How To Dress up Your Dress Shirt

How To Dress up Your Dress Shirt

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
Festive Dress Shirts for Anytime of Year

 

Christmas time means sharing precious moments with loved ones. Getting together, whether it be in person or via Zoom, to wish seasons greetings, exchange gifts, and generally revel in the merriment of it all. Everyone knows that, during this time, it’s the thought that counts. Some, however, are too busy thinking about what to wear. Luckily for them, Original Stitch has put together a list of our favorite dress shirts that will add a little Yuletide joy to your Christmas wardrobe while maintaining year-round wearability.

  • Wine Micro Paisley: This Wine Micro Paisley dress shirt is guaranteed to add a fun, festive, tone to any ensemble. Its rich, red, coloring gives you a nice base to build on no matter the time of year, but it’s the pale-blue, snowflake-like, paisley pattern that makes it perfect for holiday office parties. Use Wine Micro Paisley as a statement piece under a Navy suit, add a Christmas themed tie, and voila! Instant holiday cheer.

  • Red and Navy Festive Flannel: Red and Navy Festive Flannel’s appeal is two fold. It offers a comfortable option for more casual Christmas settings, while maintaining support for anytime use. Whether you’re opening Christmas presents with the kids or enjoying a chilly spring morning hike, the lumber jack vibe just works. Of course, a jolly pair of seasonal socks and a Santa hat would add an extra layer of ho-ho-holiday chill.

     
  • Paisley Blue Velvety Corduroy: Sure, the Paisley Blue Velvety Corduroy doesn’t have much in common with the season by way of color, but that’s not where this dress shirt shines. Instead, it’s the eye-catching paisley pattern that makes it perfect for sitting around the fireplace and swapping stories with loved ones. When the holidays are over, however, a nice tapered jean opens up Paisley Blue Velvety Corduroy to myriad ensemble options in need of a little window dressing.

 

  • Red and Green Christmas Plaid: Much like the Red and Navy Festive Flannel, the Red and Green Christmas plaid was made to spread holiday cheer. The proof is in the title. But, while the former is for casual affairs, the latter is made for more formal settings. Pair Red and Green Christmas Plaid with olive chinos and a tan blazer to turn a few heads at the office Christmas party or keep it simple with dress khakis and a neutral tie for a perennial vibe.

 

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.

December 21, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Difference Between Slim Fit vs. Modern Fit Dress Shirts

 

Choosing the right fit for a dress shirt is crucial to one’s self-image. We’ve all heard the old adage, “look good, feel good”, but how does that translate to personal style?

As long as YOU are content with the way you look, confidence won’t be far behind. But it’s a bit harder to get into stores and try on clothes these days. So, what’s the alternative? Buy before you try and pray for the best outcome?

We’ve already discussed how to take your measurements for a great fit, so let’s dive into the different types of dress shirts that can be bought off-the-rack, what they mean, and how you can put these concepts into action and get what you want without a myriad of trials and errors.

Classic Fit

Classic fit dress shirts use a fairly standardized size chart (for the US) that runs from Small to XX-Large. There are discrepancies depending on where you shop, but the deviation is usually +/- an inch. Always check the vendor’s size chart when pursuing a new brand because a medium at Company X may be a bit different than a medium at Company Y. The key to the classic fit is a relaxed look without looking sloppy. It is meant to allow for more room in the chest and shoulders – roughly an inch – while keeping the traditional arm hole and sleeve length in play. 

Modern Fit

The modern fit dress shirt conforms a bit closer to the body than the classic. The changes are most evident in the sleeves, shoulders, chest, and waist. The sleeves and shoulders are pulled in between .5” & 1” tighter so that the fabric flows, but it does so just off the body. If you see the modern fit tag on a size medium shirt you’re interested in, expect a .5” to 1” difference from what you’re currently used to. Do the same for chest measurements. The waist can be anywhere from 1” to 2” closer.

