My old Harris Tweed jacket is probably the most worn item in my wardrobe.
It’s a vintage piece, likely from the 1970s or 1980s. It shows its share of aging signs, with a few holes here and there, and the lining is in dire need of a replacement.
I’ve considered getting the lining replaced several times, but quite frankly, I wear it too much at this time of year to be without it.
I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.
So, it keeps getting worn, and I keep enjoying it, twice or more per week.
I decided to count how many times I’d worn it this season, and the count numbered over 30.
I figured that’s quite the testament to the versatility of a Harris Tweed jacket, and it gives me a chance to show off all of the different ways I’ve worn it.
With that, here’s 25 ways I’ve worn my Harris Tweed.
I’ve worn it in a variety of ways, dressed up and dressed down, but my favourite way to wear it has to be coupled with my Barbour Beaufort; usually accompanied by jeans.
As you can see, it makes a great layering piece. The cut is ample enough to allow a chunky sweater underneath, and the colour of the fabric goes with just about everything.
It makes for a great outer layer too, with the rich texture and colour.
It’s a favourite for me to pair with my cable knit cricket sweater.
This isn’t the only sweater I’ve layered under it. Another popular option has been my green Tommy Hilfiger v-neck sweater, which, despite its V cut being too shallow for a tie, works well with open necked shirts.
The two pics below will give a good chance to see the beautiful fabric up close and personal.
Its weave is complex in its beauty, being a half herringbone and half basketweave.
The variety of thread colours in it, is part of what makes it so versatile.
Without a doubt, this tweed jacket has been my chief piece in any outfit where I wear jeans with a tie.
It pulls the outfit together nicely, being a good balance of casual and dressy.
Wearing this jacket was part of what helped me gradually appreciate the tattersall pattern for shirting.
I was wearing it the day I found the shirt I wrote about in that article, and I’ve since acquired a couple more tattersall shirts that I like much better than the first one I got.
The pattern has become a happy part of my wardrobe now.
Dressing down this jacket is easy, too.
Anything from an open collared button down to a rugby top or popover shirt.
A textured tie is a natural companion to this jacket, too.
It plays really well off of the texture of the Harris Tweed fabric.
While I often wear a woollen tie with it, a knitted tie tends to look the best.
That’s 24 down.
For the last one, I’ll leave you with one of the most polarising outits I’ve put out there.
It operates on the broken suit concept; the source of its divisiveness.
Many people complained about the lack of contrast between jacket and trouser.
But it also got featured on The Rake and StyleForum’s official Instagram accounts.
So I guess I did something right…