The brooch is one of those items that is often misunderstood. While many people associate this versatile piece of jewelry with the dated accessory that their grandmothers used to wear, brooches are anything but old-fashioned!

These little pins are timeless. They add an elegant and artful touch to dressing, and because of that, they are making quite the comeback. Many designers are showing brooches in their collections lately such as Prada, Lanvin and Chanel.

The great thing about brooches is that these days, you can do so much more with them than just pin them on your label. These little pins can be easily transformed to spice up various parts of your wardrobe.

Here are a few simple ways to incorporate brooches in your holiday dressing to honor the season with a festive touch:

--Wear a brooch on the sleeve of a jacket or long sleeve dress much like a cuff link.

--Add a brooch to a strand of pearls or necklace for more sparkle.

--Mix it up, attach a brooch to the belt loop of your favorite jeans to dress them up.

--Hang a brooch on a basic chain-suddenly you have a brand new pendant.

--Pin a brooch on a fabric or leather cuff for added embellishment.

--Pin a brooch on a simple clutch to instantly add glamour to your evening bag

Click on the slideshow below to check out some of Petra's picks for chic brooches--they make the perfect holiday accessory and also make great gifts.