3 Rules for Wearing Stripes

3 Rules for Wearing Stripes

April 23, 2017

3 Rules for Wearing Stripes

When it comes to style, stepping out of your comfort zone is not always the easiest. While making solid colors a main part of your wardrobe is so easy and does not require much thought, you do not have to be intimidated by bold pattern any longer. Stripes are a perfect alternative and make it so that you do not compromise your personal aesthetic, allowing you to still stand out among the solid white and blue shirt you are so use to wearing.

Though a simple style change, it is easy to not do it the right way. Just keep these 3 rules in mind when wearing stripes.

Rule 1- Thin is in

You must determine the weight or width of the stripes you want. As a general guideline, keep them relatively thin. Whether horizontal or vertical, very wide stripes can be a bit much. Instead, we suggest sticking to stripes that are less than an inch in width. The ENRO Essentials | Wilkenson Fine-Line Stripe Dress Shirt fits the bill or do the unexpected and go with the Concord Horizontal Stripe Dress Shirt.

Rule 2- Mix it up the right way

Do not stay stuck in the old rules of fashion. Be open to own your style. For example, the old rule of wearing a pinstripe suit only with a solid shirt is outdated. Today, men are constantly challenging the old norms by mixing patterns or wearing stripes with stripes. Still, this doesn't mean that anything goes — make sure that the two articles of clothing, whether you are pairing a striped suits and a striped shirt or a striped shirt with a striped tie, make sure the stripes are of of different weight or widths. In this case, you can't go wrong pairing the Ashland Stripe Spread Collar Dress Shirt with a classic repp striped tie like the Stockton Stripe Tie In Navy.

Rule 3- Color options matter

There are no colors that all guys should avoid. Your own personal style will dictate which colors should work for you. Certain color combinations, however, should be avoided. In particular, complementary colors. These are colors opposite one another on the color wheel, such as red/green and yellow/purple for example. Contrasting colors will generally seem loud and will thus make an outfit a little too loud. The Boston Stripe Spread Collar Dress Shirt offered in three colors in either classic or Big&Tall shirt is a perfect option.

If you follow these simple rules, you can wear stripes with confidence, because after-all, that's what it's all about.