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Feeling a Need for Tweed?

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Let’s face it: tweed is a British style staple at this point. From Peaky Blinders flat caps to the sleek suits worn by the royal family (Kate Middleton in particular is a fan), this is a style embedded in the UK’s fashion landscape. Intrigued? Check out our edit of the best tweed style staples to shop and rent now, featuring Sandro, Maje and House of Bruar. 

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Feeling a Need for Tweed?

While the first thing that may come to mind when we say ‘tweed’ are old farmers in gilets, wellies and flat caps, the modern reality is much more vibrant. Synonymous with traditional Scottish (from which the craze started), Irish, Welsh and English dress – as one would expect from nations with less than ideal weather – the fabric has only been used in commercial fashion since the mid nineteenth century. And even then, tweed materialised in the upper classes as shooting jackets, and then later in the Edwardian middle classes as an idealised symbol of elite society.

Fast-forward to the 1920s, when Coco Chanel borrowed some sports gear from her lover, Hugh Grosvenor (aka the Second Duke of Westminster), and fell in love with the fabric. The introduction of tweed to luxury fashion signalled a renaissance for the material, with many brands since – including DIOR, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood – following in Chanel’s footsteps.

Model on runway in pink tweed suit

MaisonCléo

The SS22 runway saw more designers than ever play with the material, bringing colour and modernity to tradition while nodding to the material’s roots (a tweed suit will forever remain iconic, after all). Just see MaisonCléo, for example. The French fashion brand took to the runway armed with a Y2K arsenal – but hidden amongst the baby tees and mini dresses was a selection of tweed treasures, like the pink co-ord pictured above.

Browse our edit of the best tweed pieces below, but remember to shop mindfully. While we’re all for exploring what’s new at our favourite boutiques, we must remember to be conscious of the planet. With many trends the product of style recycling, it’s easy to instead try digging around the back of your wardrobe for your next obsession. Alternatively, try sourcing from rental and resale sites or vintage stores to help keep things circular.

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Orange tweed trousers

Sister Jane

Pluto Check Tweed Trousers, £125, sisterjane.com

Red tweed bag

Guess

Cessily Tweed Mini Bucket Bag, £105, guess.eu

Black and white dress

Maje

Marl Twee Trompe L’Oeil Dress, £399, maje.com

Balmain

Metallic Bouclé-Tweed Jacket, £1,950, net-a-porter.com

Button-Embellished Metallic Bouclé-Tweed Mini Skirt, £1,095, net-a-porter.com

Really Wild

Coral and Silver Shift Dress, £122.50, reallywildclothing.com

Green blazer

Saint Laurent

Wool-Blend Bouclé-Tweed Blazer (UK 12), rent from £184, hurrcollective.com

Asymmetric grey skirt

DIOR

Asymmetric Mid-Length Skirt, £3,900, dior.com

Tweed jacket

Ted Baker

Renata Tweed-Effect Fray-Detail Woven Boucle Jacket, £235, selfridges.com

Purple skirt

Maje

Contrasting Purple Tweed Skirt, £229, maje.com

Model with pink handbag

Mulberry

Lily Tweed & Silky Calf Leather Top Handle, rent from £80, byrotation.com

Belted Tweed Mini Dress

Lichi

Belted Mini Dress (UK 6), rent from £11, byrotation.com

Pink and orange miniskirt

Emilio De La Morena

Mini Skirt (UK 12), rent from £12 or buy secondhand for £420, mywardrobehq.com

Blue jacket with fluffy cuffs

Guess

Marciano Tweed Jacket, £270, guess.eu

Denim and tweed dress

Sandro

Short Tweed and Denim Dress, £359, sandro-paris.com

Blue check bias skirt

House of Bruar

Ladies Bias Skirt, £139.95, houseofbruar.com

Featured image: Guess