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Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Best Use of Harris Tweed

J.Crew Collection Cafe Capri in Harris Tweed
 I had a look at the new fall arrivals yesterday at J.Crew.  I saw these little pants in a Harris Tweed.
Oh goody!  I adore a charming Harris Tweed.  I have an older J.Crew jacket in a Harris Tweed that's a bit too big, it's in the consignment box.  I'm not sad about it because I bought a better fitting Harris Tweed jacket last year from Brora.
Brora's Current Harris Tweed Jacket
Terrific shade of deep green.
 Then I started thinking about it... cropped pants in a Harris Tweed?  If you have ever worn a Harris Tweed you will know that it is an incredibly warm and resilient fabric, quite thick and impervious to the elements.  Those are going to be some thick little pants.  And a cropped leg?  Does this not demand a sweet shoe with bare ankles?  Wouldn't some proper boots cause the pant legs to be shoved in an awkward manner resulting in the fabric buckling around the knees?

I think a better use of the Harris Tweed fabric (besides the obvious and practical choice of a jacket) would be in a tidy little skirt.
Maggie Skirt in Woodland Green Harris Tweed from The Rose
As you may know I found just such an item at The Rose.  It looks darling with my Brora Harris Tweed jacket purchased last year.
Harris Tweed's are like that, they enjoy being next to each other.
Cozy-in little tweeds: Brora jacket with a skirt from The Rose.
Printed wool scarf also from The Rose.

So happy together.
 In case you are worried about the versatility of a Harris Tweed jacket, worry no further.  Not only can it be worn with the skirt, riding pants and some kind of boot form a no-nonsense outfit:

Brora Harris Tweed with Brooks Brothers riding pants.
 I like to wear my jacket over a Brora Liberty print dress in an easy jersey:
 The skirt does quite well with a simple cashmere jumper or rather sumptuous print silk blouse.  Harris Tweed has such depth of colour that it seems to look good with everything.  Layer the jacket over the skirt and various toppings to leave the house:
From the left: skirt from The Rose.  Blouse and jumpers from Brora.

Thinking the skirt is rather plain?
 Check out the saucy yet pretty lining with a trimming of lace.
The seams are well sewn and the skirt is throw on and go with a neat zipper at the back.

Well you know how I feel about it, Harris Tweed is best used on a jacket or a skirt, but what do you think?  Would you go for the pants?  If so how would you style them?
xoxDani


45 comments:

  1. What weather is there that's cold enough for Harris tweed trews that stop at the ankle? Someone name that country! I keep seeing pics of coats worn with bare legs and shoes, again such a lovely look but if it's cold enough to wear a coat then it's time for thick opaques or boots. But if there is such a place, tell me I am moving there.

    The jacket is a much safer bet.

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  2. I am with Tabs - I have two woollen capris and they are fine for around the house, but I NEVER wear them outside in winter. I do something put on trouser socks and loafers with them inside, but I had he same thought about the Harris Tweed - those are no fancy pants - they deserve 3 more inches! You should get an award Dani - you are one of the few people I know who can combine tweeds and NOT look like Miss Marple! I think I ALWAYS look like Miss Marple, but maybe because I am kind of squat to begin with? I would like a Harris Tweed jacket but I need to go over to get one - I am too scared to pay that price and then have to ship it back!

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    1. Yes WMM Miss Marple?! You need a Harris Tweed jacket for that east coast weather, it's the perfect thing.

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    2. Oh I need the jacket, but if you add in the skirt, a bit of an updo and sensible shoes I am here! I am losing my jawline! I think it got lost in the Caesar salad and ice cream this summer!!!

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  3. Pure silliness...I agree! I love the way you always combine pure practicality with style! The temps finally dipped here in Edmonton, and I'm wearing a Brora dress with the very same Brora Harris tweed from last year! Such exquisite colouring in that jacket as it goes with absolutely everything! A complete triumph and worth every penny in the sale as I'll love it forever. Love your riding pants...:)

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    1. Rebecca isn't that jacket so excellent? I'm so happy you have one. Those riding pants from Brooks Brothers have a great fit, I have two pairs, one dark brown the other dark green, they are cotton with some stretch, very comfortable.

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  4. Just a link that you might be interested in

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mr0n9/episodes/guide

    This documentary was all about Harris tweed and is fascinating.

    I have some tweed scarves I bought when we went to the island of Harris and Lewis and the wear on it just gets better and better. I love the stuff and wish I got more stuff especially a knee length coat in it.

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    1. Naomi thanks I'll watch that! Check out The Rose for a longer Harris Tweed coat.
      It is indestructible fabric. MrBP has a Harris Tweed jacket that is over 50 years old!

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  5. Hanging my head in shame, the Scot here can't wear tweed, too itchy for my skin.

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  6. I keep thinking itch too. Maybe they are very well-lined?

    And Harris tweed jackets hooray! I still have my grandmother's and it's in great shape. Well worth any investment I'd say.

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    1. LPC I should hope they are well lined, but can you imagine what thick little trousers they'd be?
      Your grandmother's... classic! Model it for us!

