Denim is a year-round go-to, but the well-worn fabric gets even more love in the summer when the temperatures rise and everyone is a tad more laid-back. Enter patches, the season's favorite spice for giving that old pair of jeans a sartorial boost!
Fun fact: Embroidered patches weren't always fashionable. For decades, they were worn only for practical reasons like covering up holes in threadbare clothing and labeling ranks on military uniforms. As with most trends, the rise of the humble patch in fashion started on the streets—specifically on the secondhand, Salvation Army-pulled ensembles of the '70s hippies. The infamous counterculture movement focused on the au naturel, after all, preferring looks that were shabby sans the chic. Their surplus-salvaged threads were often repaired and embellished with colorful patches, setting off a craze that still hasn't died down.
Fast forward through the leather-studded '80s punks and the grungy '90s teens and you're suddenly in 2017—a universe of things may have changed, but it seems as if the humble embroidered patch is here to stay. Convinced? Let us show you where to shop the cutest picks!
Bench Patch set, P229.75, Glorietta 3
Bershka Las Vegas patch set, P495, SM Megamall
Bleakstatic patches, prices available upon request, instagram.com/bleakstatic
4. Cool Girls Club PH
Cool Girls Club PH patches, prices available upon request, instagram.com/coolgirlsclub_ph
Couch patches, prices available upon request, instagram.com/cooouch
Mango Floral patch set, P795, Power Plant Mall
7. Polly Patch
Polly Patch patches, prices available upon request, instagram.com/pollypatch
Pundesal patches, prices available upon request, instagram.com/pundesal
Stradivarius Japanese inspired patch set, P695, Shangri-La Plaza
Topshop Alien patches, P699, Greenbelt 3