Brooch & Fun Fashion Friday Link Up!

December 10, 2015
Can you wear a brooch without looking old-fashioned and frumpy?

That was the question I asked myself before I participated in this month’s “How I Wear My” style challenge!

style over forty, outfit ideas for women over forty
Well, how did I do?  

styling antique jewelry without looking old
I was excited to have reason to style this antique silver art nouveau brooch that I’ve had for years. I always liked it because I thought it looked a little gothic.

I thought an antique brooch and this hand-me-down coat from my mother might be too much vintage for one outfit, but I loved them together.

styling a vintage brooch

What do you think? Would you rock a brooch?
Three favs from last week ….
Cathy, my fellow Bay Area Fashionista, looks chic and on point in this LBD!

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen is a ball of sass and spirit in this fun look!

And isn’t Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots looking stunning?  One of my fav pics of beautiful Jennie!

Now, link up, link back, & have fun.  

And hey, grab a button (and yes, I fixed the size … promise … so sorry to all of you who had to deal with my gargantuan button!)

Fashion Should Be Fun - Style Over 40

An InLinkz Link-up


  • Reply Andrea December 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Great brooch! It looks great on your coat! Definitely not grandmotherly… 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Andrea! 🙂

  • Reply Pam Greer December 11, 2015 at 12:35 am

    When I was in college, I wore them all the time. I still have them! I need to get them out and try them again!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Let me know what you post an outfit with one. I'm still looking for ideas. I have a few more that I never wear.


  • Reply Andrea Nine December 11, 2015 at 1:12 am

    You are one of the classiest ladies in Blog land, this gorgeous brooch just makes you look even more sophisticated, not grandmotherly!!! You look beautiful as can be!! Happy Weekend!!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Awww you're a sweetheart my dear! 🙂

  • Reply Nora Minassian December 11, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I love this whole look on you Dawn, edgy yet chic really becomes you…love the brooch too 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Aww thanks Nora! I really do feel really ME in this! 🙂

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life December 11, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I love the brooch with the vintage coat! Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Alice! 🙂

  • Reply RedTagChicLosAngeles December 11, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Why not – a brooch is timeless and adds dimension to any look! Happy Holidays!


    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! 🙂

  • Reply Regina L. L. Wells | You Are a Daisy December 10, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Absolutely, you can wear a brooch without seeming like a grandma…it all depends on the brooch and the placement. Just like you've done here, it can be a fun and often forgotten accessory.

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Agreed! 🙂

  • Reply Mica T December 10, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Your brooch is beautiful and you are definitely rocking it! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Thanks Dear! 🙂

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft December 10, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Looks great!!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Thanks Jaymie! 🙂

  • Reply Marta December 11, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Your brooch looks amazing with the vintage coat, loving your booties too!! Great look, enjoy your weekend:)

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Marta! 🙂

  • Reply Petite Silver Vixen December 11, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Said it on Instagram and I'll say it again – I love that brooch!
    And yay! Thank you for featuring me alongside Cathy and Jennie as one of your 3 favs from last week! What stylish company I'm in.
    Thanks for hosting.

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      You are stylish company yourself, my dear! Muah!

  • Reply Carrie December 11, 2015 at 1:24 am

    That brooch is so pretty on that jacket! Love those booties with it, too!


    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Carrie! 🙂

  • Reply Monica P December 11, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Beautiful and unique brooch. I don't even own one. Perhaps I'll have to visit a few vintage stores and pick one up 🙂


    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Yes! Let me know if you find a fab one! 🙂

  • Reply Pam @ over50feeling40 December 11, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Gorgeous Brooch, Dawn! And thanks for the link up!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Pam! 🙂

  • Reply J. Elle December 11, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Aww, thank you for the sweet surprise, my friend! I must say I love brooches, and should try to wear the one or two I have more often. You are totally showing how they can rock!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      LOVE this look on you, Jennie! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel December 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I think you pulled it off well. I love the goth and classic detailing to the brooch. Looking fabulous Dawn.
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Aww thanks so much, Rachel! 🙂

  • Reply Straight A Style December 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Not a hint of grandma! Those boots are amazing. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Dear! 🙂

  • Reply Tiina L December 11, 2015 at 6:53 am

    It's a beautiful brooch and fabulous with the vintage coat. I have quite a collection of brooches, I should wear them more.

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I'd love to see how you wear one, Tiina! 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra B. December 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Love that look Dawn Lucy 🙂 Not a granny at all 😉 I think the brooch gives your look a sophisticated & posh touch.

    Thanks for hosting & have great weekend!

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Alex! 🙂

  • Reply colleen @ 50 days of no grey December 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I haven't brooches in such a long time. Yours is amazing! Such a great look with that coat.

    • Reply dawnlucy December 12, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Thanks so much, Colleen!

