Top 8 Types of Patches to Style Your Apparel


Sewing patches into different items of clothing was a raging trend in the ‘90s. Many famous people were seen rocking the patches during those days. Since the beginning patches have been known to represent many things.


Through time, they were used to represent sports teams, in the military, police, scouts, medical field, and as a part of the hippie culture.


It was a way to exhibit one’s personality through clothing. The trend of patches was so unique, famous and attractive that it lasted for a long time.


Fashion, now more than ever, is open to bold ideas and does not hesitate to take inspiration from previous successes. As a consequence, clothing patches are now being brought back to the 21st-century fashion world.


How to Style Patches


Here are top tips to style patches on clothes and other accessories.


  • Patches can be used on jeans, shirts, and tops. This makes denim items look even cooler than what they already are. Adding simple elements will add the edge that you need in your outfit.


  • They can be used on blazers and coats as well. Although it might be a bold move, adding some patches to one side of your blazer can help make a dress less boring


  • Patches can also be put on denim pants or skirt! Pairing this with a plain top will give you a perfect outfit for a casual day


  • Patches can also make many other things look cool. They can put used on phone covers, backpacks, handbags, and even sneakers.


Types of Clothing Patches


There are several clothing patches that you can add to your outfit-


1. Custom Embroidered Patches: Custom embroidered patches were the first to come into use. They were most commonly used. Custom Embroidered patches now come in different percentages namely, 50%, 75%, and 100%.


Custom Embroidered Patches


The percentage determines how much of the patch is embroidered and how much of it is plain. Attractive custom embroidered patches can achieve incredible detail in the design. Therefore it might be the most suitable for all design choices.


2. Printed Patches: Printed patches are the latest development. Since they are printed, there is a scope of experimentation in design choices. Printed patches have no limitations as to what you can have on your patch.


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They are easily made and give a more realistic appeal to the patches. This can also be a drawback as they might not give the effect of traditional patchwork.


3. PVC Patches: They are the modernized version of clothing patches. PVC is mostly used when you need a custom design. These patches are made of plastic and have incredible detail of design, which is unachievable otherwise.


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Normal patches might stand the risk of fading colors, loosening of the thread and the patch itself falling completely. PVC, on the other hand, is strong and durable.


4. Bullion Crests: Such crests are generally thicker than regular embroidered patches. This is because the crests are made with metallic threads, wired, and beads along with cloth threads.


Bullion Crests

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Symbols or emblems that need to stand out are made as bullion crests, as they easily catch the eye. They are also tougher than normal patches and do not tear easily.


5. Chenille Patches: Mainly added on varsity jackets, sweaters and uniforms in schools and colleges. Chenille patches are a representation of a team or a sign of accomplishment of some sort. Unlike other patches, they have two layers to them.


Chenille Patches


The upper layer is softer in comparison and looks woolly. They cannot have great detail but have a one of a kind finish to them.


6. Name Patches: These patches are simple to look at and are cheaper to buy. These only have an embroidered name on a plain patch.


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As there is not much to do, these patches can also be made at home. If you do not like a stitched finishing to your patches, they can also be printed.


7. Blank Patches: Such patches are perfect for situations where the design to be printed or embroidered is not final.


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You can even buy such a patch and further design it by yourselves. Blank patches are simple and cheap.


8. Woven Patches: Such patches are best for those who like the texture of an embroidered patch but want a greater detail.


woven patches


These are woven with a thinner thread and do not look raised. The only disadvantage with such patches is that the woven thread might loosen over time.


Clothing patches can be both formal and informal. They are perfect for any occasion and make a lasting first impression.


They are easily affordable and can even be made at home. They improve the look of whatever outfit you decide to wear.


Patches on clothes add a personal touch that gives you the confidence you need. It makes you set your own trends than follow others.