Stripe tease! – Earn your stripes
Styling: Natasha Lionaki
Photographer: Panos Davios
Words by Eleni Papaioannou
The striped suit is having a great moment this season, so get in line and enjoy the ride!
There are so many things people tend to associate with a pinstripe suit, and most of them are not remotely close to reality _at least, not these days. So, to help you stay away from the “mafia boss” or “Great Gatsby” connotations, we urge you to close your eyes and think of all the James Bond movies you have appreciated for their subtle taste (even the ones shot in the eighties). You see, 007 has never been secretive regarding his appreciation of a perfectly tailored striped suit, be it a pin stripe, a chalk stripe, a rope stripe or a shadow stripe (in which the stripes are created by the weave of the fabric).
Follow the Bond rules and you too can pull off a striped suit in comfort and ease, which is the mindset of the season:
·Buy a well-fitted suit that follows your bodylines. It really needs to be perfectly set on the shoulders, but still give you space to maybe chase an evil counterpart (if you are Mr Bond, that is). If you decide to splurge on a tailor made piece, this is a good opportunity to bet on stripes.
·The trousers need to be straight, with a reasonable finish. Wider pairs take the game to a whole different, vintage level. And, despite our black and white shooting, we don’t want that, at least not today.
·Choose a serene and sensible pair of shoes. They need to be quiet and plain so they can become a nice base for your suit and not create an unnecessary diversion.
·Crisp, white, with a crusty collar. Your shirt has to have all that in order to make your stripes work for you _and not against you.
·The tie, ah the tie…we have said before that if you want to be bold, you can “do” stripes here too. But the best way to go is, by far, a thin, knitted tie, a few tones lighter than your suit.
FOLLOW THE BOND RULES AND YOU TOO CAN PULL OFF A STRIPED SUIT IN COMFORT AND EASE, WHICH IS THE MINDSET OF THE SEASON
WHERE TO BUY
Wool fit three-piece stripe suit by Tailor Athens, available at Tailor Stores. Cotton shirt by Brooks Brothers, available at www.brooksbrothers.com
Bobo leather lace ups by DsQuared2, available at Eponymo E>More.
Wool knit tie by Brooks Brothers, available at www.brooksbrothers.com
Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial GMT Chronograph 43MM by Omega, available at www.omegawatches.com