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Elbow Patches on a sportcoat

FidelCashflow

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I purchased a Canali glenplaid sportcoat that has suede elbow patches on it.

1) Can the a jacket with elbow patches be worn with a tie? Somehow I think the dressed up look of the tie and the casual look of the patches clash, but the salesman insisted he'd seen people pull it off

2) Can patches be usually be removed if I don't like them?
 

Toiletduck

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but..don't the patches cover holes from wear and tear?
 

Ich_Dien

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I'd definitely wear elbow patches with a tie, knit or wool tie would be better, or repp stripes. Nothing too dressy. Overall you could dress the look down by wearing a sweater or a button down shirt.
 

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difinitely possible with a knit or wool tie. Jimmy's got it all right
 

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