What to wear with a tweed jacket
07 January 2020
Quintessentially English, Tweed is a fabric best associated with British style and more specifically the rural areas of the country.
Tweed has been featured in country clothing for centuries but it is a fabric seeing a resurgence and is fast becoming one of the most popular requests at Hemingway tailors.
During the winter months, a tweed jacket is a key piece of clothing due to its sturdy material which makes it resistant to even the worst weather conditions.
Want to introduce it to your wardrobe, but don’t know what best to pair it with? Hemingway is on hand to help you wear and pair this trend, this season.
What style should you wear?
When one thinks of tweed, they picture the classic checked sage jacket - but there is an array of colours and patterns you can choose from. As tweed jackets generally come in earthy tones such as browns, greens and greys, they tend to suit the whole spectrum of skin tones. So feel free to choose a colour of your own preference.
What are the types of tweed available?
When it comes to tweed patterns, there is a whole host of fashions. Each weave produces a unique pattern including:
Twill tweed which consists of a humble diagonal pattern often appearing in a subtle, solid tone. This is the perfect pattern for someone wanting to try tweed without having to dive into a bolder variant.
Herringbone tweed is named after its fish bone style pattern, this style consists of an accumulation of thin, diagonal parallel lines that resemble tiny fish bones.
Checked tweed, one of the most popular styles of tweed, consists of intricate vertical and horizontal stripes that bond to produce small checks. This pattern is often paired with and overlaying a larger check pattern in a different colour.
Overcheck tweed is a merge of both the twill pattern with the check pattern, however, the large check is often featured in a different colour.
Striped tweed consists of vertical, parallel stripes in varying colours.
Estate tweed is predominantly a merge of two weaves: the herringbone and check pattern.
Houndstooth tweed consists of the striking dogtooth weave which resembles the back teeth of a hound, combined and overlaid with a large check weave in a contrasting colour.
Barleycorn tweed consists of a grainy weave that resembles the structure of bunched barley kernels, the weave creates a niche texture.
Plaid tweed is similar to tartan in the fact that it contains stripes of varying colours and widths. This type of pattern is reserved for the bolder personality.
What shirt can be worn with a tweed jacket?
When you have a statement jacket, like tweed, it is best to keep the shirt underneath understated. A plain, crisp white shirt complements and emboldens the tweed jacket.
If you have a simpler tweed pattern like barleycorn or herringbone, feel free to pair the jacket with a bolder patterned shirt.
If you are creating a suit ensemble for a formal event, ensure the trousers paired feature the same tweed weave as your tweed jacket, as a clash of patterns can create a fashion faux pas.
If the event is a less formal affair, try pairing your tweed jacket with an earthy coloured pair of chinos.
What about the shoes?
A pair of brogues best accompany a tweed ensemble. If you’re wearing an overchecked tweed, it can be complementary to pair the colour of the shoes with the colour of the overlaid check. Otherwise, we would recommend a pair of shoes in a shade similar to the colour of the tweed jacket.
Visit in store to receive a tailored consultation on how to wear a tweed jacket accordingly. To submit an enquiry or to arrange an appointment with one of our tailors please call us on 0800 5423406.