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How to Wear a Brooch
You can always wear a brooch on your shoulder -- that's the traditional way to wear a pin. Truthfully, it's often one of the best spots for placement. But your shoulder certainly isn't the only option for a brooch.
How about your waist, or on a hat, or at your chin? There are lots of fun and creative ways to wear your favorite brooch. Breeze through our photos for thirteen ideas.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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Wear the Brooch Against Your Back
Nicole Kidman often wears jewelry in creative ways. At this event, she wore a black and white brooch between the back straps of her gown.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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Make the Brooch a Focal Point
Emilie de RavinEmilie de Ravin's oversize brooch flows perfectly with the front lines of her gown.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Wear a Quirky Brooch Near Your Hemline
Fearne CottonI'm not sure if Fearne Cotton was trying to make a statement with this oversized crab brooch, but it was certainly noticeable against her black dress.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Secure a Scarf with a Brooch
Katherine Heigl keeps her brooch placement traditional, using the decorative pin to secure a colorful scarf.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Create a Choker with a Brooch
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker wears choker jewelry quite often, and for this night out she used a brooch to create an asymmetrical choker from a length of cloth.
More SJP Chokers
Sarah Jessica Parker in Triple-Strand Diamond ChokerContinue to 7 of 14 below.
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Wear a Brooch in Your Hair
Gwen StefaniIs that a brooch or a hair clip above Gwen Stefani's left ear? It doesn't matter -- either one will give you the same look.
It's easy to turn unused earrings and brooches into hair clips.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Wear a Brooch on the Bodice of Your Dress or Gown
Mischa BartonMischa Barton placed a brooch at the center of her strapless gown's bodice, adding subdued sparkle (and accentuating her cleavage).Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Wear a Large Brooch Front & Center
Maybe the event influenced the huge brooch in Blake Lively. A large fly crawling up her neck seems appropriate for Spike TV's Scream.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Pin a Brooch at Your Waist
Brooches pinned along the side of the waist have been a popular trend lately, like this large pearl example on Sunny Sweeney.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Pin a Brooch at the Front of Your Beret
Carmen Electra's black beret has a circular diamond brooch pinned to its front.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Go with a Vintage Hat and Brooch, circa 1925
I could see this 1925 look repeated by today's women without looking dated. The hat might not be exactly right, but our current retro looks aren't terribly different.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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The Traditional Look
Sometimes simple and classic is the way to go. Princess Elizabeth in 1948, at the christening of her son, Prince Charles, sporting a ribbon brooch that we sometimes see her wear today now that she's Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Princess Elizabeth's 1947 Wedding Day Jewelry and FashionsContinue to 14 of 14 below.
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Secure a High-Collared Blouse with a Fussy Brooch
Securing a high-collared shirt with a brooch is always an option, but you might want to lose the bow tie.
Brooches are more versatile than you'd think. Next time you're looking to vamp up your wardrobe with some bling, a brooch might be the perfect accessory.
Edited by: Lauren Thomann