Horizontal Stripes feat. Adam Lampell

May 17th, 2013

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The menswear game today is all about the infamous “classic with a twist”.

The trick is in the subtlety of the “twist”.

Here’s an example:

“Classic”: white shirts with blue stripes.

“Twist”: stripes cut on the horizontal cross-grain.

Our boy Adam from MAB takes some time out of his busy schedule selling fly-ass suits to take us to horizontal stripe school.

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1. Fresh Tobacco

01

Firstly, this lightweight tobacco suit is crack! One of the most intriguing Spring suits I’ve seen in a while…even more so in person. Very well done player.

The horizontal stripe shirt works because of Adam’s overall attention to detail. He’s a student of the game (perfectly tailored fits, smart color play, tasteful pattern mixing, etc).

He also knows how to accesorize, and does so indulgently. Tortoise shades that flatter his face, subtle collar pin (with eyelets on the shirt collar), navy linen pocket square, vintage tie bar (featuring a Native American penny from 1908), tribal-patterned braces (under a clean waistband)…

04

There’s another great “classic with a twist” element at play here.

“Classic”: tapered haircut with a side-part.

“Twist”: the side part is cut-in by his barber on the left side, and only the right side is faded. Something like a Military x Mad Men collab.

05

Adam is a smaller guy (see his feature Tips for Shorter Guys).

Over the years he’s really found a fit that flatters his body type: a trim, slightly cropped jacket with a deep button stance and very slim trousers with no break.

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  • tlb

    I’m curious about his tie length. In the link you posted re: tips for shorter guys you say “there’s no excuse for a tie hanging past the waistband,” but in looks 1 and 3 it clearly is. I always struggle with getting my tie length into what I’ve always thought to be the acceptable range and I wonder if this is something that’s evolving.

    • http://www.themodestman.com Brock

      Good point. You can always tuck the short end behind your shirt (after the second button from the top). Don’t tuck it in your pants or anything like that. It will come out.

      But get them altered at Skinny to Fatty or Tie Crafters. That’s the best solution, and it’s cheap.

      -B

  • http://dapperadvisor.tumblr.com Akil M

    That last look is my favorite. He truly has impeccable taste, and pays attention to detail.

  • Mahmoud

    Dan, you bring us another great entry. Thank you! All this guy’s looks are very bold and he pulls them off!
    His trousers are so slim! Still, looks on point.

  • http://www.backdownsouth.com Back Down South

    That last look is so killer

  • John

    Great looks! That denim suit was definitely unexpected! I’d prefer a more contrasting tie on look #2 though.

  • Wayne

    Adam is seriously on point every time he is featured! Haircut is superb! Any photos of the backside- wonder how it all blends together.

  • BF

    NICE!

  • http://www.wix.com/neilfortin/costumes Neil

    Awesome hair cut. Might just be the inspiration photo brought to the barber next time!

  • Pat

    Hats off to Adam. He killed it. . .and nice haircut by the way!

  • http://profblack.blogspot.kr/ Professor Black

    It’s a good thing I have a pocket square with me today…. I just had a style-gasm.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      hahaha you’re sick

      • http://profblack.blogspot.kr/ Professor Black

        I’m sick? You’re the one drawing all the dirty pictures :)

  • Gazman

    Horizontal stripes reminds me of a famous episode of MASH. Trapper hears of a cheap Korean tailor and gets measured for a pin stripe suit and it comes back…you guessed it.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      hah – dating yourself there my man!

  • Sergio

    I’m always impressed by what Adam wears! On top of looking killer in every outfit we seen him in, one of the nicest guys out there!

  • CJ

    This guy needs to have a regular feature or something. He kills it every time I see him on here. Definitely next level!

  • Don Pierre

    One of the best post of TSB men ever. Adam is dangerously sharp! #Tsbmen

  • EL

    That denim suit is impressive. The precision of the cut and the combination of the shirt and shoes makes it look very high-end.

    I’ve never seen anything on that level. I’m intrigued.

    Nice work, as always.

    • John Crossley

      I never thought I would hear denim and suit in the same sentence. The suit is amazing though. Ariston makes some unbelievable fabrics.

  • TO

    A fan of the denim suit and the subtle accessories in look #1 (patterned braces, tie bar, collar pin).

    Love the horizontal stripe shirts! And three great examples, it really is a nice twist.

    Have either of you experimented with making the collar’s stripes horizontal too? I expect that this just wouldn’t look ‘right’.

  • Chris

    Awesome loafers. Found their site online but cant find those for sale online. Any tips?

    • John Crossley

      I’ve seen them pop up a few times on eBay.

  • Herbert Morrison

    Nicely done. Some new ideas at play here for the wedding tomorrow in the Windzy. Tim O’Hearn I hollered at you–tick tock tick tock, get at me player. Dan, I will be representing TSB in full effect while in your hometown–you done know about me B. Stay up and keep grindin’–this site gets liver each and everyday.

    • TO

      Check your inbox my friend:)

  • Nick

    Any chance we can see the right side of his haircut?

    • Nick

      Just looked at the first picture….dumb

      • TW

        The guy can dress however he wants. That’s his prerogative. I just find it a bit silly to call any of this “subtle” in any way. BTW, who’s cutting for MAB these days? I saw that Rory moved on.

  • http://themodernprep.wordpress.com Marshall Mulherin

    This dude is a genius. All these suits are so amazing. This man is on par with you, Dan.

  • Niels

    Which kind of watch is he wearing?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Hamilton

  • TW

    Yeah, these outfits all scream “subtlety.”

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      It’s all relative. In the bespoke arena I would consider solid brown and solid navy suits fairly subtle.

      • John Crossley

        I agree with Dan. With the suits themselves being solid colors, it allows one to try more interesting details without it being too loud.

    • Marcus Forlan

      The word to describe this post – deadly!

      I am going to str8 rip off look #1 and also got some ideas on how to dress up my new cotton / silk blue suit.

      Awesome post!

  • A

    I don’t like the look of the wide spread collar with that size knot. I feel like it should be bigger so you can’t see the part of the tie that loops around the neck.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      I disagree. I think it’s a misconception that the tie knot has to be large enough to “fill the gap”. That would be one overly HUGE knot on a cutaway collar like that.

      My 2 cents.

      Thx for reading!

      • Badger

        I actually *like* to see/show the part of the tie that loops around the neck. Sprezzatura and all that.

  • MS

    I don’t use this weird loosely: those suits are redonkulous. I knew I should’ve listened to my dad and gone to B-school so I could afford a wardrobe like this.

    • TO

      Lol what is B-school?

      • Changingman

        Probably business school.

        • Ahmed H.

          I believe he’s referring to top business schools, such as Harvard Business or London Business. A term used by industry heads.

  • Jake

    crazy cool.