11 tips to look modern in tweed over 40
CExample tweed blazer button-down shirt, leather culottes, and pumps for a modern office look

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 is a classic and it is so versatile. A high quality tweed skirt is worth the investment. However, it’s important to know how look great in tweed over 40, well, to not look old-fashioned or Old Lady.

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midlife blogger looking posh chic in a tweed skirt with denim jacket and over-the-knee boots

over 50 years old woman in denim and tweed work look in brown and blue
Outfit details: Carhartt gingham button-down shirt, Ann Taylor floral tweet skirt, Tailored denim jacket with thrifted collar, Dior over-the-knee boots, Yves Saint Laurent bag, Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses, Moda International cashmere sweater, Festina watch, and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

What I mean with this is that 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.

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Back view of Casual Friday work outfit with Jacket Society tweed jacket, Oliveo leather skirt, Prada bag, Valentino slingback pumps (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord

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.

fashionista over 50 wearing a tweed motorcycle jacket
Side view of work outfit with Jacket Society tweed motorcycle jacket, Oliveo leather skirt, Prada bag, Brooks Brother cashmere cable knit sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Valentino pumps (all own)

How to wear tweed over 40

  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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Examples how to style tweed over 40

midlife style blogger in tweed skirt with blazer as unmatched suit for work Ann Taylor floral weave tweed skirt with blazer, Landsend sweater, Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel, L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, statement necklace, and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own). The floral weave of the tweed skirt looks unexpected and modern

style blogger wearing a tweed skirt styled with outerwear Ann Taylor floral tweed skirt with Burberry plaid blazer, silk scarf, L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, Gucci scarf,and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel (all own) as unmatched suit where the blazer serves as outerwear

over 50 years old woman wearing a tweed skirt with denim jacket Ann Taylor floral tweed skirt worn with GNW tights, GNW Luxe sweater, DIY statement necklace, heeled ducks, LV bucket bag, and Great Northwest denim jacket (all own) for Casual Friday

style book author in a tweed skirt with floral top Eddie Bauer tweed skirt with Notations floral top, BCBG statement belt and Valentino pumps (all own) for a fall work look

mature woman in a tweed motorcycle jacket with sheath dress Tweed Jacket Society motorcycle jacket over leather sheath dress, Anne Klein sweater, DIY pendant necklace, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Apostrophe Mary Janes (all own) for work

over 50 years old Alaskan style blogger in tweed skirt with down blazer and polka dot tights GNW polka dot tights, Vince Camuto slouchy boots, Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Max Mara thin down jacket, Brooks Brothers turtleneck cashmere sweater, quartz pendant with rubberband necklace and Judith Leiber charm belt (all own)

fashion blogger in heels and above the knee skirt Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, pantyhose, Christian Louboutin pumps, J. Crew long-sleeve, high neck silk top, and gemstone statement necklace (all own)

mature style winter work outfit with cardigan and tweed dress Work outfit with teal GNW tight, teal GNW cardigan, Antonio Melani boots, Sak bag (all own), best girlfriend bracelet c/o Chico’s and tweed dress c/o Shein

midlife woman in a tweed skirt with button-down shirt and suede blazer for a winter office look Ann Taylor floral tweed skirt worn with an Oliveo button down shirt, statement necklace, Tissot stone watch, Oliveo suede cropped blazer, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, and Dior over-the-knee boots (all own) for an office appropriate winter look

#maturestyle woman in tweed skirt with motorcycle vest Example of Eddie Bauer tweed skirt with GNW tights, fall booties, and Landsend cashmere sweater, Modalo Pippa bag, and VS lather vest (all own) for a casual fall look

over 50 years old woman wearing a tweed skirt with pop of color Eddie Bauer tweed skirt with Brooks Brother striped cashmere sweater with layering top, GNW tight, and a pop of color with Christian Louboutin neon  pumps (all own)

stylist in a tweed blazer with leather culottes Ann Taylor tweed blazer, Oliveo button-down shirt, leather culottes, Coach bag, DvF sunglasses, statement necklace, and Christian Louboutin pumps (all own) for a modern office look

fashion over 50 midlife woman in tweed motorcycle jacket with leather pants Tweed Jacket Society  motorcycle jacket with London Jean leather pants, Salvotore Ferragamo pumps, Jaeger tote, Hermes collier de chien bracelet,  statement belt (all own), and layering top c/o Adea

over 50 years old woman with shoulder long hair looking street chic in biker, skirt, boots and floral scarf Eddie Bauer skirt, pantyhose, Anne Klein floral scarf, Lookbook Store leather biker coatt, GNW cable knit knee high socks, Sanchez riding boots, sweater (all own)

midlife lady in long cardigan and knee length tweed skirt with boots Philosophy long cardigan, knee-length Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Gucci belt, DIY silver and steal necklace, GNW tight, and Vince Camutto boots (all own)

fashionista in navy and white pencil dress, burgundy accents GNW burgundy cardigan, silk square worn as bracelet, and GNW burgundy tight (all own) Mousse & Cloud booties c/o Coolway, sheath dress c/o Shein

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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.

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#fashionover50 great look in tweed with unexpected cut
Jacket Society tweed motorcycle jacket with Brooks Brothers cable knit cashmere sweater, DIY necklace, Oliveo striped leather skirt, Prada bag, and Valentino pumps (all own), and wooden watch c/o Jord

What tweed items are in your closet? How do you wear your tweed? Let me know, I am curious.

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