8 Best Shirt Fabrics for Spring

8 Best Shirt Fabrics for Spring

May 06, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Sports Jacket vs. Suit Jacket vs. Blazer

 

Blazers. It’s the universal catch-all term reserved for everything from formal suit jackets to the more casual sports coat. Most men, and menswear retailers, use these terms interchangeably, adding to the ambiguity of it all. It’s no wonder that many sports coats, blazers, and suit jackets are mischaracterized. We’ve all seen it, the off-putting blazer with jeans combination that doesn’t quite work but should. The sports coat and slacks at a wedding that somehow feels underdressed. These are classic mix-ups that can be caused by many factors. But knowing is half the battle, so let’s look at the differences between blazers, sports coats, and suit jackets and identify how each are commonly used.

What is a suit jacket?

The suit jacket is the most formal of the 3 options. It is also the most common. But did you know that a suit jacket is only classified as such if it is paired with trousers made of the same exact material? But that isn’t the only difference between suit jackets and their contemporary kin. Suit jackets also tend to fit closer. This is because suits are not meant to be layered. The only things that should be put underneath one is a dress shirt and thin vest.

Suit jackets come in 3 common styles. The first is the 2-button single breast with notched lapel. This is the standard style. Only fasten the top button with these. Then there is the 3-button single breast option which is less common, but perfect for taller men. Only do the middle button when going this route. Finally, we have the 6-button double breast suit jacket. These are highly formal and great for specialized events. Just remember to leave the bottom row of buttons undone.

The most common suit jacket fabrics by season:

Summer/Spring – Linen, seersucker, and silk.

Winter/Fall – Wool, cashmere, and wool/cashmere blends.

  • Pro-tip: Get in the habit of using your suit jackets only as suit jackets with their counterpart pants. Doing so allows your jacket and pants to wear down at the same rate, reducing the chance of mismatched coloring over time.

What is a Blazer?

Blazers have their roots in British naval history. At the time, around the early 1800s, these garments were of the 6-button double breasted variety. This particular style was then adopted by British royalty and saw a surge in popularity. It wasn’t until rowing clubs, with their need for mobility, started wearing 2-button single breasted blazers that the style unseated its formal predecessor as the common favorite. Although they share very similar cuts respectively, blazers and suit jackets have one glaring difference by which to tell them apart – the fabric.

The most common blazer fabrics by season:

Summer/Spring – Serge, fresco

Winter/Fall – Cashmere, flannel

  • Pro-tip: Blazers and casual pants like chinos or khakis are a tried-and-true combination. When in doubt, upgrade to slacks for a more formal appearance.

What is a Sports Coat?

This modern offshoot of the Norfolk jacket was originally viewed as a luxury item. Most men could only afford a suit in the early 20s and having a separate jacket that one wore with multiple trousers of varying colors seemed a waste. But over time, the rugged construction, pairing options, and loose-fitting style of sports coats won out. They were perfect for layering and easy to dress down or up as seen fit by the wearer. 2-button single breast varieties are by far the most common, but 3-button single breast sports coats are becoming increasingly popular. The interesting thing to note here is that sports coats can run the gamut between fabrics used in suit jackets and fabrics used in blazers, but the weave is where sports coats stand out.

The most common weaves for sports coats

Herringbone – A classic pattern that can usually be found in brown, tan, grey, or blue.

Houndstooth – A “busy” pattern that is popular in the United Kingdom and Northeast United States.

Tweed – Thick and tough and most known for its scholarly professor look.

  • Pro-tip: Sports coats can take a beating. If you’re looking to get active and don’t want to worry about wrinkles, then this is going to be your best bet.

Most Common Construction of Suit Jackets, Blazers, and Sports Coats

There are two main styles to be aware of here. The structured jacket gets its name from the cut of the shoulder. The shoulder pad sits just past the sleeve head, giving the jacket a crisp silhouette that compliments the body's natural shape. This is where you’ll find most traditional suit jackets and blazers. An unstructured jacket, however, is one with minimal canvas, very little lining, and a thin shoulder. The resulting jacket is lightweight and breathable and has a more casual look. This style of suiting has become common in recent years and makes for a summer suit or sports coat option.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

April 21, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Pros and Cons of Buying Tailor Made vs. Off The Rack

 

One of the biggest advantages of shopping tailor made dress shirts is the aesthetic. They’re not one-size-fits-all because fashion doesn’t work that way. Every body is different. Five people who visit a department store to purchase the same dress shirt, all in the same size, will more than likely find that it works better, and in some cases worse, than it does for the others. Here are a few pros and cons for why buying made to measure beats going the off the rack.

The Pros

#1. Tailor Made Dress Shirts Fit Better

It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter if you normally shop the big and tall section, or frequently find the perfect style only to discover your size (I’m looking at you, mediums) cleaned out. A tailor made dress shirt remedies that by using your exact specifications to craft the perfect garment for your size and shape.

#2. Combination Keeps Your Wardrobe Fashionable

Picture it, you’ve got a big social function coming up. An office party, or perhaps, a swanky dinner party with the in-laws. The last thing you want is to show up wearing the same thing as your boss. With a myriad of color choices for the cuff, collar, inner placket, button, and pattern options to choose from, the chances of that happening are virtually slim fit to none. Mix and match patterns, remove a breast pocket, or add a band collar – the choice is 100% yours and yours alone.

