HOT MAN TREND: Lapel brooches
Man trend alert!
During the last two awards shows I attended (read: live-tweeted from the couch with an obliterated plate of Chinese delivery), I noticed a jewelry trend forming on the celebrity man-folk among us.
Brooches! Bro-ches? Guys like Usher, LL Cool J and Miguel sported, with nary a shred of male pattern insecurity in sight, delightful jewelry on the lapels of their tuxedos.
And why not? Going back through history, brooches were extremely masculine both as functional clasps and decorations for the likes of vikings. Nowadays, they're a nice accent to the male repertoire of pocket squares and neckties.
Guidelines for bro-ches? I think it depends on the person. If you're the type of guy to wear multi-colored argyle socks and pink sweaters, a blinged-out brooch wouldn't be weird at all. But if you're a more buttoned-up business type, maybe stick to something in a matte finish. Opt for geometric shapes or a petite flower cut from traditionally masculine textiles like tweed. Or, go with something that reflects your life and hobby. Pilot? How about an airplane? Hospital administrator? How about, uh... a stack of paperwork?
Check out this selection of (EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE) man brooches from farfetch.com, then head to your local mall or thrift store to seek a budget version. Also, check out some of the many cool Pinterest boards devoted to the topic.
Guys should feel free to have fun. We know they have fewer style options, but dressing can still be a form of creative expression. Next time Grandma is bequeathing jewelry, pipe up, bros. It's your time.