Classic Menswear Patterns: Windowpane

July 10th, 2015

This one goes out to all you statement-makers out there.

The windowpane pattern, often associated with the English upper class (think British hunting tweeds and double-breasted suits from Savile Row), makes for a bold, powerful look. Some of history’s most elegant, and confident, dressers have been known to wear the strong geometric pattern. I’m thinking old-school guys like the Duke of Windsor (check out our Brief History of Menswear for more on his fashion influence) and new-school guys like heir to the Fiat empire Lapo Elkann.

You don’t need a ton of windowpane in your closet – one jacket or suit (that can be broken up) will go a long way. Here’s three ideas on how to incorporate it into your wardrobe. For more, you can always search our library using the Style Guide.

Windowpane Suit

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For the conservative guy who’s looking to make a bit more of a splash with his business wardrobe, I recommend a grey or navy suit with a subtle pencil-line windowpane.

Similar rules apply to the cutting and pattern-matching of a good windowpane suit. Doing it right requires a little more fabric and a little more attention from a skilled tailor.

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Windowpane Jacket

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For bolder gentleman looking to make a Pitti Uomo worthy statement, there’s the brighter, louder windowpane jacket. This rich blue Ariston cloth has a heavily contrasting two-tone check in off-white and sky blue.

It’s not a jacket you can wear often, it’s one of those show-pieces that you break-out on occasion when you feel like standing out from the crowd.

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Windowpane Waistcoat

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If you’re not sure about going full-on windowpane, using the pattern in a contrast vest is a smart way to give a tailored outfit a little punch without screaming “look at me!”.

Mixing and matching tailored pieces is my favorite way to dress, and will be a big part of our upcoming collection. Can’t wait to show you guys what we’ve been working on!

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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