The word tweed comes from Gaelic, and literally means “the big cloth”. In its earliest iteration, tweed was worn by hunters as a form of camouflage. Though the fabric has become associated with stuffy English professors, many designers are changing its perceptions so now, especially as the weather starts to cool down, it’s time to go tweed.
While it may be daunting to dive straight in and pick up a full two- or three-piece tweed suit, a jacket or sports coat is a good place to start. Esquire Magazine recently posted a list called “10 Tweed Jackets for Right Now.” The items they highlight really run the gamut from classic to contemporary, from heavy to lightweight and from simple to patterned. When it comes to pattern, though, there is one thing to always keep in mind: a busier pattern is going to lead to a less versatile jacket. That’s the nice thing about tweed – it’s such a strong fabric that it usually doesn’t get overpowered by the rest of the outfit, no matter how brash its patterns may be.
If you do pluck up the courage and opt for a three-piece suit, there are many different looks you can go for, as presented in this post from The Style Blogger. As you can see, simply wearing all three pieces together is the least creative and exciting!
We are proud to carry over five hundred different kinds of fabrics from all over the world, including the torch-bearer in terms of tweed: Harris Tweed, which is hand-woven and hand-spun in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, as it has been for over a century. Durable but not scratchy, Harris Tweed has been referred to as “the champagne of fabrics” – we invite you to come and see what all the fuss is about.