Children's Tweed & Wax Coats & Jackets
Children’s tweed coats and their waxed cotton counterparts have been long-standing staples in children’s fashion industry, and we promise you that they’re not going anywhere in this century - and, we’re willing to bet, even the next. Jackets, of course, are an eternal necessity in our famous British weather, and both tweed and waxed cotton ensure both style and a dry child. Tweed, made from wool, guarantees insulation and is waterproof by nature - even your puddle-stomping boys are no match - while a wax coating protects your girls from becoming waterlogged should they decide to go singing in the rain.
What’s more - you can pair a coat with any other piece of kit. Match a gorgeous coat with one of our children’s tweed waistcoats for a sharp look, or wear with a sturdy pair of shooting breeks for boys to match Dad. And no matter the occasion, top off the look with a children’s tweed flat cap. Where can you find such attire? Our online selection hosts a huge variety of children’s attire from Walker & Hawkes. Whether you buy one product or take home five (actually, we’ll deliver them to you for free if you live in mainland UK), know that you’re getting high-quality goods at sales prices when you choose us to supply your kids with the clothing they deserve!
Boys & GirlsAll too often, we buy our kids clothes that they seem to wear out within a matter of weeks, even if they’re expensive and we put all the precious time we have in shopping for quality products.
If you’re looking for a strong, comfortable, and kid-approved option for their outdoor jacket needs, then only the best tweed and waxed cotton jackets are for you (and your progeny). Designers like Walker & Hawkes produce only the highest standard of children’s outwear that, if well taken care of, can outlast your child’s rambunctious years and prove to be suitable for future generations!
You may be wondering how practical a tweed or wax coat actually is, and to what occasions a child can wear it. Most of all, you’re likely pondering over how dirty these fabrics can get, how mud-resistant they are.
We bear good news: as long as you keep washing them, your dirt-loving boy can keep looking as sharp as ever in coats made of both fabrics...and your little equestrienne lady can wear hers to the stable over and over again.
We hear you gasping: how could this be possible!? This is because tweed and waxed cotton outerwear, when made with diligence, are two of the world’s toughest materials to beat down.
Tweed is naturally water resistant, but add a Teflon coating - which protects it from the elements as the wax in waxed cotton protects the cotton - and you’ve got yourself a mainstay in your child’s closet! Hugging those muddy horses might dirty those princess plaits, but they sure won’t do any kind of number on a great tweed or waxed cotton coat.
Another reason why these pieces of kit are so loved; is because they can be worn on all kinds of occasions. No matter if the event is casual or formal, a neutral or even colourful coat can be dressed up or down accordingly.
For example, an autumn wedding almost necessitates a gorgeous tan tweed coat, which goes equally well with a sharp tweed waistcoat and trousers as it does over a flowery dress meant for a princess. The bride and groom will be so happy they chose such a little star as your well-dressed dumpling to steal the show as the ring bearer or flower girl!
But formal events aren’t all a coat is good for! If you need to run errands on a particularly rainy British day (aren’t all days like that, though?) and need to bring your child in tow, there’s no better friend than a colourful waxed cotton jacket. Designed to be waterproof (and dirtproof - equally as important when you’re considering clothing for a child), this stunner of a coat will keep your mini-me as cute as a button and as dry as a non-British day!
These occasions are only a smidgen of the uses a well-designed coat is great for, so let’s touch on a few other popular events to give you an idea of how to choose and style appropriate outerwear!
Shooting & HuntingThere is no better choice than traditional tweed when it comes to our national pastimes of hunting and shooting - what could suit such a British-oriented sport than a fabric from our very own countrysides?
Since a jacket or coat will be your child’s outermost garment, it is extremely important in sealing all the rain and blustery cold out. Dress your tyke in a matching pair of tweed breeks or trousers to provide him or her the same protection that you’re investing in the upper half, and your kid will be one happy camper - er, hunter!
Shooting socks and a decent pair of Wellies or boots made specifically for this sport are essential, as are a great pair of gloves to keep your little one’s wee hands protected from a long day of chilly weather!
Although there are so many options geared towards hunting and shooting, we suggest particularly looking for a high collar to keep your little one’s neck warm and dry, as well as one with spacious pockets that fit all the precious treasures your small bean will undoubtedly collect along a hunt.
To keep style and functionality in the mix, look for a coat that meets these requirements without being too bulgy - your child should be at the top of his or her fashion game while, even more importantly, able to retain a full range of motion throughout shooting practice!
We particularly love the light sage Children's Dark Sage Shooting Tweed Country Coat. This is a crowd favourite amongst parents for their kids, as the designers make both comfort and durability a top priority. Besides its high collar with a soft inner lining that adds an additional layer of comfort, this coat features a high-quality zipper protected by a layer of poppers, so not even the slightest brush of wind can make its way through this tweed on a breezy day in the fields!
Let your offspring fully embrace a spontaneous playdate with the tyke next door (and his dog) in a wax jacket that’ll clean up faster than your child can take a bath! We love coats that are easy to take on and off, a breeze to clean up, and that provides full coverage for moments spent outdoors. A waxed cotton jacket meets all these requirements, so we recommend investing in one of these triple threats!
