Pamela Lutrell wears classic cardiganTweed is considered to be a timeless classic in a women’s wardrobe and a workhorse across casual to professional to cutting edge fashion looks which never go out of style.

 It is always on the racks in some form or another and we can thank the iconic Coco Chanel for that.  She discovered the functionality of tweed fabrics in the 1930s and is credited with the classic Boucle tweed jacket.   You simply cannot go wrong having a tweed jacket …or in my case above, a tweed cardigan…in your wardrobe.

I think what I love about tweed is how wonderful it goes with denim.  A tweed jacket and classic jeans are just about perfect.  But, then I can also turn around and put it with a pencil skirt and go almost anywhere.

Pamela Lutrell discusses shirt tucked in

“You can be gorgeous at thirty; charming at forty; and irresistible the rest of your life.”  – Coco Chanel

My outfit today is somewhat of a victory for me!  I have not tucked in a blouse and felt confident in it in….well, let’s just say…it has been years.  I decided to try it on this look and was pleasantly surprised.  I believe one of the reasons this tucked-in-top works (aside from consistent work in the gym!) is in these new black jeans from Soft Surroundings.  They are designed to slim. Also, in order for me to do this the top has to not cling too much to me…or the little rolls that are still being worked on.  I still have aways to go before I feel comfortable in tucking in for the majority of my looks.  The bulge in the middle is slow to respond, however, with faithfulness to work at it, it eventually will respond some more. For those of you working on the middle with me, I hope this gives you encouragement!  Here are the Soft Surroundings jeans…..

Pamela Lutrell wears the classics

The tweed cardigan is a favorite from Ming Wang that I gifted to myself and was worth every penny.  Since it is a classic workhorse, I will get my cost per wear lower on it over time.  I have already worn it in a variety of situations, and because it is timeless, I believe it will live in my wardrobe the rest of my days!  I found the blouse when I cleaned out my closet at the beginning of the month.  I had forgotten about it…and oldie but goodie!  A fresh take on a ruffle or pearl necklace always look good with tweed.  I love my Rockport boots so much and there are some beauties on sale right now…enjoy them in this little slideshow today!

How to Keep Your Style Fresh

Timeless classics like tweed will always keep your style fresh, as long as you are styling them in current ways. One of the first books I read early in my reinvention is called Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet.   Ines warns of how style can become aging over 50 just with a few fashion faux pas.  American women have watched Parisian style for years and followed their lead, so this book covers how to be classic French style.  For example, they write…..

  1. Avoid neon colors because they are associated with teens.
  2. Loafers and ballet flats suit everybody, as do athletic shoes.
  3. Always mix chic and cheap…don’t pile on luxury labels.
  4. Beware of prints that can become too much like costumes.
  5. Mini-skirts and micro-shorts …not found on Parisian women over 50.
  6. Go for offbeat chic…head to toe matchy, matchy looks are aging.
  7. Simple classics go a long way: “A good-quality round necked sweater is a must in any 50+ wardrobe. Mix it with jeans and a rope necklace for a chic look that’s never dull.”

So, what do you think?  Do you agree that these are faux pas or fashion successes? Do you agree or disagree with her statements here?  Do you wear tweed?  Here are a few pieces currently on the market.  I hope you will join in the conversation and thanks for stopping by!

The majority of tweed jackets and cardigans in this slideshow are on sale…Score!



By Pamela Lutrell

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