CHALK OF THE TOWN

Esquire (Malaysia) - - STYLE -

The chalk stripe has al­ways ap­pealed to larger-than-life types. Wider than a pin­stripe and wo­ven in rich flan­nel, the pat­tern was a fa­vorite with JFK, Sal­vador Dalí, and Win­ston Churchill (who would wear a chalk-stripe jump­suit while in­spect­ing the troops, thereby in­vent­ing the con­cept of busi­ness ca­sual). For a few dark decades it was adopted by Wall Street fat cats, but this fall the stripe is re­turn­ing to form: De­sign­ers from Hugo Boss to Ver­sace (shown above) are knock­ing the dust off the pat­tern and re­mind­ing us that it was al­ways meant to be a state­ment.

So go ahead and get loud with it. Turn up the tex­ture be­neath the jacket with a thick knit in a bold, earthy tone. Play with pat­tern by adding a funky ar­gyle sweater, or pile on the out­er­wear for a more lay­ered ap­proach. A suit this bold will sup­port any styling trick you can throw at it—just bring enough at­ti­tude to carry it off.

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