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The Ultimate Lapel Pin Guide

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Lapel Pin – Say you’re in the market for some custom lapel pins. You’re searching and searching, and though you have found some amazing pins. You remain cautious of one thing. You just have no idea how to make them work with any of your outfits. Yes, it is unfortunate, but there comes a time in every person’s life when they have to make the painful admission. And for some regarding the subject of style.

That admission is. “I have no idea what I’m doing.” Well, do not worry my friend, because thankfully. I don’t have that problem, I can help you synch up your style in a way that will have you looking great, and feeling even better. I’m going to show you all of the awesome ways you can pair a pin with an outfit. And more than that. Give you the tools that you’ll need to make your own decisions, once you’re ready to leave the nest. So without further adieu! I’d like to introduce YOU! To this incredible guide, that I like to call. The ultimate lapel pin guide! Now, let’s get started!

The Where

To begin, I’d like to talk about some very basic tenants of style. The first of which I’d like to discuss is…where are you going? You see it is my experience that very few questions dictate the parameters of an outfit quite like the context of the event you’re dressing up for. Now, what do I mean by that? Simple: What I’m saying is that a person more often than not chooses what to wear based on where they’re going. Are they going to the park? They’re likely to wear a light jacket.

Are they going to a dinner party? They’ll probably strike a balance of formal and casual, but probably won’t wear a coat if it’s warm indoors. Following this line of logic, we can relate this to lapel pins. For instance, if you’re going to a fancy gala. Most likely, you won’t wear the denim jacket you spruced up with some cool anime pins. You’ll probably go to the gala in a nice sport-coat with a small elegant, but understated pin. This is a simple yet foundational rule when you’re looking to style your pin. No one wants to be the person at a funeral with a cartoon character on their jacket. Making sure your pin is appropriate to your outfit is key for anyone exploring their style.

The When

When it comes to choosing an outfit. For many people, it essentially comes down to two intersecting scales. The first is a scale from how casual to how formal something is. The second is a scale from how warmly you should dress to how cooly. Believe it or not, this has a profound effect on the kind of pin you’ll wear. For instance, if you’re wearing a lighter jacket. You’ll want to choose a smaller pin. And the opposite is true for cold weather. A heavier jacket begets a larger pin. This is very important to keep in mind as we roll into our final entry!

The Why

So now that we’ve covered the locational and physical context in which you’d choose your pin. Let’s explore the more cerebral parts of why you chose that particular pin. This is a question that can stir up a lot of answers. Some of which may be a little more profound than you might initially expect. When someone is choosing to wear a pin. They are choosing an accessory that literalizes in some way an aspect of their personality. For instance, take our formal wear example from this article’s last entry.

The person choosing to accessorize an already incredible-looking outfit, with a pin is saying to themselves. “This is my touch.” This is that extra little detail that makes something unique to you. Maybe you chose it because it was a gift from the person you’re visiting. You’re wearing it as a way to say thank you. Maybe you choose a different pin because you like the way it matches your watch a little bit better. You’re looking for a way to say the details matter. Whatever you’re trying to say. Giving this decision that level of reflection, will help you define what you’re looking for from your outfit. Which will in and of itself tell you what to wear.

For someone who has a collection of pins. They probably have a pretty firm idea of what they like and don’t like when trying to incorporate those pins into their daily style. But if you’re a beginner, it’s not an easy learning curve. Who would have ever thought that pins could look different based on the weight of your jacket? I know at first that I sure didn’t. But if you keep experimenting. If you keep trying out new configurations and stick to some of the foundations of style we talked about earlier. You’ll be rocking these perfect pins in no time!