Slim Fit

The slim fit dress shirt is far more contouring than the modern fit in that it removes even more room between the fabric and your body. Roughly .5” is taken off the circumference of the bicep and chest measurements.  An additional 2 inches come off of the waist, leaving you with a strait-laced tuck that doesn’t bunch or bag over the top of your pants. In either case – modern or slim fit – the neck, sleeve length, and shirt length should remain unchanged.

Keep in mind that these are standardized measurements, but not all bodies are created equally. Some of us are taller, others more athletically built. These are all factors you need to take into account when looking into the fit of your garments. But hopefully, armed with the knowledge imparted above, you have a better idea of what you’re getting into – and the designations being used to classify style and fit – when shopping for dress shirts online.

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.

December 16, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Unique Collar Styles and How to Use Them (Part 2)

 

Unique Collar Styles and How to Use Them (Part 2)

On its face, menswear seems pretty standardized across the board. There are dress shirts, suits, jeans and tee shirts. Throw in a couple of sweaters, hoodies and slacks and you’ve recreated just about any wardrobe. But just because you aren’t aware of the myriad of styles available to customize your look doesn’t mean they don’t exist. We’ve already started the discussion on unique collar styles and how to wear them, so let’s pick up where we left off and add three more collars to the mix.

  • The Tab Collar – This elegant collar is what ties were made for. It comes equipped with a second tab button that snaps closed under the standard button you’re used to. The purpose of this placement is to cinch the collar closed tighter than you’d be able to normally. Doing so locks in your tie and creates cleaner lines that draws the eye to your face. Consider this a strict formal customization. 
  • Hidden Button Collar – The hidden button collar offers more functionality than unique style. It is similar to the straight collar you’re familiar with, but the design is great for those who would rather not worry about the wanton wandering of their collar points. The hidden button is placed underneath the collar points and fastens them down, making this option a fantastic pick to wear open or closed. 
  • Varsity Spread Collar – The varsity collar is what you get when you take a spread collar and give it the dressed down treatment. The edges of this collar are curved, and the points are slightly rounded. What this means for your wardrobe is versatility. The varsity spread works in formal situations but can easily be made more accessible to casual functions based on the outfit you pair it with.

The most important thing to remember here is that your style is your own. What looks good on someone else may not look great on you, and that’s OK. But being aware of what’s out there gives you more opportunity to mix and match and come up with a look that plays well with your features. Fashion isn’t a one-size-fits-all industry. So, be patient. Try new things. And above all else, have fun with it.

 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.

December 10, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Ask Our Stylist – How to Choose the Right Overcoat

 

Ask Our Stylist – How to Choose the Right Overcoat

It’s that time of year again. The fall leaves are giving way to plumes of chimney smoke, and your wardrobe could use a warm and toasty upgrade. There are a myriad of options out there to keep you comfy as the temperature dips. We’ve already discussed fabrics that work well for winter, so let’s take it a step further and bring overcoats into the mix. How does one style an overcoat to become a jack-of-all-trades garment? Let’s run through the basics.

Pick the right weight for your climate

The weight of an overcoat comes down to a few factors. The fabric you choose, the length of the overcoat, and whether it’s lined or not. These all play an important role in how much an overcoat will weigh. Obviously, lighter weights (roughly 17 ounces) are ideal for mildly cool weather, whereas something more substantial (between 19 and 20 ounces) works well for harsher climates like New York winters. Heavier fabrics are usually made using natural fibers like alpaca, cashmere, or wool.

                                                    

What length is the right length?

There is a bit of discrepancy here, so take these suggestions as a starting point. The general rule of thumb for a traditional overcoat is that it should hang just below the knee. However, there are variations – like the topcoat (trenches fall into this category) – which are lighter overcoats that stop at or above the knee. Then there is the duffel coat, a much heavier overcoat with a military heritage. These tend to hang around the mid-thigh area, have a hood, and come equipped with large, fashionable, toggle fastenings, or buttons. In either case, the sleeve length should be long enough to cover your shirt or suit’s cuffs, typically stopping just below the base of your thumbs to lock warm, body heated air in and keep the sting of winter out.

Single breast or double breast?

This, for most, simply comes down to style. Some prefer the sleek, modern look of a single-breasted overcoat. They’re slimming when closed, give your wardrobe a bit of breathing room when worn opened, and – as you may have guessed – have a single line of buttons on the face. Double-breasted overcoats are currently making a come back for the regality they lend to a wardrobe. They’re typically a bit boxier when worn closed, flows close (only leaving a small gap between fastening points) when worn opened, and have a two-button row down the front. Double-breasted overcoats also tend to be warmer due to the overlapping layers.

Any color is the new black

Again, this comes completely down to style and preference. Black is a perfectly suitable choice for an overcoat. They’re safe, dependable, versatile. They can be dressed up, paired down, and given the boot-cut jeans treatment. But they’re also expected. So, why not throw a little color onto the palette that is your wardrobe? Heather grey and navy blue are strong contenders for those who don’t want to stray too far away from the quiet dignity of black. But if you’re feeling adventurous might we suggest dabbling in the traditional fall colors – your maroons, olives, mustards, and browns. 

  

Starter options for everyday situations:

  • Testing out the Smart Office look: Simply pair the coat with a fitted suit, tailored dress shirt, and skinny tie. Easy.

  • Dressing up for date night: A nice roll-neck sweater and wool trousers are fashionable enough winter wear but adding an overcoat will liven up the ensemble without adding too much fanfare.

  • Pub crawling with friends: Your favorite raised knitted sweater and jeans go here. Opting for a crewneck offers the same casual vibe as the “tee shirt and jeans” style you may be more comfortable with, except it’s upgraded for winter. 

  • Brunch Sundays and day-tripping around the city: A close-knit sweater (think hoodie without the hood), casual jeans, and a simple scarf will fit right in with traversing urban jungles to blow off a little steam.


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. 

November 10, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Ask Our Stylist: What cuffs for what purpose?

 

Ask Our Stylist: What cuffs for what purpose?

There are many options available when designing your perfect dress shirt. We’ve already talked a bit about unique collar styles and how to use them, so let’s take a moment to discuss another often overlooked area: the cuffs. Like collars, your shirt cuffs can add subtle style to the overall cut of your ensemble. No doubt you’ve heard or at least seen the barrel cuff. This is your standard dress shirt cuff. The corners are squared and can be fastened with either one or two buttons. But what else is there? When is a French cuff appropriate? We’ve answered those questions and more below.

The French Cuff - Original Stitch French

French cuffs, or double cuffs, are characterized by their length. They tend to be double the size of barrel cuffs, allowing for the extra material to be folded back on itself and fastened with cuff links. Typically, French cuffs are formal by design. You probably think they’re strictly to be worn in situations that call for black tie attire, but you’d be wrong. Modern styles have incorporated the French cuff for casual affairs by cutting down the length and adding fun, festive, colors to the mix.

The Convertible Cuff - Original Stitch Square

The Convertible cuff can be viewed as a barrel and French hybrid. Depending on the look you’re going for it can be fastened via a button or cuff link. This dual functionality sees buttons set a little off to the side next to the buttonholes in order to accommodate either preference. When the corners are rounded, the convertible cuff gives off a dressed down, casual, vibe. The addition of cuff links kicks it into a more formal territory.

The Mitered Cuff - Original Stitch Big Angle

Mitered cuffs are one of our absolute favorites. It’s a simple cuff that works well whether you’re going into the office or attending a wedding. That’s because it is very much similar to the barrel cuff but with one distinct caveat: the 45-degree angle corners. This slanted seam offers an eye-catching option that can be fastened easily with one or two buttons.

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. 

