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Pin-Stripes or Windowpane

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieselman89, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Well-Known Member

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    Gents,

    I would like to get some general feedback from y'all. I am looking to purchase either an Charcoal Windowpane, Charcoal (white) Pin-stripe, Navy Windowpane or Navy (white) Pin-stripe suit.

    What are the thoughts? Windowpane is a very popular style right now. I am curious if it will stay trendy. Pin-stripes can be difficult to pair with shirts and ties since you don't want to dazzle too many stripes, however it will always be in style.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Well-Known Member

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    Out of the two I prefer windowpane. Trendy or not I've always liked the style, and I think it's something a bit different to your average navy or charcoal pinstripe suit.

    Also, as you mention, it's easier to pair with striped shirts without looking like a barcode. Large checks, for mine, compliment more intricately striped shirts nicely, as the different scale of the patterns offers a good contrast.
     
  3. lasbar

    lasbar Well-Known Member

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    Gents,

    I would like to get some general feedback from y'all. I am looking to purchase either an Charcoal Windowpane, Charcoal (white) Pin-stripe, Navy Windowpane or Navy (white) Pin-stripe suit.

    What are the thoughts? Windowpane is a very popular style right now. I am curious if it will stay trendy. Pin-stripes can be difficult to pair with shirts and ties since you don't want to dazzle too many stripes, however it will always be in style.

    Thoughts?


    I don't windowpane even if thry 're popular over the pond.

    I love stripes in general pinstripes or chalk ones...
     
  4. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Well-Known Member

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    I don't windowpane even if thry 're popular over the pond.

    I love stripes in general pinstripes or chalk ones...


    chalkstrips [​IMG] It's pretty loud though, so be wary.

    I like windowpane, seems more casual somehow.
     
  5. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Well-Known Member

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    how about a glenplaid / POW? like a grey tone on tone glenplaid is very subtle but adds a little visual interest without being flashy (minus the blue overcheck) [​IMG]
     
  6. Roger Everett

    Roger Everett Well-Known Member

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    I have both windowpane and tight pin-stripes, and like them all the same. However my feeling is that pin-stripes are a more formal type of business atttire, as in, think - board meeting - lawyer ( in court )- politician ( giving speech on new bill , speech to corporate big wigs, hitting same big wigs up for $$$$ ) . But,also I think shirt and tie choices are more w/ windowpane.
     
  7. GoldenTribe

    GoldenTribe Well-Known Member

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    I prefer any kind of check/plaid/windowpane/combination-thereof to any kind of stripes.

    If it must be stripes I prefer thin, subtle, tonal stripes; loud, thick, white-on-navy stripes are grotesque-looking IMO.
     
  8. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

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    I love and have both!
     
  9. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Well-Known Member

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    I don't windowpane even if thry 're popular over the pond.

    I love stripes in general pinstripes or chalk ones...

    Thin/tight pin stripes.
    how about a glenplaid / POW?

    like a grey tone on tone glenplaid is very subtle but adds a little visual interest without being flashy

    (minus the blue overcheck)
    [​IMG]

    I have a suit just like that! Ahhh I love it

    I prefer any kind of check/plaid/windowpane/combination-thereof to any kind of stripes.

    If it must be stripes I prefer thin, subtle, tonal stripes; loud, thick, white-on-navy stripes are grotesque-looking IMO.

    Well I guess I should say an off-white. They are very tight and very suttle stripes. The thing I keep reverting back to is the matching the shirt and tie. I feel as though its so much easier wit windowpane.
     
  10. AlexE

    AlexE Well-Known Member

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    I love pinstripes (preferably on navy, but charcoal and light grey are nice too)

    I don't care at all about windowpane's...might be fashionable right now, but I think it turns a suit into a full-body sports coat.
     
  11. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I suggest Pin-stripes for conservative settings. Windowpane for more stylish settings. Get one of each.
     
  12. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Well-Known Member

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    I love pinstripes (preferably on navy, but charcoal and light grey are nice too)

    I don't care at all about windowpane's...might be fashionable right now, but I think it turns a suit into a full-body sports coat.


    I would say the pin-stripe is similar to the 4th picture down.

    http://www.bestylish.org/blog/index....or-a-navy-suit
     
  13. CruzAzul

    CruzAzul Well-Known Member

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    Let me add my voice to the chalk stripes chorus. This is absolutely my favourite pattern for grey.
     
  14. UrbanAesthetics

    UrbanAesthetics Well-Known Member

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    I think the Navy Pinstriped Suit would be the most versatile in comparison to the Windowpane pattern. Although there both classic/timeless alternatives...
    http://urbanaesthetics.tumblr.com/
     
  15. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Well-Known Member

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    I suggest Pin-stripes for conservative settings. Windowpane for more stylish settings. Get one of each.
    This is the best advice.
     
  16. Matt S

    Matt S Well-Known Member

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    I'm for windowpanes. Stripes are hard to pull off outside the office. I like Master-Classter's suggestion of a subtle glen plaid with a windowpane. The plaid helps ground the windowpane.
     
  17. tim_horton

    tim_horton Well-Known Member

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    As I've experimented over the last year, I've found that I prefer my suits to be as unobtrusive as possible - that's likely because in both my work place and personal life, wearing even a conservative, solid navy single-breasted notch lapel suit is a bold statement. I do have a windowpane suit that I got when I was figuring out my personal style - charcoal, worsted, with a faint chalkstripe in white - but I like it much more as a sports coat. [​IMG] I also have a pinstripe suit and objectively it looks fine but for aesthetic reasons I'm just not a fan of pinstripes - again, I was figuring out my personal style.

    But if I had to choose between the two I'd go with pinstripes. Just seems more appropriate for a suit, and will stick out less. But I'd much sooner go for a patterned solid: nailhead, birdseye, pick & pick, etc.
     
  18. JayJay

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    If you don't have a pinstripe already, then I'd get the pinstripe and add a windowpane later. I like windowpane, Glen plaid, and such for "Friday" wear at the office or business casual.
     
  19. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Well-Known Member

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    I have a light grey windowpane similar to the one of the first page. So the consensus is to go with a Blue suit with light non-obtrusive pin-stripes.
     
  20. Quixote

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    My preference would be to windowpane for casual, pinstripe for work but it could also be casual too, though I'm not sure if windowpane could be both, guess it depends on the style and the job.
     

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