They have been on the streets since the early 60s, but they have made an even bolder, brighter, and braver appearance in 2019, meaning the patch fashion is back and it is not going anywhere. It is safe to say that patches are the perfect accessories for any street style. You can witness them calmly resting at thrift store counters or being rocked at high-end fashion shows. The beauty of this magnificent patch is that it can make any normal outfit look like it’s a custom, one of a kind piece. Moreover, it allows you to express yourself in a unique manner while grasping all the attention.
The best part is that there is a wide range of patches available, which means there is something for everyone. Moreover, customizing patches has become easier than ever as well! So it is time to take your favorite simple piece of clothing and give it your personal twist on it. Although there are many different patches to choose from, the ideal option is the iron on patches.
Iron-on patches are easy to use and they can be detached from any surface to be reapplied to a new one. Because of how easy to use and effortless they are, the majority tends to resort to these patches the most.
However, even with this common patch type, it is important to know how you can purchase the highest quality iron on patch.
Understand the Material
Before you buy your patch, it is important for you to understand the material it can be made of. With a strong understanding of the material, you will be able to make the best decision of which iron-on patch you want to own. Here are the most common iron on patch fabrics:
- Cotton: This material is a good option for the iron on patch background. Why? Because it is a durable fabric and it can take the heat of a hot iron being placed upon it. It will allow the patch to look contained while it gives a light look.
- Denim: Cotton (and a few other) fabrics used to create denim. What this means is that there will be different types of denims when it comes to iron on patches. It will depend on what type you are looking for. The sturdier the fabric, the more your design will be accentuated.
- Nylon, polyester or mixed fabrics: It is recommended to choose fabrics that are not nylon, polyester or mixed because their delicacy cannot take the harsh heat of the iron. In addition, these fabrics do not tend to hold colors and designs well enough because of their fragility. Colors can spread leading to discolorations.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the fabrics, it is important to choose something that will not only complement the colors you have chosen but will also make the design look nice.
Choose the Design
The biggest giveaway of the quality of an iron on patch is its design. You need to keep in mind that if your iron-on patch is not of good quality, your design will not have the vibrancy or appeal you are looking for. The colors can be smudged and the design can be untidy. On the other hand, if your iron-on patch is of high quality, you can ensure it will look appealing. It is important for your design to have a certain level of appeal to it but it certainly should not be too overpowering.
The design variety is endless. They range from super hero characters to sayings and symbols to emojis or even your favorite hashtag. According to your personal need with your iron on patch, you can make the right decision.
Figure Out the Placement and Size
Choosing the right iron on patch is the initial step, there is much more thinking that goes into placing the patch in the right place. The iron on patches that you purchase should be noticeable in size but not be over crowded by the design. If you are placing your patches onto your clothing, here are the best options:
- On the front of your shirt, half way down, in the middle
- At the back of your shirt in the middle
- On the sleeve next to the shoulder
- On one side above the chest
- At the bottom of the shirt near the end
- Right under the neckline
Keep in mind, each of these placements solely depends on the size of your iron on patch. There are different patch sizes that fit the sleeve but might not look good at the back of your shirt. Therefore, this must be considered before placing your patch anywhere on your clothing.
Consider the Ironing Process
There is no way of securing an iron on patch without an iron onto your desired location. Some iron on patches that take longer to apply as compared to others. The bigger the iron on patch is, the more time it will take to stick to the surface; therefore, if you do not have much time on your hands, it would be better to choose a patch that is smaller in size.
You also need to consider the washing process. A high quality iron on patch can be stuck to the shirt for a couple of washes, but it could affect the design and color, therefore, it is recommended to do a few sample washes before sticking it onto your shirt.
Rocking an Iron On Patch
After the long process of deciding the fabric, colors, design and doing a few test runs, it is finally time for you to flaunt your iron on patch. A simple iron on patch can transform your look and make you look street style savvy. It looks great with simple tees and bulky sweaters. You can even add them to your bags or shoes.
Iron on patches have made a impactful comeback and they are looking better than ever!