keep calm and iron on


keep calm and iron on

April 26, 2016
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If you’re not living in a hole, you’ve probably noticed a new spin on accessories lately.

Remember in (surprise!) the nineties (yes, we’re going there again) when your backpack was adorned with all sorts of pins, buttons, patches, and boondoggles? Well, like backpacks, these accouterments are back. We’ve already discussed this briefly, so you won’t be shocked to know that I’m really excited about this one.

Why? Hint: the nineties!

But also because very rarely are we given the opportunity to customize and personalize our clothing for roughly two dollars. Sure, you can mix and match in a way that suits your style, but without wearing some sort of really stupid, embarrassingly over statement tee-shirt or covering your Subaru with bumper stickers, there is really no obvious and simple way to tell the world who you are. Until now.

(sidenote: Dear Men Between the Ages of 25 and 40: You are officially grownups. This means that the only acceptable place to wear a tee shirt that says “Keep Calm and Beer On” is to your bed. Sincerely, Womankind)

I think fashion has reached the apex of fun and expression. Literally anything goes right now (except the “Strippers Love My Pole” tee). Neon faux fur? Why not? Rainbow streaked hair? Yup. Insane numbers of patches and pins on denim? Yes!

keep calm and iron on


Of course you could buy a pair of Balmain jeans with totally random, meaningless (unless you’re a Francophile) patches for $925 and then wear them with a tee-shirt that says, “Fashion Victim,” because you literally would be. Or, you could go to Marshalls and buy yourself a pair of 501s for sixteen dollars, then migrate over to Amazon and buy yourself some patches that actually mean something to you, like “World’s Greatest Mom,” or a deadhead bear, or…um…some hummingbirds and some cherries.  Anyway, most patches cost two dollars and generally arrive within a couple of days. Then it takes one minute to iron them on to any pair of jeans.

If Marshalls isn’t your thing, try Levi’s (bonus points for buying vintage, when they were still made in the USA).  If jeans aren’t your thing, try a denim jacket.  If patches aren’t your thing, try some less-permanent pins.  I’m getting involved, because despite the fact that it may seem a bit juvenile, it makes me feel kind of young and free-spirited again. And also, because the pendulum will eventually swing the other way. Trends will overcorrect and minimalism will reign supreme, so why not have fun with expression while I can?

Next stop: puffy paint???


Shop some of my favorite patch-ready styles here:


This blog was chosen by Independent Fashion Bloggers for their weekly installation of Links à la Mode, April 28

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    I’m loving that patches and pins are back in style 🙂

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  • Norbyah April 29, 2016 at 2:03 AM

    Your writing is humorous and fresh. I loved reading this post for this reason. Not to mention I agree with you, the patches on clothing is a trend that despite being a ‘trend’ can still be unique and meaningful for the person who wears it.

    I’m definitely coming back to read more of your posts!

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      Thank you so much!!! 😀 Make sure to subscribe to the blog or like the Facebook page so you get notified about new posts. Looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts!

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      Thank you so much!! I’m going to come to your house when puffy paint does finally come back! 😉

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