Recently, I was on vacation in Milan and everywhere I went, the Gucci effect was all over the racks. Store after store had the most outlandish things imaginable: marabou sandals, impractical bag shapes (e.g. Dolce and Gabbana’s ice-cream straw purse) and Dr. Seuss-esque fur coats at the 5-lettered fashion house. Thank goodness minimalism has finally died! But here’s something that no one really knows about what’s been brewing: I have been dressing like this for the past 3 years. To be exact, it was one year before Alessandro Michele became the main designer for Gucci. Truth be told, I am all Gucci.
As someone who loves the new maximalism of Michele, his take on patched denim is forever inspirational. However, I feel that there is no need for me to drop $1K on a pair of jeans that I can simply do at home.
Here, I take up a pair of Levi’s orange tab bootcut jeans, plunged my scissors against the surface and cut out the pockets and back panel. Then, I just glued and ironed all of my favorite patches. See how simple that is? You can simply get your dream denim for less!
And why do I like patched denim? It’s so easy to pair it with anything imaginable: an off the shoulder crop top, vintage graphic tee, crystal choker, red sunnies, fishnet tights, sneakers, backpack and any shade of millennial pink!
What is your favorite outfit go-to with patched jeans?
All photos by Hallie Geller