#3. Customization Keeps it Functional

Not only can you customize the fit of your shirt, but also its overall function. Not every classic white dress shirt is created equal. Some come in a low thread count and breathable weaves perfect for warm weather. Others, with the heft to combat a chilly winter’s eve. Some fabrics may catch the light and offer an invigorating shimmer, while others boast wrinkle resistance. The point is if you can dream it, a tailor can build it. That fact alone will give your wardrobe a distinctive feel that is uniquely your own.

 

The Cons

#1. Time Constraints

This can be a deterrent for some as tailor made garments usually take a little more time to procure than going into a big box store and choosing something off the rack. There is no trick or work around to avoiding this, however, proper planning can help. Of course, if you’re looking for a specific piece to wear on the weekend and you’re well into Thursday, tailor made is probably not going to be your best bet. Plan accordingly though, and there will never be an event where you can’t put your best foot forward.

#2. Price

Typically, tailor made shirts are a bit pricier up front, but the cost of a custom-made dress shirt versus an off the rack number comes down to years of use. Sure, you can pay $25.00 for a one wear affair, but what happens when you need another down the line? And then another. Tailor-made gear is generally much better constructed, so while no shirt is forever, custom-mades are darn close.

#3. Too Difficult to Measure Yourself

Ok, sure. While measuring yourself can be a daunting task for those out of the loop, it only takes a few minutes to learn. Once you’ve armed yourself with the knowledge, taking your own measurements is an easy feat. Here, we’ve even put together a video guide to make sure you measure correctly the first time, every time.

 At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

April 07, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Style Rules Broken By Experts

 

OLD RULE #1: NEVER Wear a Suit Without Socks.

This may have been the norm when your dad was learning the ins and outs of acceptable fashion, but those days are long gone. What’s acceptable now is individuality. Originality. Adapting to the climate – both literal and metaphorical. So yes, while it is advisable to wear socks when dressing for cooler weather, there is no such reason to do so when Spring has sprung, and things start to heat up.

Pro tip: Gold Bond powder will do wonders to eradicate moisture and keep your feet looking and feeling fresh all day long.

Credit: @carlos_domord & @magic_fox

 

OLD RULE #2: Neckwear Should be Subtle.

Let’s be honest, that wording is vague at best. But we get the general idea, right? Wrong. Who’s to say what’s subtle? Or what’s too flashy? Some might not like vibrant colors, while others decree the bolo is for casual affairs only. Look, all we’re saying is that a necktie may be more socially acceptable than say, an ascot at the office.

Credit: @PriyankaChopra & @bycarlosroberto

 

OLD RULE #3: Blazer or Shorts. Never Both.

Fine. Maybe not at the office, but this is a classic case of “never say never." Give casual the business with your own rendition of a blazer and shorts combination. It’s the perfect look for a nautical themed outing whether you’re brunching on a pier or sailing off to a beach soiree. Heck, given the right accoutrements, blazers and shorts could even work for a summer wedding.

 

OLD RULE #4: Boots are Casual Wear, Not Formal Wear.

This theory has been debunked. Boots are showing up in many formal wear settings. On occasion, they can even be a conversation starter. At the end of the day, wear whatever is most comfortable and permits you to enter the venue feeling confident.

Credit: @articlesofstyle

 

OLD RULE #5: Suits Should NEVER be Casual.

Of course, there are few who tailor suits as casual wear, but with the right attitude and a penchant for chill, even a suit can be dressed down a few levels.

Credit: @justusf_hansen

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

February 10, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
A Comprehensive Guide To Men's Dress Shirt Styles

 

Have you ever gone shopping for a dress shirt only to come away with something that isn’t quite right? Maybe the texture feels too rough. Or could it be the extra satin-like sheen? Whatever it is, you know it’s off. The faux pas is frustrating, sure, but don’t worry, you’re not the first person to be confused by the subtle differences of collared shirt styles. Let’s get started and run down a list of common differences between the formal, dress, and casual button-down shirting options. 

Formal Shirts

First off, formal shirts, also known as tuxedo shirts, tend to be made of 100% cotton and spun in either a twill or broadcloth weave. The cuffs are usually French, perfect for cufflinks, and the collar is a semi-spread. For the most formal of occasions, you’re going to want to go with a wing-tip tuxedo collar, the Rolls Royce of collar styles.. Finally, the most noticeably different thing you’ll find on a tuxedo shirt are the buttons. They’re usually fastened together with metal studs. 

Dress Shirts

Dress shirts are the most versatile of the bunch. They can be made to fit in just about anywhere with minimal effort. Of course, this makes a dress shirt ideal for dressing down into casual looks, but there are times when this doesn’t work in the wearer’s favor. It comes down to the type of collar and cuffs. For instance, a button-down collar can be dressed down easily, a pin-hole collar not so much. Consider dress shirts a semi-formal, business, option. They can have short sleeves, but typically, short sleeves are reserved for the casual side of button-up shirts. 


