Vintage Tweed Skirt (similar here & here) Ann Taylor Everyday Turtleneck MIU MIU Rhinestone Cat-Eye Sunglasses Vintage Topaz Brooch Set (similar here) Express Skinny Patent Belt (similar here) Kate Spade Patent ‘Licorice‘ Pumps
Tweed itself has remained as a mainstay garment affixed of a tailored perspective; arriving as a fabric among royalty and aristocrats. Many, if not all, will see a garment for its outer persona not for its predictable or complex history implication which might be interwoven with its evolution. What I have found throughout my fashion studies was the interlocked conjunction that each garment stands as a pillar of stature from a moment in time or place. You see, garments and their designers have a particularly solid linear which consists of a vision. A fabric which carries an enriched history is by far, tweed. From its emergence as a textile of choice which dates back to the 1820s and 1830s, credited to the celebrity of Scotsmen Sir Walter Scott and Lord Brougham which both favored bold tweed trousers. Much like the mid-Victorian period, tweed had been made popular by countries of sportswear due to its warmth, breathability ad cultural currency, creating a world of benefits.
Refashioned at the turn of the 19th century, tweed adopted its masculine style to an elite of sartorial and socio-political coding with a new wave of women garnishing oneself in a conservative characteristic also known as haute couture. In 1924, French fashion design and style icon Coco Chanel redesigned such a fabric commissioning her fine collection of tweed dresses, jackets and skirts presenting the Chanel ‘Look’. In plotting how to ensemble such an attire one should be styled informally with a classic black turtleneck made from a cotton based material nothing ribbed or embossed, for a more mild approach a silk loose fitting blouse which flows over the midsection is subtle yet elegant. Overall, I find stylizing tweed evokes its enriched history with a geminate of its once traditional yet high couture style.