A few weeks back we ran a post called Tweed in Town and Country championing the wearability of tweed in urban settings. Today we’ve compiled a list of men who wear tweed well.
Some of the names that feature on our list will come as no surprise but it’s always a pleasure to be reminded of these established tweed icons. To drink up a little of the drip, drip, drip inspiration from the truly suave and indulge in a little style nostalgia.
A few of the names may not be so familiar – Nick Wooster is perhaps the most famous name in modern menswear, and there is absolutely no doubt that he’s influenced what men wear today more than any other man. But this doesn’t mean you’ve heard of him – until now….
Tweed Icons Past and Present
First up King of the Ivy League JFK. Truly a timeless look that works on men of all ages. Note the lightweight trousers, and pale pink shirt or even polo shirt. This is how to wear tweed in the summer.
Sir Jackie Stewart
Next in line is Sir Jackie Stewart – man of speed and man of tweed. Also – quite simply – as we have a snap of him in his A Hume tweed cap, we’re not going to pass up the opportunity to show it again.
Patrick Grant began his relationship with tweed early in life, sporting a tweed jacket as a pupil at Edinburgh Academy. As an adult his advocacy of tweed and fine cloth continues through his bespoke tailoring business Norton & Sons. No doubt about it he’s a fine style councillor and tweed icon.
The legendary head of Fiat was a lover of bespoke tailoring and tweeds. He was perhaps the most stylish man of his generation yet he wore his tie askew and his watch over his cuff – affecting what the Italian’s call sprezzatura, a cool, nonchalance about personal appearance.
Nick Wooster is the style icon’s, style icon. Even more of an achievement considering he is, by his own account ‘an old midget’ – a description we feel is a bit harsh. His great triumph is attention to detail without any fussiness. There are lessons to be learned from his cuff length, tie pin, pocket hankie and grooming.
Every style list should have its wild card and here is ours…though the inclusion of HRH is entirely sincere. Replying to the suggestion that he is a style icon Prince Charles claimed that he has never once altered his tweedy style ‘I have gone on like a stopped clock – and my style comes round every 25 years.’ Looks like his fashion sun is once again rising.
Britain’s most famous male model of all time, Telegraph car reviewer and maker of M&S pants would look good in a proverbial paper bag but our point is that he chooses to look good in tweed. He wears it tailored, he wears it casual and he wears it well.
The Duke of Windsor
And here by virtue of long service is the Duke of Windsor – still rocking tweed when he should have been rocking his chair. Our list of tweed icons would be incomplete without him, especially as his style legacy lives on in the Windsor Knot and the trend for leaving the bottom button of a waistcoat undone.
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