The tiny accessory that makes a big impact

Truth be told, I love a good 'basic' outfit. Skinny jeans, knee high leather boots, turtleneck sweater. It's easy and always works. But I hate to feel boring when it comes to fashion, so I always try to incorporate one little signature touch to make an outfit feel unique. Adding a cluster of brooches to a jacket has long since been a favorite little style trick and I'm thrilled to see them making such a comeback this season.

I like the way they soften up a tougher utility shirt like this one for fall – but I'm already excited at the thought of them jazzing up a velvet blazer this holiday season or pinned onto a satin clutch for a date night with Adam. Since they're a pretty big trend this season there are tons of great options available right now, which makes it fun to pick out a handful and tell a little story. Here I combined a snake, hummingbird, flower and lips for a 'flora fauna' theme that matched nicely with the 'urban jungle' mood of this outfit. In reality, I was just in search of the East Village's best chai tea but I like to think it's this sort of imaginative thinking that will keep my mind sharp well into my old age. That and the fact that my grandparents are still sharp as tacks. As with everything.. good genes help.

Old Navy Utility Shirt | Talbots Sweater (wearing a size small), Hummingbird and Flower Brooch c/o | Urban Outfitters Jeans | Loeffler Randall Saddle Bag | Sole Society Andie Leather Boots c/o

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