Especially designed for women

At last, designers and clothing manufacturers are waking up to the fact that country-loving females want to look smart and stylish in a jacket that is designed to blend in out in the field, walking the dog, watching the rugby and over drinks in the pub.

We asked around some female fieldsports fans to see what they look for in tweed shooting jackets for ladies. (Read more about why tweed is the original performance fabric.)

Kaylie Bloxham who runs a rural fashion and PR agency comments: “Of course you want a shooting coat that compliments your look, fits the female form, and empowers you to feel comfortable and confident, but that doesn’t mean a bright pink check! However beautiful the cut, it’s vital that it performs – this means a coat that is 100% waterproof, windproof, and lightweight to facilitate layering, with all the vital technical features, whilst simultaneously allowing exceptional movement. Brands like Schöffel Country have really listened to female feedback when it comes to designing tweed shooting jackets for ladies, with options that deliver both technically and aesthetically.”

PR for Orvis Claire Zambuni advises: “By all means dress to impress when you arrive and come back for lunch in more fitted styles, but make sure you have the full range of movement.” (You might like to read what ladies should wear shooting.)

Shooting Times contributor Ellena Swift says: “One of the things I love about any jacket is something called ‘resting pockets’. These pockets are slightly higher than the main ones and are perfect for keeping your hands warm and doing as they are named; resting.” (Here in our list of tweed shooting jackets for ladies we’ve called them handwarmer pockets.)

Selena Barr, Managing Director of Tweed Media says: “For me, a jacket has to be made from traditional herringbone tweed. I like the time-honoured design of the cloth and enduring sense of sporting style. But most importantly, when I am shooting I do not want to think about about my jacket ever. I want to focus on the task in hand. A poorly designed jacket will be on your mind all day, as you will feel cold, wet and uncomfortable. If a jacket has been designed correctly with a proper lining, then I won’t even register my body temperature. If it has a well-designed cut then I won’t think twice about swinging through, and if it has well-executed features such as large bellow pockets with tabbed openings then I feel unhindered as I reload. I also do not want to have to take out a second mortgage to buy a shooting jacket as every season an even more expensive version is launched. My go-to shooting jacket is The House of Bruar’s great value for money offering. “

Tweed shooting jackets for ladies

Top choice

1. House of Bruar Ladies Tweed Shooting Coat £245

House of Bruar Ladies Tweed Shooting Coat

Best for colour choice and all-round versatility

  • Size: 12-20
  • Fabric: 100% wool
  • Colour: Brown herringbone, denim herringbone, forest green herringbone, green check, autumn/heather check

Designed in popular pure new wool tweed, this coat has all the technical features you need; large bellow pockets (which can be held open with a stud tab), hand-warming pockets, two way zip and stud placket fastening, storm tab and a quilted padded lining for extra warmth. It’s versatile too and looks good just about everywhere – you can wear it for a day on the hill or when you’re off to watch the rugby and need to stay warm. (Take a look at our list of the best thermals for shooting.)

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2.Schöffel Womens Ptarmigan Tweed Coat £454.95 – £699.95

Schoffel Womens Ptarmigan Tweed Coat

Best for women who want THE classic shooting jacket

  • Size: 8-16
  • Fabric: 100% pure lambswool
  • Colour: Sussex tweed, Cavell tweed
  • Washable: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes

The Schöffel Ptarmigan coat is ubiquitous in the field and ladies who want their own version have it here. This tweed shooting jacket for ladies has all the features that has made the men’s version so popular. There is a hardwearing GORE-TEX® Z-liner behind the tweed, it is windproof, breathable and warm. A moisture and stain resistant Teflon® finish has been added and the coat has two microfleece handwarmer pockets, two bellow pockets and two inner security pockets. It’s not the cheapest but you’ll wear it for years and years.

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3. Schöffel Womens Lilymere Hacking Jacket £399.95

Schoffel Womens Lilymere Hacking Jacket

Best for ladies who ride and shoot

  • Size: 8-18
  • Fabric: 100% pure lambswool
  • Colour: Skye tweed, navy herringbone tweed, Sussex tweed, Loden green herringbone tweed
  • Washable: Yes
  • Waterproof: Moisture resistant
  • Machine washable

Don’t be misled by the name of this jacket. Yes, you can use it when you’re riding around the lanes but is also has the features women shooters are looking for. There are large bellows pockets for cartridges, micro fleece-lined handwarming pockets, a Teflon® finish to repel  moisture and stains. It also comes in colours that will blend in whether you’re on the moor or in the field. (You might like to read our list of best wellies for shooting.)

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4. Alan Paine Womens Combrook Coat £379.95

Alan Paine womens shooting coat

Best for stylish value

  • Size: 10, 14, 16, 18
  • Fabric: 100% wool tweed
  • Colour: Spruce
  • Waterproof: Yes

We like the way faux suede has been used on the collar, sleeve and pocket trims here for stylish detail. The coat is breathable and has other indispensable attributes like handwarmer pockets, large cartridge pockets with flap retainer straps and a secure internal pocket.

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4. Musto Womens Technical Tweed Jacket £427.95

Musto womens technical jacket

Best for feminine fit

  • Size: 16
  • Fabric: 100% pure lambswool tweed
  • Colour: Seafield Glen
  • Waterproof: Yes

Musto has recreated its classic ladies tweed shooting coat in a brand new pattern. A drawcord waist allows the wearer to create a flattering, feminine fit. However there are all the features expected from a shooting coat including large cartridge pockets, handwarmer pockets with retainer flaps and an inner poachers pocket.

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5. Walker & Hawkes – Ladies Derby Tweed Shooting Hunting Country Jacket – Purple Stripe £94.95

ladies tweed shooting jacket

Best for size choice

  • Size: 8-24
  • Fabric: 60% wool, 25% polyester, 11% acrylic, 4% other fibres
  • Colour: As shown
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Washable: Dry clean only

This is a strong and robust jacket that is designed to deal with harsh weather, reinforced with a Teflon® coating which protects the fabric against water and oil. A breathable membrane has been added between the fabric and the quilted lining.  There are two hand warmer pockets, two bellow front pockets, one inside zipped pocket and moleskin trim around the collar and pockets.

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6. Portmann Ladies Malvern Tweed Jacket, Sizes 8/XS to 20/3XL£70.71 – £72.65 

Portmann Ladies Malvern Tweed Jacket

Best for value

  • Size: 8-20
  • Fabric: Wool blend
  • Colour: Dark green
  • Waterproof: Yes

We think this jacket is an excellent price for the features it offers. Made in England it is stormproof, waterproof, thornproof, windproof and breathable. Thanks to the Teflon® coated tweed, water, oil and stains simply roll off. It’s warm too, with a quilted and padded inside body and sleeves. Five pockets will hold cartridges, mobile phone, sandwiches and gloves securely. We also like the moleskin lined collar and pocket flaps.

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