Today Juliet, Elizabeth and I have a fun idea to inspire you to wear your holiday pins or brooches that may be stored away just waiting for their moment to be loved again. ‘Tis the season of sparkle, so trot out those lovelies you may have collected or inherited! Last year we started a little fun on our Instagrams using a hashtag and this year we are doing it again!
I started wearing the pins that I inherited from my mom and grandma a few years ago. I have to say it’s given me a lot of joy, sparked many nice conversations with random people, and keeps them close to my heart, especially at this time of year.
I encourage you to do the same if you have inherited pins or start your own little collection. You can buy new or vintage, but it’s nice to have some sparkly bits to bring out at the holidays and it needn’t be for a party. You can just pop them on your everyday wear..
My grandma and mom would wear their pins at work, or to holiday parties or on their coats. I have at least one of my pins on my coats all December. Yesterday at the grocery, I had the nicest chat with a women about my Weiss cabochon pin, which was my grandmas. You can see it below.
I also have one Max bought me another Weiss one for Christmas last year that is vintage. He found it on EBay.. I just wore it to my wreath making class last week with Kristin and her mom at Eataly, on my blue coat..
My favorite brooch may be this one which was my great grandmother’s. It is also my oldest and has mother of pearl. I love pins on fuzzy sweaters or faux furs. I think this is supposed to be a snowflake pin. I treat it like one!
Here I am wearing it with my dear friend Elaine, ( we call her E), who inspires me so much with her personal style. We both have holiday pins on here a few years ago..
E comes to all holiday gatherings or even a lunch with brooches! Many are her moms. I snapped this photo of her a year or so ago with her cute cape and fabulous holiday pin. I just love her faux fur trimmed cape!
I have my mom’s pins are the Christmas bell that I remember her wearing so much as a child, and two crystals brooches. This is her and I circa 1966. I’m sure she has a pin on you just can’t see it. She was expecting my brother Peter who came January 1st!
There are other ways to wear your pins!
You can pin them to a bag like I did with my mom’s crystal brooch on my new plaid bag..
Brooches look great on a jean jacket, or a lapel, holding a scarf wrapped, or a cardigan closed. You can affix a pin to a hairband or a headband for an evening look. Hats are another idea.. Chanel wore brooches on her beret!
I like the idea of multiples on a jacket like this shown on Anthropologie..
You can also play around with them on a t-shirt like this from Bazaar magazine..
Where to find them
I see of them as small work of art! They ares so lovely to me, especially the older ones that are well made. You can’t barely find companies making them any more. So be a collector and curate your own little pile. Just looking at them on a pinboard or on my dresser makes me happy! This cute Etsy shop makes pinboards just for brooch collections.
If you don’t have any brooches I suggest you start looking at vintage. If you don’t have a local resale or charity shop near you, EBAY has good options. Some of the best made brooches were by a company called Weiss like my blue one, and you can find many of their beautiful pieces here and here are more tree pins and here on The Real Real and snowflake pins and below a few that stood out to me..
Anthropologie also has a huge collection of brooches, many vintage inspired and Neiman’s has a nice collection of Ben-Amun and Kenneth Jay Lane brooches.. and L’Agence has this festive brooch blouse...
Please join us to share your holiday pins or vintage brooches use the tag #showusyourbling or #christmaspins on Instagram until December 31…and we will reshare them on our Instagram stories. It was great seeing everyone’s pretty pins last year and the stories behind them. Guys are also wearing brooches now much more and especially on the red carpet. If any guys want to join we’d love to see that too!
Please pop over to Elizabeth and Juliet’s blogs and see their bling!
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