Fashion Classics: The Brooch

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Statements by Amy Kahn Russell Drusy and Agate Sterling Silver Brooch
Statements by Amy Kahn Russell Brooch
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Since I am on a mom binge lately, how could I fail to partake in an old fashion trend?

The brooch is something I have seen many generations of women embrace with pride. The brooch can add a touch of class to anything as d├ęcor, or it can be used to pin together the top of a shawl. There are many creative things you can do to utilize the brooch to its fullest potential. For example, I often hang my Chanel brooch from my pearl strands or around my chunky bracelets to change it up and give it some extra sass. You can even place a brooch on your hair tie to add some cuteness to a ponytail.

With many possibilities how could you go wrong? Even Elizabeth Taylor didn’t retire her brooches after leaving all her men. The tough part is finding brooches because usually they are passed down or found at random times. Here are my successful finds…

I’m going to start with a simple brooch to avoid overwhelming some of you. The first brooch is from Nadri. They always do a good job with any crystal pave accessory. The Pave Feather Brooch is perfect to place around a shawl or a buttonless cardigan. This would look lovely on a crisp collared shirt as well. This simple brooch can be passed on years later because of its elegance and versatility. The feather design has a solid center and all over crystal pave at the feather tips. The shape can be used to pin horizontal or vertical-- I think it would be classic as a necklace as well. The best part is being able to get multiple looks out of one simple brooch!

Keeping it simple with a small twist, I fell for this Avalaya Flower Bridal Faux Pearl Crystal Flower Brooch. The center of the flower pin has a small pearl which is surrounded by the cubic zirconia petal outlined with black. The clear, black and white contrast is a smart way to add fanciness to a dress. If you have a skinny belt that you hardly wear, pinning this flower brooch in the side would be a nice touch to freshen up and soften the look of an outdated belt.

Lastly, Statements by Amy Kahn Russell has a Drusy and Agate statement brooch that is bold and edgy. The three stones of this brooch flow well together. The top stone is a rectangular cushion-shaped drusy followed by a square cushion shaped dyed agate cabochon. The third stone is a pear shaped drusy dangle that completes this gorgeous rope-textured pin.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.