When I told my sister I was looking for those badges that were a cool thing in the early 90s, she gave me one of those ‘you crazy?’ looks. On some persuasion I changed my mind and this year when the winter collection came out I had all the reason to give her my ‘I told you so!’ look.
Patches and badges are the talk of the town. Just look around and they are everywhere. Brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Versace’s latest collections incorporate patches. Totally chic with bright cartoons or sassy sayings, any outfit can be spruced up with these strategically placed accents.
I am going to discuss a few ways for you to get on this latest trend. This blog post is about styling your clothes and there will be a follow up blog post on styling your accessories.
How to wear Badges, patches and brooches?
1 . DIY any piece of clothing you have:-
There’s a whole range of clothing with attached patches in store now, but why not personalize your old clothes with patches you’ve picked out yourself? It’s so easy to DIY with iron-on patches available and you won’t ever have that awkward situation of wearing the same clothes as someone else. There are so many different possibilities you could choose from – words and slogans, symbols, favorite cartoon characters or your favorite band. You could mix and match or pick a theme and stick to it (pun intended!).
Here are a few DIY ideas:
Take a plain white t-shirt and pin up some bright coloured patches on a side. For a grown-up take on the trend, add a couple of floral themed patches for a more subtle look.
Sew patches onto your military style jacket to get a classic edgy look. This look is perfect with simple jeans and a pair of heeled boots, but can also be worn with sneakers for a totally casual style.
An otherwise classic look can be made chic by attaching some patches to a pencil skirt. This increases the versatility of an old outfit.hnb
2. Kick up the denims:-
A jacket with patches is an easy way to start integrating this trend into your everyday look. Customized denim will always look good, so try a denim jacket with a few patches on the sleeves and pockets. Throw your denim jacket over an outfit in neutral shades like grey or cream. Avoid wearing other patterns which may clash or draw the eye away from your statement jacket.
You could also try adding patches to denim shorts or jeans. A leather jacket adds an edge to this outfit. Alternatively, contrast your patchwork jeans with a smart staple like a button-down shirt or black ankle boots.
3. Pile yourself up:-
Pile one patch over the other for edgy look. There are several types of patches- Iron on patches, sew on patches, stick on patches, pin on patches and Rhinestuds. Alternating in the type of patches is a very good idea. Patches can be themed to suit a particular event or just placed randomly.
For example, a plain grey jumpsuit when paired with a heavily studded jacket is an excellent outfit for a fun day out.
This patch craze is not going anywhere anytime soon. So, look out for my next post on how to style accessories and shoes….
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