The Brown Tweed Suit

Once you’ve covered the basics with the suits in your wardrobe—navy, grey, and black—it’s time to start thinking about branching out and supplementing your collection. I’ve written before about the possibility of a brown suit or plaid suit as options for your first “next level” garment. But now that it has become downright cold outside, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about another great option—a tweed suit.

Brown Tweed Suit - He Spoke Style

There are many advantages to adding a tweed suit to your collection. First of all, tweed is a seasonal fabric. Though it is less versatile than a four-season fabric—as in, you won’t want to be wearing tweed trousers in the summer—you can absolutely maximize it’s potential throughout the fall and into the winter by wearing the jacket separate and pants separate. Then when winter hits its stride, break out the full two piece—or three piece. More on that soon.

But perhaps more than anything, it’s always nice to retire some of your clothing as the seasons change and introduce new pieces into the mix. A tweed suit fits that bill perfectly. It is always a little special when I pull it out for the first time.

Brown Tweed Suit - He Spoke Style

Though tweed was originally worn by hunters—one of the earliest forms of camouflage—it has come to be widely associated with collegiate, or perhaps more accurately, professorial style. I definitely developed an affinity for tweed during my college and graduate school years and lusted after a tweed blazer with elbow patches for nearly a decade.

A tweed suit has a lot of texture. When you’re styling it with a tie, be sure to choose one with a fabric that complements the tweed. A wool plaid tie is a great choice. And always remember as a rule of thumb that, unless it’s white, your pocket square should never match your tie or shirt exactly.

Brown Tweed Suit - He Spoke Style

Brown Tweed Suit - He Spoke Style

Brown Tweed Suit - He Spoke Style

This Look: Brown donegal tweed suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke (similar jacket and pants) – Blue dress shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke (similar here) – Tartan plaid tie by Brooks Brothers (sold out, similar here) – Patterned pocket square by Drakes (not available, similar here) – Navy silk knot by Brooks Brothers – Watch with brown leather strap by Timex – Brown leather portfolio briefcase by Maxwell Scott (similar here) – Burgundy wingtip dress shoes c/o Johnston & Murphy

Thanks for reading,

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • Robert Fung

    Where were these photos taken?

    • Brian Sacawa

      The Peabody Library. Thanks for reading, Robert.

  • Mihir Shah

    Fantastic suit with accompanying photo’s. You and Rob are able to find some endlessly beautiful places in Baltimore. Didn’t know the city had so many great spots. I guess I shouldn’t have taken my cues from The Wire and John Waters’ films!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much, Mihir.

  • BougieHippie

    wow this is dapper! great concept of the photo and great styling!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for reading.

  • Sergio

    MAB client myself! Is the fabric by Holland & Sherry?

    • Brian Sacawa

      It was between Holland & Sherry and Ariston. I ended up going with Ariston. Thanks for reading, Sergio.

      • Sergio

        Thanks for the reply Brian. I had ordered a donegal tweed very similar to this from Holland & Sherry but due to a mix up I received in a dark brown (like the brown hunting jacket on display at MAB). I too was between the Holland & Sherry and Ariston but went with H&S. Great work and great classic style.

        • Brian Sacawa

          Cheers, Sergio. Will be posting the full three-piece version in a week or two.

  • Mercurio

    Thanks for sharing, I really love your suit: not just the tweed but the style, congratulations.

  • Noel

    Lovely suit.
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