I am a big proponent of adding basics to my wardrobe that are high quality and offer many years of wear simply by updating a few key accessories. This beautiful navy heather blue dress by Talbots is a perfect example of such a piece. While it is stunning on its own for office wear with a few pieces of minimalist jewelry and pumps, it can work equally as well in a casual setting. Here is not one way, but two to take this classic beauty out for casual Friday, Saturday brunch with friends, or a Sunday afternoon stroll through town this fall!  
Fall Blues

Ankle booties
thefryecompany.com

Handbag
etsy.com

Ring
etsy.com

Ring
etsy.com

Scarve
etsy.com

 
 
We love tiny things and miniature brooches are the perfect way to stud a collar, handbag or belt. Geek-chic is one of our favorite trends and the mini brooch adds a bit of sparkle to your intellectual styles!
Geek Chic!

Vest
anthropologie.com

Ankle booties
etsy.com

Tote bag
etsy.com

Brooch
etsy.com

Miu Miu 03OV Eyeglasses
ezcontactsusa.com

 
 
My husband's parents were children of the Great Depression. During that tumultuous time in American history, many families learned to make due with the meager possessions they had. As time went on and the people of our country re-built wealth, many of the habits of the generation remained. Mark, my husband, tells stories of his Mom using bread ties to not only tie bread, but as tools to repair her sewing machine, as guides for her delicious tomato vines and even as wire to arrange beautiful flowers in summertime bouquets! 
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Today, we are thankful to be living in a time of plenty. However, one of our favorite challenges is finding multiple purposes for single items. When writing my original #FallOfTheBrooch blog post (here), I could totally relate this this fall's trend of 'thinking outside the lapel' and finding new, interesting ways to wear timeless vintage brooches. 

I adore Austro-Hungarian art and jewelry - ornate designs, lots of swirls, flowers and layers. I picked this beautiful Czech glass and brass pin not only for it's lovely style, but for the glass flowers in Cadmium Orange. A perfect combination for fall! 


And here they are: five new ways to wear your favorite vintage/antique brooch - #BroochHack!
I hope you've enjoyed reading this blog post as much as I have writing it. What other fun ways do you like to wear your brooches? 
 
 
Since my very first peek into Grandma’s jewelry box, I’ve been fascinated by sparkly, colorful and fun pins. I love to wear vintage and antique brooches as accents to collars, jackets, handbags and even as additions to chokers and chains in the form of pendants. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see several prominent designers feature this classic style element with new twists in their fall 2015 collections.

To help you get started with this wonderful trend, I've included some of my favorite examples below and pieces from my fellow Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy team members. 

Want to celebrate with me??? Use #FallOfTheBrooch to share your favorite ways to wear these classic beauties in new ways this fall and late summer!

I've also set up a Pinterest board to capture additional wearing options and my favorite pieces from VintageCravens. If you have an awesome idea to share, please send me a message or share your pin with me on Pinterest. 
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Photo Courtesy of Vogue: Alexander McQueen 2016 Resort Wear

Brilliant cobalt blue sets the stage for late summer/early fall and is a perfect canvas for pastel floral accents in this stunning outfit by Delpozo*. An easy way to get this look is to incorporate vintage Mid-century enamel flower pins - one or a few - on your flowing blouses.
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Click to see beautiful vintage enamel flowers from VJSE on Etsy

Looking for a way to accent your bold fashion choices in a new way? Derek Lam* hit the nail on the head with this look. An abstract vest and pants with large zipper pockets leave little room for accessories. I love the sweet round brooch peeking out above the vest on the base of this model's turtleneck. There is a special place in my heart for rolled gold Victorian and Edwardian brooches in many shapes and sizes. While many are ornate, they tend to have strong design lines such which compliment their delicate engraving and would be perfect to re-create this look with an added measure of grace. 
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Click to see beautiful antique Victorian brooches from VJSE on Etsy

Do you see a brooch in this picture? Technically, Rodarte* didn't include a pin on their choker, but this is one of my favorite ways to wear small antique/vintage pins. Simply use a short leather choker or a ribbon tied around your neck and clasp your brooch onto it. Simple and chic! 
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Click to see more small brooches perfect for accents by VJSE on Etsy

I love the simple lines and geometric accents in this ensemble by Suno* - they remind me of one of my favorite eras, Art Deco. Wearing a bold brooch on a well constructed vest or poplin shirt is always a classic fashion style. Try pairing an Art Deco brooch with your vest in contrasting colors like Suno does here, or similar shades of the color for a subtler look.
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Click to see more Art Deco brooches by VJSE on Etsy

Dolce and Gabanna* pairs gold and black in this stunning ensemble. During the 1950s/1960s, several leading designers produced pins similar to these. Some of my favorites are goldtone brooches accented by faux pearls and rhinestones by Crown Trifari, Coro, Hattie Carnegie, Weiss and Lisner. To get this look, try using multiple pins on a black sweater or heavy jersey shirt. These pins would also look great on white as summer fades into fall! 
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Click to see more goldtone brooches by VJSE on Etsy

I hope you've enjoyed some new ideas for wearing your brooches this fall and look forward to hearing from you!

Happy fall,
Chris 
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Click to see vintage/antique brooches available at VintageCravens on Etsy
 

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