Patches in Motion. | How I style a patched up denim jacket.
The day on Broad Street was not hot, but almost to warm for this jacket. However, I refused to let it go. Adding your own sense of personal style to your clothing and accessories with patches speaks directly to my 10-year-old soul and screams, “MORE PATCHES. PATCHES EVERYWHERE.” It reminded me of all the handbags from Wal-Mart I hand painted, and those J-Lo brand jeans that I used fabric paint to create weeping willows up the legs of. Baby, I was born this way.
Outfit Details : denim bomber jacket via Target, tie-neck blouse by Anthropologie (similar, similar, similar), black skirt with slit by Old Navy (similar, similar), orange mules by ASOS, mirrored sunglasses by Sojos via Amazon, Apple Watch sport in gold, black leather handbag (similar, similar), gold BaubleBar cuff (similar)
I tried to contain myself, and kept the patches only to this amazing, soft chambray bomber jacket. Before you wonder why on Earth I would deface a perfectly good piece of clothing by covering it in quirky patches, pump the breaks. This baby is from Tarjáy, and only set me back around $30.00.
I set out to buy a nice, lightweight jacket with the intention to patch it up. I knew my mission, and would not stop until it had been achieved. Bomber jackets are always effortlessly cool, and as I trucked through the women’s section of the Target in Hixon, TN I knew this one was bae. The fabric is soft, barely there even. I selected one that was three sizes too big - because that’s how I roll.
Collecting the perfect group of patches can be tricky. I like to think of a decorative patch as a novelty item that you casually come across, and gather over time. However, when you are on a mission from the fashion gods, this simply can’t be the case. I needed patches in bulk - stat. Does Amazon Prime carry patches? Don’t think I didn’t look. They kind of do - but not really.
I thought about what Chattanooga had to offer me. Local craft stores - sure, I got a few things there, and you can too. But the gold, the pure solid gold is to the found at your local head shop. All Things Groovy is a little shop in my old neighborhood that has overcome the test of time. I remember it being there when I was less than 10, before the street was trendy - when it was just weird and cool. This is where I found my patches. So, I suggest you Google “head shops near me,” and head to that bad boy to find all the patches your little heart desires. Considering you want a jacket as cool as mine…
Call up your seamstress, you know, the woman who hems your pants (or lets them out). She will know just what to do.
If you aren't much of a DIYer, I've linked a few of my favorite patch covered denim jackets below!
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If you haven't visited the Passageways art installations in Chattanooga yet, you must. They are very cool, and it gives you a great opportunity to stroll through some of the parts of downtown that you might normally not. Each exhibit is different, and they are all worth seeing. If you have been following along with me for long, you know that public art is one of my passions. Decorating Chattanooga's forgotten alleyways with art by creators from all over the world is so Chattanooga. I love it, and visiting the exhibits really gives you a great sense of the city and what huge part art plays in the community.
And no, this isn't a PSL in my cup. Turn up.