Casual Shirts

Casual shirts and dress shirts have a lot of crossover between them. Collars – like the aforementioned button-down collar – can be worn with either. One of the easiest ways to tell casual and dress shirts apart is by their length. Casual shirts are generally shorter, while dress shirts are made to be tucked in, hence the extra inch or two. Basically, an untucked shirt should never extend past the bottom of your back pocket. In addition, the collars are also much less stiff.


At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

February 04, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Reasons Custom Made Dress Shirts Are the Perfect Valentine’s Gift

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? It’s been a long, weird, year of ups and downs, so to kick back and unwind in a celebration of love is important. What better time to inspire hope, face down a new year together, even hazard a return to normalcy than on Valentine’s Day? The world we’re used to feels like it’s just around the corner, waiting to be rediscovered. Make sure your significant other is dressed to greet it. Here are a few reasons why a custom made dress shirt is the perfect gift to do just that.

  • No More Gaps Between Buttons: One of the most common complaints about wearing a blouse is the sheer conformity of it. They’re always off, somehow, but the biggest culprit ruining the appeal of a wardrobe is the gaps between buttons. There needs to be some breathing room. A little wiggle room, even. A custom-made dress shirt would eliminate unsightly gaps between buttons, allowing for a more comfortable, confident, experience.
  • The Right/Width Length: Here’s something we probably don’t think much about – the length of our dress shirts. We buy one, tuck them in, and voila: done. What happens if the shirt we chose was too long? A little bunching around the waist after half a day of rigorous movement? Now imagine that same bunching occurred around your chest every time you raised your arms. That’s a little more cause for concern, wouldn’t it? So the right length and width matters. Tailored garments take care of that.

  • It Supports Sustainable Fashion: Custom-made clothes are easier on the environment. Made to order clothing is, well, made to order, so nothing happens unless you ask for it to happen. Giant, air polluting, factories and warehouses full of last season’s styles waiting to be set ablaze are severely reduced. Sustainability is the name of the game.

  • Highlight Personal Style: Everyone on the planet has some modicum of personal style. Gifting a made-to-measure blouse allows you to tap into that and show just how much attention to detail you put into it.

  • Prove That You, Too, Are The Perfect Fit: The effort it takes to go online and order any old thing vs. the dedication it takes to get your partner’s measurements precise, apply their favorite color, make sure the style and cut are up to standards is much more apparent. This isn’t just any old gift for just any old someone, this is special made with care to show that you do too.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

January 28, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How To Dress up Your Dress Shirt

 

There is an old saying that goes, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. But when I was 16 and working at the rinky-dink car wash a block away from my house it seemed like a silly notion.

Every outfit you chose is a conscious decision about how you present yourself to the world. Your choices matter, and if you’re looking for a way to spruce up your message, then you’ve come to the right place. Not only do custom dress shirts fit better, allowing you to show off your style in true form, but with a little accessorizing they become uniquely yours and yours alone. Here are a few suggestions on how you can dress up your dress shirt and change your wardrobe’s narrative.

For the Minimalist:

Some people are fine with a bevy of accoutrements. They live for watches and rings and tie clips. We’ll get to them in a moment, but for now, let’s look at how dressing down can absolutely be dressing up. As mentioned above, we start with a custom-made shirt. This gives you control over not just the fit, but the style and design of the garment. This means you can add features like a band collar or monogrammed cuffs – or my personal favorite – a patterned/different color inner placket to the mix. A simple inner placket makes going unbuttoned at the top pop that much more. Add to that the effect of slim lines with a well-fitting pant (know your body type), no-show socks, and slip-on loafers and you’ve got an easy-to-pull-off minimalist style.

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For the Accessory Junkie:

On the other hand, maybe you’d like to try adding a few bells and whistles to the cut of your gib. Great! What do you have lying around? Does the weather in your area permit scarves? How about suspenders? When paired with a bowtie, the effect is as sharp as the head-turning you’ll be causing. If you’re a watch person, you can customize your dress shirt to allot for the extra .5 inches of fabric needed to let your timepiece peek out ever so slightly. Try coupling your tie clip with a pinhole collar for a dash of regality. Elevate your ankle game with a few pairs of high-end, patterned, socks that add a bold break to the monotony of solid pieces. Clash patterns and make the shirt its own accessory. Why not mix things up a little? 

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

 

January 22, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Choosing The Correct Pants For Your Body Type

 

There is no clear cut one-size-fits-all when it comes to fashion. Sure, some elastic waisted sweats may be the exception, but as a rule of thumb these aren’t generally considered weekday attire. It is prudent to know your measurements when shopping for clothing, but an often overlooked aspect of finding a great fit is knowing your body type.  

Here’s how to steer clear of making the same mistakes:  KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE. It really is that simple. Once you’re aware of your body type, you can begin to plan styles around looks that work for it. We’ll run down a few of the most common to get you started. 

  • The Rectangular Type: This body type is characterized by shoulder, waist, and hip measurements that are similar. The resulting illusion makes you look taller and thinner than you really are. This can be a plus for some, but things can get ill-fitting quickly if you’re choosing the wrong type of clothing. Your best bet is to widen the hip area to match the shoulders while highlighting the legs. Slim fit, tapered, pants work well here. Also, this body type benefits most from a tailored suit.
  • The Triangular Type: Triangular body types come equipped with a wider hip to waist ratio. This presents a challenge as slim or tapered pants may accentuate the hips and cause a billowing effect that clashes with the dress shirt. Since shoulder pads are out – and yes, they are out – your best bet is to streamline your silhouette. Do this by opting for straight leg trousers and fitted dress shirts.
  • The Oval Type: Oval types aren’t necessarily rounded, but they are wider at the waist with measurements at the shoulders and hips being roughly the same. The key here is to prevent spillover. Straight leg, relaxed fit, and plain front trousers are going to be your best line of defense against this.

