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From fine clusters of flowers to logo-laden jewels, the brooch is back

New look

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A pin doesn’t have to be conventionally opulent. Materials such as silicone, sculptural metal or a single pearl are minimally deluxe.

Tibi shirt, $600 at Hudson’s Bay. Jewellery (from top): Jenny Bird Olin pin set, $85/two through Isabelle Busnel silicone brooch, $293 at Archives. Mirit Weinstock Folded Heart & Pearl brooch, $380 at Ewanika.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

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Elements usually found under the sea take a nautical look to new depths.

Marni trench coat, $3,890, Victoria Victoria Beckham T-shirt, $190 at Holt Renfrew. Oyster brooch, $680 at Burberry. Jewels by Alan Anderson seahorse brooch, $995 through

Petal push

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On multicoloured Chanel tweed, flowers in silk and stones create a garden of earthly delights.

Jacket, camellia brooch, both price on request at Chanel. Jewels by Alan Anderson brooches, $495 each through

Spot on

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A dress in a charming polka dot motif gets an extra dose of sweetness from the addition of a Gucci bow.

Olivia Rubin dress, $715 at Hudson’s Bay. Gucci ribbon brooch, $530, logo brooch, $615 at Ssense.

Bugging out

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The only moths (and beetles) you should allow close to your trench is this mix of bejewelled insects.

Andersson Bell trench coat, $735 at Hudson’s Bay. Danny Pollak brooch (top), $48, (third from top), $240, (fourth from top), $240 through @dannypollakaccessories on Instagram. Natia X Lako gold plated beetle brooch, $167 at Archives. Carole Tannenbaum Vintage Collection brooch (on blue), price on request through

Logo mania

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For your classic side, a set of letters pays homage to vintage Dior. For the newer you, Ambush creates a pin that mimics a forgotten security tag in gold.

Acne blazer, $1,050, blouse, $450 at Holt Renfrew. Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection “DIOR” brooch set, price on request through Ambush security tag brooch, $215 at Archives.

Garden variety

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Comme des Garçons’ landscape print becomes even more maximal with an array of sparkling blooms.

Comme des Garçons dress, $2,565, Noir Kei Ninomiya shirt, $720 at The Room at Hudson’s Bay. Jewels by Alan Anderson brooch (on dress strap), $1,195 through Erdem gold blossom brooch (on white shirt), $365, gold crystal bee brooch (below pink flower), $550 at Ssense. Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection brooch (pink flower), price on request through

Prime placement

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Pins needn’t be confined to your lapel or chest. A grouping that snakes down a shirt’s button placket creates a whimsical scene.

Totême shirt, $445 at Holt Renfrew. Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection fruit vine brooch, price on request through Jewels by Alan Anderson snake brooch, $695 through

Styling by Georgia Groom, prop styling by Wilson Wong, photo assistant Krysten Galang.

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