Brooches for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Somewhere by your Neck
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!!
Quote of the day: “Every child is an artist until he’s told he’s not an artist” – John Lennon
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
The bow tie blouse is one of mom’s sewing creations. Because of the pretty pink color, we added in colorful rings too.
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!
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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