Once purely the domain of college professors and tramps, the elbow patch is now a sought after addition to winter jackets, knits and cardigans. The elbow patch has become such an aesthetic feature of the sweater of late, it’s easy to forget this little, often contrasting addition was ever employed to serve a practical purpose.
While a tan or brown suede is typically the traditional fabric used to patch an elbow, the elbow patch can be given a makeover by replacing this staid staple with a family tartan, or classic gingham. To avoid the pipe-smoking associations, team your patched sweater with slim cut dark denim jeans, for a thoroughly un- professorial take on the trend.
Employing the traditional suede patch, the SAND jacket with suede elbow patches is in store now, for $795. And for a playful take on this trend, try the Etro fine wool cardigan, in store now for $595.