Fashion ebbs and flows, and while we’re not stoked to see all former trends make a comeback (please, go away forever, shoulder pads), others send us into a sartorial happy dance.
On that list of welcome retro trends: patchwork denim.
This season, we’re seeing patchwork everywhere, from on high fashion runways to in casual street style looks, all of which proves that this trend in denim is very much here to stay…for this year, at least.
Oh, and the best part? You can easily give new life to an old pair of jeans with a simple DIY patchwork tutorial.
First, some history on patchwork.
This stitched-together trend first made a splash in the ’60s and ’70s, with everyone from laidback hippies to high-profile disco queens sporting the look.
Fast forward, and high fashion houses are offering more modern, sophisticated silhouettes.
Like French fashion collective Vetements, with its asymmetrical, ankle-grazing patchwork jeans. While a pair of these beauties doesn’t come cheap (we’re talking over $1,300 each), we’ve been lusting hard at their versatility, raw finished edge and on-point cut.
But you don’t need to wear expensive designers to get the look.
Brands like Levis offer affordable options in quality denim (pictured below from Levis Orange Tab 721, $160) that look luxe and won’t break the bank.
Even H&M has a pair of subtle patch skinnies for just $60.
In fact, you don’t have to spend a cent to rock patchwork.
It’s surprisingly simple to DIY the look. Instead of donating those old jeans that sit at the bottom of your closet, transform ’em into something you’ll wear all season. We tried it with a pair of tired overalls, but any jeans or denim shirt will work.
“But I’m not a sewer or into DIY,” you might say. Well, watch this first to find your groove.
It’ll inspire and instill confidence before you make your first snip. Remember, measure twice (or three, or four times) and cut once.
If jeans aren’t your thing, we present you the patchwork jumper.
We don’t own a crystal ball or anything, but we foresee this mini skirt jumper from Free People ($128) becoming a staple in our summer wardrobe.
We’re obsessed with watching others put their personal sartorial twist on the trend.
Prepare for some serious style inspo if you fall down the #patchworkdenim hashtag. Like this user: white linen collared shirt + sneakers + patchwork denim = love.
This guy clearly got the memo, too.
Sneakers paired with patchwork denim with a raw edge. Perfection, sir.
Patchwork using brocade and crush velvet?!
This street styler has our number, big time.
And the trend is trickling outside of the fashion realm as well.
If adding a patchwork to your closet feels like too much of a commitment, consider rocking the trend on your tips.
Still not convinced? Hollywood is doing it.
If the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are on board, well, so are we. Not that we’re sheep, but this is one trend we don’t want to pass us by… because, who knows when it’ll come full circle again.