This Trend Is "Ugly," and I'm Into It

Elinor Block
·2-min read

The patchwork trend started bubbling up last year but now in 2021, I'm convinced it has completely exploded. Amid a sea of Bottega Veneta and The Row's clean '90s silhouettes, patchwork is here to remind us that "ugly" trends still have their place and make an outfit feel fresh and exciting for 2021. From Stella McCartney's patchwork denim jacket to Sea's beautiful pastel coloured jacket as well as Prada's mutli-print dress, there seem to be endless brands getting in on the patchwork trend this season.

Blanca Miró at Copenhagen Fashion Week.

As I said, I saw this trend coming up a year or so ago. I spotted Who What Wear's columnist Monikh wearing a patchwork dress from Zara-owned brand Uterqüe. And then Zayn Malik was also spotted wearing a patchwork jacket by menswear brand Bode.

Monikh wearing Uterqüe.

According to the V&A, historically patchwork is "a way of using up scraps of fabrics or of extending the working life of clothing." With sustainable fashion becoming more even popular, it actually makes sense that this style of clothing is trending.

Zayn Malik in a patchwork jacket by Bode.

If you haven't managed to do your own version at home though you probably want to know which brands are backing this trend and which pieces are the best to wear right now. Denim is arguably the biggest way to do this look but look out for patchwork leather and pretty dresses from the likes of Zara. If this trend sounds like one you want to invest in, keep scrolling for more.

Arket Straight Cropped Patchwork Denim Jeans (£99)

Marques'Almeida Patchwork Godet Upcycled Cotton-Poplin Shirt ($425)

Sea Linden Patchworked Quilted-Cotton Jacket (£530)

Prada Sable Patchwork-Print Pleated Crepe Dress (£2135)

La Fetiche Janis Reversible Patchwork Cotton-Bandana Jacket (£880)

Ssone X Ressone Kantha Hand-Patchworked Jacket (£995)

Marques'Almeida Patchwork Striped Wide-Leg Jeans (£245)

Andersson Bell Patchwork Denim Midi Skirt (£245)

Sacai Patchwork Printed Satin, Wool and Chiffon Shirt (£915)

Prada Ribbed Patchwork Wool and Silk-Blend Cardigan (£855)

Sea Linden Belted Quilted Patchwork Cotton Coat (£695)

Stella McCartney + Net Sustain Belted Patchwork Organic Denim Jacket (£1795)

Prada Patchwork Printed Silk-Blend Crepe Midi Skirt (£1760)

R13 Pieced Distressed Checked Cotton-Flannel Shirt (£615)

Zara Crossover Patchwork Dress (£50)

Seventy + Mochi Suki Dungaree in Deadstock Denim Panels (£120)

Free People Louisa Patchwork Mini Dress (£228)

Staud Gene 75 Patchwork Suede Mules (£270)

Bode Bode X Browns 50 Wedding Ring Quilted Jacket (£1365)

Desa 1972 Patchwork Leather Coat (£1019)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know.

This piece was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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