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Wearing a black pinstriped suit...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by criticalthinker, May 3, 2012.

  1. criticalthinker

    criticalthinker Member

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    I hope this isn't a silly question.

    If a black suit has significant pinstriping, in this case closely spaced brown and light blue stripes, is it still considered acceptable to wear it on occasions that one might ordinarily wear a black suit? I'm not a big fan of solid black so I am curious if this is a viable alternative especially given the typical attitude toward brown.

    Here it is side by side with solid black wool:

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  2. chimchiminey

    chimchiminey Active Member

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    I wouldn't wear pinstripes to a funeral.
     


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  4. criticalthinker

    criticalthinker Member

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    I definitely wouldn't wear it at a funeral....then again I try to avoid funerals altogether. Disappointing though that it might be a bit too far afield as a general substitute for black
     


  5. Off My Rack

    Off My Rack Senior member

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    The reason that the statement "I wouldn't wear pinstripes to a funeral" was made in reference to that suit is that black suits are generally acceptable at funerals. There is pretty much no other occasion in which a black suit would be appropriate.

    So when you asked if that fabric would be "acceptable to wear it on occasions that one might ordinarily wear a black suit" - it was assumed that the "occasions" that you speak of would be limited to funerals.

    Care to expand on any other occasions that might call for a black suit? Then we can speak to whether that fabric would work for those occasions.
     


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    Ahhhh I misunderstood. Thank you, I do understand what was meant now.

    How about more formal weddings or business dinners?
     


  7. Off My Rack

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    Charcoal would be sufficient for both, while navy may be a bit more formal than charcoal. Of course, if the more formal wedding states "black tie" then you would need to wear a tux.

    A black suit would not really be appropriate for either (although it may be acceptable to those who do not pay such close attention to clothing standards).

    I've seen posted on here before, and it makes quite a bit of sense, that you shouldn't have a black suit in your closet unless you are a funeral director or can otherwise financially justify wearing it only to funerals.

    Many of us grew up with our mothers telling us that a black suit is a staple. And we are now all old enough to understand that she can occasionally be wrong.
     


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