Discover Your Perfect Fit (With Original Stitch) In 5 Easy Steps

Discover Your Perfect Fit (With Original Stitch) In 5 Easy Steps

September 13, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
Dress Shirts that STAND OUT!

Turquoise & Caicos Blue Oxford 

Say hello to vacation vibes in this 100% cotton Turquoise & Caicos Blue Oxford fabric. It's lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and promotes fantastic airflow. Pair it with linen pants for an easy, breezy, look that's perfect for sun-soaked weekend adventures!

Pikachu Polo 

If you've gotta catch 'em all then why not start with this Pikachu Polo? The jersey knit construction is all function - max airflow, anyone? - but it's the vibrant color palette that makes this Pikachu Polo a worthy companion for any sunny day activity.

Black & White Wide Stripe Chambray  

Combine comfort, style, and versatility, into one cloth and you've got this Black & White Wide Stripe Chambray fabric. Top it off with an ultra-lightweight broadcloth weave and the end result is a business casual take on summer- friendly linens that work well for both office hour meetings or happy hour meetups.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and suit pants. Use them to create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

September 07, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to Spot the Difference Between Low and High-Quality Clothes Online

 

Use zoom-in tools to check the seams

High-quality garments will line up at the seam but spotting this online can be tricky if the shirt isn’t patterned. A nice workaround for this is finding a patterned garment from the same brand and using that as a benchmark. Once you’ve found your benchmark what you want to do is use the site’s zoom function to see how each piece – sleeves to body, for instance – has been sewn together. A disjointed pattern at the seam is a good sign of poor craftsmanship. What this tells consumers is that the manufacturer was more concerned with cutting costs, in this case, by cutting materials at odd angles in order to squeeze more usable pieces out of a bolt of fabric. If they’re willing to take shortcuts that are blatantly visible, imagine the quality of construction in areas shoppers can’t see.

 

Check the details

Look for indicators of good quality by checking the noted ply and thread-count. Higher thread-counts are usually a good sign of a higher-quality garment. Generally, thread-counts are measured as 40s, 80s, 100s, 120s and so on up to 200s. These numbers correspond to the size and number of yarns per square inch of fabric. So, let’s say you’re looking at a dress shirt that boasts 100s thread-count, is that good? Well, that depends on the ply. Plying describes the action of twisting yarns together to make one thread. Single ply is a single twisted thread, two-ply is two strands of yarn twisted to become a single thread, and three-ply twists three yarns together to make the thread. More ply usually means more durability and softer hand feel.

Ok, now that we know what ply is, is the 100s shirt any good? It can be. A 100s thread-count in conjunction with single ply thread would make a serviceable mild weather shirt. The thread count indicates a solid number of threads per square inch, but the single ply lets you know the shirt will still be lightweight and breathable. Bump the ply up to two and that same shirt becomes an above average rendition. A standard men’s t-shirt is usually around 50s single ply, so use this as a frame of reference when doing your research and checking out a garments’ quality online. Find a bit more information on thread-count and ply here.

Once you’ve received the garment there are a few checks you can do right away to know whether the piece goes back to the retailer or finds a new home in your wardrobe. These steps are --

Measure the stitching: You want, at minimum, is 14 stitches per inch. This means that the seams will be stronger and less likely to separate over time.

Inspect the finish: Turn the dress shirt – or whatever garment type – inside out and look for any loose threads and check the hem for bumps or bunching. If the hem is covered completely, you’ve likely got a quality garment.

Gauge the buttons: A good button is a tightly sewn on button. Be on the look out for buttons that shift or lift off of the fabric too easily. The ideal button stitching should make an X through the 4 buttonholes.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirts, blazers, and pants. Use them to create a wardrobe that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 30, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Unique Collar Styles (With Pics)

 

Not many of us consider collar styles when picking out a dress shirt. Probably because most department stores do nothing to educate us on the finer points, no pun intended, of collar options. What you see – all neatly packaged in cellophane, homogeneously piled on a wooden table – is what you get. Well, we’re here to change all that and drop some knowledge on a few of our favorite alternate collar styles. That isn’t to say that we’re not fans of the standard collar, but what’s life without a little variety? Here are our 5 favorite unique collar styles handpicked from our growing selection. 

The Club Collar

The club collar, aptly nicknamed the “Peter Pan” collar, is the epitome of 19th century sartorial style. It comes to us by way of England’s Eton College. The story goes that Eton was – and still is – renowned for their elegantly dressed students. As other colleges caught on to the trend of putting one’s best fashion forward foot… forward, Eton alum sought ways to stand apart. So, they rounded the edges and shortened the width on their collars. Thus, the club collar was born to go from unbuttoned and tieless to bow-tie and suit with ease. Sharp chins look especially good in them, too. 

