The Need For Tweed

Maje tweed jacket in plaid fabric with faux leather trim. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

There’s just something about a tweed jacket that can make even the simplest outfit look pulled-together and chic. I love to “dress down” a tweed jacket with a pair of jeans, but the right jacket can also work over a dress or a blouse and trousers or skirt.

Above: a relaxed version with faux leather trim.

(I’m using the term “tweed” rather broadly, to include plaid, bouclé, and other iterations beyond the classic herringbone fabric.)

A well-fitting tweed jacket that suits your style and color palette can be a worthwhile investment, one of those pieces that you can wear year after year. Consider not only the cut and color, but also the details and texture to help you find the perfect one. (I wore this one in black for a few years, am hoping they offer more colors again in the Spring…)

Women’s Tweed Jackets & Coats

Halogen fringed tweed jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love the fun colors in this one. Misses / Petites / Plus.

Aqua plaid double-breasted tweed blazer. Details and more women's tweed jackets at une femme d'un certain age.

A more neutral color scheme, but still plenty of presence.

Halogen plaid tweed double-breasted blazer. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer something a little more nipped in at the waist, this is a nice option.

Nic + Zoe tweed jacket in Berry. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Prefer a solid color? This one’s offered in both navy and this nice berry color.

Talbot's piped tweed jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Hard to go wrong with a simple black and ivory style. This one’s offered in Misses, Petites, Plus and Plus Petite sizes.

Ann Taylor long fringed tweed jacket with shawl collar. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If longer jackets suit you better, here’s one with a fringe trim and shawl collar. Offered in Regular, Petite and Tall sizes.

Chico's navy striped tweed jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And a blazer style in a navy striped fabric. Offered in Regular sizes up to XXL (20-22) and Petites up to 3P (16-18P).

Rebecca Taylor boucle black and white dot tweed jacket. Details and more women's tweed jackets at une femme d'un certain age.

If I were still wearing more black, I’d be all over this one. SO cute!!

J.Crew Daphne topcoat in tweed in Guava. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And the last thing I need is another coat, but the “Guava” color on this tweed topcoat is perfect for my Spring palette and I’m tempted…available in Regular sizes up to 24, also Petite and Tall.

More Options…

Do you have tweed jackets in your wardrobe? How do you like to style them?

Stay in touch.

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9 Comments

  1. Nancy
    October 28, 2019 / 4:29 am

    I love the “Chanel” look of the jackets/toppers. However the length and where most hit do not flatter my (size XL) bottom half. I wish there were more options in stores in longer lengths that were not 500.00 plus. When I scroll through i.e. the Nordstroms website and find one I like ….its almost always designer (for example St. John) and out of my price range.

  2. Joan
    October 28, 2019 / 5:09 am

    LoL — “need for tweed” — very clever! You sure did pick a lively crop to show us. Those bright plaids are quite festive (tho plaids STLL give me Catholic-school-flashback-chills). I am a fan of statement blazers. I haven’t had a tweed in…..30+ years. It was a Good Friend that blended black-brown-neutrals and worked with everything in my (then) very compact wardrobe. Great post!

  3. Gertrude
    October 28, 2019 / 6:28 am

    My MIL has several St John suits. She gifted me one years ago. I recently had my colors done and the salmon/ivory/cinnamon work well. I am going to tailor the skirt to be straighter for my body type and wear it with cashmere sweaters that I have. I can wear the jacket to dress up jeans or slacks. Somehow together the pieces are overwhelming. I have been on the brink of donating it for years. I am glad that I didn’t!

  4. Jan Whichard
    October 28, 2019 / 7:54 am

    My morning chuckle…need for tweed…I’m not a big tweed gal but the red, mustard, ivory and black one is really cute and, other than the black, seems to fit spring colors. Nor sure how versatile it is however. I’d opt for the solid if it were in my color range! Need for tweed…still chuckling.

  5. Ann
    October 28, 2019 / 8:03 am

    As I sit here in smoky Santa Rosa with no power and my bags packed to leave just in case we get the call I am thinking how well timed your trip was. Glad you had such a nice time in our beautiful area.
    Tweed jackets used to be my thing when I worked. They are stylish and versatile as you say. It’s nice that they are coming back into style. After my dad died 20 years ago I kept one of his plaid wool jackets. It was a little big on me but I could wear it with jeans. I got a lot of compliments on it. I don’t think I still have it but I’m going to look.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 8:05 am

      Hi Ann, I hope they can get the upper hand on this fire soon! So much destruction already. Stay safe and all of those impacted are in my thoughts today…

  6. lagatta à montréal
    October 28, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    They are very attractive and classic chic, but not my thing; too ladylike. I have on a heavy cotton velvet jacket with a zip, these days. and somedays already a fine woollen scarf.

    I’m writing most out of concern of the risk of wildfires.

  7. Jannie
    October 28, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    Love these jackets! However, in a year will be moving to Florida so I am going to need advice on winter dressing in Florida! After living up north for 50+ years I am so ready to move to warm climate. Hope you may have a reference for FL dressing!

  8. Duchesse
    November 11, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    Tweed is a fabric ( traditionally from variegated wool pure wool yarns) that may be woven in a pattern (plaid, herringbone etc.) or not. This fact retrieved from my ancient Textiles class… funny what sticks.

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