The classic brooch is back—thanks to none other than Commander in Chic, First Lady Michelle Obama. She has singlehandedly revived this classical piece by adding pins that enliven her otherwise staid outfits.
The brooch adds just a hint of sparkle and femininity to the look, instantly dismissing the notion that the look is only for grandmothers. To the contrary, Obama manages to make the floral pin a strong, confident, and current fashion statement. In fact, it would seem there are few occasions where the First Lady doesn’t add a brooch to her outfit.
At the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, she wore a turquoise sheath dress by Maria Pinto with a stunning turquoise and silver starburst brooch by Erickson Beamon
. At another DNC event, she donned a simple navy gown and added a crystal brooch to the peak of her V-neckline. On the cover of a new biography detailing Obama’s already-iconic personal style, the unintentional fashionista casually sports a delicate floral pin on a silk sheath dress. She’s also been seen on Late Night with David Letterman and a Barbara Walters Special with beautiful pins.
Regardless of the occasion, the First Lady always wears the brooch well, varying the placement and number of pins she chooses. She never allows the accessory to appear randomly affixed (or, worse, out of place altogether). Rather, Obama’s picks are quite intentional and carefully added in an organic way that works with her apparel—the key to making the accessory stylish and modern.