WIW 10.27 Fall Outfit: 70s Tweed, Suede & Leather

I love love love the Fall 70s outfit Angie recently posted (see here!) that uses tweed and suede/leather for textural interest. This isn't quite the same outfit, but this is what I had in my closet to try it out :)

I think this jacket may be too short to wear with pants this way; perhaps my high-waisted wide leg jeans would be better paired with it, or untucking the top? What do you ladies think about the jacket length with normal-height jeans like these? I'm also wearing the belt and ring Lynne sent me (than you again Lynne!! <3). I felt very fab and cozy in this, worn on my sister's birthday to help her with her homework.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I don't know about the jacekt length (I like it), but I love seeing you in this color and with that scarf! You look so sassy and stylish - it's killing me!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Oh, I think this works nicely! Great jeans/boots combo (would love a detail of those boots). I think you *need* to tuck a tight turtleneck and belt to make it really 70's, so I think you made the right choice there. Plus you don't have any junk in your front trunk, so having your jeans begin just under the jacket looks very streamlined to me. (The lapels look 70's but I spy shoulder pads! Just sayin'!) Nice slouchy bag and you're all set.

    I'll bet your sis liked seeing that ring while you were helping her with her homework. She's lucky to have such a smart tutor!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 8 years ago

    I think the jacket looks good with the jeans. I love the red t-neck with the scarf too.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    I really like this look Aida and the berry colour is beautiful on you.

  • ironkurtin replied 8 years ago

    I'll vote for the jacket being too short. IMO any jacket that shows belt or belly when you put your hands up would look better at hipbone-length.

  • Jjsloane replied 8 years ago

    I like the color and texture combinations. I'm not sure that's my favorite scarf tying with a mock neck top. It looks good to me with the jacket on, but more like a bib without. The jacket is marginally short for this look - works with your slim figure, would not with mine. It would look better with higher waist anything that the jacket hem covers.

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    I agree with ironkurtin, I'd prefer a hip bone length jacket for this outfit. Love how you tied that scarf. I may have to copy that! Perhaps this jacket works better with skirts?

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks ladies! I appreciate your input regarding the jacket. Those who said they'd prefer the jacket hit at the hip bone, I'll have to check at home but I think it does hit pretty close to my hip bone; the extra inch would probably help in this case though. How about if worn with longer, untucked tops so the top is a few inches below the jacket line like in #1 below? I would love to have this not just be a skirt only jacket, because I rarely wear skirts.

    Claire, I can't remember offhand if that jacket has shoulder pads but if it does they're very slim :) See #2 for bootie detail! I recently got #3 to replace #2, but the jeans in this outfit are hemmed for 4" heels so I have wear the tall pair with them. (EDIT: Ok detail doesn't really show, but they're heeled oxfords with perforations and everything, trying again with #4.)

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    Hm, I sort of like the jacket length, too, but then I'm on Team Increased-Legginess and Team Show Off Your Belts. The longer top would be another solution; I do this, too, with my cropped jackets.

  • Queen Mum replied 8 years ago

    while technically the jacket could stand to be a tad longer, the fabness of the outfit overshadows that minor technicality
    It truly does look fabulous!

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    I really like the rich colors on you, Aida! In fact, the whole ensemble is lovely! I don't mind the shorter jacket at all. Slightly longer might be optimal but it's not a deal breaker for me. It's a simple and strong outfit--very sharp! Love your hair pulled up and back like that too!

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Hmm interesting! So far we have mostly votes for jacket length is "OK/marginally short", and a few for "short". Looking over the photos, when standing still the jacket _just_ covers the belt, but when weight shifts it moves up. I felt it was "Ok bordering marginally short" when viewed with the whole outfit because of the 70s vibe/silhouette/leg lengthening (still feeling OK with the length at this point), but am interested in hearing more opinions if they're out there :D

    Rae, I'm on both of those teams as well which is why I was hoping that the jacket doesn't come across as too short. I thought I'd be in the minority on this, but to my surprise so far this hasn't been the case.

    Kelly, thanks! This is my favorite pony style but hubby hates it so I don't wear often, and never ever on date night (fridays) unless I want to have the poof bang poked and squished 0:)

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    Oh, that's too bad. It's so cute up like that : ) DD had an Aida vibe going on for Halloween--she went out as a Pink Lady. Hair in a pony, high heels and a short little scarf!

  • Angie replied 8 years ago


    This is Euro Chic.

  • crwilson replied 8 years ago

    I love both outfits, and while I prefer longer jackets myself, I think this looks fantastic on you. I love, love, love seeing your outfits.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I love this rich wine colour on you. And that jacket is so fab I can hardly stand it.

    This whole conversation is fascinating to me. Before YLF I would have just thrown any jacket on, regardless of the length, with skirts or with trousers of any kind. I had no idea there were okay lengths and not okay lengths for this. I actually want to do a self-education post about this soon; I have four jackets of different lengths and I want to compare, with plain black dress and trousers, just for the fun of seeing the different proportions at work.

