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When it comes to fashion, no matter how mainstream it is at it’s core with trends and enormous production volumes across the globe, all of us want to stay individual. The current notion for badged clothing does allow for your imagination to run wild and express yourself by personalizing your clothes.

Customising garments can not only be fun and rewarding, but it also allows you to choose the well-fitting piece of just the right colour and style that you will enhance further. Try sticking to wardrobe staples of simpler designs: denim jackets, shorts and skirts, jeans, cargo clothing or sportswear: hoodies, sweatshirts and pants. If it’s your first attempt at customising, it would be smart to opt for inexpensive clothes, since the risk of ruining them is pretty high, especially when you work with iron-on badges and patches.

When it comes to actual novelty trinkets, there are a few options available: stickers, pins and embroidered patches and badges. Pins are the easiest to manipulate and you could move them from garment to garment. Stickers, patches and badges are more or less permanent solutions.

In search of unique pieces you may want to visit a flea market for some vintage finds, or browse eBay, but there’s no need to go to such length when you already have a broad variety available to shop online and in stores.

Etsy is a great source of all kinds of DIY patches and badges to choose from: fan badges, tattoo-inspired, vintage, cartoon characters, food related and the list goes on. Back in the day you had to sew them on, whereas today the process is much simpler and easier – all you need is an iron.

Stickers are another option: Anya Hindmarch has a wide range with signs, slogans and emojis – excellent adornments for your handbags or phone-cases.

Forget about those round voter-style pins, as the modern version is a lot more intricate and detailed. Some of the coolest designs can be found at Yes Please!Georgia Perry makes some cool celebrity pins, Popglory – emoji pins, Laser Kitten (90s inspired pins & patches), Petals and Peacocks, Tuesday Bassen (pins & patches) and Local Heroes. Topshop, Asos and Zara also carry some cute and funky stickers and pins on offer, all there for you to create your own special individual decorated piece.

by Olga Permyakova

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger


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