Get It While It's Hot: Patchwork Denim

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.  

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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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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Miroslava Duma

    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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    PHOTO: DeSmitten

    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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    PHOTO: Man Repeller

    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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    PHOTO: Northern Light

    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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    PHOTO: Stone Muse

    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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    PHOTO: Two Shoes, One Pair

    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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    PHOTO: We The People

    Street Style

    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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    PHOTO: We Wore What

    Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What

    Styling Tip: When all else fails, pair your patchwork top with distressed jeans.

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Cotton Bandana-Print Shirt

Cotton Bandana-Print Shirt

Current/Elliott, $198
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Patched Denim Collection Jeans

Patched Denim Collection Jeans

Karen Millen, $130
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Patchwork Denim Shorts

Patchwork Denim Shorts

Jonathan Simkhai, $295
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Patchwork Parka

Patchwork Parka

MiH Denim, $341
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Avenue B Ultra Skinny Jeans

Avenue B Ultra Skinny Jeans

DKNY Jeans, $80
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Janell Shirt

Janell Shirt

Tommy Hilfiger, $99
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Patchwork Denim Luggage Bag

Patchwork Denim Luggage Bag

Topshop, $68
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Short Sleeved Railroad Dress

Short Sleeved Railroad Dress

Rebecca Taylor, $275
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Cara Patchwork Ultra Skinny Jeans

Cara Patchwork Ultra Skinny Jeans

Paige Denim, $229
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Carrie Denim-Effect Leather Patchwork Jacket

Carrie Denim-Effect Leather Patchwork Jacket

Timo Weiland, $1250
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Quilted Denim Shirt

Quilted Denim Shirt

Urban Renewal, $59
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Color Blocked Romper

Color Blocked Romper

MICHAEL Michael Kors, $130
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