Many of us will remember these from our youth – raggedly stitching patches onto denim jackets, jeans and anything else our mums would let us get away with. It seems the fashion world has taken a step back and resurrected a look much loved in the ‘70s, with embellishment appearing on the runways at Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Desigual and Alice + Olivia while Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui and Ralph Lauren ramped up the glamour stakes emblazoning badges and embroidery on classic leather and in cowboy style.
Wear It Your Way
This trend yells young and fun, at the top of its voice. High street stores have embraced it with gusto, from bags to jackets, to jeans and even boots. Choose your style wisely and don’t overdo it. The patched jacket is something of a classic but, even if you’re brave enough for double denim, make sure your lower half is plain. An embellished mini will look great with a simple vest and casual wrap.
Flea market; the movies; a bar.
Professional presentation; meeting your kid’s teacher.
You can adapt the trend to your own style by adding pretty badges yourself –
perhaps a bird or butterfly on the hem of your pants,
subtle but at the same time showing your fashion chops.