What are the Common Patterns in Gentlemen's Suits?

A Gentleman’s suits are common in solid colors of navy, charcoal and black. Shades of grays, browns, and lighter shades of blues come into play for a more discerning gentleman. For those who want to venture out a little more and play a little out of tradition, a new world of patterns comes into the picture.

The most common weave after solid plains is the stripes. There are various types of stripes with pinstripes being the most common. Pinstripes, as the name suggest, are very narrowly spaced stripes running in vertical direction. The stripes are usually prominent and white in color although grey isn’t uncommon either. Pinstripes are common in dark suits such as black, navy, charcoal, grays, and solid browns. There are other types of stripes as well. There are the mid-range gap stripes. These could come in single line stripes, double or some are even triple lines. Mid range stripes may also have different styles in striping on the cloth, if the lines are more than single lines stripes. They could come in different colors or one could be dotted like while another running thread like. There are also chalky style stripes where the lines have the appearance of chalk written on the blackboard. Then there are those far-spaced stripes that have the width between one line to the next is around ¾ of an inch upward. The function of having stripes in a suit is more to make the wearer look taller than for looking good or fashionable. Thus stripes do not go well with very tall men. Stripes work fine with both single and double breasted styles and on both styles of lapels whether it is the notch lapel or the peak lapel.

Another common pattern is the check pattern. Checks are horizontal lines criss-crossing with vertical lines. There are various different styles in checks. Check patterns are more informal than their solids and stripes brethren. The most common checks are the Prince of Wales checks. These have lines crossing each other in such are way that they form rectangular block patterns. Another type of common check is the windowpane pattern. Windowpane pattern usually have lighter shades of lines criss-crossing each other inside a bolder shade of rectangles. Checks are worn in a more relaxed gathering like the country side function. They also help taller men appear less looming.

Another commonly found pattern is the herringbone. Herringbone pattern has two angled lines forming small arrows running subtly down the weave. This type of pattern is usually found in thicker fabrics and is more common in sport jackets than in suits. Shades of browns, tans, grays, and black are common for herringbone pattern.

Birdseye pattern is also another common fabric for gentleman’s suits. Birdseye pattern is tiny dots of lighter shades on a darker dotted background thus forming something of the appearance of bird’s eyes. Birdeye pattern are common for semi-formal wear and can be made for both single breasted and double breasted suits.

Opening into the realm of patterns, a gentleman has a wider range and combinations to play with in selecting his choice of suits, thus giving him ample selection to construct his wardrobe.


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