Can pinstripes be in good taste?
(Serious question. I don't see them worn much)
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You know, I was thinking about your last one recently. It's obviously a classic look and I thought it was well executed, however I do have a caveat for it. I don't think a person should attempt it without a PS. I know you don't like wearing them, and I get that. However it just looks too flat and plain without at least a white linen square. Maybe it's the big dark mass of the suit that needs broken up. I dunno. Personally, if no PS I'd have preferred a patterned tie.
Claghorn, I'm afraid I'm not a fan of the fancy stripes on worsted. I don't really love striped worsted in general (striped flannel is alright, though), but fancy stripes on worsted are too Hong Kong for me. I have a gray/light gray/burg stripe flannel DB which is cool because of how far it is from quiet good taste.
I'm not liking the twill-on-twill with the shirt and the tie. Lose the burg stripe in the suit, and make one of the two a different weave, and change a weave or two, and I think you've got it well in hand.
RE stripe width, I could have sworn Manton said something about width that precluded really narrow stripes, but I could have sworn his number was in the half-inch range. Isn't an inch a borderline chalkstripe?
The idea of something being cool because it isn't quietly tasteful is what makes Tira's rig work, I think. It works because of the bright sun and (presumably) social setting. Clothes are an expression of personality, more than anything else.
I've always assumed that good taste, as far as this thread was concerned, could be something that could be rigged up on a dummy torso and look good/tasteful/whateva
(A general comment. Being in good taste--sartorially, at least--has never been a concern of mine. Somehow, I suspect it concerns Tira less)
(though interesting about pinstripes)