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Tweed is a high-quality fabric, sustainable and a classic. However, it’s also often associated with conservative, old-fashioned. This post covers how you can look modern in tweed creating a young and hip, open-minded impression in this fabulous fabric.

Contents
  1. Tweed Dreams and Nightmares
  2. Tweed Is an Often Overlooked Classic
  3. Stylists’ Tips to Look Modern in Tweed
  4. Create Cool Looks with a Tweed Jacket, Blazer, or Coat
  5. Try a tweed skirt with (fake) twinset for a modern business casual look
  6. Add interest by wearing it your way
  7. Wear a Tweed Skirt/Dress beyond the Office
  8. What to Wear with Coarse Wool Pants
  9. Further Tweed Outfit Ideas
  10. How Not to Wear Tweed over 40
  11. In a Nutshell How to Look Modern in Tweed

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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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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 1980s.

mature style woman in a sheath

mature fashion woman in sheath dress with cutouts

fashion over 50 woman in office appropriate look
Outfit details: BB Dakota dress, gem stone animal necklace, Jeanne Pierre sweater, GNW tights, Steve Madden Mary Janes

 

stylist looking ageless in a floral tweed sheath under an aqua sweater
Ann Taylor sweater dyed aqua blue over BB Daktoa floral sheath, GNW tights, Seiko watch, and Hermes collier de chien bangle

 

Tweed Is an Often Overlooked Classic

Tweed is a classic stylish coarse wool  fabric and is so versatile to style. An item in this material is worth the investment. However, don’t wear it your mother’s way or like we styled it in the 1980s. You want to strive for a modern great look in tweed over 40.

street style blogger in turtleneck sweater, skirt, aviator, riding boots

style blogger in bomber jacket riding boots, coarse wool skirt, cashmere sweater
Brooks Brothers turtleneck sweater, Rebecca Colins necklace, Moda International aviator jacket, Eddie Bauer skirt, Hipstik tights, Sanchez riding boots

 

Stylists’ Tips to Look Modern in Tweed

  1. Try to style a straight, just above-the-knee 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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fashion blogger in tweed skirt and denim jacket

#fashionover40 #fashionover50 accessories are key

stylist in Casual fall outfit
Outfit details: The Limited striped T-shirt, Eddie Bauer skirt, Levis boxy denim jacket, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Camel bag and Steve Madden fall booties

 

 

style blogger in winter work outfit with tweed skirt and denim jacket
Eddie Bauer skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, Pavlova scarf, Star denim jacket, Hermes collier de chien bangle, pearl barrette, GNW tight, and Vice Camuto boots

 

Create Cool Looks with a Tweed Jacket, Blazer or Coat

A tweed jacket provides instant chic Business Casual Style with a white button-down shirt or turtleneck sweater and jeans or pants and pumps for work. A Chanel-type tweed jacket with a graphic Tee plus distressed jeans make a cool Casual Friday look. A just above-the-knee denim skirt with sequin top and a tweed blazer are perfect for going out for drinks with the girls on Friday night. A tweed coat in a classic cut works with nearly everything and is great for a capsule coat wardrobe. It looks so posh chic with a pop of color.

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midlife style blogger featuring how to look modern in tweed motorcycle jacket and denim skirt
DIY necklace, Jacket Society motorcycle tweed jacket, Oliveo jeans skirt, GNW tight, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, College Tee, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Nicole fall sandals

 

over 50 years old stylist looking modern in tweed jacket and leather pants
Jacket Society biker, London Jean leather pants, Harley Davidson booties, Ann Taylor sweater, statement necklace, GNW polka-dot socks, Steve Madden Mary Janes, Festina watch (all own), and layering top c/o Adea

 

leather cullotes and wool blazer
Anne Klein blazer, Jones New York button-down shirt, Christian Louboutain pumps, unbranded leather culottes, Coach bag and DvF sunglasses

 

older woman looks modern in tweed blazer and leather pants

fashion blogger over 50 in leather pants fall work outfit
Newport News leather pants, Ann Taylor blazer, statement belt, Oscar de la Rente scarf, Philip Lim 3.1 bag, and Anne Klein pumps

 

A coarse wool skirt always looks stylish with a fine knit sweater, opaque tights and loafers. More on how to wear knits.

