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Besides the soft hand, these are also usually found in 12oz weight--meaning that they are perfect for shoulder seasons, wearing under outer layers, and being worn inside heated buildings comfortably.
I still think there's a place for the faux tweed wool/cashmere, particularly in bold but simple windowpanes with a fair bit of contrast.
Here is a chart in order of ascending coarseness/farmerness
Italian woolens -->Worsted Alsport --> Breanish Tweed -->SherryTweed -->Shetland Tweed -->Alsport/Lovat/Thornproofs -->Harris Tweed
This is not entirely accurate as they are of different weaves and openness. Shetland tweed has been described as "soft" in the posts above, but it is rough spun and a far cry from a smooth worsted, so it is high on the rustic/farmer scale.
Users have become tired of the smooth look and feel of faux tweeds and their lack of "authenticity" and seek to denigrate them, but my argument is that a functional wardrobe that chooses to incorporate tweed-like variants (not a requirement, some will eschew them entirely) should AT MOST be limited to fake tweeds or ones on the soft end of the spectrum unless you a) go grouse hunting b) are prince charles c) are planning on going on a historical tour of old Scotland and want to fit in (hint: you will not fit in). Heavy and coarse tweeds in exploded patterns can be used sparingly if you already have hundreds of jackets, but going ga-ga every 10 posts over the latest exploded glen check in a muddy beige strikes me as pathological. One false move and this kind of jacket looks old, coarse, and anachronistic.
Fortunately, Marling & Evans is high on the taste scale. Like I said, that bunch has a lot of good ones. I have four jackets on order from that bunch. I lingered over that glen check for one second and concluded that the combination of scale, undyed weave, and texture are just off. It's not bad, just not quite right, and the scale is all "retired Floridian widow," not "Duke of Windsor."
It doesn't necessarily have to be all smooth. Instead of going all hairy and loose (realistically, how many shetland jackets can you wear in a season before being mistaken for a sheep herder?), I think the best compromise is something in a tufted lambswool in a heavier weight and scaled-down pattern (very interesting category), nevermind whether it is taxanomically a tweed. You get that texture without the "hey I'm a time traveler from the 1980s, or I just look like one and bought this Peruvian orange and green alpaca fabric from Torsten." Certain Yorkshire tweeds also have a good extruded quality and a hand that is not too extreme. Harder finish but soft weave (with Shetland being soft finish soft weave and harris tweed being hard finish hard weave). I'm not sure if @heldentenor is objecting to smooth finished worsted tweedlikes exclusively, but the alternative suggestion of Shetland is a bit extreme to me.
So maybe 10:2 ratio of city tweeds and checks to actual hairy tweeds?
Incidentally, my tailor flat-out refuses to make me anything in Worsted Alsport because it is "too bumpkinesque." Yes I live in cities. So if worsted alsport is too country, you can see how a big ol' shetland tweed is too obvious a gesture, an unabashed gesture of "Helloooooo fall!" that you would probably want to engage in sparingly.
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