In the 19th and 20th centuries tweed was the most popular fabric for sport activities, but what happened to it after that? It became more of the casual or business textile, that is not really used in sport except for moments, when tradition is to be honored. It’s hard to admit that recently tweed as a sport attire is seen mostly only on the famous British Tweed Run. It is a bicycle contest where all the participants must be dressed in classic tweed sporting costumes. Frankly, it’s difficult to keep the tradition alive, not knowing it’s roots. It’s time to know more about tweed as a perfect sport attire.
The rise of tweed in 19th – 20th centuries
Tweed was a perfect fabric for the outdoor activities in Britain. It kept the body warm and stopped the wind and moisture, and the British climate has plenty of those for the lovers of hunting, shooting, riding horses and shooting. Another advantage of tweed appeared to be it’s color pallet. It mostly was of dull, bleak and earthly colors, which eased the task of hiding in the woods or fields. Of course, modern tweed is colored in any way one may wish, yet, the traditional greyish brown is classy.
The color of tweed is very important when it comes to distinguishing it’s purpose. Nowadays, people wear classic business suits, made from black, grey and dark navy tweed. This pallet is good for casual and working day. Earthly and brown tints were always used for sport and any outdoor leisure time-spending. There is an unwritten rule, in short words called “no brown in town”. Of course, it’s not that widespread in the modern individualistic fashion society, yet it indicated the difference between high city life and rest (or work) in the countryside.
Sport for real gentlemen
Since the high life wore tweed for their leisure time activities, this cloth became an aristocratic attribute in the minds of middle class. And this is rather amusing, since tweed was established as a clothes for the workmen in the fields. Nevertheless, at the first half of 20th century people wore it to almost any sport event, like golf, hiking, hunting, fishing, tennis, cycling, motoring. Except for a desire to look courtly, everyone wanted to have water-resistant clothes, that would also stop the wind.
It has to be mentioned, that in some time tweed became almost a rule for even professional sportsmen. For example, it was almost impossible to see anyone not wearing tweed, when playing golf. It was so thanks to the famous golf-player Tom Morris, who was among those early pioneers, who set the rules and fashion in sport. And believe the true word: cycling in tweed is going to make anyone the most stylish trendsetter ever, as some traditions are never fading away.