A familiar, although mysterious, suit alternative, the pinstripe suit evokes feelings of authoritative sophistication and classic style. It might be the case that the pinstripe suit has a long history to live up to, however the modern take on the classic is more wearable and versatile than the traditional predecessor. Still an outstanding choice for special occasions, pinstriped suits are excellent for classic formal attire.
Are pinstripe suits still in style? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that there are many modern takes on the pinstripe suit available, with slimmer stripes and cuts and variations in double and single breasted jackets. Still, the classic pinstripe suit as you know it, though with minor trend-alterations, is a valuable addition to a formal wardrobe and provides an unmatched air of sophistication to the most formal of events. The pinstripe suit has been coined a “power suit” and power-dressers like David Beckham, Tom Hiddleston and Ryan Gosling are frequently seen wearing a more or less formal take on the classic. It’s not simply a “bankers suit” either, shown by the pinstriped suit’s versatile catalogue of looks. For a formal and classic styling, wear the pinstripe suit with a crisp white shirt, beautiful silk tie and tie pin, matching cufflinks and contrasting pocket square. Classic dress shoes or shoes with decorative perforations are great footwear options. The addition of a waistcoat is particularly good for the pinstripe suit and with classic styling a three-piece provides a very sophisticated outfit for a wedding. Street-style stars have shown us that the pinstripe suit can be worn in unconventional ways. This is achieved by either maintaining a formal styling, but mixing it up with patterns and colours, to counter the strict look of the suit itself, or by wearing it as you would a much more casual suit. Combining relaxed trousers and open suit jacket — a double-breasted option is a great choice for this — and open necked shirt and trainers, is also a trendy way to style the pinstripe suit. To not go too casual, you can swap the shirt for a turtleneck and wear the look with more classic shoes. As you can tell, the pinstripe suit is in no way stuck in the past, nor is there any reason to doubt its capabilities as a contemporary and modern suit option. In fact, in comparison to its plainer looking counterparts, the pinstripe suit is an exciting alternative for formal dressing and a boundary-pushing choice for smart-casual.