A collegiate look for the modern era
Remember when Grandma would patch up Gramp’s old jacket with material that resembled the dining-room tablecloth? Well, good news--today’s high-fashion elbow patches look nothing like that.
Here, three ways to wear this patched-over trend.
Classic Channel your inner equestrian and sport elbow patches the way they were invented to be worn--on a tweed blazer. The leather patches on this houndstooth schoolboy blazer ($228) from J.Crew offer a hint of haberdashery-chic. We also love the contrasting textures on Zara’s brown partridge-eye blazer ($99).
Feminine Have a little fun with the androgynous trend by sporting it in a super-girlie fashion. Chinti and Parker’s navy cashmere sweater with neon hearts ($480) features what may be our new favorite color combo, but it’s also hard to pass up Madewell’s adorable striped cardigan with colorful heart patches ($72).
DIY Do you have an old sweater that is actually fraying (what did your mother teach you about putting your ’bows on the table)? Spruce up your old duds with a sequined DIY patch from the blog A Pair & A Spare, or hone your needle-felting skills and create your own heart-shaped pattern using this detailed tutorial.