patchwork trend 2021

Microtrend: Patchwork.

Image above via SEA, featuring their Linden dress.

This is a trend you’ll either love or hate — I’m in the former category as I have seen women rock the look with aplomb. This trend is taking off in no small part because it fits with the ethos of sustainability in fashion: why not upcycle old pieces to create something new? (Spanish brand Desigual has actually launched a patchwork denim collection using dead stock from past seasons!)

Don’t worry, it’s not all rustic folklore looking stuff — there are pretty dresses from Olivia Rubin, Endless Rose ($110!), LSF (on sale in very limited sizes here), and SEA to consider. If you’re more comfortable with the boho vibe, look no further than this drool-worthy Anna Mason skirt and this eye-catching See By Chloe statement. (And this $128 tote bag is sweet for picnics and park adventures this summer with a LWD.)

I’m personally lusting after a patchwork coat, which I’ve spotted on many-a street style starlet. The high-end name of the game is BODE (all handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces from a small NY-based atelier that took the fashion world by storm in the past year or two, becoming something of a status symbol on the likes of Bella Hadid). I’m drawn towards these more reasonably-priced styles from Tuckernuck, & Other Stories, this $40 Target score, and SEA.

Or get the vibe in a more subtle — less boho-leaning — way with this sweater (finally on sale!), this splashy bag, this $50 sarong, or this dress.

For littles, you cannot miss this $33 bubble in sweet pastel (!), this tiny quilted denim coat, and this robe by Marysia.

P.S. Great sunglasses.

P.P.S. All my best finds so far this year.

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