When you hear the word brooch, do you think “great grandmother?” You’re not alone—it’s a stuffy word. But it’s decidedly not a stuffy concept. Adding a little bit of flare to your outfit is not at all old-fashioned, and really, they’re versatile. You can punch up any look with a pin easily and remove it when you’re done—our idea of true cost-effectiveness. While we love (love!) rooting out vintage pins at our local thrift store, there are plenty of great, brand-spanking-new brooches out there ripe for the picking. Our favorites harken back to the past while also being totally modern (think jewels and vintage-look, but updated with cool colors or inventive construction). Click through for 10 amazing pins.
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.