It’s finally happened, the moment so many of us have been waiting for—sweater weather.
I knew summer was really on its way out after a string of 90-plus-degree days melted into cooler nights and brisk mornings. I stepped outside and uttered those words I’d been waiting to say through the dog days of August: “It’s a bit chilly, I’m going to grab a jacket.”
So I did. And it felt good. It felt right. It looked…like something was missing.
All this to say—it’s brooch season. Sure, the pin-on jewels don’t belong to only one season per se, but autumn is a time of ambitious dressing. We’re thrilled to be donning sweaters and coats and jackets and even long-sleeve basics, and accessorizing them to match the mood of the season.
What’s more versatile than a brooch? You can pin it anywhere—on a hat, in your hair, on your jeans, on a jacket, on a purse. It’s been done for centuries, and there’s definitely no stopping us now.
Brooches had a big moment back in February of this year, courtesy of Rihanna’s memorable Super Bowl ensemble. Celebrity men made a number of high-profile appearances wearing them this year, most notably in various versions of Tiffany & Co.’s Bird on a Rock design.
Style rules for fall brooches? Not really. The zeitgeist points to all things oversize, a fun and refreshing concept contrasting with our days of layering and grouping smaller pieces (though grouping brooches together is also fairly trendy). But a really great brooch, especially one that a consumer might spend a pretty penny on, is built to outlast any runway example (which is why vintage brooches have such staying power!), so the rule is, there are no rules.
These are just a few of the latest brooches to check out for fall and the holiday season ahead. Many—all, in fact—are incredibly gift-worthy, but a word to the wise: What represents the perfect brooch to someone feels utterly personal, given that it’s literally a style you can wear on your sleeve. It’s best that the purchaser keep this in mind, because the gift of a brooch is an ultimate way to say, “I love you.”
Top: Double flower brooch in sterling silver with black diamonds, £1,950 ($2,420); Elhanati x Conie ValleseFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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