Recent articles on FashionBeans such as Jacob Kamara’s ‘Queen’s Country’, Matt Allinson’s ‘Top Ten Tips for Autumn/Winter’ and my own ‘Urban Bohemia Trend’ piece have all supported the need for tweed – and often the feedback from readers has been a positive feeling for tweed pieces – but there is a sense of being unsure with what to pair tweed garments. I don’t think that there are any hard and fast rules, but in researching this article, I have seen tweed blazers successfully paired with both jeans and chinos – adding a contemporary twist to a classically traditional British staple item. I think the key mantra to carrying off this look is “less is more”, so don’t overdo it. Select one tweed item (preferably an unstructured blazer) in a hue which is complimentary to your skin tone (I’m personally a big fan of the current popularity for grey tweed) and make this piece a key feature of your outfit. Although the recent trend for double denim was an acquired taste – if done well, it created a successfully stylish look – but I think dressing top-to-toe in tweed would be overkill. Sampling looks and inspiration from the past is definitely a good thing, but dressing like an extra in a Dickensian novel adaptation might be a stretch too far.
It’s obvious that tweed is making a huge comeback and it is a fabric which adds a sense of refinement and sophistication to any look – instantly smartening up an outfit with an eccentrically British, authentically rustic twist. The need for tweed has been helped by it’s reflection in the media recently with characters such as Matt Smith’s hugely popular and effortlessly stylish Dr. Who and the reincarnation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in a recent BBC series. The recent edition of Italian Vogue also includes a feature on dressing in tweed and bringing country-dressing to the city. It appears the penchant for tweed is becoming popular world-wide, and as a distinctly British concept, this is something us Brits should be proud of! So is the need for tweed something to be taken seriously this season? In the words of tweed’s biggest fan, Sherlock Holmes: ‘Elementary, my dear Beaners!’
There is a great collection of new tweed products being stocked right now on ASOS. Take a look at some of the latest releases below:
The high street is right behind this trend as well, with everyone from Topman to John Lewis stocking tweed garments:
Of course no trend would be complete without backing from all of the major design powerhouses. So here are some latest releases from premium designer collections:
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