Nowadays, you can no longer turn a corner without seeing the word vintage emblazoned on anything that’s been around for more than 10 years. Utterly heart wrenching when you remember some of this ‘old stuff’ being around in your lifetime (I’m only 24). I don’t know if this has anything to do with the current economic climate or the overall rise of the environment-loving, vegan eating hipster. The trend definitely became mainstream because of these guys, but I think it is more the idea of high street not being the be all and end all of fashion anymore. We have the freedom and inspiration to style ourselves however we like. Which brought me to the idea of customisation.
It doesn’t have to be hard, I’m not saying make stuff from scratch but rather take something you have and add to it, make it better. A couple of my friends have been batting around the idea of patches for a while now. I love this idea and plan on doing it to a white vintage boating jacket I have. People have done this for years, stemming right back to the original punk movement, using bands or brand names, but now you just have to type the word patch into Etsy or eBay and there are thousands. Some are pictures; some slogans, some current media and some are completely random. Believe me, any likes or interests you have, I guarantee you can find it in patch form.
(It turns out I’m a fan of terrible puns… ha!)
Another idea I plan to do, is painting a large piece of pop art (different to this example) on to the back of my old, pale blue Zara denim jacket. I came across this idea scrolling through Pinterest, looking at the former, and I absolutely fell in love. Things like this just seem to breathe a new life into tired, old garments. They’re fairly simple ways of making you look unique too, and in a world of samey high street wouldn’t you want to wear something that you won’t see on anyone else?
So now I’m off to buy some patches and fabric paint! Wish me luck!! I’ll post the finished products on here when I’m done and you can see what you think. I hope this inspires you guys to get creative too. Honestly, when it comes to fashion I truly believe the world is your oyster; there is no right or wrong when it comes to freedom of expression.