There’s no doubt about it, a tweed jacket is a solid staple within the contemporary men’s wardrobe. Versatile, classic and super smart, it’s a piece that will work for myriad occasions - providing you get the styling right. For both on and off duty dressing, consider the pocket square a failsafe companion.
Though small, this cunning little accessory holds all kinds of sartorial powers. Ultimately, it’s a great way to express your individual sense of style. If you’re into bold statement dressing, a pocket square in a bright hue will really make your tweed jacket pop. For the trend conscious, this is also a great way to tap into seasonal trends without being a style slave, the SS14 catwalks were awash with high-impact primary shades so opting for saturated yellow, blue or red will keep it current.
Another huge trend that has been brewing for several seasons now is pattern on pattern. Our inaugural Harris Tweed collection consists of both timeless and bold options that acknowledge this enduring trend. With that in mind, we’ve created some pointers on what to wear with a Tweed jacket, so you make the most of this timeless fashion classic.
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If you’re out and about on a weekend, you’ll want to take the vibe down a notch and a pair of straight-leg or slim-cut jeans will do the trick. If your idea of casual and relaxed still includes a shirt, go for a white shirt in a casual fabric such as cotton. Wear with the top buttons left undone for that all-important ‘I just threw this on’ vibe. Otherwise a grey marl T is a super comfy option. Complete the look with a brightly coloured pocket square, a simple flat fold will suffice, and a pair of classic Converse or sneakers.
Whether you’re heading out for dinner with friends or meeting the in-laws, you’ll need to master this elusive dress code. Fortunately, when paired with simple wardrobe staples, a tweed jacket is a strong choice. Opt for a crisp black or pale blue shirt and a pair of neutral beige or navy chinos for the perfect smart casual canvas. Accessorise with a classic brown brogue and a matching tweed pocket square. Pairing the tweed fabrics gives you a sharp, yet casual look.
If you need to dress up for a meeting or a more formal engagement, wearing a tweed jacket offers plenty of scope. To keep it timeless, add a waistcoat and tailored trousers in a plain, dark fabric or in matching tweed. A bright white shirt works best for this look, especially if you’re going tweed-heavy.
Add an all-important sartorial edge with some choice accessories. Smart tweed dressing requires either a skinny tie or a bow tie, and a pocket square is essential to give your look the final touch of class. It's important not to directly match your pocket square to your tie, a definite no-no, but instead choose a complementary colour where one of the secondary colours in your tie is reflected in your pocket square or you can opt for another contrast, especially when you want to add just a little flash of colour. A neat flat fold or a two-point fold will underscore this razor-sharp look perfectly.
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