The herringbone suit is an enduring heritage style that has truly stood the test of time. With roots tracing back to Scotland, the distinctive herringbone weave rather curiously lends its name from the chevron formation of a Herring fishes skeleton.
Once reserved for Highland hunting trips, today, the herringbone suit is as popular as ever and continues to serve a timeless look.
What is herringbone?
Having continued to rise in popularity since the 1920s, herringbone is a type of weave most commonly used with Tweed though it can be paired with other types of fabric.
Why choose a herringbone suit?
Herringbone suits tick every box. They are stylish, durable, versatile and low maintenance. If you want to combine style with practicality, particularly if you are wearing your suit for an Autumn or Winter occasion such as needing a tweed suit to wear at a wedding, the herringbone suit is a fantastic choice.
Not only will you be protected from unpredictable weather, but the heavy woven cloth that is typically available in sumptuous shades of chestnut brown, olive green and charcoal grey serves a heritage-inspired look.
What's more, the classic herringbone weave is highly versatile. You can wear your herringbone suit jacket with other items from your wardrobe or with matching trousers. The choice is entirely yours.
How to style a herringbone suit
Whether you've been invited to a formal occasion such as a wedding, christening or another kind of special celebration, the herringbone suit is a fantastic choice for anybody wanting to look smart and feel confident.
What kind of shirt should you wear with a herringbone suit?
A crisp Oxford shirt in a matte cotton finish will complement the matte texture of your herringbone suit. If you want to go down a more informal route, and the occasion lends itself to a more playful outfit, why not opt for a chequered shirt in similar tonal shades to harmonise with your suit.
Can you wear a herringbone jacket on its own?
If you choose a more relaxed look and don't need to wear a full suit ensemble, pair your herringbone blazer jacket with smart denim jeans or stone-coloured chinos.
Which shoes should I wear with a herringbone suit?
Team your herringbone suit with leather shoes in a complementary shade to the earthy tones in your suit or blazer and jeans combo. We recommend formal brogues or monk straps for a cohesive look.
Don't forget your accessories...
A pocket square adds extra interest to your outfit. Choose a pocket square in a tonal shade for your suit, or opt for a paisley pattern to lean into those vintage vibes.
Don’t be afraid to experiment here to see what works best for your style and the occasion you have been invited to.
Check out our range of men's tweed suits featuring the classic herringbone weave.