The chalk or pinstriped suit


Location: The North Pole

The ‘classic’ double breasted pinstriped suit with elevated waistline and short lapels that most readers may be thinking of didn’t really come into being until the 1930s. Mr. Wooster would have been decidedly ahead of the curve if wearing it in the ’20s, and his man servant did not encourage such avant garde sartorial choices. That said, for the purposes of larking about in the virtual first half of the 20th century, one can get away with the look in just about any sort of representation of post-World War I styling. Hard core virtual reenactors are not as particular as one might presume; they understand the limited choices available. A more pronounced peaked lapel on this jacket would have been welcomed, but there we are.

The gentlemen’s suitings pictured here include a single breasted jacket and waistcoat in a fabric that suggests more of a chalk stripe than a pinstripe. The difference? A pinstripe is a relatively faint line of thread with a pin-prick dot effect. A chalk stripe tends to be thicker and has more of a twisted rope effect. Chalk stripes are always more pronounced than pinstripes.

A word on collars — it’s a challenge to find a good, high fit suitable to the era in Second Life clothing, and that’s something one simply needs to come to terms with for one’s general peace of mind.

A word on shoes — the wingtip brogue is appropriate for this sort of urban day wear, even if the two-tone version may be a titch garish. Under no circumstances should you wear this shoe with your evening wear.

A word on hats — they are problematic in Second Life, unless of the sort with hat and hair built together. The best option is to wear hair that can be copied and modify. Keep one version for the unhatted head, and alter the copy with the hat on, eliminating all the bits and lumps of hair that stick out through the hat. Appropriate hat styles can be a problem, too. Approximations of fedoras, such as this one by Couture Chapeau, are easy enough to find, if sometimes a bit exaggerated, but gent’s hats in the first half of the 20th century came in a lot more varieties than that. Mr. Wooster is searching far and wide for a decent Homburg. Still, a fedora is a suitable option for this look. But by all means, you must have hats. Men wore hats all the time well up until the mid-1960s, really.


Suit ~ Just Because navy pinstripe jacket, vest and trousers (top and trousers sold separately)

Shoes ~ Lapoint & Bastchild wingtip with single and two-tone options (includes HUD)

Hat ~ Couture Chapeau “Sleuth” fedora

Hair ~ Dura-Boys 31 in Irish Coffee

Skin ~ Hermony, Leon

Eyes ~ Aveline mesh eyes in hazel, L$0@SL Marketplace 

Dressed for L$1473

Sources Consulted

The Gentleman’s Gazette