I have received quite a number of e-mails on this subject. Here are the commonly used names for the basic shirtings: Hairline Stripe: Dress Stripe: Pin Stripes (Bottom - usual; Top - wide): Candy Stripe: Bengal Stripes: Awning Stripe: Shadow Stripe (may vary in width): Multi-Stripe (one of many thousands): Basic Stripe Size Comparison Reference: These are relative sizes. For example, Candy Stripes approximately 1/8" equally spaced white & color or color & color; Bengal Stripes +/- 1/4" equally spaced white & color or color & color, etc. Pin stripes are usually 1 or two yarns thick and the spacing between pin stripes varies all over the map. If you'd rather call your Candy Stripes Bengals and your Bengals Pinstripes, feel free. One person's tiger is another's kitty. But if you're trying to communicate with a shirtmaker, use the reference above. Copyright © 2008 Alexander S. Kabbaz, Kabbaz Kelly Shirtmakers. All rights reserved.