Patched Clothing - Latest Trend in Fashion!!

The History Of Patches

A patch, also known as a cloth badge, is an embroidered piece of cloth which can be attached with a pin or sewn on to fabric. There are also more modern methods which include iron-on, adhesive, or Velcro. The introduction of the computerized machines has turned a once rare art into mass-production. Embroidered patches were invented thousands of years ago as an important identification tool for military and other uniformed personnel. Today they are used by government organizations, sports teams, and companies to denote rank, position, or specialized unit.

Military patches are full of metaphor, from the colors to the images portrayed. For example, white means peace, gold means generosity, blue and green mean loyalty. Animals such as lions, tigers, and elephants usually represent courage. For hundreds of years, embroidered patches were worn only for practical reasons such as covering up holes and labeling people in uniforms. But, that all changed several decades ago.

How Patches Became Trendy

In the early ‘60s, young people came out on the streets to protest the Vietnam War. After that, in the mid-‘60s, a new counter culture appeared, protesting with their peace signs, flower head bands, and patches. They were idealists, embracing love and empathy. Although unintentionally, their movement affected trends across the world. The hippie movement was no longer all about morals, but about fashion as well.

Hippies were getting military, second-hand clothes and started embellishing them withcloth patches. The patches showed off the icons of the movement and were printed or embellished, satirical and radical.

In the ‘80s, though they had a new look, patches signified the same things – a badge of identity and solidarity. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the counter culture morphed into the punk movement. People had had enough of fighting the problems with peace and love and instead took on some more drastic measures – like spikes and chains.

The spirit of anarchy spread across to Great Britain and Europe, and designers such as Viviane Westwood and Jean Paul Gautier popularized what was called the “anti-fashion”. Punks were wearing patches with their favorite bands across the shoulders or on the back of a customized blazer, denim vest or a leather jacket. Clothes were making a louder statement! They often used cheap materials such as dental floss to sew them on, or stitched them on with safety pins. Patches were often carrying a political message.

Also in the ‘80s heavy metal became popular. The key elements of metalhead fashionremained unchanged – black clothes, long hair, and leather jackets, usually covered with denim vests with patches, band tees and spiked wristbands. The headbangers’ clothing has its roots in biker and rocker subcultures. As with other musical subcultures, the emblems and logos announced the interests of the wearer.

Ever since, the patches are always being revived and adapted. Have a look at the latestMarc Jacobs or Gucci collections. Their idea is that identity and inspiration should be found on the streets. And in the streets, patches continue to be the indicator of social and political climates, but also of personal style and identity.

Modern patches are usually iron-on, which means they have some adhesive on the back, so even if you’re not a crafty DIY enthusiast (like most of us aren’t) there really is no excuse not to try this trend, and make each item of your clothing truly your own.

Of course, with modern trends you can always buy an item with the patches already embroidered on (which requires no thinking), but where’s the fun and creativity in that? Everyone’s probably been dreaming of having at least one truly customized item, and not having to worry about someone wearing the same clothes as them!

What To Wear With The Patch Trend

Here are some suggestions of how to create a killer outfit with your patched clothing.
  • A jacket with patches is an easy way to start integrating this trend into your everyday look. Customized denimwill always look good, so try a denim jacket with a few patches on the sleeves and pockets.
  • Throw your 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.
  • Wear your customized jacket with ripped skinny jeans, and add a pair of biker boots for a look with attitude.
  • Try a bomber jacket with embroidered patches for a sportier outfit – instead of the classic black you could go for a green or khaki one for a fun and youthful look.
  • You could also try adding patches to denim shorts or jeans. A leather jacket adds an edge to this outfit.
  • Alternatively, contrast your patchworked jeans with a smart staple like a button-down shirt or black ankle boots.

Why Buy It When You Can DIY It

  • There’s a whole range of clothing with attached patches in store now, but why not personalize your existing 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.
  • Add a couple of statement patches strategically placed, or go all out for maximum impact.
  • There are so many different possibilities you could choose, from words and slogans, symbols, childhood cartoon characters or your favorite band. You could mix and match, or pick a theme and stick to it.
  • Keen traveler? Pick out patches from all the places you’ve been to, and whatever exotic destinations are next on your list. The only limit is your own creativity.
  • For a grown-up take on the trend, add a couple of floral themed patches for a more subtle look.

With endless combinations possible, this trend is one we can’t wait to have fun with. Let us know how you will be wearing the patch trend this season!

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