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Tweed has been in production since the 1800s and is a fabric widely associated with country clothing and garments fashioned for colder climates, such as the brusque Scottish Highlands from where it originates. But it does not end there. Fast forward to modern day, and tweed has been adapted to all kinds of clothing designs. Tweed is a fabric regularly featured by the fashion houses of Chanel and Vivienne Westwood. Tweed comes in all variations and colors, so matching it up really depends on what color tweed you've got.
Tweed may bring to mind the typical country clothing and colors of moss green or khaki brown, but isn't limited to those somewhat dowdy tones. Tweed can be a single or multiple blend of woven color. The fabric lends itself well to black, gray and cream; a blend of all three is the perfect fabric for a modern looking dress, suit or coat. These shades go well with tone-on-tone classic black, or navy works well with gray blends. Add a slick of red lipstick for a full stop on a simple, urban line.
The fashion house Chanel is famous for its line of clothing that features a unique, yet classic style of tweed. They use multiple blends of almost every color you can think of and blow the traditional murky tweed colors out of the water. Mainline fashion now make available sporty tweeds in brighter colors. This style looks fab with blue denim and a plain white or black t-shirt. Otherwise, experiment with blocks of color. A multicolored tweed jacket worn with a red, hot pink or royal blue dress will be a "wow."
Pretty in Pink
Tweed boucle (a type of tweed) can be made up into a whole wardrobe of pretty feminine shades of pink, milky white and mouthwatering fresh pastels. The iconic First Lady, Jackie Kennedy (Onassis), made the Chanel pink boucle tweed suit famous when she wore it back in the '60s. Create your own iconic mood with a block of raspberry pink tweed, trimmed with black and accessorized with black shoes and gloves. Alternatively, pink tweed worn with white is also a classic.
Oh So Classic
OK, at first thought classic tweed may not be the most obvious choice in terms of rocking out some stylish fashion, but it can look super stylish and mod if put together in the right way. Get inspiration from the fabulous Bonnie Parker (aka Fay Dunaway) in the original "Bonnie & Clyde" film. Style a light brown tweed pencil skirt with a short sleeve camel knit and neck-scarf, add a skinny belt to highlight the waist, slip on some kitten heels, and sign off with a cream beret. POW!