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Women’s Tweed Coats and Jackets

Tweed coats and jackets have been a perennial element in women’s wardrobes. Classic, stylish, durable and capable of being dressed up or down as needed, tweed is both practical and attractive.

The Fabric

Tweed is a coarse, rugged woolen fabric and a staple of British and Irish country clothing. Traditionally, it was worn for outdoor activities like shooting, thanks to its natural durability and weather resistance. The most well-known tweed fabric is Harris Tweed, which is woven in the Outer Hebrides and can be recognised by its “orb and cross” certification stamp. Other notable tweed fabrics include Donegal, which is made in County Donegal, Ireland and features flecks of colour in the weave. Although less traditional, some tweed fabrics are blended with cotton, silk or synthetic fibres for reduced weight and a softer feel. Tweed has been widely used in both men’s and women’s fashion, both by luxury designers and mass-market labels.

Rugged Jackets

Tweed comes into its own in foul weather, which is why it is so often used as a spring, autumn and winter fabric. A thick tweed coat is warm, wind-resistant and perfect for keeping out the chill. Tweed trench coats and peacoats don’t just look good, they also perform well, which is why they were traditionally used for outdoor pursuits in cold, rainy regions of the world. A basic tweed coat can be the perfect piece to anchor a winter wardrobe.

Blazers and Suits

Tweed isn’t only a fabric for thick, heavy jackets. Although less formal than finer wools, tweed blazers and suit jackets are stylish and surprisingly versatile. It can be paired with a tweed skirt or tweed trousers for a uniform look, but also combines nicely with denim and sneakers.

Colours

Traditionally, tweed has been dyed in earth tones, matching its rural heritage. The most traditional colour for Scottish tweed is a green tone called lovat. Patterned tweed is very traditional, with weavers often producing the cloth in herringbone or tartan styles. Today, though, tweed is available in any colour, with bright reds and pinks as common as the classic muted styles.

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