Tweed clothing conjures up images of posh English country gentlefolk, decked from head to toe in smart woollen suits replete with matching flat caps, wellington boots and neck scarves. However, this quintessentially English image is perhaps not as accurate these days and the age of stuffy tweed suits appears to be a thing of the past. Where once tweed was used as a practical material, perfect for working on country estates (hence the stereotype!), today this wonderfully versatile wool mix fabric is used by designers and fashion aficionados alike to make and create bold and beautiful fashion statements. A fan of tweed or maybe thinking about adding something woolly to your wardrobe? Read on for some tweed filled inspiration (minus the neck-scarf) …
For decades, tweed was worn by rural men and women all over the country after it was invented in bonny Scotland. In fact, the world famous Harris Tweed was first created in the remote Outer Hebrides (probably because it was freezing up there!) before being introduced to rural landowners up and down the country. These days, tweed is manufactured by various companies using a multitude of wool mix blend materials, making modern tweed versatile, lightweight and (most importantly) stylish.
So, with such an extensive history, what part does tweed play in contemporary British society? Is it a fashion must-have or an echo of times past? Truthfully, the answer is probably both. The popularity of shows like Downton Abbey and the range of celebrities who are papped looking gorgeous in tweed ensembles has successfully revived interest in tweed as a fashion statement which is, of course, no bad thing. The fact is, whether you live on a country estate or in a modern city flat, tweed is stylish – and we think everybody should own at least one tweed item.
Every year, Jennifer Aniston shows up on the list of best dressed celebrities – and it’s easy to see why. Here she is in full tweed inspired glory, wearing a dress designed by none other than Dolce and Gabbana. Gorgeous!
For many women, Kate Middleton is the ultimate fashion icon, successfully mixing regal style with contemporary fashion trends. Kate has been known to dabble in a bit of tweed – most recently recycling a beautiful Rebecca Taylor tweed skirt and jacket during her tour of Australia.
Luckily for the average shopper, high street stores are now stocking tweed clothing on their rails, particularly in the winter months. Look out for bright, bold coloured jackets in the colder months and elegant fitted pastel dresses in the summer. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different materials – tweed looks as awesome paired with denim as it does with nylon mixes – just ask Cameron Diaz (below)!
The future of fashion is definitely filled with tweed – and we couldn’t be more excited. If you want to find out more about woolly fashions, make sure you take time to explore our website or pay a visit to our fantastic forum full of wool enthusiasts. We look forward to welcoming you!