Item of the week: the tweed set

What it is:

Tweed, as a fabric, was created in Scotland in the early eighteenth century and initially refers to a material with a subtle pattern made from merino sheep wool. It exists in a plain weave, twill or herringbone texture, resulting in different patterns. One of his most notable moments in fashion history came in 1924 when Coco Chanel commissioned a Scottish manufacturer to produce tweed fabrics for a wide range of Chanel clothing, making it a signature style of the house. As the popularity of tweed increased, brands adopted the tweed look in their own collections, with many also translating the look into affordable designs or mimicking the look of tweed with cheaper and animal-friendly fabrics.

Photo: Na-kd

Why you want it:

This coming season, two-piece tweed sets will get a massively modern update aimed at a younger audience. As a result, we see tweed sets merging with current lifestyle and clothing trends that are already loved by this target group, such as adopting the 90s and 00s looks. In addition, the use of sets is in line with the casual workwear trend that emerged after the relaxation of the Corona measures earlier this year and the subsequent steady migration back to the office. Tweed can be seen in both men’s and women’s fashion, whether in suits, sometimes paired with a skirt, or other two-piece sets, such as a T-shirt and shorts, giving plenty of choice.

Foto: United Colors of Benetton

Where is it spotted:

Tweed, or tweed-inspired looks were particularly colorful during the AW22 women’s fashion season. Versace led the way with loose-fitting blazers, miniskirts and dresses made of striking tweed fabrics. Oscar de la Renta applied a similar aesthetic to his pre-fall collection, mainly featuring large gingham checks. Halpern also opted for brightly colored sets, but with neon colored areas, while Coperni opted for more natural gray tones. Meanwhile, Chanel stayed true to its tweed roots with a range of signature designs updated with pastel shades and simple silhouettes.

Photo: YAS

How to style it:

If the pieces are worn together, choose to wear contrasting fabrics under the sets so they can stand out on their own. For example, do this with a satin-style shirt to dress it up, or with a simple t-shirt if you’re going for a casual look. While the two parts are often meant to be worn together, they can also be worn separately. For example, a tweed jacket can be paired with jeans or other elegant trousers or skirts, while a tweed skirt can be worn with a jacket or blouse in a contrasting color or fabric.

Photo: Polo Ralph Lauren

The tweed set is a classic and by giving it a modern twist, the look is also suitable for a younger target group. The fabric itself can turn a garment into a statement piece for the fashion-conscious consumer or a set that is perfect for the office.

Photo: Yvette Libby N’guyen Paris

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This article originally appeared on FashionUnited.uk . Translation and adaptation into Dutch by Wendela van den Broek.


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