The lowdown on how to style and how to wear your treasured tweed jacket

ARCHIE HUME

Time was that no one other than the well-heeled upper crust, academics in redbrick Universities and Compo-esque Last of the Summer Wine types wore tweed jackets.

The former as a signifier of country gent credentials. The academic – elbows patched – as a sign of his aspirations towards the glory of an Oxbridge Chair. And the latter with pockets bellowing from years of abuse because, as any thrifty country sort will tell you, a good tweed jacket is warm, practical and will last a lifetime.

Now – in our liberated, sartorially egalitarian times – it’s open season on tweed jackets for anyone with an appreciation for fine cuts, cloth and colour.

Sharply tailored tweed cuts rather a dash in the city where it sings out against the prevailing dark-suited norm of corporate man. Go made-to-measure to experience the ultimate in an elegant business dress. At A Hume we source our cloth from the finest mills in the Scottish Borders and tailor to your exact requirements, ensuring a glove-like fit for a fraction of Saville Row equivalents.

Tweed is as formal, or informal as you style it. The colours and tones of Donegal Tweed lend themselves to more contemporary looks. Layer them and wear with a dark shirt, grey-marl sweatshirt and jeans for a relaxed, easy wearing Autumn/Winter look.

Tweed waistcoats are a Hipster classic and far easier to wear than you might imagine – see post How to Wear Waistcoats. Wear with jeans, stomping great boots and pretty much any jacket, with the exception of black leather.

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