Hey Silentist, I'm really impressed how many questions you answer. I was wondering if you could clarify a sartorial rule I've heard. Pinstripes are for business, but does that mean a striped suit wouldn't work anywhere else? I'm looking at a gray herringbone suit on eBay that has a light blue stripe. Would that be a viable general alternative to a standard charcoal gray suit?

- Asked by Anonymous

When I think “business pinstripe”, I tend to think of a dark charcoal or navy suit with a bold white pinstripe. For a grey suit with a light blue stripe, you could probably wear that elsewhere. Maybe a daytime wedding or church, for instance. The colors aren’t as high-contrast as navy or charcoal with white.


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