Men's caps from tweed
Tweed cap is clothing for English hunters, doctors, riders, bikers and card players. Tweed head pieces — somewhat crumpled caps with small blinders — were preferred by the London aristocracy and even by kings.
Men’s caps have everything that true dandies appreciate so much: democracy, sports and certain exquisiteness. It can be combined with a suit, an overcoat or a warm jacket — and not lose elegance at all.
The first English caps for men were made of tweed with twill weave. Later many other varieties appeared that were soft and light, and monochrome items and checkered head pieces have become more popular during the last years. However, the material that was originally used is considered to be classic — and it was houndsthooth grey (also known as dog's tooth or pied-de-poule).
Why has a usual grey cap stood the test of time and outlived all the trendy styles of head pieces worn by the king’s circle, bankers and manufacturers?
The English Style: Comfort and Fashion
The Europeans value comfort above all. You should feel comfortable outside, at home, at a walk and in the public transport. Fashion follows this unspoken rule: the materials for designer collections are natural and of high quality that’s why all the head pieces that are created are light, shoes are warm with a low-rise sole.
Models demonstrate extravagant items with a lot of skin showing on the catwalk, but in real life well-off British ladies don grey tweed suits with black trims and men prefer somewhat creased woolen short coats combined with warm caps.
But every detail of wardrobe is of highest quality and without any synthetic materials.
The well-off have long ago got used to elegant and not striking item and are not particularly excited about the external effect. A vivid example of the British comfortable fashion is a tweed jacket with elbow patches.
A tweed cap means comfort and warmth and by the way this head piece becomes almost anyone: the young and the elderly, those in shape and those a bit out of it.
Bicycle Ride in a Cap
An amateurs’ bicycle ride with a motto Tweed Run! took place in Great Britain in 2009. Only those who came in a tweed cap and dressed in a similar suit were allowed to participate. The jury encouraged the use of any head pieces: those for hunters, athletes, jockeys — with the only condition that they are made of the authentic Scottish tweed.
It was a pleasure to look at the well-groomed riders with curled-up moustache (early 20th century fashion) in tweed caps and leg warmers tucked into leather boots. Thousands of city dwellers gathered to watch such a spectacular show. The English tweed, as has been shown, doesn’t age and stays fashionable.