Trend: The Tweed Jacket

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Tweed jackets aren’t only for the professor crowd anymore. And with so many silhouettes and style to choose from, why should they be? Tweed has made a strong comeback and continues to push ahead.

Thick, substantial fabrics are completely in, so go for layering a few heavier fabrics this season. Your tweed jacket will go far as a casual workwear blazer or a regular comfy kickback piece, but you’ll have an added trendy touch. And if you are squeamish about looking too bundled, just try the more slender silhouettes that we’ve been seeing.

The Look

Tweed jackets hold their own in reworked classics perfect for traveling, working, or just kicking back.  With a tailored feel, a slightly nipped-in waist, and sophisticated details, tweed jackets have fresh appeal.

Despite the newer flavor to tweed jackets, they’ll always have enough classic appeal to keep them in closets forever. It’s being paired with patched, lightly distressed corduroy, soft jeans, and pegged trousers. Soft chambray shirts and shined lace-ups complete the look.

Designers

The runways are packed with reworked British classics with an anything-but-country feel. John Varvatos is one such designer who is giving us reworked tweed pieces to set the pace for the season. His flare for the creative is worked into tweed jackets with tailored militaristic details. For an even trendier piece from Varvatos, wear his dip-dyed tweed jacket.

Ralph Lauren is another perfect choice for tweeds. He’s known for his country-club pieces and is a perfect source for your upscale tweed jacket. This season is certainly no exception, with tweed pocket details in an almost safari style to add serious interest. Even more unusual is the patchwork tweed coat in a mix of colors and patterns—certainly a look to be showcased with basics!

Perfect for those of us on a budget, J. Crew offers very sophisticated tweed jackets with detailed touches. Using Harris Tweed, which is made from a special blend of virgin wool and local Scottish wool, these tweed jackets provide substantial quality for your money. Plus, they’ve recently updated their tweeds to give them a current feel, so you’ll save money and look perfect, too.

How to Pull off the Look

Matching
Try your tweed with dark denim for your dressed-down time. Avoid any denim with an overly light or holey appearance—this just doesn’t jive with your tweed’s refined air. To dress up tweed even more, it can be paired with navy or gray trousers.

Style Tips
For a smart vibe, wear a tweed jacket complete with soft suede accents. Just try to avoid any other concessions of an academic nature to keep you from looking too collegiate—no pipes or tan-colored corduroy trousers allowed!

If a tweed jacket is a bit much for you, try a tweed hat with a little British flair. A newsboy cap or fedora is a nod in the right direction to one of the biggest trends of the season.


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