There is much history and culture behind the stylish thin parallel stripes contrasting against the background colour, that would later become the iconic pinstripe.
Gone are the days when the pinstripe suit was only worn by corporate men flexing their sartorial muscle. In fact, the pinstripe has come a long way since its appearance in the nineteenth century; successfully crossing the gender divide, now being worn by men and women alike.
English in origin, the popularity of the pinstripe has been on an eventful journey.
Pinstripe suits were first associated with the elite men in banking during the Victorian era and also with boating apparel in the 1800’s. Since finding its way to America, the rise of the pinstripe was coveted by Hollywood actors and gangsters!
The ubiquitous pinstripe suit has evolved from its misogynistic and exclusive societal beginnings, to being an accessible, classic mainstay in men’s fashion, and solidly finding its way into women's wardrobes, so we have the liberty of depatriarchalising this stripe for all our style needs!
Whether it's for work or play, the pinstripe suit can easily meet the demands of the occasion.
Here are three easy ways to show up in a pinstripe suit:
Bossin’ it in a pinstripe suit for work
What unites wearers of this simple and chic print is the sense of confidence and power the pinstripe exudes. As a suit, the pinstripe is a show of strength and boldness and instantly positions the wearer as a leader.
There’s no wonder why the pinstripe suit is a go-to choice for interviews, work and business.
Pinning it for lunch and after work drinks
Make your pinstripe suit work for you throughout the day with effortless styling. Open up your blazer and swap your footwear for sandals. These two changes alone transform your professional look to more of a smart casual vibe. Perfect for lunch dates and letting your hair down after work.
Pinstripe served casual
Dress down the formality of the pinstripe and amp up the casual feel by pairing the suit with a t-shirt and trainers. A plain or graphic tee would work well and Converse or Vans style trainers for that uber trendy look. Roll up your sleeves and you’re good to go!
Ladies, get your pinstripe suit game on! It's no longer a gentlemen's club, we have equal rights to this stripe too!
What is your preferred way to style a pinstripe suit?
This savvy, vintage Escada navy and red pinstripe suit is available to shop now.