Patchwork’s Summer Revival Is Sticking Around for Fall

Patchwork’s Summer Revival Is Sticking Around for Fall


Patchwork’s Summer Revival Is Sticking Around for Fall

A buzzword at the 2021 Met Gala, patchwork has become one of those long lasting trends.

A buzzword at the 2021 Met Gala, patchwork has become one of those long lasting trends.

Text: Aleeza Zinn

It’s funky, it’s vintage, it’s one-of-a-kind style, it’s patchwork. Patchwork is one of those trends for which you can’t quite determine the origin. Quilted clothing may have had a landmark decade in the 1970s, but then the trend came back around with a punk twist in the early aughts, and has begun to once again seep its way back into the fashion of today. Long before any of these trendsetting periods, however, patchwork made its debut as far back as medieval times. Clearly deeply ingrained in the history of fashion, it’s no wonder the term itself became a buzzword during the 2021 Met Gala, America: A Lexicon of Fashion. The grande dame of fashion, Anna Wintour herself, said the word at least three times during an interview. Dare we say, this trend is a part of the patchwork of fashion?

On and off the runway—and the beige Met Gala carpet—patchwork has garnered a plethora of quilted enthusiasts. From famed musician Zayn Malik sporting an Emily Bode jacket on the New York streets to actress and director Rebecca Hall donning a custom Batsheva gown patched together with patent leather and printed fabric at the 2021 Met Gala, or Jordan Roth stunning in a collaged jacket with train—patchwork is sewing its way through the fabric of fashion’s A-list. With a wide range of possibilities, patchwork can be worn as a top, bottom, dress, or accessory. Whichever your pick, the quilted style has been around for centuries and does not appear to be leaving any time soon. Plus, Bella Hadid was just seen styling a very ’90s patchwork denim midi skirt in New York. And as trends tend to evolve with the supermodel and fashion icon, if Bella’s wearing patchwork, then the rest of us will surely follow suit (or skirt).     

1. Asata Maisé, Patchwork Purse

A champion of slow fashion, independent designer Asata Maisé Beeks creates unique, handmade patchwork items catching the attention of starlets like Emma Chamberlain, Vogue fashion editors, and stylish shoppers alike. With limited edition drops, keep an eye out to snag your own original Asata Maisé purse. 

Image courtesy of Asata Maisé.

2. Saloni, Paige Patchwork Pants, $365

This fall, go bright and bold or go home. Wear the top and bottom together for a patchwork extravaganza or tone down the look as separates.   

Image courtesy of Saloni via Net-A-Porter.

3. Staud, Dolores Patchwork Midi Dress, $235

With an easy fit and fun colorway, this slip dress is perfect for the remaining warm days. Or, easily pair with a long sleeve shirt underneath or a simple sweater overtop to transition the look for fall.

Image courtesy of Staud via Net-A-Porter.

4. Stella McCartney, Patchwork Organic Denim Jacket, $748.50

Make a statement in denim with this belted jacket. Wear with a sweater or on its own to turn heads as we approach chillier days.  

Image courtesy of Stella McCartney via Net-A-Porter.

5. Palm Angels, Multicolor Missoni Edition Patchwork Cardigan, $1,355

Can you say cozy? Giving us all of the fall feels, this oversized zip-up cardigan will quickly become a staple this autumn.  

Image courtesy of Palm Angels via Ssense.

6. Etro, Patchwork Button Down Shirt, $615

She’s chic, she’s effortless, she’s striped patchwork. Perfect for the office or a brisk day about town, this twist on the classic buttoned shirt is essential for fall.

Image courtesy of Etro via Farfetch.

7. Proenza Schouler, Patchwork Knitted Dress, $396 

Like a contemporary work of art for fall, this stunning Proenza Schouler piece is as equally comfortable and practical as it is chic. 

Image courtesy of Proenza Schouler via Farfetch.

8. RE/DONE, Patchwork-Panel Jeans, $664

Enhance your fall wardrobe with a new kind of jean. This patchworked pair will instantly spruce up any outfit.

Image courtesy of RE/DONE via Farfetch.

9. DUOItd, Asymmetric Patchwork Blazer, $1,881

Cool and edgy, this is not your average blazer. A sure statement piece for fall, embrace your inner punk with patchwork.

Image courtesy of DUOItd via Farfetch.

10. Pinko, Belted Patchwork Midi Skirt, $415

Have your own Bella Hadid moment this fall with a tonal patchworked midi. Similar to the option the supermodel herself donned, this skirt by Pinko is an early aughts dream come true.

Image courtesy of Pinko via Farfetch.


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