Peranakan Kerosang: Creative Ways to Wear Brooches
I’ve been asked how to wear these Peranakan kerosang three-pin sets on many occasions. I guess what people want to know is how to wear them without necessarily dressing up ‘Peranakan’.
Given our modern wardrobe, I like to imagine pairing these nonchalantly. But you know, to look stylish it will take some effort.
The Laid Back Way
Adding scarves is a visual fest, even one with the whole length of it is not too much. If you have a nice scarf collection, you will love these pins. It is a matter of how to space out the brooches inconspicuously.
These Peranakan jewellery pins are detachable so you can style the set together or at separate points in one outfit.
Laissez-faire style would be to use the pins naturally when wrapping the scarf around your head/neck.
You can experiment with pinning three pins close together like in a rosette, or two together but the third without the chain.
Wearing the pins with any thicker material top or sweater is lovely, especially a jacket.
The Little Black Choker
Move over diamanté hair barrettes.
Wearing actual antique diamond brooches in your hair may be a luxury, but if you’ve seen it in old photos it’s actually because ladies back then wore actual gold pins or brooches in their hair. East or West, they all did it.
It has always been an irony. The idea of putting Peranakan gold jewellery to just a hair clip is a waste but the elegant ones are of course the real deal, hence using brooches as barrettes has always been a fashion misnomer. The thing with solid gold pins set with natural gemstones is that in photos one cannot quite tell, but during special occasions or weddings I suppose there is less chance of your effort looking like a teenage-all-dressed-up-no-where-to-go.