Horizontal Stripes feat. Adam Lampell
May 17th, 2013
The menswear game today is all about the infamous “classic with a twist”.
The trick is in the subtlety of the “twist”.
Here’s an example:
“Classic”: white shirts with blue stripes.
“Twist”: stripes cut on the horizontal cross-grain.
1. Fresh Tobacco
Firstly, this lightweight tobacco suit is crack! One of the most intriguing Spring suits I’ve seen in a while…even more so in person. Very well done player.
The horizontal stripe shirt works because of Adam’s overall attention to detail. He’s a student of the game (perfectly tailored fits, smart color play, tasteful pattern mixing, etc).
He also knows how to accesorize, and does so indulgently. Tortoise shades that flatter his face, subtle collar pin (with eyelets on the shirt collar), navy linen pocket square, vintage tie bar (featuring a Native American penny from 1908), tribal-patterned braces (under a clean waistband)…
There’s another great “classic with a twist” element at play here.
“Classic”: tapered haircut with a side-part.
“Twist”: the side part is cut-in by his barber on the left side, and only the right side is faded. Something like a Military x Mad Men collab.
Adam is a smaller guy (see his feature Tips for Shorter Guys).
Over the years he’s really found a fit that flatters his body type: a trim, slightly cropped jacket with a deep button stance and very slim trousers with no break.
2. Play the Blues, Brother
As we’ve mentioned several times, we’re big fans of monochromatic looks.
Here adam mixes some interesting shades of blue, including a teal tie that is perfect for Spring and really bounces off the light navy cotton suit.
The tight bengal stripes are subtle on this shirt, some people don’t even notice that they are cut horizontally. But when they do notice, they usually want to order one.
Also, the stripes on the collar and cuffs are cut on the length grain (as usual), creating a subtle pattern play within the shirt itself.
Adam has one of the most impressive shoe collections of anybody I know (just look closely through this post).
Lately though, he’s been sticking with these midnight brown slip-on loafers by Scarpe di Bianco. He likes this style so much, he just picked them up in three more colors: black, navy and eggplant.
When you find something that’s perfect for you, don’t be afraid to stock up.
3. Dressing-Up Denim
A while back we discussed dressing-up denim, but not like this. Adam takes it to a new level.
This 100% cotton denim cloth by Ariston makes for a beautiful suit – one that’s easy to split up as separates and will look better and better as it breaks-in (just like your favorite jeans).
As I’m sure we’re going to get this comment/email, yes, in theory horizontal stripes “make you look wider”. That doesn’t mean, however, that you’re going to look fat or heavy if you wear them. Fit makes much more of a difference than pattern when it comes to visual heightening/lengthening.
That said, horizontal stripes are probably not the best move for heavy-set guys. Keep in mind Adam is roughly 5’7″ 140lbs.
On that note, a good laugh.
Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Adam for participating!
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.