Originating in Scotland in the nineteenth century, tweed soon earned the reputation as the go-to textile for the high-born country living set; they quickly realised that clothing fashioned from this sturdy weave was excellent at keeping the cold at bay while they were galavanting about outdoors. And although its popularity may have waxed and waned over the last one hundred years or so, today it’s still a fabric that a style-conscious man automatically turns to when there’s a decided nip in the air. Only this time, tweed looks just as confident when worn in town as it does in the country.
Of course: tweed is that rare breed of a fabric that has successfully morphed from countryside uniform to workplace-ready togs, so you really can’t go wrong (though we suggest you leave the tweedy hunting cap at home). Our newest tweeds are slim cut, lightweight and breathable – faultless office arsenal styled with a shirt and tie for meetings with the boss, or with a T-shirt for a look that’s pulled-together but completely at ease.
Coloured tweeds are so easy to wear in your day-to-day life, that you’ll end up wondering why it’s taken you so long to get on board. Admittedly, there’s no doubting that a tweed suit in a fruity shade of raspberry is still unmistakably raspberry, but the texture and matte finish of tweed tones down such usually vivid colours. It’s definitely less out-there than wearing, say, a linen suit in the very same shade. Team it with a white geo-print shirt to break up the colour while still standing out from a sea of predictable blues and greys.
Yes, and with the minimum of effort on your part: wear your tweed suit with a roll-neck jumper or T-shirt for an uncomplicated yet contemporary feel. Not only will this balance the bolder tweed off against such simple basics, but it also ticks the box for any tricky smart-casual invitations that come your way, thus killing two birds with one stone.