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Corey Stoll Punches Out in Fall's Freshest Pinstripes

They used to be called banker stripes, but now that they're being worn outside the office—and even migrating off suits onto vests and sweatpants—that term sounds like ancient history. Here, show-stealing actor Corey Stoll wears a new generation of pinstripes for the freelance era




Corey Stoll can disappear into a look. Scanning a vending machine in a blazer and a slouchy T-shirt, he's barely recognizable as the hardscrabble, coke-addicted congressman in House of Cards, or the bewigged Hemingway from Midnight in Paris, or the uptight Paul Altman in this fall's preposterously star-filled This Is Where I Leave You. Stoll in a cardigan versus Stoll in a waistcoat versus Stoll in his career-defining moment, nude and cripplingly drunk in a bathtub contemplating suicide—those are three very different Stolls. He made it out of that bathtub but didn't last long. His kill-off in season one at the hands of Kevin Spacey—"It was a great way to die," Stoll says—was a shock but catapulted his career and freed him to take all the projects he'd failed to land in his twenties.



1. Pinstripes Take a Big Leap
They're often a second skin for peacocks and stock pushers. But now stripes can also be found on vests, parkas, sneakers, even trouser-sweatpant hybrids.

Pants, $398 by Mark McNairy New Amsterdam
Cardigan, $498 by Mark McNairy New Amsterdam
Shirt, $92 by Brooks Brothers
Sneakers, $410 by Common Projects
Cap by Boss
Belt by Baldwin
Watch by TAG Heuer





2. Lines are Meant to be Crossed
Not jumping into pinstriped sweats anytime soon? That's cool. Because there's also a new way to flip a striped suit. For instance: Ditch the tie. Clash it with a striped shirt. And cap it off.

Suit, $4,780 by Ermenegildo Zegna
Shirt, $319 by Etro
Pocket square by The Tie Bar
Cap by Ebbets Field Flannels





3. One Way to Make Your Oldest Jeans Look More Money
Yes, the new move with pinstripes is mostly about stripping the fussy financier out of the suits. (More on that soon.) But you can also use a piece of a pinstriped suit to give new life to your casual clothes. Try repurposing a vest as a foolproof way to dandify your denim just the right amount.

Vest: $350, cardigan: $165, shirt: $90, bow tie, $85, jeans: $185 by Polo Ralph Lauren.
Belt by Martin Dingma:
Cap by Stetson Cloth Hats & Caps
Watch by Jack Spade





4. For Instant Results, Just Cut Ties
There are things you can wear under a three-piece suit and things you simply can't. And we're here to take out the guesswork. Sure, a shirt and tie always works, but that's the banker look we're talking about moving away from. Try instead: a dress shirt with no tie. A turtleneck, if you're the fearless type. Or an undone Henley, like Mr. Stoll here. What never works with a three-piece is anything with a crewneck, like a sweater or a T-shirt. Got it?

Suit: $4,775, henley: $795 by Dolce & Gabbana
Shoes, $275 by Johnston & Murphy
Socks by Falke
Belt by Baldwin
Watch by Baume & Mercier






5. A Litte Sartorial Insubordination Goes a Long Way
Another way to make a pinstriped suit less banker'd out is to show it a little less respect. Meaning, wear some stuff with it you never would've considered before. Argyle works. A Fair Isle sweater like the one you see here works. A grandma sweater with reindeer? Skulls? Penguins? One of those "minimalist" fashion sweaters with the trapezoids and whatnot? Throw it on and see how it goes.

Suit, $2,345 by Bally
Sweater, $275 by Rag & Bone
Sunglasses by Persol
Watch by Montblanc


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