As we mentioned before, these are just preliminary guidelines to get you thinking about your body type. In no way, shape, or form are these suggestions set in stone. Maybe you’re a trapezoid type characterized by broad shoulders and a stout, muscular, midsection. Or maybe you fall into the inverted triangle category with thin shoulders that taper down into a pinched waist. Maybe you’re somewhere in between. The goal here isn’t to tell you how to dress yourself, but instead, to give you an idea why certain styles you love on paper may not work for you as is and how you can tweak them to fit your specific body type.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts. 

January 14, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Dress Shirt Patterns That Should Be in Every Wardrobe

 

Style is what you make of it. Some people prefer dress A down business attire for a casual, office appropriate vibe, while others are happiest in a suit and tie. There is no wrong way to approach fashion. However, there are fun ways to step outside of your comfort zone without completely annihilating the confidence you’ve built into your closet. We’re talking patterns and prints here, that should be in every wardrobe.

The Squares: You’re probably very familiar with this category. It’s where checks, ginghams, and plaids live. The beauty of adding a few square patterns to your wardrobe is that they are universal. They work in office settings, casual outings, and everything in between. The squares are great for breaking up the monotony of solid-colored suits while remaining tastefully elegant. They’re also super simple to dress down with chinos, giving the wearer a casual appeal that can take on any workday in style.

The Rounds: Of course, by rounds we mean your polka dots, florals, and paisleys. Unlike the aforementioned squares, florals and paisley patterns have taken a backseat in the fashion world. Especially where men’s dress shirts are concerned. But all that is changing again. Trends tend to be cyclical, and those of the fashion variety are no exception. Polka dots and paisley prints offered a peacocking effect back in the 80s and 90s. Now they’re making a resurgence to lend a little flash in the 2020s style. Use these patterns to draw the eye. Hint: paisley, polka dots, and florals work very well as accents on solid-colored pieces.


Clashing Patterns: Let’s say you’ve taken the leap and already have a couple of polka dots, ginghams, plaids, and paisleys lying around your closet but are looking for a way to make them stand out without going full-on fashion week. The simple answer here is to embrace the clash. Clashing patterns may seem counterintuitive, but it works. We’re sure you’ve heard it before – never mix plaids and stripes – but that’s old advice. Times are changing. And these days, a polka dot dress shirt and paisley tie can be a showstopping combination when done right. So, don’t be afraid to experiment. 

At the end of the day, your style only needs to appease one person: you. Being comfortable in your own skin goes a long way to boost confidence, but for those who would like to switch things up a bit, playing with patterns (and colors for that matter) is a relatively easy first step. Why not give it a shot with a custom fit dress shirt? Not only will you look great, but you’ll feel amazing in a shirt of your own design!

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

January 05, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
8 Best Shirt Fabrics for Spring

8 Best Shirt Fabrics for Spring

 

It’s finally happening. Green grass, clear blue skies, birds chirping away like some nature centric version of twitter. That’s Spring and it’s here. Right outside your home office setup is a world waiting to be rediscovered. There are hikes to take, picnics to be had, beaches to walk, parks to explore, outdoor restaurant seating to be booked. Is your wardrobe ready to get active? Here are 8 of our best Spring ready shirt fabrics to keep you looking and feeling great all season long.

Casual Dress Shirt Fabrics

Star Jacquard Utility

The Star Jacquard Utility fabric is a midweight denim-like cloth made from 100% cotton. It’s a great option for spring weather that tends to stay on the cool side. It’s rough and rugged, like jeans, but unlike their leg covering counterparts, this Star Jacquard Utility fabric is super soft to the touch. You get the best of both worlds. Form and function fit for weekend outings that call for a little style and durability.

 

Pink Organic Cotton

Our Pink Organic Cotton fabric is springtime fresh with a side of eye-catching style. The soft pink color is the perfect accent to any urban jungle weekend plans, but it’s the lightweight construction that keeps you cool no matter how hot-tempered the weather gets. Pink Organic Cotton has enough heft to hang with the best of ‘em without bunching or wrinkling, so put it to the test and add a splash of color to your seasonal style.

 

Even Checked: Navy Blue

Even Checked: Navy Blue combines classic style with easy to wear comfortability. It’s made using extremely thin blue and white cotton threads that’s not only fetching, but functional as well. Even Checked serves as a lightweight fabric that breathes easy to keep you feeling refreshed all day long. Enjoy warm weather activities without resorting to wardrobe changes and capture every crisp, cool, breeze that gusts its way through your day.

 

Yellow & Blue Vivid Tattersall

If you’re looking to add a little color to the natural hue of springtime, then look no further than this Yellow & Blue Vivid Tattersall fabric. It’s extremely thin without being see-through, which means it can handle even the brightest, sunshiny day the season throws its way. Say yes to all day comfort. Say yes to Yellow & Blue Vivid Tattersall. 

