Pinstripes may be the oldest form of suited swagger in a man’s wardrobe. Originally inspired by the ledger lines of money men from counting houses, these vertical stripes were always considered a bold statement of corporate power and affluence.
But the days of the traditionally thick, widely spaced pinstripes that old school “fat cats” wore are over. The modern pinstripe is much slimmer and more subtle, making it elegant and refined. And while you may not have a million bucks in your pocket while donning the modern pinstripe, you will certainly look like you do.
But the question remains, which pinstripe is right for you? Asked another way, which pinstripe most aptly conveys your own sartorial super power? Take some advice from some guys who know a few things about super powers: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Clark Kent/Superman. Each of these gents knows how to wear a superhero suit with style when they’re “on the clock” but their off duty personae know how to dress as well. We’ve chosen the perfect pinstripe suit for each of them and we’ll give you the skinny on how you can follow suit and incorporate pinstripes into your own look.
Superman’s geeky Clark Kent façade hides his otherworldly powers. But, don’t confuse the “mild mannered” personality of Clark Kent with plain looking clothes. When Superman wants to look more down to earth, he wears earthy tones, like this Taupe Pinstripe suit that reflects his country-boy-turned-big-city-reporter alter ego by streaking the urban vibe of gold and silver pinstripes against a rich, tan/gray backdrop.
What’s this suit’s super power? Versatility. The pinstripes are subtle enough to wear at social functions, but strong enough to dress up for the office…or that big interview with the Mayor of Metropolis. Its light color makes it a go-to option in the spring/summer yet its earth tones make it an ideal candidate for the fall. And it’s a sure way to brighten up a dreary winter day. You can always count on this one, like Superman, to save the day.
Tony Stark is the rare persona who doesn’t hide his alter ego – hell, the back of Tony Stark’s business card probably just has the words, “IRON MAN” on it. Tony Stark would wear a pinstripe suit that reflects his own character: assertive, confident and comfortable in plain sight. Wear this suit when your inner Tony Stark is ready to shine, perhaps on the day you’re closing a deal or going into a business negotiation (or negotiating a buyback at the bar).
What’s this suit’s super power? It’s got a few. Its sharp, clean lines look super crisp and create a visual heightening and slimming effect for the wearer. While the light blue pinstripes serve as a rich contrast against the navy blue, the sleek and closely spaced lines keep the overall pattern subdued. Translation? Wearing this suit gives you presence and you won’t need to shout to be visually heard.
Bruce Wayne would rock this suit to a Wayne Enterprises board meeting or to the gala opening of the Gotham Museum of Art’s new wing that he just endowed. Like Bruce Wayne, this suit is dark with a bit of mystery–the pinstripes are present but you only notice them up close.
This suit’s super power? Staying power. From Adam West to Christian Bale, Bruce Wayne never goes out of style and neither does a dark blue suit. Sartorially rich but socially conscious, this pinstripe suit is perfect for both the weekday and weekend warrior, easily transitioning from day to night.
Which pinstripe gives you super powers? Leave a comment below.