The grey pinstripe suit is a stalwart of a business man's wardrobe, second in importance only to navy blue. I come across a fair amount of such suits in my travels, usually in heavier fabrics for Fall and Winter. I even have such a suit myself. Finding a version in a lightweight worsted for Spring and Summer is a real treat.
Hertling in New York in the late 1960s.
Given the fact that I really don't need to wear a suit, ever, and this is such a business uniform, I find that the big unlined rolling collar of a vintage Brooks Brothers shirt ($5.49) and a silk knit tie knock the seriousness of this one just enough to make it comfortable for walking around town.Sacrilege to some, but so too in a way is wearing a suit to a job wear others wear jeans. It's all about middle ground.
It might not be easy, but if you find a nice lightweight striped suit, pick it up. It makes a refreshing alternative to all the khaki and tan worsted that is the order of the day this time of year. Get striped for Spring.
21 April 2012
Striped for Spring
Labels: 3/2 rool, Brooks Brothers, hertling, pinstriped suit, serry's, silk knit tie
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A very sharp suit, and a terrific find at that, but it is the necktie that really catches my eye. Enjoy them both!
Ulrich von B.
Hey speaking of grey suits, what's the story with that bespoke suit you were measured for a couple months back?
I was about to ask the same question as Alex. I thought this post actually was about that when I started reading.
I have a light charcoal (does that exist?) pinstriped suit that I have worn in a non-business manner, but it's hard to shake off the association between pin-striped suits and bankers.
This reminds me, I really need to get my pin-stripe grey suit dry-cleaned...
Pinstripes are for business.
Except when they're not, as G shows here. Great find, great outfit.
Well found. I was lucky enough to find the matching trousers to a fully-canvassed tailor made Glen plaid (with red overcheck) jacket the other day. They'll have to be let out, but how could I not?
That suit is SHARP as h...
But wouldnt match it with a buttondown and knitted tie. Looks weird to me.
Regarding your post last April on the suit you found. One of those Italian brothers was my father. His Uncle Frank was the tailor for the former owner, Serrafini. Early on they made custom tailored cloths. I hope you have enjoyed your suit.
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