Last Fall, Winter and early Spring we have been writing there a lot about tweed. This is the fabric that we - both me personally and the whole Poszetka team - truly love to wear and show around. What to do when it is too hot to wear it? How can we replace it, not giving up the rich texture and versatility?
Author: Mateusz Tryjanowski
Thin gabardine, loosely woven tropical woolens and coarse linens, although all a phenomenal choice for summer, are just no equal. They all have their own character and practical applications, but none can imitate the qualities of tweed, its colorful mix of yarns, three-dimensional surface and informality.
But… Welcome the summer tweed.
Similarly to the soft tweed (that we have already talked about), it is neither the real tweed nor the specific fabric type. It is a common term for all the lighter, summer-appropriate cloths that are supposed to copy some of the tweed’s characteristics.
Usually this name is reserved for the fabrics that are woven from the mix of woollen, linen and (optionally) silk yarns. Wool gives the strength and durability, linen makes it breathable and matte-looking, silk then adds slubs and irregular yarns for some texture depth. Summer tweed is never totally plain - it just always has some irregularities and melange appearance, thanks to the colorful mix of yarns. Definitely not the standard, safe choice.
Additionally, it usually comes in earth colours: beiges, browns, warm greys, pale greens. Sometimes they even make up a classic, british-style pattern: contrasting houndstooth, big plaids, vintage-looking, complicated checks.
Although these hues could be normally associated with fall/winter months, they go perfectly well with the subdued, modern summer palette. They look as if they were faded by sun, different from what we know from the original british tweed. You can easily tell that this is not a winter piece just by looking, even if it does not look clearly summer-y from the distance.
However, the aim is not to make an ideal copy of the classic tweed just suited for the hotter months (it would be hard to imitate this hairy texture) - but to create a fabric that can share some of its qualities. A cloth that will make a great sportcoat, as versatile as a tweed jacket, one that can look equally good when worn with a pair of jeans and grey flannels, dress shirt and knitwear (or maybe a polo shirt). Subtle, but tough. Not boring, but muted enough to be worn often in different outfits, for different occasions.
The idea sounds attractive - enough to be incorporated into Poszetka’s newest Spring/Summer collection, in the form of an almost archetypical summer tweed sportcoat.
It is a model cut from a wool/silk/linen mix by Carlo Cerruti in warm grey, brown and beige tones, with some additional colourful accents appearing in the expressive Prince of Wales check. All topped by the 3-roll-2 button closure and a tad lower gorge, two details that make the jacket look more classic and timeless. Definitely one of the most versatile jackets in the Poszetka’s RTW history, so easy to pair with trousers and accessories.
As you can see, Kuba really enjoys this piece. Take his advice and check how useful a summer tweed jacket can be!