Patchwork, the patching together of mismatched patterns and fabric, is back in style this fall. Part crafty, part folksy, this playful, 70’s inspired trend can be a little tricky. No one wants to look like an over-40 version of Holly Hobbie.
But for gals who gravitate to a Boho or Boho-lite aesthetic, patchwork 2.0 will have definite appeal. Here’s the classy way to wear patchwork over 40.
Boho Patchwork Peasant Top
The simplest, most elegant way to do this is to steer clear of contrasting colors and overly busy prints. Here I’ve chosen a pretty patchwork peasant top in black and white and gray that gives more of a nod to the trend without hitting you over the head with it. By keeping the rest of the outfit simple and sophisticated with black jeans, a black tote, and loafer mules, the overall effect is a look that’s classy, not kitschy.
Colorful Patchwork Sweater
Forget the calico prints of yesteryear that are often associated with patchwork; instead, look to this cozy sweater as an example of the modern way to wear patchwork. The mashup of this pretty pink, gray, black, cream, and taupe, as well as the interesting textures spliced together in an avant-garde way, brings patchwork into the here and now. Keep the rest of your outfit neutral so all eyes stay on the sweater where they should be.
Funky Patchwork Vest
If you like the look of patchwork but you’re not sure about taking the plunge, this goat suede patchwork vest is a good way to dip your toe in the trend. Besides providing some great pops of color, this vest is one of those on-trend pieces you can wear to update almost anything you already have in your closet instantly. I’ve styled it here with leggings and little black booties, but you could wear this vest with jeans, a pencil skirt, or even over a simple black sweater dress.
Elegant Patchwork Neutrals
Leggings and a slouchy sweater are a match made in heaven or, in the case of this cozy color block turtleneck, patchwork heaven. See how the warm, neutral colors of the sweater give it a soft, elegant look? I love this look with the cognac boots and bag, but black boots or booties and a black bag would also be lovely.