Ever since Edward VII gave the rough country cloth a royal boost by having it made into shooting costumes, tweed has been the fabric men prefer to wear at fall sporting events. Until the middle '30s, in fact, a tweed suit was an important item in any man's wardrobe in England and America. Then sportsmen began wearing their tweed suit jackets with unmatching gray flannel trousers. The result: the sport jacket became an essential, and the tweed suit virtually vanished. This fall the suit is back in patterns as bold as the windowpane plaid worn by the man attending a United Hunts fall race meeting in the painting at the right.
The suit pictured here, like all tweed suits this season, is meant to be worn not only in the country or on weekends but, with more dressed-up accessories (left), in the city as well. It is of 11-ounce worsted cheviot tweed and is made by M. Sigel & Sons, selling for about $100 at Jay Briggs, San Francisco; Graves, Cox and Co., Lexington, Ky.; Roots, Summit, N.J.; and Jack Wood Ltd., Charlotte, N.C. The windowpane pattern also is popular in this fall's new sports jackets, such as the one at the far right in burnished gold Scottish tweed, which is made by Stein Bloch. It is $65 at Buff urns', Long Beach, Calif. and Lord & Taylor, New York.