  • Reply Irene Papadopoulou December 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

    love the coat! so beauty
    thank you for hosting
    Irene Papadopoulou

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Irene! 🙂

  • Reply Dana Jo December 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

    This could be my outfit! Both thumbs up! The brooch is awesome! <3

    have a wonderful weekend

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      The best compliment! Thanks Dana! 🙂

  • Reply Doused In Pink December 11, 2015 at 11:21 am

    That broach is so pretty and looks fabulous on your coat! Thanks for hosting the linkup and have a great weekend!

    Doused In Pink

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Jill! 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Reply Carrie ALovelyLittleWardrobe December 11, 2015 at 11:29 am

    A grandma? No way! You look fabulous…always!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Carrie! 🙂

  • Reply kim tuttle December 11, 2015 at 11:52 am

    LOVE this entire look, it's so cool and edgy, very editor chic. The boots and jacket are so stylish and the brooch is very unique and beautiful and adds that special unique touch to the look. Hope you enjoy the weekend! xo


    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet compliment, Kim! 🙂

  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge December 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I am such a fan of brooches and I collect them as well. 🙂 Love the unique design of yours!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Katherine! 🙂

  • Reply Laura Bambrick December 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I think your brooch looks stunning on your coat! It's a gorgeous piece of jewelry!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Laura! 🙂

  • Reply Amy Johnson December 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    You look awesome and not like a grandma because your outfit is edgy! Love it!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Amy! 🙂

  • Reply Monika Faulkner December 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    You've managed a perfect balance of military chic and rockerish edge with this outfit, dearest Dawn!! The coat is AMAZING (Mom was obviously a fashion maven, too!) and that brooch?? Super cool!! P.S. Even though I haven't worn one in a while, my favourite trick for styling a brooch is using it as a hair pin!! XOXO

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Oh as a hair pin! How cool! I'll try it! OXOX

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga December 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Dawn
    I love the brooch you are wearing very intracate! You know I love vintage brooches, wear them often and collect them, they are so pretty to me!
    jess xx

    • Reply dawnlucy December 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Brooches fit in so well to your aesthetic Jess! 🙂

  • Reply Mary Murnane December 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    This look is fantastic. I love the brooch and can see why you fell in love with it, very cool. It looks great on your coat, I'm glad you chose to rock it!


    • Reply dawnlucy December 12, 2015 at 1:21 am

      Thanks so much, Mary!

  • Reply Adrienne Shubin December 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Super cool brooch look, Dawn Lucy. I love the way it accentuates the pewter buttons on your gorgeous coat! Thank you for mentioning How I Wear My and for always sending in such great outfits!
    xoxo, A

    • Reply dawnlucy December 12, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Aww thanks so much, Dear! OXOX

  • Reply Linda Grier December 12, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I think you look great — and I think we need to re-frame what we mean when we say "look like a grandma"… I am a 53-year-old with twin 9-month-old grandchildren and I generally look pretty good too. Being a grandmother is a wonderful life stage, just like being over 40 (or over 50 or whatever) is. I didn't suddenly change when my oldest son and his wife decided to have kids. I'm still the same unique, special person, with my own style. I'm sure you didn't mean to insult anyone but it does reflect a bias in our culture about what a grandmother is or looks like… Would love to have you write again about grandmothers and style, with some of these ideas in mind. Thanks!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 12, 2015 at 1:17 am

      Oh my gosh, you're so right! What was I thinking? I totally apologize!

    • Reply dawnlucy December 12, 2015 at 1:24 am

      I changed my wording and again I apologize. I'm totally old enough to be a grandma myself. It's an old expression that I used without even thinking about it. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • Reply Linda Grier December 14, 2015 at 1:07 am

      Thanks for the response! Sometimes it takes someone with a different life experience or perspective to help us realize that there might be another way of looking at something. Figured it was better to communicate than to just stew about it. Thanks again for listening.

  • Reply Nora Gouma December 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Amazing brooch though, I love it, looks good on you, but not for grandma :), thank you for sharing, you look gorgeous!!!


  • Reply Elegance and Mommyhood December 12, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Your brooch looks so fun with this gorgeous military coat.

    Happy weekend hun!

  • Reply Sabina B December 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    this is such an amazing styling Dawn! Love that coat and the brooch with it. And the boots and you look fabulous. I also got a coat like it but am wearing my camel one to death at the moment 🙂 And I also totally appreciate Linda Grier's comment. She is totally right. We are using words (me that is) that are not meant to hurt but totally reflect an outdated perspective. Love being part of this fashion blogging community that is changing the way things are being perceived! xo Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  • Reply Mira Tolvanen December 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Looks great!

  • Reply Darcy December 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    That brooch is the perfect finishing piece!

  • Reply cherie at December 14, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I'm a huge fan of brooches, especially vintage ones. I love how you chose an all black canvas so that the brooch is the feature. Thank you for hosting.


  • Reply Christie Geiger December 14, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Love it! Those boots are fabulous.

    Thanks so much or linking up with Friday Favorites! Hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

    The Closet by Christie

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