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Favoured by businessmen and bankers the world over, the pinstripe suit is the epitome of power dressing. Bolder than the standard navy or charcoal two-piece, a pinstripe speaks to an unsurpassed level of confidence and even a hint of swagger.
In contrast to this
Last popularised in the 80s on Wall Street (and later via The Sopranos), the pinstripe is now enjoying a resurgence in the modern gentleman’s wardrobe. Despite its rising
You may well be asking yourself ‘why?’ You’ve already got the basics covered with a few
The answer lies in this suit’s curious hybridity. Fancier than a windowpane check or a
Beyond this, there’s also the simple ‘stand out’ factor. In a sea of uniformity, a pinstripe suit ultimately provides the wearer with a sense of uniqueness and sartorial nous. There needn’t be a better reason than that.
The first thing to understand about pinstripe suits is that
If you’re looking for something a little bolder, a wider style stripe might be for you. Evocative of the 80s power suits of yore, this style works best in navy and looks sensational when paired with either a plain white or banker style
For those wanting a half-way point between these styles, there is no going past the chalk stripe. Designed to appear as if drawn with tailor’s chalk, this style is wider than a pin-
Pulling off a pinstripe suit all comes down to how
The first step is keeping your shirt simple. Opt for a plain white poplin or sateen finish with a French cuff for a polished but pared back aesthetic. Matching the colour of the pinstripes to your shirt adds cohesion to your overall look and will
In terms of accessories, keep them minimal. Think about breaking up the vertical lines of your suit with ties and pocket squares in subtle patterns like polka dots. Pairing stripes on stripes, while possible, can appear busy and adds visual bulk to your silhouette.
Finally, with footwear, stick with plain oxford styles in black or brown. Brogues - while great with a plain suit - can look fussy and over power a pinstripe outfit. Cordwainer of Spain has an enviable selection that
For most suits, splitting the jacket and trousers is a great way to give it an extra lease on life. With the pinstripe
Not only for the 9-5 grind,
If you are wearing a pinstripe suit as a cocktail outfit, changing your business shoes for a tassel or penny loafer can also
Alternatively, the pinstripe suit, despite common misconception, can