Winter Denim Pairings: The Tweed Jacket

As I’ve mentioned many a time before, I am not a born-and-bread East Coast-er. I’m from Seattle and have lived most of my life on the left coast. With the flattening of the world through internet, television and, hey, blogs – you’d think that by this point style would be pretty homogeneous from San Francisco to New York City, Colorado to Kentucky.

I think there are larger trends that tend to make their way into every knook and cranny of the fashion landscape, but some pieces and fabrics just never seem to catch on in certain places. In the same way that those Hawaiian shirts never really took off past the islands – I feel like tweed has yet to take strong legs beyond New England. I never saw much of it back west, that’s for sure, but now that I’m out here, I’ve been dying to infuse some into my cold-weather wardrobe.

My mom recently sent me this vintage Anne Klein jacket that used to belong to my great aunt. The touch of it, as well as the ticket pocket detail and sharp lapel instantly make me think of equestrian hunting parties chasing foxes through thickets upstate in late October.

This look has a decidely New England-y feel about it, with my made-in-Maine duck boots and wool hat that reminds me of Indiana Jones. As much as I try to cheer up my winter wardrobe with punches of bright colors, I seem to gravitate most often to deep, dark colors like this chocolatey brown and burgundy (also recently worn here). Especially on a rainy and grey day, pairing them with my super-soft 7 For All Mankind Gwenevere skinny jeans.

To get the look, try this double-breasted Marc By Marc Jacobs tweed jacket, and perhaps pair it with flares to offset the boxy shape. Pairing a blazer with flared jeans to me always feels like I’m take the idea of a standard suit and turning it on it’s head. You get the same flattering and dressed-up silhouette without the matchy-matchy office-only feel. I also love this Rebecca Minkoff jacket, the rich red color and zipper detail make it work as easily in the office as for a night out.

Do you have any tweed pieces in your fall and winter wardrobe? How do you wear them?


[Photos by Jennine Jacob]



  1. December 6, 2011 / 1:14 pm

    I absolutely without a doubt live all things tweed. I have a blazer and a pair of shorts and am always on the lookout for more pieces.
    I love that blazer and the whole look. It is extra special considering it’s a family “heirloom”.

  2. December 7, 2011 / 1:22 am

    How fabulous to have a vintage jacket like that. It fits you perfectly and looks amazing! I love tweed and wish I had more in my wardrobe, but it does look rather silly here in sunny L.A.

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