Tweed and cord are not fabrics that conjure up high fashion. Geography teachers, yes. Style aficionados, no. At least, that was the case until trendy types started cutting it into groovy shapes and giving it a whirl on the catwalk, making the Geography teacher look one of the hottest trends of the year.
Sales of tweed jackets, especially those with elbow patches, cord trousers, and cardigans have gone through the roof – and are still rising.
Celebrities too have been taking up the style, including Jarvis Cocker, Princes’ William and Harry, Dr Who actor Matt Smith, model David Gandy and Pixie Lott’s model beau, Oliver Cheshire.
Said spokesperson for Debenhams Lizzie Singleton: “Sit up at the back and pay attention – Geography teacher chic seems to be the main driving force for sales over the past few months.”
“After decades of being regarded as the epitome of frump, this unique dress sense has suddenly shot to the top of the class.”
Currently up on the year are tweed blazers by nearly 100%, cord trousers, knitwear with elbow patches and the humble brown brogue which has seen sales soar by 134%.
Influenced by designers such as Burberry Prorsum, Paul Smith and Prada, the Geography teacher trend was seen across the catwalks.
Debenhams personal shoppers have also seen a hike in requests from men asking how to best achieve the look.
Lizzie Singleton continues; “Seeing the dress styles favoured by your old Geography teacher suddenly being paraded along the latest catwalks has created a grade 10 earthquake in the fashion world.”
“The appearance of old fashioned leather elbow pads alone is a major seismic event – everyone thought they had disappeared during the last Ice Age.”
Debenhams has also seen the look translate into womenswear with tweed blazers, elbow patches and cord worn by the likes of Alexa Chung and Taylor Swift leading the way.