November 04, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Fall And Winter Dress Shirt Fabrics To Keep You Warm All Season Long

 

Fall And Winter Dress Shirt Fabrics To Keep You Warm All Season Long

Well, it’s that time of year again. The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and you’re probably starting to realize that your regular spring and summer styles are just not cutting it. But don’t worry, Original Stitch is here to help. We’ll start with the basics: fabrics that’ll keep you warm and look good doing it.

Twills

Twill fabrics come in a variety of weaves. Herringbone, houndstooth, gabardine, and cavalry, are a few of the more popular ones. Typically, these fabrics are woven out of cotton or wool and are softer, thicker, and warmer than poplin – their finely spun cousin. The only downside to twill is that it tends to wrinkle easily, so more prep work may be needed to get your outfit in order and ready to wear.

Flannels

Flannels are the casual dress equivalent to sweatpants. They’re generally made of cotton, cotton/wool or cotton/cashmere blends. The key to this fabric’s heat retaining properties lie in the weight and size of yarn. They go heavy. They go big. And they go great with weekend activities spent in the brisk outdoors. Of course, flannels are super casual, but if you’re looking for something that plays both in and out of the office – then take a look at Brushed Cotton variants. 

Oxfords

Oxford weaves make fairly low maintenance fabrics. They stand up against wrinkles and bunching due to the sheer weight of the material itself. The heavy threads are set in a basket weave – which is more loosely knitted than, say, a Pinpoint weave – allowing for breathability in heated offices. Oxfords tend to work under jackets and blazers outdoors as well. 

Broadcloths

Broadcloths are by far the lightest fabrics in the bunch. They’re made using a dense weave that relies on the thickness, thread count, and type of yarn for heat retention. Cotton, silk, and linen are the three most common types of broadcloth, but for the purpose of keeping warm, you’re going to want the cotton adaptation. Broadcloth’s over-under weave pattern is tight-knit and durable, making it a fantastic weatherproof option that works well in more formal situations.

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.

October 28, 2020 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
Festive Dress Shirts for Anytime of Year

Festive Dress Shirts for Anytime of Year

 

Christmas time means sharing precious moments with loved ones. Getting together, whether it be in person or via Zoom, to wish seasons greetings, exchange gifts, and generally revel in the merriment of it all. Everyone knows that, during this time, it’s the thought that counts. Some, however, are too busy thinking about what to wear. Luckily for them, Original Stitch has put together a list of our favorite dress shirts that will add a little Yuletide joy to your Christmas wardrobe while maintaining year-round wearability.

  • Wine Micro Paisley: This Wine Micro Paisley dress shirt is guaranteed to add a fun, festive, tone to any ensemble. Its rich, red, coloring gives you a nice base to build on no matter the time of year, but it’s the pale-blue, snowflake-like, paisley pattern that makes it perfect for holiday office parties. Use Wine Micro Paisley as a statement piece under a Navy suit, add a Christmas themed tie, and voila! Instant holiday cheer.

  • Red and Navy Festive Flannel: Red and Navy Festive Flannel’s appeal is two fold. It offers a comfortable option for more casual Christmas settings, while maintaining support for anytime use. Whether you’re opening Christmas presents with the kids or enjoying a chilly spring morning hike, the lumber jack vibe just works. Of course, a jolly pair of seasonal socks and a Santa hat would add an extra layer of ho-ho-holiday chill.

     
  • Paisley Blue Velvety Corduroy: Sure, the Paisley Blue Velvety Corduroy doesn’t have much in common with the season by way of color, but that’s not where this dress shirt shines. Instead, it’s the eye-catching paisley pattern that makes it perfect for sitting around the fireplace and swapping stories with loved ones. When the holidays are over, however, a nice tapered jean opens up Paisley Blue Velvety Corduroy to myriad ensemble options in need of a little window dressing.

 

  • Red and Green Christmas Plaid: Much like the Red and Navy Festive Flannel, the Red and Green Christmas plaid was made to spread holiday cheer. The proof is in the title. But, while the former is for casual affairs, the latter is made for more formal settings. Pair Red and Green Christmas Plaid with olive chinos and a tan blazer to turn a few heads at the office Christmas party or keep it simple with dress khakis and a neutral tie for a perennial vibe.