 

Formal Dress Shirt Fabrics

Monti Ocean Blue End-on-End

Our Monti Ocean Blue End-on-End fabric is a refreshing take on light blue. The heathered effect produced by the two tone, end on end, weave is subtle, but when paired with solid colors it does wonders to break up the monotony. Not to mention the thread count boasts a lightweight drape that gives Ocean Blue a breezy demeanor perfect for balmy workdays.

 

 

Quick Dry White Herringbone

Our Quick Dry White Herringbone fabric is an attractive middle-of-the-road option for those who want an office ready dress shirt that can also do casual outings. It is made using 100% polyester threads that wick away moisture, leaving you high and dry when the weather gets hot. This translates to a comfortable fit that doesn’t bunch or wrinkle despite how active your workday may get.

 

Sea Foam Green

Tackle warm weather in style with this ultra-lightweight Sea Foam Green fabric. It’s as functional as it is appealing. That’s because the subtle broadcloth weave lends a breathable nature to Sea Foam Green, giving the cloth great airflow. Use this bright and airy fabric to customize a perfect fitting shirt to your exact specifications and give springtime a run for its vividly colored money.

 

Creamy Custard

This Creamy Custard cloth serves up style and comfort without sacrificing versatility. That’s because it is constructed using an ultra-lightweight 60s 1-ply thread count in a tight-knit broadcloth weave. The result is an easy to breathe fabric that hangs flat for tucked or untucked looks. Pair Creamy Custard with olive chinos and brown loafers for a tastefully casual office ensemble.

 

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Create one that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts. To get notified of new product launches and receive fashionable tips and tricks from our stylists sign up here.

 

 

May 06, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Sports Jacket vs. Suit Jacket vs. Blazer

Sports Jacket vs. Suit Jacket vs. Blazer

 

Blazers. It’s the universal catch-all term reserved for everything from formal suit jackets to the more casual sports coat. Most men, and menswear retailers, use these terms interchangeably, adding to the ambiguity of it all. It’s no wonder that many sports coats, blazers, and suit jackets are mischaracterized. We’ve all seen it, the off-putting blazer with jeans combination that doesn’t quite work but should. The sports coat and slacks at a wedding that somehow feels underdressed. These are classic mix-ups that can be caused by many factors. But knowing is half the battle, so let’s look at the differences between blazers, sports coats, and suit jackets and identify how each are commonly used.

What is a suit jacket?

The suit jacket is the most formal of the 3 options. It is also the most common. But did you know that a suit jacket is only classified as such if it is paired with trousers made of the same exact material? But that isn’t the only difference between suit jackets and their contemporary kin. Suit jackets also tend to fit closer. This is because suits are not meant to be layered. The only things that should be put underneath one is a dress shirt and thin vest.

Suit jackets come in 3 common styles. The first is the 2-button single breast with notched lapel. This is the standard style. Only fasten the top button with these. Then there is the 3-button single breast option which is less common, but perfect for taller men. Only do the middle button when going this route. Finally, we have the 6-button double breast suit jacket. These are highly formal and great for specialized events. Just remember to leave the bottom row of buttons undone.

The most common suit jacket fabrics by season:

Summer/Spring – Linen, seersucker, and silk.

Winter/Fall – Wool, cashmere, and wool/cashmere blends.

  • Pro-tip: Get in the habit of using your suit jackets only as suit jackets with their counterpart pants. Doing so allows your jacket and pants to wear down at the same rate, reducing the chance of mismatched coloring over time.

What is a Blazer?

Blazers have their roots in British naval history. At the time, around the early 1800s, these garments were of the 6-button double breasted variety. This particular style was then adopted by British royalty and saw a surge in popularity. It wasn’t until rowing clubs, with their need for mobility, started wearing 2-button single breasted blazers that the style unseated its formal predecessor as the common favorite. Although they share very similar cuts respectively, blazers and suit jackets have one glaring difference by which to tell them apart – the fabric.

The most common blazer fabrics by season:

Summer/Spring – Serge, fresco

Winter/Fall – Cashmere, flannel

  • Pro-tip: Blazers and casual pants like chinos or khakis are a tried-and-true combination. When in doubt, upgrade to slacks for a more formal appearance.

What is a Sports Coat?

This modern offshoot of the Norfolk jacket was originally viewed as a luxury item. Most men could only afford a suit in the early 20s and having a separate jacket that one wore with multiple trousers of varying colors seemed a waste. But over time, the rugged construction, pairing options, and loose-fitting style of sports coats won out. They were perfect for layering and easy to dress down or up as seen fit by the wearer. 2-button single breast varieties are by far the most common, but 3-button single breast sports coats are becoming increasingly popular. The interesting thing to note here is that sports coats can run the gamut between fabrics used in suit jackets and fabrics used in blazers, but the weave is where sports coats stand out.

The most common weaves for sports coats

Herringbone – A classic pattern that can usually be found in brown, tan, grey, or blue.

Houndstooth – A “busy” pattern that is popular in the United Kingdom and Northeast United States.

Tweed – Thick and tough and most known for its scholarly professor look.

  • Pro-tip: Sports coats can take a beating. If you’re looking to get active and don’t want to worry about wrinkles, then this is going to be your best bet.

