Winter is about texture and nothing says winter has arrived more than tweed. However, when the cold weather sets in, many men lack seasonally-appropriate clothing – such as tweed and struggle to really know how to dress for the colder days.
Originally tweed was for the upper class and traditionally associated with country clothing – those gentlemen who used to shoot for leisurely pursuits and thus it became related to the elite.
But over the years there has been a renaissance in tweed. Tweed is unfinished woollen fabric and offers so much design potential because of the way it is weaved. It is also a hard-wearing and tough wool that keeps you warm so when you invest, you’re sure to get your cost per wear out of it.
And just because there has been a resurgence of tweed within menswear doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a three-piece suit in tweed. Not all men feel comfortable going all out in tweed but it does look good on those who can carry off the look. Instead, find a balance that suits you. Whether you choose a tweed gentleman’s hat like the Hata Vintage Herringbone Tweed Cap – a timeless classic hat given a new lease of life handcrafted from Hata mohair & merino custom woven tweeds – they are all the rage this A/W15 for young stylish gents, or a tweed manbag like the Green Harris Tweed Caledonian Rucksack, introducing a hint of it into your wardrobe will put you at the forefront of fashion for this winter.
But if you’re going to invest in just one thing in tweed this winter, we would suggest you consider the Barker Dowd - Barker’s latest shoe for A/W 15. They will not only attract attention – for the right reasons – but they will work effortlessly with everything that you already have in your wardrobe. Best of all, because they are tough and durable, they will stand up to some serious wear and tear.
Picture yourself in Barker Dowd shoes or our very own Robinson Sutherland boots in Whiskey Grain with Harris Tweed, some denims and a chunky knit polo-neck. There you are looking all stylish and bringing a heritage upmarket look to your contemporary wardrobe. Have you ever looked so good?
Dressing right in winter and having some seasonal items for your wardrobe that you can dress up or down is important. It will mean that when you step out, you are stepping up to the mark of a stylish man who understands how to be winter ready. And with your hint of tweed you will ooze gentlemanly class.