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Navy Pinstripe Odd Trousers

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by khughes44, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. khughes44

    khughes44 Member

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    I rather impulsively bought a very good quality pair of dress trousers on Ebay. They are navy with a faint pinstripe. I'm lost as to how to compose an outfit including them. Any suggestions?
     


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    Okay; no hope for rescue. Back on Ebay they go.
     


  3. Tramlines

    Tramlines Well-Known Member

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    You're right - that was impulsive.....on both counts!

    What was the cut like? Did it fit your shape well?

    Pinstripes can be worn informally or dress down too - although it depends much on the kind of cut.
     


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    Gray pinstripe trousers ( formal stripe actually) and a black suit jacket are the essentials of a stroller I suppose something along those lines might work. Look up stroller suits for inspiration
     


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    The cut and fit are perfect for suit pants. They were a brand (Isaia) that I recently discovered and like very much. However, they simply look like the lower half of a suit, like the jacket's missing, which it is. When I bought them it never occured to me that they may be orphaned suit pants.

    I tried them with a couple shades of grey blazers and they don't look right. I thought someone here may have had a magic formula, but after 30 or so views there were no responses. Thank you for yours though.
     


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    Thanks; I saw a beautiful Canali stroller suit composed of a very dark grey jacket, almost black, light grey shadow stripe pants and even lighter grey vest. Looked pretty good.

    I have to say my black blazer and these pants don't get along well at all. They're crying for the suit jacket.
     


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    Navy and black don’t usually go together. Maybe an ivory sports coat? What color are the stripes?
     


  8. khughes44

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    s-l500.jpg Very faint blue and grey, as shown if you enlarge it.
     


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    That’s a tough one to work with.
     


  10. khughes44

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    Yes, its a shame. Beautiful fabric, nicely cut. I only paid $65 for them, so no harm done, but I would love to be able to wear them.
     


  11. Tramlines

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    It's not a brand I've heard of - although if you love the fabric and it only cost that much and doesn't co-ordinate with stroller suits, the only workable alternatives I can think of:

    1. wear with a plain white shirt and throw a black overcoat on - no jacket.

    2. Tailor the fit, to make it a modern carrot fit which can be worn with sneakers (!) or casual wear. You might have to unpress the mid-line crease if there is one. There are a lot of contemporary designers who do the opposite - Cabourn, Pike Brothers, Stevenson, Hansen all use contemporary cut pinstripe trousers which don't require co-ordinating jackets. If the fit is a straight work wear drain pipe drop, it probably isn't really interesting and would probably cost you another $30 to get it tailored to a fit that looks more contemporary.

    All I can see on my screen is a picture of dark navy trousers with no detailing, no pleating, no interesting belt loops nor cut. At this time of the year, orphaned suit halves aren't uncommon - but at least you didn't end up with the pinstripe jacket half, which is even more unworkable and unwearable without the trouser half!
     


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    Isaia is in fact one of the famous family owned tailors in Naples, Italy, who are reknown for high quality, hand-crafted suits and shirts (think Kiton, but not quite as famous). Isaia garments are usually a bit "wilder" when it comes to pattern and color - their designer seems to love checks and stripes - very little plain colored fabrics in their collections - at times they remind me a bit of Etro, but just a little more old school. I own a few of their shirts, which are beautiful and hand-sewn... only topped by Cesare Attolini or Kiton in my opinion.

    The trousers are a bargain price-wise if they are new and not used, but the pattern admittedly does look like they came from a suit. Difficult, but not impossible to combine...e.g. with a cardigan or sweater in a light to medium grey for the informal look or a jacket in a lighter grey or even a mid to darker brown. I'd probably go with something in a flannel or structured fabric, I could even with a lot of fantasy imagine something in a glen check or with an overcheck either in navy or the shade of grey in the trousers (especially in a brown jacket)... but I admit that is a bit on the courageous side.
     


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    Shame as the pinstripes look so delicate and fabric soft will be difficult to pair with another jacket
     


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