29 Oct Tweed : A Brief History and Styled with Olive Denim Knit Jeans
Yes, another fall blazer in my collection!. I add some each year, as I find colors in this jacket very “fall” , like leaves on the trees with the olive, rust, orange, yellows and browns interwoven in this Layfayette149NY jacket. The necklace you saw on me last week from Sylca Designs adding more bronze and brown to this fall look. I want to share with you a brief history on Tweed, as it is one of Fall’s trends and favorite textiles. Take notes ladies! ( Ok, the former teacher in me, will digress)
This was taken last week, as you can tell. After This Monday, I noticed when I was trying to eliminate all the greys coming in on my head, my stylist did my hair. Tuesday’s photos, to me ( this week) , showed too much copper, when my hair has naturally gold-red tones to it. So, my stylist came over this week and corrected it with more gold. Happier now.. You will see it next week . Anyhow, just getting that out of the way, as I want to talk about Tweed! I have amassed a few more tweed jackets this fall, and look forward to showing you different looks, but how much do you know about it?
When we think of tweed, as fashionistas, I imagine many of us associate the fabric with CoCo Chanel suits, adorned in pearls. However, tweed’s history goes back centuries.
Bit of History of Tweed
Tweed’s history begins centuries ago on the Isles of the Scottish Outer Hebrides where islanders made fabric to battle the harsh winters. It was hand-woven by crofters using their own wool. They called it Clò Mór in Gaelic – ‘The big cloth’. By the end of the 18thcentury it had started to become a staple industry for islanders – they started exporting cloth to the Scottish mainland.
The word , “Tweed” actually came from a clerical error on an invoice, as it was to be written, as “tweel” or Scottish Twill, the pattern that is characteristically made. The word mistakenly was taken from The River Tweed, that flows through Scottish Borders. There the name was born. Tweed was considered a material worn for the aristocrates in the 1830s for stalking and hunting. This was known as Estate Tweed. We are most familiar with the Modern Tweed of the 20th century from the 30s-60s, where it was then CoCo Chanel made the suits and jackets quite popular.
- Scottish Estate Tweeds book – Johnstons of Elgin (link now broken)
I am always fascinated where certain garments and fabrics originate, so I hope you liked the short bit of history lesson today. I have a fondness for Modern Tweed as I think it is a beautifully textured and rich fabric without having to be rich in price. The Modern Tweed is lighter than the Estate Tweed and perfect for fall weather.
As a kid I always loved fall, and living in Pittsburgh, we always had the 4 seasons. The crisp air, colors of the leaves, hiking and camping were always a part of this season. Now, I love those same things here in Charlotte, with the added addition of fall fashion and tasty meals with colorful vegetables like butternut squash, eggplant, and pumpkin. I love a cup of cocoa and especially a treat of a pumpkin spice latte, as I joke with the barista about making them blindfolded at this point.
I decided to pair this beautiful tweed jacket with olive, these denim knit jeans from Fabrizio Gianni, as to bring out this color in the jacket. Greens, browns, oranges, yellows, plums, and purples are a big part of fall’s look, and the Pantone Colors this year seem to favor my skin tone and hair. I added one of my favorite cognac bags by Rebecca Minkoff, and these rugged brown boots by Jeffery Campbell.
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Tell Me , Do you wear tweed? What other type of jacket might you pair with these olive knit jeans?
Details: Tweed Jacket: Layfayette149NY ( Poshmark)
Denim Knit Jeans in Grapeleaf: c/oFabrizio Gianni
Boots: Jeffery Campbell ( Poshmark)
handbag: Rebecca Minkoff
Necklace c/o Sylca Desgins
Have a great day!
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