A tweed blazer, sometimes called a cardigan, is an American classic men’s garment that’s heavy, snug, warm, and usually has a low, square collar. Originally designed from the fine fibers of the sheepskin plant, tweed blazes became very fashionable among military and professional athletes in the early 20th century. The weight of a cardigan can vary considerably; thin cardigans can be worn year round whereas thick cardigans are great for winter. Many American tweed blazer makers also make other items such as sweaters, coats, hats and cardigans.
Traditionally, tweed blazer can be worn with any type of garment, but is especially suited to heavier weight jackets and sweaters. To wear a cardigan, a man only needs a white shirt, any length white shirt, and one or two buttons. To wear a sweater, all a man needs is a white shirt, preferably crew necked, some trousers or chinos (very important), and one or two buttons. To wear a vest, he just needs a light colored vest.
In many ways, denim is a much better choice of fabric for a tweed blazer as it’s stronger and tends to be much more weather resistant. Denim jackets are typically waterproof but not all are. Denim is also very easy to maintain. In addition, compared to other materials like wool, denim fabrics are relatively cheap and can be re-sold after washing.
Another great reason to choose a tweed blazer for your next outfit is because it can easily be dressed up or down. A solid blue tweed jacket looks smashing with a pair of pleated pants for a casual summer outfit. Conversely, a tweed blazer can look fantastic with a crisp white shirt and dark pants for an evening outfit. You can add accessories, such as studs, belts, or jackets to your ensemble for even more variety. There are also numerous colors to choose from so you’re guaranteed to find an appropriate blazer for your outfit.
Another great reason to choose a tweed blazer for your next outfit is because it has so many different looks available to it. If you want to go classic, then a basic black tweed blazer looks stunning with a pair of simple brown tweed shirts. You can also pair a black tweed blazer with a gray or white shirt for a very stylish and understated look. You can also take a brown tweed blazer and pair it with a white shirt for a summer look that is both cool and warm at the same time. For a slightly dressier look, try wearing a white shirt with a gray tweed blazer over a red or blue blouse for a sophisticated look that never fails to impress.
In addition to helping you make any outfit look impressive, a good tweed blazer will also help you stay warm. If you have ever owned a wool coat, then you know how much they can keep your body warm. A wool coat will have a tendency to stay up until about eight or nine puffy layers. That’s because wool is a great insulator. However, the heavier it is, the less insulating qualities it has. So if you are shopping for a wool jacket, make sure that you get one that is lighter weight, like a fleece shirt, rather than a heavy weight wool coat.
Finally, don’t forget that they are also incredibly comfortable to wear. The heaviness of a tweed blazer really doesn’t affect the way that you feel any moment. Even if you get some heat, it will be fairly mild thanks to the sheer weight of the material that it is made out of. So if you wear a shirt with a heavier material, like a fleece shirt, you will find that it isn’t nearly as bad, and while it may be warmer on your torso, it will not be as bad on your arms where you are wearing it.
It is important to remember that whether you are looking for a casual shirt or a full suit, it is important to always buy tweed blazers in solid colors. You want them to last, which means that you will need to have a few in your wardrobe. Some people prefer to only wear solid colors, but others find that they like the variety that comes in solid colors. The more different colors you have in your wardrobe, the better chance you have of finding one that will flatter your body type. Once you know the best types to buy, you will be ready to go out with confidence knowing that you will look great no matter what you are wearing.