Stripes and Pindots

Photo Credit: Melanie Bridgens: Wool Tie by Lands End - Shirt by Ralph Lauren, Suit by H&M

One of the most common questions that I get from people is,  “is it okay to wear stripes on stripes and is it okay to mix patterns?” To make the answer short and simple, “Yes, stripes on stripes are cool as well as mixing patterns.” There are some general rules to follow when pairing up multiple striped items in your wardrobe and they are as follows;

  • The size of the stripes should vary
  • A trick of the trade would be to incorporate a subtle stripe that only stands out when being view up close (check out the stripes in the suit).
  • Adding some different fabric (wool tie) textures will break up the stripes and some depth to the look.

Photo Credit: Melanie Bridgens

Personally, I like to break up looks with a pattern shift. As you can see I added a purple and blue pindot handkerchief for a color pop and to break up the monotony pf the suit.

PS: (Don’t feel the need to go all out with the silk pocket square, a plain white pocket square can do an outfit of this nature some clean and classic justice.)

Photo Credit: Melanie Bridgens : Striped Socks by HM - Wingtip Shoes by Aldo

Be bold go with a thick striped sock for the last “pow” of attitude. Socks are the one place where you can experiment a bit more and stray away from the typical solid color sock. A general rule of thumb for your leathers is always keep them consistent. As you can see from the watch band to the shoes the leathers are usually in the same color family which lead to the polished look of the overall outfit.


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Categories: Featured, Mixing Pattern, Shoes, Style Tip

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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8 Comments on “Stripes and Pindots”

  1. Lance F.
    January 17, 2011 at 11:46 PM #

    Good advice, and I like the wool tie…considering I have the same one. Good choice ha.

    • January 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM #


      Thanks. It was a great pick up for $14 Dollars.

      Thanks for reading,


  2. January 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM #

    Beautiful just beautiful loving the new layout also

  3. Dave Marcheskie
    January 19, 2011 at 2:02 AM #

    I was drawn to the trench on the home page. Since we’re in the dead of winter, thinking spring is not a bad idea. What should we look for in a classic rain coat, and where are our best options to purchase?

  4. February 22, 2011 at 11:49 PM #

    Greeat post as always Sabir. Definitely loving the suit and it’s from H&M, which shows you don’t have to spend a ton to get a good fitting suit.

  5. February 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM #

    cool post and masterful execution of an all stripe ensemble.

    • February 24, 2011 at 12:16 AM #

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks a lot of reading. Got to love some stripes.




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