I’ve decided that it’s unfortunately time for the back to school posts. School starts in a little over a week here, and by the looks of some of your postings, school has already started for some of you. There’s only so much dreading will do. Perhaps it’s time we start preparing for looking and feeling our best!
One of my absolute favorite accessories for school time is pins and patches. They can spice up any jacket, pair of jeans, or backpack – although I’ll admit that I’ve never been brave enough to rock the ass-patch jean look. I mostly keep them on my backpack – sometimes I’ll mess around with an old denim jacket, depending on what I’ve got. Pins and patches always hold such important meaning to me, even if it’s the smallest little thing. There’s nothing I love more than wearing them.
I’ve cultivated some of my favorite pin and patch looks from Pinterest that’ll hopefully inspire you to accessorize in a non-traditional way. I’ve been searching like crazy for pins and patches that fit my personality, and lucky for me, there’s something for everybody. Most of these are available for under $20 as well, which may seem a little pricey, but I’ll assure you that it’s not. Trust me, I know my pins and patches.
I hope you enjoy.
THE FEMINIST ONE
THE POSITIVE ONE
THE ADVENTUROUS ONE
THE ALTERNATIVE ONE
THE SPACE LOVER
I wish that I could link every single pin to a website but that would probably take me the rest of the week to do. I will remind you that I found all of these on Pinterest – you can find a lot of them on my Patches and Pins board, or you could search for certain pins yourself. I will, however, share with you some of my favorite websites for finding patches and pins.
Disorderly Goods was the first shop I found that really got me into patches in particular. Though the shop doesn’t carry any pins, each patch has a special name and meaning which I really like. Pictured are: The Big Dipper, for dreaming big; Inkblot, for facing your inner demons; Love, dopamine molecule for believing in love; Sprout, for growing from adversity; and Sugar Skull, for celebrating life. I actually own the Sugar Skull one – I got it for my aunt for her birthday considering her love of Day of the Dead and Sugar Skulls, but they sent me two by accident. There are about eleven other patches, each with their own special meaning, and I love all of them. The design is simple and beautiful and the size is pretty substantial. These patches sell for $6.00 each but you can also purchase them in packs.
Ban.do is a recent discovery for me; a hub of all feminist and girl power pins and patches. There is no set price range for these; both sell for different prices, however the price is always under $20, and some are on sale. This is definitely the shop to come to when looking for those accessories to express your hatred for the patriarchy. Or, to look a little feminine. Aren’t they the same thing? Ban.do also sells other accessories as well as bags, stationary, and clothes.
THESE ARE THINGS
Now, for my all-time favorite shop discovered thus far, These are Things! These are Things has the widest array of pins, iron patches and sticker patches that I’ve found so far. The designs are adorable, witty, powerful, and just about any adjective you can think of. Each design comes in a pin, patch and sometimes sticker patch form. There’s even a handy gift guide for those of you hoping to find the perfect pin or patch for someone in your life. The prices are extremely inexpensive as well: sticker patches sell for $3, iron patches sell for $5 and pins sell for $10. Be sure to check out These are Things if you’re looking for a specific design – they even do customs!
I hope that this post has given you a little pin and patch inspiration for the upcoming school year! Seriously, there’s just some strange joy in these little tokens.
Talk to you soon, my loves.
All images including featured image are from Pinterest.