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Tweed in the City

First of all the old saying "No tweed in town" was actually only relevant for London. After all, from an English perspective London is the only real town in Britain, if not the world. Secondly, the rule had much more relevance regarding to the occasion than to London itself. A gentleman reluctantly leaving his country estate for London would always have some formal business to take care of; otherwise he would have preferred staying at home. Formal business called for proper business attire, thus ruling out tweed.

Today the matter is altogether different. The business attire requirement is all relaxed now, save for, say, the financial banker or corporate solicitor. Combined with a pale blue city shirt, your favourite tweed jacket is an excellent companion for most city occasions, looking relaxed yet elegantly sporty. You might want to leave your pheasant tie at home, though.

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Well spoken! Maybe I can

Well spoken! Maybe I can tanke the matter even further. Whu not use a nice shootingtie in disctrete colours even if the pattern is all about pheasants? It is onsy a matter of discrete style, relaxed and sporty. And on your way back to the estate!

Blue is a very "towny"

Blue is a very "towny" colour to associate with tweed - is your reason for suggesting it that of "urbanising" tweed? I would limit the use of blue to "black-shoe" clothes.
Th tieless but jacketed look should be STRONGLY discouraged; to me it is sloppy, unfinished and incongruous. A wool tie is the thing to wear with a tweed jacket or tweed suit.

Blue is a very "towny"

I'm not entirely in agreement that a "wool tie is the thing to wear with a tweed jacket or tweed suit. You'll find those (esepecially former British Army officers) who'll tend to wear a regimental tie with a tweed jacket, too (as well as a blaser with badge on the breast pocket). Sincerely yours, Gary

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