The Subtle Approach to Patches

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

If there is one trend that will be making a comeback this season- it’s embroidered patches! Personalizing you clothing with patches is now the ultimate cool statement. Surprisingly, patches can be traced back all the way to Ancient Chinese handwork. Since then they have become a part of mainstream culture due to the hippie movement, where they later resurfaced as a major fashion trend in the 1990s. Wearing patches on your clothing is a fun and easy way to create unique wardrobe pieces.

I went for a more subtle approach to wearing patches in this outfit. I came across this tee while I was shopping at Brandy Melville in Soho last week and loved that the patch was understated. Usually, you see multiple patches layered onto clothing items, which is just as cool but far more of a fashion statement. I was drawn to the simplicity of the checkered flag symbolizing a sports car race in France called “Le Man.” I’m a big car fanatic, so I thought “why not?”.

That’s the other thing about this trend, its a great platform for saying a lot (or displaying your interests) without speaking. I love taking the opportunity to personalize my clothing whenever I have the chance. Especially because there is a whole range of patches and clothing with patches attached available to us. It’s a quirky and amusing way of expressing yourself and it makes your clothing items that much more authentic! Check out some more subtle tees with patch detailing below!

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

Ana Prodanovich wearing a shirt with patches from Brandy Melville.

 

Credits: Styling by Ana Prodanovich, Photography by Kenny Chen

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