With heart and belly full from a terrific Thanksgiving Day with family, we headed to the fields to cut down this year's Christmas tree and began decorating. I adore vintage and antique ornaments for decorating the tree and developed quite a crush on these sweet elves at a lovely estate sale over the summer. After getting the girls home, I promptly began researching their history and patiently waited until after Thanksgiving to let them appear in the shop.
These adorable pixie-style elves would likely have been made by Lefton in the late 1940s/early 1950s given their pink and green outfits and facial expressions. I decided to name them Bitsy & Betty and hope you enjoy seeing their sweet orneriness as much as I do.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I hope you've enjoyed some new ideas for wearing your brooches this fall and look forward to hearing from you!
I am Chris Cravens and I manage all aspects of VintageCravens including photography, research, shipping, making and more.