How can you watch Casablanca and not admire the style-icon that was Ingrid Bergman? In this photo, the cool, contained Ilsa sports a knock-out jeweled brooch on the lapel of her gorgeous shirt dress.
The brooch has gone in and out of vogue on a steady rotation since the dawn of fashion. More recently, you can see them sprucing up gowns on the red carpet, dresses on the first lady, and even adding some sparkle to cloth headbands on it girls.
If you’re looking to add a classic vintage brooch to your collection, it’s important to consider versatility and your personal style.
Whether you want a pop of color like this cheerful red leaf clip or a classic statement of Old Hollywood style a la Bergman like this Blue Rhinestone flower, a well-chosen brooch has the potential to become your signature piece, combining in a variety of ways with the most dressed down to the most formal of your wardrobe pieces.
If you’re not quite ready to commit to something as daring as the above choices, go for a neutral, matte metal in a classic cut. Silver and gold are the obvious choices, like this classic gold leaf, but pearl and black are also solid choices for an understated but elegant addition to your lapel.