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Patched Jackets: DIY or Buy?

Patched Jackets

I love the look of patched jackets. While Zara has a great ready-made khaki one (at Zara for $55.90), I wanted to make mine myself (or rather have my friend do it – I have a fear of irons!). Start with the base; if there’s an old jacket in your closet that you can risk on a crafty makeover, don’t bother spending money on a new one. You can go vintage army-style (on Madewell for $162), jean, or leather. If you’re going the denim route, patches will stand out best on a light wash like this Zara (at Zara $59.90). The more ambitious set can experiment with a sleek black MICHAEL Michael Kors leather vest (on NET-A-PORTER for $425). I found a military jacket on eBay and quickly bought up half a dozen patches to decorate it with (bonus points if you actually collect patches – this would be just the time to put them to good use!). Here are some cute ones to iron or stitch on:

Italia Shield Patch (on The Cheap Place for $3.99)

Leo Zodiac Sign Patch (on The Cheap Place for $2.99)

Smiley Patch (on The Cheap Place for $3.99)

Photo Credits: Honestly…WTF

Patched Jackets



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