The Need For Tweed

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Cara Delevingne – A fan of tweed as part of her winter look, 2013 Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Tweed – the quintessentially British material – is very much a modern affair. Tipped to be one of the hottest trends this season, this classic country-chic style is being donned by some of the most forward-thinking fashionistas, including Cara Delevingne, Lily Cole, Agnes Dean, and Miranda Kerr.

Tweed is a versatile fabric which exudes timeless fashion throughout the year. Once again, classic tweed designs have been tweaked and played with, as seen both on and off the catwalk last month at Paris Fashion Week. Shots of shimmery metallic, pops of bubblegum colour, simplistic monochrome, multi-coloured stripes… tweed is a fabric that can be revamped time and time again.

The popularity of tweed in has seen its use diversify as cushion covers, hip flasks, and even iPad covers. While traditional colours and designs remain popular, as we saw in Paris, wilder designs, bolder checks and brighter shades are in demand.

A/W ’13 pieces are structured and boxy, with a nod to the classic style – coined by Coco Chanel in the 1920s – but paired with different textures for a contemporary look. Tweed was traditionally worn by the modern, liberated woman – the style reflects this.

Last month’s catwalk saw tweed contrasted with fabrics such as leather and denim, for a spirited take on the conventional style. Here at Valour & Valkyrie, we love marrying the most unexpected of materials. Tweed and lace has to be one of our favourites. It creates a look that is effortlessly edgy and feminine at the same time.

From the countryside to the catwalk, the British heritage look of tweed adds sophistication to any outfit this winter.

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