How To Wear a Brooch Creatively In 2022

13 March, 2022


          
            Peacock brooch with jadeite, diamonds, ruby, sapphire and tsavorite

Brooches are a timeless piece of jewelry and they are back in fashion in a big way in 2022. They had a more traditional reputation for a long time - but in recent years they have shaken off their dusty associations and taken on a new, dynamic and funky vibe. This is thanks to many celebrities like Lady Gaga and Timothee Chalamet. 

Lady Gaga wearing broochTimothee Chalamet wearing brooch


Brooches have been in fashion for a long, long time - people have been using them to hold clothes together AND add a flourish to their look since the Bronze Age. 

Spectacle brooch from Bronze Age

In 2021 brooches have shaken off their association with old fashioned trends and have made a big comeback.

Essentially, a brooch is a statement piece - a decorative accessory.

It can be used to upgrade any item! You can accessorize and bring attention to pretty much anything and instantly add a feeling of elegance and refinement. 

peacock broochCraine brooch with jade, coral, sapphire

Brooches can add mystery, depth and intrigue, and can stand alone as an individual piece. Choosing exactly where to place your brooch is a matter of personal taste, but can also make a big impact on the overall look. 

The strength of brooch is it’s versatility - you can be as creative as you like and convey a wide range of different looks. 

Brooch fashion has always changed rather quickly, so it’s always a good idea to go for a timeless statement piece.

Jade lends itself very well to brooches because Jade is rarely going to be too glitzy or tryhard, and instead exudes a sense of clarity and softness.

So, let’s look at some of the top ways to wear your brooch in 2022!

Jacket or Coat/Lapel

  • Coats can handle heavier brooches
  • The more traditional the location, the more opportunity for imaginative and unusual designs to shine without going too far! This is the number one spot to put your most impactful brooches. 
  • If you want to accentuate your face more, you can wear it a little higher.

jade brooch on black coat collar

  • It’s a great way to add a touch of class and glamour to a workplace, where it might often be harder to make jewelry work well. 

Lucky Rate brooch with diamonds and jadeite from Jade Artisan Giraffe brooch with green jade from Jade Artisan

  • Useful for a simple outfit
  • Play around with where to place the brooch on your collarbone
  • It’s ok to play with the rules as we’ll see below - but it’s always good to know which rules you are breaking! And there’s a time and place for the traditional too. The traditional place for a single brooch on the coat or lapel is the left side. 

Bird brooch on the coat sleeveMultiple brooches on the coat pocket

 Hat/Hair/headband

  • There are as many brooch and hat combination options as there are types of hat
  • It’s chic
  • You can use hairspray to provide a foundation for the brooch if it’s just in your hair
  • Just as brooches were traditionally used as a stylish means to hold clothes together, you can do the same with your hair. You can even prepare it so you can change hairstyles just by taking the brooch out. 

Brooch as hair bandDragonfly brooch on the black hatbrooch on your hair

Scarf/Shawl/Bandanna

  • A Bandanna is a fresh and stylish way to display your brooch.
  •  It’s a very versatile accessory and you wear a bandanna in a variety of ways.
  •  You can create your own bespoke headpiece in a way that accentuates both your face and your brooch in a way that you decide. Just be sure to fasten issecurely and not let it get too heavy so it doesn’t fall back down. 

scarf pinned with a broochbrooch on Bandannabrooch on bandanna

Shoes

  • Adding Brooches to your shoes is a really fresh yet classy way to show off a little. 
  • It can bring elegance to your whole outfit while not being in your face.
  • It’s also a great way to transform otherwise dull shoes into something very different, whether to match the rest of your outfit or to elevate it.
  • You can try one brooch, matching brooches or even different ones for each foot if you’re feeling extra funky. 

 Many brooches on the girl's shoesbrooch decorated indoor slipper

Belt

  • Today wearing belts in new ways are all the rage. Try wearing them with a loose dress to accentuate the figure
  •  High on the waist to balance a cute outfit is also a great way towearany belt.
  • You can turn any belt into a luxury statement piece by attaching your favourite brooch to the buckle. This is a powerful and glamorous way to wear a brooch that is a real head turner. 

brooch pinned on the belt wore with jeans gold brooches pinned on black belt

So these are our top brooch tips for 2022. The quality of the brooch is just as, if not more important than the placement - you can go for gemstones or novel pieces, but the main thing to be mindful of when choosing your brooch is not to go overboard with something too glitzy - it can be a tricky balancing act.

For this reason we think that brooches are one of the best ways to wear jade - along with it’s remarkable capacity for being moulded into incredible forms, it’s beauty is not in your face. It simply draws the eye and invites closer inspection, while adding warmth and harmony to your overall outfit. 

We hope this article serves you well! If you would like to try your first Jade brooch you can see our collection here and be sure to choose well - because in the words of Coco Chanel - "Accessories are what makes or breaks a woman."

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