Street-style is so haute.
Spring 2018 is all about adding that street-style edginess to your look. It’s about balancing the whimsy and femininity of the season with a gritty street-style vibe. A Yin with a Yang.
Think denim, bold color and of course patches paired with girly dresses in lace, floral prints and tropical motifs.
Patched denim jackets, dresses, shirts, heels, booties and bags are hotter than ever this season. From Cub Scout-esc merit badges at DSQUARED2 to disco musical note patched suits at Gucci designers sewed one (or two or three) on for the season!
You’ll find pieces patched up across the board for SS18 from designer to fast fashion and everything in between. The great thing about this trend is that its super DIY friendly!
The patch trend adds fuel to and further emphasizes fashion’s current love affair with personalization. Incorporating a few vintage patches onto a basic shirt or bag can not only transform it into something super chic and designer-esc, it also lets you infuse your personality into your clothing.
You can find “lots” of vintage patches on Ebay and on Amazon for pretty cheap- usually you can buy a dozen “surprise” pack for like $5. Retailers such as TOPSHOP and Nasty Gal also sell some pretty amazing POP culture patches on their sites- they are a bit more pricey but totally worth it to get the perfect patch (around $14 for 3 or 4 patches).
Stylist’s DIY TIP: If you are going to DIY a piece with some patches, I suggest you lay out all of your patches and pin them before you start sewing. This makes it easy to move them around until you find a combination you like. Make sure to place a few on the back as well- it will give you that true designer touch. Keep in mind that some patches say they are iron on but I never trust that they will hold so I always stitch them on- you can do this by hand or by machine.
Click to SHOP some of my favorite patches and patched pieces for Spring 2018: