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A Man’s Guide to the Pinstripe Suit

April 28th, 2011

pinstirpe suit with a white shirt, tie and pocket square

To any man, a suit is the most important asset in his wardrobe. He choose it carefully, he cares for it like gold and he wears it with pride.

One of the things no man wants is to look like the next guy. If he’s at a wedding or at a business meeting,this can happen a lot. That’s why a pinstripe suit will shield you away from that boring (yet classic) James Bond look and take you to the realm of fashion conscious men. Let’s leave mr. Bond’s solid suits for a moment and find you a suit that will make you stand out.

What are pinstripes?

pinstriped suit texture

Pinstripes are nothing more than a pattern of very thin stripes, commonly found on suits. Such suits used to be considered too formal to be worn outside business meetings and 9-to-5 jobs. However, leading designers soon realized they can make this pattern work for a wider range of social situations… So they started to include pinstripe suits more and more in their collections.

The stripes are more or less visible from a distance, depending on the contrast they make with the suit’s color.

Why pinstripes?

Because it’s a great way to stand out. Sure, you can choose a good suit color that complements your skin tone, you can wear a great shirt, tie and pocket square with it.

Pinstripes are yet another way to show some class. Not only that but it’s the #1 way to look taller. Stripes are great to gain a few inches in height(or at least to fool the viewer’s eyes). The pinstripes are present on both on the suit’s jacket and pants so the effect is that much more powerful. ;)

If I could describe the pinstripe suit with one word, that would be… authoritative. So, if you feel this is you or this is what you want to project, the pinstripe suit is definitely for you.

When can you wear a pinstripe suit?

Pinstripe suits are suitable for a wide array of occasions. Wear them at…

  • weddings
  • business meetings
  • formal dinners
  • restaurants, at special occasions

Do NOT wear pinstripe suits in…

  • bars and clubs
  • men style ebook

  • with your beer buddies if you’re out to watch a sports game (this is obvious but worth mentioning anyway)
  • on dates (usually this is not a great idea because dates are suppose to be fun. Suits should only be worn at events that show some level of formality.)

Of course, you should also consider what other people are wearing when deciding to go for a pinstripe suit or not. If you’re going to a restaurant dinner between friends and family and everyone is dressed really casual, then you’re probably better off with chinos and a sports jacket.

I know style is individual and that you shouldn’t care what other people are wearing too much…

BUT:

If everyone’s wearing t-shirts and you’re the only one in a suit, that’s going to be a little weird, isn’t it? Always remember to adjust your degree of formality to what your peers will be wearing.

A few pictures

Let’s start off with 50 cent wearing a grey suit with white pinstripes. As you can see, his suit complements his dark skin very well.

50 cent in a pinstripe suit

And here’s a designer suit by Ermengildo Zegna:

ermengildo zegna pinstirpe suit

And another by Laurence David:

lawrence david pinstripe suit

photo: ldcustomapparel.com

How to match pinstripes (this is a biggie)

Did you look closely at the pictures above? If you haven’t, you missed out on the biggest secret when it comes to pinstripes. Trust me, 99,9999% of men out there have no clue about it.

The big secret is to match the pinstripes to your shirt. Please take a moment to review the above pictures and take a closer look.

Interesting, right? ;)

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  1. September 12th, 2011 at 04:01 | #1

    i always admire who dressed stripe suits.. they not just even have quality looks suits but also shows professionalism..

  2. Paul Henry
    January 15th, 2013 at 00:51 | #2

    The grey and white suite modeled by 50 CENTS i dersire to have that look
    its a very distinwgish look the quality of the makes the man wearing it
    does not look off the Peg suite. this has presance the white and wide pinstripe cut are rare demonstrating its pedige a timeless look for all occasions I have seen pinstripe in many colours but really like the grey/white one its diffrent and I too have conplextion simlar to 50 cents.Please E-mail the prices of this suite. thanks

  3. July 17th, 2013 at 11:05 | #3

    I’m looking for pan strips suits wide big black suits with white strips thank you

    Fabian

  4. Phil
    October 1st, 2013 at 23:53 | #4

    Is it ok to wear a suit like 50 Cent is wearing for a funeral?

    TIA

  5. October 9th, 2013 at 15:04 | #5

    Phil, it’s best to wear a black suit to a funeral. It’s not exactly an even where you should be overly concerned with fashion.

  6. October 9th, 2013 at 15:07 | #6

    Paul Henry :

    The grey and white suite modeled by 50 CENTS i dersire to have that look
    its a very distinwgish look the quality of the makes the man wearing it
    does not look off the Peg suite. this has presance the white and wide pinstripe cut are rare demonstrating its pedige a timeless look for all occasions I have seen pinstripe in many colours but really like the grey/white one its diffrent and I too have conplextion simlar to 50 cents.Please E-mail the prices of this suite. thanks

    I agree with you, 50 Cents looks awesome in his grey striped suit and a white shirt.

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