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Friday, December 5, 2008

Party Season - Rejuvenate with a Brooch

With the arrival of the party season, most of us are already worrying about what to wear. There will be a lot of people who simply can't afford to fork out for new clothes and accessories for every invite we get.

My advice - Invest in a brooch. It's just the thing to spruce up clothes long designated to the back of your wardrobe. Here are a few ideas I've come up with.....

A casual oversized drapey tunic like this could easily work as a mini dress or top w/skinny jeans by gathering the excess fabric to the centre of your waist or the side of your hip and securing it in place with a brooch.

Topshop Tulip Hem Tunic

Got a dress you're bored of wearing? Why not clip on a sparkly brooch in the style of this lovely dress from milly.
Dress by Milly

You could also try layering a bunch of pearl necklaces and clipping a flower corsage to them ala this one from topshop.

Flower corsage pearl necklace from Topshop

My favourite way to re-invent a plain old clutch is with an antique looking brooch. Why spend tones on a new clutch when you could get a £5 clutch from primark and pin your mum's vintage brooch to it! Although, it would be nice to own a lovely Wilbur and Gussie satin clutch - they are the best!

Wilbur & Gussie Charlie envelope clutch

Other ideas - Scarves, headbands, belts, hats...can't think of more :-)

A juicy selection of brooches.....

Debenhams 'John Richard' Sunflower and Faux Pearl favourite because i own it :-)

Banana Republic Flower Corsage Brooch

Cream Fabric Flower Corsage from Miss Selfridge

Fabric Bow brooch from Miss Selfridge

Topshop vintage brooch's a ring but could double up as a pendant on a long chain.

I hope this has given you, the readers, some inspiration and ideas for your outfits this season. Take care and have a great weekend.

6 comments: said...

love those!
need to go get me some asap.

how'r u doing babe

seralouise said...

thanks so much for this post . i was sortin out all my old broaches the other day n nearly threw them out as i never wear them, now i have new things to do with them ! xx

Tiger Tem said...

Great post sweetie. I'm a HUGE brooch fan, the bigger the better quite frankly. For anyone in Lagos, Tiger Tem has a great selection. Shameless plug, i know!

Swank Heights said...

tagged =)

Dropsofglamour said...

@Geisha - I'm great thanks, a bit stressed preparing for my relocation back home.

@Seralouise - glad to help!

@Tigertem - Gurl! Aint nothing better than free advertising :-)

CestLaVy said...

THANKS for all the ideas. You've just inspired me in time for the holidays... =)