Donegal Tweed: for Business and Pleasure

December 21st, 2011


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There are multiple advantages to seasonal suiting. In addition to the added comfort of the cloth, the extended life of your garments in rotation, and the pleasure of unveiling a fresh wardrobe as the weather changes, season-specific fabrics are also more versatile and more appropriate to wear as separates than typical “four-season” suiting fabrics.

In my opinion there is no such thing as a “four season” fabric. It might be labeled “year-round weight”, but in reality these are typically 9-11 ounce worsteds that are only truly appropriate for less than half the year. In NYC that’s roughly April-June and September-November, basically the time between your air conditioning and heating bills.

Here’s a quick example of how a donegal tweed fabric can transition from sharp business suit to weekend blazer.

Business Tweed

A donegal tweed makes for a beautiful three-piece suit. It has an old-world elegance and is full of visual depth. You also don’t need an overcoat for most of the Fall season.

Bonus Tip: Winterize your whole look. Heavyweight suit, thick oxford shirt, wool flannel tie.

Bonus Tip II: A club collar and collar pin were meant to be. They look very natural together.

Bonus Tip III: A deep cuff (like this 2″) looks right on a chunkier cloth, and the added weight helps the pant drape nicely.

Monochrome Donegal Suit

White USA Oxford Shirt
  • Navy/Grey/Black Wool Striped Tie by JCrew ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Silver collar pin by WANT ·
  • Brown leather wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc

Weekend Tweed

Don’t be afraid to layer up that jacket on the weekend, the donegal tweed looks right at home with denim. After all, a tweed suit jacket is a blazer!

Bonus Tip: The easiest way to pile on layers is to go from lightest on the inside to heaviest on the outside.

Bonus Tip II: Not all leather lace-up shoes are ““dressy”. There are some awesome soft-sole lace-ups on the market for the perfect balance between dress and casual.

Bonus Tip III: Whenever you’re wearing a layer over a tailored jacket, try to keep the jacket buttoned. This allows the layers to flow better together and keep their positioning as you move around.

Blue USA Oxford Shirt
  • Grey fair isle crewneck sweater by Club Monaco ·
  • Grey herringbone tweed tie by Woolrich ·
  • Grey suede lace-ups by Surface to Air ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Navy down vest by Lands End ·
  • Raw denim jeans by APC ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford.