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In an earlier answer @JLibourel mentions a tweed continuum. The four jackets below show the continuum's sides. In the photo with light and dark brown tweeds the light is smooth, soft wool and the dark is camel hair. I'd label these "citified". The other photo has a Donegal and a Harris. The Donegal is smooth but the fabric is harder and less "snaggable" than the jackets in the other photo.

For years I've worn the "citified" ones with smooth wool dress trousers and dress shoes. Because the Donegal has a smooth texture, in terms of texture, it too could be worn with a smooth wool dress trouser and perhaps a dress shoe. The Harris' rugged texture sets it apart from the other jackets. It is new to me but I had one 30 years ago and am certain I wore it with smooth dress trousers and dressy brogues. I guess I considered its texture an interesting addition to an otherwise smooth ensemble. I was unaware of wool or tweed ties. The Donegal and Harris were made to be worn with more rugged, outdoorsy trousers and boots. Less so, the camel hair and other jacket.

My guess is only people who know a lot or think a lot about clothes would notice or know the Donegal and Harris might not be made for dress trousers and dress shoes. If, for the majority of observers, all tweeds are considered in the same category as a sports coats and odd jackets, seems to me they may be so worn.


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I don't like getting my tweeds dirty so I use them more as semi-casual dress. If my circumstances were different (like if I owned horses or engaged in coursing competition) I would likely do differently. But I don't so I don't.
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