 

The Button-Down Collar

The button-down collar is a standard collar with one caveat – buttons near the point to fasten down the collar’s cape. Button-down collars are about as versatile a collar as one can get on a dress shirt. They do well on short sleeve, casual shirts, making them a fan favorite for those who prefer to dress down. But button-downs can dress up, too. Try one under a sports coat and give casual Friday a much-needed face lift.

 

 

The Pinhole Collar

The pinhole collar – not to be confused with the tabbed collar – is a fashionable relic that has had a rollercoaster existence in the fashion world. But every time it seems like the pinhole is on the way out, it comes roaring back. Probably because it’s so damn appealing. Pinhole collars are meant to be worn with a tie bar and tie, but that too has changed over time. Nowadays, men are opting for the minimalist look of just the tie bar with elegant results.

 

 

The Stand Collar

The stand collar is oftentimes referred to as the Mandarin collar. It is a free-standing collar that encircles the neck without the use of points. Because the band collar doesn’t turn down, it is mostly used for casual events, but more and more men are putting them to use in formal situations. Give the look a try and see how the stand collar best fits into your style.

 

 

The Cutaway Collar

The cutaway collar – sometimes called the spread or Windsor collar – is known for its much wider points that angle outward instead of down. Anyone with an adventurous taste in clothing should be on the look out for one, but those with slim, long faces tend to look best in this particular style. Because the distance from point to point is greater than average, wearing a tie with the cutaway is apropos. The full or half Windsor knot are easy to learn and do well to create an interesting focal point that draws in the eye.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 24, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
Essential Dress Shirt Colors & Weaves For Any Wardrobe

 

Dress shirts are a foundation of the classic man’s wardrobe. But let’s be honest, they’re often overshadowed by the suave effect of suits or the flashy appeal of accessories. We tend to make snap decisions when it comes to our button downs. We try them on, take them off, and then pull another off of the hanger just to see which one fits best with the rest of our looks. It’s a dilemma as old as time, which is why we’ve put together a list of dress shirts every wardrobe should include. We’ll talk color, style, even weave, so that your closet is a well-rounded reflection of your budding style.

Four Dress Shirt Colors Every Man Should Own

Blue: Blues, like the style of music, are the foundation. Very light blues act as a stand in for white and very dark blues can sub for black. Blue dress shirts are also, in our humble opinion, the easiest to work with print and pattern wise. If your wardrobe has gotten a case of the stagnants, then a new blue hue will cure what ails it.

 

Pink: Pink dress shirts – light or dark; salmon or watermelon – have a way of livening up whatever they are paired with. If you’re going light pink up top, then try a navy or burgundy bottom. Dark pinks like neutral colors such as grey, black and white. Once you’ve got the hang of which works best for you, play around a bit. Fashion rules are meant to be broken, after all.

Burgundy: Burgundy is to dress shirts what red wine is to a fine steak dinner: not necessary but always well received. Burgundy, as a base, allows for a myriad of color pairings – navy blue, black, light and dark greys – but it also works well on just about any skin tone. Add a burgundy dress shirt to your wardrobe and you’ll never be without a versatile safety option again. 

 

White: Yes, white is an obvious choice, but it’s obvious for a reason. It works. White dress shirts are easy to match, offer clean lines to slacks and denim alike, and can be dressed down or up based on the cut, and weave choices. One thing to keep in mind is the weave choices. When it comes to your standard white dress shirts, standard doesn’t cut it. Feel free to apply this next section across the board of colors we’ve discussed so far, but white dress shirts will absolutely benefit from these ⬇️

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Must Have Dress Shirt Weaves and Fabrics

Every wardrobe should have a decent selection of plain and fancy fabrics and weaves. The goal here is to be prepared for whatever the occasion calls for. Work lunches and other semi-casual affairs? Light, sheer, plain weaves like poplin or broadcloth will keep you cool and looking classically fresh. Formal outings like weddings or board meetings? Visually striking weaves like royal oxford or herringbone can elevate your ensemble’s appeal. Of course, there are opportunities for crossover, so experiment to your wardrobe’s content.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Use them to create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 18, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
Let’s Get Casual: What’s The Difference Between Regular and Business Casual

 

When it comes to dressing appropriately for work there are many paths one can take. The first and most important thing to keep in mind is your company’s dress code policy. If there is one in place, that should pretty well cover your dos and don’ts. But for those with more wiggle room, we’re here to give you a quick run down on how to best posture your wardrobe. So, without further ado, let’s get down to discussing the difference between casual and business casual in the context of office attire.

What Is Business Casual?

Very simply put, the line between business casual and professional attire for men generally hinges on whether a tie is involved. But, because each office is different, we’ll still run down a loose list of what business casual looks like from head to toe.

  • Shirts: stick to button down and polos here. Long-sleeve shirts are going to be most appropriate, but there are tips and tricks to pull off a few short-sleeve looks. The easiest is adding a tie to short-sleeved button downs. For polos, stick to neutral colors with very small to no insignia. 
  • Pants: dress slacks, khakis, and chinos are going to be the safest bet for anyone not intimately familiar with their company’s dress code policy. The most versatile of this set are khakis as they’re easy to pair with either formal or informal attire.
  • Shoes: loafers are a great addition to your shoe game. They’re comfortable, versatile, and easy to pair. They look good sockless and come in a variety of styles.
  • Accoutrement: a good leather belt in black and another in brown, suspenders – yes, they work here, trust us – a solid color crew neck sweater, and a sports coat or blazer are necessary pieces that will tie your ensemble together and smarten up the look.

What Is Casual?

Casual dress is a catch all term that can run the gamut from board shorts to baseball caps. But let’s be real, not many offices out there are willing to go so lax with their definition. Of course, if they were, you wouldn’t need to be here brushing up on what’s appropriate and what’s not. So, here are a few garments that can be dressed down to give you a casual vibe that works well in workplaces that allow for them. Pro tip – the biggest boon to your casual aspirations will be ensuring a great fit.

  • Shirts: t-shirts can absolutely be worn casually around the office, depending on the office. However, you’ll want to stay away from prints. choose solid colors, and leave them untucked. If you’re looking to avoid dress shirts but don’t want to lose the collared look, try a deep navy denim button down. Linen shirts are also a viable option. White linen and well fitted jeans in a complementary color like grey is a classic casual go-to. 
  • Pants: jeans are the obvious answer here. But the type of jeans can vary widely from person to person. Whether you’re a boot cut, slim fit, or skinny kind of person is of no consequence. The main thing to keep in mind is the style. Yes, casual is an adaptable term, but acid wash, rips, and other fashionable baubles are best left to after hour adventures.
  • Shoes: casual sneakers have become synonymous with laid-back style. The one caveat that comes with casual sneakers for work versus casual sneakers for every day life is the top. High tops and mid-tops are a no-no. Stick to low tops in solid colors like black, white, blue, brown, and grey. These give you a lot more freedom as the versatility of each colors is easy to pair and cover a wider range of outfit choices.
  • Accoutrement: canvas belts, sports watches, classic aviator shades all go well with casual looks and we’d recommend investing in at least a few of each to make sure your casual style is well put together.

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.

 

 

 

August 11, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Dress Shirt Styles Every Man Should Own

 

Dress shirts are an essential component of any man’s wardrobe. The older we get the more important they become. Making sure you have the right fit for your body type, the right fabric for the season, and the right cut for the occasion are subtle nuances picked up with time and experience.

That being said, there are resources that help along the way. We read style magazines, look to fashionable celebs, and scope out our peers for inspiration. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned via many, many, fashion faux pas it’s this: learn the basics. Cliché, sure, but it’s true. I can’t tell you how many times I’d see a stylish utility shirt, try to emulate the look and end up resembling a safari tour guide. So, let’s start with a solid foundation, shall we? Here are 5 dress shirt styles every man should own (and how to wear them).

The Aloha Shirt

The Aloha – better known as the Hawaiian – is about as casual as dress shirts come. Seriously. These shirts are relaxed from the neck down. The collar lays flat, none of that stiff business-like business, and the fabric is almost always billowy. These festive pieces work very well in casual atmospheres, but if you’ve always wished they were more socially accepted outside of vacation days, then you’re in luck because they’re in fashion right now. Solid colored pants, chambray or linen work best for tropical vibes, and are a good starting point if you’re trying to modernize the look. Add a pair of huarache sandals to the mix and you’re ready for whatever extracurricular summer has in store. If you’re just feeling extra, however, put one under a linen suit and make office attire your beach.

 

The Utility Shirt

The utility shirt is by far the most casually versatile dress shirt option for men. Their rugged design, with the double breast, button fastened pockets, comes off as very masculine, but utility shirts are surprisingly low maintenance. Pair them with jeans, chinos, shorts, or joggers. You can wear them on dates, casual Fridays, or for yard work if that’s your thing. Utility shirts add just the right amount of “effortless” appeal to any outfit but be mindful of color pairings.


The Band Collar (Collarless) Dress Shirt

Band collar dress shirts are almost as versatile as utility shirts but what they lack in yard work appeal, they more than make up for in trend setting. The absence of a collar makes for an attractive, minimalist, neckline that lends its clean lines to the rest of the shirt. Some prefer to keep the unobstructed façade intact by opting to eliminate the breast pocket, but a hidden pocket will work to create the same effect. Pair the Band collar dress shirt with denim and a blazer. Casual sneakers or boaters fit this look supremely well, so go with your favorite style and see where the motivation takes you. 

 

The Linen Dress Shirt

The linen dress shirt is a summer staple, plain and simple. Treat it as you would a modern Hawaiian with one caveat – ditch the suit jacket. Linen on linen isn’t a bad combo, in fact, it works quite well for pairing a dress shirt with slacks. The all-over linen look is all about keeping things casually appealing. Opt for neutral colors that complement one another and pair this style with boaters. Go tucked for work ensembles and untucked for everything else.

 

The Tuxedo Shirt

The tuxedo shirt is an odd essential. It isn’t versatile or especially innovative, but it does make its wearer look damn good. That’s the unanimous and only reason to wear a tuxedo: to look your absolute best. Because of this, you only wear them to the highest societal functions and never before 6 p.m. (unless you’re attending a wedding). But don’t worry too much about when, where and how to wear one, if a soiree is meant to be tux only the invite will declare it a black-tie affair. It may seem counter-intuitive to include a tuxedo shirt in a post like this, but trust me, adding one to your wardrobe will absolutely come in handy sooner than later. 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from, and tailored in, Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 03, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Basics: Textile Weaves

 

Textile Weaves: Function or Fashion?

Does the way a shirt is woven determine how it is worn? Are some weaves considered more fashionable while others are used primarily for certain functions? At first glance, these seem like silly questions that don’t matter at all, but if you’re like me who has picked up a seemingly lightweight dress shirt for warm weather only to end up sweating bullets all day, then you know how dire those situations can be. So, which is it? Function or fashion?

What are textiles? What is weaving?

Textiles are woven fabrics. Weaving is the process of combining warp and weft thread or yarn in order to produce an interlocked (woven) structure. Warp components run lengthwise. Weft components are pulled in an over-under pattern to run across the width. The end result is cloth.


Some weaves, like the one shown above, use a simple but very durable plain weave pattern. Poplin is one of them. A poplin weave tends to be perfect for warm months. Going with an open weave – being able to see a little space between the warp and weft threads – allows the fabric to breathe amazingly well. Open weaves are becoming less and less common in today’s market, which is a shame since summers are getting hotter every year. Here are some warm weather champs that work well as poplin alternatives.

  • Broadcloth
  • Gauze
  • Seersucker

Twill – another plain weave variant – is distinguished by diagonal lines. It is created by crossing the weft over two warp yarns, then one, and so on. That is, of course, the simple layout. The important information here is that twill yarns are densely packed, resulting in a very strong, thick fabric perfect for mild weather. This fabric becomes a cold weather wonder by the name of tweed. Here are some fabrics that work well as a springtime spinoff of twill.

  • Garbadine
  • Chino
  • Denim

Is the weave of a garment function, fashion, or both?

By comparing two distinctly different plain weaves – twill and poplin – we can see that the type of construction you choose does determine how it is used. But there is a correlation between materials and weave. Take madras for instance. Madras is a plain cotton weave that is vastly more stylized than either twill or poplin. Some would say that madras is 100% a fashionable cloth when put next to a poplin cloth, but both serve a purpose in your wardrobe. Generally speaking, poplin would work better in an office setting while madras sees its time to shine come with the onset of the weekend. Both weaves are lightweight and primarily used for spring or summer styles, though.


So, to answer the question of whether weaves should be considered function or fashion we’d have to say it’s both. Whatever the function – whether that’s to keep the wearer cool or warm or stretch with body movements – then there is a weave for it. How that weave is styled, dyed, layered, cuffed and collared, determines whether or not it fits in or stands out when and where you need it to.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

July 27, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to Properly Fold a Dress Shirt

 

Step 1. Spread the dress shirt, button side down, on a flat, hard surface.

 

Step 2. Take the right sleeve and fold it towards the opposite sleeve. The shirt’s torso should overlap itself by roughly 2 inches.

 

Step 3. Fold the aforementioned sleeve down on itself to run parallel with the overlapped seam.

 

Step 4. Take the left sleeve and fold it towards the opposite side. There should also be a 2-inch overlap in the midsection fabric. 

 

Step 5. Fold the left sleeve in on itself. Once back toward the starting point, then once more toward the opposite side.

 

Step 6. Take the lower half of the shirt and fold it up so that the bottom hem sits just under the collar.

 

Step 7. And that’s it. Flip the shirt over and you’re ready to pack it up for travel or whatever else you need.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

July 22, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
Discover Your Perfect Fit (With Original Stitch) In 5 Easy Steps

Discover Your Perfect Fit (With Original Stitch) In 5 Easy Steps

 

Step 1. Choose Your Base Fabric

Original Stitch has over 200 base fabrics for you to choose from. Sort by color, thread count, or price and filter options down to exactly what you’re looking for

 

 

Step 2. Customize Your Dress Shirt

Our customization tools give you access to a suite of options including 14 collar styles, 6 different cuffs, and 3 types of plackets. Mix and match to your heart’s content. No two orders from Original Stitch are the same, and that’s by design.

Step 3. Add Dress Shirt to Cart

Simply click “Add to Cart” and you will be prompted to start fine-tuning your fit.

  

Step 4. Register Size

Here, first-time users will be able to create their personalized size profile by clicking on “Create a New Size”. Previous users can do this as well but have the added luxury of applying past measurements to new garments.

You can choose to create your new size by height and weight. Doing so will allow you to enter data in feet and pounds or centimeters and kilograms. There is also a section for you to denote the fit from one of three pre-set options.

