How To Wear Windowpane Suits
Considering a windowpane suit?
This is how to wear it (and how not to).
Windowpane patterns (you know, the ones with the slim lines that cross to make shapes like old style windowpanes) seem to make their way into every collection from Black Lapel lately. Call it “on trend” (if you must), but there’s a much more practical reason you’re seeing more windowpane suits and jackets… windowpane might just be the perfect pattern.
Windowpanes beef up the slim guy and, paradoxically, have a slimming effect for the larger man (we’ll explain why below). Windowpanes offer the chromatically challenged—the guys who can’t match their clothes for shit—an easy way to pair shirts and ties with their jackets.
Perhaps the main reason guys are feeling the windowpane suit is that windowpanes are straightforward. We love our herringbones and houndstooths and glen checks and pinstripes, but there’s something simply elegant about a suit adorned only with windowpane boxes.
In a world where just the word pattern strikes fear into the hearts of many men, we present our windowpane suit guide as the antidote to pattern panic.
Who looks good in windowpane?
Everybody looks good in windowpanes. It is, in fact, it’s forgiving/flattering nature that pushes windowpanes to the top of our list of patterns. Like actual windowpanes, the windowpane pattern in your suit is not made out of squares, but rather, slightly elongated rectangles. This has the effect of slightly elongating the wearer and that’s one reason you see bigger guys wear this pattern.
Windowpane Wizardry: Windowpane patterns are slightly taller than they are wide.
Still, the pattern does include horizontal lines that can serve to bulk up the skinny guy’s presence. This makes windowpane suits a great alternative to pinstripes for the slimmer gent. This slick little visual trick is what makes the windowpane suit one of the most versatile suits a man can own.
How to match your windowpanes
Windowpane combos couldn’t be easier: Highlight the color of the box lines of your jacket by wearing a shirt or sweater from the same color family…
..Or play up the base color of the suit by recruiting a similar color tie.
Windowpane Dos & Don’ts
Wear Windowpanes to…
The office (Give the solids a rest to keep things interesting.)
A wedding (Windowpanes play as hard as they work.)
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