Most Common Construction of Suit Jackets, Blazers, and Sports Coats

There are two main styles to be aware of here. The structured jacket gets its name from the cut of the shoulder. The shoulder pad sits just past the sleeve head, giving the jacket a crisp silhouette that compliments the body's natural shape. This is where you’ll find most traditional suit jackets and blazers. An unstructured jacket, however, is one with minimal canvas, very little lining, and a thin shoulder. The resulting jacket is lightweight and breathable and has a more casual look. This style of suiting has become common in recent years and makes for a summer suit or sports coat option.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

April 21, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Pros and Cons of Buying Tailor Made vs. Off The Rack

The Pros and Cons of Buying Tailor Made vs. Off The Rack

 

One of the biggest advantages of shopping tailor made dress shirts is the aesthetic. They’re not one-size-fits-all because fashion doesn’t work that way. Every body is different. Five people who visit a department store to purchase the same dress shirt, all in the same size, will more than likely find that it works better, and in some cases worse, than it does for the others. Here are a few pros and cons for why buying made to measure beats going the off the rack.

The Pros

#1. Tailor Made Dress Shirts Fit Better

It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter if you normally shop the big and tall section, or frequently find the perfect style only to discover your size (I’m looking at you, mediums) cleaned out. A tailor made dress shirt remedies that by using your exact specifications to craft the perfect garment for your size and shape.

#2. Combination Keeps Your Wardrobe Fashionable

Picture it, you’ve got a big social function coming up. An office party, or perhaps, a swanky dinner party with the in-laws. The last thing you want is to show up wearing the same thing as your boss. With a myriad of color choices for the cuff, collar, inner placket, button, and pattern options to choose from, the chances of that happening are virtually slim fit to none. Mix and match patterns, remove a breast pocket, or add a band collar – the choice is 100% yours and yours alone.

#3. Customization Keeps it Functional

Not only can you customize the fit of your shirt, but also its overall function. Not every classic white dress shirt is created equal. Some come in a low thread count and breathable weaves perfect for warm weather. Others, with the heft to combat a chilly winter’s eve. Some fabrics may catch the light and offer an invigorating shimmer, while others boast wrinkle resistance. The point is if you can dream it, a tailor can build it. That fact alone will give your wardrobe a distinctive feel that is uniquely your own.

 

The Cons

#1. Time Constraints

This can be a deterrent for some as tailor made garments usually take a little more time to procure than going into a big box store and choosing something off the rack. There is no trick or work around to avoiding this, however, proper planning can help. Of course, if you’re looking for a specific piece to wear on the weekend and you’re well into Thursday, tailor made is probably not going to be your best bet. Plan accordingly though, and there will never be an event where you can’t put your best foot forward.

#2. Price

Typically, tailor made shirts are a bit pricier up front, but the cost of a custom-made dress shirt versus an off the rack number comes down to years of use. Sure, you can pay $25.00 for a one wear affair, but what happens when you need another down the line? And then another. Tailor-made gear is generally much better constructed, so while no shirt is forever, custom-mades are darn close.

#3. Too Difficult to Measure Yourself

Ok, sure. While measuring yourself can be a daunting task for those out of the loop, it only takes a few minutes to learn. Once you’ve armed yourself with the knowledge, taking your own measurements is an easy feat. Here, we’ve even put together a video guide to make sure you measure correctly the first time, every time.

 At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

April 07, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Style Rules Broken By Experts

5 Style Rules Broken By Experts

 

OLD RULE #1: NEVER Wear a Suit Without Socks.

This may have been the norm when your dad was learning the ins and outs of acceptable fashion, but those days are long gone. What’s acceptable now is individuality. Originality. Adapting to the climate – both literal and metaphorical. So yes, while it is advisable to wear socks when dressing for cooler weather, there is no such reason to do so when Spring has sprung, and things start to heat up.

Pro tip: Gold Bond powder will do wonders to eradicate moisture and keep your feet looking and feeling fresh all day long.

Credit: @carlos_domord & @magic_fox

 

OLD RULE #2: Neckwear Should be Subtle.

Let’s be honest, that wording is vague at best. But we get the general idea, right? Wrong. Who’s to say what’s subtle? Or what’s too flashy? Some might not like vibrant colors, while others decree the bolo is for casual affairs only. Look, all we’re saying is that a necktie may be more socially acceptable than say, an ascot at the office.

Credit: @PriyankaChopra & @bycarlosroberto

 

OLD RULE #3: Blazer or Shorts. Never Both.

Fine. Maybe not at the office, but this is a classic case of “never say never." Give casual the business with your own rendition of a blazer and shorts combination. It’s the perfect look for a nautical themed outing whether you’re brunching on a pier or sailing off to a beach soiree. Heck, given the right accoutrements, blazers and shorts could even work for a summer wedding.

 

OLD RULE #4: Boots are Casual Wear, Not Formal Wear.

This theory has been debunked. Boots are showing up in many formal wear settings. On occasion, they can even be a conversation starter. At the end of the day, wear whatever is most comfortable and permits you to enter the venue feeling confident.

Credit: @articlesofstyle

 

OLD RULE #5: Suits Should NEVER be Casual.

