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Pinstripe peak lapel suit for shorter, bigger guy?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi SF,

 

So I've been doing some reading, and the consensus seems to be - 

 

1. Bigger, shorter guys should go with vertical pinstripes for an elongating affect. 

 

2. Peak lapels can help if you're bigger or shorter.

 

So my question is would be combining the two  - a pinstripe peak lapel suit - be the best multi-occasion suit for a bigger, shorter (5' 8'' - 5' 9"), guy? Or is combining the two too much?

 

How many buttons would you be go with?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 11

Yes.  It will add at least 1'.

post #3 of 11

Serious response:  a pinstriped peaked-lapel suit is not versatile.  It is also very distinctive, so repetition will be more likely to be noted.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
So which of the two - if any - would you keep? (Solid with peak lapels, or pinstripe with notch lapel)
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Czilla9000 View Post

So which of the two - if any - would you keep? (Solid with peak lapels, or pinstripe with notch lapel)

Do both.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
By do both you do you mean get both of those suit ideas, or go with pinstripe peak lapel suit?
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Czilla9000 View Post

By do both you do you mean get both of those suit ideas, or go with pinstripe peak lapel suit?

Get both suits, you only live twice.
post #8 of 11
BTW delivered this one yesterday, the color alone makes it stand out quite a bit though despite the combination of peak and stripe.

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

Serious response:  a pinstriped peaked-lapel suit is not versatile.  It is also very distinctive, so repetition will be more likely to be noted.
What he said.

Also, I've never bought into the belief that "Bigger, shorter guys should go with vertical pinstripes for an elongating affect." (And it's "effect," not "affect.") Even though I know it's said all the time, and lots of people accept it as an article of faith.

Ultimately, if you're standing around taller people, you're going to look sort of short. This is as true if you're 5'6" and standing around six footers, as it is if you're 6' tall and standing around NBA players. Seriously, there are NBA coaches who are 6' tall, and when their players are clustered around them, they look puny.

It's all about relative size, and having someone/something around you by against which your height can be judged by an observer.

But even if the "vertical stripes make one look taller" and "peak lapels help the smaller/larger man" nonsense were true - and for the most part, it's not - it would likely gain you very little in terms of people's perceptions. Probably, on average, less an extra inch in perceived height.

Much more significant than that extra fraction of an inch is whether what you're wearing is judged appropriate for the situation by the observer. Believe me, it really is. And while a pinstriped peak-lapel suit may have its place, that place is pretty limited.

(Oh, and I'm neither short, nor small, nor trying to look less large, so none of the above is from someone who has any personal stake in this debate.)
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 7/4/14 at 10:05pm
post #10 of 11
Just accept the way you are and don't try to kid yourself you can change that.

As in the post above

"Ultimately, if you're standing around taller people, you're going to look sort of short. This is as true if you're 5'6" and standing around six footers, as it is if you're 6' tall and standing around NBA players. Seriously, there are NBA coaches who are 6' tall, and when their players are clustered around them, they look puny"
post #11 of 11
Seriously how special is a peaked lapel pinstripe suit?

5"8 - 5"9 isnt even that short, stop complaining.
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