You can also create your new size by select criteria. This allows users to enter a standardized U.S. measurement – from XXS to 5XL – to get the ball rolling.

Step 5. Enter Measurements

To get the best fit possible use the next page to enter your exact measurements. If you want to update your data and have a partner handy, then check out this video guide on how to accurately take measurements for a great fit. Or learn how to do it using nothing but a measuring tape and a pre-owned dress shirt.

That’s it. Save the size info and you’re ready for checkout!

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirts, blazers, and pants. Use them to create a wardrobe that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

 

 

 

September 13, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
Dress Shirts that STAND OUT!

Dress Shirts that STAND OUT!

Turquoise & Caicos Blue Oxford 

Say hello to vacation vibes in this 100% cotton Turquoise & Caicos Blue Oxford fabric. It's lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and promotes fantastic airflow. Pair it with linen pants for an easy, breezy, look that's perfect for sun-soaked weekend adventures!

Pikachu Polo 

If you've gotta catch 'em all then why not start with this Pikachu Polo? The jersey knit construction is all function - max airflow, anyone? - but it's the vibrant color palette that makes this Pikachu Polo a worthy companion for any sunny day activity.

Black & White Wide Stripe Chambray  

Combine comfort, style, and versatility, into one cloth and you've got this Black & White Wide Stripe Chambray fabric. Top it off with an ultra-lightweight broadcloth weave and the end result is a business casual take on summer- friendly linens that work well for both office hour meetings or happy hour meetups.

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and suit pants. Use them to create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

September 07, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to Spot the Difference Between Low and High-Quality Clothes Online

How to Spot the Difference Between Low and High-Quality Clothes Online

 

Use zoom-in tools to check the seams

High-quality garments will line up at the seam but spotting this online can be tricky if the shirt isn’t patterned. A nice workaround for this is finding a patterned garment from the same brand and using that as a benchmark. Once you’ve found your benchmark what you want to do is use the site’s zoom function to see how each piece – sleeves to body, for instance – has been sewn together. A disjointed pattern at the seam is a good sign of poor craftsmanship. What this tells consumers is that the manufacturer was more concerned with cutting costs, in this case, by cutting materials at odd angles in order to squeeze more usable pieces out of a bolt of fabric. If they’re willing to take shortcuts that are blatantly visible, imagine the quality of construction in areas shoppers can’t see.

 

Check the details

Look for indicators of good quality by checking the noted ply and thread-count. Higher thread-counts are usually a good sign of a higher-quality garment. Generally, thread-counts are measured as 40s, 80s, 100s, 120s and so on up to 200s. These numbers correspond to the size and number of yarns per square inch of fabric. So, let’s say you’re looking at a dress shirt that boasts 100s thread-count, is that good? Well, that depends on the ply. Plying describes the action of twisting yarns together to make one thread. Single ply is a single twisted thread, two-ply is two strands of yarn twisted to become a single thread, and three-ply twists three yarns together to make the thread. More ply usually means more durability and softer hand feel.

Ok, now that we know what ply is, is the 100s shirt any good? It can be. A 100s thread-count in conjunction with single ply thread would make a serviceable mild weather shirt. The thread count indicates a solid number of threads per square inch, but the single ply lets you know the shirt will still be lightweight and breathable. Bump the ply up to two and that same shirt becomes an above average rendition. A standard men’s t-shirt is usually around 50s single ply, so use this as a frame of reference when doing your research and checking out a garments’ quality online. Find a bit more information on thread-count and ply here.

Once you’ve received the garment there are a few checks you can do right away to know whether the piece goes back to the retailer or finds a new home in your wardrobe. These steps are --

Measure the stitching: You want, at minimum, is 14 stitches per inch. This means that the seams will be stronger and less likely to separate over time.

Inspect the finish: Turn the dress shirt – or whatever garment type – inside out and look for any loose threads and check the hem for bumps or bunching. If the hem is covered completely, you’ve likely got a quality garment.

Gauge the buttons: A good button is a tightly sewn on button. Be on the look out for buttons that shift or lift off of the fabric too easily. The ideal button stitching should make an X through the 4 buttonholes.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirts, blazers, and pants. Use them to create a wardrobe that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 30, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Unique Collar Styles (With Pics)

5 Unique Collar Styles (With Pics)

 

Not many of us consider collar styles when picking out a dress shirt. Probably because most department stores do nothing to educate us on the finer points, no pun intended, of collar options. What you see – all neatly packaged in cellophane, homogeneously piled on a wooden table – is what you get. Well, we’re here to change all that and drop some knowledge on a few of our favorite alternate collar styles. That isn’t to say that we’re not fans of the standard collar, but what’s life without a little variety? Here are our 5 favorite unique collar styles handpicked from our growing selection. 

The Club Collar

The club collar, aptly nicknamed the “Peter Pan” collar, is the epitome of 19th century sartorial style. It comes to us by way of England’s Eton College. The story goes that Eton was – and still is – renowned for their elegantly dressed students. As other colleges caught on to the trend of putting one’s best fashion forward foot… forward, Eton alum sought ways to stand apart. So, they rounded the edges and shortened the width on their collars. Thus, the club collar was born to go from unbuttoned and tieless to bow-tie and suit with ease. Sharp chins look especially good in them, too. 

 

The Button-Down Collar

The button-down collar is a standard collar with one caveat – buttons near the point to fasten down the collar’s cape. Button-down collars are about as versatile a collar as one can get on a dress shirt. They do well on short sleeve, casual shirts, making them a fan favorite for those who prefer to dress down. But button-downs can dress up, too. Try one under a sports coat and give casual Friday a much-needed face lift.

 

 

The Pinhole Collar

The pinhole collar – not to be confused with the tabbed collar – is a fashionable relic that has had a rollercoaster existence in the fashion world. But every time it seems like the pinhole is on the way out, it comes roaring back. Probably because it’s so damn appealing. Pinhole collars are meant to be worn with a tie bar and tie, but that too has changed over time. Nowadays, men are opting for the minimalist look of just the tie bar with elegant results.

 

 

The Stand Collar

The stand collar is oftentimes referred to as the Mandarin collar. It is a free-standing collar that encircles the neck without the use of points. Because the band collar doesn’t turn down, it is mostly used for casual events, but more and more men are putting them to use in formal situations. Give the look a try and see how the stand collar best fits into your style.

 

 

The Cutaway Collar

The cutaway collar – sometimes called the spread or Windsor collar – is known for its much wider points that angle outward instead of down. Anyone with an adventurous taste in clothing should be on the look out for one, but those with slim, long faces tend to look best in this particular style. Because the distance from point to point is greater than average, wearing a tie with the cutaway is apropos. The full or half Windsor knot are easy to learn and do well to create an interesting focal point that draws in the eye.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 24, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
Essential Dress Shirt Colors & Weaves For Any Wardrobe

Essential Dress Shirt Colors & Weaves For Any Wardrobe

 

Dress shirts are a foundation of the classic man’s wardrobe. But let’s be honest, they’re often overshadowed by the suave effect of suits or the flashy appeal of accessories. We tend to make snap decisions when it comes to our button downs. We try them on, take them off, and then pull another off of the hanger just to see which one fits best with the rest of our looks. It’s a dilemma as old as time, which is why we’ve put together a list of dress shirts every wardrobe should include. We’ll talk color, style, even weave, so that your closet is a well-rounded reflection of your budding style.

Four Dress Shirt Colors Every Man Should Own

Blue: Blues, like the style of music, are the foundation. Very light blues act as a stand in for white and very dark blues can sub for black. Blue dress shirts are also, in our humble opinion, the easiest to work with print and pattern wise. If your wardrobe has gotten a case of the stagnants, then a new blue hue will cure what ails it.

 

Pink: Pink dress shirts – light or dark; salmon or watermelon – have a way of livening up whatever they are paired with. If you’re going light pink up top, then try a navy or burgundy bottom. Dark pinks like neutral colors such as grey, black and white. Once you’ve got the hang of which works best for you, play around a bit. Fashion rules are meant to be broken, after all.

Burgundy: Burgundy is to dress shirts what red wine is to a fine steak dinner: not necessary but always well received. Burgundy, as a base, allows for a myriad of color pairings – navy blue, black, light and dark greys – but it also works well on just about any skin tone. Add a burgundy dress shirt to your wardrobe and you’ll never be without a versatile safety option again. 

 

White: Yes, white is an obvious choice, but it’s obvious for a reason. It works. White dress shirts are easy to match, offer clean lines to slacks and denim alike, and can be dressed down or up based on the cut, and weave choices. One thing to keep in mind is the weave choices. When it comes to your standard white dress shirts, standard doesn’t cut it. Feel free to apply this next section across the board of colors we’ve discussed so far, but white dress shirts will absolutely benefit from these ⬇️

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Must Have Dress Shirt Weaves and Fabrics

Every wardrobe should have a decent selection of plain and fancy fabrics and weaves. The goal here is to be prepared for whatever the occasion calls for. Work lunches and other semi-casual affairs? Light, sheer, plain weaves like poplin or broadcloth will keep you cool and looking classically fresh. Formal outings like weddings or board meetings? Visually striking weaves like royal oxford or herringbone can elevate your ensemble’s appeal. Of course, there are opportunities for crossover, so experiment to your wardrobe’s content.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Use them to create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 18, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
Let’s Get Casual: What’s The Difference Between Regular and Business Casual

Let’s Get Casual: What’s The Difference Between Regular and Business Casual

 

When it comes to dressing appropriately for work there are many paths one can take. The first and most important thing to keep in mind is your company’s dress code policy. If there is one in place, that should pretty well cover your dos and don’ts. But for those with more wiggle room, we’re here to give you a quick run down on how to best posture your wardrobe. So, without further ado, let’s get down to discussing the difference between casual and business casual in the context of office attire.

