The Original Power Suit

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Knot Standard suit, Brooks Brothers shirt, Allen Edmonds shoes.

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A blue pinstripe suit is your deal-making power suit: wear it with confidence.

As I mentioned last week, you don’t need a red tie to make a power suit. Sometimes that can be conveyed with subtlety. Sometimes you don’t even need a tie. And sometimes, the suit can say it all by itself. And that’s certainly the case with a blue pinstripe suit.

blue pinstripe suit

blue pinstripe suit

| WEARING | Knot Standard suit, Brooks Brothers shirt and suspenders, Saks Fifth Avenue tie, Rolex Datejust watch, Shoes c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Building a smart suit wardrobe takes some thought and planning, especially if you’re just getting started. If you see five suits in your future, buy the pinstripe suit fourth or fifth, after your basic navy, grey, and subtle plaid. Even if you have a job where wearing one would be appropriate, hold off and stock up on more versatile options first.

HISTORY BUFF? Learn about the history of pinstripes.

What’s a good shirt and tie combination with a blue pinstripe suit? Like a navy suit, a blue pinstripe suit will pair well with most other colors. But because of its “businesslike” vibe, I can see how it would be hard to break away from traditional (i.e. safe) pairings.

Try experimenting with a contrast collar shirt – keeping with the business tone – and deep, rich colors for the tie, like burgundy. Don’t forget to think seasonally. In the summer, a lighter tie is more than appropriate.

blue pinstripe suit

What color shoes do you wear with a blue pinstripe suit? Like I mentioned with a dark navy suit – it all depends on how you style the shirt and tie combination. However, pinstripes definitely give off more of an “all business” look, so keeping it in that formal ballpark is generally the way I go.

Classic black wingtips. Very dark brown or deep burgundy cap toes. In the summer, I might go lighter with both the shirt/tie combo and shoe choice.

blue pinstripe suit

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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  • vlaanderen

    the club collar is making a come back in a big way, since you can’t use collar stays, I like the collar bar ;)

  • DJ Hargrave

    The original! There’s nothing like it. This same suit in a double breasted option is beyond words.

    DJ | Menswear Enthusiast

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