If you think they are not your cup of tea, think twice. The fall 2023 runways have shattered any preconceived notions about brooches. With their intricate designs and sentimental value, brooches are finding their way back into the spotlight, adorning lapels, jackets, and even handbags. At Schiaparelli, a model confidently sported a brooch resembling an oversized silver leaf, subtly peeking out from beneath her coat. Alexander McQueen showcased blazers adorned entirely with silver embellishments, a look that could be effortlessly achieved by layering multiple brooches. Coperni even pushed the boundaries with a cheeky hand brooch, creating the illusion of a pinched nipple.
According to The RealReal’s 2023 luxury consignment report, demand for brooches was up 27% during the past season, while pins from Gucci were up by 70%. On TikTok, creators are discussing the sartorial possibilities of brooches, beyond regal, bedazzled versions worthy of an appearance on The Crown, the historical drama television series on Netflix, with the hashtag #brooch gathering over 100 million hits.
These vintage accessories, which offer a touch of nostalgia in an increasingly fast-paced and disposable fashion industry, also remind me of Queen Elizabeth II, renowned for her extensive collection of brooches (over 98).
Actually, I think the beauty of brooches lies in their versatility. They can instantly elevate any outfit, from casual to formal, and add a unique touch of individuality. From dainty floral designs to bold statement pieces, there is a brooch to suit every style and occasion.
Above all, brooches carry a sentimental value, often passed down through generations. In my case, I still wear my grandma’s brooch occasionally, bought for myself when I got my degree in Journalism. Wearing grandma’s brooch not only keeps adding a touch of elegance to my outfit but also serves as a loving remembrance of cherished memories.
How about you? Are you ready to dust off those forgotten brooches and give them the attention they deserve?