 

Try a Tweed Skirt with (Fake) Twinset for a Modern Business Casual Look

One of my readers asked how to keep a classic winter outfit looking interesting. In this post, I created an OOTD that stays with the basic classics: A cashmere sweater, cashmere, cardigan, tight, boots and the American Classic tweet skirt. Instead of the typical twinset, go for an unexpected fake twinset with sweater and cardigan in the same material, but different color. Here you can either go with matching, color block, or one of the two having a pattern where you pick up one color. Use one color to ground your look. In this example, it’s the gray that occurs in the skirt, sweater, tight, and cardigan.

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Add Interest by Wearing It Your Way

To make the outfit interesting I wrapped the cardigan around my shoulders instead of putting my arms into the sleeves. I hope Mademoiselle forgives me that I wear it my way. 😉

style book author in winter look with tweet skirt with sweater and cardigan worn over the shoulders
Fake twinset: L.L. Bean arglye sweater, Moda International cardigan, Vince Camuto boots, GNW tight, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Bulova watch, gemstone bangle, Ray Ban sunglasses

 

In the look above, the gray belt gives shape to this business casual style look.

 

Wear a Tweed Skirt/Dress Beyond the Office

A straight, just above-the-knee tweed skirt with nude pantyhose, a twinset, pearl necklaces and flat loafers are an evergreen classic that HR and Mademoiselle would approve any time. The tricks to not look dated are to make sure the skirt’s cut and shoes are modern; the colors are neutrals or the current It color.

style book author in coarse wool fabric skirt and Fair Isle sweater with tall boots and opaque tight
Eddie Bauer skirt and Fair Isle sweater, GNW opaque tight, Vince Camuto tall boots, and statement belt

 

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But a skirt in this fabulous coarse wool fabric can do so much more for your personal style. Create a casual sporty weekend look with a cable knit sweater and statement sneakers. A coarse skirt with a floral top is an eclectic style Must-do. Wear a straight tweed skirt with riding boots and motorcycle or bomber jacket, opaque tights, a crew-neck sweater, a bomber jacket and chandeliers for Casual Friday Style without jeans.

midlife lady in long cardigan, belt, necklace, and knee length tweed skirt with boots
Philosophy cardigan, Eddie Bauer skirt, Gucci belt, DIY silver and steal necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tight, and Vince Camutto slouchy boots

 

style book author in tweed skirt and floral bomber
GNW Luxe sweater, Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, GNW tight, Vince Camuto suede boots, Rebecca Taylor bomber, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and baroque pearl necklace c/o Pearl Clasp

 

style blogger in coarse wool skirt and cable knit sweater
Anne Klein cable-knit sweater, Halogen skirt, silk scarf, belt, GNW tight, Hermes collier de chien, and Jimmy Choo tall boots

 

style book author in otk suede caloches

influencer in denim and tweed work look in brown and blue
Outfit details: Carhartt gingham shirt, Ann Taylor floral skirt, denim jacket, thrifted collar, Dior otk boots, Yves Saint Laurent bag, Ray Ban aviators, Moda International sweater, Festina watch, and Hermes collier de chien bangle

 

style blogger in Chanel style sheath dress
Navy Chanel-inspired sheath dress c/o Shein with own brooches, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW tight, Hermes collier de chien bangle and leather cuff, barrette, and Antonio Melani booties

 

coarse wool sheath worn as skirt
Jeanne and Pierre sweater, BB Dakota sheath dress, statement belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, studded head band, GNW flannel tights, Jimmy Choo shearling boots (all own) and wooden sport watch c/o Jord

 

