This week marks the autumn opening of our Belfast tailoring studio, and we want to celebrate by inviting you to book an appointment for an initial consultation with our Belfast style advisor.
If you start designing your bespoke tailored suit now, it should be ready just in time for the cold weather to kick in. In fact, seeing as it’s autumn already, why not have something autumnal tailored like a bespoke tweed jacket?
The tradition of Irish tweed
Tweed has long been associated with Ireland’s northern counties, especially Donegal and Tyrone.
Thanks to A Suit That Fits’ new studio in Belfast, you can now pay homage to your Northern Irish roots and be fitted for a bespoke tweed jacket just in time for autumn.
Tweed is a sturdy, thick fabric that will keep you warm in the autumn/winter evenings.
Perfect for wearing at the weekend, the tweed jacket is less suitable for business–but don’t let that stop you investing in a tailored tweed item. With A Suit That Fits’ affordable prices, you should be able to wear tailored garments in your off-time, too.
In recent years, tweed has been rediscovered and it’s now quite common to see a sharply-tailored jacket made of tweed.
Once a fabric used for loose sporting coats (think riding and shooting), tweed is now a fashionable cloth–in large part due to designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen championing it.
Whereas those designers favoured Harris tweed–made in the north of Scotland–Ireland is more famous for its Donegal tweed.
Tips on styling a modern tweed jacket
There’s no getting around it: Tweed has an old-school look and feel. The rough, unfinished texture and the (usually) grey, green and beige colourings evoke the great outdoors of Ireland, Scotland and Britain.
When it comes to styling a tweed jacket with one of our style advisors, you might want to go for a classic style. But if you’re looking to give your tweed a modern edge, here are some style tips.
A modern way to wear tweed is to go for the double-breasted look.
Keep the jacket nice and slim with a tailored waist and wear a 6 x 2 or even an 8 x 3 (below right) button front. The combination of tweed’s old-world aesthetic and the smartness of a modern, double-breasted jacket will make you look fantastic.
Until the late 20th century, you wouldn’t really see tweed jackets without big flaps on the pockets.
Today, celebrities like Justin Timberlake (below) have taken a more modern approach to tweed, wearing suits with flapless pockets. If you want to wear tweed without coming across like a stuffy old professor, try the streamlined, flapless pocket look.