Perpetually in fashion, pinstripe suits are a classic business staple. At times appearing either overly staid and buttoned-up or flashy verging on gaudy, modern pinstripe garb is styled in a way that ranges from accessible, everyday professional wear to classy but casual weekend attire.
Colors and Styles
Keep suit colors classic, with a navy, gray or black suit featuring thin chalk-white stripes, or go beyond basic by incorporating a small dose of color, such as a navy blue suit with micro-stripes in bright blue. Women can opt for a blazer and a traditional, straight-leg trouser or a modern twist with wide-leg pants or a pencil skirt. Men's jackets fitted to the body and nipped at the waist with slim lapels offer a modern look, while a less fitted version with wider lapels gives off an old-school conservative vibe.
Pair a pinstripe suit or jacket with a solid-colored shirt. When styling colored pinstripes, wear a shirt in the same color, but a lighter hue than the stripe. Avoid shirts with vertical stripes that compete with your suit. Women can opt for a delicate floral print or silk bow shirt underneath a pinstripe jacket or vest to feminize this traditionally male pattern. For a designer men's look, don patterned shirts in combinations of blue, white and maroon paired with gray or navy suits.
Mix and Match
Mix up your pinstripe suit pieces with coordinating pieces that don't feature pinstripe. For women, a dark-colored pinstripe jacket gets softened with a silk of chiffon skirt that goes from office to evening. Dress up pinstripes elegantly for evening by swapping the jacket for a dressy silk short-sleeve top. For both men and women, a black pinstripe jacket and black jeans with a black tee make for a city-chic casual or weekend look. Make pinstripe pants edgy during off-hours with a black leather biker jacket.
Shoes and Accessories
Wear black dress shoes, which pair well with either navy, gray or black. Both men and women can bring out the conservative side of pinstripes with Oxford shoes in black or chocolate-brown. For women, black pointy-toe pumps continue the line of the stripe and lengthen the legs. Flatter the pinstripe with a stainless-steel watch: wear one with a cream-colored face when donning a navy suit and a black face with a gray suit. Guys should look for a tie in a color that either matches the suit -- such as navy with navy or gray with gray -- or enhances the color of the shirt. Stick with a solid-colored tie when wearing a patterned shirt, or don a subtly patterned tie, such as a dot, if you're wearing a solid-colored shirt.