For better or for worse, trends never seem to die completely.
Fingers crossed, however that this is true for leg warmers, the mullet and jorts. Lucky for me, one summer 2015 trend in particular is bringing me back to my roots in the 90s. As a die-hard 90’s child, I am passionate about three things: the one-hit-wonder Hanson, velvet slap bracelets, and most importantly, patched denim.
A bright yellow smiley faces, varsity letter, and the logos of a few of my favorite bands are scattered across every orifice of my “softer than butta” Forever 21 jean jacket. What came standardized with four simple patched (the American flag and Falcons patch on the front and two military inspired sleeve patches), became somewhat of a challenge to me. So I fished through my patches box (yes I do have a box dedicated to them) and from there started my journey.
My jacket now includes miscellaneous patches from an American Eagle corduroy blazer I donned during my 8th grade student council days, American Girl doll pins, a patch from a dug-through flea market bin in Brooklyn, band insignias from the Surf Mall (Beth likes to call it the “drug den”) in Ocean City, NJ, and various others from your typical craft store. Although most patches are “iron on” I always take the time to stitch them to my jacket so they will not escape in the washer!
Unlike most fashionistas that simply adopt a trend for a season, I find a way to take it to a whole new, personal, level. Most of the patches have taken on another role, as they show those around me what’s truly important to me. A cupcake represents my many years working at a bakery, and the sunflower shows, as you all know, my absolute favorite flower. NYC is over my heart, and is the reminder to continue to hustle and follow my dreams.
I suggest you all do the same. Start small. Look online, in local craft stores, or in the vintage arena for a patch to start your collection. You’ll be surprised to find how much the jacket means to you in the end!