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September 18 2015

A Guide to Dressing for the Tweed Ride

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Photo via Vancouver Tweed Ride

Everyone is encouraged to wear tweed, but you can opt for a less formal outfit by pairing a dark blazer with a classic Chino pant. Chinos are stylish and provide enough room to cycle in comfort. Motherland’s got all the menswear essentials including tailored oxford shits and chino pants. Their in-house label, National Standards is fashionable, easy to wear and move around in – and almost everything is designed and manufactured in their Vancouver studio.

Layer with Wool

With Vancouver’s unpredictable weather, a chilly or rainy ride might be ahead of you. It’s best to wear a cozy combination of wool to keep you warm – perhaps a newsboy cap paired with cashmere gloves and wool-blended scarf? Get fancy with a fringed rectangular scarf, or don a wool plaid sweater like the Sacai Plaid Pullover found at Roden Gray.
 

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An Old Fashioned Touch

To make your outfit into your own, mix and match vintage-style accessories. You can embrace the throwback gentleman’s look by rocking a pocket square styled with cross-back or Y-back suspenders. For dapper men’s accessories, Alfie Italia expresses the art of sprezzatura with a curated selection of paisley and printed silk pocket squares, made in Italy.

There’s plenty of classic womenswear styles to experiment with. Ladies can veer towards classic staples like an elbow-patch blazer and pleated skirt, or play up their femininity with a ruffled blouse and wide-legged trousers.  The options are endless at Community Thrift & Vintage – and the great thing about going retro is finding a treasure for a bargain.

Photo via Vancouver Tweed Ride

Put a Bow on It

fortknightbowtie

The tweed ride is the perfect occasion to rock a dapper looking bow. Men’s lifestyle shop, FortKnight Boutique has an exclusive collection of wool, plaid, and satin bow ties that are pre-tied and handcrafted locally by Vancouver-based brand, Beaux Ties. For ties that will make you stand out from the crowd, check out Cor sine labe doli’s handcrafted ceramic ties at Secret Location.

A classic necktie is also fitting for this occasion and will look fantastic under a button up vest or paired with suspenders. You can find skinny and wide ties in cotton, silk and seersucker fabric at menswear shops, Neighbour and Roden Gray.

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Messenger Style

Choose a leather or waxed cotton bag in case there’s impromptu rain. A cross bag should be a go-to choice for function and style. It’s classy and provides easy access when you’re on the go. Montreal-based brand, M0851 offers a fantastic collection of cross body leather bags. The PM32 is a great messenger-style flat bag designed with interior double leather organizer patch.

Les Chausettes

Chafing is seldom stylish. The tweed ride stretches across the city, so it’s important to wear a pair of comfortable, high quality socks. Neighbour carries fine Italian and European-made wool blend socks. The Chauncey 3 Stripe dress sock is knitted with superfine cotton-poly blend that is lightweight, durable and perfect to wear while biking around the city.

The Classic Oxford 

Bradenburg

For a comfortable dress shoe, you can’t go wrong with a classic brown oxford. We had our eye on Granville and Bradenburg, two new fall arrivals found at John Fluevog. Contrasting leather and suede details of Bradenburg make for a unique statement, while keeping the old-fashioned brogue style at the forefront. Rowan Sky stocks brown lace-ups by Ted Baker and a collection of handcrafted shoes by Bed Stu. All of these styles are definitely worthy of wearing (and pedaling in) at this year’s ride.

John Fluevog’s Bradenburg

Good luck to everyone participating in the 3nd annual Vancouver Tweed Ride! If you’re looking to get properly groomed before the event, check out the neighbourhood barbershops highlighted in our previous post.