Wearing Your Brooches at Your Waist

Brooches for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Wearing Your Brooches at Your Waist

Quote of the day: “No effort is ever wasted, although some pay dividends later than you think. Do not imagine that you “wasted your time” because something didn’t turn out right. There is no such thing as “waste” in the Universe. Everything — everything — yields benefit. It’s true. And your life will show you this. So don’t decry the “effort that failed.” All things lead to your highest good. You just may not know it yet.” Neale Donald Walsch

Many of us women in the older age brackets have a couple of brooches in our jewelry boxes. And that could be exactly where they sit day after day. So in our challenge to try to bring them out in the day light and wear them more, we continue styling these pieces. The first post showed us all wearing the brooches on the top half of our body (here).

This time I decided to see how they’d look at the waistband. I’ve seen female stars on the red carpet wear pins on their dresses like this, but have never tried it myself. I will say, it’s certainly not the first accessory I would reach for in these instances, but why not be different. But what do you think? Tell me below in the comments!

My first instinct was to use the pin on the waistband of a dress for all of us, but then I figured, I might as well try a variety of ways, right? So to give you all a multitude of options, I wore pants, Nancy wore a skirt, and mom wore a dress.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: In order to keep the brooch as the focal point, I wanted to keep both my top and pants a solid color.

Since the brooch is an orange, then I incorporated that into color into my earrings too, so it would hopefully look more cohesive!

Brooches for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

I had to find some pants that didn’t have belt loops which was probably the hardest part. These trousers are a sweater material and are my go-to pants when travelling since they aren’t tight.

I never thought that sweater pants would be something I’d wear, but I’ve been so surprised at how versatile they can be!

Brooches for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Brooch: (similar here)~~Pants: Elisabeth Dureau (similar here)~~Top: Silver (similar here)~~Ankle Boots: Shoe Mint (similar here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s brooch at her waist, I decided to try to match the shirt to her pin!

Brooches for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

It’s a rare instance when Nancy tucks in a shirt, so this was definitely a stretch for her (way to go Nancy!).

If you’re short waisted too, do you always keep your shirts untucked? I admit that I don’t tuck in my shirts much, but Nancy never does unless I ask her to for the blog. For this instance, we even pulled her skirt down slightly below her natural waist. Can you tell?

Brooches for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Brooch: (similar here)~~Skirt: Weekenders (similar here)~~Cardigan: (similar here)~~Top: Madison Hill (similar here)~~Shoes: Me Too(similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom got to wear a print dress even though we wanted to highlight the brooch.

Since the pin is a contrasting color, I thought the brooch still was a focal point. Especially since we left mom’s decolletage bare!

Brooches for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

 Since the pin has a red background, I had mom wear a red camisole, earrings and shoes to continue that color throughout her outfit!

Brooches for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Brooch: (similar here)~~Dress: Calvin Klein (similar here)~~Tank Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: Proxy (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Whether your brooches are sentimental because they’ve been handed down by people you know and love, or they just caught your eye, I think this style can be fun! Some of you may think, “why would I want to bring attention to my waist area?” And I would laugh and say, “to keep the attention away from a bad hair day!!”

Will you try this?? Let me know!!

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Photography by Kari Strand Photography

Do you need to add to your collection? Here’s some flower brooches:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Yes to brooches at the waist. I like off-center.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do really like this look too Kathleen. I just always forget about it. Sometimes I think I have to blog about things a couple of times, before it retains in my memory!!

  • Love the idea of a brooch at the waist and all three look wonderful. Just a tiny touch but boy, they really do have an impact. Tucks that idea away into the back of the brain box for when I next wear a brooch!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is definitely a unique idea, but I must admit, it wasn’t the easiest to put into play! Still fun for some occasions!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I have not worn in a brooch in forever and never considered wearing it at the waist. Great idea!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.



    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is a different way to wear them…not my first thought when I get dressed, but unique!!

  • What a great idea!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie!!

