Monday, 13 February 2012

The Tweed Blazer

As far as textiles go, tweed is known for its moisture-resistant and durable properties. Because of this, it was most commonly worn for outdoor activities such as shooting and hunting in both Ireland and the United Kingdom in the 1950’s.

As we move into the 21st century, we see the once English hunting fabric transformed into a men’s fashion staple. Due to tweed being made from a thick wool twill and also heavier than classic suiting fabrics, it is considered a Fall/Winter textile only. Tweed is also one of those fabrics that can be worn easily with other materials, and for this reason it’s a good investment for all fashion-conscious men.

Over the next of couple posts I will be showing you which tweed pieces all men should have and the different ways they can be worn.

First and foremost, the one tweed piece every man should have in their wardrobe is the tweed blazer.  No matter what the occasion, a tweed blazer always works!  In the images below, I’ve shown you how to wear the tweed blazer in three different ways. 

Casual /School outfit    

Barleycorn slim tweed blazer - H&M 
Black pleather slim trousers - Zara 

Grey varsity polo shirt -  FCUK 
black and white polka dotted pocket square - Le Chateau 

Tip: Even if your look is casual doesnt mean you can`t wear a pocket square! Why leave a perfectly good pocket unused?
Black wingtips - Calvin Klien 

Tip: Don't want to wear a button up shirt try a polo! Its casual enough for school but formal enough that it can be paired with a blazer.  

Semi - formal/ Night out 

Navy slim trousers - H&M 

Navy knit narrow tie - Le Chateau 
Skinny tie clip - Le Chateau 
Blue chambray shirt - Le Chateau 

Tip: Don't be afraid to play with different textiles for your pocket square. Silk is the natural choice but cotton can give your look a slightly different appeal. Also pocket squares can be made out of anything! There realistically just a small pieces of fabric with color, so experiment! 

Brown leather belt - (gift)

Navy and blue striped cotton pocket square - Thirfted 

Tip: Wanna be formal and not look like your wearing a suit? Go with pieces that have  casual appeal such as a knit tie and a chambray shirt! 

Blue deck loafers - (Purchased in Milan) 

Formal/ Business 

Tip: Your three piece suit can be working in many ways! Why not replace your suit jacket with a tweed blazer when its cold out. Its still formal enough for work and has practicality.  

Black slim dress pants - H&M 
Black 5 button waist coat - Le Chateau 
Black and white pinstriped banker shirt - Le Chateau 
Black polka dotted tie - Thirfted  
Black leather belt - (gift) 

Black wingtip loafers - Thrifted 

Black and grey paisley pocket handkerchief - Le Chateau

Tip:  Most the clients I style are wary of pattern mixing and try to stick to solids at all cost. Although its great to have solids in your wardrobe  patterns are what makes your outfit stand out. In this outfit i have 3 patterns ( pinstripe, polka dots, and paisley) with the right spacing and color choices the whole look blends nicely

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