I’m not going to lie; I have a closet FULL of it and most of it from Goodwill. From Alice+Olivia tweed shorts, originally $198.00, scored for $14.99, to a beautiful vintage jacket for only $19.99, wearing tweed makes you feel like you’re having high tea, riding galloping steeds off to the hunt, or having a walk on role in Downtown Abbey, even if you’re just hailing a cab or grocery shopping. Life just looks cooler in tweed. It’s prep without the pretension, and flattering across the board for all shapes and sizes.
The easiest ways to work this late fall and winter fabric into your cold weather wardrobe is usually as outerwear. For women, there are the standby classic tweed pants, go high waisted and wide legged to instantly invoke the hot runway trend of cool androgyny. Add some pearls and glam up Old Hollywood style ala Katherine Hepburn. Or wear a tweed blazer as a sports coat, and then layer under with a delicate herringbone cashmere sweater and bright tartan scarf for an All American look. Personally, I prefer tweed shorts with cozy, ribbed winter tights, and a nice pair of well worn in buttery leather riding boots under a trench. Think: Less Sherlock Holmes, more sophisticated UK adventure!
The versatility with tweed is that it’s dressy, but at the same time, outdoorsy. Originally created for 19th Century elite and later adapted into classic winter wear, you can pair it with a Mad Men inspired woolen pencil skirt, or a simple crisp white dress shirt/bowtie combo which I love wearing and both look finished. Or even better, take your tweed and add some worn in jeans and a nice pair of motorcycle boots to toughen the edges.
These black leather Harley Davidson motorcycle boots pictured were only $24.99 and look stellar with a dark chocolate turtleneck and tweed combo. If you’re aiming for workplace appropriate, make things fun with chunky knit sweaters over a tweed dress or statement necklaces topping a tweed blazer with a pop of color in a silk chemise peeking out from beneath.
And as many of you will be going abroad this Thanksgiving to visit family and friends, I can’t fail to mention, tweed is a travel WIN!
This vintage Hartmaan Tweed Luggage was only $29.99 and whether I’m boarding a train or flying home for the holidays it still looks better than my old option of throwing everything in a book bag at the last minute. Tweed when you travel is the height of class, not to mention, it feels a little more mysterious when the door opens to your family and you set down that delicious luggage and peel off your gloves looking like you’re returning from a grand voyage abroad, even if it’s just from a Greyhound bus station. Think: Less sweatpants on a plane and more tweed jackets on a train!
And lastly, if all this tweed talk sounds too intimidating, and head to toe huntress/hunter isn’t your bag of Earl Grey tea, try dipping your toes in with a smaller, seasonal appropriate piece like a tweed pageboy cap, pocket square, tweed bowtie or a nice pair of tweed socks peeking under some leather oxfords for the gents. Tweed is an equal opportunity dresser, so the guys have a chance to get on board with this fun too!
So from the streets to the stables, get inspired! Enjoy creating your own looks with this versatile and comfortable material and share the results! Post pictures of your #tweedspiration on Instagram or share your pics on our Twitter feed @GoodwillNYNJ.
Join me next week for an “On The Streets Holiday Preview”, with pictures of fashion forward customers on the streets of New York City, fun ideas on DIY, thrifting the perfect holiday wear and avoiding a holly jolly meltdown with time saving tips and tricks of the Goodwill trade.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, all this tweed talk has me craving a scone or two, so it’s cheers till next time!
Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.
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