As far as I’m concerned, minimalism will never be out—but this year, it’s all about layers and complexity. Instead of toning our outfits down, we’ve chosen to up the ante by mixing and matching prints, combining different never-to-be-paired-together-before textures, and playing with silhouettes.
Now, designers are toying with the idea of patchwork clothing.
Sure, the word “patchwork” probably evokes a few mental images, like memories of your grandmother quilting in the den or thoughts of the time a younger you decided to haphazardly sew pieces of worn-out jeans together just because. But patchwork has come a long way—in fact, patchwork is pretty damn elegant. From Diane Von Furstenberg to Alice + Olivia to Raf Simons, patchwork garments have broken out of the retro category and become elevated.
Patchwork has officially made a name for itself within the hierarchy of fashion.
The trick to working patchwork is to keep your outfit simple. I’m sure you’re wondering how that’s possible with such a busy print, but the answer is easy—accessorize.
Patchwork isn’t restricted to denim.
Quick reminder: Patchwork isn’t just a reconstructed pile of denim that’s been pieced back together. It’s not actually the ’70s, so patchwork is available in a variety of fabrics, including leather, suede, velvet, and cashmere.
If you think patchwork is off-limits in the winter, think again.
I can see where you’d be hesitant to wear patchwork in the wintertime, but hear me out—a fuzzy coat, durable tights, and boots (literally any style of boot) can transform your warm-weather outfits into a full-on winter wardrobe.