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


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.


Windowpane Jacket


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.


Windowpane Waistcoat


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!


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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