Denim, while wonderful, traditionally plays a supporting role in a stylish ensemble, but it’s about to step into the spotlight in a whole new way. Presenting your new leading lady: the patchwork trend.
Get It While It's Hot: Patchwork Denim
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We’ve almost reached the end of Denim Week (le sigh), but we have yet to cover one of our favorite indigo trends for spring: patchwork. Already adored by the street style set, including Miroslava Duma and We Wore What’s Danielle Bernstein, this pieced-together look is vastly stylish and unquestionably cool. To help you incorporate the trend into your own repertoire, we’ve gathered a slew of must-try products and outfit ideas. Keep reading for all the goods!
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Styling Tip: For high-impact results, double up on the patchwork pieces in the same look.
Image via Stockholm Street Style
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Current/Elliott Cotton Bandana-Print Shirt ($198)
Featuring a mix of bandana prints, this button-down offers a cool riff on the classic western shirt.
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Paige Denim Cara Patchwork Ultra Skinny Jeans ($229)
Can’t decide between dark or medium-rinse jeans this spring? Get the best of both worlds with these patchwork skinnies.
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Christina DeSmet of DeSmitten
Styling Tip: Kill two spring trends with one outfit by accessorizing a minimal shift dress with oversized jewelry.
On DeSmet: A Detacher dress; Raia necklace; Zara sandals.
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Rebecca Taylor Short Sleeved Railroad Dress ($275)
All this little denim shift dress needs is a pair of neon sandals and a cross-body bag.
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Leandra Medine of Man Repeller
Styling Tip: Denim can be glamorous, just add a statement necklace and metallic pumps.
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Tommy Hilfiger Janell Shirt ($99, available April)
Contrast this menswear-inspired shirt with a flirtatious circle skirt for the weekend.
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DKNY Jeans Avenue B Ultra Skinny Jeans ($80)
We first fell for the patchwork design, but it was the flattering fit of these skinnies that really sold us.
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Hedvig of Northern Light
Styling Tip: Add instant polish to cool blue hues with a pair of nude pumps.
On Hedvig: Celine shirt; Acne shorts; Chanel bag; Camilla Skovgaard heels.
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MiH Denim Patchwork Parka ($341)
Whether you style it as a shirt or use it as a lightweight layer, you’re sure to get plenty of wear out of this jacket all season long.
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Jonathan Simkhai Patchwork Denim Shorts ($295)
Give these denim shorts a feminine spin with a white sleeveless button-down and nude wedges.
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Michelle Nielsen of Stone Muse
Styling Tip: Play up the casual vibe of patchwork boyfriend jeans with sneakers.
On Nielsen: H&M jacket and jeans; Nike sneakers.
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Karen Millen Patched Denim Collection Jeans ($130)
Try these low-slung jeans with a tucked-in chambray shirt for a current take on the denim-on-denim look.
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Topshop Patchwork Denim Luggage Bag ($68)
Summer is the season of stylish road trips and weekend getaways—all the more reason to pick up a new travel bag.
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Amy of Two Shoes, One Pair
Styling Tip: Experiment with multiple washes—black, medium, and faded—for a harmonious denim-centric look.
On Amy: vintage jean jacket; Topshop top, jeans, and boots.
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Timo Weiland Carrie Denim-Effect Leather Patchwork Jacket ($1250)
The jean jacket just got that much cooler, thanks to this denim and leather motorcycle hybrid.
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MICHAEL Michael Kors Color Blocked Romper ($130)
We credit the mix of dark and wash denim for this relaxed romper’s grown-up look.
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Styling Tip: For a feminine take on the trend, pick up a mid-length denim skirt.
Image via We The People
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Urban Renewal Quilted Denim Shirt ($59)
We love how this vintage-like shirt looks as if it was plucked straight from Grandma’s closet.
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Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What
Styling Tip: When all else fails, pair your patchwork top with distressed jeans.