Unfortunately, not many men wear chalk stripe suits anymore. One of the reasons is probably the fact that they are more likely to attract attention due to their bold stripes. In the case of a double-breasted chalk stripe suit, one stands out from the crowd even more. Thus, it is important to stay away from loud patterns and stick with classic plain colors for the rest of the ensemble.
That being said, I decided to wear a double breasted chalk stripe suit from Ralph Lauren Purple Label today which I really like because of its details. First, I adore the wide lapels, which remind me of the 30’s. Moreover, the coat can be buttoned either 6×2 or 6×1 which makes the lapels appear even wider. In order to be able to button it either way, it is important to have inside buttons on both closing buttons, otherwise the lapels look different in size. The double inward facing pleats in the pants create a little more room, and are therefore more comfortable. Many Ralph Lauren pants feature this kind of pleat. Although one can see double breasted suits usually only in combination with cuffed pants, I decided not to cuff my pants this time. The suspenders, as well as the adjustable waistband, provide the wearer with even more comfort, since the pants do not need to sit firmly around the waist. The little coin pocket is an essential feature in my opinion since you can store all kinds of small things in there without ruining the silhouette of the suit or making noise while walking.
Cufflinks: Malachite in Sterling Silver
Suspenders: Vintage in red (by Trafalgar)
Suit: Chalk stripe in navy with beige, 98% wool and 2% cashmere worsted (made by Ralph Lauren Purple Label)
Pocket Square: Light blue linen with white edges
Shoes: Black leather 5 eyelet Oxford shoes (made by Church’s)
Socks: Over the calf blue and red, cotton (Gallo)