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  7. I just love Harris tweed. MLane has a number of jackets; men look so solid in them. I don't currently have a jacket, but would love one! I do have trousers, but they are proper length and not highrise. You do look awesome in tweed!

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    1. Lane thank you, if anyone deserves a Harris Tweed jacket it is you. You must get one!

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  8. The tweed capris would look great with some 3 inch booties. That's how I've been wearing mine.

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    1. Rose do you have those Harris Tweed trousers? I want to see! Booties to cover the ankle, that's clever, do you wear a knee sock under the pants?

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  9. I gave up with J Crew pants a long time ago. Sorry, cropped pants just don't do it for me...one pair of jeans and that's it. Just wish skinny pants would go away, I want bellbottoms! Okay, simple bootleg would be great. The tweed, however, is lovely

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    1. Blue Booby the bootcut jean is coming back it just has to!

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  10. Love that floral lining on the skirt - such a pretty detail!

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    1. MW, isn't it pretty? A nice surprise!

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  11. Dani,
    I agree cropped tweed pants not very useful especially for those of you who live in Canada. I love how you have styled the jacket ,many more uses. Dani you look thinner and wear your clothes so well!Whats your secret? Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hi Anon, those pants would be nice warm but my ankles would freeze and I wouldn't be able to shove the pants into my winter boots... I can't figure it out. Rose has the solution I think with short boots.
      Still I only like pants I can wear with my wellies or my tall boots.
      All of my secrets are here on my blog, it's like my diary! Don't worry I'm not thinner!

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    2. Block heeled ankle boots (bit of height to lengthen the leg) worn under the hem of the trousers. No long socks or the trousers catch on them. But, tweed trousers, seriously, does anyone look good in them?

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    1. Fred you should have a Harris Tweed, perfect for travel. No-one messes with the Lady In Tweed!

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  13. Is there a US site for Brora or an American re-seller?

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    1. Never mind, I just Googled it for myself :-)

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    2. Hi TeriLynn, oh good, I'm not sure, I always order from the British site. If you do they take the VAT out (20%)

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  14. Hello Dani,
    They aren't Harris tweed, but I have some very thick wool narrow cropped pants. They are so warm that I actually am glad to wear a slightly heeled loafer with a thin sock - it's almost like the lightly covered ankles help me breathe. Of course, I live in California, so take that into account.

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    1. Hi princesslambchop, (best name ever btw) hmmm California apparently the land of wearing-what-you-want-to. Maybe this is the only way the SouthCal gals can even wear Harris Tweed?

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  15. The good thing about being a shrimp is that cropped pants are almost always full length on me. I think that place you're wishing for could be Southern California. We're so used to warmish weather we'll drag out a coat when it's maybe 60-65F and you could go bare legged, though I don't. Bare ankles are doable around here but I agree with you, not the best use for wool thick and impervious to the elements.

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    1. Tiffany that would be the good thing about being a shrimp! Yeah Southern California, I'm up for that!

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  16. Hi Dani, the Harris tweed jacket is perfect on you, especially with the riding pants. I am saving up for riding pants this winter, I gave up on trying to wear skinny black jeans, it is just not the same thing. I am avoiding any heavy woollen pants. I tried J. Crew's houndstooth wool capris last winter and sent them back. The bulk of the wool made my thighs look ridiculously wide, plus they were super itchy.

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    1. Louise try Brooks Brothers for the pants, mine weren't terribly expensive even at full price and the fabric is amazing. I would normally take a size 2 in JCrew and I size up to a 4 at BB. They are have Friends&Family beginning on the 27th!! (25%)

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  17. Oh I'm late to the party, as usual, on this one! I would wear those cropped pants here in Australia. If it was really cold, I'd wear ankle boots with them as someone else suggested above, but I think for a lot of the world, these would either be too hot in general, or the short pant look would be too cold with the ankle exposed. I love the tweed jacket, and the colours are really so beautiful in any tweed that they make a good wardrobe staple. Think I might suggest to my husband he invest in a tweed jacket - they do last a lifetime.

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    1. Heidi men look so absolutely handsome in tweed jackets, get one for him!

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  18. I think those pants would do fine here (fall in Germany) as it is too cold for bare-legs but a bare leg with a warmer pant would do quite well. But I think that the pants have got to be bulk-adding instead of slim-line-giving, so are totally not in my style. I also rather wish skinny pants would go away -- I just do not find them as flattering on my particular shape. I always wondered when I was a child how it could be that my (quite attractive) mother seemed to have somehow arrested her fashion sensibilities in the 1980s, but now I rather think I might understand.

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    1. Hi Monty, funny what we understand about our parents as we get older!

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  20. Jack Wills has a beautiful tweed jacket in almost the exact same fabric as those J Crew shortie pants. Jack calls it Dogtooth (http://www.jackwills.com/en-us/product/aberthaw-blazer-10000218702). There's also a more grey Harris Tweed version of the same Aberthaw blazer that looks similar to your gorgeous Brora one.

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  21. I love your jacket outfit. Darling. I don't know about JC and those capris. And I'm 5'2". They should start releasing more full pant length options.

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