The Need for Tweed: The perfect suit for vintage and rustic weddings
We’ve already highlighted tweed as one of our wedding suit trends to look out for in 2019.
So we thought we’d look in a little more detail about why so many grooms are feeling the need for tweed when it comes to their wedding suits and why it’s the perfect choice for vintage and rustic weddings.
The popularity of tweed
When you think of tweed you more than likely picture an old-fashioned country gent, walking through the grounds of his stately home with a shotgun over his shoulder.
Thankfully, that’s no longer the case.
TV shows like The Crown and Peaky Blinders have propelled tweed back into the fashion world, which is why more grooms are choosing a tweed wedding suit for their special day.
The history of tweed
Tweed is a rough, closely-woven woollen fabric with a flexible texture.
It was originally called tweel (Scots for twill) because it was woven in a twilled rather than a plain pattern.
One story about its change of name suggests that a London merchant in the 1800s misread the word tweel as tweed, thinking that the name was taken from the river Tweed that flows through the Scottish Borders textile area. As a result, the tweels that he sold were advertised as tweed and the name stuck.
Being shower-proof and hard-wearing made tweed ideal for the countryside, which is why the British aristocracy used it when shooting and hunting.
Like most things rooted in British heritage, tweed has been re-imagined for a modern audience.
Recent nostalgia, especially given the popularity of the show Peaky Blinders, has reintroduced the classic lines and fitted styles of vintage suits.
This perfectly matches the current trends for vintage and rustic weddings.
For the couple who is getting married in a stately home or a countryside setting, it’s the perfect suit to match the occasion and venue.
The all-weather suit
Not everyone is fortunate enough to get married during nice weather.
And when you factor in the British weather, you’re even less likely to guarantee it!
Because of its tightly woven fibres, tweed is a smart and stylish way to stay warm and dry without bulking up in layers of clothing. This also means that a tweed suit is perfect for autumn and winter weddings.
Styling a tweed wedding suit
Whether you want to go for head-to-toe tweed or just incorporate a few elements into your wedding suit, when you find the right balance, tweed can make all the difference.
One option is to use tweed as the overall theme for the groomsmen but mix and match colours, accessories and styles to avoid everyone looking the same.
You could also mix tweed with other materials to create your own look. Perhaps a feature tweed waistcoat or a tweed jacket and waistcoat with non-tweed trousers?
It’s worth remembering that beige isn’t the only shade of tweed. Grey tweed and blue tweed offer a stylish alternative.
Accessories for a tweed wedding suit
Accessories are a great way to break up an all-tweed look.
Bright contrasting ties and pocket squares can offer a splash of colour.
In colder months, you can use the drop in temperature as an opportunity to add some seasonally stylish accessories like knitted ties and even scarves.
Going back to the influence of Peaky Blinders, a tweed cap is also starting to become a popular accessory.
If you’re starting to feel the need for tweed and you’d like some advice on how you can find the perfect tweed suit for your wedding, contact the team at Dyfed Menswear and book a consultation.
Posted by Phill Williams on
15 January 2019 at 9:00 AM
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