How To Wear A Brooch

Brooches are beautiful items of jewelry that are commonly worn pinned to a jacket or top. They can add some elegance and style to anything you wear as well as brighten up any plain outfit. 

How to Wear a Brooch

However, knowing how and when to wear a brooch is not as straightforward as many other types of jewelry.

They can be seen as a little old-fashioned and are not as common as they once were. This means that even if you want to wear a brooch, you may not be sure of where to start.

That’s where this article can help! We will give you hints and tips on how to wear and style a brooch. Whether it’s your first time wearing a brooch or you’re just looking for new ideas, there is sure to be a tip for you.

Let’s get started!

Clothing Suitable For A Brooch

Let’s begin by looking at some of the most common items of clothing that you can attach a brooch to and how to wear them. No matter what type of brooch you have, there is the perfect item of clothing for it.


One of the most common uses for brooches has traditionally been as a way to dress up and add extra style to a dress.

Brooches are best with simple dresses that either have a single solid color or only a very simple pattern.

They especially look great on a plain black dress and can really make them stand out more than they normally would.

We don’t recommend pairing them with a dress that has a very intricate pattern, however, as the brooch can become lost in the details of the pattern. These dresses usually don’t need the additional embellishment of a brooch.

The best place for a brooch on a dress is on the upper left side. You can play around with the placement a little to find what works best for your neckline and tastes.


For a more casual look, consider adding a brooch to your favorite sweater. A brooch can immediately lift a casual sweater into something a little more elegant without making it too dressy.

When you do attach a brooch to a sweater, you need to be careful with how you pin it.

It can be easy to bunch up too much wool on a brooch pin so that the sweater becomes bunched up and doesn’t lie as flat as it should. Try to avoid this and take care to keep your sweater flat and unbunched.

We recommend placing a brooch just below the line of your collarbones. If you have a V-necked sweater, try pining it high on the left-hand side.

Shirt Collars

Shirt Collars

Classic, white, button-down shirts and blouses are another great place for brooches.

We recommend opting for small and sparkling brooches for shirts. Look for a pair of brooches that have sparkling stones set in silver.

You can place the two brooches on either side of your collar. Whether it is a starched shirt collar or a blouse collar that lies against your collarbones, both will look great with brooches.

They can really brighten up a plain shirt and draw attention to your neckline.


When we say jackets, we are covering the entire umbrella of everything that can be called a jacket.

Whether it’s a jacket, coat, blazer, cardigan, or denim jacket, virtually anything you can wear over clothing will benefit from having a brooch pinned to it.

You can either pin a brooch to the lapel of your jacket or to a breast pocket if you have one. The best type of brooch will depend on the color of your jacket and you will also have to judge the size.

Make sure the brooch isn’t so small that it gets lost on your jacket but it shouldn’t be so big that it becomes unwieldy.


Brooches can serve a dual purpose on scarves depending on how you position them. As with other types of clothing, you can use your scarf to draw attention and add some extra style to your scarf.

However, brooches can also serve a practical purpose with scarves. If you’re tired of having a scarf slip or fall from your neck, then a brooch is what you need!

Wrap your scarf around your neck as normal and you can then pin your brooch to the front of your scarf where it overlaps. This will keep your scarf securely in place and prevent it from falling.


Using a brooch on a necklace might seem a little strange, but it is surprisingly common and easy. There are a few different ways you can use a brooch on a necklace and it all depends on the type of necklace you have.

When pinned on longer and thinner chains, a brooch acts very similarly to a pendant.

However, you can also add a brooch to a smaller and tighter necklace that fits more snugly around your neck.

This then makes the brooch part of a choker instead. As well as necklace chains, you can use a scarf or ribbon to make your own choker quickly and easily (see also ‘10 Fashionable Vintage Silk Scarves You Need In Your Life‘).



Our final option for wearing a brooch is to use it as a hair accessory. They can be used as a hairpin to dress up a fixed-in-place updo. In some cases, you may even be able to use the brooch as a pin in its own right.

Final Thoughts

In this article, we looked at several different ways that you can wear a brooch.

We introduced several different items of clothing that are ideal for brooches and advised on how to attach a brooch and which types of brooches to use.

Whether you’re looking for a brooch for a special occasion or just to dress up an outfit, there are hints and tips in this article for you.

We hope that you find the advice in this article useful and that it will help you make brooches part of your regular style.

Willa Price

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