Remember the roaring 80s? When everyone was obsessed with their Rubik’s cubes and no one gets over with Star Wars. How about the 70s when bell bottom pants and disco fever is boiling the world? Or back in the 60s when everything is floral and has the obsession with peace? It’s been decades and we’re now in 2010s. Do you know the fad during those days? It’s not only button pins and clothes that are now considered hip but also patches!
Patches were very popular during those decades. It can be seen on uniforms, jackets, toys and anything that is made of fabric. They are present every single piece of your clothing whether it’s embroidered by your nana on a shirt for your 10th birthday, stitched on your coat to make it more classy, or ironed on with a print of your favorite Saturday morning show.
Back in the 60s, patches were made as a symbol of peace
They are stitched on hippies’ robes with two fingers not indicating war victories but asking to stop them. The famous peace sign that is based from Nero’s cross is also popular during this era as well as rainbows, flowers, and drug usage.
The emblems are also there on cars, necklaces, and even tattooed everywhere as a cry to pacify the world on ways they know.Outlaw Bikers are also infamous during the 60s, you can see their scrounge get up and misdemeanor, as well as patches of different sizes around their black vests and some attached to the bikes. The era is also known to have the Beatles who advocates the same philosophy of discouraging pointless fights and different point views. Of course, if you’re familiar with boy bands you’ll also have trinkets or memorabilia to indicate your obsession.
During the 70s, when the quirky flower power statement is a fad, the patch is the main accessory on clothes (mainly to fill in holes). If your favorite turquoise slim fit shirt got punctured you can stitch a neon color flower to fix it. Is the pair of paints you have too boring? Put a patch on it so it will be more colorful and eyes are all around your cool getup. There are many ways of adding these on all your clothes and one example includes Velcro if you have a lot and want to mix and match them.
The 1980s is the golden age of these accessories
You can see them from caps, shorts, jackets, and cardigans. Various designs can range from the popular cartoons, the awesome pop singers, and the first video games from Nintendo. The patch during this era is not only embroidered by also ironed on. Since embroidered ones are very tedious to create and Velcro has risks of getting removed from clothes,iron-on types proved to be useful. All you need is get the design you want a working flat iron and voila! Your boring shirt can now be bragged to your friends!
Today, patches are now a thing of a past but fashion statements recycles so why not return the trend of using these accessories? Now that we’re on the era of digital and computerized design we can simply draw our design and print it. You don’t even need to embroider it manually! You can heat it on an iron, or even just print the patch and collect it on its own. The limitation is your creativity and you can even go retro from the past decades if you’re feeling nostalgic.You can print a patch of your favorite boy band, the logo of your team, or just anything that is in your creative mind!