This Trend Is "Ugly," and I'm Into It

We might be in the business of knowing what will be in your wardrobe in the next few months, but sometimes, a trend we weren't totally expecting to take off suddenly appears everywhere. Today, the surprising trend accolade goes to patchwork. Amid a sea of Bottega Veneta and The Row's clean '90s silhouettes, patchwork is here to remind us that "ugly" trends still have their place and make an outfit feel fresh and exciting for 2020.

Recently, at Copenhagen Fashion Week, we spotted influencer Blanca Miró Scrimieri wearing a floral patchwork yellow-and-green coat by the brand Rave Review. 

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Blanca Miró at Copenhagen Fashion Week.

But Miró isn't the first to bring this trend to our attention. Last year, Who What Wear's columnist Monikh wore a patchwork dress from Zara-owned brand Uterqüe. And a couple of weeks ago, Zayn Malik was also spotted wearing a patchwork jacket by menswear brand Bode.

Monikh wearing Uterqüe.

According to the V&A, historically patchwork is "a way of using up scraps of fabrics or of extending the working life of clothing." With sustainable fashion becoming more popular, it actually makes sense that this style of clothing is trending.

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Zayn Malik in a patchwork jacket by Bode.

If you haven't managed to do your own version at home, you probably want to know which brands are backing this trend and which pieces are the best to wear right now. Rixo—arguably a brand which has always championed this mish-mash style—has some great dresses to invest in. Then, there are patchwork jumpers from Stella McCartney and AlexaChung. But one of my favourite pieces has to be the slip dress from Ganni, which also uses a similar patchwork pattern on an oversized jacket. Ready to shop some key looks? Keep scrolling…

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