Street Style Trend to Watch: Patchwork Jeans

Get out your sewing kit; it’s DIY time.
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Get out your sewing kit; it’s DIY time.

Patchwork jeans in action. Photo: Phil Oh

Patchwork jeans in action. Photo: Phil Oh

While the streets outside of fashion shows offer more runway than "real life" style inspiration, there is still the occasional crossover trend that can be spotted.

Case in point: The patchwork jean. From New York to Paris, a patched up, worn-in pair of jeans could be found on many a showgoer. And while we spotted a few DIYs and a pair of S/S 2014 DKNYs (which are featured in the label’s current ads), it was Junya Watanabe’s creations that received the most lens time.

Spotted on Vogue editor Virginia Smith, former Moda Operandi Creative Director Taylor Tomasi Hill and several others, it seems that patching up those hole-y boyfriend jeans (or even a perfectly fine pair) is the thing to do this season. For extra street style bait, you could even wear them with your white sneakers.

We suggest styling your pair with a structured blazer and t-shirt to give the look a more polished edge (whereas a bomber jacket will take you back to high school). A pair of brogues or single sole stilettos will also help elevate the look into fashionista territory.

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