What to Wear with Coarse Wool Pants

High waisted tweed pants provide instant style with a turtleneck sweater and sturdy heel pumps. For Casual Friday skip the jeans and wear trousers in this fabric with a sweatshirt or tee. Add medium heel lace-up oxfords and a string of pearls plus diamond studs. At the ski resort, pants in this fabric look fabulous with a colorful fake Fair Isle sweater or and colorful Norwegian lice jacket and loben boots for dinner or drinks at the bar. What about an eclectic British inspired outdoor look? Like, for instance, a slim pair of tweed pants with Wellingtons or neutral color rain boots, a paisley button-down shirt and corduroy jacket with leather patches at the elbows?

monochromatic weekend look with coarse fabric bottom and opaque tight
Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater and skirt, Hermes collier de chain bangle, statement belt, GNW opaque tights, and Vince Camuto tall boots

 

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Further Tweed Outfit Ideas

The floral weave of the skirt shown below looks unexpected. The unmatched suit combination creates a modern vibe.

woman in tweed skirt with blazer as unmatched suit
Ann Taylor tweed skirt with blazer, Landsend sweater, Longchamp satchel, L.K. Bennett pumps, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, statement necklace, and Hermes collier de chien bangle

 

The next example shows an unmatched skirt suit where the blazer serves as outerwear.

influencer in mix prints/pattern
Ann Taylor floral tweed skirt, Burberry plaid blazer, silk scarf, L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, Gucci scarf and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel

 

The following is a nice Casual Friday look.

fashion blogger over 55 in tweed skirt and denim jacket
Great Northwest denim jacket, Ann Taylor tweed skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW tight, LV bucket bag, DIY statement necklace and Ampbell ducks

 

unexpected tweed with floral print outfit
Back view of outfit described in the capition of the next photo.

 

style book author in a tweed skirt with floral top
Eddie Bauer skirt, Notations floral top, BCBGMAXARIS belt, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle and Valentino pumps

 

posh chic midlife work outfit

#fashionOver50 mature woman in motorcycle jacket with sheath for work

mature style blogger in a tweed motorcycle jacket with sheath dress
Jacket Society motorcycle jacket, leather sheath, Anne Klein sweater, DIY pendant necklace, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Haftee, pantyhose and Apostrophe Mary Janes

 

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 down blazer, Brooks Brothers turtleneck sweater, quartz with rubberband necklace and Judith Leiber charm belt

 

fashion blogger in heels and above the knee skirt
Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, pantyhose, Christian Louboutin pumps, J. Crew silk top, and gemstone necklace

 

midlife woman in a posh corporative office style
Ann Taylor floral tweed skirt, Oliveo button-down, statement necklace, Tissot stone watch, Oliveo cropped blazer, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Longchamp bag, and Dior otk-boots

 

mature woman in tweed skirt with motorcycle vest
Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, GNW tights, fall booties, Landsend sweater, Modalu Pippa bag, and VS leather vest

 

over 50 years old stylist wearing a tweed skirt with pop of color
Eddie Bauer skirt, Brooks Brother striped sweater, halftee, GNW tight, Christian Louboutin neon  pumps

 

fashion over 50 midlife woman in tweed motorcycle jacket with leather pants
Jacket Society  biker, 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 blogger 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, GNW cable-knit knee-highs and sweater, Sanchez riding boots

 

midlife influencer in long cardigan and knee length tweed skirt with boots
Philosophy long cardigan, Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Gucci belt, DIY silver and steal necklace, GNW tight, and Vince Camutto boots

 

over 50 years old blogger in casual winter style with gray skirt, black boots, tights, jacket and huntergreen sweater with cat
Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, GNW tights, Sanchez tall riding boots, GNW Luxe sweater, statement necklace, Jäger knit janker

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

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

 

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.

In a Nutshell How to Look Modern in Tweed

The main secrets to create great looks in tweed clothes are:

  1. Unmatch the suits,
  2. Add bold color or prints,
  3. Glam them up.
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You may also like to read about how to create a posh monochromatic look.

Photos: G. Kramm

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