Patch Things Up

DIY inspired and personalized pieces have been popping up all summer from high end designers like Gucci to fast fashion standards like Topshop. Easier than embroidery or even at-home denim distressing, adding patches to your jacket, jeans, or bag is one of the best ways to get a one-of-a-kind look without the custom creation price tag. You can collect them on your travels or just stock up on patches that make you smile, and turn an old worn out piece of clothing into something you'll want to wear all summer long. One quick tip - iron on patches may start to fall off after a few washes, so sewing them along the edges (even if it's just a few stitches) will help keep your design from falling apart.

Check out the adorable patches below and let them inspire you to play designer.

Ill Down Hill $6
SkinnyDip London $6 from $9
Bear Friend Society $6
Rad Stuff by Alex $5
Moonrise Kingdom set $60
Peace Patch $10
Stay Home Club $6
Strange Ways $7

If you just don't have the time or your DIY projects tend to end in disaster, there are plenty of pre-patched options out there for you. Shop some of my favs below.

Zara shorts $36
Alice + Olivia jacket $695
Express vest $80
ASOS bag $41
Topshop shirt $58
Nasty Gal bomber $88
Forever21 sweater $20
GCDS jeans $130 from $234

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