Tweed has experienced something of an urban revival in recent years. At London Fashion Week 2015, British rapper and singer Tinie Tempah modelled a tweed three-piece-suit designed by Savile Row tailors and the Museum of London.
Tinie’s urban, modern take on the heritage fabric has brought tweed into the 21st Century. And it’s about time too! Not only does a tweed jacket look good with indigo jeans and a white shirt, it works for almost any event or occasion. Here are 10 places you’ll look totally cool in tweed:
Whether popping to the local for a quick pint, or trying out that gastro pub everyone’s talking about, a touch of tweed will help you strike the right balance between comfort and style.
Wearing your khaki tweed jacket will give you the edge on all the other bar flies when it comes to getting served. Team it with jeans in a darker shade like indigo or black for a smarter look, and a plain t-shirt or button-down shirt.
You can definitely rock a tweed jacket at a festival. OK, perhaps you wouldn’t want to wear one to Glastonbury, but summer-weight tweed would look spot on at one of the UK’s many film, science or literary festivals – not to mention Wimbledon or the Chelsea Flower Show.
Worn with a simple pair of chinos and some leather deck shoes, a blue, summer-tweed jacket is the best way to stand out from the crowd.
Gardens and parks
Next time you plan a walk in the country, nail the rugged outdoor look in a stylish tweed ensemble. A matching tweed jacket and waistcoat is the perfect way to layer up on a cool day. If and when the sun shows its face, you can strip back to your shirtsleeves, waistcoat and cap – in the style of Lady Chatterley’s Lover!
All you’ll need to complete the look are some comfortable brown boots or brogues, a decent pair of quality socks, and a faithful hound.
A christening is the joyous celebration of new life.So why not ditch the predictable navy suit in favour of friendlier tweed? Smart, elegant and refined, charcoal tweed is perfect for a church christening service, whether you’re the proud father, godparent or guest.
Brighten up your jacket with a colourful country tie and silk pocket square. Burgundy, orange and yellow all go well with grey, as do bright blue and green.
A light, summer-weight tweed jacket, navy chinos and a crisp white shirt cover most types of graduation ceremonies. You’ll stay cool if it’s a blistering hot day or keep warm if there’s a slight nip in the air.
Graduations usually take place in the summer months, but you still might be glad of a matching tweed waistcoat, should the outdoor drinks party last well into the evening. Smart, but not stuffy, you’ll look effortlessly dashing from morning through to evening.
Don’t celebrate a wedding in the same thing you’d wear to a client meeting at the office. A tweed suit or jacket is a great way to express your personality and have a little fun with colour – all while retaining a sophisticated edge.
Timeless and smart, a tweed jacket with matching waistcoat is ideal for a country wedding. Pair your tweed with a luxury silk tie and bright pocket square to add the right dose of formality. Trousers don’t need to match – go for chinos, flannels or cords in a complementary colour depending on the time of year and weather on the day.
Out to dinner
A tweed jacket is the ideal compromise between trying too hard and getting the smart dress-code just right. If you’re dining at your golf, cricket or tennis club for instance, tweed is always a much better choice than a business suit.
Five-star restaurant? A tweed jacket and crisp shirt will look first class. And speaking of first class, you’re more likely to be offered an upgrade on your next overbooked flight if you check in wearing a tweed jacket rather than a sweatshirt.
Museums and galleries
Next time you wander around a museum or gallery, do so in a tweed jacket worn over soft corduroy trousers – you’ll blend in effortlessly with the intelligentsia.
Nerd style is very much in vogue at the moment. The team at Jezebel agrees: “Gone are the sand-in-the-face days when being considered a nerd was a bad thing. Now, it seems like every Hollywood actor desperate for a career makeover is hiking up his pants, pulling on a cardigan, and ditching his contacts for a set of plastic frames…”
Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition. It’s also the perfect opportunity to push the boat out with your outfit.
Many establishments require you to wear a jacket and tie – take the Ritz, for instance. But don’t just throw on any old suit jacket. A tweed jacket is the most dapper choice for an afternoon of tea and cake.
In times gone by, attending the theatre was a formal event where gentlemen dressed carefully to hobnob with the elite. Nowadays a more casual approach is common, and men are just as likely to wear jeans and t-shirt to the opera (quelle horreur!)
An understated tweed jacket – worn with a crisp shirt, simple chinos, and a smart pair of brogues – provides the ideal middle ground. You’ll look every inch the gentlemen as you stand at the bar to collect your pre-ordered, interval drinks.
Do you have a tweed jacket sitting in your wardrobe? Now you’ve got at least ten new places to wear it, whilst looking totally cool. Have we missed anything? Where do you wear yours?