 

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.

December 21, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Difference Between Slim Fit vs. Modern Fit Dress Shirts

The Difference Between Slim Fit vs. Modern Fit Dress Shirts

 

Choosing the right fit for a dress shirt is crucial to one’s self-image. We’ve all heard the old adage, “look good, feel good”, but how does that translate to personal style?

As long as YOU are content with the way you look, confidence won’t be far behind. But it’s a bit harder to get into stores and try on clothes these days. So, what’s the alternative? Buy before you try and pray for the best outcome?

We’ve already discussed how to take your measurements for a great fit, so let’s dive into the different types of dress shirts that can be bought off-the-rack, what they mean, and how you can put these concepts into action and get what you want without a myriad of trials and errors.

Classic Fit

Classic fit dress shirts use a fairly standardized size chart (for the US) that runs from Small to XX-Large. There are discrepancies depending on where you shop, but the deviation is usually +/- an inch. Always check the vendor’s size chart when pursuing a new brand because a medium at Company X may be a bit different than a medium at Company Y. The key to the classic fit is a relaxed look without looking sloppy. It is meant to allow for more room in the chest and shoulders – roughly an inch – while keeping the traditional arm hole and sleeve length in play. 

Modern Fit

The modern fit dress shirt conforms a bit closer to the body than the classic. The changes are most evident in the sleeves, shoulders, chest, and waist. The sleeves and shoulders are pulled in between .5” & 1” tighter so that the fabric flows, but it does so just off the body. If you see the modern fit tag on a size medium shirt you’re interested in, expect a .5” to 1” difference from what you’re currently used to. Do the same for chest measurements. The waist can be anywhere from 1” to 2” closer.

Slim Fit

The slim fit dress shirt is far more contouring than the modern fit in that it removes even more room between the fabric and your body. Roughly .5” is taken off the circumference of the bicep and chest measurements.  An additional 2 inches come off of the waist, leaving you with a strait-laced tuck that doesn’t bunch or bag over the top of your pants. In either case – modern or slim fit – the neck, sleeve length, and shirt length should remain unchanged.

Keep in mind that these are standardized measurements, but not all bodies are created equally. Some of us are taller, others more athletically built. These are all factors you need to take into account when looking into the fit of your garments. But hopefully, armed with the knowledge imparted above, you have a better idea of what you’re getting into – and the designations being used to classify style and fit – when shopping for dress shirts online.

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.

December 16, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Unique Collar Styles and How to Use Them (Part 2)

Unique Collar Styles and How to Use Them (Part 2)

 

Unique Collar Styles and How to Use Them (Part 2)

On its face, menswear seems pretty standardized across the board. There are dress shirts, suits, jeans and tee shirts. Throw in a couple of sweaters, hoodies and slacks and you’ve recreated just about any wardrobe. But just because you aren’t aware of the myriad of styles available to customize your look doesn’t mean they don’t exist. We’ve already started the discussion on unique collar styles and how to wear them, so let’s pick up where we left off and add three more collars to the mix.

  • The Tab Collar – This elegant collar is what ties were made for. It comes equipped with a second tab button that snaps closed under the standard button you’re used to. The purpose of this placement is to cinch the collar closed tighter than you’d be able to normally. Doing so locks in your tie and creates cleaner lines that draws the eye to your face. Consider this a strict formal customization. 
  • Hidden Button Collar – The hidden button collar offers more functionality than unique style. It is similar to the straight collar you’re familiar with, but the design is great for those who would rather not worry about the wanton wandering of their collar points. The hidden button is placed underneath the collar points and fastens them down, making this option a fantastic pick to wear open or closed. 
  • Varsity Spread Collar – The varsity collar is what you get when you take a spread collar and give it the dressed down treatment. The edges of this collar are curved, and the points are slightly rounded. What this means for your wardrobe is versatility. The varsity spread works in formal situations but can easily be made more accessible to casual functions based on the outfit you pair it with.

