...on a Scabal Trend ref. 800582 (wool+cashmere+silk) basically grey sport coat? I found this cloth when looking through my tailors books while waiting for the fitting of my last bespoke suit. I liked it so much that I am thinking ordering a sport coat, in spite of having slightly exceeded my "clothing budget" for 2007. I suggested brown flannel trousers to go with it, and my tailor showed me a nice-looking cloth by Loro Piana (Saxony and Flannels, ref. 259037). Now, he suggested patch pockets for the sport coat. That is new for me, but I guess it would look nice. The cloth is grey, but with "mixed-in" spots of other colours, and it lokes very "casual", in spite of being very "fine" and "smooth" (maybe because of the silk and cashmere). However, he also suggested suede elbow patches, maybe in brown. For me, that was a bit too much. I hardly ever leave the city, and when I leave the city, it is for hiking and then I wear technical mountain wear (gore-tex jacket, etc.). Elbow patches is something I associate with going hunting with the Prince of Edinburgh, not something I am likely to do in a near future. Any thougths on elbow patches? When are they appropriate? Do they require certain accessories? Do they require certain kinds of buttons? Wool ties rather than silk ties?