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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Fall trend #4: Elbow patches

Oh, elbow patches. They make a sweater a hundred times cuter and cozier. Can't you almost smell the crisp air and evening bonfires?

Here's how to make your own. Plus, pretty sweaters for a steal: ASOS, Forever 21, Zara. And splurge: Hetterson, Pendleton.

108 comments:

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. not sure of the photo credits, so please let me know if you know, thank you!! xoxo

Diana Mieczan said...

They totally do! I just got a cute sweater with elbow patches from zara:) Happy Tuesday, Joanna.

nzle said...

Today I'm wearing the elbow-patched sweater that I made last spring! I bought a super on-sale grey wool J.Crew men's sweater and altered it down to fit me, then sewed on the patches. I dreamed about wearing it all summer, it's so great that it's finally cool enough for layers now!

pdl said...

Adorable! Also, I keep getting a weird "script error" message when I log on to this blog (just for the last few days). I've never gotten it before, and it doesn't seem to be happening with any other sites I've visited. I have no idea if this matters (it just slows down my computer for a minute and then I choose "stop script" and everything's fine). But for the purposes of site upkeep I thought I'd put it out there.

Anyway- this is my favorite blog in the Fall. Love the cozy factor. :)

Lauren Kent said...

I think they might be the best clothing accessory in Autumn!

erica said...

I have patched more sweaters and pants than I can count on both hands. I guess that's what happens when your husband and son have sharp elbows and knees! Suede patches are the longest wearing, but I also like to re-purpose old sweaters.

Joanna Goddard said...

pdl, thank you so much! xo

nicole said...

Yep, I love this trend for fall.

Have you seen these sweaters? (file under "splurge")
http://www.hetterson.com/shoppe

The lookbook is worth checking out, while you're there. xo.

Joanna Goddard said...

omg, erica, i just realized -- is that what elbow patches are for? so you can won't get holes in your sweaters, or so that you can cover up holes? i always thought they were for extra warmth, but it's not like you ever think, "hmmm, my elbows are really cold today..." :) haha

Julie said...

I remember this post;) Very cute and good job blogshop classmate!

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, nicole, be still my heart--those are so pretty!

bethani said...

i always think mr rodgers when i see elbow patches for some reason.

they are adorably cute and fun though! and really make autumn feel more real.

Sherry Smyth said...

I love elbow patches and had a jacket with the most wonderful patches...now that I know how to make my own (thank you for sharing!) I can think of lots of fun ahead of me this fall!

Becky O. said...

I LOVE elbow patched sweaters!! They remind me of New England autumns. I recently purchased some from Land's End Canvas. Great price point - just $30. Can't beat that. :)

http://canvas.landsend.com/pp/OpenCrewneck~228860_-1.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::AUU&CM_MERCH=canvas-search-_-elbow&origin=search

nzle said...

@Joanna I screencapped the error message that pdl referenced in case you hadn't seen it:

http://twitpic.com/6v3gid

Suzanne said...

coZy witha capital 'Z' - gorgeous!!

Jennifer King said...

Meep! Uber cute. I totally want to make my own!

Kersey Campbell said...

Elbow patches just scream "hello, fall!" Love them! I agree, they seem to cozy up and outfit, but I had never thought of them as really useful (covering up holes!) Interesting!

FoodieWife said...

I love the attention to detail. It turns a simple sweater into something special... Great post Joanna!
Serda

Ramblings of a Redhead said...

Oh yes, gotta love elbow patches :)

Bethany said...

I love this and I'm definitely going to try and make my own on a sweater I have. Thanks for sharing!

Trista said...

I love elbow patches! they are so classic!


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meesch said...

I love elbow patches because it's a tad bit androgynous, but not too much that you look frumpy... like you borrowed your boyfriends sweater or something = )

-meesch
http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

Carolynn Cecilia said...

I'm curious where the idea/necessity for the elbow patch originated. I like the way they soften my elbow when i'm hunched over a table with a good book. They also come in handy during an impromptu yoga arm stand. Also, I hope I'm wearing an elbow patch sweater when the zombies come. It will make military style crawling under cars a lot easier.

macaca grava por cima said...

What's not to love about elbow patches? It reminds me my childwood...
But I guess I'll have to wait a little bit more to wear them these year. In Lisbon we are having a late late summer, with 34ºC today and temperatures around 30ºC for the next 10 to 15 days... The beaches are full and we're still wearing summer dresses, sleeveless tops and shorts!!!

ladyspryte said...

