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Ladgyguide: Wearing Pins

Aren’t pins for grandmothers? Or for pinning one’s hat in a period drama? Can I only wear a pin if I am a badass Secretary of State? Pins go with just about everything. Let me show you how!

I first got into pins because my grandma loved pins. She always had one on her winter coat or on the lapel of her blazer. As I’ve learned from wearing pins of my own, lapels and jackets aren’t the only place for these shiny things.

First, the pins. I have a handful and like to find them at estate sales. Since pins have fallen out of fashion, it’s more difficult to find new ones I like, but your local antique mall will have loads of funky pins. Pins are an easy way to add shine, color, and whimsy to any outfit. Here are mine:

Let’s start with the classic: pinned to your lapel. Choose a color that contrasts with what you’re wearing, like this blue number on a green blazer.

Put a pin in an unexpected place, like at the waist of a dress. This is my interview dress and I like to sass it up with a pin.

You don’t have to put pins on clothing! Try pinning some sparkle to your purse.

Other places you can wear pins: your hat, the collar of a shirt, or the pocket of a shirt. You can also try putting pins on curtains! You can also do as Madeleine Albright does and wear pins that match your mood. What will you wear your pins on?

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

7 replies on “Ladgyguide: Wearing Pins”

Funny enough, I started venturing forth into the pin world this weekend! I wore a ceramic bunny inside a basket on my cardigan Easter Sunday. I love pins, but have never really worn them. I feel they are a more mature version of the buttons I used to wear in high school. My mom has a few cute ones that she likes to wear on her blazers. I am now on the look out for more pins to add to my collection. Flea markets and thrift stores are good for that kind of thing.

I love pins!  I’ve begun making my own brooches and the hard part is finding good clasps.  The cheap-o ones at general craft stores have quite a high profile so the ornament tends to stick out funny.  I like the idea of wearing them at the beltline.  Hadn’t thought of that.  Let’s bring back the brooch!

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