How to wear stripes

Layer striped Samuel Windsor summer blazers with solids for a striking appearance

Layer stripes with solids for a striking appearance
Image source: Samuel Windsor summer blazers

The standard advice is to wear vertical stripes to make yourself look taller and slimmer, and horizontal stripes if you want to detract from your height or add width to a slim frame. But there’s way more to a striped shirt or jacket than that.

Here’s our short guide to stripes and how to wear them without looking like a deckchair.

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What is linen?

A stylish linen suit from Samuel Windsor keeps you cool and comfortable all summer long

A stylish linen suit keeps you cool and comfortable all summer long
Image source: Blue linen suit from Samuel Windsor

Woven from flax fibres, linen is one of the oldest fabrics on the planet. Prized by the ancient Egyptians who used it as money, the mummified pharaohs were wrapped in it to signify status and purity.

Linen has many excellent qualities: it’s tougher than cotton, lasts longer, is hypoallergenic, keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter and is among the most stylish and comfortable fabrics you can wear. Here’s our guide to all things linen.
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What to wear for short men

A slimline, tapered blazer with structured shoulders from Samuel Windsor lends short men style and gravitas

A slimline, tapered blazer with structured shoulders lends short men style and gravitas
Image source: Samuel Windsor blazers

If you’re on the short side, looking your best is all about elongating your silhouette, reducing clutter and drawing the eye upward. You should wear fitted clothes with clean lines cut to flatter your form, and go for monochrome or closely complementary colours. Here’s your guide to dressing for short men.
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