There’s no written rule that your summer wardrobe must consist only of easy breezy dresses, gauzy girly tops and cozy cotton shorts. Although these items can keep you cool in the summer heat, it’s OK to pull out some menswear inspired gear to look hot on these summer nights. One thing synonymous with menswear is the pinstripe pattern, so let’s discuss how this trend can be the perfect pairing for your warm weather fun.
Pinstripes are a very thin striped pattern that can be any color (but are generally white or black) and run parallel vertically on the garment. This pattern has been a popular one in menswear since the late 19th century. It remained pretty standard in conservative suiting throughout the decades and is still relevant and on trend today. Pinstripes migrated into women’s dresses and in the 40s-50s – women’s suiting. In doing some light research on the pattern, I found the Chicago Cubs (go home team!) was the first major league baseball team to add pinstripes to its uniforms back in 1907. These days you can find this pattern in a fashion capacity displaying in bright colors on a large array of fabrics and garments.
If you aren’t used to the masculine style of the pinstripe you can ease into it. There’s no need to buy a full-on suit to enjoy this trend. Just pick one piece and incorporate it into your existing wardrobe. My favorite way to wear it is to go with a cozy pinstripe pant and pair it with a simple white top. Throw on a statement necklace and a comfortable but sexy pair of shoes and you’re good to go! If you want to go the accessory route, look for a cotton scarf, fedora or a simple wedge shoe with a pinstripe pattern to pair with your white summer jeans or sundress.
1. Eileen Fisher Pinstriped Knit Box Top, $168
2. Vintage 1940s Suit Navy Blue Pinstriped Wool, $154
3. Vintage 70s Anne Klein Pant Suit, $78
4. Tanya Taylor Sarah Pinstriped Cropped Button-Front Shirt, $250
5. Alice + Olivia Jenna Pinstriped Leather Wedge Sandals, now $118
– Carmen Turner
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