Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A pre-1960s tweed jacket

You wanted to see more of my GA Dunn and Co tweed jacket, and the weather's taken a slightly cooler turn so here it is. I'm being very careful to keep it away from the urchins as it's a coarsely-woven fabric and they'd pluck it with their spiky little feets.

The dress isn't the ideal match for it – there's no navy in the jacket, and it is warm in tone where the dress is cool – but I wanted to wear both items, so I'm hoping Vix's rule of 'If you wear things you like, they'll all go together because you like them' comes into play. Both are fairly smart, so they match in 'personality', if not in colour. I'd really like something either in jade green or rust to wear with the jacket. I would opt for a pair of coloured trousers, but I'm not brave enough to buy a slim-fitting pair – go go gadget bowling ball belly – and fear that coloured slacks would look horrendously mumsy. This is why I usually stick to fairly formal, mannish tailoring for trousers. Perhaps in Autumn I could raid M and S's menswear section for a pair of cords...

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  1. I'm glad to see you wearing this lovely jacket! I find in general it's best to try a new piece on with loads of different things, because how it looks in your head might be different to the reality. Such a shame to be back in jackets though after such a glorious weekend!

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    1. I'm still trying to get into my summer clothes, so a couple more weeks when I could do a morning walk in thicker things has been good for me. (Note to self: lay off the carbs...)

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  2. My rule is proved spot on looking at your photo. That dress looks wonderful with your tweed beauty, that's an outfit fit for a classy Agatha Christie play. You look fab!
    A pair of mustard or forest green cords would look wonderful with that jacket. Better get chazzing... xxx

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    1. TBH, I get so much wear out of trousers, I don't mind paying full price to them - though I do have a pair of tweeds somewhere; I wonder what happened to them?

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  3. I actually think it's going quite well with the dress. Why not try a pair of slacks and see how it looks? I was going to suggest cords, but see that Vix already did. Rust-coloured would look great too. xxx

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    1. My main trousers are black suit or navy suit ones, so a bit 'formal' for this jacket. I'll keep my eye out for more casual ones, though.

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  4. The jacket and dress combination looks tip-top to me! Corduroy or moleskin trews would of course be splendid too.

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    1. Oooh, moleskin's a good suggestion. I don't know how easy it is to find ladies' ones, but I'm not averse to shopping in the menswear section. (If it's good enough for Marlene...)

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  5. I agree with the above, cord or moleskin would be fab. I like the navy too though, sometimes things you just don't think will work absolutely do.

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    1. Proof that Vix's maxim about things you like going together is a true one!

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  6. Oh you look fantastic! It looks wonderful on you!

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  7. Wow that fits you fabulously!
    A dark brown dress or slacks would be my choice with that jacket.

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    1. I don't often wear brown, but I could give it a go. I like brown, but I always worry that it looks dull alongside my yellowy skin.

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  8. Yep, Vix's rule is working well. I love that dress, and the jacket is a real beauty.

    I say go for the slim trousers and to hell with anyone that doesn't like it. If you're really uncomfortable, the jacket is long enough to mask any areas you're concerned with.

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    1. True, true. And people don't *have* to look.

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  9. Hi Mim, I love this jacket. There is just something so timeless and classic about a good tweed. The colours are lovely on you. What about a pair of slim cavalry twill coloured trousers? I have a way bigger tum than yours and wear skinnies all the time. I just try to find something that covers over the wobbly bits, plus I am getting a bit too old to care. This jacket would look fab with a pussy bow blouse. What a great find it is very "you". Xx

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    1. I've finally dug out my pussybow blouse again, and you're right, the two would work brilliantly together.

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  10. What about moleskin trousers? They manage to look tailored at the same time as looking outdoorsy and gamekeepery - you really can change their appearance by what you wear with them, layered up with jumpers and cardigans and scarves to make them outdoorsy, or with a silky blouse tucked in and low heels and silk scarf in your hair for a more glam urban look?
    and I've certainly seen them in a rust colour!

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    1. That is a very good suggestion. 'Country sports' shops sell ladies' ones, don't they?

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