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.

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men’s Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the “5 Best Dressed Men In America” by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well.

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  • Lance F.

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

    • Lance,

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

      Thanks for reading,


  • Beautiful just beautiful loving the new layout also

  • Dave Marcheskie

    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?

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  • 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.

  • cool post and masterful execution of an all stripe ensemble.

    • Hi Mark,

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



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