What a time to be a pair of jeans. Only a couple of years ago we were adrift in a sea of identical skinnies, but these days denim has got its mojo back. You’d have to have been living in a bunker in the garden for two years not to notice that embroidery and embellishment are fashion’s new favourite words – but when you don’t have the cashflow for new threads (or the sewing skills for new, um, threads), how do you get the look?
Grab an iron, obviously. Patches are your shortcut to jean genius, not to mention bags, jackets, tops and anything else that stays still long enough. From fierce slogans to pretty motifs, here are our very favourite iron-on patches for jeans on the internet. Get plastered.
Because Skinnydip knows chips-and-dip is our one true love.
2. Take a brow
The original flower crown queen, ironing on Frida’s face is the easiest way to turn your jeans into fine art.
It’s more or less the law that you need fruit in your wardrobe somewhere. And if it’s a pineapple and a watermelon wearing sunglasses, even better.
4. Give a flip
Stand up and let your denim do the talking! (Maybe sit down when you need it to shut up again).
5. Halo, you
Wear your heart on your sleeve, your back, your bag or your bum, with this heavenly patch.
Punkypins has a whole Stranger Things patch collection, which has got us more excited than a box full o’ Eggos.
A bun for your buns? We’d wear this with relish.
8. High five
From a comic book Pow! to a peace out, this patch pack from H&M has a bit of everything.
Not only will this patch remind us to keep kicking ass on a daily basis, it’s also iron on because we sew like a girl too. Which is to say… um, badly?
10. Heart to art
For when you have ALL the feels but still want to be anatomically correct, this beauty from Stay Home Club will sort you out. Gorgeously goth.
It’s amazing we got this far without a unicorn, tbh. This pack by Orelia also includes stars and a cupcake, to satisfy every twee craving you’ve got.
12. Prickly heat
Flowers are fine, but you can’t beat a cactus. This Topshop patch is even easier to care for than the real thing!