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Navy pinstripe suit

DonRaphael

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Why not a true navy? I feel that the dark navy you posted is too dark (midnight) and the bright navy is a shade too bright. TBH it’s hard for me to tell the scale/spacing of the stripes on the swatches you posted. I’d want to get a better idea of that before making a decision.
Thanks for your input. The pictures were just examples. I agree with you and am not yet completely sure what the fabrics look like. I just wanted to know the general concensus towards bright/dark pinstriped suits. I'll probably need to order swatches before deciding to better understand the navy shades and the scale of the stripes. The pictures are from the mill. There're no other pics available.
 

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Yes I agree with looking at swatches. In my experience, the suit will look a shade lighter than the swatch when made up—if you’re on the fence, go a little darker rather than lighter.
Like DWW I also like chalkstripes. At least consider a flannel chalkstripe.
 

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Why not a true navy? I feel that the dark navy you posted is too dark (midnight) and the bright navy is a shade too bright. TBH it’s hard for me to tell the scale/spacing of the stripes on the swatches you posted. I’d want to get a better idea of that before making a decision.
The spacing is probably quite narrow. Assuming the fabric samples are normal in size, and you usually don't see the vertical spacing between the pinstripes unless you see it up close.
Thanks for your input. The pictures were just examples. I agree with you and am not yet completely sure what the fabrics look like. I just wanted to know the general concensus towards bright/dark pinstriped suits. I'll probably need to order swatches before deciding to better understand the navy shades and the scale of the stripes. The pictures are from the mill. There're no other pics available.
Good luck! 😁
 

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Pinstripe is a business fabric. When you try to make it bolder or less business-like, you make it an orphaned style, like people here who commission green or red oxfords. Lots of stuff on here has lost its language in this way. The outfits become rootless, clashing, and nonsensical.

Prefer chalkstripes over pinstripes. But between the two fabrics the OP listed, I would go for the darker color. The brighter fabric is very #pitttiuomo.

If the OP doesn't have to wear pinstripe suits to work, I think he should pick a different fabric. Choose something that makes sense for your lifestyle. Think about how fabrics and styles are used traditionally to communicate certain things. Wearing a bright, bold pinstripe to social bars will look awkward. And it will not look right for the office.
Agreed. Pinstripes are very power-suit. Chalkstripes are more subtle. Either in a brighter blue will look a bit “Guys and Dolls.” You might instead consider a subtle windowpane check like this suit I had made recently. (Inspired by a similar one I saw Bryan Ferry wearing.) It still looks quite formal but softer and more approachable than stripes of any kind.
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