if we all dressed alike!! Luckily we don’t have to be the Stepford Wives!!!
      Happy Thursday and thanks so much for giving your voice!! I love hearing what others think!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    That coat your mom made you is fabulous! These are all great ideas. I really like your Mom’s pin. it is so unique and does go with her outfit perfectly. Thanks for the continued inspiration. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t the coat fabulous Amy?? I really should stop spending money on my clothes and just have mom make everything…ha ha!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    They all look lovely, but the large one on your winter coat and that whole outfit is fun and gorgeous!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri–it definitely stands out, right?

  • Charlotte Miller

    I also make flower pins from fabrics and have found magnets work wonders instead of pin backings for use on leather or suede fabrics.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Great addendum, mom!!

  • Laura

    That coat from your mom is beautiful! You are all so talented! I love the broaches you added to it. It makes it more whimsical!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      I am a lucky girl!! 🙂

  • So many pretty ones! Thanks for the mention, Jodie! As I mentioned in my other comment, I have just put all of my brooches on a long ribbon to hang in my closet so I can see them and access them more readily – and wear them more! Thanks for the inspiration. : )

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ana!!

    • Amy D. Christensen

      What a great idea!

      • Jodie Filogomo

        Thanks Amy!! 🙂

  • Cynthia Peterson

    I recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying it. I lost my mom last July; she was always very stylish, even at 90. I wish she were still here as I know she’d enjoy reading your posts with me.
    Love all the brooch ideas. Your mom’s outfit is awesome — who would have thought of mixing pink, leopard, and a leopard brooch?
    Thanks for your creativity.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well welcome Cynthia!! I love hearing from readers, so thank you so much for giving your voice!
      And I’ll forward this comment to my mom so she can bask in the wonderful compliment!!
      I’m so glad my mom still enjoys being stylish—it gives me hope that I won’t lose the love to dress up!!
      Happy Wednesday!!

  • Maria Jørgensen

    I love your checked coat.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Maria!! I’ll tell my mom that you said that—it’ll make her day!

  • Oh I love brooches! You’ve inspired me to get them out and style them with an outfit. So fun!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!
      They would be perfect for you since you love bling like I do!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I still own a TON of brooches that I purchased when they were really hot back in the mid 80’s. There are such an endless variety of fun options and I think an really large brooch (like the big flower on your coat) is an especially fun way to add a bit of whimsy to an otherwise serious outfit.
    Charlotte is such an amazing seamstress and more importantly a sweet, loving and creative mom!! What a great present!!! That coat is really cute and so up to date in the large houndstooth check. I would have let JUST that big, sincere flower take center stage for embellishment.
    Lorena’s idea of placing a bit of a prop of cardboard backing behind a brooch is one I’m going to try! Nancy might like this idea too. I like a brooch on a turtle or mock neck sweater!
    Charlotte’s regal lady brooch in a leopard hat is perfect with her coat!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so glad that brooches are back in vogue again, because it’s exactly how you say—they can add so much fun to our outfits!!
      So how do you store yours?
      Mom made a felt hanging for the back of her bedroom door to pin all of hers on!! It works okay, but I’m always wondering if there’s a better way!!
      Thanks so much for you kind words and wonderful insights!! As always, I really appreciate your love & support!!

  • I love seeing brooches back in rotation . I personally love them. The last time I wore one was on the neck part of the turtle neck. It was a heavy pin so placed a cardboard on the inside of the sweater so it would hold ! One has got to get crafty.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Gosh Lorena…that is such a fabulous idea about the cardboard! That’s exactly what I should have done for Nancy’s sweater!!
      Thanks for such great info!!

  • jess

    I enjoyed seeing where you placed the brooches Jodie, and have done so like Charlotte;s top., I also love that your mom made your coat, wow that is talented! The yellow and black flower brooch looks very nice on you, Are you a Steeler’s fan?:-) xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t my mom amazing??
      Heck, I should just keep having her make me things, and then my clothes budget would be lower—LOL!
      Now you realize (I say with a grin) that asking me if I’m a Steeler’s fan is almost an insult!! Ha ha! Actually this flower came on a gold jacket I bought about 5 years ago—I still have the jacket too, but I never wore the brooch with it (too matchy matchy for me!!)

  • Oh, I just purchased two new brooches so this a very timely read. I seriously love the new coat your mom made for you! I enjoy wearing brooches on my outerwear to dress it up a bit. I will have to give the other suggestions a try.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t wait to see what you bought Jennie!!
      I know I used to keep a brooch or two on my coats, but I’m in the mindset to take them off now so I can use them on other pieces too!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I have always loved brooches but I know placement of them is sometimes hard on outfits. The “where does it look best?” You ladies all did a great job of pinning them in the perfect spots to compliment your darling outfits!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know before blogging that was my concern!! Now I seem to think that there is no right & wrong—just fun!!
      Thanks for the love Andrea!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Dear Jodie, all brooches look amazing. Your mother made your coat??!!! ♥♥♥
    She is an artist and you look soo fabulous! uhh so much snow!
    xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!!
      Yes, my mom is an amazing seamstress!! I am one lucky girl!!

  • Hey Jodie! You’re such an expert at jewelry. I own zero brooches (I know, heresy in your world!). I just didn’t know how to wear them. You always give me ideas for how to style the bling. Your mom made your coat? That touches my heart. We’re never too old for our moms are we?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You crack me up Julia!!
      I think the only reason I am an accessory maximalist is because the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, right? But to me, it’s a fun addition. Besides it takes the focal point off my hair (you’ve seen that curly mess on the top of my head, yes?)
      I could probably send you a couple of my brooches? I just bought a couple at the thrift store for a whopping $1 apiece!!

  • Jee, what a snow! Terrible!😂😂😂😂(sorry, I hate the snow). I should try to wear more then one brooche! It looks so beautiful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s been my goal lately—to cluster the brooches more!! Hey, more sparkle, more fun, right?
      And the snow really isn’t that bad—the sun came out and melted it fast!!

  • Stevie Turner

    I love brooches. I use them to plug up a gaping neckline, as I’ve no cleavage to speak of to fill it out, and clothes with a small V neck are very hard to find.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great idea Stevie!!
      It could work even if you do fill out the cleavage area, because we don’t always want to be showing it off! (at least I don’t) 🙂

      • Stevie Turner

        I’ve got nothing to show off!

  • Maria Jose Gomez Verdu

    I love this kind of details
    http://www.treschic.fashion
    @mariajosegomezverdu

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Maria!