Solid vs Plaid vs Striped Suit: Which Should I Choose?

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Not all men’s suits feature a single color. Some are designed with two or more colors. If a suit has a plaid or striped pattern, for example, it will naturally feature multiple colors. As a result, you might be wondering which type of suit is right for you. In this post, you’ll learn more about the differences between solid, plaid and striped suits.

Overview of Solid-Colored Suit

As shown in the image above, a solid-colored suit is a type of men’s suit that features a single, solid color. Solid-colored suits have been around since the late 1800s. In fact, some of the world’s first suits were designed in a single, solid color. Since then, they’ve become a mainstay of men’s formal wear. You can now find solid-colored suits available in nearly any color, including black, gray, blue, green, white and more.

Benefits of Wearing a Solid-Colored Suit

Why should you wear a solid-colored suit? Well, many men prefer them because they are match most garments and accessories. If a suit only has a single color, you’ll be able to wear it most if not all other garments and accessories. If your suit has two or more colors, on the other hand, you’ll have to selectively choose the clothes and accessories with which you wear it to ensure they all match. In this regard, solid-colored suits are less restrictive because you wear them with most dress shirts, neckties, belts and shoes.

Solid-colored black suits are also highly formal, making them ideal for black-tie events, business meetings and other formal events. Of course, there are plenty of formal plaid and striped suits on the market. Generally speaking, though, they are less formal than solid-colored black suits. Black is a sleek and modern color that offers an unparalleled level of formality. As a result, solid-colored black suits offer a stylish and formal appearance that’s not found elsewhere.

Overview of Plaid Suits

A plaid suit, on the other hand, is a type of men’s suit that features two or more colors in a plaid pattern. They consist of a uniform array of many small squares, resulting in a checkered design. The squares — or the lines encompassing the squares — don’t all feature the same color, however. They may feature two or more colors, thereby creating a unique pattern that differentiates plaid suits from their solid-colored counterparts.

The Italian Ritzs Checks Angora Wool Suit is considered a plaid suit because it features a uniform array of many small squares (also known as a plaid or checkered pattern). In addition to dark gray, it features light gray and blue. The combination of these three colors offers a truly stunning appearance that’s guaranteed to take your personal style to the next level.

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Benefits of Wearing a Plaid Suit

In terms of aesthetics,  plaid suits consistently rank at the top of the list. There’s no denying the fact that high-quality plaid suits look amazing. Plaid patterns are clean, modern — and because they have multiple colors — colorful. For these reasons, plaid suits project a fashion-forward appearance. If you’re tired of wearing solid-colored suits and want to take improve your personal style, there’s no better choice than a plaid suit.

You can also find plaid suits available in a variety of materials, some of which include cotton, linen, wool and tweed. Cotton and linen are popular choices during the warmer months of the year. In comparison, wool and tweed are recommended for the cooler months of the year. You can rest assured knowing that plaid suits are available in all of these materials.

Overview of Striped Suits

A striped suit, as you may have guessed, is a type of a men’s suit that features multiple colors in either a horizontally or vertically striped pattern. Some striped suits have thin lines, whereas others have thin lines. Regardless, they all have horizontal or vertical lines that create a striped pattern.

Keep in mind that striped suits with both horizontal and vertical lines are considered plaid. Striped patterns only have horizontal or vertical lines; they don’t have both.

Striped suits aren’t as common as either solid-colored or plaid suits. Nonetheless, you can still find them available for sale at many local and online retailers. They offer a stylish alternative to solid-colored suits that many men prefer

Benefits of Wearing a Striped Suit

Striped suits are beneficial because of the way in which they improve your figure. If you’re short, for example, wearing a vertically striped suit can make you appear taller. In comparison, if you’re tall, you can create the appearance of a shorter figure by wearing a horizontally striped suit.

As with plaid suits, striped suits are available in a variety of materials. Whether you’re looking for a warm material like wool or a cooler material like linen, you can probably find a striped suit featuring it.

In Conclusion

Men’s suits are typically characterized as either solid colored, plaid or striped. Solid-colored suits are unique because they only feature a single color, whereas plaid and striped suits have two or more colors.

When choosing a suit, it’s important that you consider the color and pattern. A solid-colored black suit is an excellent choice for formalwear. Without any other colors, a black suit projects a high level of formality that’s not available in multi-colored suits. With that said, you can always take a different approach by wearing a plaid or striped suit. Both plaid and striped suits feature multiple colors. This makes them slightly less formal than solid-colored suits, but many men will agree that they look better as well.

The key thing to remember is that both your suit jacket and suit trousers should feature the same color and pattern. If you’re going to wear a plaid suit jacket, for instance, choose suit trousers featuring the same plaid pattern with the same colors. Mixing different colors and patterns in your suit outfit is a surefire recipe for fashion failure.