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Brand: ASOS / Type: Brooch

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      18.08.2011 16:54
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      A waste of a tenner

      I bought this from ASOS around 3 months ago now back when I was in mega indie mode and wanted every outfit to look vintage. As far as I am aware only ASOS sell this particular brooch although similar brooches can be bought from pretty much any up to date clothes shop (Primark, Topshop, New Look etc). The brooch caught my eye straight away because it's so unusual looking, and despite the hefty price tag of £10, I decided to buy it after telling myself i'd wear it everyday and get my money's worth. It is quite 'Topshop' looking on the ASOS picture, and although £10 is expensive for a brooch you'd pay much more for a similar one in Topshop. The horse brooch is really pretty in the picture on the ASOS website, although in real life it is rather odd looking. The colour isn't gold as ASOS describe it, it's more a bronze shade of dark brown, which I don't like at all as I was expecting it to be nice and shiny and bright, but instead it is quite depressing and looks wooden (yes I like vintage clothing but wooden brooches is a step too far).

      The brooch is 100% metal but it's not very 'solid', it feels quite flimsy and lightweight. The design is simple, it's a horse head (side view). The horse is wearing a bridle and there is nice detail of the ears, eyes, mein, and there's fur/hair detailing. The texture is smooth apart from where the ears and mein are. The detailing is really pretty and accurate if you're looking closely at the brooch but from a distance it looks like a large chunk of wood stuck onto my top which is not a good look (in my opinion anyway). Also, the brooch in my opinion is quite manly.. i'm not sure why, but it's not as delicate as it looks in the picture, it's more of a scary looking horse than a cute one, but again this is my personal opinion. The back of the brooch is hollow with the pin held in place with a thin piece of metal and you just unclip it and clip it onto clothing. The pin is really sharp and I stabbed myself with it by mistake but i'm extremely clumsy! It's easy to clip onto clothing and the pin isn't flimsy.

      I have only worn this brooch once, and that was just a trip into town. The brooch is quite large (i'd estimate it's around 3 inches in height) and I felt really uncomfortable as I just don't think that it's a very pretty brooch and in the end I took it off. I didn't notice a huge amount of people looking at it or anything, but because I knew it was quite noticeable and I didn't like it I felt self concious. The brooch can also be clipped onto bags, although as I don't like it, the brooch is currently sat in one of my draws unused it is not nice enough to wear it or be seen in public with it as it's just not delicate or pretty enough. It's a shame that the brooch isn't lighter in colour as that would allow the detailing to be clearer but nevermind. The brooch is currently on sale reduced from £10 to £2. I wonder why!? Overall not reccomended.

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