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Odd suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mdkeene, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Mdkeene

    Mdkeene Active Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Hi all,

    I´m thinking of having my tailor make me not so much a suit, but rather an outfit, for lack of a better word. I´d like to have him make me a pair of navy trousers, a navy pinstripe sportcoat or blazer, and a grey vest/waiscoat (depending on which side of the pond you are).

    The navy trousers and the grey vest should look fine, what I´m unsure about is the pinstripe jacket. Often times I find that a pinstripe jacket looks a bit off when it´s not worn with matching pinstripe trousers. What are your opinions on this? Also, would you suggest some alternatives that may look good?

  2. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

    Nov 13, 2012
    A navy pinstripe jacket with navy trousers will look like you tore the trousers to your pinstripe suit.

    In the '30s, the very conservative would wear a black or incredibly dark gray jacket with light gray pinstripe trousers, but you'd need tremendous presence to pull this look off well today, and it would come across as a costume.

    The idea of a plain navy suit with a light gray vest strikes me as great. A navy striped suit with a gray vest seems a little off to me -- an odd vest is a slightly dandyish touch, and a pinstripe suit is very conservative. A strikingly-detailed suit with a slightly unusually colored stripe (like a dark red, light blue, or gold) with a vest to match the stripe could be cool, if a bit much. It would need to be impeccably done, of course.
  3. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

    Jan 9, 2010
    Go for dark grey/charcoal trousers, medium grey waistcoat and a navy jacket
  4. Ivar

    Ivar Senior member

    Jun 10, 2010
    I can't see this ending well. That is, unless you abandon the whole idea. Your bookkeeper will thank you for it.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013

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