Spotted a cardigan with elbow patches at H&M! I knew I'd regret not buying it...I sure do right now.

macaca grava-por-cima said...

I do experience the "script error" too :-( what's wrong Joanna?

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

I'll have to stop by JCrew and check these out! I love elbow patches, they remind me of being a little kid!

jen fuller said...

i looove elbow patches! i love the diy, i think i'm going to try that!
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Turbo said...

Brooklyn Industries actually has a pretty dope sweater with patches (for guys), this season. Normally I'm not into the patches, but their take was a bit less collegiate than I feel like the patches normally are.

a displaced floridian said...

i love them!! there is something so cozy and familiar about the sweaters. as though i am wearing my granddaddy's sweater. i can smell the crisp air... but also a cigar.

Katy said...

My man always goes on about elbow patches whenever he has holes in his jumpers. I decline to attach them always!

Obviously they're fine for me :)

Jovana M. said...

Not a fan. I like my sweaters clean. :)

By the way, the past few days I've been visiting your blog, it momentarily freezes because it syas some scripts are running. The one that popped up today was: "http://s.skimresources.com/js/21100X790906.skimlinks.js:25"

I say stop script to get back to your blog and then it's fine. But just wanted to let you know in case there is something you can do on your end.

Kristina said...

I love elbow patches!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been receiving the script error as well while viewing the blog with the latest version of Mozilla Firefox :(

Love the blog though, thanks for sharing!

Aya said...

I love elbow patches!
I just got this Madewell cardigan--cozy, wool and replete with elbow patches!
http://www.madewell.com/newarrivals/sweaters/PRDOVR~48996/48996.jsp

Caroline said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing with us! ;o)

Heba said...

so cute, too bad you can only wear sweaters with elbow patches in winter

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Lilacs In May said...

I have them on my Zara cardigan - channelling a geography teacher circa 1976!

Sara Szatmary said...

elbow patches make my heart sing!

Lady Grey said...

Love 'em!! I really should try making my own : )

A Cup of Sparkle said...

I never liked these patches till this year. I saw one on Pinterest with sparkles... I am so going to do that this year. Can you imagina a swarovski crystal patch on a sweater.. How cool that is?

acupofsparkle.blogspot.com

Mademoiselle Lala said...

FINALLY a blogger with my name! :) X

www.mademoiselle-lala.com

rebecca said...

look at those mad photoshop skills. *high five* :)

Anonymous said...

love sweat-shop-made-in-china-for-a-splurge jcrew shite

Sarah said...

I love elbow patches too. I saw a cute on on Pinterest where they are hears. Super cute.

BTW I'm guest posting about mommy fashion over at The Short and the Sweet of It this morning. You should stop by if you get a second =)

- Sarah
http://www.theshortandthesweetofit.com/2011/10/guest-post-sarah-from-girl-in-transit.html

A said...

I was eyeing up a few pieces with elbow patches but then I saw loads of other people wearing the same thing. I'm thinking I might just add my own patches to make it more unique.

Joanna Goddard said...

displaced floridian--i thought the same thing!! the smell of cigar smoke:)

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, thanks, rebecca.

iris said...

Garnet Hill also has an elbow patch cardigan for ~$100. Not a terrible deal.

Sarah O'Brien said...

These sweaters look so comfy, I want!!!!

That's Not My Age said...

I'm a university lecturer - think I need some!

*** KITSCH *** said...

In spanish they are called "coderas" and "rodilleras" for pants.
Elbow patches! i like them...

SARA said...

oh i love elbo patches!! grampa sweaters are so amazing!! :)

Holly said...

i also really enjoy a good elbow patch!

Shannon said...

now I want to sew elbow patches on everything!

Jodi said...

I am loving elbow patches right now. H&M has some great affordable tweed one's with really cute lining.

Thanks also for the DIY. I have been wanting to add them to a gorgeous mustard sweater that was my husband's grandmother's.

Peaches said...

I'm wearing mine today! Yay fall!

Tiffany said...

Don't know if I could DIY one and make it look ok but I sure do love the elbow patch!

Tragic Sandwich said...

I like elbow patches on blazers, but I'm never as sure about them on sweaters.

Oh, and I'm also seeing the "script error" message that pdl describes.

freutcake.com said...

Love this elbow pad trend!

B. in the Know said...

I love elbow patches! I have been all about them in my own style this fall!
Much love,
B

Beth Krynick said...