The most important thing to remember here is that your style is your own. What looks good on someone else may not look great on you, and that’s OK. But being aware of what’s out there gives you more opportunity to mix and match and come up with a look that plays well with your features. Fashion isn’t a one-size-fits-all industry. So, be patient. Try new things. And above all else, have fun with it.

 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.

December 10, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Ask Our Stylist – How to Choose the Right Overcoat

Ask Our Stylist – How to Choose the Right Overcoat

 

Ask Our Stylist – How to Choose the Right Overcoat

It’s that time of year again. The fall leaves are giving way to plumes of chimney smoke, and your wardrobe could use a warm and toasty upgrade. There are a myriad of options out there to keep you comfy as the temperature dips. We’ve already discussed fabrics that work well for winter, so let’s take it a step further and bring overcoats into the mix. How does one style an overcoat to become a jack-of-all-trades garment? Let’s run through the basics.

Pick the right weight for your climate

The weight of an overcoat comes down to a few factors. The fabric you choose, the length of the overcoat, and whether it’s lined or not. These all play an important role in how much an overcoat will weigh. Obviously, lighter weights (roughly 17 ounces) are ideal for mildly cool weather, whereas something more substantial (between 19 and 20 ounces) works well for harsher climates like New York winters. Heavier fabrics are usually made using natural fibers like alpaca, cashmere, or wool.

                                                    

What length is the right length?

There is a bit of discrepancy here, so take these suggestions as a starting point. The general rule of thumb for a traditional overcoat is that it should hang just below the knee. However, there are variations – like the topcoat (trenches fall into this category) – which are lighter overcoats that stop at or above the knee. Then there is the duffel coat, a much heavier overcoat with a military heritage. These tend to hang around the mid-thigh area, have a hood, and come equipped with large, fashionable, toggle fastenings, or buttons. In either case, the sleeve length should be long enough to cover your shirt or suit’s cuffs, typically stopping just below the base of your thumbs to lock warm, body heated air in and keep the sting of winter out.

Single breast or double breast?

This, for most, simply comes down to style. Some prefer the sleek, modern look of a single-breasted overcoat. They’re slimming when closed, give your wardrobe a bit of breathing room when worn opened, and – as you may have guessed – have a single line of buttons on the face. Double-breasted overcoats are currently making a come back for the regality they lend to a wardrobe. They’re typically a bit boxier when worn closed, flows close (only leaving a small gap between fastening points) when worn opened, and have a two-button row down the front. Double-breasted overcoats also tend to be warmer due to the overlapping layers.

Any color is the new black

Again, this comes completely down to style and preference. Black is a perfectly suitable choice for an overcoat. They’re safe, dependable, versatile. They can be dressed up, paired down, and given the boot-cut jeans treatment. But they’re also expected. So, why not throw a little color onto the palette that is your wardrobe? Heather grey and navy blue are strong contenders for those who don’t want to stray too far away from the quiet dignity of black. But if you’re feeling adventurous might we suggest dabbling in the traditional fall colors – your maroons, olives, mustards, and browns. 

  

Starter options for everyday situations:

  • Testing out the Smart Office look: Simply pair the coat with a fitted suit, tailored dress shirt, and skinny tie. Easy.

  • Dressing up for date night: A nice roll-neck sweater and wool trousers are fashionable enough winter wear but adding an overcoat will liven up the ensemble without adding too much fanfare.

  • Pub crawling with friends: Your favorite raised knitted sweater and jeans go here. Opting for a crewneck offers the same casual vibe as the “tee shirt and jeans” style you may be more comfortable with, except it’s upgraded for winter. 

  • Brunch Sundays and day-tripping around the city: A close-knit sweater (think hoodie without the hood), casual jeans, and a simple scarf will fit right in with traversing urban jungles to blow off a little steam.


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. 

November 10, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Ask Our Stylist: What cuffs for what purpose?

