A Mens Tweed Style Guide For Spring

Tweed has been a quintessential part of country living for centuries and yet it remains the perfect fabric for the modern man to create a unique look suitable for the country, city or even the office. The history behind the fabric means that a tweed piece always feels like a connection to the past even whilst reinventing the style with a touch of colour and a mix of prints.

A TALE OF TWEED

In the Eighteenth Century, tweed was created as a shield against the harsh climate that Scottish farmers had to battle. From these humble beginnings, the wearing of tweed proliferated courtesy of the trend for English nobleman to acquire Scottish country estates. It was in 1848, with Prince Albert and his acquisition of Balmoral, that this trend was ignited. The estate tweed was born. Throughout the rest of the Nineteenth Century and into the early part of the Twentieth, tweed truly established its position as the ideal fabric for outdoor pursuits. With this, tweed became ubiquitous in society and came to represent the ideal of country life. Nowadays, as tweed has received a reinvention, the traditional fabric can be seen on the modern man, be that on the catwalk or in the city.

HOW TO STYLE FOR SPRING

The key to updating tweed and making it spring-appropriate is simple. It only requires three key concepts: separates, a splash of colour and a clever combination of print.

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SEPARATES

A full tweed suit is perfect in the countryside, harking back to the years of Prince Albert and the Scottish estates, but elsewhere adding tweed into your wardrobe in smaller doses prevents the ensemble from becoming overly stylised. Therefore, whether it is a jacket, trousers or even a tie, pairing one of these pieces with the accompanying splash of colour and print will perfectly create a modern, spring tweed look.

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A LITTLE BIT OF COLOUR

Adding in accessories for a little touch of colour can uplift a tweed outfit, creating a look that mixes the traditional with the forward thinking. The key is to add subtle nuances so that the tweed remains the stand-out piece. These Paul Smith socks will add a touch of burnt orange, brightening any outfit whilst remaining in line with the often earthy tones of tweed. Likewise this pink pocket square or mustard belt will brighten and update a tweed piece – curating a spring look for the modern man.

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mens tweed style
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…AND A TOUCH OF PRINT

Modernity with tweed is a difficult line to traverse and yet adding a printed top to separates can easily transform the look. A rule which can lift any tweed piece into the Twenty-first century. This check Givenchy shirt is on the more traditional side, with the contrast cuffs hinting to a little individuality. Whilst, for the slightly braver, this Marni striped top would look smart and modern paired with some tweed trousers. It will create the perfect tweed transitional spring style.

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Take inspiration from Paul Smith’s Spring/Summer 2017 Menswear Collection which weaved together traditional British country styling and a modern feel, with bright primary colours and youthful and relaxed styling.

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mens tweed style

“Pair the classic tweed with one of our equally perennial Italian leather briefcases.”