Springtime sophistication: Five ways to wear a Harris Tweed jacket
Harris Tweed. A versatile and high-quality fabric that has propelled itself from exclusive wear on Scotland’s remote islands to high-fashion appreciation in recent years, it’s clear that tweed is not just for the country gent.
Its sheer versatility is what makes it indispensable for springtime excursions; with the British climate fluctuating between glorious sunshine, chilly breezes and overcast skies, it can be tricky to know what to wear to events on your social calendar – but here at The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, we have the solution to all of your weather woes.
A Harris Tweed jacket or blazer hides a selection of outfits for every occasion up its sleeve. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated wedding guest outfit or you want to look the part for a professional meeting, you can dress this classic material up or down with ease.
We’ve picked five of our favourite looks, along with tips on how to style your Harris Tweed jacket to perfection so you can look sharp this spring.
The full monty for business success
A full suit is a popular choice for office workers conforming to a business formal dress code – why not take your traditional look to the next level with tweed head-to-toe?
As we’ve previosuly mentioned, this enduring fabric is the epitome of sophistication, giving it a refined appeal for those in a professional environment. If you’re intending to wear your Harris Tweed jacket to the office, choose a well-fitting style for a sleek look and experiement with modern tones such as navy or grey.
We’d recommend pairing with a crisp shirt in a light colour for a clean look, such as a bright white or pastel shade, before adding the cherry on top of the tweed cake with a contrasting tie. Finish with a pair of smart leather shoes such as brogues or Oxfords.
A day at the races
Deciding what to wear to the races can be a tricky task. Dress codes can vary significantly between events so if you’re planning on going to one of the prestigious locations, make sure to research beforehand if you’re apprehensive about your outfit – always err on the side of caution and dress conservatively where possible.
A Harris Tweed blazer is a quality wardrobe staple; its timeless feel and chic silhouette will carry you through race season year after year in style. Try wearing with a matching hat in this traditional material for full gentleman’s attire.
If you’d like more outfit inspiration, take a look at our race-day style guide here.
An evening on the terrace
A civilised spring evening spent sipping cocktails and watching the sunset is motivating bliss at the end of a busy week – so it’s important that you look the part when you’re letting your hair down.
For her, wear a tweed jacket with jeans or some tailored trousers for a modern vibe. A flattering blouse is the perfect option to wear underneath too – just add some understated jewellery and a pair of heels for nighttime glam.
A men’s Harris Tweed waistcoat can turn any casual outfit into a polished look. Teamed with a checked shirt in a similar colour scheme and a pair of smart trousers, you’ll definitely be the best-dressed at the bar.
Daytime elegance this spring
You may assume that this fabric full of rich heritage is too swish for daily wear but, in fact, a Harris Tweed shooting jacket is a piece that can add a touch of class to a casual look.
Whether you’re embarking on a trip out to the country on a chilly morning to enjoy the views, or you’re going for a spot of brunch to wind down, this style of jacket will offer versatility off the scale. Pair with your comfiest pair of trousers and add a lightweight scarf to complete your outfit.
Say ‘I do’ to tweed this wedding season
Weddings in the warmer months of the year offer the opportunity to incorporate this hand-crafted material into your wedding guest outfit.
If you’re after a few styling tips for the big day, read our comprehensive guide on how to style wedding guest wear.