What to wear to the Tweed Ride: A guide for the dapper dame

Are you in need of a little tweedspiration for next Sunday’s Tweed Ride? Fear not fellow quaintrelles! We’ve got you covered. Don’t have an ankle skimming Victorian lace gown on hand? Not to worry. You can create an elegant modern vintage ensemble by mixing your fall work wardrobe with vintage inspired accessories. With a few artfully assembled layers, well-tailored pieces, and a dash of creative nuance, you will be ready to step out in style!

The Basics

Look for skirts, dresses, jackets and vests in traditional fall fabrics like wool or tweed. Plaid, argyle, and traditional tweed patterns are a plus. A ruffled blouse or embellished cardigan balances the heavy fabric, and adds a touch of dainty Victorian elegance.

If you don’t have these items on hand, you can find basics like this argyle cardigan or this tweed dress at nearby retail outlets. For something unique, check local vintage and resale shops like Polly Sue’s and Moonshadow in Takoma Park, or Junction and Ginger Roots on U Street. Treasury on 14th is offering a discount for Tweed Riders, so be sure to mention the event! Another excellent local resource is Uesa Goods Vintage. Many of her items aren’t listed online, but you can make an appointment to shop her full collection.

Finishing Touches

Put your best foot forward in a pair of high button boots or two-tone spectator pumps.

For outerwear, don a fur stole (faux or otherwise) like these ladies did for last year’s Tweed Ride.

Or show off your shoulders with a stylish capelet. This handy video explains how to make one yourself!

Remember, a lady always protects her hands. Tie one on in style with these pretty bow accented red gloves. Or, raise your pinkie in a pair of proper lace tea gloves.

Don’t forget a proper topper! You can find inexpensive fascinators at Forever 21, or purchase unique handmade creations on Etsy. It you’re particularly crafty, you can even make your own using this how-to guide.
To finish off your look, add a few strands of pearls, a patterned scarf or an antique brooch. Use fabric scraps, buttons, and feathers to make a decorative pin or spruce up a plain felt cloche hat. If the weather is chilly, stay warm with a pair of patterned tights or knee socks. Most importantly, make your look your own. Happy Tweeding!
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