Tweeds were traditionally utilized only for menswear except among UK country folk. 19th century photos show women in midi skirts and wellies gardening or walking dogs on the grounds. They may have emigrated when women started wearing pants. Over the years, designers began to use tweeds for warmth, after which they became trendy when employed in actual menswear looks. Contemporary tweeds can actually be feminine.
Left: Salt and Pepper Tweed Dress- Look trim, neat and efficient in this pale grey dress. Ready for the office, yet femininely shaped. Jazz up with colored shoes or a scarf if appropriate. A fitted silhouette with inside-out darts to create a more defined waist. Fringe trim at the neck, waist and sleeves. Back zipper closure. Straight skirt falls just above the knee. Partially lined. Cotton/acrylic//polyester. $215.00
Right: French Connection Tweed Pencil Dress with Contrast Sides- First job? On a committee. Great for the young and lithe. Add leggings to carry it further into the season. A fitted silhouette with contrast jersey panel inserts to emphasize. Back zipper closure. Round neck. Cotton/wool/polyester/elastane. $123.13 Shipping free.
Left: Rebecca Taylor Tweed Jacket- Rich and useful color. Especially great with black or charcoal. Makes a suit out of almost anything or wear with jeans and heels. Classic cropped fit with feminine detailing- eyelash fringe trims and bead dotted rosettes at the collar. Concealed snap button closure. Runs small-go up one size. Cotton/acrylic/polyester/polyamide. $450.00
Right: Shetland Tweed Jacket- Country look for the suburbs or city. Ralph Lauren without the cost. Experiment with textures. Try velvet leggings, leather pants, a wool/cashmere midi skirt and boots. Tally ho! Fitted, double=breasted jacket in Yorkshire woven herringbone tweed. Moleskin collar. Cut-away front hem, dropped back hem with single vent. Two pockets. Printed cotton lining. 100% Shetland wool. $280.00
Respectable length, interesting fabric. Play down with black and white or up with crayon colors. Nothing pale, ladies, this is emphatic. Deconstructed tweed makes it contemporary. Faux-wrap skirt trimmed with off center front vent; slender leather band at the waist . Hidden back zipper closure. Mid knee. Wool/polypropylene/polyester/polyamide/cotton. $398.00
Tweed and Leather Combos
Left: Math Tweed and Leather Three Panel Dress- Chic and spare for creative meetings, art openings, trendy, fashionable, straight-from-work cocktails. Texture and color blocking featuring a red silk insert at the waist and black leather skirt; round neck, short sleeves; concealed zipper fastening and vent at the back. Fully lined. Leather/tweed/silk wool. This is a SHORT dress. Zingy and cool, but short. Be aware. $693.00
Right: Opening Ceremony Leather and Tweed Skirt- Good textures, good colors. Wear on Saturdays to shop or see a film, to parent meetings, on business trips…especially good for petites. Find the right color tights or boots. Keep the top simple. Clean lines show pedigree. Classic tweed with contemporary leather in orangey red. Side zipper. It’s a mini. Be aware. $460.00
Burberry Black Tweed Check Nicole Gloves- It’s the details that make a look, just a touch here and there. Everyone wears black gloves-you have to have them. Why not be a little different? Tailored and fashionable. Outer-Lambskin leather/cotton/viscose/ linen/ polyester. Lining: silk. Buckle at the wrist with elastic for keeping out the cold. $450.00
Left: Tory Burch Peggy Platform Pumps- If you can walk in these more power to you. They’ll go with more than half your winter wardrobe. Flat leather is so yesterday. Walk tall. Suede upper, leather lining, leather sole. 5” heel, 1” platform. Available in full and half sizes. $325.00
Right: Jean-Michel Cazabat Pointy Toe Elda Pumps- Feline and chic, these pumps are perfect for CEOs or aspiring CEOs or CFOs or the Ohs of men watching your legs cross. Graceful, easy to coordinate. Definitely seasonal. Tweed/suede upper, leather lining, leather sole. Toe has suede cap detail. 4.25” heel. Available in full and half sizes. $235.00
The Crème de la Crème
Erdem Courtney Dress-Every woman’s eye will turn as you enter the room…as will that of men who have taste. A really distinctive dress for occasions when-you know when. Makes a quiet impression, but a firm one. Distinctive, flattering, and artful. Nude organza and black lace sheer top panel with a yellow, blue and green tweed-print ruched-front silk bust panel. Fitted dress with black, navy, yellow and white latex-coated tweed skirt. Fully lined with yellow silk-satin. Hidden back zipper closure. $2132.00
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