Last Updated on May 15, 2023
Nobody does it like Coco Chanel. The iconic designer, who passed away in 1971, changed fashion forever when she designed the instantly recognisable tweed suit that’s now synonymous with the brand.
A cardigan-jacket inspired by sporting fashion for men was first introduced into the designer’s collection in 1925, before she introduced tweed in 1954 and designed the famous jacket without lapels or a collar.
The OG design has inspired so many fashion brands today to design a similar jacket at a much more affordable price point. It’s still as chic, effortless and sophisticated as it ever was, so it’s unlikely these will be out of style anytime soon.
Chanel still designs the tweed jacket of course, but they don’t come cheap. This orange and ecru tweed jacket from the designer costs over £6,000.
But if you want to get the look, it’s definitely achievable no matter your budget. My favourite brand ever Sister Jane often designs beautiful tweed two-pieces, while high street heroes like Zara, Mango and Karen Millen do tweed jackets too.
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What type of tweed does Chanel use?
According to Fashion Phile, Chanel uses tweed made at Paris’ Maison Lesage atelier.
This is handwoven, rather than made by machine – hence the high price point.
Why is tweed so expensive?
The reason for tweed’s expense is because it’s a pure wool cloth. As mentioned, Chanel’s Lesage tweed is handwoven, but high street and more affordable brands often use blended materials.
Is a Chanel tweed bag a good investment?
Unlike many designer bags, Chanel’s often increase in value due to their exclusivity, making it one of the best designer handbags to invest in.
The cost of Chanel’s Medium Chanel Classic Flap is up 16% from 2022, costing $10,200.
Shop Chanel tweed jacket dupes
Tweed Button Front Trophy Jacket, £143.20, Karen Millen – buy now
Pocket tweed jacket, £69.99, Mango – buy now
Pssttt..Mango does these beautiful tweed jackets in a rainbow of colours, including green, blue and red.
DREAM Camilla Tweed Jacket, now £119, Sister Jane – buy now
Pink Boucle Check Blazer, £89, River Island – buy now
Short Tweed Jacket, £165, & Other Stories – buy now
Short Tweed Padded Shoulder Jacket, now £95, & Other Stories – buy now
Meredith jacket, £305, ba&sh – buy now
Tweed crop jacket, £145, Guess – buy now
Gold Trim Short Tweed Jacket Black, £299, James Lakeland – buy now
Pure Cotton Tweed Collarless Short Jacket, £69, M&S – buy now
DREAM Meadow Check Tweed Jacket, £175, Sister Jane – buy now
Hand-Crochet Trim Bracelet Sleeve Bouclé Jacket, £250, Me+Em – buy now
Rosa Tweed Jacket, now £99, Hobbs – buy now