5 Style Rules Broken By Experts

5 Style Rules Broken By Experts

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.

@nicosuavea

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
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
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.

@nicosuavea

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