Pin it on you: 16 brooches, badges and stick pins to add instant personality to outfits

Gabriella Kiss

Gabriella Kiss drusy quartz leaf pin with 18-karat gold branch and beetle, $2,400 at August in West Hollywood, (323) 653-2600,

(Gabriella Kiss )

Dust off those vintage brooches and lapel pins. Whether a flea market find, a family heirloom or a new treasure from the likes of Chanel or Louis Vuitton, decorative pins are back as the accessory of the moment for both ladies and gentlemen. They come in numerous shapes and forms: badges, brooches and stick pins in classic bows and crests, modern florals, animal silhouettes, arty graphics and symbols. For a simple styling trick, pins add instant personality to an outfit, particularly neutral basics, coats and suiting.

And more is more. Wearing them in multiple looks fresh, as does unexpected placement — in the hair (as at Prada’s presentation for fall), on a handbag (as at Dolce & Gabbana) or on both jacket lapels (as on the Dior Homme runway). Beyond ornamentation, brooches function as pretty fasteners on pieces such as the season’s cool new capes.

Dolce & Gabbana

(Dolce & Gabbana)

Dolce & Gabbana leather clutch with brooch trim, $3,995 at Dolce & Gabbana in Beverly Hills, (310) 888-8701,



(Louis Vuitton)

Louis Vuitton brass and plexiglass Solaris Brooch, $875 at Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills, (310) 859-0457

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(Napoleon Merana)

Free Plan by Napoleon Merana mirrored plexiglass acrylic animal pin handcrafted in Los Angeles, $12 exclusively at LACAUSA in Silver Lake, email to




Vhernier 18-karat white gold Scorpione brooch with green mother of pearl, diamonds and rock crystal, $63,700 at Vhernier in Beverly Hills, (310) 273-2444


(Oscar de la Renta)

Oscar de la Renta resin and crystal ivy brooch, $390 at Saks Fifth Avenue stores, (877) 551-7257


(Fausto Puglisi)

Fausto Puglisi gold brass Iconic Sun pin, $290 at Curve in West Hollywood, (310) 360-8008


(Les Copains)

Les Copains dragonfly brooch with beads and crystals, $365 at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and starting Sept. 30 at

(Alexis Bittar Jewelry)

Alexis Bittar crystal-encrusted Black Cherry Broken Heart Pin with golden pin detailing, $295 at Alexis Bittar boutiques in Venice, Malibu and West Hollywood,



(Erickson Beamon)

Erickson Beamon brooch with vermeil, Swarovski crystals and Japanese glass pearls, $593 at Laura Gambucci boutique in La Jolla, (858) 551-0214


( Olivier Saillant / ©CHANEL)

Chanel resin, plexiglass and golden metal chain brooch with strass crystals and glass pearls, $2,550 at Chanel in Beverly Hills, (310) 278-5500



Hermès brooch with rainbow jasper, dumortierite and palladium metal, $435 at Hermès in Beverly Hills, (310) 278-6440,


(Shown on top)

Gabriella Kiss drusy quartz leaf pin with 18-karat gold branch and beetle, $2,400 at August in West Hollywood, (323) 653-2600,



(Dior Homme)

Dior Homme natural dried flower pin with palladium finish, available in 14 styles, price upon request at Dior Homme in Beverly Hills, (310) 247-8003,


(Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane)

Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane brass, enamel and crystal pin set, $995 at Saint Laurent in Beverly Hills (310) 271-5051,



Prada plexiglass and crystal brooch, $850 at Prada in Beverly Hills, (310) 278-8661



Balenciaga silver-tone Pearl Bow Brooch with flower pearl drop in brass, $885 at Balenciaga in West Hollywood, (310) 854-0557


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