I was in Polo the other day and saw a great Purple Label suit (Jared model -- very natural shoulder and great cut, IMO) in a medium gray with a very subtle royal blue windowpane pattern. Today I was at Hugo Boss Outlet and saw a Baldessarini suit in a Charcoal with a very subtle burgundy windowpane pattern. I liked them quite a bit, since from afar the patterns simply gave the cloth a little texture and you had to be up close to even notice the pattern itself. So this got me thinking. If you have to choose between a solid color suit or a suit with a nice pattern (pinstripe or windowpane) -- and pretend that this is going to be the ONE suit in your closet (this makes the question more fun) -- would you go with the solid or the pattern? Seems to me a solid suit is more versatile and can be dressed up with patterned shirts and ties in a variety of patterns colors. On the other hand, while the options with the patterned suits may be more limited, it seems, there is something unique about a great patterned cloth (particularly a windowpane pattern, which can be very unique). Would your choice depend upon whether the suit would be for business or pleasure? I'm curious as to answers, because I'm going to order from Chan when the Loro Piana deal hits next month, and I"m not sure whether I'm going to go with a solid medium/dark gray or rather go with a windowpane type pattern like I saw on the RLPL. No, it won't be my only suit, but neither do I want to sink my money into a nonversatile piece.
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10/4/04 at 1:21am