How to Choose a Pin Stripe Suit
Pin stripe and chalk stripe suits are a classic look, and a great choice for a bespoke suit but it can be difficult to know which stripe to go for.
Pin stripes are very thin stripes which, when you look at them closely, are made up of tiny dots each like the head of a pin. In comparison, chalk stripes tend to be slightly wider but less crisp in their appearance, and when looked at closely the stripe is made up of tiny angled lines, as though they were drawn on with tailor’s chalk.
Over the past few years, stripes have come back into fashion as true modern classic for both work and everyday wear.
Choosing the right stripe will enhance and flatter your shape but regardless of which one is best for you, the correct fit is an absolute must. Therefore a bespoke striped suit can compliment your body shape and bring out your personality perfectly.
Finding the right stripe for you
Vertically striped suits look great on any body shape but selecting the right stripe for you will ensure that you highlight your best features.
As a rule the width of the stripes should mirror your overall size. So, slim people will look best wearing thin (pin) stripes, and larger gentlemen will look best wearing thicker (chalk) stripes.
The distance between the stripes should reflect your height. So shorter people will look best if the stripes are close together, whereas taller people will look best if the stripes are spaced further apart.
Keep this handy guide in mind when choosing your striped suit:
Slim – Thin pin stripes
Heavy – Thick chalk stripes
Short – Stripes close together
Tall – Stripes with more distance between them
The modern day suit
Years ago the classic black and white stripe suit with a crisp white shirt was in every man’s business wardrobe.
Over the years it has become popular to have a navy or charcoal stripe suit grey worn with a pale blue or pink shirt to give this classic look a modern yet conservative twist.
A classic bespoke shirt is a good investment alongside a stripe suit as the fit of the shirt is just as important as the suit, and will stand the test of time both looking and feeling great, every time you wear it.
I’m Emma, a Style Advisor at A Suit That Fits. You can book in with me at any of our Scotland studios, or book in with your local Style Advisor here www.asuitthatfits.com.
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