Last week in the A Hume Guide to Shirt Buying we made the point that stylish dressing relied on buying well and knowing and understanding the rules. And this week our message is that like most rules those that apply to style are there to be broken, we’re not suggesting you abandon the rule book altogether but dressing outside the box can bring a fresh edge to your look.
Safe dressing is exactly that, it will see you through life in matchy matchy comfort but an educated disrespect for convention will garner admirers and accord you greater elegance.
Fear not the wearing of different sized stripes. Through playing with unlikely combinations you can breathe life into your wardrobe; a bold, striped blue shirt in light tones worn with a broad pin stripe suit attracts the eye without jarring it, a small dotted tie is restful and balances the overall effect.
According to Stephen Pulvirent of Style Blog Men’s Flair
“One of the best combinations to my eye is a solid, dark jacket (suit or sports coat) with a butcher striped shirt and small dotted tie. The long stripes under the solid jacket elongate the torso, and the dots create a nice contrast.”
If this feels too daring you can still achieve style elevation by wearing spots and stripes in a more conservative way.
In sum, be bold, when your hand runs along the hangers in the morning, coming to rest yet again on the stalwart pink, white or blue shirt, edge it along a bit to the stripes, wrap some spots around your collar, slip into your suit of pinstripe, or plain, and shrug on your day with confidence.
The only really important rule to remember is, never wear checks and stripes together.