October 07 2020 – Hemanth Mirpuri
Autumn is back again which means the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping and becoming considerably cooler. Luckily, the Scottish and Irish have perfected the Tweed fabric over the years for such occasion.
Origins of Tweed
Legend has it that the name for Tweed was a complete accident. It all occurred when an English textile merchant misspelled the Scottish word Tweel. As a result, the word “Tweed” was formed to describe the fabric.
What is Tweed?
Tweed is an unfinished wool fabric. It is formed by plain or twill weaves. Other patterns such as herringbone and houndstooth, also known as dogstooth, are also commonly used with this fabric. Due to the fact that tweed has wind and moisture resistant characteristics, Tweeds were often worn for outdoor activities such as hunting.
How and when to wear Tweed
Tweed is great for casual evening events. For more formal events, it’s best to avoid Tweed fabrics. This is certainly not to say that Tweed is not fashionable. For example, you can confidently wear Tweed to any event in which a casual suit or sport coat is acceptable attire. This type of fabric was often seen as a college professor garment, but overtime it began to claim a sense of sophistication. Remember that Tweed was designed for cooler weather so it’s a great fabric to use for layering.
A Tweed blazer is a must have for men during the colder months. Tweed can be easily woven into different patterns which adds a distinctive touch to the garment. Navy, brown, or grey Tweed blazers are great for the winter months and will look stylish paired with chinos. Remember that Tweed is a durable fabric so you might have to break it in a few times before it finally starts to feel great. In the end, it’s all certainly worth it.