    All that by way of saying that my naive opinion probably isn't worth much to you, but to my eye, this outfit works. It might work marginally better with higher waist trousers. Or perhaps a less bulky jacket (though I know the bulky tweed is the whole point of this outfit, so not saying you would actually want to change that.)

    I think it ALSO looks good with some top peeking out the bottom, as in your second example. There, I think the black trousers also aid in creating a long line, despite the horizontal line of the top and the high contrast. If the top were lower contrast there would be less horizontal line. Not that it looks bad on you as is; it looks good to me!

  • missvee replied 8 years ago

    I think this jacket works on you because you have slim hips so the line from top to bottom is unbroken. With a figure like yours you can probably wear jackets of all lengths and still look good! I also love the way you've combined neutrals - cognac, grey, and black, and added the colour around your face.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the great feedback everyone!

    Angie, *fans self* thank you, now that is exciting! (One step closer to my style goals!) And also thank you for the post, it was so inspiring, like seeing exactly what I want to wear all fall :D

    Suz, thank you for the amazingly detailed response. It has been a fascinating discussion for me too! One of the things I love to do is play with proportion, as evidenced here. For me, I find great pleasure in trying to find how to balance the proportions with various items (another example: yesterday I wore a super cropped furry vest with an almost a-line tunic over baggy flared jeans). Since this jacket is borderline skirt/pant length and I love love love it, it's totally worth experimenting with to me. I hope you'll post your jacket proportion experiment!

    Missvee, the unbroken line is a great observation that I hadn't looked at!

  • nancylee replied 8 years ago

    Love these looks so much, Aida! And I really love your artful layouts that feature the details of your looks. Very nice.

  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    Ok so this is so niggling but at first I didn't like the cranberry (cool) color of the turtleneck with the much warmer belt and boots. But maybe it's not so bad. So then the second thing is that the black bag looks pretty stark and as an afterthought color with the rest of the outfit.

  • modgrl replied 8 years ago

    I totally love this outfit! I think that little cropped jacket is adorable and it is a perfect fit for you. I think the higher waisted pants would work well here, but I'm also enjoying seeing your belt poking through. I'm surprised you went with the oxfords and not cowboy boots or clogs.

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Aida, this works for me. As Jjsloan said, it works well on your figure, it wouldn't necessarily work as well for someone with my shape :) I actually prefer it without the longer top underneath.

    The colors in the outfit are gorgeous. This really looks like it has been effortlessly pulled together.. nice work.

  • Marley replied 8 years ago

    I love the mix of textures - I love the colors on you - the cranberry is gorgeous with your coloring. I am not sure about the jacket - in one photo it looked too short to me, but then in another it looked just right - so, I wouldn't worry about it! This is one of my favorite looks on you Aida - with your hair in that high pony, the oxford heels - everything! Also, I have that scarf too (thanks to Una and her trips to Target on the 'Mad Missoni" day!

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thank you for the comments, ladies! I'm feeling much better about liking the shorter jacket with this :D

    Anna, definitely not niggling! I was thinking that the black bag went with the black in the jacket (it's black and gray tweed), but maybe I should've gone with my pewter bag instead? I tend to pair cognac with, like, all colors warm or cool (especially cranberry and teal!) but I do realize that mixing the very warm cognac with cool colors isn't something that everyone finds works.

    Rita, if the pants were hemmed shorter I certainly would have but these need 4" heels. I'm debating getting them shortened 2" so I can wear with normal boots though, since these are my "winter flares" :)

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Marley, thank you! It's one of my favorites too :D I'm already planning on ways to wear variations of this with my other turtlenecks (navy, emerald, cream....).

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    Aida, these colors are so divine on you. WOW. And I think the jacket looks great!

  • Lynne replied 8 years ago

    Love it, as is, Aida. 10 from where I sit, and that ring is awesome on you :).

    Your poor sis, doing homework on her birthday; but lovely you helping her with it!

  • Jonesy replied 8 years ago

    Love the colors, love the textures and patterns! Obviously color is pretty subjective--to me, these colors work really well together. I could go either way on the jacket length question.

  • O replied 8 years ago

    I only have time for pit-stop, for now - WOW!! You rock, girl!!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    I have a jacket that is this same in-between length, Aida, and I wear it with my jeans, (even since YLF). It's navy, so it sort of creates a column of colour effect (I hope) and I actually really like belts showing, so when that happens it doesn't bother me. I'll post my self-education post as soon as I'm able to get the pics.

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    Oy! I swoon! Those shoes are pushing all my buttons in the very best way imaginable!!!

    I love a short jacket so this whole look gets an A-plus from me!

  • replied 8 years ago

    I really love this outfit...I have a weakness for anything tweedy :) The length of the jacket doesn't bother me at all, I actually prefer it with the shirt tucked.

    If it still bothers you, I might try it with jeans/slacks that have a slightly higher waist. I have a few cropped jackets like this and I find the higher the waist, the better I like it.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thank you ladies for all the great and insightful comments! They were super helpful. Seems this "in-between" jacket length is a bit subjective, but I am still pleased with how it turned out (and glad I'm not alone on an island with that opinion). So I will just be mindful of what pants I pair this jacket with and if something feels off, likely it can be solved with higher waisted pants :)

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