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A guide to help the average man... look less average

Lovin' Tweed

Mark Kwak

Beautiful tweeds lined up in a closet. Drool.

It's fall, and winter is coming. Time to bust out the tweed.

Tweed is one of my all-time favorite fabrics. Not only does it keep you warm, but it also oozes of pure class. I think every man should strive to have at least one piece in their wardrobe made of this awesome cloth.

Now some of you may say, "Tweed? What am I, an old man?" To that I say... you think you're better than tweed, you wanna fight?  In all seriousness, I do get that tweed can seem a bit dated, as its resurgence is a bit of a throwback to an earlier time period. A time period when our grandfathers wore tweed sportcoats while smoking cigars, and sipping neat bourbon in their dim lit living room. But come on, doesn't that time period paint an amazing picture? I'll gladly embrace the revival of old school tweed, and wear my tweed pieces till I grow old myself. Plus, if you're still feeling self conscious, take a look at any fashion magazine today- tweed dominates.

Tweed comes in many shapes and forms. Think crazy patterns and colors like above, or plain grey herringbones like below. Unlike other fabrics, most patterns and colors, however crazy, can look great on tweed. Despite this, if you're new to tweed, I would recommend getting it in an overcoat or sports coat, colors being a solid grey or brown. This way, your piece will remain timeless, and you can at least have your basics down before moving onto more daring pieces.

Nordstrom has a large list of really great tweed pieces, but you'll notice that most of them require quite an investment (which I think is warranted). Some standouts to me are the Todd Snyder sports coat and Gitman woven tie. Either way, I say you should look into tweed a bit, and get a piece for yourself. If you're still uncertain, here are some pics that may help persuade you.

This is probably my favorite tweed- a mid-grey herringbone. In my opinion, it's the most versatile out of all the tweeds, as it will go well with almost anything. Doesn't the subtle pattern just mesmerize you? Does for me.

Notice how there are literally between 10 and 20 colors all interacting together in this picture? Tweed has an amazing ability to showcase color and patterns while still remaining relatively subdued and classic. If I were to don these colors on leather or even cotton, I would likely look ridiculous.

Timeless and elegant.

So in all, I say you should get yourself a nice tweed jacket for the fall and winter. You'll get great use out of it, and you'll probably rely on it more often than you think. It's a piece you can be proud of wearing today, tomorrow, and forty years from now. Cheers.