What do you think of when people say pinstripes?
I’d hazard a guess that your thoughts fall onto your mum mid 90s wearing a skirt suit after she landed that new IT job. I’m not sure about you, but that’s never been a look I’ve particularly wanted to emulate. We’ve had granny-chic before, but early 1990s mum-chic? I don’t think the world is quite ready for that yet.
But with 90’s mania still in full swing, what better time to welcome the pinstripe back from fashion exile than in the form of a full length tailored coat? Shaking off its basic boardroom reputation, pinstripes feel more Stella McCartney style scandi-chic than 90’s city banker.
When asked my top style tip I’ll always say never underestimate the power and versatility of a simple white shirt. Whether fitted and preppy or oversized in a Breakfast at Tiffany’s kind of way, it’s a guaranteed classic that’s always going to work, so it seems like a natural go-to pairing for pinstripes.
But sometimes classic can get a little bit boring… Taking a trip further down the fashion timeline, this pin collar shirt by Hawkins & Shepherd twists the classic down a paired-back glam 1920s avenue with its smart tailoring and glittery Swarovski pin bar.
Now if someone asks you to think of an outfit influenced by both the 1990s and 1920s you’re probably going to be left with a terrifying mental image of pure style sinning, mashing up a decade of decadent dazzling glamour with another decade known for its stripped back minimalism and sportswear. Basically, a flapper girl wearing a bucket hat and a tracksuit jacket.
The reality? More of 20s tailoring dream played against some subtle striping.
No skirt suits in sight.