I’ve mentioned last week that I cannot resist a cute/quirky brooch, and these days, I often build an entire outfit around a brooch. Take this one, for example – I don’t often wear brooches with human shapes/faces (they always strike me as a tiny bit creepy), but this one, in the shape of Pierrot the clown, fits that sweet spot between quirky and vintage that I love. Since the brooch itself is so attention-grabbing, I kept the rest of the outfit simple, using the little green gem on the brooch as a starting point and matching that to my jacket, sweater, and even socks, so the brooch can really shine.
Maybe I should keep an eye out for Harlequin and Columbine brooches as well, to complete the set…
Ever since I discovered a local Facebook sellers that specializes in secondhand costume jewelry, I’ve accumulated a lot of brooches… and I mean a lot. So, in an attempt to wear more of them, I’m doing just that – wearing more than just one brooch in an outfit, I mean. I’m still quite new to the art of brooch clustering (is that a thing? I’d say it’s a thing), and so far I’ve only clustered them according to theme – like all fruits together, or here, all insects (and one reptile) together. I’m going to play around and see if I can come up with more combinations – perhaps with similar/complementary colors and textures, or all sparkly? – because it is really fun.
The rest of the outfit I kept simple, but I couldn’t resist adding to the natural theme from my green jacket and the insect brooches with these floral socks (a gift from a co-worker, who knows I love fun socks.)
So how is everybody’s first week of 2021 going? I got a sinus infection, which is awesome. If this is how the first week of 2021 is, I don’t want to know what the rest of the year is going to be.
Anyway, on to the outfit: I bought this skirt from an online vintage boutique, and it turns out to be a little shorter than I expected, so it looks a bit like a school uniform skirt (note to self: all my skirts now should be at least 25″ long. This one, for the record, is 20″). My decision to pair it with saddle shoes doesn’t help, but I thought, I might as well lean into the schoolgirl look. It’s too bad that I didn’t find this sooner, because it would’ve made the perfect Audrey Horne cosplay. The jacket and brooch were added for a bit of warmth and color, and to, well, make it less of an Audrey Horne cosplay.