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    #16
    I think the association of striped suits with organized crime comes from Bugsy Siegel. Some of the the most-often published pictures of Siegel are of him wearing pin, chalk, and shadow-striped suits. There are also well-known pictures of him wearing a gingham suit; now that's gangster.

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      #17
      Originally posted by mochi123 View Post
      I'm thinking about replacing a worn out medium blue pinstripe suit that I wear as a part of regular rotation, about once a week, maybe slightly less often.
      FYI, I office requires me to wear suit 4 to 5 times a week.

      Pinstripe isn't so thick that it makes me look like a gangster from the 20s, but combined with medium blue, I think it's definitely noticeable enough that I probably shouldn't wear often. And since I'm trying to simplify my wardrobe and make them more versatile, my plan for the replacement is something less memorable.

      Today I found this navy pinstripe suit from Banana Republic.
      http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...4002&cid=75310
      It was already discounted, and with 40% off, I can get the full set for around $200, which I think is a terrific deal.

      So my question is,

      1) How versatile do you guys think that specific suit is, in terms of frequent wearability, say once a week, and flexibility to mix/match with various but office-approved colors and patterns of shirt and tie?

      2) If you aren't a big fan of that suit, what would you recommend as a workhorse suit? Suits I have now are navy solid, charcoal solid, medium gray solid, and medium blue pinstripe in question. My other alternative candidate is medium blue solid.

      Thank you!
      Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
      Ehhh I will dissent a little here and say that I don't care much for this type of pinstripe. Pinstripes can be hard to pull off without looking weird and gangster... usually the bolder and wider spaced the pinstripe, the worse it is. A very subtle, narrowly spaced pinstripe can work ok but I don't like this particular style at all, at least not in a full suit.
      I received mine yesterday. Here are my comments:

      1. The pinstripe is much more subtle than it looks in the photos.

      2. This is a great suit for $208. Fabric is really nice.

      3. I'm glad I purchased it.
      WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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        #18
        I bought the same BR suit. On sale, plus 40% off and 10% off with BR card. Heck of a deal. I echo your thoughts the pinstripes are subtle and the material is fantastic. Better than the other BR suit I have. The blue is not as dark as a standard navy, which is nice to mix things up some.

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          #19
          Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
          Ehhh I will dissent a little here and say that I don't care much for this type of pinstripe. Pinstripes can be hard to pull off without looking weird and gangster... usually the bolder and wider spaced the pinstripe, the worse it is. A very subtle, narrowly spaced pinstripe can work ok but I don't like this particular style at all, at least not in a full suit.
          I'm also along these lines. I don't think a pinstripe is very versatile--it's really something that works in a business professional setting, but otherwise I think it looks too stuff (or costumey ala gangster style) in most other scenarios. I used to have pinstripe suits when I started work and needed suits, but quickly learned they weren't my favorite. I don't even wear striped shirts often, but just found it was something very difficult to dress down at all. In my head, pinstripe requires a full suit and tie look.

          That's not to say they can't look good. However, a regular navy or a true blue solid suit is IMO more versatile and can go with a lot more stuff. That's what those anchors wore every day and paired with a variety of shirts/ties that made it easy to not realize they were wearing the same suit.

          For me, if you're looking to branch out of solids, a glenplaid / prince of wales is a great place to go. That all being said, that pinstripe isn't as aggressive/bold as a lot, which I think is a good thing for your purposes. And that price is hard to beat.

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            #20
            Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
            I received mine yesterday. Here are my comments:

            1. The pinstripe is much more subtle than it looks in the photos.

            2. This is a great suit for $208. Fabric is really nice.

            3. I'm glad I purchased it.
            Oh good! How was the sizing? I'm 5'10, 175lbs, and I wear 40R for jacket, and anywhere between 32W to 34W, and 30L to 32L for pants, depends on brand.

            My best fitting pants are,
            Levi's jeans 32W 32L
            GAP chino 33W 30L

            I have dress pants from BR Factory for 32W 30L, and the waist feels a little tight, and the length is a bit short.

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              #21
              I've had my eye on a pin stripe suit for a while but never got around to buying one. My concern is a) it would be/look overly formal, b) would have limited versatility (i.e I wouldn't wear it out for a dinner party) and c) I was concerned I'd come across like a gangster.

              The crazy thing is that whenever I see someone wearing a pin stripe suit I keep telling myself how good it looks and that maybe I need to give it a try. And so it goes around and around...

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                #22
                I have a Navy pinstripe in my regular rotation. The pinstripe is subtle and not "gangster" style. I do stick to solid shirts, and solid ties with it. I work in a fairly conservative environment and I'm not the only one who will wear pinstripes.

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