Open-front, button-less cardigans and jackets are everywhere these days, and I love the style. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, and fresh. Sometimes I like to switch up my look by fastening the garment closed with one of our Italian shawl pins. Naturally, these are also the perfect accessory for keeping a scarf or shawl around my shoulders.
Closing a cardigan or jacket with a pin has been popular for several years in Europe, and I’m really enjoying the look. One version of Marcy Tilton’s jacket pattern, Vogue 8693, uses a pin instead of a button. Those of you who knit may recognize Berroco’s Montparnasse cardigan pattern, which is also shown with a large pin as a closure.
These pins were a big hit when we first offered them late last winter. Made for us by an Italian button maker, we were excited to learn the pins were being manufactured again this season. (Many buttons and other closures from our Italian suppliers are made only one season, so their availability is limited.) We’ve added more colors to give you more options for finding closure with a pin.
Not sure what to call these, and wanting to differentiate between them and the stick-type of shawl pin, I chose the term “kilt-style shawl pin”. The simplest style, Ovale, reminds me of the pins worn on kilt skirts in my school years, only it is much larger.
At nearly four inches long, this makes a bold statement on loosely woven or knitted fabrics. The dark bronze color gives a casual or rustic look, and is the perfect accent on this plaid novelty fabric. For a potentially dressier version, try the silver one:
I like to wear mine on my raggedy edge linen vest.
Spirale is my favorite in the collection. The motif is primitive and modern at the same time. The size is a bit smaller than Arco, making it appropriate for petites. The bronze color looks great on warm autumn tones, like this loose-knit fabric:
Surat sold out just today, but if you have it in your stash, why not make a cardigan and close it with one of these? For a dressier look, the black nickel one looks beautirul on a black crepe. Delicious!
The threesome is rounded out by Arco, our customer favorite. A bit more delicate in size and shape, this lovely pin adds elegance and sophistication to any look.
Winter is the perfect season to flash some style with one of these chic accessories. I’ll be adding another one or two to my collection. How about you?