Thursday, 21 February 2013

My tweed revolution

I've been experimenting recently with more masculine pieces and influences.  I've noticed over the past few years that my coats have gone from being cut to show off the female form to masculine, giving more of a boxy and over sized silhouette.  During my mentality and dressing style shift, there has also been less focus of what is considered attractive to the opposite sex, and more on what I have wanted to wear as I have aged.  From memory, this wasn't a deliberate act but it has been empowering to be comfortable in my own skin (and threads).  What can I say, but times are changing.  

This is one of my favourite coats lending itself to my more masculine wardrobe.  I'm having a particular fondness to tweed of late.  I'm not sure what instigated my desire for tweed, all I know is, buried in my subconscious, there is still that affiliation between old men, Old Spice and tweed, which I'm pretty sure stems from living through my early childhood in the 70's and 80's.  Maybe my acquisition and incorporation of tweed is my way of trying to move past my pre-conceived ideas of what is suitable to be worn, when and by whom. Who really knows, but I feel this works.



Photographs by Tom


What I'm wearing:
Burberry London tweed coat (HERE)
Diane von Furstenberg pants (HERE)
Christian Louboutin Pigalle patent leather pumps (HERE)
Karen Walker Super Duper sunglasses (HERE)
Herringbone tux pleated bib shirt


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34 comments:

  1. beautiful and polished look... extremely classy. that coat will be with you forever...

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  2. very elegant/chic outfit, lovely photos
    loving the cut of those pants!

    xx

    freshfizzle.

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  3. love these photos! awesome look :)

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  4. Wow, how cold is it in Melborne? It was boiling here in Ads! Love me a coat, and that Burberry tweed is gorgeous! Gorgeous outfit! Hope you have a fab weekend!
    xx

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    1. It's been sweltering the past two weeks but these photo's were taken the week before those when we had a shift in the weather and it was chilly. Crazy Melbourne. I'm missing the coolness at present! I hope things cool down for you. Have a great weekend x

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  5. Tweed rocks! Chic but also warm and durable. I love the industrial feel to the photos.
    Vanessa
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  6. I really like that tweed coat on you! I love your takes on masculine dressing! You manage to look so feminine while you do it :)

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  7. gorgeous jacket sweetie! u look stunning! new post is up sweets!
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  8. My dear, there is only one word for your style and this is DIVINE. I adore!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
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  9. How high Mandi? I wouldn't be able to stand in those even! But they are super awesome. And I love the coat and I hear you about mannish clothing. As I get older, I'm less inclined to the fussiness and girliness of the clothes I was drawn to when I was younger. I still like girly things but not quite as much as I like the boyish clothes - maybe it's because I'm in a house full of males - maybe all this testosterone is catching (I kind of hope not).

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    1. These are some of my highest! I think 4.5" but suprisingly not too bad to walk in. I hear you with ditching the fussiness although thankfully fashion has moved towards it being more acceptable and trendy for women to dress in more masculine clothes. Ha ha... I think maybe it's us just getting more comfortable and societies acceptance? I'm hoping anyway. With a little girl in our family I can't put it down to testosterone!

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  10. Can't go wrong with tweed:) It's definitely a classic. This Burberry coat is lovely! Thanks again for dropping by my blog. Enjoy the weekend!

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  11. What a beautiful outfit! I perfectly mix masculine elements and feminine touches (those heels!). I'm a fan of tweet and I think that the best way to wear this fabric is precisely to style it with modern, cool pieces like you did Mandi! I wish you a nice w-e, Caterina

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  12. really love this look! the coat is beautiful and the Louboutin are awesome!
    like your style follow you now :)

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  13. Very nice outfit!! I like all the pieces you are wearing!! :)

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  14. that coat is to die for!!! i'm in love with it and works so great with the whole outfit, looks elegant :)

    I hope you're having a beautiful day ~ XO
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  15. Lovely post + pictures! I love your blog. I'm your newest follower :) Would you mind checking out our blog & following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Looking forward to your next post! xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet feedback. I'm on my way to check your blog now xx

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  16. Those shoes are hooooottt!!!! You rock that outfit! Let's follow each other? I would love you to visit my blog too:-)

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  17. Love the cota, the pants and crazy me the shoes!
    XOXO
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  18. Love your pants and the shoes!!!!

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  19. That coat is so nice and looks absolutely amazing on you! Hope you had a lovely weekend! xo Kayin

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  20. Thnx for the comment!
    In love with the shoes! I<3 CL
    Maybe we can follow eachother?

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  21. I think that your coat is absolutely fabulous! I don't find it too masculine, maybe just a bit because of the apparent hardness of the fabric, but otherwise the big lapels, the back detail and the gentle colors are perfect!
    Love this look :)
    You're right, I really do believe this is going to be a fabulous season, and we haven;t even seen the Paris runways yet!

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  22. i love a good tweed coat! and what a fab set of photos, the detail shots are fab.. love the texture on your pants also! hope you had a good weekend mandi x

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  23. great coat and texture Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  24. I really love your outfit, all of it, coat, sunglasses, pants.......

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  25. You look so well put together, Mandi! One of these days, I need to try on DvF pants. I don't have a single pair of properly tailored pants.

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  26. That is a great coat! Love it!

    Love, A.
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  27. Love your outfit posts! Those Loubs have been at the top of my wishlist for such a long time now!
    Really love your blog :) - couldn't help but follow!x
    Stephanie www.cocochicblog.co.uk

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  28. I love, love, love your tweed jacket, great menswear inspire look.
    xo,
    Jackie
    www.stylemydreams.wordpress.com

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  29. Wow such an elegant outfit, I'm in love with your coat & the sunglasses are perfect ♥

    Would you like to follow each other ? Let me know

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