What Is Business Casual?

Very simply put, the line between business casual and professional attire for men generally hinges on whether a tie is involved. But, because each office is different, we’ll still run down a loose list of what business casual looks like from head to toe.

  • Shirts: stick to button down and polos here. Long-sleeve shirts are going to be most appropriate, but there are tips and tricks to pull off a few short-sleeve looks. The easiest is adding a tie to short-sleeved button downs. For polos, stick to neutral colors with very small to no insignia. 
  • Pants: dress slacks, khakis, and chinos are going to be the safest bet for anyone not intimately familiar with their company’s dress code policy. The most versatile of this set are khakis as they’re easy to pair with either formal or informal attire.
  • Shoes: loafers are a great addition to your shoe game. They’re comfortable, versatile, and easy to pair. They look good sockless and come in a variety of styles.
  • Accoutrement: a good leather belt in black and another in brown, suspenders – yes, they work here, trust us – a solid color crew neck sweater, and a sports coat or blazer are necessary pieces that will tie your ensemble together and smarten up the look.

What Is Casual?

Casual dress is a catch all term that can run the gamut from board shorts to baseball caps. But let’s be real, not many offices out there are willing to go so lax with their definition. Of course, if they were, you wouldn’t need to be here brushing up on what’s appropriate and what’s not. So, here are a few garments that can be dressed down to give you a casual vibe that works well in workplaces that allow for them. Pro tip – the biggest boon to your casual aspirations will be ensuring a great fit.

  • Shirts: t-shirts can absolutely be worn casually around the office, depending on the office. However, you’ll want to stay away from prints. choose solid colors, and leave them untucked. If you’re looking to avoid dress shirts but don’t want to lose the collared look, try a deep navy denim button down. Linen shirts are also a viable option. White linen and well fitted jeans in a complementary color like grey is a classic casual go-to. 
  • Pants: jeans are the obvious answer here. But the type of jeans can vary widely from person to person. Whether you’re a boot cut, slim fit, or skinny kind of person is of no consequence. The main thing to keep in mind is the style. Yes, casual is an adaptable term, but acid wash, rips, and other fashionable baubles are best left to after hour adventures.
  • Shoes: casual sneakers have become synonymous with laid-back style. The one caveat that comes with casual sneakers for work versus casual sneakers for every day life is the top. High tops and mid-tops are a no-no. Stick to low tops in solid colors like black, white, blue, brown, and grey. These give you a lot more freedom as the versatility of each colors is easy to pair and cover a wider range of outfit choices.
  • Accoutrement: canvas belts, sports watches, classic aviator shades all go well with casual looks and we’d recommend investing in at least a few of each to make sure your casual style is well put together.

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.

 

 

 

August 11, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Dress Shirt Styles Every Man Should Own

5 Dress Shirt Styles Every Man Should Own

 

Dress shirts are an essential component of any man’s wardrobe. The older we get the more important they become. Making sure you have the right fit for your body type, the right fabric for the season, and the right cut for the occasion are subtle nuances picked up with time and experience.

That being said, there are resources that help along the way. We read style magazines, look to fashionable celebs, and scope out our peers for inspiration. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned via many, many, fashion faux pas it’s this: learn the basics. Cliché, sure, but it’s true. I can’t tell you how many times I’d see a stylish utility shirt, try to emulate the look and end up resembling a safari tour guide. So, let’s start with a solid foundation, shall we? Here are 5 dress shirt styles every man should own (and how to wear them).

The Aloha Shirt

The Aloha – better known as the Hawaiian – is about as casual as dress shirts come. Seriously. These shirts are relaxed from the neck down. The collar lays flat, none of that stiff business-like business, and the fabric is almost always billowy. These festive pieces work very well in casual atmospheres, but if you’ve always wished they were more socially accepted outside of vacation days, then you’re in luck because they’re in fashion right now. Solid colored pants, chambray or linen work best for tropical vibes, and are a good starting point if you’re trying to modernize the look. Add a pair of huarache sandals to the mix and you’re ready for whatever extracurricular summer has in store. If you’re just feeling extra, however, put one under a linen suit and make office attire your beach.

 

The Utility Shirt

The utility shirt is by far the most casually versatile dress shirt option for men. Their rugged design, with the double breast, button fastened pockets, comes off as very masculine, but utility shirts are surprisingly low maintenance. Pair them with jeans, chinos, shorts, or joggers. You can wear them on dates, casual Fridays, or for yard work if that’s your thing. Utility shirts add just the right amount of “effortless” appeal to any outfit but be mindful of color pairings.


