Donegal Tweed: for Business and Pleasure

December 21st, 2011

There are multiple advantages to seasonal suiting. In addition to the added comfort of the cloth, the extended life of your garments in rotation, and the pleasure of unveiling a fresh wardrobe as the weather changes, season-specific fabrics are also more versatile and more appropriate to wear as separates than typical “four-season” suiting fabrics.

In my opinion there is no such thing as a “four season” fabric. It might be labeled “year-round weight”, but in reality these are typically 9-11 ounce worsteds that are only truly appropriate for less than half the year. In NYC that’s roughly April-June and September-November, basically the time between your air conditioning and heating bills.

Here’s a quick example of how a donegal tweed fabric can transition from sharp business suit to weekend blazer.

Business Tweed

A donegal tweed makes for a beautiful three-piece suit. It has an old-world elegance and is full of visual depth. You also don’t need an overcoat for most of the Fall season.

Bonus Tip: Winterize your whole look. Heavyweight suit, thick oxford shirt, wool flannel tie.

Bonus Tip II: A club collar and collar pin were meant to be. They look very natural together.

Bonus Tip III: A deep cuff (like this 2″) looks right on a chunkier cloth, and the added weight helps the pant drape nicely.


Donegal Tweed Suit in Monochrome

White USA Oxford Shirt

Weekend Tweed

Don’t be afraid to layer up that jacket on the weekend, the donegal tweed looks right at home with denim. After all, a tweed suit jacket is a blazer!

Bonus Tip: The easiest way to pile on layers is to go from lightest on the inside to heaviest on the outside.

Bonus Tip II: Not all leather lace-up shoes are ““dressy”. There are some awesome soft-sole lace-ups on the market for the perfect balance between dress and casual.

Bonus Tip III: Whenever you’re wearing a layer over a tailored jacket, try to keep the jacket buttoned. This allows the layers to flow better together and keep their positioning as you move around.


Blue USA Oxford Shirt

  • Grey fair isle crewneck sweater by Club Monaco ·
  • Grey herringbone tweed tie by Woolrich ·
  • Grey suede lace-ups by Surface to Air ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Navy down vest by Lands End ·
  • Grey donegal jacket (part of suit) ·
  • Raw denim jeans by APC ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc
  • · Blue oxford shirt by Thom Browne

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.