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Why Brooches Are Hot When It Comes to Fall Fashion for Women Over 60

By Jodie Filogomo October 01, 2023 Beauty

Since the weather has taken a turn for the somewhat cooler temperatures, we are starting to wear more layers, jackets and coverings. And a great way to add some fun and excitement to our fall fashion pieces is with one or all of your brooches!

What Is a Brooch?

When I look up the definition of a brooch, the internet says it’s an ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch. Another definition says it is a decorative jewelry item designed to be attached to garments. Well, glory be, ladies – I bet all of you have a bunch of these, and it’s stylish to wear them now – so let’s have fun!

What Variations and Styles Are Available?

These fabulous accessories come in all sizes and colors and materials. I know when I first think of a brooch, I think of metal and lots of bling. But, in keeping with the above definitions, they can certainly include fabric pins, wooden ones and even ceramic pieces!

When I search the retail sites for examples of brooches, I am overwhelmed with the different choices available. There is every animal imaginable, so many options of flowers and even modern designs too!

Of course, you may not need to go to the store at all to participate in this trend. Some of us have had brooches handed down from grandmothers, aunts and even friends. Or you bought them years ago and have forgotten all about them! I think it’s even fun to search out the antique and consignment stores for some variety if you want to add a couple to your collection.

Where Do You Attach a Brooch?

Now, most of us grew up putting a brooch on our collar or lapel of a jacket. And this is certainly an easy place to start, but I would encourage you to go further and experiment with attaching it other places as well, such as a belt, a hat or a handbag/purse.

You can also wear them on a headband or bow in your hair. How about on a wire around your neck as a necklace? You can even wear them on the laces of your shoes or on a fabric belt – it can be the pop of color if the buckle is plain.

Why Do I Love This Look?

Well, I have a confession. I am an accessory addict. Of course I blame my mother for this affliction. But admittance is the first step, right?

That being said, I think attaching a brooch to your clothing is a fun and interesting addition. It can certainly add some pizzazz to almost any look.

I think this can be especially helpful if you’re a woman who gravitates towards solid colored clothing instead of prints! Or someone who doesn’t like a necklace for the fact that it moves around.

Pros of Wearing Brooches

As I stated above, the little ole brooch can bring some bling to basically any wardrobe piece.

Since the brooch is a small piece of jewelry, it can easily be stored without taking up a lot of room.

Also, one of the reasons that accessories resonate with me so much, is the fact that the fit is always perfect! I can gain or lose five pounds, but that brooch still fits the same!

Cons of Wearing Brooches

Now the traditional brooches, with a pin on the back, can actually damage some clothing items. You certainly want to be careful with leather and silk so that a hole isn’t added to your wardrobe piece.

There is a solution for this issue though if you’re crafty. You can remove the pin element and add a magnet to the brooch. This will enable you to wear it without creating a hole in the material. The only caveat is it can come undone a little easier than a pin. Although I have had a pin come undone, too – so it just depends.

I read an interesting article that suggested removing the pin from your garment every time you wear it, even if you tend to wear the same brooch on this same item. By removing the pin, you allow the material to return to its original shape and weave – so said this particular author.


As an advocate of organization in my closet, I’m also a true believer that if you see it, you will wear it. Thus, keeping your brooches with the rest of your jewelry makes it much easier to remember to wear them!

Since my mother has too many brooches to count, she created a hanging organizer. It’s a couple pieces of material so that it’s relatively thick and cushiony. She actually decorated the edging around it, but I think that detail isn’t needed because the pins decorate it fabulously. We hung it on the back of her bedroom door with heavy duty velcro. Here’s a picture of it on Pinterest if you’d like to see it.


Let’s Have a Conversation:

Are you going to join in on the brooch love? And on which clothing items do you like to style them? How do you keep your pins organized? What do you think are the keys to fashion for women over 60? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.

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This is more typical of over 60s fashion in NZ.

Last edited 7 months ago by Ingrid

Yes I agree, I wonder how old these photos are – or if this is how Americans dress today??? Waistcoats are not a “thing” where I live (New Zealand), ie no one wears them and it is not possible to buy them, except, I guess, from a vintage store. I’d like them to come back into fashion, TBH! I have a small brooch on a coat. It is to hide a stain before I take the coat into the dry cleaners! LOL. Even the earrings in these photos look 80s. I’d like to hear from Jodie (author) as to when she to took these photos or where she sourced them.

Last edited 7 months ago by Ingrid

Thanks Ingrid for the back-up on the non-fashion in this article! I certainly don’t dress like this and in fact, my mother of 93 doesn’t dress like this either. Yup, there is a big regional difference in the Americas to keep in mind. I think the denim vest over the two other layers is one of the worst things anyone could wear, please take off the two outer layers and you have a woman who certainly is lean and could be a over 60 model. As the kids say WTF?


Ingrid the photo you sent is great and frankly you look like my friends a lot more than the models in the article. Lovely!


I am pro-Brooch but encourage everyone to view the article at Susan Said What (The Brooch is Back 2023) to see how to style a brooch in 2023. There you will see new creative ways to style a brooch some of which are very inviting such as using them on a cuff sleeve, like a cuff link. The idea of putting collection of similar styled brooches running down the one side of a jacket can take that old tweed jacket to an entirely new place and says in style not granny frump.
It is unfortunate that this article did not display the new ways to wear them, not to speak of the fact that most of the fashion in the article IS frump. The fashions display could be an article called, What Not to Wear

Eileen Johnson

I have a collection of pins I just can’t part with. It also started with my mother who collected butterfly pins. My mother passed on recently so I gave the pins out to family members to remember her. Maybe I’ll take out my pins again and wear them instead of just admiring them. They are so pretty! 💎

Ciara Roots

Oh gosh, I don’t even know where to start. There were only a few items on the models that I thought looked nice. And nothing says you’re old like wearing a brooch. I’m 72, and these were very popular when I was a child and in my early teens–back in the 50s and 60s! We’re in a new time now, and as much as I love brooches and think they’re cute, I just won’t be wearing one and looking frumpy. I do wear buttons for various causes, but that’s as close to a brooch as I’ll get! LOL!!!


I enjoyed reading your comments, lol, and agreed. I’m in your age bracket and have the same sentiments “nothing says you’re old like wearing a brooch”. When my husband gave me a brooch for my 30th birthday I was shocked. This man doesn’t know who I am! The brooch is very pretty and have never worn it. I did see an article to convert them into a necklace that I might try. Thanks for a morning giggle.

The Author

Jodie Filogomo is a retired cosmetic dentist turned style consultant. After over 20 years as a successful dental practitioner, she enhanced her styling talents by taking fashion, interior decorating and design classes. Jodie loves to share with others her passion for putting together outfits for women of all ages. Visit her blog Jodie’s Touch of Style and connect with her on social media.

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