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Ultimate Guide On How To Wear Enamel Pins- Dos And Don’ts Included.


April 10, 2024

Enamel pins are vibrant, playful, and incredibly versatile fashion accessories that instantly elevate your style. Whether you want to brighten up your boring outfit or make a statement, these adorable pieces offer a quick solution.

If you are looking for creative ideas on how to wear enamel pins you have been collecting for some time, this guide is loaded with creative inspirations. 

Remember to check out our styling tips and helpful dos and don'ts sections below to ensure you wear them correctly.

If you are feeling crafty, check out our detailed guide on how to make enamel pins!

Wear enamel pins on jackets or coats.

Enamel pins were traditionally known as lapel pins because they were popularly worn on the lapels.

Embrace this classic style by adorning your lapels with enamel pins. Wear matching pins on both lapels for a minimalistic, coordinating look. Or make a bold statement by clustering them on just one side.

  • Get creative with the placements.
  1. Pin them along the jacket's sleeves or the pockets' flaps for a whimsical look.
  2. Attach enamel pins to the jacket's zippers for a subtle yet stylish accent.
  3. Go unconventional. Arrange a bunch of them on the back of your jacket to create a focal point.
  4. Add an enamel pin cluster to give your plain, boring shoulders a captivating look. 

Wear enamel pins on jackets or coats

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Spice up your formal outfits.

The best way to wear enamel pins to formal meetings is to pin them to the left collar of your shirt or t-shirt. It gives a subtle yet sophisticated look.

If you wear a tie, use enamel pins as tie holders or affix them at the center of the tie’s knot for a polished look. 

Add a touch of class to your appearance by using a customized enamel pin as a scarf holder.

Are you wearing a V-neck sweater or dress?

Pin an enamel pin at the dress's center or back, particularly if it features a deep V. This gives a stylish touch to your otherwise formal outfits. 

Spice up your formal outfits

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  • Pro tip: Wearing a loose dress or shirt?

Gather the fabric near your waistline and secure it with a large enamel pin to define your silhouette.


Wear enamel pins on your belts

Accentuate your waistline by pinning some enamel pins on the belt loops.

Add the enamel pins to the buckle or pin them directly to the strap.

Most enamel pins can fit through the belt's holes, so styling your belt with pins is easy.


Yes! You can wear enamel pins on caps, hats, and beanies.

These cute little accessories can spruce up the look of your otherwise dull winter beanies.

wear enamel pins on caps, hats, and beanies

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For a classic look, wear a single pin at the center of your hat and show your support for your favorite team. Attach a few to one side of your beanie for a more playful look.

Want to add a fun and surprising twist to your hats?

Attach some humorous, attention-grabbing pins to the back of your hats or caps and entertain people behind you!


Pin them to your lanyard.

Who isn’t tired of wearing blue and green lanyards with boring ID cards?

Thankfully, you can accessorize them using enamel pins to reflect your personality and style.

Pin your favorite large-size enamel pin to the front to make it the focal point of your look. Or, get creative and cover the entire length of the lanyard with several small pins. Mix and match the designs to create a one-of-its-kind masterpiece.

Pin them to your lanyard

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  • Bonus: Ditch the conventional badge holder and use enamel pins instead.


Add them to your totes, bags, purses, and anything with a strap! 

Transform your plain everyday purse or bag into a style statement by adding some enamel pins.

You can pin a large enamel pin at the center or create a pin cluster to draw attention.

If the body of your bag doesn’t have enough space for the pins, accessorize the straps or handles. To avoid discomfort, do not add pins to the part that sits on the top of your shoulders.

You can even use functional and decorative enamel pins as zipper pulls.


Jazz up boring suspenders and overalls with enamel pins

Jazz up boring suspenders and overalls with enamel pins

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It's time to turn those typical blue/black denim suspenders and overalls into an expression of your personality.

To get a playful look, pin enamel pins along the length of the straps, except the part that sits on your shoulders. Or follow a minimalist approach by adding a large enamel pin at the center of the suspenders. 

Want to highlight the pockets? Or to cover up a hole in the fabric?

Enamel pins can save your day!


Work vests are great spots to add enamel pins.

Work vests are great spots to add enamel pins.

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If your employer has no problem, convert your plain work vests into a canvas for self-expression.

Whether you are passionate about a sport or eager to highlight the importance of your profession, enamel pins are the best way to convey your thoughts.

When wearing enamel pins on a work vest, take a minimalist approach. After all, you must maintain a professional appearance while adding a personal touch to your outfit.

  • Cute Trick: Add enamel pins to your hair accessories

Let your little ones choose their favorite enamel pins and attach them to their headbands, hair ties, bandanas, and more. It's a fun and creative way to transform your ordinary hair accessories into eye-catching pieces for picnics, parties, outings, and any occasion.

Styling tips for wearing enamel pins

  • Choose the right enamel pin

  • Size:

Decide what kind of impact you expect from your pins. Large pins are perfect for creating a focal point, whereas small ones serve as gentle embellishments. Choose a size that aligns with your desired look.

  • Occasion:

Choose the right enamel pin

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Wear enamel pins with playful designs and vibrant colors like your favorite animal or cartoon character for casual outings with friends and family. Opt for more refined and elegant designs with gentle colors for formal events such as weddings, meetings, etc.

  • Be mindful of the placement.

The placement should complement your silhouette and body shape.

If you have a long-elongated neckline, wear an enamel pin at the top center of your sweater or dress.

To accentuate your curves, gather some fabric and secure it at the sides using a pin of your choice. You can also attach some pins to the waistband of your skirt or pants. 

There's no one-size-fits-all rule for enamel pin placement. Do not hesitate to get creative and experiment with unique positions.


  • Mix and match carefully.

Mixing and matching them thoughtfully is important when you wear multiple pins.

Choose pins related to a specific theme, such as a season, fruits, animals, topics, etc., to create a unified look that helps convey a story.

When it comes to colors, choose pins that harmonize well to get a well-balanced look.


Dos and don’ts of wearing enamel pins


  1. Don’t overload your outfit with too many enamel pins. It can overwhelm others and distract them from noticing YOU.
  2. Avoid wearing enamel pins on delicate fabrics such as silk that can’t support the pins. If you must wear them on such fabrics, pin them on multiple layers of fabric.
  3. Do not attach the pins at the same stop repeatedly. It can damage the fabric. Keep changing the placement.
  4. Keep your enamel pins safely in a jewelry box to protect their delicate enamel surfaces when not in use.  

Wrap up

The above tips should help you wear enamel pins with style and confidence. If you have any questions or are inspired to make your own custom enamel pins, contact us today.

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Simon Davis

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