As predicted by the spring/summer 2023 runways, we have entered the year of denim. This was made official by the top street style ensembles spotted throughout fashion month, during which showgoers doubled down on the material…and we’re not just talking Canadian tuxedos (though those were in abundance). If one garment reigned supreme in the jean category, it was the maxed-out, patchwork denim jacket: a mosaic masterpiece of multiple shades of blue in a single item of outerwear. For proof, see Ella Emhoff, the model, knitwear designer and stepdaughter of US Vice President Kamala Harris, who stepped out in one of her own (and matching denim skirt!) at Milan Fashion Week.
Emhoff is by no means alone in her enthusiastic embrace of the patchwork denim jacket as a top jean trend this season. From Copenhagen to Paris, the industry’s most à la mode show attendees have been sporting outer layers in multiple tones of fashion’s favourite fabric in the form of cropped coats, and even quasi-cardigans. Add to that the influence of celebrities like Julia Fox, who is known to dabble in kaleidoscopic denim, and it’s no wonder the patchwork denim jacket has become a top-searched term among cybershoppers scrambling for outerwear that’s bigger, bolder and bluer.
Be it a bomber or a bolero, upcycled or oversized, there are plenty of ways to adopt 2023’s multifaceted take on the good ol’ jean jacket, with patchwork options available for every budget.
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Urban Bliss Plus Patchwork Denim Jacket, $, available at ASOS
AllSaints Beth Patch Denim Jacket, $, available at AllSaints
Whistles Ella Patchwork Denim Jacket, $, available at Whistles
ItsJinkiesCollection Vintage 1990s / 90s Denim Patchwork Jacket, $, available at Etsy
Helmut Lang Oversized Patchwork Denim Jacket, $, available at Net-A-Porter
French Connection Patched Denim Cropped Jacket, $, available at House of Fraser
Urban Renewal One-Of-A-Kind Utility Patchwork Denim Jacket, $, available at Urban Outfitters
New Look Cameo Rose Bright Blue Patchwork Paint Stud Denim Jacket, $, available at New Look
Marques ‘ Almeida ReM’Ade Double-Breasted Patchwork Denim Blazer, $, available at Net-A-Porter
NA-KD Organic Patchwork Cropped Denim Jacket, $, available at NA-KD
Giyi Upcycled – Waste Not Kimono, $, available at Wolf & Badger
JONATHAN SIMKHAI STANDARD Wren Patchwork Jacket, $, available at Revolve
RE/DONE x Levi’s Patchwork Denim Jacket, $, available at Matches Fashion
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