The Unlikely Denim Microtrend Huge Designers Are Revisiting

Emma Spedding
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Gucci S/S 20 collection

Patchwork denim will always have a nostalgic charm to me. The splicing of fabrics and intentional scruffiness makes it feel like a project I'd have taken on in week five of summer holidays after watching one too many episodes of That '70s Show. However, this humble denim trend has, against all odds, been slowly making its way into luxury collections. In 2020, Celine brought us the patchwork button-front miniskirt, Gucci created an epic blazer pieced together with numerous swatches and, most recently, Victoria Beckham has brought us two-tone flared jeans.

All patchwork denim tends to have a '70s sensibility, playing with silhouettes such as flares and wide-leg jumpsuits, which were all popular in that decade. Thanks to the DIY element, this is a trend that really lends itself to upcycling and reusing fabrics, and Fanfare is one label that uses offcuts from designer rugs to add patches to jeans, stopping them from being sent to landfill. You can also send the brand a pair of your own jeans for it to customise and add patches onto.

Keep scrolling for ideas for wearing the patchwork denim trend and then our edit of the coolest pieces we could find.

How to Wear Patchwork Denim

Style Notes: This patchwork maxi skirt looks amazing with this camel leather jacket.

Style Notes: Here, double denim is taken to the max, with a patchwork denim shirt layered underneath a denim jacket.

Style Notes: One of our favourite ways to wear this trend is jeans with patches of printed fabric sewn onto them.

Style Notes: More proof that patchwork denim looks amazing paired with jeans.

Style Notes: For a simple take on patchwork denim, this dark-wash jumpsuit with contrasting denim panels is beautiful.

Shop Patchwork Denim

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

Stella McCartney Belted Patchwork Organic Denim Jacket (£1795)

Arket Straight Cropped Patchwork Denim Jeans (£99)

Victoria Beckham High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans (£450)

Andersson Bell Nicola Frayed Patchwork Denim Shirt (£185)

We the Free Belladonna Jean (£158)

Fanfare High Waisted Recycled Fully Patchwork Jeans in Blue Denim (£99)

Monki Upcycled Yoko Jeans (£85)

Victoria Beckham Patchwork High-Rise Flared Jeans (£450)

Reformation Cynthia Patchwork High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£160)

B Sides Marcel Upcycled Patchwork Straight-Leg Jeans (£325)

Saint Laurent Patchwork Denim Midi Skirt (£1490)

JW Anderson Logo-Embroidered Patchworked Jeans (£420)

Arket Patchwork Denim Midi Skirt (£99)

Monki Mozik Colour Block Jeans (£40)

Arket Patchwork Denim Cropped Jacket (£115)

We the Free Palisades Patchwork Buttondown (£140)

Fanfare High Waisted Recycled Stripe Wool Jeans in Blue Denim (£99)

Andersson Bell Patchwork Denim Midi Skirt (£245)

Marques'Almeida Rem'ade Patchwork Boyfriend Jeans (£245)

Next up, See our guide to the key denim trends for 2021.

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