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From Casual to Semi-Formal in Seconds: Tweed Jacket or Blazer?

If you are looking for a piece of clothing that can help turn your outfit from casual to semi-formal in seconds, you'll want to consider a tweed jacket or a blazer. Both of these items of clothing work well to enhance your wardrobe, but one may be better for you than the other when it comes to certain outfits and occasions. Here are some of the differences between the two and a little help of how to choose which one to wear.

The Tweed Jacket

This jacket is not only classic and simple, but offers rugged good looks and comfort. It can be worn at all times of the year, though it's usually best during colder months because of the extra warmth it provides. Here are some other key characteristics of a tweed jacket:

Breathable

Historic

Fashionable

Sophisticated

Tweed is a type of fabric made from virgin wool. The most popular kind of tweed is Harris Tweed. This type of tweed is hand woven, making each jacket unique and giving it a lot of extra quality and charm.

Although this type of jacket can produce a simple look, many times it is accompanied by bold patterns, which make it inappropriate for many formal events. Simply slipping this jacket over a polo shirt or dress shirt can help you turn a casual outfit into a semi-formal one though. You can wear this type of jacket to business lunches, staff parties, and other occasions that may require a less casual look.

The Blazer

Blazers are a timeless type of 'odd jacket,' so called because of its inability to be properly matched with almost any pair of pants. Although matching can be a problem, this does not mean a blazer can't look great.

Unlike a tweed jacket, blazers are generally solid in colour and can either be single or double breasted.

If you are simply going for a casual look, you can wear a blazer with jeans and a sweater or button down collared shirt. However, if you are looking for a more semi-formal look, dress up the blazer with a pair of smart chinos or trousers.

How to Choose Between the Tweed Jacket or Blazer

Choosing whether to wear a tweed jacket or a blazer will most depend on the type of event you will be attending. Tweed jackets are great for outdoor occasions and are a wonderful choice for colder months of the year because no other jacket is needed over the top of it. Blazers are often worn at country clubs, at the office, and out on the town.

Personally, I love my Harris tweed jacket and keep it on hand to wear over chinos and jeans. Tweed can quickly put the finishing touch on any outfit.

When it comes down to it, both the tweed jacket and the blazer are used for many of the same purposes and are often interchangeable. Most of the time, the decision to wear a tweed jacket or blazer will depend on whether you want a solid coloured jacket or a patterned one.