This shall be a tiny column, which I deem at least appropriate considering what its subject is all about. But just because it is petit, it doesn’t mean you should disregard it. Sometimes small things have an impact much greater than one could ever imagine… Such is, I believe, the case with brooches, a mighty chapter on the history of accessories that we constantly ignore. Fools that we are.

You might think that I’m kidding, some of you might even worry that my poor grandmother’s closet has been raided just so I could write this piece. Well, I did raid it (I’m sure she didn’t mind). But before you let your prejudice take the better of your fashionable you, let’s consider one thing: the Oscar’s red carpet in 2012.

Olivia Wilde was there, so was Michelle Williams along with other ladies of high Hollywood breeding. What did they have in common? You guessed right. A brooch, a tiny, beautiful brooch that simply brought their whole looks together by accentuating it, complimenting it and making a fashion statement that was at once edgy and smart.

The Oscars have come and gone. Still there’s much to say for the understated elegance of an embellished lapel. Good news is that brooches can also be applied to your hair bands, illuminate an otherwise dull handbag, bring out your waist and cleavage, or hold up a scarf. So play a little, dare a little. Because this is what fashion is all about.

By Lucila de Mello Campos - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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