How to Look Good in a Man's Pinstripe Suit

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A pinstripe suit has long, thin, vertical stripes. The suit is typically a dark, solid color, such as black, dark gray or navy blue. The stripes are usually a light gray. The suit provides you with a feeling of authority and sophistication. In order to look good in a man's pinstripe suit, determine the occasion that you want to wear the pinstripe suit, find a style that is appropriate for your height, decide how you want the suit to look, determine the pattern of the tie and find the proper color and pattern for the shirt.

  • Determine the appropriate occasion to wear the pinstripe suit. A pinstripe suit is not appropriate to wear at very formal or casual events. The boldness of the stripes are too distracting at very formal events and provide too much contrast in a casual circumstance. Therefore, a pinstripe suit should be worn at the office or at important meetings but not for a wedding or to meet a friend.

  • Find a style that is appropriate for your height. Pinstripe suits are especially good for shorter men because the vertical stripes have a lengthening effect. They are also beneficial to men of medium height because they emphasize their height, without causing them to appear too tall. Men who are very tall can still wear pinstripe suits; however, they need to balance the design of the suit with the visual effect of the pinstripe. Very tall men should wear a suit jacket with at least three buttons. The increase in the number of buttons complements their height. Men of medium height and shorter men should wear a suit jacket with two buttons.

  • Decide how you want the suit to look. A pinstripe suit can either appear formal, contemporary or polished. If you want to look good in a formal pinstripe suit style, then add cuff links to the sleeves of a French shirt. The tie should be the same color as the pinstripes. If you desire to present a contemporary style with the suit, wear a thickly knotted tie. If you want the suit to look more polished, wear a regular-sized tie that is a different color from that of the pinstripes.

  • Determine which tie pattern you should wear. A tie shouldn't distract from the bold appearance of the stripes. If you are wearing the pinstripe suit in a formal style, then the tie should not have a pattern. If you are wearing the pinstripe suit in a contemporary or a polished style, then the tie can have a subtle pattern.

  • Find the appropriate color and pattern for the shirt. The best type of shirt to wear with a pinstripe suit is a plain, white shirt. Other possible shirt colors consist of light blue and burgundy. For the formal style, you should wear a white shirt with no pattern. For the contemporary style, you can wear either a white, light blue or burgundy shirt. The shirt can also have a muted pattern, such as light stripes or checks. For the polished style, wear either a white, light blue or burgundy shirt but without a pattern.

Tips & Warnings

  • In order to look good in a man's pinstripe suit, always wear black shoes with the suit.

References

  • Photo Credit suit image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com
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