The Chanel brooch is a classic piece that can lift an outfit to another level.
When I was younger I associated wearing a brooch with ladies over a certain age. I grew up seeing them on my grandmother and great-grandmother. These two ladies were very classy and elegant. I admired their style when I was a little girl and I still do. I’ve even inherited a few fabulous pieces of clothing from my grandmother. But wearing a brooch myself was something I never considered. Definitely not my style. That was for grown-up classy ladies. I was more of a rock chic bracelet girl.
I like to think I’m forever 21, but I’m definitely not. And slowly but surely, my style has naturally developed and changed. A few years ago I discovered the classic Chanel CC brooch. Even though they have been in front of my eyes for many years, I never really SAW them, if that makes any sense.
Now I suddenly saw them on ladies of all ages with fabulous outfits. I developed a great fascination. Then pure love. I had to have one! So when I was in Paris a few years ago I purchased my very first Chanel brooch in their flagship store at 31 Rue Cambon. A beautiful brooch in pale gold with tiny little crystals, wrapped in the flagship’s signature white box. Sometimes a little happiness can definitely be bought. It was perfect.
Chanel brooches come in a huge variety of shapes and materials. Silver, gold, with pearls or crystals or both, with enamel, in plexiglass or just über classic plain and simple. Every season Chanel releases a new collection. So naturally, you want to own more than one!
I’m still a bracelet girl and love a good arm candy, but a brooch or two (or even three if you dare!) are a natural part of my uniform now as well. I love how a brooch instantly lifts your outfit, no matter how casual or formal your starting point is.
You can use them for every kind of outfit. On a denim shirt, denim jacket, a blazer, a utility jacket, a dress, a knitted sweater, etc. You can also pin it on a beanie or a beret. Or as a super chic pin in your hair. I’m already working on a post on how to wear a brooch so stay tuned.