Suit Fabrics: The Pinstripe

19 Aug , 2009  

Types of Suit Fabrics

There are a lot of different fabrics and fabric combinations that can make a beautiful suit. This week I will discuss the Pinstripe. In the following weeks, I will discuss other fabrics. If you would like to learn more about a certain suit fabric, please comment below so I can provide some intel on it.

Part 1: The Pinstripe

You can find the pinstriped suit in any color you want and in any culture you are. The most popular one is the blue suit with the white pinstripes. Following close are the grey and anthracite suits with white pinstripes. The grey suit has the reputation of being boring as it is the most seen suit. The anthracite suit has the reputation of being the most classical one.


“The thicker the stripe, the higher the professional level”.

One could even say: “the thicker the stripe, the thicker the wearer”. It is true that vertical stripes make you look slimmer, however, I am not sure about its functionality on suits. Make sure you do not wear a suit with thick pinstripes for professional occasions. It not only makes you look like the wrong kind of dandy, it also highly limits your choice in shirts and ties. Whereas the normal pinstripe allows you to wear a shirt with a small line in it or a tie with pattern, an excessive pinstriped suit drives you in the corner with a plain shirt and tie, always.


Usually pinstripes come in white, but you could consider a colored pinstripe. Blue or red pinstripes are much appreciated on grey or navy-blue suits. Again, colored stripes will limit your space to make combinations with shirts and ties, so try to wear white pinstripes. You will see that the white pinstripes on your suit will take on the color of your shirt easily.


There are some marginal comments that need to be made. In my opinion, a pinstriped suit that has very little space between the lines will make you look younger, more sportive and up to date. The larger the space between the lines, the more classical the suit looks. And I do mean classical as in old-fashioned. My apologies, grandpa.



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  1. Lance Miller says:

    What’s the difference between grey and antrhacite? I know that according to the etiquette, with shirts, the thicker the stripes the younger and more junior position in a company the wearer should be. The thinner the stripes, the older or more senior position in the company the wearer ought to be. This etiquette is very rarely followed and I consider it unimportant but it’s cool to know..

  2. That’s interesting to know! So shirts have different etiquette rules than suits when it comes to stripes and bars.

    I’m not sure about the difference between grey and antrhacite, but I do know that anthracite refers to the coal of pure carbon. So anthracite means dark-grey. In reality, most people have trouble seeing the difference in color between an anthracite suit and a black suit.