This ensemble was inspired by my own love for Spring tweed jackets, and some street style shots from Pinterest. You’ll find that the outfit works particularly well in blues, greys, black, whites and olive, but feel free to add non-neutrals to the mix.
Here are the components:
Spring Tweed Jacket: The bouclé jacket is the star of the show so try not to substitute it with another type of topper. Bouclé jackets are for the most part woven, although I’ve seen some knitted versions that feel more like cardigans in stores this season. Choose a style that works best for you.
Ankle Baring Jeans or Trousers: There is something about wearing cropped jeans – thereby baring your ankles – that works well with the shorter length of the jacket. So think cropped flares or straight leg jeans, ankle pants, harem pants, boyfriend jeans or chinos that are rolled at the hems, or culottes. Think all shades of blue and grey denim, black and white jeans, or casual olive pants. Dressier black pants look good too. Crop lengths should finish two to four inches above the ankle bone.
I’ve tried this formula with a denim midi skirt and flared blue and white jeans, and quite liked the look. But ankle baring jeans is the trendiest pairing, and proportionally I liked that combination best.
Layering Top: Layer a T-shirt, tank top, shell top, T-shirt blouse, knitted top, lightweight sweater, peplum top, blouse or turtleneck under the jacket. A shirt is an option if the collars work in harmony. Think all sorts of lengths. Cropped lengths work well with higher rise jeans, and tunics with asymmetrical hems can create an interesting layered effect. Solid tops are a slam dunk but patterns can work too. Semi-tuck, fully tuck, or wear the top over the jeans.
Choose a colour that works with the rest of the outfit. Create a low or high contrast with the layering top and the bottoms depending on your preference.
Optional Topper: You can layer a coat over the entire outfit if it’s cold in your neck of the woods.
Footwear: Choose shoes that work with the length of the ankle baring jeans or trousers. Create a low or high contrast against your skin tone or the bottoms depending on your preference. I like cropped lengths with ankle strap footwear, and shoes that have high vamps because the coverage creates a continuous line on the leg. Booties, oxfords, shooties, gladiators, cage heels, cut-out booties, ankle strap pumps or flats, and peep-toe booties are fab.
Accessories: Finish off the look with bag, eyewear, watch and jewellery as desired.
I’ve been wearing this formula quite a bit, and here are the pieces that I mix and match. The shrunken mock turtleneck tops from Ann Taylor in ink blue and white have been brilliant layering pieces under my new Spring jacket from J.Crew. I can layer my ink blue Burberry peacoat over the lot when it’s colder, and choose between boots, oxfords and ankle strap pumps for footwear.
- 1 Apple Green Specs
- 2 Tweed jacket with zippers
- 3 Shrunken Mock Neck Sweater
- 4 1969 clean dark girlfriend jeans
- 5 'The Cropped Straight' Straight Leg Crop Jeans (Sugar) — $198.00
- 6 Shrunken Mock Neck Sweater
- 7 Block Heel Leather Ankle Boots
- 8 Ink Peacoat
- 9 Elena Medium Leather Satchel Bag, Stucco
- 10 'Soho' Round Watch, 34mm — $115.00
- 11 Mirrored Brogue Oxfords
- 12 'Jolene' Pump (Women) — $80.00