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EXCELLENT CONDITION ~ Absolutely FABULOUS tweed riding jacket/tailcoat with classic cutaway front ~

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13 Apr, 2014 15:07:43 BST
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: EXCELLENT CONDITION ~ Absolutely FABULOUS tweed riding jacket/tailcoat with classic cutaway front ~ gorgeous, timeless and such elegant styling ~ BEAUTIFUL!
Size: 12 Exact Colour: Brown and Cream Flecked Wool/Dark Brown Lining
Brand: Hobbs UK SIZING: UK 12 in Label ~ please see measurements
Main Colour: Brown US SIZING: US 8/10 estimated ~ please see measurements
Material: Wool EURO SIZING: EURO 40 estimated ~ please see measurements
Exact Material: 80% Wool 20% Polyamide ~ Tweed Look/Style:: Equestrian/Regency/Victorian/40s/50s Vamp/Heritage
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     Vintage yet Contemporary Style       

Stand out in this stunning and rare to find tweed riding jacket / tailcoat
and be the epitome of elegance in equestrian chic



Very Vintage Inspired  ~ Regency ~ New Romantics ~ Casanova ~ Baroque~ Riding ~ English Heritage ~ English Countryside ~ Equestrian~ Governess ~ Lady of the Manor ~ Edwardian ~ Victorian Mistress ~ Steampunk ~ 1940s ~ War Bride ~ Land Girl ~ 50s Vamp ~ Femme Fatale ~ City ~ Fashionista ~ Unusual ~ Just Divine...


'Equestrian is always in...' Ralph Lauren

For those seriously into style and quality, this fabulous riding jacket/tailcoat from Hobbs combines contemporary, chic styling with evocations of eras past ~ Regency, Victorian and Edwardian to name a few ~  brought right up to date with gorgeous, modern and distinctive tailoring for a smart, sharp and sexy mien. From the characteristic, slightly rounded collar to the distinctive lapels and double breasted buttoning (with buttons decreasing in size from top to bottom – a subtle but quirky detail), to the waistcoat-shaped centrepiece with pointed hem that forms the deep cutaway front, and longer back, this unusual jacket educes the true tailcoat style which has become the definitive equestrian jacket shape.


The slightly flared peplum hangs so beautifully from the waist in soft, elegant undulating panels that point inwards and create the most interesting (and very flattering) shape – so à la mode and absolutely stunning! The cuffs are enhanced with a smart button trim and the jacket back displays the same sensationally stylish shaping with its defined waist seam and understated but utterly charming skirted tailcoat shape ~ falling into folds that form an incredibly flattering fit to create that timeless hour-glass silhouette.


Any item created and designed by Hobbs, innovators of outstanding, high quality, effortlessly wearable pieces, is surely worth a place in any forward-thinking fashionista’s collection ~ distinctive and beautiful, crafted in a gorgeously classic brown and cream flecked wool tweed that mixes tradition with versatility, and fully lined in a divine chocolate brown silky acetate, the detailing, superior tailoring and sensuous shaping make this jacket a cut above the rest. And of course, that flattering double breasted, fit and flare shape makes such an elegant and timeless fashion statement – just EXQUISITE!

Very Equestrian  Mistress, Regency, Victorian ~ with more than a nod to the 40s War Bride and 50s Vamp style and look...nostalgic and yet so contemporary, this piece is gorgeous in just about every way!!!

Excellent condition.

The size in the label is UK 12 / Estimated EURO 40 / Estimated US 8/10


We estimate that this jacket will fit other sizes also:

UK estimate 10 - 14  ~ please see measurements.


EURO estimate 38 - 42 ~ please see measurements.


US estimate 6/8 - 10/12 ~ please see measurements.




All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate.


All measurements are taken with the garment pulled a bit to flatten ~ and please be aware that there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways different people measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take about a ¼ inch or so either way. 


Please measure against a similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.


Bust ~ armpit to armpit ~ across front ~ approx: 19 inches


Waist ~ approx: 17 inches 

Shoulders ~ shoulder seam to shoulder seam ~ across back ~ quite high up near collar ~ approx: 17 inches

Sleeve Length ~ taken from shoulder seam and along TOP of sleeve to cuff: approx: 25 inches.

