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Time Machine: Unravelling Tweed

February 17, 2021
"For a long time, tweed was known to be a masculine style and pattern. It was until Chanel took a leap of faith and entered women into the equation. "
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weed takes its name from the river Tweed in Scotland. The fabric is crafted from the wool of the sheep local to the river. Brushed and twisted with two colours into a thick and grizzled texture, makes tweed a winter fabric.

It has a porous and elastic structure and is made by genuine wool. As all wools are known to keep you “warm in the winter and cool in the summer”, the same principle applies to tweed fabrics. Much of tweed terminology has to do with the pattern and style. The pattern is determined by how it’s woven: Plain Twill: A simple weave that produces a diagonal pattern. Over check Twill:  Plain twill in a grid pattern; looks like plaid. Plain Herringbone: A v-shaped fishbone pattern. Over check Herringbone (Estate Tweed): Like an over check twill, but with a herringbone weave. For more detail on estate tweed, see below. And Barleycorn: A coarse, flecked pattern, like corn rows.

This is a man’s world they said and kept the tweed fabric exclusive for men’s apparel. For a long time, tweed was known to be a masculine style and pattern. It was until Chanel took a leap of faith and entered women into the equation. Chanel weaved tweed as a trademark by releasing winter edits every year. One of the biggest features of this fabric is that it does not wrinkle, and the other is it’s waterproof.

Women’s tweed jackets or tunic models can be used in many different places: in the office, at events and in day to day life.

Prada’s 2015-16 autumn / winter collection of backpacks and hair bands using candy colours rejuvenated the trend by merging the fashion show with legendary tweed jackets by Chanel. The same year, brands such as Escada, Sonia Rykiel, Erdem and Giambattista Valli supported the rise of this trend with the combination of top-to-bottom designs.

Don’t forget: Though tweed has been associated with mature ladies, now the fabric has been interpreted into much younger designs. 

 

Tweed Tips:  

1) Don’t wear tweed with tweed. 

2) The most common combo is tweed with blue jeans. Though polka or velvets go well with tweed too. 

3) Accomplish a younger tweed look with lace details and heels.

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