Equivalent to the French beret or Dutch clogs, British tweed has lead the way for U.K style through centuries and has cemented itself in the realms of timeless fashion. Finding quick success through its remarkably lightweight and breathable elements, tweed has found a place in most wardrobes across Britain. From statement hats to tailored trousers, this durable fabric has evolved with many styles and cuts but the tweed jacket remains eternally adored by fashion connoisseurs and practical dressers alike.
The reliable best friend come the harsh British weather, this outwear staple will stylishly battle the elements with true class. Despite its aristocratic associations, the tweed jacket is now considered as an original workwear fabric. Regardless, if it’s for the office or city strolling, this versatile piece transitions smoothly from one environment to the next. However, with it’s seemingly easy options, styling the tweed jacket can quickly have your whole ensemble looking like you’ve just stepped out of the 18th century. The answer? take your tweed to town with these well versed sartorial tips.
An unconventional colour palette
Whilst nothing will look more timeless than sticking with the natural tweed colours of green, brown and navy, it can also initiate a series of yawns. This is not to say that traditional tweed tones are doomed to look boring and stuffy, in fact it can be quite the opposite. However, there is something rather exciting when turning the timeless tweed jacket onto its head with an unexpected colour.
With a personal style that is rooted in ladylike romance, a soft pink was the perfect option for me. Providing a contemporary take on the classical tweed jacket, this darling shade oozes feminine flamboyance entwined with regal elegance. The neutral tones of the threaded pattern ensures that the jacket still achieves an ideal level of class. As a result, it is important to pay attention to detail in order to avoid tacky trends.
Whether it’s lemon yellow or sky blue, opt for a tweed jacket in a fresh colour palette that still holds all the classical amenities. This will elevate your ensemble from ‘try-hard British’ to ‘modern style maven’.
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The beauty of British style is that it can look incredible when a few eras are mixed.
For instance, here I have taken 19th century, Victorian-inspired styles, (see my lace-up stiletto boots and pussybow blouse) and paired this with the 18th century tweed jacket. This skilfully brings depth and originality to my ensemble, all of which is cemented by the modern takes of these periodic influenced items. The tight leather trousers and matching pink backpack further elevates the outfit to contemporary chic.
When it comes to any timeless staple- particularly a historically British piece- a stereotype style is painted very early on. Regardless of how ‘updated’ the garment is made, if the styling is typical the staple may still look dated. This is why it is important to choose the very opposite of what is usually worn.
Follow your feet when choosing a pair of shoes, bag and jewellery and only consider what is your own individual style. The tweed jacket can bring a misleading expectation that you should style it how you would expect a British citizen. However, this is will only lead you down a destructive road that may result in you disowning that lovely tweed jacket.
A true best friend would never allow for you to ditch everything that makes you who you are and I can assure you that, when approached and loved correctly, the tweed jacket has your best interest at heart.
What do you think of the tweed jacket?
* in collaboration with Expressions NYC.
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