CHALK OF THE TOWN
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.