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So you bought a Striped Suit, Now what? Can I wear Stripes and Stripes?

The first question someone asks when buying their first (or tenth) striped suit is, “What shirts and ties can I wear with it?”  Over the course of the last decade the so-called rules have loosened into reality not dogma. If it looks good, then it’s good. What this means is that if you look good in what you are wearing, and are comfortable wearing it, then this is your style and the process of your journey in taste (not just fleeting fashion- not that you can’t pull that off as well.)

Of course, you can wear solid shirts to start especially if they accentuate the color of the stripe in the suit. If you have a beaded stripe in most cases you can blend it to variety of colors. Once we add a tie or shirt with a pattern, what is critical is to think in terms of scale. If the suit stripes are an inch wide any patterns should using be contained within the stripes and how his simple patterned tie enhances the look.

 We will work from busier tasteful combinations to more conservative examples.

Domenico Spano wearing his double breasted striped suit with a horizontal striped shirt and crisp polka dot bow tie with Gigi Francis Cuff Links.

Our next example shows Prince Charles.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales gives a speech during a visit to St Mellitus College on February 12, 2010 in London, England. St Mellitus College is The Church of England?s newest theological training college, founded by the Bishops of London and Chelmsford as a resource for London and Essex. The Prince?s visit was an opportunity for him to meet people connected with the College, as well as members of the community who use St Paul?s, including youth workers and school children and members of other organisations associated with the Church of England within the Diocese of London.

Prince Charles with a double breasted striped suit and verticle blue striped suit. Notice how the scale of the stripes in the suit differs from the suit and once again a simple pattern tie simplifies the look.

Finally the most simple look, classic, crisp, and clean.

Ralph Lauren demonstrates the striped suit in its most conservative fashion, with a white shirt and solid tie.

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