Windowpane suits and windowpane pattern are back in business. Today I take a look at how to make this bold pattern appropriate to wear for your daily work occasions.
Windowpane check takes its name from the window-like wide square plaid pattern. The pattern is formed by two perpendicular pinstripes. First of all windowpane check has generally been considered as a choice for more casual occasions. On the other hand the windowpane pattern was earlier associated with the English upper class. Think for example British hunting tweeds or double-breasted suits featuring this bold pattern. Therefore windowpane has also been seen as a part of bold, powerful looks.
Today this strong geometric pattern is an appropriate choice for any men looking for a new suit to wear at the office. Or looking for a suit to wear at business meetings.
No more than three different pattern to one outfit.
Light brown windowpane suit by Vaatturiliike Sauma
I bought the windowpane suit featured here from Sauma in January. It is a sample piece from their made-to-measure supplier. At that time I was looking for one more suit to wear at Pitti Uomo. When I saw this one I thought it might be just what I needed. The only problem was that it was size 48 and in the first place it looked a bit big. But once again it was proven that the most important thing in terms of fit is shoulders. If the jacket fits your from the shoulders other parts can quite easily be altered.
First of all the jacket was shortened from the hem a couple of centimeters. In addition the waist of the jacket was taken in a bit and trousers needed to be shortened and narrowed. Finally as always the sleeves needed to be shortened. And because of working buttons that needed to be done from the shoulder. Therefore as you can see the pattern matching is not as perfect and complete as it should be. This is a problem you need be able to live with in case you have short hands but you still want to use jackets featuring patterns.
Brown grenadine tie and woolen pocket square
For this ensemble I wanted to keep the color scheme quite monochromatic. Therefore I chose brown striped shirt and brown grenadine tie to highlight the light brown or oatmeal shades of the jacket. Finally I took a brown Drake's of London unicorn pocket square and dark brown calf leather oxfords by Crockett&Jones. As you can see here it is definitely possible and in fact rather easy to create business appropriate outfits around brown color.
If you want to see another way to combine this same suit - check the posts below: