Style is a tricky thing to define… It used to be that sometimes you would get a hunch about a coming trend, and have to search far and wide to find something close, coming upon it by chance or making it yourself… then a year later you could claim with glee that you were ahead of the curve, after you had gotten the chance to be truly unique.. truly stylish. Not so these days.
Now we have Pinterest, Instagram, and fashion bloggers showing us how to make practically anything wearable under the title “street style”. It seems to me that fashion has become both democratized as well as watered down to a predictable science. You can click on a complete outfit and follow some hyperlinks to each individual piece — no thought or experimentation involved, not real style, just imitation. If you walk into any trendy store, you’ll see some variation of what Khloe Kardashian or Gigi Hadid were wearing last week and feel confident that you’re predictably on trend.
And such is the case with patches. It’s one of the least aggressively flaunted trends of the season, but present nonetheless. So much so, that after spotting one of my best friends in a jean jacket that she had covered in patches she’d collected throughout the years and attached, following one of those hunches, it only took a few months for me to wander into my local Gap and find myself a perfectly adorable pair of girlfriend jeans, with strategically placed patches on both the hips and the knees.
And yet… I’m not too upset about this one. The patch trend seems to somehow defy the concept of cookie cutter outfits. The idea that you can collect and personalize makes each person’s patch ensemble fresh and exciting. My gap jeans may not be totally unique, but if I add another patch of my own…. totally new. My personal style is fairly minimal and classic… a far cry from what is often on trend these days, but patches are versatile…. I can add a patch to something clean cut and Voila… I’ve made the piece quirky and unexpected.
So all in all, I think the patches trend should be more than a trend. It should be a lifestyle.. and I encourage you all to get out there and tell your story.. through patches.