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Tweed : A Brief History and Styled with Olive Denim Knit Jeans


Hello Ladies

Yes, another fall blazer in my collection!. I add some each year, as I find colors in this jacket very “fall” , like leaves on the trees with the olive, rust, orange, yellows and browns interwoven in this Layfayette149NY jacket. The necklace you saw on me last week from Sylca Designs adding more bronze and brown to this fall look. I want to share with you a brief history on Tweed, as it is one of Fall’s trends and favorite textiles.  Take notes ladies! ( Ok, the former teacher in me, will digress)






This was taken last week, as you can tell. After This  Monday, I noticed when I was trying to eliminate all the greys coming in on my head, my stylist did my hair. Tuesday’s photos, to me ( this week) , showed too much copper, when my hair has naturally gold-red tones to it. So, my stylist came over this week and corrected it with more gold. Happier now.. You will see it  next week . Anyhow, just getting that out of the way, as I want to talk about Tweed! I have amassed a few more tweed jackets this fall, and look forward to showing you different looks, but how much do you know about it?

When we think of tweed, as fashionistas, I imagine many of us associate the fabric with CoCo Chanel suits, adorned in pearls. However, tweed’s history goes back centuries.

 Bit of History of Tweed 

Tweed’s history begins centuries ago on the Isles of the Scottish Outer Hebrides where islanders made fabric to battle the harsh winters.  It was hand-woven by crofters using their own wool. They called it Clò Mór in Gaelic – ‘The big cloth’. By the end of the 18thcentury it had started to become a staple industry for islanders – they started exporting cloth to the Scottish mainland. 

The word , “Tweed” actually came from a clerical error on an invoice, as it was to be written, as “tweel” or Scottish Twill, the pattern that is characteristically made.  The word mistakenly was taken from The River Tweed, that flows through Scottish Borders. There the name was born. Tweed was considered a material worn for the aristocrates in the 1830s for stalking and hunting. This was known as Estate Tweed. We are most familiar with the Modern Tweed of the 20th century from the 30s-60s, where it was then CoCo Chanel made the suits and jackets quite popular. 


  • http://scottishtextileheritage.org.uk/onlineresources/articles/articlesTem2.asp?articleNo=39
  • Scottish Estate Tweeds book – Johnstons of Elgin (link now broken)

I am always fascinated where certain garments and fabrics originate, so I hope you liked the short bit of history lesson today. I have a fondness for Modern Tweed as I think it is a beautifully textured and rich fabric without having to be rich in price. The Modern Tweed is lighter than the Estate Tweed and perfect for fall weather.

As a kid I always loved fall, and living in Pittsburgh, we always had the 4 seasons. The crisp air, colors of the leaves, hiking and camping were always a part of this season. Now, I love those same things here in Charlotte, with the added addition of fall fashion and tasty meals with colorful vegetables like butternut squash, eggplant, and pumpkin. I love a cup of cocoa and especially a treat of a pumpkin spice latte, as I joke with the barista about making them blindfolded at this point.

I decided to pair this beautiful tweed jacket with olive, these denim knit jeans from Fabrizio Gianni, as to bring out this color in the jacket. Greens, browns, oranges, yellows, plums, and purples are a big part of fall’s look, and the Pantone Colors this year seem to favor my skin tone and hair. I added one of my favorite cognac bags by Rebecca Minkoff, and these rugged brown boots by Jeffery Campbell.

* DON’t forget about the Fabrizio Gianni Fall Top Contest *

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Other selections: Loft Tweed Moto jacket, Neiman Marcus Michael Simon Tweed Jacket


















Tell Me , Do you wear tweed? What other type of jacket might you pair with these olive knit jeans?

Details: Tweed Jacket: Layfayette149NY ( Poshmark)

Denim Knit Jeans in Grapeleaf:  c/oFabrizio Gianni

Boots: Jeffery Campbell ( Poshmark)

handbag: Rebecca Minkoff

Necklace c/o Sylca Desgins

Have a great day!

Jess XO

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  • Reply
    November 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Love the way you style the tweed jacket. You look so young and chic. Love your hair too.

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thank you!! Glad to see you at the linkups 🙂 I appreciate the lovely comment.x

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    Mary Murnane
    November 2, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Love your tweed jacket, Jess! This is such a great look on you! Like how you’ve styled the jacket in such a casual, chic way! Really lovely! xox-M

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you Mary, will style it again when it is colder with some layers. You always inspire me with your looks. I just bought some leather leggings! x

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    November 2, 2015 at 5:12 am

    You look young and beautiful! I love your necklace. It matches with everything you wear.

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 3, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you! I try 🙂 The necklace color was one reason I chose it. x

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    November 2, 2015 at 12:35 am

    I love tweed and how much texture it has. Great jacket!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.


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    Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    October 31, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Interesting research. Great look!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Thank you Nicole, I like learning about the history 🙂 xx

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    October 30, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Love this outfit, such beautiful fall colors! My favorite part is your jacket, it’s so gorgeous!

    xo, Esther


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      Jess Jannenga
      October 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Thank you! I have a love for great blazers, and love tweed. I would love to invite you to come to next week’s Turning Heads Tuesday linkup.

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    October 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Another great outfit featuring Fall hues. In love with your tweed brown blazer. I am also doing some FALL colors and olive, on the blog, today. =))

    Have a great weekend, Jess!

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 29, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you Ada, and I love your outdoor shots! xx

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    October 29, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I love a bit of Tweed, Jess!
    However, I do worry that it can look frumpy. It can happen so easily.
    You have such a great touch… pulling the jacket out of frumpsville, whilst still maintaining your signature feminine style.
    I like how you have chosen such organic looking accessories to complement the muted palette.
    The whole look is beautiful on you.

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much! There is more tweed where that came from! 🙂 Have a wonderful night. xx

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    October 29, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Beautiful jacket !!! You look very pretty 🙂 x

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you Beata~ I need to stop by this week, hope you are doing well!! xx

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    A. Blake
    October 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Tweed is such a classic fabric for fall and this is a great look on you. #highlatitudestyle

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 29, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you! I have a few tweed jackets for fall,as I love the texture. Thanks for stopping by, please do anytime! xx

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        A. Blake
        October 30, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        Will do – enjoy the weekend weather!

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    October 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Yes I adore tweed! Your jacket is gorgeous, another great purchase, and I love the styling. It is nice to wear it a bit dressed down , as you did. Thanks for the history, I knew some of it, but was glad to learn more.
    Love the hair color!
    xx, Elle

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      This was my hair the week before I got it colored. Tuesday showed the color, but I mentioned she came back and colored it gold with the copper, you will see the difference next week. Thank you, I found this jacket on Poshmark for a steal,I get greatdeals there Glad you liked the history! xx

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    October 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Gorgeous jacket!!!

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    October 29, 2015 at 9:10 am

    So [email protected], so gorgoeus on you with your coloring!


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      Jess Jannenga
      October 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you Patti, what I loved about the jacket where the colors. xx

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    [email protected]
    October 29, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I love the jacket! Beautiful colors! And it looks great with the pants!

    I loved the little tweed history lesson, too!

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    October 29, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I absolutely love tweed! and all of the colours in this jacket are beautiful.


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      Jess Jannenga
      October 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks so much! I have a few more tweed jackets I will share Enjoy your day! x

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