Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The blue pinstripe may be the quintessential sunny urban day suit. Becoming popular during the rise of the railroads, whose parallel rails they emulated, pinstripes have been inextricably connected to business dress ever since (blue of course is the city suit of warmer weather almost by default, since all but the palest of grays are better worn when the skies are overcast).
More difficult to wear than plain navy because they are more conspicuous, the best pinstripes in my opinion are white. White stripes meld quite nicely with any shirting that has a white ground and that reduces the impact of the suit pattern on the eye while permitting the widest variety of color combinations. Colored stripes are considerably more difficult, in the sense that they just about force a man to wear a shirt or necktie in those colors. Nothing wrong with that but limiting.
Connected as they are to business dress, pinstripes are probably not the best choice for evening despite the frequency with which they are seen on the backs of some of our better known dandies. Personally, I think them fine for early evening cocktails provided one does not mind looking as thought he came directly from the office. But the further away we are from toil, the better it is to look as though we have a life outside of work. There solid suitings do a better job - after all, there are to the best of my knowledge no striped evening clothes.
Of course, when one is at work, it is best to look the part. A blue pinstripe like the mid-weight version in the photo does exactly that.
Posted by Will at 7:38 AM