Of course, there are few who tailor suits as casual wear, but with the right attitude and a penchant for chill, even a suit can be dressed down a few levels.

Credit: @justusf_hansen

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

February 10, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
A Comprehensive Guide To Men's Dress Shirt Styles

A Comprehensive Guide To Men's Dress Shirt Styles

 

Have you ever gone shopping for a dress shirt only to come away with something that isn’t quite right? Maybe the texture feels too rough. Or could it be the extra satin-like sheen? Whatever it is, you know it’s off. The faux pas is frustrating, sure, but don’t worry, you’re not the first person to be confused by the subtle differences of collared shirt styles. Let’s get started and run down a list of common differences between the formal, dress, and casual button-down shirting options. 

Formal Shirts

First off, formal shirts, also known as tuxedo shirts, tend to be made of 100% cotton and spun in either a twill or broadcloth weave. The cuffs are usually French, perfect for cufflinks, and the collar is a semi-spread. For the most formal of occasions, you’re going to want to go with a wing-tip tuxedo collar, the Rolls Royce of collar styles.. Finally, the most noticeably different thing you’ll find on a tuxedo shirt are the buttons. They’re usually fastened together with metal studs. 

Dress Shirts

Dress shirts are the most versatile of the bunch. They can be made to fit in just about anywhere with minimal effort. Of course, this makes a dress shirt ideal for dressing down into casual looks, but there are times when this doesn’t work in the wearer’s favor. It comes down to the type of collar and cuffs. For instance, a button-down collar can be dressed down easily, a pin-hole collar not so much. Consider dress shirts a semi-formal, business, option. They can have short sleeves, but typically, short sleeves are reserved for the casual side of button-up shirts. 


Casual Shirts

Casual shirts and dress shirts have a lot of crossover between them. Collars – like the aforementioned button-down collar – can be worn with either. One of the easiest ways to tell casual and dress shirts apart is by their length. Casual shirts are generally shorter, while dress shirts are made to be tucked in, hence the extra inch or two. Basically, an untucked shirt should never extend past the bottom of your back pocket. In addition, the collars are also much less stiff.


At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

February 04, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Reasons Custom Made Dress Shirts Are the Perfect Valentine’s Gift

5 Reasons Custom Made Dress Shirts Are the Perfect Valentine’s Gift

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? It’s been a long, weird, year of ups and downs, so to kick back and unwind in a celebration of love is important. What better time to inspire hope, face down a new year together, even hazard a return to normalcy than on Valentine’s Day? The world we’re used to feels like it’s just around the corner, waiting to be rediscovered. Make sure your significant other is dressed to greet it. Here are a few reasons why a custom made dress shirt is the perfect gift to do just that.

  • No More Gaps Between Buttons: One of the most common complaints about wearing a blouse is the sheer conformity of it. They’re always off, somehow, but the biggest culprit ruining the appeal of a wardrobe is the gaps between buttons. There needs to be some breathing room. A little wiggle room, even. A custom-made dress shirt would eliminate unsightly gaps between buttons, allowing for a more comfortable, confident, experience.
  • The Right/Width Length: Here’s something we probably don’t think much about – the length of our dress shirts. We buy one, tuck them in, and voila: done. What happens if the shirt we chose was too long? A little bunching around the waist after half a day of rigorous movement? Now imagine that same bunching occurred around your chest every time you raised your arms. That’s a little more cause for concern, wouldn’t it? So the right length and width matters. Tailored garments take care of that.

  • It Supports Sustainable Fashion: Custom-made clothes are easier on the environment. Made to order clothing is, well, made to order, so nothing happens unless you ask for it to happen. Giant, air polluting, factories and warehouses full of last season’s styles waiting to be set ablaze are severely reduced. Sustainability is the name of the game.

  • Highlight Personal Style: Everyone on the planet has some modicum of personal style. Gifting a made-to-measure blouse allows you to tap into that and show just how much attention to detail you put into it.

  • Prove That You, Too, Are The Perfect Fit: The effort it takes to go online and order any old thing vs. the dedication it takes to get your partner’s measurements precise, apply their favorite color, make sure the style and cut are up to standards is much more apparent. This isn’t just any old gift for just any old someone, this is special made with care to show that you do too.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

January 28, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How To Dress up Your Dress Shirt

How To Dress up Your Dress Shirt

 

There is an old saying that goes, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. But when I was 16 and working at the rinky-dink car wash a block away from my house it seemed like a silly notion.

Every outfit you chose is a conscious decision about how you present yourself to the world. Your choices matter, and if you’re looking for a way to spruce up your message, then you’ve come to the right place. Not only do custom dress shirts fit better, allowing you to show off your style in true form, but with a little accessorizing they become uniquely yours and yours alone. Here are a few suggestions on how you can dress up your dress shirt and change your wardrobe’s narrative.

For the Minimalist:

Some people are fine with a bevy of accoutrements. They live for watches and rings and tie clips. We’ll get to them in a moment, but for now, let’s look at how dressing down can absolutely be dressing up. As mentioned above, we start with a custom-made shirt. This gives you control over not just the fit, but the style and design of the garment. This means you can add features like a band collar or monogrammed cuffs – or my personal favorite – a patterned/different color inner placket to the mix. A simple inner placket makes going unbuttoned at the top pop that much more. Add to that the effect of slim lines with a well-fitting pant (know your body type), no-show socks, and slip-on loafers and you’ve got an easy-to-pull-off minimalist style.

