Brooches for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: On an Accessory
Quote of the day: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa
I’ve always been a fan of accessorizing but I must confess that until about 2 years ago, I considered brooches old fashioned. Luckily I still had a couple from many, many years ago, but I really hadn’t worn them! Then along came blogging and trying to keep abreast of all the new trends, and lo and behold, I read that brooches were becoming stylish again!
I did have to laugh though when I created my article for Sixty + Me (here). There were many comments on the Facebook post of this article that women would never wear these items! These women, thought they were too antiquated or reminded them of an old relative! That’s why it’s good to have an open mind when it comes to fashion. What was once thought of as ugly, can change gears and be considered fun! Just like those Christmas sweaters of old, right?
If you are a newer reader, then don’t forget to check out last year’s series where we wore our brooches here (on the top half), here (on the bottom half) & here (on an accessory). Because of all of the nice feedback and great suggestions from the last series, I thought we’d see if we could do it again.
Tell me what you think in the comments below!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I know that some of the outfits I post on the blog, don’t really get worn in public. But I’m here to say I wore this one on my birthday as we traipsed around Park Meadows Mall. We were going to tour the Governor’s mansion first, (which is where these photos were taken), but the line was long, the wind was biting and I’m an outdoor wimp!
The brooches I picked for this outfit, were ones that brought in the colors I was wearing that day! It’s a fact that I styled a brooch on my knitted hat in last year’s post, here. Yet, I figured this one is a little different since the hat is more of a floppy hat and I used 3 brooches.
I also wore my long, Stella & Dot earrings, since I didn’t add in a necklace. Since we’d be shopping (which means trying clothes on and off), there was no sense wearing a necklace that would get in the way.
I don’t know what it was about this outfit, but it was amazing how many compliments I received at the mall that day. My guess is that the fact that I was wearing a hat made me stand out? Whatever it was, it sure made me feel fabulous!!
Jeans: Garnet Hill-thrifted (similar here)~~Jacket: Mauritius (similar here in faux leather)~~Top: Banana Republic (similar here in a darker hue)~~Sweater: Banana Republic (similar here only in a L or here without the fuzz)~~Shoes: Mercanti Fiorentini (similar here with a bow)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar here)~~Hat: BP (similar here)~~Brooches: (similar here, here & here)~~Purse: Kelly & Katie (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s outfit, I wanted to use a suggestion from one of my readers from last year! It was Bernadette from Haddon Musings and she said she likes to wear her brooches on a wire as a necklace. So Nancy & I gave it a try!
I wanted to incorporate more than just one brooch for this look, so I grabbed a blue one and her snowflake! We put them on one of her black cords instead of a metal chain, but I don’t see why a metal chain wouldn’t work too!
I figured since the rest of the outfit was black & white, I’d incorporate the blue into Nancy’s accessories!
The sweater has these small, sparkly beads throughout the material. Because of this detail, I played that up by having Nancy wear her beaded ballet flats! Needless to say, we were taking photos on a much warmer day, than my pictures above!
Pants: Liz Claiborne (similar here in a palazzo version)~~Sweater: J. Jill (similar here with long sleeves)~~Shoes: H&M (similar here with metal buckle)~~Brooches on Necklace: (similar here & here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelets: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Since mom has a plethora of scarves and wraps in her closet, I wanted to add this accessory to one of these items. I actually got this idea from J’s Everyday Fashion, here! I’ve always loved the idea of throwing on a wrap, but I don’t love that it won’t always stay in place. So not only is this stylish, it’s also extremely functional!
In J’s example, she only used one brooch to anchor the scarf, but I figured why stop at 1? Mom & I put some fun on each side (besides, it’ll stay better that way). The coat of arms brooch almost looks like a patch on the scarf, but it’s actually a pin.
I used 2 brooches on the other side so they’d take up about as much space as the coat of arms one! I realize you don’t see much of this velvet blazer in these pictures, but mom made it. She’d actually given it to me years ago when it was too small for her. But now it fits her marvelously!
Now these are the same pants that mom wore for our Winter Wedding series here. Remember how short they looked with her pumps? Yet they look absolutely normal with these lace up shoes. So if anyone out there has some trousers that they think are too short, maybe you just need different shoes?
Pants: Talbots (similar here)~~Blazer: Mom made it (similar here)~~Top: Evelyn & Arthur (similar here)~~Shoes: Sould Out through Groupdealz(similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Brooches: (similar here but expensive, here monogrammed, & here)
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