Advantages of Tweed Fabric

by Rosemary Ebert

Tweed fabric is available in many patterns such as this houndstooth.

Tweed Fabric Pattern Background image by James Phelps from Fotolia.com

Originally used for cloaks and country wear, tweed originated in the United Kingdom and remained a popular fabric choice throughout the centuries. Tweed was popular among women in the workforce in the early part of the 20th century. Tweed garments were tailored to fit a woman's body, but remained functional and warm. Coco Chanel is credited with giving tweeds a glamorous edge. Tweed fabrics have continued to remain a top fabric in the fashion industry throughout the 21st century.

Tweed for Warmth

Made from mohair, wool or cashmere, tweed fabrics provide warmth in the colder months. The tightly woven strands provide insulation for the body, while the more modern variations of the fabric yarns streamline the bulk that was typical of a tweed garment in years past.

Tweed for Fashion

Emulating the stylings of Coco Chanel, a tweed suit symbolizes high fashion. A tweed garment provides structure. Tweed, in the form of a skirted suit, appears even more fashionable with the addition of braided edges and silk linings. A tweed suit has stood the test of time as a role model for what is called elegant in the fashion world. The newer Lurex threads that are used give the suits a richness and shimmer.

Tweed for the Equestrian Look

Even if you have never ridden a horse, pairing tweed with a pair of tall boots gives the appearance of having ridden for ages. The look becomes more elegant when a white ruffled blouse or a black turtleneck with pearls is layered underneath a tweed blazer. The look dates back to Jackie Onassis and is still a fresh look today.

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About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Rosemary Ebert has been writing since 2010. She owns a furniture and art gallery and writes for eHow on interior design, decorating, creative projects and beauty ideas. She also works as a part-time model at Image International and is frequently seen modeling on QVC. Ebert holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the Catholic University of America.