The Exclusive Alterations Guide – Considering Stripes?

Stripes is something that can be an uncomplicated pattern, but is very versatile, seeing as there are only a handful of situations where no stripe would be suitable. 

When it comes to fashion, we refer to stripes as vertical, with horisontal stripes known as hoops.

Here are some of the most common striped suits.

1. Pinstripe

The name comes from the stripes being about as thick as a pinhead, and produced using one or two yarns. The stripes are evenly spaced out.

Traditionally, these suits are associated with bankers and businessmen, with dark suits and light stripes being the norm here. Recently it has become a piece for a more casual look, where you can opt for bright stripes on a dark suit, or a light suit with dark stripes.

This style is also a good way to make yourself look both taller and slimmer.

2. Chalk stripe

Chalk stripes are about as thick as a Chalk line drawn on fabric by a tailor, and are much thicker than that of the pinstriped suit.

These thicker lines are bold and widely spaced, so it is also a more informal option where you can play with colour. The Chalk Stripe is not suitable for larger gentleman, as it won’t be flattering to the form.

You can pair this suit with sweaters, t-shirts, or turtle-necks for a casual feel.

3. Seersucker

Seersucker is technically a fabric and not a stripe.  The crumpled appearance of this fabric is produced using a novel weaving technique where some threads are pulled tighter than the rest. This creates a soft, ridged texture, allowing space to created between the skin and fabric, and consequently allows the skin to breathe.

It’s a cool option for summer suiting.

At Exclusive Alterations, we specialise in bespoke tailoring for all occasions. Whether it is business attire, casual wear or a wedding; we are here to assist you.

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