Essential autumn clothing: tweed, Fair Isle knitwear and wax jackets

by Andrew W on August 10 2010

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With summer fast drawing to a close it’s time to start thinking about autumn clothing. It’s nice to see that traditional British fabrics and clothing are continuing their recent upsurge in popularity, especially cold-weather wear. Here are a few essential items to see you through the coming months.

Tweed trousers

While Scotland is most commonly associated with tweed, Yorkshiremen – myself included – recommend the wares of Leeds-based mill Abraham Moon. This pair of trousers by Cosaels is made from Moon’s brown herringbone fabric.

(Buy these from King’s Clothing: ¥24,150)

Fair Isle knitwear

The distinctive patterns found on knitwear from the Fair Isle, a tiny island sandwiched between the Shetland and Orkney islands, first shot to prominence in the 1920s when the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) took to wearing Fair Isle tank tops. Expect to see a lot of Fair Isle patterns on the streets this autumn. Some might be a bit on the colourful side, but you can’t go wrong with this tank top from J.Press.

(Buy this from J.Press: $73.50)

Wax jackets

Wax jackets have an undeserved reputation for being a nightmare to look after, but, as long as they are wiped down after a particularly heavy day of wear and occasionally redressed, they should provide decades of use.

For quality wax jackets look no further than Tyneside-based manufacturer J. Barbour & Sons. Barbour have been making hard-wearing outerwear since 1894, and though traditionally associated with grouse-shooting country types they have recently been attempting to reach a more mainstream market with their slimmer-fitting contemporary and heritage collections. The pick of the bunch has to be the Bedale (above).

(Buy this from Barbour: £219.95)

If you’re looking for a wax-type jacket, only without the wax, Barbour also make Bedales from a waterproof cotton/polyester mix (above). They are a bit lighter and may be a better choice if you live in warmer climes.

(Buy this from Barbour: £199.95)


Silk ties can look out of place with tweed and rugged wool knitwear, so try pairing a check wool tie, like one of the ones above from J.Crew, with a white button-down Oxford shirt instead.

(Buy the Boxer check tie [top] or Holmes flannel tie [bottom] from J.Crew: $69.50)

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