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    how to style brooches for fall

    Brooches remain one of our favorite vintage jewelry items, because they allow for incredible personalization of your style. After all, the mix you choose is something no one else can re-create. Mixing your favorite quirky motifs (like this cute poodle pup) with timeless pieces like pearls, florals and simple shapes, is a sure way to express yourself. 

    Brooches are actually quite versatile as they come in a range of different sizes. Mini sizes are perfect for lapels and collars while everyday and statement pieces are big enough to stand on their own.

    And, here's a fun vintage fact: a brooch is defined by its size. Anything under 2" in length or width is considered a pin. 

    Fall is our favorite season to "Brooch it" because of the wide range of heavier fabrics and textures we have to work with. While the power of a single statement brooch will always be in style, this year, we especially love a collection of mini brooches on blazers and jackets. Here are our favorite ways to style a brooch for fall:

     4 Ways to Style a Brooch for Fall

    Shop: gold leaf brooch

    The Solo STATEMENT Brooch

    1. Show off your favorite statement brooch alone on a chunky sweater or jacket. It's easy and effortless, but makes a big style statement. Similar to the gold leaf brooch above, here's another one of our favorites that can stand on its own when pinned to your top or outerwear.

    Brooch a silk collared shirt

    Shop: white sunburst brooch


    2. Try adding an everyday brooch to the center of a collar. And here's a styling secret: pieces with simple designs and fewer color variations, like the all white one above, are easier to pair with bold prints or tops with lots of color. You can think of the centerpiece brooch as the final embellishment to make a bold blouse even more personal.

    Brooch set


    Mix masculine and feminine

    3. If you have a field, army or even moto style jacket, contrast the more masculine vibe of the outerwear with a cluster of feminine brooches (floral motifs and rhinestones welcome!). Experiment with the scale of the brooches, mixing one larger brooch with smaller ones around it. For more about curating your own collection, check out our how to guide!

    Velour blazer with brooches


    Line 'em up!

    4. An easy way to personalize your everyday blazer is to stack a series of mini brooches on the garment's lapel. In this case, we recommend sticking to similar shapes and sizes.


    A few more ideas...

    Remember this collab? Last year we teamed up with Julia, the blogger behind Gal Meets Glam, to show us how to style vintage brooches. There are plenty more ideas there!

    Jillian, our founder and head stylist, is an expert at curating brooch sets. Don't miss our guide to curating your own brooch collection here. And for even more ideas, follow our "How to Wear a Brooch" board on pinterest.


    Tell Us!

    Do you have a favorite brooch? How do you like to wear it? Shop all brooches and email us if you need any styling assistance.

    We love helping you find your spark!

    How to Create a Brooch Set

    It should come as no surprise that we think lots of brooches are better than one! Have a little fun with vintage brooches, and experiment with mixing and matching them. Unsure about where to start? We're here to show you how.

    To start your collection, pick your absolute favorite brooch (this one is founder Jillian's current favorite). Next, add on similar colors, elements or shapes. For example, we love mixing opals with enamel, pearls with rhinestones, and pastels with gold. To create a compelling set, we recommend mixing different sizes so that each piece isn't fighting for attention!

    Once you've got your set, one of the easiest ways to style the mix is on a blazer, denim or army jacket. See how we're styling some of our favorite sets this fall, and a few of our other favorite collections below. 

    A few of our favorite brooch sets

    top left: gold swirl brooch/ purple enamel brooch/ opal burst brooch
    top right: pearl floral statement brooch/ pearl floral brooch/ rhinestone floral brooch 
    bottom left: coral tulip brooch/ rhinestone bow brooch/ gold burst brooch
    bottom right: pearl burst brooch/ pearl leaf brooch/ mini rhinestone brooch 

    How to get the layered necklace look with vintage necklaces!


    When layered necklaces are done right, they look incredibly effortless! But make no mistake: this trend's simple, chic vibe belies the amount of experimentation it can take to get it right. Mixing and matching your existing jewelry collection is a great place to start, but over the years, we've found that vintage styles are actually the perfect (and easy!) solution to achieving this look in a fresh, modern way. Here are our three favorite ways to try this trend using iconic vintage spark:


    Here's a little secret about vintage necklaces: Three of the most popular, commonly found vintage styles achieve the pre-layered look all on their own -- no muss, no fuss. A great place to start is with a simple 54" chain (and, collector's alert: they rarely make this length anymore!). A chain of this length is perfect for double or triple wrapping around the neck. Since you can adjust the length and number of wraps, it's also customizable to different necklines and outfits.

    Lariats, which are open chain styles, were very popular in the 60's and 70's, and are just as versatile. They are easy to wrap around your neck, or knot and wear as a pendant. This one, from legendary vintage designer Monet, is a timeless classic. 

    Finally, the easiest way to achieve the look is with a pre-layered, multi-chain style, like this one. Pre-layered necklaces are one of our best selling styles, and with good reason -- they really take the guesswork out of trying this trend!



    For a more personal take on the layered necklace look, try styling 2 or 3 of your favorite chains and pendants together, mixing textures and lengths as you go. Jillian, our fearless founder, resident jewelry expert, and master spark stylist has a formula that makes it easy. "I usually start with a short or long pendant, and then add on a simple long chain of about 24-34 inches," she advises. "Start with a piece that is personal to you, and then add simplicity on top of it. It'll feel more natural when experimenting with a trend to wear something that's part of your story."

    You can also try playing around with mixing textures and details. "In terms of texture, I like keeping the aesthetic the same. For example, I love wearing pearls and florals with a more feminine outfit. Or, I'd pair a bar necklace with simple chains for a more minimal look," says Jillian.



    Last but not least, our go-to formula for layering necklaces together is to mix a timeless choker with a mid-length pendant. The result? A statement making, bold, editorial look. We call this one our "we have 10 minutes to get ready" styling trick. You can select a simple outfit as your base, which lets your vintage jewelry do all the talking!


    TELL US...

    What's your favorite? Shop all necklaces and email us if you need any styling assistance. We love helping you find your spark! xx, Jillian