Patchwork fabrics have been around for centuries, but they most likely conjure images of 1970s hippies (or Disney-boyfriend Aladdin). The polarizing fashion trend has once again made its way to retailers—Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter—and runways—Céline, House of Holland, Chloé, Salvatore Ferragamo, Phillip Lim—for fall 2015.
It can be a bit confusing as to where to start when it comes to patchwork. The bold statement embraces everything from simple colorblocking to complex variations of textures and patterns. Well, patchwork-curious readers, puzzle no more. Use the slideshow above and tips below as jumping-off points for when you’re ready to dive in, and take note of which patchworks catch your eye.
Patchwork dresses provide comfortable and versatile fall looks. Layer shorter dresses with tights and maxi dresses with simple cardigans. Go for authenticity, and hunt down a vintage patchwork score. Pair it with modern jewelry and heels to update the aesthetic. Colorblocked sweaters and tops may be easily matched with your favorite jeans or leggings for casual outings.
Ward off the increasing autumn chill with a vibrant patchwork jacket or accessories like a cute scarf, headband, or fingerless gloves. Don’t overdo the trend: Generally speaking, one patchwork item per outfit should suffice. A purse, tote or duffel bag will do the trick.
Mixing and matching fabrics isn’t just restricted to the world of clothing. Home decor items like framed prints and furniture are also embracing patchwork designs. Patchwork furniture lends a cozy, bohemian vibe to any space in your home of office. Bigger pieces require more of a commitment, while accent chairs, benches and ottomans offer a smaller impact.