What is it about everyone loving all things flashy and plastic?! Well not all of us are obsessed with Madonna style festival glam (or maybe a bit) but I do think there is something refined about walking down your local high street wearing a piece that no one else has or can copy.
My obsession with vintage began a long while back. I have always had an obsession with the past. My favourite music is anything older than 20 years and my favourite films Grease and Dirty Dancing (the latter of which came out the year I was born!!!) so it stands to reason I would prefer the fashion or some of it maybe.
I can give you a million reasons for this, most of them no more than personal tastes, but the quality is something else. They don’t make them like they once did. I mean let’s be fair; they have lasted this long. They will last for decades more and I love them!
Here are some of my favourite vintage brooches picked up from the likes of Portobello Market and vintage fairs.
I like the fact that they don’t look inexpensive but they might have slight imperfections which not only makes them more unique but gives them a retro edge which I really like.
I prefer brooches and vintage items in general that evoke the late 1800s to the 1930’s which covers the Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Deco periods. This is because of the elaborate and stylised nature of these pieces.
The Edwardian style pieces that I have, as you can see, are the blue jewel bar style brooch and the gold bar with opaline. The symmetry of the blue gems opposite each other was however more typical of an Art Deco piece.
The free flowing aesthetic of the filigree and purple jewelled brooch makes it a beautiful and simple example of the style of an Art Nouveau piece. I look it would look fantastic as a smaller brooch in amongst a variety of brooches on black.
The more industrial edge that befell the Art Deco period is seen in the pretty silver dress clip with all over clear stones. This is true because of the sharp outer shape. It’s still luxurious but hints at a time which was much more concerned with austerity in post war Britain.
A few of my other brooches incorporate Celtic designs which is quite by accident. I like them because again I believe they are Art Nouveau-esque in style, much simpler than Edwardian styles and not as sharp as Art Deco. There is a harmony and ‘wholeness’ to these circular designs and these would work well on hats or tweed jackets.
Lastly I just wanted to point out the intertwined circle brooch which is reminiscent of the pieces designed by vintage jewellery designer ‘Monet’ who’s influencers included Chanel. This is very Chanel inspired and a perfect simple addition to any outfit.
Brooches can be worn in a variety of ways which I am currently experimenting with i.e. on a hat, pinned to long chains as a necklace, pinned to scarfs or bags, jacket lapels, over jeans pockets, at necklines or collars or even in your hair.
Obviously if they have certain colours its good to match at least one of the colours with another item you are wearing or wear neutral or dark colours and a statement brooch. This can then be the talking point of your ensemble.
What are your favourites?