Coco Chanel designed the first tweed jacket in the 1920s, and since then the tweed suit became a status symbol and a wardrobe staple of moneyed socialites and the ladies-who-lunch crowd. Over the years, however, the tweed fabric had gone through an evolution of sorts and now just about every respectable brand, couture or otherwise, has its own iteration of a tweed suit or separates to appeal to young hipsters and high-soc ladies alike, demonstrating its universal and timeless appeal. By the looks of the number of tweed separates one can find in the current Spring and Summer collections of high street stores like Zara, Top Shop, Mango and J. Crew, we suspect that tweed is currently enjoying a fashion moment. We particularly love how the tweed material carries a lot of hues in its weave, making it the perfect piece to add subtle pops of colour to one’s ensemble.
While we do believe that the coveted Chanel tweed skirt or jacket is a worthy investment, we understand that not too many of us have the gigantic coffers needed to afford them. If you’re dying to Try The Trend and recreate the poised and polished look of Michelle Williams and the Duchess of Cambridge or the downtown cool of Rosie Huntington-Whitley in their tweed separates without hurting your wallet, then you’re at the right place, for we have a small but savvy selection of affordable alternatives to keep you right on-trend!
BCBG "Kacie" Skirt [AC259]
With its frayed hem finish, it's the attention to detail that makes this high waisted tweed skirt by BCBG special. It also comes with side pockets which we just love. Crafted in a subtle A-line shape to hang off the hip and hitting just above the knee - neither too short nor too long, this tactile style cuts a chic silhouette. Dress it down with a silk tee and ballet flats, or opt for polished elegance with your favorite heels and a compact clutch. BCBG "Kacie" skirt in lightweight blue, brown and white weave has a fitted high waist, frayed hem, and is fully lined. Concealed zip fastening at side. 69% cotton, 16% acrylic, 10% wool. Size US2. Never been worn with tag still attached. Priced at RM100.
Zara gives the classic trophy jacket a totally fresh spin and a shot of attitude with biker-inspired details, creating a boy-meets-girl balance that is perfect for the modern sophisticate. Earn extra style points by teaming this chic zip-front jacket with an unexpectedly cool combo of a basic tee (a red one would totally rock!), skinny jeans and pin heels. Striped Zara jacket has chambray contrast trims with raw-edged hem, front flap pockets and is fully lined. Zip fastening through front and exposed zippers on sleeves. 76% cotton 12% acrylic, 12% polyester. Size EU/US M. Priced at RM80.
BCBG Tweed Skirt [AC261]
Fun and feminine, this BCBG statement midi skirt is your opportunity to add a dose of 'girlish swish' to your wardrobe. The gorgeous mix of vivid candy colours and lightweight textured tweed, spliced with chiffon ruffle trims is sure to give your ensemble that extra bit of panache and ladylike flair. Try styling this piece with a delicate neutral blouse and blush toned pumps. BCBG skirt in lightweight pink, green and yellow silk weave with chiffon ruffle trims. Skirt is fully lined and has enclosed zip fastening at back. 100% silk. Size US2. Priced at RM120.
Byblos Jacket [AC5]
Zip front jacket with houndstooth pattern. EU size 42. 80% alpaca, 20% wool with polyester lining. Priced at RM120.
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