The pinstripe, usually boxed as a print strictly for the boardroom, has risen above that stigma as a top contender in the perfect springtime staple category. The shift from Wall Street to winning definitely has to do with the use of current cuts and silhouettes to house the print: from super-wide leg trousers, to deconstructed dresses and suits to slouchy body-suits, structured corsets and even ruffled shirts.
At the end of it all, it simply has to do with how modern, yet versatile the piece is, setting it apart from strict to strictly spring to summer worthy. That’s not to say that it should only be worn outside the office, but when it is, get creative. Tip: Juxtoposition works every time – here are three ways to get you started!
1. A formal buttoned up shirt gets a makeover with ruffles
2.Wear a relaxed pyjama shirt to soften the structure of a suit
3.Pair a longer length or boxy blazer with street wise sneakers
Runway to reality
The spring 2017 runways were abundant with fine lines, particularly at Jacquemus who dropped the shoulder line of a blazer and added super-sized volume to the trousers, Sacai layered roomy separates, Jil Sander and Balenciaga both extended shoulders on blazers and blazer dresses (reminiscent of the eighties), giving extra power to power suits, while Off White took it in the opposite direction by dressing down the pinstripe on an asymmetrical, two-tone blazer paired with a T-shirt and combat boots and even extended the stripe to jeans.
I think it’s safe to say that the pinstripe is back and looking fresh as ever and with so many pieces to choose from (in store now), it’s really that simple to take on the trend in which ever way you wish. Although, if there’s one piece to invest in that I can guarantee will last a lifetime, it’s a blazer. I’d go for navy blue for sure and we’ve found the perfect one – check it out in our edit below…