Think you’re muuuuuch too fashion forward and edgy to wear anything like those little seed pearls that sat demurely on the ample bosom of your prim and proper Grandmother? Think again. This is definitely NOT your Grandmother’s brooch.
This Chanel brooch is a real statement piece.
Even with such an exuberant mix of colors and patterns, this pin, a bejeweled replica of Chanel’s signature Camellia, more than holds its own. Putting a large, round pin on square blocks of color instantly creates graphic interest.
Those of you who know me, know that my eye is always drawn to a great scarf, but………………
Here my eye went straight to this great brooch, although…… I had to get past the eyebrows first!!
Grandma just might have worn this on her tweed coat.
But, you don’t have to.
Why not pin it on your handbag or, better yet, go totally bold and fasten it to your favorite skinny jeans? Then, let it peak out from under your top. Very cool!
Now, here’s a brooch that you and Granny can both warm up to.
Just pin this Oscar de la Renta beauty onto the starched collar of a classic white blouse, throw on a warm cable knit, and you’re all set to curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a good book – schoolgirl head band optional.
Oh, and if you’re looking for the perfect reading material to complete the picture, I have a great suggestion.
The fascinating life of one of the world’s most interesting and influential socialites of your Grandmother’s era is the subject of a new biography (Viking Press) due out this November.
Susan Mary Alsop presided over a Washington, D.C., salon to rival any in the most chi chi quartiers of Paris, where she honed her charms and her skills.
Ms. Alsop knew that if you wanted to keep great conversation flowing, you needed to do the same with the champagne.
Hmm, perhaps Grandmother’s generation knew a thing or two about the interesting, well-dressed life.