Exploring The Versatility Of Tweed

Stephan Engel

14 October 2016

I’ve received many messages asking when I was going to post something about tweed. Well, time to rejoice, but this time it isn’t me doing the writing. I’ve invited a good friend, and of course, a true tweed enthusiast, to put his thoughts on this amazing fabric to paper.

Stephan, the stage is all yours…

Tweed is a fabric that comes out every autumn (fall for American readers) and stays over winter until spring ends again.

As you can see, tweed is all around for most of the year.

Tweed is available in endless variations of colors and patterns.

You can find gun(club)check patterns, windowpanes, herringbones or the classic salt & pepper look that donegal tweed comes in.

It is just too fun to wear!

Why Is Tweed So Versatile?

In fact, I find that tweed-season is the most joyable of the year, as I think there is no other where men can really play the game of dressing up.

Sure, you might now say tweed is not really comparable to dressing up in a suit and qualify it more as a country-side and leisure thing, but over the years this truly has changed.

If you’re working in a job where a suit is obligatory, then of course, tweed is not really working for you. But hey – you still got evenings and weekends to let the tweed monster loose, don’t you?

The timeless beauty of tweed.

Let Me Share With You Why I Like Tweed So Much

First of all, it’s the fabric itself.

It’s a rough, uneven and very textured cloth, which allows you to wear it as a statement piece by its own merits.

Nowadays, the tweed-mills are, of course, producing softer, smoother cloths but the original is still unbeaten. It works with almost anything as part of a look or standing alone.

Which leads us to our second point.

Due to being such a rough fabric, it is the perfect fabric for layering.

For real!

If going for simplicity in your style, for instance, with a plain shirt plus a pair of flannels, denims or chinos, you wouldn’t even need a tie. Your tweed jacket would do most of the job for you to look good.

It simply blends so nicely into the mix of your outfit.

You can choose to wear it with similar (rougher) fabrics as knitwear, denim, flannel or corduroy, of course. But also, in combination with smooth silk (e.g. tie or the always classy pocket square) and a pair of chinos. It always makes a perfect combination.

No matter what you choose to go along with tweed, your look will surely round off nicely.

Third, as mentioned already, it comes in countless pattern and color variations.

Therefore, it’s really easy to combine. Just pick some other clothes out of your closet that have matching colors and/or patterns and you’re ready to go.

You will for sure find something you already have that can go with tweed, but even more important: buying new clothes is way easier!

You for sure will find something to be matching your tweed garments.

Last but not least, tweed let’s you look somewhat dressed up without the effect you usually have when you wear a classic suit.

What I mean here is: It’s a fact that many people think a suit is way too formal.

Given that a combination with tweed is less formal, it can reduce the overdress effect a suit and tie could have. And yet, you’ll definitely be appropriately dressed up in your daily life.


Tweed jacket paired with a white shirt and a dark scarf = WIN!
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Plus, It Beats Monotony In Your Outfits!

You can wear it bold and bright whilst combining it with a lot of (matching) colors – as many tweed cloths feature three or more colors this is an easy thing to do.

You might also stay in a certain range of a color scheme to break it down to a subtle and decent look.

Now what if I said to you that tweed is absolutely comfortable, sturdy (some even say bullet proof, but I would stay away from confirming the theory) and good looking at the same time?

Come on, you have to admit you really should consider getting yourself a tweed sports jacket now and join the game yourself, don’t you?

For more menswear articles including, obviously, tweed praise, you can follow Stephan’s blog by clicking here or follow him on Instagram!

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