Ask Janie: Which Suit Pattern To Go For?

Esquire Singapore's fashion director picks her favourite suit pattern.

BY janie cai | Apr 7, 2016 | Fashion


Question, from Nishanthan Kanapathy:

"I’m currently shopping around for my next suit and have decided to go for one with a pattern, as previous versions were all plain. What do you think is a good one to start off with?" 


Janie's Answer:


Yes, it’s true. I love this pattern so I’m definitely biased. But what the hell, I’m sticking to my guns. It’s a great pattern, striking the perfect balance between modern style and a classic look. The size and colours that the windowpane checks are available in, especially now with its growing popularity as a menswear pattern, are varied enough to ensure you find something that suits you. If you’d like something more contemporary then go for a smaller windowpane check (roughly 2CM wide squares) and opt for a dual grey-toned palette (i.e light grey checks on a dark grey suit). You can wear that suit for work or pair it with a plain long-sleeved tee for sharp look on an evening out.

If you already have lots of grey and navy in your wardrobe then opt for a brighter blue, or a dark green with thin khaki checks. You’d be surprised how versatile these colours can be, especially when you break up the suit and wear the jacket and trousers as separates.

Good places to check out for windowpane checks include Suitsupply at ION Orchard (although it can be seasonal), Massimo Dutti or BOGGI at Marina Bay Sands. You could also consider getting a suit tailored, which gives you more options, both colour- and style-wise. Try QMenswear, Kay-Jen Tailored or Dylan & Sons. Sartorial for your very own made-to-measure suit. Prices start at SGD900 but can go up, depending on your choice of fabric. Then again, if you’re going to take the leap and get a patterned suit, then you should invest something that you’d be 100 percent happy with.

Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur:

A good place to look out for windowpane checks is Sacoor Brothers in Suria KLCC and Pavilion. Or you could try out your very own made-to-measure suit at Wardrobe or Bespoked.