Mr. Tweed Country Style Blog

Greetings all, and welcome!

Ever since King Charles II freed the English from the tyranny of French fashion, and in doing so put a definite end to gentlemen aping after peacocks, the standards of British sartorialism have been the envy of the world.
But sadly, today these standards are only second nature to a small (but proud) minority, many a would-be gentleman find himself lost in these matters, and at the mercy of unscrupulous shopkeepers and the like. However, I am quite confident that a renaissance in matters of style is imminent, and why should I not therefore do my part? Of course a gentleman will always be of service to others, and so, here it is: My guide to British country style.


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Selection of tweed

How can I choose a tweed for a jacket?

I am completely confused by following factors:

1. weight and warmth

2. weight and durability

3. pattern

4. quality of mill

Some tweed selection advice...

Dear Peter,

Choosing the right tweed for your suit or sports jacketA sports jacket, commonly of tougher material than a suit jacket, is meant to be worn with trousers of another colour (and pattern). can indeed be a challenging experience. We are working on an article on this iconic fabric, but will I try to give you some short advice on this matter below:

1 and 2: Increased weight do indeed increase both the warmth and the durability of a tweed. However the density is also a matter of importance. A dense fabric protect you better from wind, rain and abrasion, but a less dense, high loft tweed can be warmer if worn under a coat or indoor. The durability is also affected by the wool used in the tweed. A cheviot (British sheep wool) tweed is more hard wearing, but not as soft, as a saxony (lambs wool) tweed.

3. Pattern selection is of course mostly influenced by your personal taste. Harris and Donegal tweeds gives a more academic and down to earth, look with its rugged and plain appearance. The sporting tweeds, in an estate or gunclub pattern, gives a slightly aristocratic look and associations to country sport activities like shooting or riding. A colourful check tweed makes a bold statment, but will make you look bigger.

4. The remaining British and Irish mills all know their trade, and offers the classic look of genuine tweed. Harris TweedA quality handwoven tweed made in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. is still hand woven in Scotland, giving it a more open and rugged structure. British sporting tweeds have a denser structure giving thorn-proof performance to your country sport inspired garments.

The Gentleman.

Over the years, the meaning "Gentlemen" has taken many twists and turns and has been related to those who are more fortunate in all cases that those at the lower end of the class spectrum. There'll obviously be those who have their own interpretations; even some scorning a man who stands out from the rest because of his choice of mannerism, respectfulness, righteousness, panache and style. Wikipedia's version of the Gentleman is one interpretation... then refer to 4 Modern usage.

As long as a man can exercise the true meaning of a Gentleman in his heart whilst not showing how thick his wallet is, there's no reason why we cannot spread the gospel as to who we are and what we stand for. Hurrah! Gary

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