Trendy Tweeds: Once classed as itchy, old fashioned and inclined to smell like a wet dog (or sheep) when damp, tweed has been rediscovered by the mainstream in recent years as a surprisingly versatile fabric.
Look around the high street and trendy upcoming designers and you will find tweed sneaking into some highly stylish designs. Because the fabric is durable it is also perfect for wardrobe staples that can be dressed up or down as the occasion requires, year after year – so you can stay current simply by mixing and matching your tweed piece with more transiently trendy items.
Tweed is also your best friend when it comes to the awkward racegoing seasons of spring and autumn: both the crossover in weather from hot to cool, and in code from Flat to Jump, make outfit choices difficult.
Tweed provides warmth without bulk for layering, and in lighter or brighter colours, can be worn for both Flat and Jump racing – just use accompanying pieces and accessories to adapt your look!
Here we select some ‘trendy tweeds’ for transition-season racegoing:
This tweed dress has a ‘50s silhouette, with fitted bust and full skirt. Fringing defines the nipped-in waist for a flattering finish.
WE SAY: Give us a twirl.
Price: £275 from LK Bennett.
Or £275 from House of Fraser.
Perfect for spring and autumn when the weather might be cool but is not wet enough for a mac… this tweed cape has been given a refreshing twist with its colorful print lining.
ECLIPSE TIP: Keep it as a wardrobe staple as a Jump racing alternative to a pashmina/wrap.
Price: £120 from Kaye H Textiles on Etsy.
The tan tweed fabric has been used to fashion the upper of a truly on trend and modern sneaker for all-day comfort with a nod to tradition.
WE SAY: Versatile enough to go from a day’s racing to an after-party – but you may need to check dress code rules for the race meeting you’re attending.
Price: £60 from Very.
For a more traditional type of blazer, this hacking jacket style has been updated with a slim, modern fit and striking buttons. Made from lambswool-and-alpaca tweed woven in Donegal, Ireland, turn up the collar to reveal its felt underside.
WE SAY: This is a timeless classic with understated chic.
Price: £429 from Ralph Lauren.
Another layering option for cooler days, or a ‘sleeveless jacket’ for Indian summers: the fitted bodice is tailored to combine with a luxurious peplum giving a formal yet feminine silhouette. Made in the UK.
ECLIPSE TIP: Dress it up for top class Jump meetings with matching pencil skirt, or go for a point-to-point smart-casual look with flouncy blouse and jeans.
Price: £225 from Great Scot Scotland on Etsy.