Whether you work in a corporate environment with a traditional dress code, tread the fine line of business casual, or are just after something to throw on and smarten up your denim, then here is the unlikely sounding answer…a tweed jacket. They come in a whole host of different guises but the texture and often colour mix makes them perfect for pairing with plain coloured tailored trousers and dresses as well as with jeans.
To bridge the tricky business casual/smart casual dress codes, often all you need is a jacket to wear with your separates. A suit jacket can just look wrong and matching two shades of black or navy is nigh on impossible. In which case, this is your man. Plus you can dress this down easily with denim and boots or a cami and heels for the evening.
This Mango Trim Tweed Jacket £49.99 is my top pick and comes in plain black as well as a black and white melange. While these are both styled casually with denim, you can simply swap jeans for trousers and add heels or flats. This is the perfect, versatile piece to take you from the office to the evening and weekends but at under £50!
For a colourful option try this Pocket tweed jacket £59.99 which will work nicely if too much darkness near the face doesn’t work for your skin tone.
Or this Camille Tweed Jacket £56 from Warehouse.
River Island also has several options including this Cream Check Print Boucle Jacket £70 which is more shaped and less boxy than many of the styles.
Or this Navy Check Boucle Jacket £50 which may be a bit too fringy for more traditional dress codes.
As ever, Zara is good at this type of jacket and one of my favourites is this Textured Blazer with Frayed Trims £69.99. You can easily wear this with your jeans or with trousers and the red really helps to add a splash of colour for the season ahead.
Or there is this one also £69.99 which is a touch less red.
For a blue option go for this Tweed Blazer £25.99 which will work with black and navy tailoring alike.
For more traditional options, LK Bennett’s Charlee Jacket £325 comes in black, navy and cream and is a key item in any smart business wardrobe. The texture means there is no problem colour matching with your trousers/dresses and skirts and gives it more versatility if you are looking for a desk to dinner option. The black trims on the navy style make it a good bet with both black and navy tailoring. While the cream version is perfect if these dark neutrals overpower a lighter colouring as they black anchors this with black tailoring.
If you want to add in a bit more colour to your office attire then try their Dana Red Tweed Jacket £375 which will brighten up any black separates.
Or this Sally Jacket £285 by Gerard Darel is slightly longer line so will work if you are on the taller side.
For another more muted option Hobbs’ Felicia Jacket £189 is a great way to lift your tailoring and it also has a matching skirt.
Alternatively, Trilogy stocks a good range of boucle/tweedy jackets and this Unplug Jacket £310 from Iro is very versatile.
And on a totally separate note, I think I have just found the perfect white shirt from Zara – and guess what, it has tweed trims down the arms: Shirt with Tweed Trims £25.99