STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Primping In Pinstripes

June 11th, 2015 at 2:00am

Button-down shirts are all the rage in men’s fashion. This season, it is all about patterns. Pinstripe patterns are creating quite a buzz. The classic stripe pattern is no stranger to the fashion industry. Stripes have been around for decades, and they are a must-have for anyone’s closet. Striped button-downs are available in a variety of colors, and they are perfect for any occasion. Are you ready to show your stripes?

When I think of this classic style, I think about how far stripes have come and how they have impacted the the fashion industry over the years. Back in medieval times, stripes were exclusively worn by convicts. Back then, no one would be caught dead wearing this pattern otherwise. In the 1800s, the Breton striped shirt was very popular and was worn primarily by French sailors. In the 20th century, Coco Chanel was responsible for bringing the stripe craze back to the fashion industry when she spotted several sailors in France wearing this pattern. She later became inspired to create several collections featuring stripes.

In the 1950s, movie stars such as James Dean, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were notorious for wearing stripes. Chuck Bass’ wardrobe from Gossip Girl was full of pinstriped button-down shirts and suits. The wardrobe from Bates Motel also consists of several striped T-shirts. I believe that it is safe to say that stripes seem to never go out of style, and they are here to stay. Stripes are constantly being incorporated into many designer clothing lines, and they are constantly being tweaked to adhere to current fashion trends. Whether the stripes are classic, awning or mixed, this pattern is a great addition to have in anyone’s closet this summer.

So how does one wear stripes? Check out this Fashionisto’s look for one of many ways. He paired his blue and white striped button-down shirt with a pair of khaki slacks. The slacks are simple, and they don’t take the attention away from his shirt. His shirt is the main focus of his outfit, and it is making a statement. His shirt is says, “I am ready for anything that comes my way.” His Keds are also making a statement. They are navy blue, light blue and white. The laces of his sneakers are brown. This Fashionisto’s sneakers brings his whole look together and match perfectly. I would say that they definitely accentuate his preppy look.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? My main focus was on stripes because they are so simple and elegant at the same time. I also love the fact that pretty much anyone can pull off a striped button-down. A striped button-down can be worn for any and every occasion. Whether you are going on a simple day trip or on a hot date, you will always look well dressed and ready to take on the world.”