Pin-Stripes or Windowpane

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  1. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior 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?
     
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    Prince of Paisley Senior 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.
     
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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_ Senior 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 Senior 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]
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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    I love and have both!
     
  9. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior 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.
     
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    AlexE Senior 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.
     
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    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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

    dieselman89 Senior 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
     
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    Let me add my voice to the chalk stripes chorus. This is absolutely my favourite pattern for grey.
     
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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/
     
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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.
     

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