Great Britain is a homeland of tweed, therefore it is widespread there from the earliest times. Tweed travelled a long way from clothes for countryside in cold weather till the King of the catwalks at the fashion shows.
Classic at the modern time
Originally, tweed was a thick impermeable fabric, which could protect from cold, wind and rain in gloomy Scotland. Ensemble of that thick tweed is not very pleasant to wear in the city now: English gentleman usually hunts in such a suit or, at least, walks in boundless wastelands. Special tweed jackets, which are called hacking jackets, are intended for riding.
However, tweed will always find its place in the concrete jungle. The English wear classical tweed jacket and combine it with corduroys. Of course, it is attire for weekends, picnics and rest in cold weather. But another kind of tweed, for example, with patterns herringbone or houndstooth is pertinent for sports jackets, shirts with ties look well with them. Such a jacket can be worn in the office, if there is not a strict dress-code. Herringbone can be seen on American admires of tweed more often, indeed.
On the top or style of living
Since tweed became one of the main fashion trends, rules became significantly easier. Many London mods, who prefer retro, make it a rule to ride classical city bikes in tweed clothes. It can be jackets, waistcoats, kepis or suit ensembles.
Tweed entrenched itself on catwalks, especially in the autumn and winter collections. Since Coco Chanel presented her famous costume to the public, fashionmongers of the world are eager to wear tweed. Three-piece costumes remain in wardrobe of the first ladies and their imitators as an ideal variant for special occasions.
Designers get inspired with classic and create new examples. English Alexander McQueen and Burberry demonstrate the British, that tweed is not just a “country” material.
Many English people wear tweed every day: it can be jacket, coat, dress or unusual gumshoes with traditional checked woollen insets. In particular, it concerns representatives of the art professions, free painters, designers, musicians... They made tweed a part of their style of living and wear it with the British elegance, easiness and graceful carelessness.