At my age, and with the increasing speed of production in mainstream fashion, I'm now living through the second or third run of fashion trends. While I love a good brooch, when I saw that brooches were on their way back to centre stage, I did have flashbacks to my days selling cheap vintage-style knock-off brooches at Glassons in the early 2000s.
The thing about trends, though, is that every time they come around they have to reflect the times they exist in. That means that the brooches of over a decade ago were no longer going to cut it as the only option, as other prevailing trends (the 70s, street wear) influenced how we wear accessories. Say hello to a resurgence in badges and pins, and a great, easy way to give your summer outfits a bit of pep.
The best I've seen so far, in a "please just take my money now" kind of way, are the Matchbox Studios pins. The store on Cuba Street is full of gorgeous and interesting things, but every week or so I find myself standing in the shop with a fistful of pins trying to pick just one. That's how I find myself with the four pictured above - and, I'll be honest, I just looked at the site to create that link above and I'll just be over here sitting on my hands so I don't bulk purchase all of them.
Why do I think these make a great accessory? Let's hit a list on that one:
- The incredible range of options. I love things that are a bit cheeky and make me laugh every time I look at them, so I'll buy a pin of cat on his back hugging a heart with his little butt picked out in gold metal - but maybe you are more about declaring your love of burgers, or you just want to wear a pretty rainbow.
- So cheap. At $12 you can build a collection of fun designs pretty quickly by giving up 3 coffees a week, or taking your lunch to the office 1.5 times a week. I mean. I know I'd rather have a few of these instead of caffeine jitters or another pretty good laksa.
- Mix and match or wear them alone - you can wear a few together as I have above, or you can just buy one you really love, put it on your jacket and never take it off.
But mostly - they're just good fashion fun and they're from a business working hard to give NZers something local and cool (read about them on their site). Those are things I'm all about.
I also think these are AMAZING for jazzing up your corporate wardrobe. Now, I know, I know, I wear outfits I describe as "Captain of Industry on a cruise", but I also sometimes wear more traditional work outfits too. A week or two ago I stood in front of various members of my industry (about a hundred all up in the end) in a yellow and white dress from Country Road, a white jacket...and that "K" pin was right there with me. It's quirky, it starts a chat over a carefully juggled sandwich at lunchtime, but it's not offensive. It gave that outfit a nudge from "nice" (blergh) into "yes girl I love it".
Stop reading this blog post. Go to Matchbox and get your own (and check out the other awesome local goods while you're there)!