The Need for Tweed
We’ve talked about patterns here on FashionMR before, but this is more of a love letter to the king of fall/winter patterns: tweed. Timeless in design, it’s a staple item in the fall wardrobe. I know fall is behind us, but it also deserves a rightful place in winter fashion. Whether it’s on a suit, shirt or sweater, the pattern or fabric is tastefull and classy for the season; making it a rather popular option in the sartorial community. While it’s favored by high fashion enthusiasts, the pattern has a more humble and rugged past.
Dating back to the 19th century, Tweed was an invention that originated from rural Scotland and Ireland. Commonly worn as a hunting jacket, the patterns rise to fame began when it became popular with the British elite. At the time, the northern estates in England became an attractive purchase for the British upper class. They wanted to purchase or rent these estates not just as a status symbol, but also as a place to spend their time taking part in leisurely pursuits; shooting, hunting or fishing. The demand and popularity of tweed increased with the British royalty embracing the pattern. Throughout the years, tweed established itself as a casual pattern appropriate for social functions and even commutes to the office.
If you’re thinking of adding some tweed to your ensemble, you’re making the right choice. The various colors and patterns offered in this fabric, allows for some contrast to an outfit without being too bright and colorful; that’s what the summer months are for. If you’re trying to go with a tweed suit, feel free to match it with a blue shirt and navy vest combo like the image below. And if you’re thinking of throwing a tie into the mix, try not to pick a tie that would overpower the suit’s color. Allow the clothing you’re trying to showcase, make the most statement in color. But most importantly, whatever color/pattern setup you’re trying to achieve, commit to it and wear it with confidence.