Tweed suits are often associated with classical traditions, respectability, high quality and exquisiteness. This perception appeared not without reason.
History of formal suit
The British Isles are considered to be a native land not only of tweed but also of formal costume in general. Classical men’s suit as it is has a long history and hundreds or even thousands of prototypes but it is widely accepted that its native land is England and revolutionary in terms of fashion 19th century.
In the early 19th century men’s suit was comprised of redingote, waistcoat and long underdrawers. At the present time the most suits consist of two items (two-piece suit). Jacket and trousers are made of one and the same material, in case of formal suit it is usually wool and also tweed.
Tweed in formal style
Originally hard and rough tweed was intended for outwear but now different variants of density are available, what means that functionality of tweed items has increased significantly. Choose items so, that you needn’t suffer from heat, and lighter tweed is best suited for it.
Wear classical clothes at the office. For formal style classical colours and textures of tweed are preferable. Avoid gaudiness and excessive decorations. It is recommended not to wear pullovers and polo-necks with a formal suit. Elbow patches over jacket or slip pockets in another texture point out informality of the image. Full length and straight leg of trousers are preferable.
Choose accessories and shoes. Tweed suit in formal style needs suitable tie and classical shoes. It is widely known that bowties look well with tweed jacket but be aware that this variant is quite disputable for modern office if atmosphere of creativity and nonconformism does not prevail there.
Don’t neglect waistcoats. In spite of the fact that modern suits are completed with waistcoat more and more seldom, don’t disregard this item. Tweed waistcoat will emphasize your style and individuality and on its own will add respectability to your image.
Tweed at the office for women
The conception of tweed costumes was crucially changed by the legendary Coco Chanel. She presented her first tweed costume without collar intended for women and not for men in contempt of adopted rules at the fashion show in 1954. Parisian journalists mocked Chanel because of her attempt to copy military uniform in women’s clothes and called her show failure. Despite all the negative assessments tweed costumes turned out to be surprisingly viable and fitted into women’s wardrobe perfectly.
Classical tweed costume is an example of formal style. Namely the commonplace “timeless classics” reflects place of tweed suit in formal dress-code best of all.