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11 tips to look modern in tweed over 40

#fashionover40 #fashionover50 10 Tips to look great in tweed over 40 - example tweed blazer with leather cullottes @ High Latitude Style @ http://www.highlatitudestyle.com
fashion over 40 woman in 3/4 sleeves tweed jacket
Back view of Casual Friday work outfit with Jacket Society tweed jacket, Oliveo leather skirt, Prada bag, and Valentino slingback pumps (all own)

Tweed dreams and nightmares

Fashion has its great tweed moments. Which girl has never dreamed of a Chanel tweed jacket? How awesome did Jackie O. look in her tweed skirt? Tweed is a classic stylish material.

Tweed the old way

On the other hand, tweed is also associated with often boring conservative winter clothes, i.e. suits, skirt suits with a hem below the knee. Tweed was also what our mothers wore for Sunday’s Best when they were our age. Some of us may have worn a tweed (skirt) suit with pumps to our first job interview with a black cashmere sweater or a white button down shirt in the 80s.

Tweed provides stylish thermal comfort

Tweed is a great fabric. It has great insulation properties and can make the stretch from elegant to casual without problems. This means a tweed skirt, jacket or blazer are a good investment. Here are my tips to land a winning tweed outfit.

fashion over 50 mature woman wearing a tweed motorcycle jacket
Side view of work outfit with Jacket Society tweed motorcycle jacket, Oliveo leather skirt, and Valentino pumps (all own)

What works

  1. Try to style a straight, just above the knees tweed skirt casual with a sport vibe by adding a belted cable knit sweater and statement sneakers.
  2. Wear a tweed jacket with a white button-down shirt or turtleneck sweater and jeans or leather pants and pumps for the office (if your dress code allows denim and leather).
  3. For date night try a distressed denim just above the knee skirt with sequin top and a tweed blazer, a clutch and black patent leather pumps.
  4. If you can pull off high waisted pants, try a pair in tweed and pair them with a turtleneck sweater and pumps. Think a modern interpretation of Marlene Dietrich’s signature style from the 40s.
  5. For the daring, try pairing a tweed skirt with a floral top. So unexpected.
  6. Get your tweed piece in an unexpected cut, for instance, cut as a motorcycle or bomber jacket. Style it like you would style a piece in that cut.
  7. A tweed coat in a classic cut works with nearly everything. Add a pop of color with your accessories. Think of your outerwear like you think of your OOTD. Your outerwear is your urban/outdoor OOTD.
  8. Wear a straight tweed skirt with riding boots, opaque tights, a crew-neck sweater, a bomber jacket and chandeliers for casual Friday.

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Here some inspirations how to style tweed over 40.

midlife fashion mature woman in tweed skirt with blazer as unmatched suit for work Example how to wear a tweed skirt with a blazer as an unmatched suit for the office. The floral weave of the tweed skirt looks unexpected and modern

style over 50 mature woman wearing a tweed skirt styled with outerwear Example of tweed skirt with plaid blazer, silk scarf and satchel as unmatched suit where the blazer serves as outerwear

over 50 fashion mature woman wearing a tweed skirt with denim jacket Example of tweed skirt worn with tights, sweater, heeled ducks and denim jacket for Casual Friday

style over 50 woman in a tweed skirt with floral top Example tweed skirt with floral top, statement belt and pumps for a fall work look

mature fashion woman in a tweed motorcycle jacket with sheath dress Example tweed motorcycle jacket over leather sheath dress, sweater and Mary Janes for work

style over 40 woman in a tweed skirt with button-down shirt and suede blazer for a winter office look Example of tweed skirt worn with a button down shirt, statement necklace, suede cropped blazer and over-the-knee boots for an office appropriate winter look

#maturestyle woman in tweed skirt with motorcycle vest Example of tweed skirt with tights, fall booties, and cashmere sweater for a casual fall look

over 50 style woman wearing a tweed skirt with pop of color Example tweed skirt with striped cashmere sweater with layering top and a pop of color for a winter office look

fashion over 40 woman in a tweed blazer with leather culottes Example tweed blazer button-down shirt, leather culottes, and pumps for a modern office look

fashion over 50 midlife woman in tweed motorcycle jacket with leather pants Example tweed motorcycle jacket with leather pants, pumps, tote, statement belt (all own), and layering top c/o Adea

How not to wear tweed over 40

  1. Matching skirt and/or pants plus blazer as this combination was the go-to in the 80s for the twenty somethings. Thus, this look lets us over 40 look old-fashioned/trapped in time.
  2. Wearing it like your mother did. It would send the message that you never developed your own style and/or ideas. Copy-cat alert in the worst sense!
  3. Wearing a straight tweed skirt with lace flat shoes and a matching embellished twinset or a boxy long (shapeless) jacket.

What tweed items are in your closet? How do you wear your tweed? Let me know, I am curious. Send an email or link it up tomorrow at the Top of the World Style fashion linkup party in addition to your OOTD. Note you don’t need to have a blog to participate. You can also linkup facebook, instagram, pinterest or google+ posts.

When you liked this post, please tell your friends how not to look old in tweed. You may also like to read about how to wear knits or how to create a posh monochromatic look.

fashion over 50 great look in tweed with unexpected cut
Jacket Society tweed motorcycle jacket with Brooks Brothers cable knit cashmere sweater, Oliveo striped leather skirt, Prada bag, and Valentino pumps (all own)

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Photos: G. Kramm

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