I’ve always thought pinstripe fabric was reserved for office suits, blazers and pencil skirts—but there are some new fashion trends that are making me think again. I gathered five unique approaches to the sophisticated fabric that may just make you think outside the lines, as well.

Pinstripe Fabric Coat1. A Pinstripe Coat
Sure, those little tailored jackets that perfectly match your pants are nothing new, but this pinstripe coat from Zara is an entirely different idea. It has a tough edge and manages to look impossibly cool with cropped pants and ankle-boots. Plus, it’s way warmer than your go-to blazer.

pinstripe fabric pants2. Pinstripe Draw-String Pants
Yes, you read that right. I’m talking drawstring pinstripes. I loved Stella McCartney’s clever combination of the meeting-worthy motif with a cozy jogging fit. Cuts down on a lot of complex construction pressure, too, doesn’t it?

pinstripe fabric shorts3. Pinstripe Shorts
It’s no longer summer, but a proper pair of shorts like these would look both business appropriate and super stylish when worn with tights and pumps. Bonus points if you make a matching topper for a darling short-suit.

pinstripe fabric box top4. A Boxy Pinstripe Tee
A basic top like this ASOS shell is not only a breeze to make, it’s a great way to funkify the classic pattern. Lengthen the sleeves or lower the neckline, just hold onto that boxy fit for a street styler vibe.

pinstripe fabric skirt5. An Asymmetrical Skirt
If pinstripes are all about being orderly, mix things up with an asymmetrical hem like this Salvatore Ferragamo wool skirt. This can be applied to blazers, blouses and shirtdresses to give things an artistic touch.

Chime in! Which creative pinstripe fabric style is your favorite?

October 31, 2013 — Shopify API