The last time I had patches on my clothes I was in elementary school & that was not a good thing, so not cool!!! Having patches on your clothes meant you had no money to buy new duds when you wore a hole in your clothes & they were just down right old. My brothers & I were so rough on our clothes, this mending technique happened more often than not. If we wore a hole through the elbow on our shirt or the knees of our jeans, the only solution was to patch it up.
Adding patches to your clothes wasn’t so widely accepted when we were young, but with 90s grunge, you saw the patch trend come into play, then it was gone in a flash & now it’s back again. Fashion is definitely a cycle that goes out of style & then comes back into style. This spring season the patch trend has started showing up everywhere; on denim jackets, striped shirts, bomber jackets, safari jackets, jeans & even slip-on loafers. Patchwork embellishments are so cool, add a little pop & create a retro, vintage vibe.
So many brands are showcasing this trendy look, but this is also a great DIY project. Start by purchasing an inexpensive, plain-colored top, jeans or jacket & then find fun patches from a craft or fabric store to reinvent your look. Even better, bring new life to something that’s been buried in your closet by sewing or ironing on neat little patches to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Stick with just one “patch” piece & keep the rest of your look simple, so you don’t come off looking to gimmicky.
I wanted to elevate the feel of my button-down, so I added an elegant, simple slip dress & loop belt. My studded sandals add a bit of interest without taking the focus away from my top.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the incredibly talented, stylish blogger, Ann of www.krembdelakremb.com. She is the DIY queen when comes to creating such unique outfits. I wanted to share her blog post all about DIY: Patched Denim Shirt. Definitely check it out!!!
Is the patch trend for you? Would you give it a try? How about make your own DIY Patch project?
Button-down Patch top: Vintage from TopShop
Belt is Black House White Market