Traditional Attire Group - Country and weekend wearCountry wear

For country and weekend wear, tweed is an attractive, appropriate and hard-wearing material for a suit. Off-the-peg is a reasonable option for tweed suits, as they are more likely to have been designed in traditional style anyway. A waistcoat of a plain, contrasting colour is entirely acceptable to be worn with a two-piece tweed suit or jacket. Tweeds are usually in shades of green or brown.  Corduroy trousers of contrasting colour can be worn with a tweed jacket.

Jackets are in some ways the poor relation of suits, except when worn with a kilt as formal Scottish Highland dress. However, even for those of traditional bent, they have their uses.

More casual styles are appropriate for outdoor country wear; tweed jackets, hacking jackets, flat tweed caps with moleskin trousers or even Plus Fours. The latter have greatly reduced in popularity but are still not considered out of place.

Smoking jackets are dear to the heart of traditionalists, even if smoking is not. Only a few retailers sell them nowadays, usually at a high price. Please be wary of an item described as ‘smoking jacket’, when in fact it is just a shiny dressing gown.

Blazers (navy or black) can be worn in milder weather, especially near water e.g. during a sea cruise. Light coloured trousers are essential in this instance, preferably grey or beige.

Of course, summer suits can be beige, or even white, but they must be plain.  As with almost all suits, a three-piece is a better bet, as it can be worn as a two or three-piece, according to circumstances.

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