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For the Accessory Junkie:

On the other hand, maybe you’d like to try adding a few bells and whistles to the cut of your gib. Great! What do you have lying around? Does the weather in your area permit scarves? How about suspenders? When paired with a bowtie, the effect is as sharp as the head-turning you’ll be causing. If you’re a watch person, you can customize your dress shirt to allot for the extra .5 inches of fabric needed to let your timepiece peek out ever so slightly. Try coupling your tie clip with a pinhole collar for a dash of regality. Elevate your ankle game with a few pairs of high-end, patterned, socks that add a bold break to the monotony of solid pieces. Clash patterns and make the shirt its own accessory. Why not mix things up a little? 

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

 

January 22, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Choosing The Correct Pants For Your Body Type

Choosing The Correct Pants For Your Body Type

 

There is no clear cut one-size-fits-all when it comes to fashion. Sure, some elastic waisted sweats may be the exception, but as a rule of thumb these aren’t generally considered weekday attire. It is prudent to know your measurements when shopping for clothing, but an often overlooked aspect of finding a great fit is knowing your body type.  

Here’s how to steer clear of making the same mistakes:  KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE. It really is that simple. Once you’re aware of your body type, you can begin to plan styles around looks that work for it. We’ll run down a few of the most common to get you started. 

  • The Rectangular Type: This body type is characterized by shoulder, waist, and hip measurements that are similar. The resulting illusion makes you look taller and thinner than you really are. This can be a plus for some, but things can get ill-fitting quickly if you’re choosing the wrong type of clothing. Your best bet is to widen the hip area to match the shoulders while highlighting the legs. Slim fit, tapered, pants work well here. Also, this body type benefits most from a tailored suit.
  • The Triangular Type: Triangular body types come equipped with a wider hip to waist ratio. This presents a challenge as slim or tapered pants may accentuate the hips and cause a billowing effect that clashes with the dress shirt. Since shoulder pads are out – and yes, they are out – your best bet is to streamline your silhouette. Do this by opting for straight leg trousers and fitted dress shirts.
  • The Oval Type: Oval types aren’t necessarily rounded, but they are wider at the waist with measurements at the shoulders and hips being roughly the same. The key here is to prevent spillover. Straight leg, relaxed fit, and plain front trousers are going to be your best line of defense against this.

As we mentioned before, these are just preliminary guidelines to get you thinking about your body type. In no way, shape, or form are these suggestions set in stone. Maybe you’re a trapezoid type characterized by broad shoulders and a stout, muscular, midsection. Or maybe you fall into the inverted triangle category with thin shoulders that taper down into a pinched waist. Maybe you’re somewhere in between. The goal here isn’t to tell you how to dress yourself, but instead, to give you an idea why certain styles you love on paper may not work for you as is and how you can tweak them to fit your specific body type.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts. 

January 14, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Dress Shirt Patterns That Should Be in Every Wardrobe

Dress Shirt Patterns That Should Be in Every Wardrobe

 

Style is what you make of it. Some people prefer dress A down business attire for a casual, office appropriate vibe, while others are happiest in a suit and tie. There is no wrong way to approach fashion. However, there are fun ways to step outside of your comfort zone without completely annihilating the confidence you’ve built into your closet. We’re talking patterns and prints here, that should be in every wardrobe.

The Squares: You’re probably very familiar with this category. It’s where checks, ginghams, and plaids live. The beauty of adding a few square patterns to your wardrobe is that they are universal. They work in office settings, casual outings, and everything in between. The squares are great for breaking up the monotony of solid-colored suits while remaining tastefully elegant. They’re also super simple to dress down with chinos, giving the wearer a casual appeal that can take on any workday in style.

The Rounds: Of course, by rounds we mean your polka dots, florals, and paisleys. Unlike the aforementioned squares, florals and paisley patterns have taken a backseat in the fashion world. Especially where men’s dress shirts are concerned. But all that is changing again. Trends tend to be cyclical, and those of the fashion variety are no exception. Polka dots and paisley prints offered a peacocking effect back in the 80s and 90s. Now they’re making a resurgence to lend a little flash in the 2020s style. Use these patterns to draw the eye. Hint: paisley, polka dots, and florals work very well as accents on solid-colored pieces.


Clashing Patterns: Let’s say you’ve taken the leap and already have a couple of polka dots, ginghams, plaids, and paisleys lying around your closet but are looking for a way to make them stand out without going full-on fashion week. The simple answer here is to embrace the clash. Clashing patterns may seem counterintuitive, but it works. We’re sure you’ve heard it before – never mix plaids and stripes – but that’s old advice. Times are changing. And these days, a polka dot dress shirt and paisley tie can be a showstopping combination when done right. So, don’t be afraid to experiment. 

At the end of the day, your style only needs to appease one person: you. Being comfortable in your own skin goes a long way to boost confidence, but for those who would like to switch things up a bit, playing with patterns (and colors for that matter) is a relatively easy first step. Why not give it a shot with a custom fit dress shirt? Not only will you look great, but you’ll feel amazing in a shirt of your own design!

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts.

January 05, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com