  • I am in awe with all three of you. Looking terrific. I have done a brooch in my waist before and I liked it. I have gathered a little material on a long sweater with it lower than my waist etc. It is fun, but it has to be fastened properly as it is easier to lose.
    I am amazed that you can wear sweater pants Jodie and look so good. I would have a bulging stomach/belly. And Nancy can tuck in more often as I think this outfit looks really nice. Your mother is a stunner in that dress with the red shoes. WOW. I wouldn’t mind that dress myself.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Greetje! I have to admit when I first tried on the pants (only at my friend’s urging) I thought “no way.” But for some reason, they do hang nicely—to me it was a good lesson that it can all depend on the make/style/etc!!
      I’ll tell Nancy you said that—I think it’s a nice option, but I think it’s hard for her to change after being told SO many times that short waisted women shouldn’t tuck in?
      As for mom—I’m glad you like the red shoes with this outfit…mom leans toward the matchy matchy –so she tends to question my picks (she would have chosen black)!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    What a fun idea! Jodie, I think this is my fav look on you ever … one of them anyway! FABULOUS & tres chic!

    Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!


    Dawn Lucy


    • Jodie Filogomo

      How sweet ….thanks Dawn!!

  • such cute ladies! love the personal touch of a brooch!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kelsey!!

  • Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Melissa

    Loving these looks!! Hot ladies 😉 I’m liking brooches, it gives that unique statement piece!
    Thank you for linking up with weekend wear

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Melissa!!!

  • life is a shoe

    I absolutely love brooches an i”m loving the idea of putting it in the waist area


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Celyn!!

  • I love the quote you started the post with. It’s definitely timely for me and a great reminder that the work I do and time I invest, even if it doesn’t pay off immediately, has benefits outside of that. I also love brooches and have several from my grandmother. I’ve also bought vintage styles over the years. It’s funny that I’ve never thought to pin them at my waist because I have belts with brooches attached to them. Duh! It’s a fun and unexpected little piece of flair. And I adore the third look in black, white, and red. I would totally wear that!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how certain quotes can mean more to us at certain times, eh? I love when you say duh—because I feel that way a lot looking at other bloggers—like why didn’t I think of that!! Thanks for chiming in Liz!!

  • Anna Parkes

    Well this is a novel idea Jodie! I think I like it best on your black pants (and can see why you’d have these to travel in – they do look smart, yet comfy!)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Anna!! It definitely stands out against the pants!

  • What’s a beautiful idea! I’ve never thought of doing this before. Great way to add detail to a waistline!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Alecz—it’d be perfect on some of your pencil skirts!!

  • I LOVE this idea! When I wear a brooch I always wear it on my cardigan, but now I want to try it as a waist detail.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know…I was totally the same way until I started thinking of how can I get creative!! Stayed tuned for tomorrow’s episode Christina!!!

  • Great quote. Love seeing how you all styled the broaches at the wait instead of at the more traditional lapel.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy—I’m doing another alternative way tomorrow!!

  • SheelaGoh

    I love your Mum’s take with the brooch, Jodie, such a striking statement with that graphic B&W backdrop 🙂 I used to wear brooches as cuffs and on my hair too, with the help of a scarf or ribbon.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now that’s a fantastic idea….in your hair! Maybe i’ll have to do another series!!!! Thanks for chiming in on the subject Sheela!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    This is a great way to wear a brooch. I instantly thought it would work well with my rubber band gathering trick to add at the waist. I bought a cute bee brooch on Qvc today by Joan Rivers. I’ve been wanting one for awhile.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That would be darling—then it covers the rubber band, huh? Can’t wait to see it!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I like this! I would have never thought of pinning a brooch at the waist, but it works. I like your’s the best Jodie because it really stands out against your darker pants and shirt. And I think Nancy’s would have stood out more with a different shirt too. I think with brooches a plain, darker background would make them stand out more. I love your mom’s dress with the red camisole and shoes, but I think the brooch gets lost. Fun idea!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re right, Amy. Mom’s brooch would have looked better on a solid colored dress! I probably chose this one due to the waistband!! We live and learn, eh?

  • Rena

    clever idea.

  • Lorena Lorena

    They look great at the waist… I’ve pinned them to the neck area of the turtleneck and they add character. I also say a lady in a black suit once with a huge butterfly, it was oddly pinned to her shoulder, like the butterfly was standing there – it looked good.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How interesting!! I’d probably forget it was there and then see it out of the corner of my eye and freak out!!

  • This is a sweet idea. I must remember to give it a try.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Can’t wait to see it—you have a marvelous dress collection that it probably would work with!

  • Ooooo…I LOVE this idea to wear the brooch at the waist! You all look FABulous! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I like the idea too…the hardest thing for me was putting it into reality! These looks turned out okay but (with the exception of mom’s) weren’t easy to put together!

  • Queen of Rods

    This is a very creative post 🙂 Can’t wait to see what’s next…

    • Jodie Filogomo