Having been worn for centuries (since the 18th century, if we’re being specific), tweed is a tradition-steeped fabric that unfortunately, easily pulls off as dreary and stuffy. But when done right and styled with finesse, the forever classic can shed its dated image for a more contemporary one. Cases in point: Chanel’s skirt suits, or Jackie O’s iconic tweed jackets.
There is also something to be said about its resilience. A classic that has come a long way and a symbol of luxe and sophistication , any tweed number is worth the investment as it’s timeless, and makes the stretch from off-duty to crisp and professional at the drop of a hat.
Not to mention, it provides thermal comfort on a practical level when you’re travelling to countries with colder climates.
With that in mind, here are some style tips if you’re sold on the idea of wearing tweed without looking twee.
Find tweed in an unexpected cut
Gucci shoulder bag, $3,235; Miu Miu wool tweed jacket, $3,649; Red Valentino houndstooth skirt, $335; Chloe balloon sleeve top, $2,050; Versace earrings, $876; Valentino shearling boots, $2,720
Tweed may be commonly found in blazer jackets and stuffy skirt suits, but an unexpected cut such as a motorcycle jacket can breathe new life into the heritage fabric. Fashion this playful oversized leather and tweed jacket with a schoolgirl mini and a pair of ankle boots for a contemporary preppy look.
Add pops of colour
Prada cropped tweed jacket, $2,770; Prada neon sandals, US$1,450 (S$1,998.82); Balenciaga neon turtleneck, $1,420; Elisabetta Franchi tweed skirt, $498; Chanel Vintage bag, $6,109; Victoria Beckham sunglasses, $1,199
Adding bright pops of colour to your tweed outfit will help to liven up and refresh your look. Whether you’re opting for a colour-infused tweed number, such as this neon-tinged jacket from Prada, or mixing a brightly coloured item into your ensemble, bright in-your-face hues tend to lend a youthful edge to tweed.
Give tweed a casual twist
A.P.C running shoes, $315; Rag & Bone distressed skinny jeans, $162; Vetements tweed jacket, $3,040; Fendi Mon Tresor mini bag, $2,390
Style your classic tweed jacket with a pair of distressed jeans and sneakers for a look that’s equal parts polished and laidback. As seen on street style icons during the major fashion weeks, this look gives tweed a casual and modern twist.
Style with urban silhouettes
Yuzefi pink and nude Delilah bag, $752; Acne Studios ribbed turtleneck sweater, $365; Miu Miu leather belt, $640; Charm’s high-waisted tweed trousers, $211; Givenchy leather ankle boots, $1,550
Urban and contemporary silhouettes, such as a pair of high-waisted wide leg trousers or a well-tailored pants suit, give tweed a reinvigorated outlook. Pair this pair of tweed trousers with a sleek turtleneck top, a statement belt, and a structured crossbody bag.
Try oversized proportions
Cult Gaia Kennedy earrings, US$106.17 (S$146.38); Boyy belt bag, US$573.95 (S$791.28); Miu Miu oversized tweed coat, $3,665; Tabitha Simmons Allie pumps, $865; Chloe socks, $156
Oversized proportions are currently trending big time. Lean into the street-inspired look and opt for an oversized tweed coat with puff sleeves from Miu Miu. To keep the ensemble figure-flattering, cinch the waist with a belt – or even better, a belt bag, and pop on a pair of statement resin hoop earrings.