The tweed suit is made of coarse woolen fabric developed into a flexible texture that is extremely durable. The fabric is moisture resistant and withstands harsh climate. Tweed was originally developed for sporting activities such as hunting and shooting within the British Isles. Tweed was originally devoted to the production of shooting jackets among the British elites. It began to grow in popularity during the Edwardian period and has since enjoyed a place in every stylish wardrobe.
Tweed suits tend to come in a compliment of earth tones and there is some connection to the rich ochre colors used in landscape paintings. Tweed, of all the suit fabrics, feels the most organic and grounded and has a calm, understated tone. The material is so durable that suit coats were passed down through generations and this became something of a status symbol within families. Here the Scottish character of legacy and longevity is wrapped up into clothing design.
Herringbone Tweed Suit
Tweed itself is of a traditionally high quality and in fact has a great trajectory among different designers. Coco Chanel reinvigorated both the fabric and women’s style in general by using tweed for her famous suits. One of the more popular versions of tweed is the herringbone pattern. The herringbone is an icon V-shaped pattern that breaks at the chevron into a reverse broken zigzag. It is called herringbone because it mimics the skeleton of the fish. The effect is of dazzling calm.
Cheviot Tweed Suit
Cheviot tweed is named after the species of sheep kept in the Cheviot Hills. Cheviot tweed is larger and rougher than other varieties and carries a certain luster to it.
Overcheck Tweed Suit
Overcheck tweed is a popular style with a basic standard twill combined with a larger check in an overlaid pattern. Striped tweed carries vertical styles of various thicknesses.
Houndstooth Tweed Suit
Houndstooth tweed is an excellent pattern for camouflage and mimics the back teeth of a dog.
Tweed is not a soft fabric to wear and can agitate the skin at times, but it is a ruggedness mixed with sophistication and is worth the time it takes to become used to it. For a time tweed was falling out of favor and many designers were in danger of closing but the recent use of the fabric in sneaker design and injected new life into the style. One of the better aspects of tweed is its cost effectiveness. As it has been so popular for so long, cheaper varieties can be found in thrift stores that are still of good quality.