Spacious pockets will accommodate all of the precious treasures your small bean will find during a playful time outside - all this means is that you need to double check them before taking this coat in for dry cleaning. If your kids aren’t a fan of full-length zips, find one that features a two-way zip, like the one designed by Walker & Hawkes, so they can always zip the bottom up a smidgen to ensure their superhero-style movements are as comfortable as can be.
If you opt for a tweed coat on fancier playdates (say with Prince George, for example), choose one designed with children’s activities in mind - that is, make sure it’s coated with a waterproof material like Teflon and has several compartments to hold all the storage that comes with the territory of childhood play-dates.
Whichever way you lean - waxed cotton or tweed - match your kid’s gorgeous coat with laid-back blue jeans and some Wellies for a puddle playdate they’ll remember, or simply outfit your daughter in an autumn dress and some sweet kicks for a casual jaunt in the falling leaves. Accessories like a floral hairband or a tweed flat cap will keep their locks out of their faces while the cheeky little beans cook up all kinds of trouble!
Even Princess Charlotte is jumping on board this wagon, so you better get a head start by dressing your mini-equestrians in only the finest riding attire! The quintessential riding outfit is all about tweed unless it’s a super rainy day when coats made from waxed cotton - the material practically designed for rain - should make an appearance.
Even on a regular day in the rainy season - you know, the one that lasts from January 1st until December 31st - tweed jackets are stable-appropriate as long as they are coated in a waterproof layer. We love Teflon; it makes timeless tweed even more durable by protecting the material from dirt, pollen and the like. This means you don't have to worry about rigorous cleaning every time your little one decides to muck out her pony’s stall (if she does though - congratulations on having such a responsible little trooper)!
For your child’s riding pursuits, we recommend the dark sage tweed coat for children. The darker colour is every so classy, and, featuring a high collar to keep little necks and ears warm; this coat is the embodiment of every horse lover’s dream look. Spacious pockets big enough to keep a picnic will help your little one store carrots and apples for the horses, and a combination fastening of zipper and poppers to protect against the unruly wind will keep coat secure and impenetrable.
Throw this tweed coat over a classic polo shirt and pair with classic breeches for a timeless (mini) equestrian look. Leather riding boots are a necessity as well, as is a tweed flat cap when your child is out of the saddle. A suede or velvet black helmet is key when practising jumping those little oxers for the first time, and don’t forget to take pictures of your little one!
Tweed or Wax?
Let’s start with tweed, the British staple. This material was first used by country workers in the 18th century Scotland as a means to keep warm during the blistering cold winters, so you know your child will constantly be hugged in the warmest and cosiest of ways by a coat made of this fabric.
Not only is tweed stylish, classic, and long lasting - but it is designed to stand up against everything that the delightfully extreme British weather throws at it. Our children’s tweed coats are protected with a durable coating of Teflon, making them 100% waterproof. And not only do these blue ribbon coats do a great job at keeping water out, but they also protect against stains!
If you’re worried about your fussy country bumpkin being bothered by the itchiness of wool, know that Walker & Hawkes have beat you to that consideration. The interiors of their children’s tweed coats have been perfectly created for kids, with a soft and cosy padded layer that keeps all notions of scratchiness at bay!
Now, let’s talk about wax coats. While cotton alone is a lightweight material great for early summer, it does nothing to shield a young body from the heavy rains that make their thunderous appearances by July and August, what to speak of the cold winter months. When infused or coated with wax, however, cotton takes on a whole new life: waxed cotton provides warm, waterproof, and flexible attire to outfit your child in any season.
This material is designed for durability and protection from the rain, so look for one with an attached hood that’s lined with a super soft check lining and plenty of storage room for your kids to hold their own belongings for once. Your purse will feel so much lighter, and your hands will be available for that desperately-needed coffee!
Waxed cotton is generally not as formal or as sporty as tweed, so save this for rainy mornings on the way to school and casual play dates. It’s great for any kind of outdoor practice - riding lessons, football matches, and fun adventure in the wild countryside! Whether you opt for waxed cotton or its tweedy counterpart, know that you’ll be in safe, dry hands when you opt for a high-quality designer like Walker & Hawkes.
Peruse our glorious range of children's jackets and find the ideal outer layer for the apple of your eye, whether you’re looking for a boy's or girl's jacket, we’re proud to show you around our marvellous range. We know, we’re biased, but come on - look at them all, with attire from some phenomenal companies, including Walker and Hawkes - don’t tell me they don’t make you wish they came in your size! Are you the proud parent of a pony-mad youngster?
If so, why not take a look at our simply spiffing tweed jackets, perfect for pony club, hunt meets, or just a day out in perfect British style, after all - you can never start being patriotic too early, just look at Prince George and Princess Charlotte!
Whether you’re on the lookout for a hunting or shooting jacket, no matter their preference in countryside activity, we’re quite confident that even the fussiest little tyke will find one of our jackets that they simply must have! And when the weather is especially chilly, which let’s be honest, is quite likely for most of the year - we do live in England after all!
Bundle up nice and warm in our winter coats, not only will they keep your little one toasty, but they’re also incredibly comfortable and won’t leave you fighting them to wear their coat when they head out into the snow. In fact, the worst outcome that you may have to deal with from purchasing one of our snazzy country jackets for your kid - is that they won’t want to take it off while indoors!