Get cozy with these elbow patch sweaters

When it comes to cold-weather style, ivy-leaguers arguably do it best. On top of tweed blazers and wide-wale corduroy, you may be conjuring up images of donegal flecked sweaters with rustic suede elbow patches.

Originally, elbow patches were added to knitwear, outerwear, and even regular shirting for purely functional purposes – to reinforce the fabric and avoid blowouts. These days, we aren’t so hard on our clothing and the patches are largely an embellishment. But an embellishment that still just shouts ‘cozy evening by the fireplace,’ which, if we’re being honest, is what we want all of our fall wardrobe to do.

If you’re looking to jump on the elbow patch sweater wagon, here’s a roundup of some solid options.



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