At one level, a suit is a statement of class. At another, it rises gallantly to the challenges of the natural flaws of the human body – drooping shoulders, short legs, long arms, sometimes one longer than the other. A good suit will correct even those outsized torsos. Therefore it’s important that you know suit patterns beyond the monotonous solids and how to make it work best for you. 

Stripes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Most common in business suits, the striped pattern does not just look elegant, it is also a good choice for shorter men for the illusion of height it creates with its vertical lines. The width between the stripes gives this pattern a range of options with the pinstripe the most ubiquitous. This pattern is made from pin-sized dots made in silk or cotton and then woven into worsted cloth. The other most common pattern is the chalkstripe which consists of large attention-grabbing white stripes

 

Windowpane

 

 
 
 
 
 
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An eye-catcher for sure, the Windowpane pattern got a trendy makeover when Tom Ford featured it in his 2009 campaign. Like the Glen check, it’s good for sports and casual jackets. On a business suit, it spells flamboyance. The larger windowpane checks can blend nicely with other check patterns in the Suit – like a gingham patterned shirt or small checks on the pocket square.

 

Herringbone

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Distinctive for its zigzag pattern, it isn’t too flashy for any occasion. And it matches well with almost all kinds of shoes and ties.

 

Glen check

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Found largely in woolen fabric, it features twill design woven into it in the form of alternating small and large checks. It is seen in a variety of colors as well as black and white.

 

Houndstooth

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A relic of the Scottish past, the houndstooth pattern is made from wool and tweed fabrics. The abstract black and white pattern works well with a striped shirt and a solid tie.

 

The Pinhead

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A subtle geometric pattern, it features a solid color in the background with small pinheads on it. Though not striking, the pattern stands out when paired with a similar colored tie or shirt.

 

 

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