The patchwork trend is alive, mostly maximal, and quite varied. Generally, a patchwork design is created when small or large pieces of cloth in different patterns, colours, solids, or textures are sewn together to make an item of clothing, a pair of shoes, or an accessory. The patches can create a high or low contrast with one another. They can be any colour and pattern. Sometimes, separate patches of fabric are sewn onto garments so that the patches stand out. Colour blocked items can fall under the patchwork trend too.

Here are examples of patchwork wardrobe items.

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Frye Frye
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Hobo HOBO
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Ash ASH
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BLANKNYC Blank NYC
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STAND Wally Boots
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Frye Frye
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Johnny Was Johnny Was
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Blowfish Blowfish
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Tory Burch Tory Burch
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Naot Naot
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Bernardo Bernardo
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PATCHWORK WRAP DRESS
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PATCHWORK SHIRTDRESS
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PATCHWORK TOTE BAG
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We see patchwork every season, but there’s more of it right now because it’s having a fashion moment. Patchwork can look subtle, bold, or very hectic, depending on your preference. It can have a bohemian or Western vibe, and some patchwork items look graphic and architectural. There is lots of ‘70s and a bit of ‘80s influence to the look, which either makes you smile with joy or take a pass.

Personally, I like the odd patchwork item, but prefer the vibe on the graphic side. I love patterns, but when it comes to patchwork, I prefer solids. I like colour blocking, and patchwork denim. The former reminds me of the ‘80s and the latter of the ’70s, which are fashion eras I greatly enjoy.

The patchwork trend is a sustainable one. Designers and manufacturers are making a point of using leftover fabric to create the small pieces of cloth that are required. You can upcycle a pair of torn jeans, bottoms or toppers by sewing on patches. If you’re an experienced quilter or knitter, you can make your own patchwork garment.

JUNYA WATANABE Patchwork Denim Parka Coat

Over to you. What are your thoughts on the patchwork trend?