Originally Posted by sygyzy
What are competing stripes? Like wearing stripes top and bottom but they don't match? One wider than the other.
Yeah. Any striping (or any other pattern for that matter) other than a perfect match competes, whether it's 'close, but no cigar', or obviously different.
If the striping is conservative enough that the piece would look good as a suit, to my conservative taste, they probably wouldn't work as an odd piece. The only thing I could imagine working well is maybe a stylishly cut blue or black jacket with bold striping in a funky color -- something that would be completely overwhelming as a suit. And even then, they'd have to be paired with just the right shirt, pants and shoes to work relatively well.
Odd striped pants probably stand a better chance, but for that purpose, they're best unpleated and slender cut, and probably best carried off by lean, long-legged guys and worn with no jacket at all.
My basic opinion, like dah328, is that the odd striped look basically doesn't work particularly well -- except as whimsy, or in the case of the pants, as part of the funky, sleek contempo look described above. But I leave open the possiblity that someone with impeccable taste could make it work. In a funky way.
To me, it's one of those, "if you have to ask, you probably can't pull it off" kinds of things. In my stodgy, conservative opinion.
Though somewhere in my archives, I have a photo of myself in college wearing a pinstriped navy suitjacket, an open collared striped LL Bean oxford, Levis, black captoes and a brown fedora. I was such a cool sonofabitch then.
I can't believe I actually had that much to say about odd stripes of all things. Forgive my blabbering, and disregard as you will.