I am always overly cautious when considering whether to invest in a trend or not. My rule of thumb is, Would I have bought this two years ago before it was "in" fashion? Would I wear it in two years' time after it's dropped off the social media radar? This is a thought process I went through when considering this season's patchwork denim trend, a look that, incidentally, features prominently in Whistles' latest Limited Edition collection, which launched this week.
The edit features a number of cool patchwork pieces, but it was one particular co-ord that immediately set my pulse racing. The boxy shacket and jeans can either be worn together as a statement co-ord or separately as an easy way to liven up your wardrobe basics. Both come with tonal denim patches that manage to feel distinctive without falling into the "hippy chic" aesthetic that can sometimes be associated with patchwork.
Yes, it may be a bold look, but after rigorous testing on my behalf, I can confirm that this duo will offer plenty of bang for your buck. I have styled it above to show you how it looks as a pairing and worn separately. The jacket also works with midi dresses, skirts and cutoff shorts, while the jeans are the ideal classic fit that can be thrown together with any jumper or jacket.
Fit-wise, I'm wearing the jacket in a UK 8, and find it true to size. The fabric is light, so ideal for the summer months, but perhaps less good as an insulating layer. I'm wearing the jeans in a size 27, and the hips are a little on the snug side, so I would recommend sizing up if you prefer a looser fit. The jeans are already pretty low in stock, so I recommend acting now if you want to get your hands on these babies. Scroll down to see and shop the pieces. You can thank me later.