Let’s Get Chalky feat. DJ McDonald

October 23rd, 2013

Here at Articles of Style, we like to connect people. I’m of the belief that if you put people on, you will be put on in return.

We first met DJ McDonald at one of our Articles of Style parties in NYC a couple years ago (damn, I think we’re due for another party…). Since then we’ve featured him in a few editorial spreads (Sock it to ‘Em, Scarf SeasonLike Feather, Like Son) and he’s become part of the extended Articles of Style family. I always knew he had talent for tailoredwear styling (in fact, I consider this look to be one of our strongest of all time) so when he was looking to break into menswear, I put him in touch with our friend Nish at Suit Supply.

Today he’s working with Suit Supply doing sales and styling, while collecting a pretty mean wardrobe in the process. Lately he’s been on a flannel chalkstripe kick. Here are three of his favorites for the season.

“Chalkstripe”: the thicker, bolder, and fuzzier cousin to the pinstripe. Usually found on flannels and heavier worsted fabrics.

1. Gentlemanin’ Ain’t Easy


“What can I say about this look… It’s badass!

The only thing I’m missing is an entourage, and a tommy gun, and a case of whiskey, and a beautiful lady… It all starts with the suit though, trust me.”


There’s something about a dusty stripe woven into a flannel fabric that is so full of charm, romance, and power.

A stripe this strong can sometimes look overwhelming, especially in a DB. That’s why you have to keep it trim and fitted like DJ here with a nipped waist, slim sleeves and high armholes.

He also nails the details like the tie dimple, the collar curl, the soft shoulders, the pattern play, the minimal accessories…


I would probably never wear a pair of saddle shoes with a chalkstripe power suit, but somehow DJ always pulls this off.

He’s also always been a believer of in-your-face socks.

  • Red socks by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Navy and Bone Saddle Shoes by Duckie Brown

2. Three Times the Pane


“Okay, this is a windowpane not a pinstripe, but it’s still chalky and awesome.”


“The texture of a wool tie is a little less showy than silk, in my opinion… The flecks in this wool also ties together the beige from the windowpane…

And, of course, the white spread collar shirt tames all this boldness.”


Sometimes a sock in a “statement color” is just the best possible choice, even with a bolder suit. I don’t think a navy, grey, or brown sock would have complimented or finished this look as well as DJ’s brilliant choice of faded lemon.

Lastly, this is another great case for the single monkstrap (but not as good as exhibit A).

  • Yellow Socks by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Watch by Timex

3. Tonal Stripes


“The thing with wearing suits in bold colors or patterns, you have to fully embody it.

They say the man makes clothes, not the other way around.”


A stripe doesn’t have to be grey or neutral, but you might want to try something tonal (like sky blue on navy) before getting too far into colored stripes territory.

You don’t want to end up like Don Cherry. Or maybe you do…


“The stripe is so wide here that it actually makes it simpler to style… Pairing it with patterned shirts and ties is easy since I don’t have many other patterns at this scale.”

For more on putting together patterns, check out Pattern-Mixing feat. Alex Yampolsky.


So let’s do a little review of the unexpected color palettes here, just to make sure we’re all paying close attention.

Look 1: cream, charcoal, burgundy, bright red.

Look 2: navy, burgundy, yellow, chestnut.

Look 3: navy, sky blue, purple, pink.

  • Purple Tie by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Brown Vintage Braided Leather Braces ·
  • Pink Socks by J.M. Dickens

Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to DJ for participating!

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Westley Dimagiba.