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Play is a cornerstone of my style, and I love to pick up something that has been regularly ignored by most people and make it work. As I talked about in my post about building a unique wardrobe I regularly try on the “ugly” pieces on the rack that aren’t flashy and if I like them enough, take the challenge to make them work. (And I’m pretty good at it too.)

Brooches are one of those accessories that can feel extremely dated and tacky. Oversized bling and kitsch shapes can make them feel gaudy or extremely dated (and not in an elegant, vintage sort of way).

Last year I began looking for ways to wear some of my brooches in my jewelry box—some cute finds from a rummage sale a couple years earlier. This year I pulled out some of my grandmother’s brooches (that fit my style) and decided to style them.

When I first styled this outfit I thought to put it on the blazer lapel, but when I struggled to find a necklace to balance everything out I thought about combining a brooch and a scarf. I simply tied the scarf once around my neck, left the ends at different lengths, and slipped the brooch through the two layers to create a sort of faux ruffle.

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I love the final look. I admit, the hat makes it very quirky, and was not a planned accessory, but I brought it anyway in case the wind got too strong. The wind refused to keep my hair out of my face so I went with the hat. I know some people might find it dorky, but I totally love it. It adds to the vintage feel and adds a whimsical touch I enjoy.

The blazer I’m wearing actually comes with a brooch and it’s on sale (and it comes in plus sizes). I’m tempted to get it in the black sometime, but I already have so many blazers… I’m a serious blazer addict. Would it surprise you that I absolutely hated them growing up?

Anyway, my ultimate brooch goal is to style my grandmother’s gigantic green, orange, and yellow gem brooch that fills the palm of my hand. It’s like a puzzle waiting to be solved. We will see if it ever happens.

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Thursday Moda Link-Up

Today I am hosting a link up party with the lovely Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood. We both chose to style brooches but ended up also styling blazers as well. I love the way she belted her blazer and her sunglasses are the cutest!

Ada of Elegance & Mommyhood and Mary of Wind & Spindle style Blazers + Brooches for Thursday Moda, March 8th 2018

 

I’ve co-hosted a couple of link ups with Ada and always enjoy working with this lovely lady.

Here is a bit about Ada:

Elegance and Mommyhood is a blog run by Ada, mom to the sweetest 5-year old girl named Vivian, who also makes a lot of appearances on the blog. This blog showcases Ada’s personal style as a mom, a woman on the go and as a career woman. She often shows Mommy+Mini Outfits of her and her daughter. It is also a blog about real life updates, current events and her poetry. Ada has been running her successful Thursday Moda linkup every Thursday for two years straight. She can be found on Instagram, Bloglovin and Pinterest. She thanks you for joining her linkup, today, and welcomes you back!

Ada of Elegance & Mommyhood and Mary of Wind & Spindle style Blazers + Brooches (Closeup) for Thursday Moda, March 8th 2018


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As always, thank you for your support!

14 Comments

  1. Ada March 8, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I always love what you wear and what you write. And your photos – don’t get me started. Like the way you write and tell stories, your photos are a work of art and beauty and each of them tells its own story. I love that we collaborated again, on your new blog this time around. And I am in love with the outfit you put together and the totally whimsical yet classy vintage vibe it has. It is modern, yet it is retro too! I simply love it. Like you I love (and own a lot of) blazers and I am so happily surprised that we both chose to style our beautiful brooches with blazers, even better that those blazers are in the same color family. Hey, great minds think alike!

    Thank you also for your super kind words about me, my blog and my linkup. I am currently working on my blog post and I think you will love reading it. It will go LIVE at 7.00 AM tomorrow morning. You killed it with this outfit dear Mary. Thanks for being my fabulous co-host and have a great night!

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    1. Mary Tait March 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you, Ada! You’re seriously the sweetest!

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  2. Nina March 8, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Cute look! I love that you try to make pieces that perhaps get less attention work. It’s kind of like a challenge! I love the color of your blazer in this!

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    1. Mary Tait March 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you, Nina! I like to challenge my creativity once in a while. 🙂

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  3. jodie filogomo March 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    These are the best pieces to pick up at the thrift stores too!! For some reason they’ve gotten a bad rap, but I think they can add so much fun to any outfit!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Mary Tait March 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      I know, right? Actually, I thought to myself that you would be one to wear a brooch. I seem to remember a post where you ladies styled them? (Or maybe its foresight?) 😉

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  4. Elsie March 12, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Such a gorgeous look Mary! I love the ethereal quality of the skirt and top! Just dreamy!

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    1. Mary Tait March 17, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you, Elsie. I really love these pieces so it was a fun look to wear.

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  5. Lana March 14, 2018 at 4:52 am

    I have a few brooches given to me when my grandma died. Love how you styled this one, and you’ve given me some inspiration to pull them out and wear them!

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    1. Mary Tait March 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad. They really are a ton of fun to play with.

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  6. Cheapcustomessays March 22, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Really lovely silver work! Have you considered making brooches? As a frequent kilt wearer, I always look for interesting kilt pins. There is a whole world-wide community of kilties out there who would be interested both kilt pins or plaid brooches.

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    1. Mary Tait March 22, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      I haven’t tried making brooches, and I didn’t make that brooch. I did study metalworking and jewery making, but I’ve found it to be more a hobby than a business. 🙂 My family is Scottish so I’ve seen kilt pins (we have a couple ourselves), and they can be magnificent!

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