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Brooches For Men

Updated on April 6, 2010

This feminine trend started off on the streets of Europe and is sweeping the world of fashionable dandies, further pushing the androgynous agenda that we have seen recently embraced in Givenchy's Fall / Winter 2010 collection. I tell you, it is an exciting time to be writing about the world of fashion, an exciting time indeed. Some people thought that by the time we got to 2010, we'd only have shell suits and antennae ornaments to write about, but instead we are watching the continual mutation of fashion back and forth through time. Brilliant.

This trend was picked up by Fashionizing, a site that includes lovely fashion blog that devotes a great deal of time to obscure trends and models with impossibly long legs. (Really, impossibly long. I call either Photoshop or genetic engineering with Daddy Long Legs DNA.)

Anyway, to cut a long exultation short, brooches for men are in right now, which should please men who always looked yearningly at the shiny, pretty metal objects their mothers pinned to their pinafores, but which were entirely out of reach of the young men who ogled them like eager magpies.

The Key To Fashion

Now in the picture, the fellow is simply wearing some keys on his brooch, which also looks a little like the back of a large safety pin, which, my friends, opens up an exciting world of DIY men's brooches. All you need do is take shiny pretty things that will fit on a safety pin and attach the contraption to your lapel to look both stylish and edgy. Stydgy.

Pointy Chic

Alternatively, if you're worried that your brooch / lapel ornament will draw attention away from your sparkly two piece. (Alors! A sparkly two piece! And to think that they cut Marie Antionette's head off simply for saying people should eat brioche! Life is so unfair.) Anyway, if you fear that the brooch will draw too much attention away from your most excellent outfit, then you can take the lead of this tussle haired fellow and simply shove a long pin into your lapel.

Be warned, that thing looks fairly dangerous and there is every chance that you won't be allowed to fly with it and that you may not be able to wear it in public places in England anytime soon. They've already got silly knife laws, silly pin laws can only be a few drunken pieces of legislation away.

Straight Pin

Of course, if you're too much a of a straight up fellow to be bothering around with additional dangly bits (it's always the dangly bits that cause the trouble, then why not simply stick a kilt pin in your jacket lapel, wear a matching silver hooped earring and pretend to smoke a cigarette. Because nothing is hotter right now than early onset lung cancer.


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      6 years ago

      brooch! an awsome fashion, trendy i must say...wat mor? male fad goin up

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      7 years ago

      ^^BS. While I can't speak for brooches, are you telling me women never wore skirts, hosiery, high heels, and make-up in ancient times? You're telling me that back then, all those things were exclusively for males and that no women were allowed to wear skirts, hosiery, high heels, or make-up anywhere in the world, is that it? There's no "pattern" and nothing to be "commandeered" by any sex, when some of the things you mentioned aren't even gender-specific apparel.

      And it's not all taboo now. Men can wear make-up, you know. It's called being metrosexual. Some men wear heels as well if they want shoes that have heels. It's hard to come by (male shoes with heels, that is), however, and most men seem to find heels uncomfortable. Hmm... wonder why that would be. (/sarcasm)

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      8 years ago

      So, first a rib and now all our clothes, friggin' women. ;) Soon as the cloak comes back, I'll be on board, brooch and all.

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      8 years ago

      Aah, yes! The brooch, yet another item of male apparel commandeered by the "fairer sex" and called their own. The brooch was originally a clasp made of partly folded leather, with a pin that was pushed through two holes at either end of the leather patch and was used to hold the ends of a cloak together so that it sat around the shoulders without falling off. Over time these became more ornate and, according to social rank, were often highly decorative and bejewelled. Many such items have been excavated from the remains of Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlements in England and these were NOT the adornment of female attire.

      So.......skirts, hosiery, high heels, make-up, brooches - all originally male attire, now taboo to males. Is anyone beginning to notice a pattern here?

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      8 years ago

      Dangling earrings & brooch yes... purple nail polish yes... smoking no...

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      8 years ago

      I don't wear a brooch on my lapel, but a textile artist friend of mine has made me two flower-like poms from old ties that I wear on my winter overcoat. One at a time of course. They are different colors to co-ordinate with my scarf.

      For the first time, I'm going to be sad to see warm weather arrive and my overcoat get put away.


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