Ask Our Stylist: What cuffs for what purpose?

 

Ask Our Stylist: What cuffs for what purpose?

There are many options available when designing your perfect dress shirt. We’ve already talked a bit about unique collar styles and how to use them, so let’s take a moment to discuss another often overlooked area: the cuffs. Like collars, your shirt cuffs can add subtle style to the overall cut of your ensemble. No doubt you’ve heard or at least seen the barrel cuff. This is your standard dress shirt cuff. The corners are squared and can be fastened with either one or two buttons. But what else is there? When is a French cuff appropriate? We’ve answered those questions and more below.

The French Cuff - Original Stitch French

French cuffs, or double cuffs, are characterized by their length. They tend to be double the size of barrel cuffs, allowing for the extra material to be folded back on itself and fastened with cuff links. Typically, French cuffs are formal by design. You probably think they’re strictly to be worn in situations that call for black tie attire, but you’d be wrong. Modern styles have incorporated the French cuff for casual affairs by cutting down the length and adding fun, festive, colors to the mix.

The Convertible Cuff - Original Stitch Square

The Convertible cuff can be viewed as a barrel and French hybrid. Depending on the look you’re going for it can be fastened via a button or cuff link. This dual functionality sees buttons set a little off to the side next to the buttonholes in order to accommodate either preference. When the corners are rounded, the convertible cuff gives off a dressed down, casual, vibe. The addition of cuff links kicks it into a more formal territory.

The Mitered Cuff - Original Stitch Big Angle

Mitered cuffs are one of our absolute favorites. It’s a simple cuff that works well whether you’re going into the office or attending a wedding. That’s because it is very much similar to the barrel cuff but with one distinct caveat: the 45-degree angle corners. This slanted seam offers an eye-catching option that can be fastened easily with one or two buttons.

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. 

November 04, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Fall And Winter Dress Shirt Fabrics To Keep You Warm All Season Long

Fall And Winter Dress Shirt Fabrics To Keep You Warm All Season Long

 

Fall And Winter Dress Shirt Fabrics To Keep You Warm All Season Long

Well, it’s that time of year again. The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and you’re probably starting to realize that your regular spring and summer styles are just not cutting it. But don’t worry, Original Stitch is here to help. We’ll start with the basics: fabrics that’ll keep you warm and look good doing it.

Twills

Twill fabrics come in a variety of weaves. Herringbone, houndstooth, gabardine, and cavalry, are a few of the more popular ones. Typically, these fabrics are woven out of cotton or wool and are softer, thicker, and warmer than poplin – their finely spun cousin. The only downside to twill is that it tends to wrinkle easily, so more prep work may be needed to get your outfit in order and ready to wear.

Flannels

Flannels are the casual dress equivalent to sweatpants. They’re generally made of cotton, cotton/wool or cotton/cashmere blends. The key to this fabric’s heat retaining properties lie in the weight and size of yarn. They go heavy. They go big. And they go great with weekend activities spent in the brisk outdoors. Of course, flannels are super casual, but if you’re looking for something that plays both in and out of the office – then take a look at Brushed Cotton variants. 

Oxfords

Oxford weaves make fairly low maintenance fabrics. They stand up against wrinkles and bunching due to the sheer weight of the material itself. The heavy threads are set in a basket weave – which is more loosely knitted than, say, a Pinpoint weave – allowing for breathability in heated offices. Oxfords tend to work under jackets and blazers outdoors as well. 

Broadcloths

Broadcloths are by far the lightest fabrics in the bunch. They’re made using a dense weave that relies on the thickness, thread count, and type of yarn for heat retention. Cotton, silk, and linen are the three most common types of broadcloth, but for the purpose of keeping warm, you’re going to want the cotton adaptation. Broadcloth’s over-under weave pattern is tight-knit and durable, making it a fantastic weatherproof option that works well in more formal situations.

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.

October 28, 2020 by Marketing Originalstitch.com