How to Rock the Patched Denim Trend Like a Pro

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Following the 90s renaissance that’s been taking over the fashion scene lately, denim is in. More specifically, patched denim. Ripped and frayed jackets and pants with elaborate patchwork are just what you need to add a little spunk to your summer wardrobe and rock the grunge look freely. Whether you’re unsure about this jean revolution and maybe want to stick to something simple or you’re ready to dive into the decked-out-denim deep end, we have tips for how to wear your new statement pieces. 

If you want to keep it simple…

Try a patched jean jacket. This look is what you make of it. If you want to load on the patches until your jacket is a colorful collage of band logos and brand names, go for it. If you want to keep the color minimal with only a few patches, that’s cool, too. Pair your jacket with a t-shirt dress and some sneakers for your perfect 90s revival look.

Of course, you could also embrace the jean-on-jean look (hardly the faux pas it used to be) with multi-colored denim patched pants. This is the perfect easy-going, everyday look that is also super versatile.

Finally, you can dress your jeans up with heels and a nice shirt or keep it casual with a t-shirt and flats. Pair these pants with chunky wedges and a cute off-the-shoulder top for a great in-between look.

If you want to go bold…

Switch out denim patches for patterned fabric. If denim on denim isn’t your thing and you would rather upgrade plain patches for some pattern play, choose jeans like these that combine colorful fabrics for a playful, mismatched feel. You’re already making a statement with these pants, so why not go all the way? Keep the shoes solid but add a patterned top to complete the look.

You can also go for elaborate embroidery. If you’re really into the decorative denim style, the bigger the better. Look for jeans with patchwork designs, like flower patches, to make your jeans dressier and more exciting. Add a classy bodysuit and some simple heels and you’re good to go for a night out.

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