1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Pinstripe peak lapel suit for shorter, bigger guy?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Czilla9000, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. Czilla9000

    Czilla9000 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    Hi SF,

    So I've been doing some reading, and the consensus seems to be -

    1. Bigger, shorter guys should go with vertical pinstripes for an elongating affect.

    2. Peak lapels can help if you're bigger or shorter.

    So my question is would be combining the two - a pinstripe peak lapel suit - be the best multi-occasion suit for a bigger, shorter (5' 8'' - 5' 9"), guy? Or is combining the two too much?

    How many buttons would you be go with?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Balfour

    Balfour Senior member

    Messages:
    575
    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic
    Yes. It will add at least 1'.
     
  3. Balfour

    Balfour Senior member

    Messages:
    575
    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic
    Serious response: a pinstriped peaked-lapel suit is not versatile. It is also very distinctive, so repetition will be more likely to be noted.
     
  4. Czilla9000

    Czilla9000 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    So which of the two - if any - would you keep? (Solid with peak lapels, or pinstripe with notch lapel)
     
  5. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    3,111
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    Location:
    New York
    

    Do both.
     
  6. Czilla9000

    Czilla9000 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    By do both you do you mean get both of those suit ideas, or go with pinstripe peak lapel suit?
     
  7. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    3,111
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    Location:
    New York
    

    Get both suits, you only live twice.
     
  8. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    3,111
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    Location:
    New York
    BTW delivered this one yesterday, the color alone makes it stand out quite a bit though despite the combination of peak and stripe.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,555
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Location:
    Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
    
    What he said.

    Also, I've never bought into the belief that "Bigger, shorter guys should go with vertical pinstripes for an elongating affect." (And it's "effect," not "affect.") Even though I know it's said all the time, and lots of people accept it as an article of faith.

    Ultimately, if you're standing around taller people, you're going to look sort of short. This is as true if you're 5'6" and standing around six footers, as it is if you're 6' tall and standing around NBA players. Seriously, there are NBA coaches who are 6' tall, and when their players are clustered around them, they look puny.

    It's all about relative size, and having someone/something around you by against which your height can be judged by an observer.

    But even if the "vertical stripes make one look taller" and "peak lapels help the smaller/larger man" nonsense were true - and for the most part, it's not - it would likely gain you very little in terms of people's perceptions. Probably, on average, less an extra inch in perceived height.

    Much more significant than that extra fraction of an inch is whether what you're wearing is judged appropriate for the situation by the observer. Believe me, it really is. And while a pinstriped peak-lapel suit may have its place, that place is pretty limited.

    (Oh, and I'm neither short, nor small, nor trying to look less large, so none of the above is from someone who has any personal stake in this debate.)
     
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2014
    1 person likes this.
  10. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Messages:
    7,458
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2006
    Just accept the way you are and don't try to kid yourself you can change that.

    As in the post above

    "Ultimately, if you're standing around taller people, you're going to look sort of short. This is as true if you're 5'6" and standing around six footers, as it is if you're 6' tall and standing around NBA players. Seriously, there are NBA coaches who are 6' tall, and when their players are clustered around them, they look puny"
     
  11. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,994
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    Seriously how special is a peaked lapel pinstripe suit?

    5"8 - 5"9 isnt even that short, stop complaining.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by