I associate tweed with fox hunting and country living. When you think of heavy tweed wool, England and Scotland come to mind. It was traditionally used for upper class country clothing like shooting jackets. My husband has a coat similar to this one from Orvis:
You also wear tweed during cubbing season, the time between Labor Day and the date the "formal" hunting season starts.
Tweed is also modern and fresh like in this t-shirt cleverly used by J Crew this spring. It comes in two colors, pink and blue. Not sure which one I prefer.
Or in this shirt, part of the J Crew Collection, read expensive.
And in these skirts in bright colors for spring:
Chanel has used tweed for years and we all know how well that has worked. The Chanel jacket is still the standard by which all others are judged, and copied, I should add.
While tweed has English and Scottish origins, toile, or toile de jouy, is French. Toile de jouy originated in the late 18th century and was originally produced in Ireland but soon became popular in England and France. Toile, like tweed, is timeless and original but has been updated.
And you now see toile on everything:
Toiles can go almost anywhere: bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, mud room, den or entrance hall. But I must admit that I like the more traditional toile better. I don't have any toile in my current house but have used it in bathrooms, bedrooms and in an entrance hall.
This is one of my favorites, in shocking pink no less, but it looks great.
Isn't it wonderful that something that looked good three hundred years ago is still in vogue today?