The Band Collar (Collarless) Dress Shirt

Band collar dress shirts are almost as versatile as utility shirts but what they lack in yard work appeal, they more than make up for in trend setting. The absence of a collar makes for an attractive, minimalist, neckline that lends its clean lines to the rest of the shirt. Some prefer to keep the unobstructed façade intact by opting to eliminate the breast pocket, but a hidden pocket will work to create the same effect. Pair the Band collar dress shirt with denim and a blazer. Casual sneakers or boaters fit this look supremely well, so go with your favorite style and see where the motivation takes you. 

 

The Linen Dress Shirt

The linen dress shirt is a summer staple, plain and simple. Treat it as you would a modern Hawaiian with one caveat – ditch the suit jacket. Linen on linen isn’t a bad combo, in fact, it works quite well for pairing a dress shirt with slacks. The all-over linen look is all about keeping things casually appealing. Opt for neutral colors that complement one another and pair this style with boaters. Go tucked for work ensembles and untucked for everything else.

 

The Tuxedo Shirt

The tuxedo shirt is an odd essential. It isn’t versatile or especially innovative, but it does make its wearer look damn good. That’s the unanimous and only reason to wear a tuxedo: to look your absolute best. Because of this, you only wear them to the highest societal functions and never before 6 p.m. (unless you’re attending a wedding). But don’t worry too much about when, where and how to wear one, if a soiree is meant to be tux only the invite will declare it a black-tie affair. It may seem counter-intuitive to include a tuxedo shirt in a post like this, but trust me, adding one to your wardrobe will absolutely come in handy sooner than later. 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from, and tailored in, Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

August 03, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Basics: Textile Weaves

The Basics: Textile Weaves

 

Textile Weaves: Function or Fashion?

Does the way a shirt is woven determine how it is worn? Are some weaves considered more fashionable while others are used primarily for certain functions? At first glance, these seem like silly questions that don’t matter at all, but if you’re like me who has picked up a seemingly lightweight dress shirt for warm weather only to end up sweating bullets all day, then you know how dire those situations can be. So, which is it? Function or fashion?

What are textiles? What is weaving?

Textiles are woven fabrics. Weaving is the process of combining warp and weft thread or yarn in order to produce an interlocked (woven) structure. Warp components run lengthwise. Weft components are pulled in an over-under pattern to run across the width. The end result is cloth.


Some weaves, like the one shown above, use a simple but very durable plain weave pattern. Poplin is one of them. A poplin weave tends to be perfect for warm months. Going with an open weave – being able to see a little space between the warp and weft threads – allows the fabric to breathe amazingly well. Open weaves are becoming less and less common in today’s market, which is a shame since summers are getting hotter every year. Here are some warm weather champs that work well as poplin alternatives.

  • Broadcloth
  • Gauze
  • Seersucker

Twill – another plain weave variant – is distinguished by diagonal lines. It is created by crossing the weft over two warp yarns, then one, and so on. That is, of course, the simple layout. The important information here is that twill yarns are densely packed, resulting in a very strong, thick fabric perfect for mild weather. This fabric becomes a cold weather wonder by the name of tweed. Here are some fabrics that work well as a springtime spinoff of twill.

  • Garbadine
  • Chino
  • Denim

Is the weave of a garment function, fashion, or both?

By comparing two distinctly different plain weaves – twill and poplin – we can see that the type of construction you choose does determine how it is used. But there is a correlation between materials and weave. Take madras for instance. Madras is a plain cotton weave that is vastly more stylized than either twill or poplin. Some would say that madras is 100% a fashionable cloth when put next to a poplin cloth, but both serve a purpose in your wardrobe. Generally speaking, poplin would work better in an office setting while madras sees its time to shine come with the onset of the weekend. Both weaves are lightweight and primarily used for spring or summer styles, though.


So, to answer the question of whether weaves should be considered function or fashion we’d have to say it’s both. Whatever the function – whether that’s to keep the wearer cool or warm or stretch with body movements – then there is a weave for it. How that weave is styled, dyed, layered, cuffed and collared, determines whether or not it fits in or stands out when and where you need it to.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

July 27, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to Properly Fold a Dress Shirt

How to Properly Fold a Dress Shirt

 

Step 1. Spread the dress shirt, button side down, on a flat, hard surface.

 

Step 2. Take the right sleeve and fold it towards the opposite sleeve. The shirt’s torso should overlap itself by roughly 2 inches.

 

Step 3. Fold the aforementioned sleeve down on itself to run parallel with the overlapped seam.

 

Step 4. Take the left sleeve and fold it towards the opposite side. There should also be a 2-inch overlap in the midsection fabric. 

 

Step 5. Fold the left sleeve in on itself. Once back toward the starting point, then once more toward the opposite side.

 

Step 6. Take the lower half of the shirt and fold it up so that the bottom hem sits just under the collar.

 

Step 7. And that’s it. Flip the shirt over and you’re ready to pack it up for travel or whatever else you need.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality shirts, blazers, and pants. Create something that is completely unique to YOU. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from – and tailored in – Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than their off-the-rack counterparts.

July 22, 2021 による Marketing Originalstitch.com