Fake it until you make it! Style Tips and Fun with Fashion, over 40.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How I style a Tweed jacket, over 40 | Preppy and fun!

Can you really wear Heritage-style fashion, over 40?

At what point does tweed become frumpy?
The Heritage trend is big this Autumn/Winter.
Wherever you like to shop (whether it is Forever21, Asos or Acne Studios) tweed is everywhere! You can't escape it.

I do love a touch of tweed (see a Chanel-style jacket here, as well as my vintage tweed skirt here) but, I have to admit that, this can be a tricky trend to pull off.
What once looked really funky (and sexily ironic) can easily look downright frumpy, and a little bit 'Miss Marple investigates'....not so cool!

So what happened?
Erm?? 20 years of the laws of physics stomping all over my face, that's what!

Heritage style, tweed and houndstooth | Fake fabulous

Fashion should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age, we just need to be a bit savvier as we grown a little older.

This tweed blazer has been a favourite of mine for years.
It is so well made and comfortable to wear, and I love the colours: petrol, teal, grey and brown...my favourites!
I decided to steer clear of the "Make it trendy (and young) by pairing it with skinny jeans" school of thought.

This would have been easy way out of a styling dilemma.

So, I decided to pair it with a flippy wool mini and some seriously patterned tights.
Not a subtle or delicate pattern.
Oh no, just an over-sized houndstooth!

I love these tights.

I am drawn to any houndstooth touches these days (see my cosy Cape here, my funky, but totally impractical clutch bag, here and my Vintage skirt, here).
I can't seem to resist.

I decided to pair them with my trusty (old) black brogues.
If ever there was a time to wear plain (read: Boring) shoes, then this is it.
Let your legwear do the talking.
These shoes are the ones that were in my bag (on standby) when I wore my vintage shoes.

Heritage style, tweed and houndstooth | Fake Fabulous

I layered a fine gauge black polo neck under a petrol blue cropped t-shirt.
This was just enough warmth under my (surprisingly cosy) jacket.

Then I went all-out preppy by adding a leather backpack / rucksack.

This was a perfect outfit for a busy day.
A simple, fun and comfortable look without the frump factor.
Job done!

Jacket: Boden (mine is old but they have some others...here)
T-shirt: Charity shop
Poloneck: La redoute
Tights: Old (I can't remember the brand, but I like these)
Skirt: Newlook (I like this one too)
Shoes: Clarks
Bag: Clarks (old) (I like this one)

Heritage style, tweed and houndstooth | Fake fabulous

Do you fear the frump-factor when it comes to Tweed or Heritage-style dressing?
How do you wear yours?
Would you wear these tights?

Please let me know in the comments and tweet me a picture @samantha4blair!?



Heritage style, tweed and houndstooth | Fake fabulous

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32 comments

  1. You are the cutest!! Great look! Love!

    xx,
    EE

    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Elise...that is sweet of you.
      XXX
      Samantha

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    1. Thank you Jaymie, it is an old favourite!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. Super cute Samantha! I love all of it!! Mostly though, you''re smile is contagious!!

    Love,

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Thank you Ann! That is a lovely thing to say. Most of the time I am laughing at my husband's 'keystone cops' approach to photography! So funny.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. Love it! I don't think I'd have the bottle to wear the tights (plus I'm in my mid-fifties so I might look like a batty middle aged woman) but they look amazing on you.😊x

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    1. I would definitely not worry about being a batty-middle-aged-woman.
      If you want to wear colourful of patterned tights then you jolly well should!! Perhaps with a plain dress dress and knee high boots...with just a glimpse of the tights? That way you can indulge your creative side without overdoing the batty bit!
      I do hope you give them a go.
      xxx
      Samantha

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  5. Love the jacket and tights. xx
    www.assessorise.com

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    1. Thank you, Victoria!
      These tights do attract confused glances but are lots of fun to wear.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. I am in LOVE! Love this tweed fitted blazer, totally my style! Love how you added a brilliant blue underneath to pop wiht the grey. I wear these kind of tights and think they look so adorable with the outfit, give it extra umphh! Such a cool fall look I just love textures
    Thanks for linking up with TH Tuesday!
    jess xx
    wwwelegantlydressedandstylish,com

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    1. I could see you in this blazer, Jess!
      It would go beautifully with your hair.
      And you would make it look so feminine and elegant.
      I do like to mix my patterns and textures....so glad you approve.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. That jacket is such a fabulous cut and fit on you, Samantha. You could wear it with so many different outfits and it'd look timeless but it's fun paired with the less structured skirt. Great idea. And those tights, oh those tights, just finish the look off perfectly. They're full of character and balance the pattern of the jacket.

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline!
      I often wear this blazer with jeans but felt it needed a little bit extra today.
      These tights are bonkers...and I love them. I should have bought the black and white ones too, when I had the chance!
      It has just come to me who they are by....Hudson!
      Thank you for jogging my memory.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. Thanks 4 linking up to Top of the World Style. I love your jacket. I wish it were in my closet. ;)

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  9. You definitely don't look frumpy in this tweed blazer! I love it! You have such a fun sense of style that I don't think you'll ever end up looking frumpy!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. Aww, Jess that is very kind of you.
      I sometimes spend time watching people, and trying to figure out what it is that makes something frumpy. Is it down to the individual? Is it certain items or a combination? I just can't figure it out.
      Sometimes what should be frumpy looks modern and what should be modern looks frumpy....arrrggghhh! It is impossible.
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. I probably would not wear these tights but she can pull off that outfit amazingly! Thanks for linking up at Favorite Fashion Friday!

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    1. They are quite "out-there" Lindsey!
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX

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  11. I love wearing tweed and love how much fun your tights add to this outfit!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice.
      These tights do make me smile, I walk a little taller when I wear them.
      You can't wear tights this bold then apologise for it...in for a penny, in for a hound!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. Great chic look and love the fun tights!

    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Dawn...The are fun to wear.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  13. you are totally rocking this look! awesome outfit and i love your snazzy tights!

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  14. I have been on the hunt for a great tweed jacket. Yours is just lovely - the Plaid! Your houndstooth tights just make this whole look come alive! Looking Fabulous, Samantha! Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday.

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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    1. Thank you Jennie. It is hard to find a nice tweed jacket...not too frumpy, not cheap and nasty. I hope you have success with your search.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  15. Cute jacket, I think it would actually go with anything from corduroy pants, suede skirts, jeans, distressed pants and more. I am loving the tweed trends though.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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    1. Thank you Rachel.
      I agree that it can be very versatile. I love the idea of the distressed jeans....hmmmm, tomorrow's outfit sorted!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  16. Aww, I love Miss Marple!! hehe. I am a big fan of jackets and I love the this one, the colors are very stylish and classic. Tweed is never going away... The tights are awesome and really signify your style!!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Aww Jess, me too. Quiet and unassuming yet sharp as a razor blade. She is a brilliant character. I am not convinced about her dress sense. Maybe we could talk her into some patterned tights or leather trousers?!?!
      XXX
      Samantha

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