Is it strange to plan an outfit around a relatively small piece of jewelry?
A couple of weeks ago, I showed you a few beautiful brooches that I’d been eyeing . . . most covetously.
I’m not saying it was a contest, but there was a winner.
When I presented myself to The Photographer for picture-taking last weekend, he said, “You bought one of those things?”
But he said it like this:
“You bOugHt one of those things?”
Indeed, I did.
The arrival of the brooch touched off a micro-crisis in my head. I loved the brooch and was totally captivated by its design. It’s fabricated from a single piece of steel and slightly springy to the touch. But I wasn’t sure what I could wear it with.
The brooch is heavy (approximately half the weight of a candy bar that is too large to consume in a single sitting), modern, and a little bit rustic. If it were a movie, it would be a mash-up of Blade Runner and Witness. Take all the time you need to process that.
Clearly, the brooch needs to sit upon a very plain backdrop — ideally, something without embellishment, which, in the most restrictive sense, means no buttons or pockets. But something heavier than a blouse and more resilient than a sweater.
How lucky for me that I had recently purchased this top made of double-knit wool.
This top is not lacking in interest. It’s charcoal grey, but woven in a degrade pattern with flecks of light grey appearing at the midriff and becoming denser at the hem. Importantly, however, the chest and neckline are a solid field that sets off the brooch beautifully.
NB: Despite my best efforts (10 minutes of Google searching), I could not find a definitive explanation of the difference between ombre and degrade coloring. Technically, this may be ombre.
visit the brooch.
Despite the sawtooth edges, it will not bite.
Did you notice that I changed my shoes midway through these pictures?
Perhaps you should go back to the top and start again.
I couldn’t decide between black penny loafers or red ones. When I actually wore this outfit to work, I wore a different pair of shoes entirely: black wedges with a lower vamp.
Did you realize that Harrison Ford is the star of both Blade Runner and Witness?
Brooch: Mirjam Heller from Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h; Top: DSquared2 from YOOX (Warning: DSquared2 runs very small; I am wearing size L); Pants: JCrew Campbell pants; Black loafers: Coach; Red loafers: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Bag: Coach Borough bag; Sunglasses: Illesteva Milan IV in Amber