As the rain, wind and general cold has settled in, I figured it is the perfect time to revisit the outwear roundup from last year. While that roundup focused on length, I thought I would tackle something different – weaves. Here are my selects for woven outerwear this winter.
Plaid is the quintessential woven fabric of cold weather. The essential attire of Lumberjacks, pumpkins patches and fallen leaves. Or if you went to a private school, or was a fan of CW or HBO Max’s Gossip Girl, it might remind you of a uniform. Normally, seen in the festive holiday colors of red and green, I like seeing them done in an unexpected colorway (Think Netflix’s Do Revenge). This super sweet Love Shack Fancy Asryn Coat in Majestic Pink is adorned with beautiful pearl buttons. It is also available in the Winter White. Looking for something more casual? The SMYTHE Barn Jacket allows you the option to go bag-less with multiple pockets. I like the hint of aqua in the weave. Add a magnetic faux fur collar for extra effect. The Kate Spade Plaid Tie-waist Coat in a Bitter Green colourway gives me vintage vibes as the addition of a belt helps to accent an hourglass silhouette.
Herringbone & Houndstooth
What is the difference between Herringbone and Houndstooth? Herringbone is like a fishbone, with converging lines making a pattern of slanted V’s. Yet, the V’s are never stacked directly on top of each other, that is called Chevron. Alternatively, Houndstooth could be described as a slanted checkerboard. Both patterns add beautiful statement pieces to any wardrobe. This Anine Bing Diana Blazer, in Italian wool blend, is set in a cream and black. Inspired by menswear, it offers a relaxed, oversized fit. The long lapel of this Bernardo Metro Print Mix Coat mimics the comfiness of a robe, but in a polished way. The buttonless coat looks extremely chic draped over shoulders and left open. The Camille Coat by slow-fashion brand Gaâla, uses up-cycled wool in this pastel colorway to brighten up those fall days. Available as a pre-order, the limited quantities make it a truly unique addition to your outerwear collection.
Now that you know the difference between Houndstooth and Herringbone, can you guess the difference between a Plaid and Check weave? A Check has two colors with a symmetrical weave, whereas Plaid can have multiple colors in the palate and can be both symmetrical or asymmetrical. The Rouje John Coat in Carreaux Velors Marine is technically both – a Check and a Plaid weave. With a two-color colorway it’s a check but the weave boxes are asymmetrical, making it also a plaid. The short coat has dropped shoulders and two slanted pockets. For a true check, look at TOAST’s Buffalo Check Wool Coat. It’s oversized in fit, collared and has dark horn buttons to one side. The weight is going to keep you nice and toasty (pun intended). The Wool Jacket with Check Motif by The Kooples, will be your go-to blazer. Pair it over a turtleneck and jeans for a casual look, or dress it with heeled booties and a black slip dress.
When I think of tweed, I think of Chanel, the French fashion house who has made it their staple. Season after season, they always reinvent the weave into something spectacular. If you’re looking for something in tweed in a moderate price range, these brands have your ticket. The short Malet Jacket by Joie is available in a deep midnight navy multi blue and has two front pockets. Pair the jacket with the matching Alma Short and add tights for some fall fun. The Patrick Jacket by Love Shack Fancy also has a matching Nate Mini Skirt. This combo has it all – the pearls, the lace, the pastels and the ruffles. It’s no wonder the colorway is called Pink Dream. On the sportier side, this NOIZE Safara Short Parka meshes stylish tweed with some functional elements. The parka has a fixed drawstring hood, bungee cord hem and zipper closure with hidden snaps. Made for winter weather and commuting, this jacket will shield you from conditions up to -15°C/5°F.