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You Too Can Rock a Pinstripe Suit

The Rules of Pinstripe Suits

There’s a variety of different rules men need to be aware of when it comes to a pinstripe suit. Its quite antiquated history means it fell out of fashion over the past decade, but recent trends have shown it coming back with quite a bit of popularity thanks to its very iconic status in the financial world. However, it is important for men to be aware of the rules of pinstripe suits in order to get away with wearing one effectively. These are:

Body Types

A pinstripe suit only suits specific body types: short and stocky or average all around. Stripes go quite a way to elongating the figure and visual accents of the human body, so a taller man wouldn’t do well wearing them as too much focal attention would be drawn to the pinstripes themselves rather than him. They do, however, work well with shorter to average height men who want to visually appear a little bit bigger in the eyes of others.




Similarly, men in these categories should always aim to follow the two of three rule and ensure their ties are always made of silk and solidly colored. Since there is quite a bit of noise going on in the suit itself, adding another patterned item such as a funky tie won’t be well-received by others. If gents absolutely insist on wearing a patterned tie, then this rule can be extended to having a plain white shirt and letting the tie be the final piece of the design.

Pattern Tie Rules

For men who choose a patterned tie with their pinstripe suit, polka dots work particularly well and this is especially true if the pair matches the warmth and general color of the shirt. Men can also choose checks, but must be careful that the check lines match the width of the pinstripes. This is usually very difficult to accomplish.



Choosing the Suit

When it comes to pinstripes, it is always best to seek the advice of a tailor who will be able to provide a bespoke solution to meet a man’s specific needs. One of the best options on the market today is the MS Bespoke Style 25 by GvS Clothiers. The smart, sophisticated suit yields to a timeless design that’s been updated to suit the modern man.

Michael Snell

Loving father and husband