There’s a lot of tweed about on the British High Street presently and that’s no bad thing in Sashdujour’s humble opinion. This time round it’s funked up and bolder with a younger edge. Less Betty Barclay and more Siouxsie Sioux. Good old Zara has lots on its website currently and surprise, surprise, this where the above outfit is from. (I’ve listed the links at the end so you can go straight through to the product – you’re welcome!) And the last time I looked there were co-ords in berry tweed hues shot through with blue (as above) or mixed media tweeds with lace/chiffon edging in cool denim shades.
After seeing the Erdem x HM collab in early November and his take on a tweed skirt suit (which I sadly missed out on), I was so desperate to try tweed again. In fact, I remember wearing it a lot in the late 90s as a young woman. The style then was tweed jackets with Levi jeans and pearls a la Chanel, worn by the inimitable and original supermodels Linda E, Christy T, Cindy C et al.
So with this mood in mind, I went looking for a tweed skirt suit of my own and one that wouldn’t be snapped up minutes after appearing online! Grrr. My main worry about wearing tweed in my 40s is that it would look somewhat different and perhaps bulkier on my now curvier frame. And I do think that IS actually the case. It’s a bulkier, heavier look than I would normally wear, but nevertheless I like it. A lot. It’s fun and really smart with the black and also a tad punky with fishnet tights and spiky-heeled sock boots. I think tweed always needs some jewellery in conjunction – a bit of glitter or contrasting texture. This is why lace also goes well with tweed – it needs something delicate to offset the chunky textured material.
The top to this co ord is a peplum waisted one with a hem that dips slightly at the back. It was crying out for a belt, so I found this thick, cow hair one I purchased back in 2001 from Topshop Oxford Circus in my wardrobe and it’s just the ticket. It’s certainly a warm choice of outfit and would be ideal as a winter work suit during December when you want something jaunty in the lead up to silly season. It’s good for the office Christmas lunch or early evening drinks somewhere relatively formal. Be sure to wear with thick black tights in the office if you’re a corporate hotshot. If you work in PR or the media then the fishnets are fine. 😉 Here these fab Calzedonia dotty tights bring the slightly punkster vibe, great for the evening.
Finally I purchased the stick on fake nails from House of Holland at Boots. A fab find for only £9 and perfect for this shoot when I needed something a bit street, festive and fun. Bring the noise! Enjoy the rest of December folks. Next up I plan to write something on New Year resolutions and hopefully when I get around to it, an update on health. Thanks for stopping by x
Nails | House of Holland at Boots
PHOTOS by Katie Knight-Adams Photography