How to Style a Tweed Jacket with Jeans for a Modern, Youthful Look

When it comes to fashion, you don’t have to choose between classic and trendy. The magic often happens when you blend the two! A great example is pairing a timeless tweed jacket with your favorite pair of jeans. It’s a modern, youthful look that’s easy to pull off when you follow these easy style tips.

blue tweed jacket with jeans

Step 1 – Choose Your Perfect Tweed Jacket

Finding just the right jacket is the most important part of this popular style recipe. Today, I’m partnering with Talbots to share my new favorite. When choosing your tweed jacket, here are a few things to remember.

Look for tweed jackets in contemporary cuts and colors 

Beige and brown are classic colors we associate with tweed, but they feel old to me. I was drawn to this warm navy jacket with light blue contrast fringe trim. The tone-on-tone mix is fresh and fashion-forward.

I also love the cut of this jacket. It’s not your typical single-button tweed jacket or the classic cropped Chanel style. It’s somewhere in between (a bit like a military jacket), which gives it energy and life!


blue tweed jacket with jeans and blue shirt

Pay Attention to Details

Zippers, a subtle metallic sheen, or unique buttons can make a classic tweed jacket look more up-to-date. I love the 4 flap front pockets, gold shank buttons, and double trim details on this one.

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Tweed jacket | blue linen shirt (+ similar) | jeans | shoes (similar)|belt ( similar) |earrings


Fit is Everything

Be sure your jacket fits you impeccably. It should flatter your body shape, and the sleeves and shoulders should sit just right. Consider tailoring if needed because a well-fitted jacket is the cornerstone of this look.

I got lucky with this one. I’m normally a size six, but I chose a size 4 after checking Talbot’s size chart, and they fit me perfectly. When the fit is right, it makes a huge difference in your confidence level.


Step 2 – Wear the Latest Jeans

Once you’ve chosen your tweed jacket, it’s time to find the ideal pair of jeans to complement your look.  All kinds of jeans work well with a tweed jacket. You just need to choose a pair that suits your particular body shape and looks updated, too.

Two years ago, I would have chosen skinny jeans, dark wash jeans which always look classy with a tweed jacket. But instead, I opted for straight-leg jeans in a light wash because they are more current. My jeans are also shorter, cropped just above the ankle, which is trendy. I think they go a long way in making this outfit look very good now!

Step 3 – Add a Button up shirt, Tshirt, or Thin Knit Top

I decided to go with a light blue shirt button-up for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s casual and classic and says easy elegance when worn under that beautiful jacket. Second, I like the idea of blue on blue to create a long, lean line of color that is very slimming.  A cute round neck tee or crew neck tee would also look great in white, or you could wear a thin, lightweight sweater to change the look.


4 – Finish with Fabulous Footwear

Finally, I’d like to discuss the shoes to complete your modern, youthful tweed and jeans ensemble. You can choose from

  • Chic Flats: I love this cute leopard one. Did you know animal prints are considered neutral and can work with any tweed jacket?
  • Sneakers: White sneakers are a versatile choice that can make you look more relaxed and youthful. They provide comfort and balance the classic tweed.
  • Ankle Boots: For a more edgy, modern appearance, opt for ankle boots. These can range from classic leather boots to those with metallic accents or bold colors.
  • Loafers: If you want to add a touch of elegance to your outfit, heeled loafers are the way to go. They offer comfort and style in one package.


A Tweed jacket doesn’t have to make you look like an old lady. The kind of tweed jacket you choose and how you style it will keep you out of the frump zone and help you ace a modern look.
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