A new denim vest, leather jacket, or a plain ol’ backpack is a blank canvas just asking for a little DIY flare. For those of us who are hesitant of any style customization that involves scissors, paint, and a lot of nerve, the best go to are pins and patches. They stand out, they’re fun to wear, and they don’t have to be permanent. Woop!
But whether you’re into DIY projects or you just love buttons and patches, it can be hard to find the ones that are actually cool. Sure, it’s easy enough to find buttons of your favorite band, but what about patches that really express what kind of girl you are? Well, I’ve got a bit of a hookup for you. Check out these 14 badass patches and pins for those of you who want to dress with attitude.
Oh, Whatever PinWho else is starting to take an eff it approach to their period? If you're a girl who menstruates, show off your lack of embarrassment towards basic vaginal function with this pin. Period stains happen, aight? Nobody is fallible during that time of the month. It's time to stop feeling like we're alone in our period plights! Buy it at The Pulp Girls for $3
Erase You PatchWhat do you want to erase? That awful ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend? That former bestie who turned on you? That bully who made you feel like garbage? Help say bye bye to all the gross people in your life with this eraser patch. Buy it at Tuesday Bassen for $10
Whatever Forever Enamel PinAnyone else feel like this, like, 99.9 percent of the time? Yeah, same. Let the world know with this mantra in pin form. It'll look great on a jacket! Buy it at Sara M Lyons for $7
Fur Love PinsIf you're hairy and happy, show it off on more than just your legs and your pits. These pins are so cute that you'll have a hard time figuring out where to put them. Your leather jacket? Your backpack? Decisions decisions... Buy it at Modern Girl Blitz via Etsy for $2
Barf Buds PatchGross? Sure, but in the best way. Hey, girls are gross, too, and we're totally here for that at Gurl. If there's one patch that you won't want to remove, ever, it's going to be this one. Get your BFF to rock one, too for twinning with a nasty twist. Buy it at Penelope Meatloaf via Etsy for $12
Not Your Doll PinLet 'em know! You're your own person, nobody else's. Slap this onto the lapel of your favorite jacket or your purse. Sure, this pin won't end gross sexist BS, but it might make you feel a little better. Plus it's cute AF. Buy it at Modern Girl Blitz via Etsy for $2
Nail Salon Neon Back PatchWhether you're rocking talons or can't be bothered to do something about your chipped nail polish, you have to admit that this back patch is absolutely kick ass. Slap it on the back of your favorite denim jacket or vest. Buy it at Big Bud Press for $35
Ugly Girl Gang PatchHOW. RAD. ARE. THESE. PATCHES? Gah! Say eff you to beauty standards and hell yeah to solidarity with this ugly girl gang patch. Rock em with the important girls in your life. Buy it at Tuesday Bassen for $10
Beware Glow-In-The-Dark PinI can't be the only person over the age of eight who still thinks glow-in-the-dark stuff is super cool, right? If you're with me on this one, check out this glow in the dark pin. It's perfect for you spooky girls out there. Buy it at Pygmy Hippo for $5
I'm With The Band Button SetSass with a '90s flare, this button set is perfect for those of you who are on the feisty side. Also, those of you who love boy bands with no shame? This set is for you. Buy it at Melissa Chaib for $5.60
Allergic To Jerk PinSay GTFO in a more creative way with this pin. Throw it on your jacket or backpack if you want, but it would also be great attached to a t-shirt, blouse, or dress that you want to give a little more edge to. Buy it at Edenki via Etsy for $7.57
I've Got Something To Say PinYour voice matters, girl! Of course, you can use your vocal chords to get this point across, but why not pair your voice with this pin? Drop those truth bombs with no shame. Buy it at Modern Girl Blitz via Etsy for $2
Virginity Is A Social Construct PinSometimes we want to keep our feminist statements short and sweet. This pin definitely does the trick on that front. Also, yeah, virginity is definitely a social construct. Don't buy into the hype. Buy it at Pin 'Em Up Designs via Etsy for $1.95
Whatever Hand PatchAnd if you'd rather say whatever in patch form, check out these hand patches! They're big--eight inches long--so this is probably best suited to the back of your favorite jacket or on your backpack. Buy it at World Famous Original for $18
Do you wear a lot of patches? What’s your favorite way to liven up a boring piece of clothing? Tell us in the comments!