The classic tweed jacket, updated

Classic tweed sweater jackets. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The bouclé tweed jacket made popular by Coco Chanel has seen many iterations over the decades, but has retained its iconic status. A real Chanel jacket can be an exquisite piece (oh, that little chain sewn into the hem!), but is priced well beyond most budgets. Fortunately for those who adore this look, there are “inspired by” versions in a range of prices.

I’ve always had a soft spot for these jackets, but find they can skew a bit matronly if you’re not careful. This season’s crop of tweed sweater jackets and knit jackets are a more relaxed and current iteration of this look. My take: don’t try for the Chanel runway look circa 1987; keep it simple, wear as part of a casual outfit, and be selective with accessories.

IRO knit tweed jacket in Ecru. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This knit jacket has been around for several seasons, with good reason. It’s simple, easy to style, and dresses up or down. (Also available in Black.)

Maje sequined cardigan in black. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Maje Paris offers several variations on this style. The sequins on this one are fun and festive! (And at the moment, it’s 40% off!)

Maje tweed cardigan with metallic trim. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer a longer style, this one has a v-neck and fun metallic trim.

Maje lurex sweater jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

So soft and pretty, this one can be worn as a top or open as a cardigan.

IRO plaid tweed knit jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I just love the plaid on this knit jacket! This is a good style for those who prefer no patch pockets or hardware.

J.Crew tweed sweater jacket in green. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

It’s nice to find a tweed sweater jacket that’s colorful, and not quite as spendy.

Hobbs London long navy coatigan with tweed trim. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Just a touch of tweed: this navy sweater coat has tweed trim on collar, pockets and cuffs.

Chico's shawl collar tweed sweater jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s one with a collar, and that’s quite budget-friendly. It’s available in sizes 2-22. (Similar style in blue.)

Halogen houndstooth sweater jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And another budget-friendly sweater jacket in a black/ivory houndstooth. (Also in black/navy.)

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4 Comments

  1. Kathy
    November 18, 2020 / 8:05 am

    I have always loved the tweed Channel jacket. I have several in my wardrobe and wear year around. A couple date back at least 15 years and still look and feel great. My favorite way to wear is with jeans, but also with a classic pant.

  2. Eva
    November 18, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    This is one of those items that if I can’t have the original, I don’t want it at all. It’s ok, we should all have things that we can’t attain; it’s good for us! What I hate in a blazer or jacket is droopy shoulders; I have wide shoulders as it is, I don’t need an item of clothing that makes me look more droopy. Love your posts!!

  3. Janet D.
    November 18, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    I was never a fan of the original Chanel suit — it was always too boxy & rigid for my tastes, redolent of Ladies Who Lunch, never a look I aspired to 🙂 But this new take on it is something I DO like. I would definitely wear that white fringy one & the (fringed) camel/white/black plaid knit, especially as it’s styled here with the casual black shirt & jeans. Very much my look! Maybe it’s the fringe 🙂

  4. November 24, 2020 / 2:36 am

    Lovely jackets. I got lucky as Marianne gave me a long black Chanel type jacket. I plan on wearing it with a high collared shirt, like Karl himself haha.
    Greetje

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