Brooches/Pins are Back in Style

A Chanel window display at Brown Thomas featured lots of pins on this ’60s inspired dress.

I enjoy wearing lapel pins and brooches.  When I was in my 20s, I started collecting antique filigree lapel pins, which were so inexpensive to buy in antique stores back then.

Through the years I have added a few hat pins, stickpins, and brooches, which every now and then I add to a sweater, coat, jacket, gloves, hat or purse.  To read more about my pin collection, click here.

A few months ago when I was in London and Ireland, I noticed that pins were in vogue again!  A Chanel dress, at Brown Thomas (Dublin’s version of Neiman Marcus), had a few large pins with one strangely adorning the tip of a boob on a pretty dress in a shop window.

Bad photo, but a cute dress! Notice the dragonfly pin on the thigh.

Another Dublin store, Phoenix_V, had a dress in the window with a pin placed at the top of the front slit.

I am seeing more pins in catalogues and magazines.  So, let me just say that I am glad they are back!

Jewels of the Nile!
Jewels of the Nile!

My favorite way to wear small pins right now is to cluster three on my sweater or jacket lapel.  I just attended the local hospital fundraising gala with the theme Jewel of the Nile.  I gave a nod to the theme by wearing an Egyptian revival pin on the shoulder of my velvet jacket.  I had contemplated putting more than one on the front of my satin evening bag.

So grab your grandmother’s jewel box and start wearing those pins and brooches!

Bonus Information:  What is the difference between a pin and a brooch?  The best answer I found to that question was posted on August 28, 2010 on by FrayedFuzzies:

“From my costuming experience, I’ve learned that a brooch is designed more to go at the center of a lady’s collar (where the top button would be on a button-up shirt), and they’re usually oval…think Victorian fro [for] reference, tons of women wore them! A pin is any shape and is usually worn on a lapel or on the chest area of a blouse.”

In my mind, brooches are larger and pins smaller, but I don’t really think that is a true definition.  Nor does the ornateness of the item indicate to which category it belongs.  If one refers to both definitions in a dictionary, it seems that these days the words are pretty much interchangeable.

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