WHAT YOUR CLOTHES SAY ABOUT YOU – PINSTRIPE
The pinstripe became popular in the late 1920’s as a suit for men. Pinstripes are now considered a power suit staple. In the pinstripes history it was not solely used for suits but was adapted from sporting uniforms. It was a boating suit in the 1890’s. It is also the uniform of many baseball teams, where it is typically white with colored stripes.
The most well known suiting pinstripe is black with thin white stripes, however there are many different variations in color and thickness. The pinstripe fabric is a classic for suits, with thin stripes considered the most sophisticated. One form of pinstripe is the chalk stripe. It resembles the stripe drawn on by tailors with their chalk.
It was once the uniform of bankers. Different banks were identified with different kind of stripes.
They are typically associated with business suits and because of this associating they can make a confident statement – suggesting power and success. Though how it is perceived is very different.
Since its origin it has been interpreted in many ways. It is no longer mainly for male suits but also female suits and dresses. It can be both formal and casual depending on the style.
Pinstripes accentuate your height. They are flattering and elongating. When wearing vertical stripes your body will look longer, thereby making you look slimmer.
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