I heart elbow patches! My favourite sweater from H&M has them and I got so excited when I saw them! (I didn't realize it had elbow patches until after I bought the sweater)

meredith lockhart said...

oh my i love it! makes me want to add my own to jackets. so chic!
meredith
meredithlockhart.blogspot.com

saltandpine said...

I'm kind of obsessed with elbow patches this fall...thank you for the links! BTW, no script error for me...

Georgia said...

Use ultrasuede to make your own - it's washable!

Michelle+Ellie said...

I love this post! I just got my little 2 year old girl a sweater from Zara with elbow patches. it's to die for!

Linda Lu said...

I love this trend!

The Cyclist's Wife said...

I ♥ elbow patches! They remind me of my dad, who had suede elbow patches on his awesome 1970's plaid suit jacket when he married my mom. :)

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

so cute, i've always love elbow patches, so glad sweater season is finally here!

Marta said...

I just love the sweater weather. Happy Autumn Joanna!

Melissa Blake said...

Oh, those are so wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

These look so cosy!

Judith said...

Maybe I'll try the how to make your own tutorial. I live in Japan right now and I haven't really seen this around anywhere.

Chapstick Fanatic said...

i actually wrote about this last winter. and i used that last photo as well (and you can find the credits) http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com/2011/01/lusting-after-elbow-patches.html

Teri B. said...

i couldn't agree more about the elbow patches!

teri
www.bockting.blogspot.com

Sierra said...

It was a rainy day today so seeing this just fit the mood! I love elbow patches:)

Angela [Simply Simple Me] said...

Ah! I need a sweater with elbow patches...NOW!

kate xx said...

I just bought a stripey jumper from Zara the other day with elbow patches! its pretty much the best! :) x

Clara Turbay said...

Great post. come and check out mine.

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Anonymous said...

I love these elbow patches. I am on the hunt...

Bronwyn said...

Ah, how cute! I may need to make some....

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Anonymous said...

Ah, elbow patches, I love you.

Darcie said...

Ah! Alterations Needed just had a post on a jacket with elbow pads! It must be the new "in" thing.

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Caitlin said...

so perfect!

Sarah Bradley said...

I love elbow patches! I have been on the search for some new sweaters so thanks so much for this!

BL said...

This is the second time that I mentioned a particular fashion obsession of mine only to see it on your blog within 24 hours - first women wearing men's watches, and now elbow pads on sweaters. I guess your blog has affected my sense of style!

chelsea said...

I love this. I just bought a striped sweater from Hetterson with elbow patches. I am obsessed with it and want to wear it everyday!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Totally diggin this look!

Dimitra C said...

Such a great idea! I had a grey sweater with elbow patches just like this in elementary school. Flashback!

LADY REBEL said...

LOVEelbow pathes ALWAYS ,twist the item.

LADY REBEL

Collections said...

Love me some good elbow patches.

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wildchild said...

i.love.this.trend. so cozy!

shoegirl said...

I LOVE elbow patches - especially on blazers! I'm wearing an H&M cardi from last fall with patches on it today, actually. They just feel like fall!

Hannah Elise said...

Thank you Joanna, I appreciate the mention :)

amynicole said...

LOVE.

lolo said...

what's the only thing more awesome/adorable than elbow patches? BABY ELBOW PATCHES! DIY tutorial and all! check it out:

http://www.elsiemarley.com/guest-post-elbow-patches-tutorial.html

Libby said...

Urban Outfitters has a REALLY cute version right now too... I just bought the navy blue

JenJekel said...

Normally I'm not a huge fan of elbow patches for me, but I LOVE the two sweaters used on the picture for the blog post! Anyone know where those can be found? I'd buy them immediately!

nuresma said...

I love them!
I have one of those from Massito Dutti and it's so fun to wear!

lauralcharles said...

First thing on my Christmas wishlist...

Maria said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever owned/worn a sweater with elbow patches...

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

lowercase letters said...

oh i love these! i don't have any tho :\
just found you and i'm your newest fan jo! :)
xo, mem

Ainsley said...

lovelovelovelovelove the elbow patches on sweaters!

A Girl Named Leney said...

Featured a post to this on my blog! Hope you don't mind. I just adore the elbow patches.

http://agirlnamedleney.blogspot.com/2011/10/friday-im-in-love.html

shocker garden said...

Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

Regards
Elbow pads

Anonymous said...

yes I am in the elbow patch-favoring camp! buy one for your boyfriend, too! the men's version:

http://dropdownfashion.com/node/19

(third picture is the best, I think)

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