Be inspired to wear a beautiful vintage brooch this Christmas! Back in February our favourite blogger Decades of Elegance ran a brooch wearing challenge. There are plenty of lovely modern ways to wear a vintage brooch!
Looking back at our February Brooch Wearing Challenge
Opal and Diamond Brooch from Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade – we adore! What a lovely month February has been! I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I started the Brooch Wearing Challenge a month ago, but it turned out to be such a wonderful little jewellery journey, with so much positive feedback – and so many fabulous brooches!
Vintage Silver and Marcasite Brooch, Decades of Elegance
A friend of mine who is a beautiful opera singer was really excited to hear about it, and said that she always struggles to find brooches that will go with her performance outfits. “A brooch is perfect to fasten a scarf with over an evening gown, but you just don’t see them around these days!” Fortunately I was able to direct her to the vintage fairs and antique shops for some stunning brooches that are just waiting to start a new life with a new owner!
One of our lovely readers shared her vintage cameo brooch with us
Another way to wear a cameo brooch
It has also been lovely to talk to vintage and antique dealers who sell brooches, as they often have an abundance of brooches and know so much about them – and can give you great tips as to how they could be worn!
And this little experiment has also reinvented a bunch of my own outfits, as they go through such a transformation when a brooch is added!
My woollen dress got a whole new life when I added this Scottish vintage brooch
from the Decades of Elegance collection
A Romantic Gold Coloured Vintage Brooch with a Pearl
So thank you all for taking part in this lovely challenge in so many different ways. And it doesn’t of course stop here – feel free to send over your photos of you wearing a brooch whenever you like so that we can all enjoy a bit of beautiful jewellery and get some new style ideas!
So my dear, take out those old brooches that have been sitting at the back of your jewellery box, and reinvent them! On Wednesday we will take a look at all the different styles that we have seen here on the blog throughout February, and hopefully you will get buckets of inspiration on how to wear your own in the most fabulous way!
Arabella Bianco joins our Vintage Brooch Wearing Challenge
And so the Vintage Brooch adventure continues, and today we are joined by Arabella Bianco, who is sending us some vintage brooch-inspiration from the golden days of Hollywood:
Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr’s Hollywood-career spanned the 1930s, 40s and 50s. She was discovered by Louis B. Mayer – film producer and co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios (MGM) – and Louis and the studio cast her as “the world’s most beautiful woman”. In the photo above she is wearing a spray brooch, which sits beautifully just below the collar of her blouse. This is a lovely way of wearing a brooch, as it adds a sweet little detail to a blouse that might not be so exciting to start with!
I wore a cameo brooch in a similar way the other day in the antique shop:
Vintage cameo brooch worn on the collar of a blouse
Joan Crawford wearing a brooch
We simply love the way the brooch becomes a part of her outfit. Brooches with a prominent centre stone set in an beautifully designed mount just have such a classic look to them.
… and here is a selection of Arabella Bianco‘s beautiful brooches, so that you can recreate your favourite iconic styles of these Hollywood starlets!