Tweed has been around for centuries (read about the History of Tweed) and is without a doubt a quintessentially British icon. This article discusses its origins, why tweed should be part of your wardrobe and which products to consider. Tweed is hugely versatile making it the perfect wear for hunting, stalking or as an everyday outfit. From the humble tweed jacket to extravagant accessories and breeks to waistcoats, we discuss a range of tweed clothing and accessories for a variety of activities.
Originating in Scotland in the 18th Century, Tweed is an age-old coarse fabric woven from wool. From its unassuming origins of a hardy fabric used by peasants as workwear, to its adoption by the upper classes and more recently its popularisation by fashion designers – tweed has proven its worth through the ages.
Working classes traditionally opted for tweed due to its durability, insulating and wind-resistance qualities which is what makes it great for hunting, shooting and fishing. Tweed is able to withstand light rain and damp weather without additional treatment, which is a much sought-after quality for those braving the weather of the British Isles.
What makes tweed ideal for outdoor enthusiasts?
Robust – woven in a ‘twill’ weave – heavier than a plain weave – the robustness of tweed means it will keep the wearer warm on colder days and is incredibly durable as well as naturally possessing wrinkle and stain resistant factors.
Insulating – tweed is a woollen fabric – wool is renowned for its warmth and flexibility and has been relied up for centuries by working folk and aristocrats for its ability to trap heat and keep one comfortable on cold and warmer days.
Stylish – conventionally made in earth-tones which provide a traditional, natural and classy demeanour. Tweed is incredibly versatile and can be ideal for any occasion, not just hunting, shooting or fishing. A tweed jacket will instantly smarten up any outfit, giving the wearer a smart, chic, sophisticated feel.
Top tweed tips
DO buy as expensive as you can afford – it is worth spending extra to get extra
DO try it on (we offer no quibble returns and exchange)
DO invest in tweed – it is without doubt up there with the best outdoor clothing fabrics, you will not regret it
DON’T be fooled into thinking it will be scratchy – tweed clothing is designed for comfort and often lined
DON’T think that tweed is just for hunting – a tweed jacket is ideal to smarten up an outfit to go to the pub or for a meal
Tweed attire to consider:
Waterproof and breathable ✔
Multiple pockets ✔
Cartridge pockets ✔
Inner cuff for extra warmth ✔
Alcantara trim on key wear areas ✔
Shetland wool tweed fabric ✔
Quilted lining ✔
Fitted waistline ✔
Handwarmer pockets ✔
Studded front closure✔
Trousers and breeks
Comfortable, classic fit ✔
Fully lined ✔
Teflon coated ✔
Two side pockets✔
Back pocket ✔
100% lambswool tweed ✔
Adjustable and elasticated leg cuff ✔
Side and rear pockets ✔
Zip fly with hook and bar fastening ✔
100% lambswool waistcoat ✔
Stud flap front closure ✔
Moleskin collar ✔
Fleece lined pockets ✔
Micro fleece lining ✔
Hardwearing Derby tweed gilet ✔
Full length two-way zip✔
Multiple pockets ✔
Moleskin collar ✔
British wool Harris Tweed ✔
Deep back for optimum fit ✔
Luxury satin lining ✔
Stitched down peak ✔
18/8 stainless steel base ✔
Genuine Scottish Tweed✔
Tan leather – double stitched ✔
Stainless steel filler funnel ✔
If you are unsure which tweed jacket or flat cap is right for you, get in touch with us via our website – we are more than happy to offer advice where we can.