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Misaligned pinstripes on trousers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jekv12, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. jekv12

    jekv12 Senior member

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    Sep 29, 2004

    Found this site (along with ask Andy and a few others) some
    weeks ago and have been lurking a bit. Good to know there
    are others that still care about clothes and appearance...
    apologies now for what will probably be a lot of posts in the next
    couple of days.

    A few years ago at Barney's Warehouse sale I purchased a
    (made in Switzerland) Zegna suit: dark gray with pinstripes.
    The stripes themselves are
    a little difficult to describe: each is a pair of light gray stripes
    flanking a single, almost white single thread stripe - the effect is
    subtle and the stripe is actually raised from the surface.

    I haven't had the suit tailored yet because I noticed the stripes
    on the trousers don't align properly. That is, where the legs
    are joined in the seat, the stripes do not meet. The leg pieces
    come together so the stripes are offset by about half the
    distance between the stripes. My other patterned trousers are
    pretty well matched.

    Thoughts on this? Is it worth getting this tailored and wearing it?
    How bad would this look?

    I have no idea how I missed this in the store, I am usually
    maniacal about details like this (perhaps this is why the suit
    made it to the warehouse sale?)


  2. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    Oct 7, 2003
    Washington DC
    Yep, the misaligned stripes is probably a reason why they were on sale.

    Matching the stripes on the trouser seat isn't tough to do. They should indeed line up properly. On the other hand, no one's going to be staring carefully at your butt to tell.

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