You might not associate tweed with summer dressing, but a) it works and b) summer dressing has pretty much been thrown out the window anyway. Celebs and models have been stepping out in the trend with pastel tweeds in short cuts really hitting the spot. Find the classic look at Chanel and Lanvin, or shop the high street for affordable alternatives.
Tweed conjures up imagines of country style and warm winter coats. There is something very English about tweed. Worn badly it can be aging and fuddy-duddy, but worn well tweed is a classic and can make you looked smarter, cooler, more sophisticated. Chanel has kept the tweed jacket look alive for decades, after rolling out the first style in 1936. Made in the Duke of Westminster’s factory and lined in fur, a classic cover-up was born. Chanel SS12 mixed crisp white with beautiful pastel shades and plenty of texture. The classic tweed suit was re-imagined for summer with a pearlised finish - full skirts and jackets cut shoulder-blade high at the back to show off pearl-studded spines.
A classic Chanel tweed jacket will set you back a couple of grand, much like Lanvin’s take on the look with this glass pearl embellished boucle tweed jacket. Add the matching pencil skirt and top-to-toe elegance will set you back more than £3000. You can get a more affordable and perhaps more wearable tweed jacket from Paul & Joe Sister. This blue perceval style for £96 (half price) is now on my-wardobe.com.
Cheaper still, and a really great designer inspired find, is the tweed frill jacket by Sister Jane at Topshop. In ivory and with short sleeves it is the perfect summer look and costs £78 online. Wear your summer tweed ensemble for a wedding or throw a cream tweed jacket over a jean and tee combo for a casual cool look.