I am a bit of a brooch addict. I have loads of them now and nothing beats a great signature brooch on a simple dress, not that I have many simple dresses. Most of them are crazy patterned ones but I still have brooches for that too!
Today I'm wearing my bug brooch that I got from Deco Jewels in NYC. I love him, he's sparkly and has red eyes.
I visited an exhibition last year of Madeleine Albright's collection of brooches. I was really inspired by her idea of having a statement piece that also becomes a statement. Apparently she wore these brooches as a way of sending political messages. So your clothes and accessories really do make a statement!