Note that due to the shape of the jacket, i.e. tailcoat style, the hem is longer at the back ~

Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets collar, and down back of garment to hem at centre back ~ approx: 29 inches

Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets collar, and down front of garment to shortest point at centre front ~ approx: 20½ inches

Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets collar, and down front of garment to lowest point ~ approx: 22 inches

Hobbs ~ British Quality and Style

Since its first shop opened in Hampstead, London in 1981, Hobbs has grown from a small yet sought-after shoe label to a global brand synonymous with the best of British design and fashion. Its original ethos was to create a company with values rooted in the tradition of the English countryside and while its principles continue to be upheld ~ fusing Britain’s reverence for tradition and its tradition for irreverence ~ it takes a chic, pragmatic approach to dressing and creates stylish pieces for the modern woman.

Its in-house design team prides itself on creating wearable luxury at its central London atelier, a practice and philosophy that’s been in place since the very beginning. Bearing all the hallmarks of high-end designer pieces, most Hobbs creations are realised here, from conception and first sketch to final garment creation.

The family of Hobbs collections certainly has the discerning fashionista in mind, whatever their taste: tailored polish and flair in Hobbs London, playful wit and whimsy from NW3 by Hobbs, and standout event dressing at Hobbs Invitation. As quality and attention to detail is of the utmost importance from head to toe, its footwear collection is handmade in Italy, with each pair of shoes traditionally crafted by dedicated artisans ~ an approach truly unique to the company and one that lends itself to such a well-respected and reputable design brand.

Hobbs represents a quintessentially English look while remaining modern with a strong emphasis on design and quality ~ and the development of the interchangeable ‘capsule wardrobe’. With designs renowned for their perfect cut, flattering lines, luxurious materials, sense of humour and for their ability to make the wearer feel effortlessly sexy, it continues to create contemporary collections that complement lifestyles for a broad range of tastes and types; from elegant country wear and smart office separates to glamorous evening wear and high fashion garments, Hobbs has it all!




The Equestrian and Victorian Trend

 'Equestrian is always in...' Ralph Lauren

The distinctive and very elegantly sexy Victorian and equestrian looks are very on trend ~ and with their timeless elegance, always will be...


As design icon Ralph Lauren asserts, 'equestrian is always in' ~ perhaps because it can be worn with as much flair as fits your personality and always instils a sense of timeless class and subtle femininity as inherited by the Victorians who were able to achieve both rather admirably. So, don the leather riding boots and delight in the gorgeous hour glass silhouette intrinsic of the riding jacket, or just as striking, the tailcoat, harking back again to the Victorian and Edwardian era.....


Women have always styled and worn their own versions of what is, or was, considered to be ostensibly men’s fashionable dress, with riding coats and all things ‘equestriana’ being no exception. From the 1870s, the more 'masculine' shape of ladies’ riding costume began to evolve into garments reminiscent of their daywear bodices ~  keeping the lapels and collars of men's jackets, but defining the shape of things to come in terms of the now familiar fitted silhouette with it's rather romantic look of defined  waist and long frock coat shape.


The dawn of the Edwardian age saw the emergence of the blazer and, with the addition of darts, this new coat shape became trimmed to flatter the female form ~ a silhouette still echoed today in riding coats and jackets. 


By the 1910s, womens'’ riding jackets had lengthened ~  a modification that adhered to the long lines of the columnar fashions, resulting in a style that would dominate riding wear well into the 1920s.  The introduction of jackets that were cut away at the front came from a solution to the previous square-fronted jackets being damaged against the saddle when riding, while the outer skirt became flared at the back to drape comfortably over the saddle ~ and with the flattering, form-enhancing darts back in place, the cutaway frock coat was quickly adopted as a fashion staple by equestriennes and non-sporting women alike to become the classic, definitive 'riding' jacket.


The distinctive, beautiful and timeless shapes of Victorian and Edwardian riding wear are fully evident in the modern trend for the equestrian look, with smart yet sexy coat and jacket shapes in various styles and lengths ~ single or double breasted, in wool/cashmere, tweed or velvet; short, chic jackets with military embellishment in the form of buttons, loops or braiding; long, flowing velvet coats with contrast trim, corset-style lacing, fitted or belted waists and bustle-style backs; the classic shape and authentic look of riding coats with smart tailoring and asymmetrical buttoning ~  it’s little wonder that contemporary designers and brands such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Hermès constantly extol the virtues of, and continue to rework, the equestrian aesthetic.


Riding wear often stands out from other looks with its fabulous and fitted tailoring, powerful silhouettes, romantic elegance, smart detailing and the often huge sweeping coat skirts. These are garments that continue to stand the test of time and whether vintage or contemporary, they evoke the Victorian ethos for quality, shape and style that’s perfect for a trend able to traverse so many modern looks; from the elegance of the courtyard and countryside via Goth, Dandy, Poet, Mistress, Steampunk, military, pirate and more...equestrian style is endlessly evocative and beautifully timeless...



20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


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