Regardless of age and gender, everyone needs a tweed jacket in their wardrobe. Though most of our products are made of leather, tweed has a special place in our heart. These jackets really do stand the test of time and can be worn in a number of different ways; it’s easy to see why we love all things tweed.
What’s more, we’re fans of tweed jackets for both men and women. There’s a style and design to suit everyone and we’re confident when we say that there are a number of different ways you can wear it with confidence. So, if you’ve been put off wearing a tweed jacket in the past, or you have one you just don’t know how to wear, you’re in luck.
We’ve created this ‘How to Wear Tweed’ style guide to help women, in particular, understand what to wear with their tweed jackets, including how to wear a tweed jacket casually and how to dress it up for a much more formal occasion. In fact, after this, we’re sure you’ll have all the information and inspiration you need to wear a tweed jacket however you want. Plus, if you’re someone who has been wearing tweed for a while and you simply want to tweak the way you wear it, this will guide you towards a look you love.
When and where to wear a tweed jacket
One thing that puts some people off making their first tweed jacket purchase is a lack of knowledge of how to wear the distinctive material. Tweed is often associated with a countryside lifestyle and formal events, which isn’t for everyone. This leaves many women thinking that they can’t pull it off or that they don’t have the wardrobe to complement the tweed style they have in their minds. This isn’t the case at all.
As a material, tweed is thick and sturdy and this makes it great for the colder weather. Plus, there are a lot of different types of tweed – it is available in many different patterns and colours. This versatility means that it doesn’t fall prey to ever-changing fashion trends. You won’t find yourself buying a tweed jacket today only to find it out of fashion next year. Tweed stands the test of time in a way that few other materials can compete with.
There are no right or wrong ways to wear tweed. It can be styled to work in almost every situation, from being an everyday jacket to one that’s reserved for specific events. Just because tweed is a relatively informal fabric, that’s not to say it can’t be worn in formal situations. Though you’re unlikely to swap a business suit for a bit of tweed when you’re attending a meeting, the material is versatile enough that it can be worn for a range of occasions.
Wearing a tweed jacket formally
Wearing tweed as part of a smart outfit is popular and how many individuals choose to incorporate tweed into their wardrobes. A lot of women choose to wear tweed as part of a smart casual look, in a way similar to Hugh Dancy. Hugh Dancy teams his tweed jacket with a slightly opened white shirt and a pair of black trousers, to create a smart casual look. You can make this look your own with a white blouse or shirt, black trousers and a pair of shiny black loafers. This is a great example of how tweed can be worn to an event, party or dinner where a full suit isn’t required, but you still want to look somewhat dressed up.
We recommend both of the below jackets to finish off this look:
How to Wear a Tweed Jacket Casually
There are a lot of different ways you can wear a tweed jacket casually; there’s no reason to assume that you always have to save it for a special occasion. As there are so many different styles of jacket available, it’s not too difficult to find one that creates a more casual look.
However, when it comes to wearing a tweed jacket with a whole casual outfit, a lot of people are stumped. A tweed jacket isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind when choosing a warmer layer, which is a shame as it’s a great choice. Tweed jackets add a styled and fitted element to any casual outfit and are a great choice if you’re wanting to be comfortable, without looking scruffy or underdressed.
A popular way to wear a tweed jacket is to combine it with a pair of light coloured jeans and a pale shirt or blouse. Pastel colours work very well for this By dressing down the entire outfit, the tweed jacket becomes a focal point and stands out as the impressive item of clothing that it is.
Worn in this way, your tweed jacket will steal the show in any setting, both urban and rural. It’s easy to pull off your tweed jacket with just a pair of jeans and smart shoes to create a casual, yet styled, look.
Arguably the most popular way to wear tweed casually is with a tweed coat. Tweed coats offer the same comfort, warmth and protection as many other types of luxury coats but with the unique style and design, we love. Compared to the standard tweed jacket, a coat is much thicker and warmer, providing a lot more protection from the cold and wind during the winter months. However, they are just as versatile and can still be styled to be worn in formal and casual settings. Wear them with a comfortable sweater or warm top to keep wintry chills away!
As you can see, when it comes to finding out how to wear tweed, there isn’t one definitive answer. It can be worn as part of a casual outfit, a smart look or it can be incorporated into formal attire. Regardless of how you choose to wear tweed, it always offers the same iconic style we’ve come to know and love.