A Cooler Tweed: Silk & Hemp for Spring

March 13th, 2015

Everybody loves a good donegal tweed fabric – the rugged weight, the warm fuzzy texture, the layers of color “flecks”. It can be a little sad to see them go into storage at the end of the Winter. Thankfully there’s a Spring/Summer equivalent. I call it “Summer Tweed”, it’s a blend of silk, linen (and sometimes) hemp or cotton.

The fabric showcased here, a silk/linen/hemp blend by Ariston, is a great example. Just like a wintery donegal tweed, its depth and texture allow it to be dressed-up or dressed-down. Only difference is, this jacket is unlined and the breeze floats right through it.

Here’s three examples of the fabric in action.

All Business


From a far it has a slightly heathered appearance. From up close, you can see the pills of the raw silk, the herringbone pattern of the linen, and the navy and cream flecks of the blended yarns.

It’s almost that time of year to start brightening-up the ‘ol color palette. This Spring think rich blues with chestnut browns and pastel oranges. More on combining colors coming soon…

  • Light Blue Silk Tweed Jacket ·
  • Blue Stripe Shirt by Thomas Pink ·
  • Vintage Italian silk necktie ·
  • Brown Custom “strand” captoe brogues by Allen Edmonds ·
  • Brown leather briefcase by Frank Clegg x Dan Trepanier

Smart Casual


A silk/linen “tweed” could easily be worn year-round, in a darker or more neutral color.

Even in this lighter shade of blue, this jacket has a heavy enough texture to pair it with a beefy oxford, a cardigan sweater, a pair of raw selvedge jeans, and some smooth suede ankle boots.

  • Light Blue Silk Tweed Jacket ·
  • Navy/grey striped cardigan by Rag&Bone ·
  • Indigo selvedge denim by RPM West ·
  • Suede ankle boots by Jack Erwin
  • · Blue oxford shirt by Thom Browne

Blue USA Oxford Shirt

Weekend Chill


As promised, the silk tweed jacket can just as easily be dressed-down. This one is fully unlined and cut with a soft (unpadded) shoulder, which adds to its formal/casual crossover appeal.

Pair it with a slim grey jean, a simple fitted henley, and a sleek leather chukka boot and you have a quick casual look that can easily take you from day, to night, to day again if need be.

  • Sunglasses by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Light Blue Silk Tweed Jacket ·
  • Navy waffle henley by Levis ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black lizard belt by Trafalgar ·
  • Grey jeans by Red Cotton Denim ·
  • Tumbled leather chukka boots by Amsterdam Shoe Co

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier