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5 Jacket Styles Every Man Should Own

 

When it comes to outerwear, having a variety of jacket styles in your wardrobe is essential. Not only do different jackets serve different purposes, but they also allow you to mix and match your outfits to create a range of looks. Let’s take a look at five jacket styles that every man should own.

  1. The Bomber Jacket


The bomber jacket is a classic coat that has been around since the early 1900s. It features a fitted silhouette, zipper front, ribbed cuffs and hem, and pockets. Bomber jackets are usually made of a durable, water-resistant material such as nylon or leather and are perfect for those who don’t want to overthink their outfits. If your goal is to take a casual approach to style, the bomber jacket is a must have accessory. Simply pop one on over a t-shirt and jeans to achieve maximum, effortless, cool.

  1. The Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is a wardrobe staple that every man should own. It is typically made of blue denim and features a collar, button front, and pockets. Denim jackets are durable and work well as a layering piece, making them perfect for cooler weather. They, like bomber jackets, are a casual option, but unlike bomber jackets they take a bit more effort to style. A good rule of thumb to remember is blue denim jacket on blue jean pants should see the darkest denim on top. (Hint: fashion rules are meant to be broken. Feel free to experiment to suit your taste.)

  1. The Chore Coat

A chore coat is a type of work jacket that is designed to be functional and durable. It is usually made of heavy-duty fabric such as canvas or denim and features a front button closure, pockets, and a boxy fit. Chore coats are popular for their versatility and rugged style, making them a great choice for both casual and business casual occasions – depending on material/how you style them.

  1. The Harrington Jacket

The Harrington jacket is a classic style that features a zipper front, ribbed cuffs and hem, and a collar. It is typically made of a lightweight, water-resistant material such as cotton or polyester and has a slim fit. The Harrington jacket’s claim to fame seasons are spring and fall. Great cool weather options that work well to maintain clean silhouettes in trendy fashion.

  1. The Camel Coat

A camel coat is a stylish and sophisticated outerwear option that is perfect for cooler weather. It is typically made of a soft, warm fabric such as wool or cashmere and features a neutral camel color. Camel coats are incredibly versatile. They can dress up jeans and a hoodie, add stylish flare to 3-piece suits, and tackle everything in between.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

January 10, 2023 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Puffers, Parkas, And How To Style Them For Any Situation

 

Puffer jackets and parkas are some of the most popular and versatile cold weather outerwear options. They are both practical and stylish, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Here are some ways to style puffer jackets and parkas with dress shirts for a chic and fashionable look.

Puffers and Parkas as suit jackets

Puffer jackets are not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about suits, but they can actually be a great alternative. Puffers are not only stylish and fashionable, but they are also incredibly warm and comfortable, making them perfect for colder weather. When selecting a puffer to wear as a suit jacket, it’s important to choose one that is well-fitted and has a clean, streamlined silhouette. Avoid overly bulky styles, as these can make your ensemble top heavy and difficult to pair with dress pants.

Puffers, Parkas and Color Go a Long Way

For a classic and polished look, try pairing a black puffer jacket or parka with a white dress shirt and black trousers. This is a timeless and sophisticated outfit that is perfect for a variety of occasions, from the office to a night out on the town.

To add a pop of color to your outfit, try pairing a brightly colored puffer or parka with a solid-colored dress shirt. For example, a red puffer jacket would look great with this Powder Blue Herringbone dress shirt, or a green parka with this Pale Pink & Proper shirt. These are fun and vibrant looks that are sure to turn heads. Try them out or play with your own color combos.

Puffers, Parkas, Casual styles and Patterns

For a more casual and laid-back look, try pairing your puffer or parka with patterned dress shirts. This is a great way to add some visual texture to your outfit. For example, you could wear a puffer jacket with a custom-tailored Lightweight Flannel plaid shirt and jeans for a casual weekend look. Pairing a parka with a patterned shirt – like this Diamond Squared print dress shirt – and slacks is a great move for more formal occasions. 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 29, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
3 winter colors to stand out this season

 

Don’t let the winter blues affect your wardrobe. Many of us fall into routines when it comes to dressing for the seasons. We do earth tones in the fall and pastels in the spring. Break out of the rut and try something new this time around. Here are 3 winter colors you can use to shake up your outfits during the grey of winter.

Cream

Cream as a winter color may seem counter-intuitive, but trust us it works. It can be an outer shirt - like this Cotton Stretch Cream Corduroy or this Sandy Suede shirt. It can be a slew of accessories like gloves, beanies, hats or scarves. The key is how you pair it. Monotone cream ensembles will pop off of wintry white backgrounds. Or you can warm things up with earthy browns in the mix to create a soft pairing that borrows from Caribbean style.

 

Purple

Purple as an accent is a great way to liven up drab winter colors. Dress shirts like this Quick Dry Purple Stripe pattern are fantastic options under sports coats and blazers. Pair it with cool, sterile, greys for a contrast that pops both in and outdoors. When it comes to leisure styles, it’s hard to beat purple track suits and white sneakers.

 

Bold Patterns and Designs

Don’t be afraid to get festive with your style during the winter. Some people favor solid colors, but going a little more eclectic can be a good thing. Pieces like this Big Green Retro Stripe pattern do well to draw the eye. Break conventional fashion rules and experiment if you’re going this route. Mix plaids and stripes. Pair clashing colors. Push layering to the limit. Tis’ the season, after all.

 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 19, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 fresh ways to style your favorite cardigans
  1. With a Sports Coat

Dressing up a cardigan is easy. Simply pair it with a sports coat. This style is inspired by traditional 3-piece suits, except here, you’ll want to replace the standard vest with a light cardigan. Cardigans and sports coats work well together as business casual attire that’s underutilized in many offices. Put it to the test. Start simple with a powder blue dress shirt, navy cardigan, blue slacks, and your favorite sports coat.

  1. With a puffer vest (over a dress shirt and tie)

Cardigans and layering – name a better duo. Cold weather unlocks fresh pairing options for cardigans that are both functional and fashionable. Start with a solid-colored dress shirt like this Subtle White Broadcloth. Add your favorite mid-weight cardigan – merino wool is perfect for this task – and top the look off with a puffer vest. 

  1. With a roll-neck sweater

Date night got you stumped for outfit ideas? Not to worry. Put that favorite cardigan to work with a roll-neck/turtle neck sweater. Toss on a pair of casual jeans and you’re done. Feel free to accessorize as needed. Beanies, gloves, and scarves are fantastic options to kick this style into high gear.

  1. As a substitute for a suit jacket

Using a shawl cardigan as a substitute for a suit jacket is another way to draw inspiration from traditional 3-piece suits. To complete this look all you need to do is pair your favorite shawl style cardigan with matching suit slacks and vest. A chunky cardigan will add a nice layer of visual and literal warmth.

  1. With a button-up and bow-tie

Smarten up any cardigan with one simple trick: add a bow-tie! A well fitted dress shirt, cardigan, and bow-tie can be paired with slacks for a business casual vibe. Swap the slacks for chinos and you’re ready for weekend wanderings around town. There really is no wrong way to bow-tie up a cardigan. Give it a shot, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well it works.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 15, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Shoes to wear with your suit this winter

 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect winter dress shoe for slushy commutes or want to find options for business trips outside of the mild climate in which you currently reside, we’ve got you covered. Check out these suggestions for functional dress shoe features that wear well with suits this winter.

Insulated shoes – The case for shearling lined footwear

The appeal of shearling lined winter wear is no secret. Sheepskin wool not only regulates temperature, it also wicks away moisture making it a perfect textile for year-round garments. Many types of dress shoes come shearling lined these days. They’re fashionable, functional, and conform to your foot without smothering them. So, you get a great fit that’s comfortable and easy to break in without having to worry about sweaty feet or offensive odors. If you have a large selection of dress shoes and want something specific for when temperatures drop into freezing territory, we highly recommend you opt for shearling insulation.

Soggy socks suck - Avoid absorbent materials

Stay away from moisture absorbent materials like suede. Most winter shoes are coated with a durable water repellant (DWR) which are perfectly suitable for mild, dry, winters. However, if you’re in areas like Portland, Oregon where it rains 200+ days a year, you’re going to want something a little more substantial. Look for shoes containing Gore-Tex, a fine woven waterproof membrane, to deal with extremely wet climates. If Gore-Tex embedded footwear doesn’t provide the style you’re after then hunt down a leather, top grain, shoe with minimal seams and stitching.

Traction - Where winter weather dress boots shine

If you’re encountering ice and snow for the first time then traction should be of the utmost importance. To combat the likelihood of slipping in these conditions consider winter weather dress boots that feature studs or lugs on the outsoles. A simple rubber outsole will suffice in less extreme wintry weather.

Storm Welt Construction – Hardcore weather wear that’s built to last

Welts are the pieces of leather where the sole is attached to the upper part of the shoe. There are a couple types of welts to consider when it comes to dress shoes, but if you want your kicks to outlast whatever weather they encounter for decades, then the Storm welt is for you. Storm welt constructed shoes feature a wider area outside of the connecting seam and an upturned bit of leather attached to the top leather to help protect against moisture sitting on the ledge and creeping in. This effective method of cobbling puts in the leg work to keep your shoes in rotation for years to come.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 07, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to style your suit coat casually

 

There are a lot of misconceptions about how one should wear a sports coat. Truth is, just about anything goes. Style is subjective. Everything looks good when it fits well and a well-fitting sports coat is a wise investment. They’re versatile and can go pretty much anywhere depending on how you style them. So, let’s look at a few ways for you to do just that. But first, you’ll need to decide on the style of coat you want to use: structured or unstructured.

Structured vs Unstructured Jackets

An unstructured sports coat has little to no shoulder pads. Some forego shoulder pads all together while other unstructured styles are fitted with a small piece of canvas fabric for a “soft shoulder” look. A structured coat places a shoulder pad just above the sleeve head. This gives the coat a clean silhouette that compliments body shape. Original Stitch tailors both. Whether you’re partial to structured looks or would rather go unstructured, you’ll get a precise fit tailored specific to your measurements.

Unstructured Style Tip #1 – The hoodie

If you want to dress down a suit jacket, sports coat, or blazer quickly then the hoodie is an easy-to-pair option. We like this look with unstructured styles. All you need to pull off a hoodie/sports coat outfit is a sports coat, hoodie, and casual sneakers. Any pant can work with the combo. Choose your favorite slacks, jeans, or corduroys and style to taste.

Unstructured Style Tip #2 – The t-shirt and chino

The t-shirt, jeans, and sports coat combination is time tested. Shake up the look and sub in chinos. This is another instance where unstructured jackets work best, but structured can also be a great fit. The key to coupling is keeping it light. Literally. A lightweight linen or cotton coat paired with a t-shirt and chinos makes for fantastic weekend wear. Roll the chinos up and go sockless – or go full on novelty socks and suspenders – for a personalized twist on a modern classic.

Bonus Tip: Pop on a zip up hoodie for light layering in mild climates.

Structured Style Tip #1 – The quilted field vest

Looking for a more professional way to casual-up your suit jacket? Try adding a quilted field vest in-lieu of a sweater or suit vest. Quilted field vests serve to soften the look (and feel) of your structured suit jacket. Not to mention the added padding works as functional fashion during cooler seasons like winter and fall.

Structured Style Tip #2 – The band collar dress shirt

Another stylish combination is the structured suit jacket and band collar dress shirt. We love this look because it wears very office friendly. Button it up and it’s elegant style that gives off a t-shirt and suit vibe. Undo the top button or two and you’re ready for an after-work hang in seconds. 

Bonus Tip: Any Original Stitch dress shirt can be designed with a band collar so you get the look in a tailored fit. We guarantee you’ll love it or the remake is on us.

 At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

November 30, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Home Cooked Dinner Date Apparel to Impress Your Significant Other

 

There’s no reason to dress up for a home cooked dinner date, right? Wrong. Just like with cooking, presentation matters. Dress your best no matter what the setting and give your significant other something to feast their eyes on. Here are some of our favorite customizable dinner date dress shirts and slacks you can customize to look as good as your home cooking tastes. 

Great Date Shirt Patterns

Tartan Plaid

 

Looking for chill in-home date night style? Look no further. This Tartan Plaid, with its menagerie of deep navy, steel blues, warm reds and subtle yellows, has got you covered. Not only does it look great, it wears great all day long. The lightweight construction and easy breathability make Tartan Plaid easy to layer in cool weather and just as viable as a stand-alone when its warm.

Muted Lavender

 

No wardrobe that invokes the spirit of Muted Lavender will suffer from a lack of unique style. This fabric is all about the little details. It is woven using a subtle mixture of orange-brown and purple threads, resulting in the solid muted lavender coloring. But upon closer inspection, you’d see these individual colors burst to life. Not only is Muted Lavender appealing, but it is also beautifully constructed, boasting a lightweight weave that’s just the right thickness to allow for easy airflow.

Dots Jacquard Utility


Rough and tough meets casual style in this Dots Jacquard Utility fabric. It’ll outlast any day and it looks great doing it. The textured jacquard weave contrasts a lively polka dot pattern to pop off the cloth with splendid gusto. Combine these strengths and the result is a shirt that offers versatile style options without sacrificing durability. Pair Dots Jacquard Utility with tan chinos and casual white sneakers for an effortless look that fits perfectly into a backyard dinner-date-under-the-stars vibe.

Stylish Pant Options

Mori Tone Blue

 

The Mori Tone Blue casual pant fabric is high-class style in an easy-going garment. It is constructed using a new type of synthetic polyester material that looks like wool but behaves like polyester. It is incredibly lightweight and moderately water repellant, making Mori Tone Blue a great piece for the cook who likes to get active in the kitchen. Pants made from this fabric are less likely to wrinkle after sitting, meaning you’ll still look great when you ask to have this dance after dinner.

Cool Dots Heather Grey 

 

Add a little edge to your dinner date wardrobe with this Cool Dots Heather Grey pant fabric. It’s an ultra-lightweight cloth which complements many pairings with a laidback, gravel-like visual texture. Warm weather doesn’t stand a chance against its micro-dot weave. Cool Dots promotes maximum airflow and anti-snag construction, so not only is it both fashionable and functional, but it’s durable too. Put its vintage style to the test and integrate it alongside your favorite shirt and shoe combination.

Black & Blue Cordura Stretch Check

 

Folks who fancy fashion with a flair for the flamboyant will love this Black and Blue Cordura Stretch Check fabric for home-cooked dinner date night. Its ultra-lightweight, blended wool and nylon construction not only enhances abrasion and snag resistance but also staves off wrinkles like nobody’s business. That means you get a clean silhouette no matter how active you get in the kitchen.

*Pro-tip: National Men Make Dinner Day falls on the first Thursday of every November. What a perfect time to plan a dressed-up dinner date at home. 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

November 11, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to transition summer garments into winter wear

 

Winter is coming. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to toss out all of your summer garments for new seasonal pieces. Make sure your wardrobe can hold up in dropping temperatures by incorporating a few handy tips to get the most out of your warm weather items.

Layer What You Have

Layering is a great way to keep warm. It’s functional and can be fashionable as well. To layer functionally you’ll want to start by wearing your thinnest clothing closest to your body. Your warm-weather friendly dress shirts make perfect mid-layer pieces. They’re generally breathable, lightweight, and many are moisture wicking. A very basic guide to layering is:

Base layer – undershirts, t-shirts, underwear, socks.

Mid layer – Dress shirts, cardigans, vests, light/suit jackets.

Outer layer – Puffer jackets, overcoats, trench coats, etc. 

Layering is a nice strategy especially in areas where mornings can be cold and afternoons can be hotter. It’s easier to remove pieces to regulate temperature than it is to don one large, warm, jacket or sweater. Neutral colors are essential to get the most out of year-round styling.

Invest in cotton

Cotton is really good at wicking and evaporating moisture when it’s warm, but does it keep you warm when it’s cold out? Yes… when it’s dry. The mistake most often made with cotton is using it as a base layer in warm and cool weather. Wicking and absorption will happen as intended in cold weather, but evaporation is what makes cotton work. Cotton will absorb moisture just fine when placed as a base layer in any weather, but that moisture won’t evaporate when it’s cold out. Use cotton, instead, as an outer layer (jacket) or middle layer (dress shirt) and give it ample room to stay dry and lock down escaping body heat. Here are a few traditional cotton fabrics to get you started.

  • Gabardine: Gabardine used to be made from wool but has been modernized by cotton. It’s a super tight weave – the original Burberry Trench used it – that results in a dense, waterproof, finish.
  • Corduroy: Cotton corduroy is thick and heat retaining. It’s best when used in cold, dry climates as an outer layer such as pants or jackets.
  • Denim: We all know the benefits of denim, right? It’s made of cotton so it’s lightweight and breathable, but it utilizes a tight-knit twill weave so its durable to boot.
  • Flannel: Flannel, much like Gabardine, has its roots in wool. It’s a soft and durable fabric that regulates body heat when used as an outer layer.

This Navy Blue Plaid Flannel is 100% cotton, thick woven, and ready to get active. It’s an attractive weekend wear no matter where the weekend takes you.

Incorporate accessories like gloves, wool scarves, hats.

Accessorize your winter looks with heat retaining pieces that will go a long way. Wool scarves are a great place to start. They lock in body warmth and make the transition from mild to cooler weather an easy one. Gloves are another great accessory to have on hand. Merino wool socks are perfect for kicking cold feet to the curb.

Long underwear for business trips.

If you’re in an area that doesn’t experience the cold but find yourself planning a trip to one, then long underwear will be your best friend. Long underwear works especially well to shore up your everyday attire. Long john bottoms make thinner slacks viable packing options while their topper counterparts are usually sheer enough to be worn under anything from t-shirts to dress shirts without leaving a trace.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

November 02, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
3 Tailored Unstructured Blazer looks you need in your Wardrobe

3 Tailored Unstructured Blazer looks you need in your Wardrobe

 

A tailored unstructured blazer is a versatile and stylish addition to any wardrobe. Not only does the unstructured design allow for greater movement and comfort - making it perfect for all-day wear - but a tailored fit will give your ensemble a refined, well put-together, appearance. By investing in a high-quality unstructured blazer, you'll have a go-to piece that elevates pretty much any style you work it into. Here are just a few you can try with your own tailored unstructured blazer.

With Joggers and Sneakers

Pair an unstructured blazer with joggers and sneakers for a sporty, laid-back, vibe. What we love about this look is it’s boldly casual without trying too hard. Think hoodies-and-jeans-to-board-meetings, but with a hint of Hollywood charisma. The unstructured fit of the blazer will add a relaxed and effortless touch to your t-shirt, joggers, and sneaker combo. To finish off the look, accessorize with a baseball cap, a watch, or a pair of glasses. This will help bring the whole outfit together and add your personal style to this out-of-the-box look.

With Shorts

If you want to add some sophistication to your summer wardrobe, try pairing an unstructured blazer with shorts and sandals. This combination is perfect for dressier occasions or for adding a polished touch to a casual outfit. What’s more, folks living in warmer climates – like in Southern California or South Florida – can use this look year-round. Swap sandals for any footwear to give off the vibe you want. Boaters, casual sneakers, or desert boots all work for different occasions. Experiment and find the look that suits you best.

With Chinos

If you want to go a more conventional route, try adding an unstructured blazer to a t-shirt and chinos. Doing so adds a touch of sophistication and imparts a kind of polished feel to everyday apparel. Kick things up a notch for more formal occasions by swapping the t-shirt out for a turtleneck sweater. Either way, if you’ve got a pair of chinos and a tailored unstructured blazer, you’re more than halfway to a complete outfit that doesn’t take too much to pull off.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

January 24, 2023 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Jacket Styles Every Man Should Own

5 Jacket Styles Every Man Should Own

 

When it comes to outerwear, having a variety of jacket styles in your wardrobe is essential. Not only do different jackets serve different purposes, but they also allow you to mix and match your outfits to create a range of looks. Let’s take a look at five jacket styles that every man should own.

  1. The Bomber Jacket


The bomber jacket is a classic coat that has been around since the early 1900s. It features a fitted silhouette, zipper front, ribbed cuffs and hem, and pockets. Bomber jackets are usually made of a durable, water-resistant material such as nylon or leather and are perfect for those who don’t want to overthink their outfits. If your goal is to take a casual approach to style, the bomber jacket is a must have accessory. Simply pop one on over a t-shirt and jeans to achieve maximum, effortless, cool.

  1. The Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is a wardrobe staple that every man should own. It is typically made of blue denim and features a collar, button front, and pockets. Denim jackets are durable and work well as a layering piece, making them perfect for cooler weather. They, like bomber jackets, are a casual option, but unlike bomber jackets they take a bit more effort to style. A good rule of thumb to remember is blue denim jacket on blue jean pants should see the darkest denim on top. (Hint: fashion rules are meant to be broken. Feel free to experiment to suit your taste.)

  1. The Chore Coat

A chore coat is a type of work jacket that is designed to be functional and durable. It is usually made of heavy-duty fabric such as canvas or denim and features a front button closure, pockets, and a boxy fit. Chore coats are popular for their versatility and rugged style, making them a great choice for both casual and business casual occasions – depending on material/how you style them.

  1. The Harrington Jacket

The Harrington jacket is a classic style that features a zipper front, ribbed cuffs and hem, and a collar. It is typically made of a lightweight, water-resistant material such as cotton or polyester and has a slim fit. The Harrington jacket’s claim to fame seasons are spring and fall. Great cool weather options that work well to maintain clean silhouettes in trendy fashion.

  1. The Camel Coat

A camel coat is a stylish and sophisticated outerwear option that is perfect for cooler weather. It is typically made of a soft, warm fabric such as wool or cashmere and features a neutral camel color. Camel coats are incredibly versatile. They can dress up jeans and a hoodie, add stylish flare to 3-piece suits, and tackle everything in between.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

January 10, 2023 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Puffers, Parkas, And How To Style Them For Any Situation

Puffers, Parkas, And How To Style Them For Any Situation

 

Puffer jackets and parkas are some of the most popular and versatile cold weather outerwear options. They are both practical and stylish, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Here are some ways to style puffer jackets and parkas with dress shirts for a chic and fashionable look.

Puffers and Parkas as suit jackets

Puffer jackets are not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about suits, but they can actually be a great alternative. Puffers are not only stylish and fashionable, but they are also incredibly warm and comfortable, making them perfect for colder weather. When selecting a puffer to wear as a suit jacket, it’s important to choose one that is well-fitted and has a clean, streamlined silhouette. Avoid overly bulky styles, as these can make your ensemble top heavy and difficult to pair with dress pants.

Puffers, Parkas and Color Go a Long Way

For a classic and polished look, try pairing a black puffer jacket or parka with a white dress shirt and black trousers. This is a timeless and sophisticated outfit that is perfect for a variety of occasions, from the office to a night out on the town.

To add a pop of color to your outfit, try pairing a brightly colored puffer or parka with a solid-colored dress shirt. For example, a red puffer jacket would look great with this Powder Blue Herringbone dress shirt, or a green parka with this Pale Pink & Proper shirt. These are fun and vibrant looks that are sure to turn heads. Try them out or play with your own color combos.

Puffers, Parkas, Casual styles and Patterns

For a more casual and laid-back look, try pairing your puffer or parka with patterned dress shirts. This is a great way to add some visual texture to your outfit. For example, you could wear a puffer jacket with a custom-tailored Lightweight Flannel plaid shirt and jeans for a casual weekend look. Pairing a parka with a patterned shirt – like this Diamond Squared print dress shirt – and slacks is a great move for more formal occasions. 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 29, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
3 winter colors to stand out this season

3 winter colors to stand out this season

 

Don’t let the winter blues affect your wardrobe. Many of us fall into routines when it comes to dressing for the seasons. We do earth tones in the fall and pastels in the spring. Break out of the rut and try something new this time around. Here are 3 winter colors you can use to shake up your outfits during the grey of winter.

Cream

Cream as a winter color may seem counter-intuitive, but trust us it works. It can be an outer shirt - like this Cotton Stretch Cream Corduroy or this Sandy Suede shirt. It can be a slew of accessories like gloves, beanies, hats or scarves. The key is how you pair it. Monotone cream ensembles will pop off of wintry white backgrounds. Or you can warm things up with earthy browns in the mix to create a soft pairing that borrows from Caribbean style.

 

Purple

Purple as an accent is a great way to liven up drab winter colors. Dress shirts like this Quick Dry Purple Stripe pattern are fantastic options under sports coats and blazers. Pair it with cool, sterile, greys for a contrast that pops both in and outdoors. When it comes to leisure styles, it’s hard to beat purple track suits and white sneakers.

 

Bold Patterns and Designs

Don’t be afraid to get festive with your style during the winter. Some people favor solid colors, but going a little more eclectic can be a good thing. Pieces like this Big Green Retro Stripe pattern do well to draw the eye. Break conventional fashion rules and experiment if you’re going this route. Mix plaids and stripes. Pair clashing colors. Push layering to the limit. Tis’ the season, after all.

 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 19, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 fresh ways to style your favorite cardigans

5 fresh ways to style your favorite cardigans

  1. With a Sports Coat

Dressing up a cardigan is easy. Simply pair it with a sports coat. This style is inspired by traditional 3-piece suits, except here, you’ll want to replace the standard vest with a light cardigan. Cardigans and sports coats work well together as business casual attire that’s underutilized in many offices. Put it to the test. Start simple with a powder blue dress shirt, navy cardigan, blue slacks, and your favorite sports coat.

  1. With a puffer vest (over a dress shirt and tie)

Cardigans and layering – name a better duo. Cold weather unlocks fresh pairing options for cardigans that are both functional and fashionable. Start with a solid-colored dress shirt like this Subtle White Broadcloth. Add your favorite mid-weight cardigan – merino wool is perfect for this task – and top the look off with a puffer vest. 

  1. With a roll-neck sweater

Date night got you stumped for outfit ideas? Not to worry. Put that favorite cardigan to work with a roll-neck/turtle neck sweater. Toss on a pair of casual jeans and you’re done. Feel free to accessorize as needed. Beanies, gloves, and scarves are fantastic options to kick this style into high gear.

  1. As a substitute for a suit jacket

Using a shawl cardigan as a substitute for a suit jacket is another way to draw inspiration from traditional 3-piece suits. To complete this look all you need to do is pair your favorite shawl style cardigan with matching suit slacks and vest. A chunky cardigan will add a nice layer of visual and literal warmth.

  1. With a button-up and bow-tie

Smarten up any cardigan with one simple trick: add a bow-tie! A well fitted dress shirt, cardigan, and bow-tie can be paired with slacks for a business casual vibe. Swap the slacks for chinos and you’re ready for weekend wanderings around town. There really is no wrong way to bow-tie up a cardigan. Give it a shot, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well it works.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 15, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Shoes to wear with your suit this winter

Shoes to wear with your suit this winter

 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect winter dress shoe for slushy commutes or want to find options for business trips outside of the mild climate in which you currently reside, we’ve got you covered. Check out these suggestions for functional dress shoe features that wear well with suits this winter.

Insulated shoes – The case for shearling lined footwear

The appeal of shearling lined winter wear is no secret. Sheepskin wool not only regulates temperature, it also wicks away moisture making it a perfect textile for year-round garments. Many types of dress shoes come shearling lined these days. They’re fashionable, functional, and conform to your foot without smothering them. So, you get a great fit that’s comfortable and easy to break in without having to worry about sweaty feet or offensive odors. If you have a large selection of dress shoes and want something specific for when temperatures drop into freezing territory, we highly recommend you opt for shearling insulation.

Soggy socks suck - Avoid absorbent materials

Stay away from moisture absorbent materials like suede. Most winter shoes are coated with a durable water repellant (DWR) which are perfectly suitable for mild, dry, winters. However, if you’re in areas like Portland, Oregon where it rains 200+ days a year, you’re going to want something a little more substantial. Look for shoes containing Gore-Tex, a fine woven waterproof membrane, to deal with extremely wet climates. If Gore-Tex embedded footwear doesn’t provide the style you’re after then hunt down a leather, top grain, shoe with minimal seams and stitching.

Traction - Where winter weather dress boots shine

If you’re encountering ice and snow for the first time then traction should be of the utmost importance. To combat the likelihood of slipping in these conditions consider winter weather dress boots that feature studs or lugs on the outsoles. A simple rubber outsole will suffice in less extreme wintry weather.

Storm Welt Construction – Hardcore weather wear that’s built to last

Welts are the pieces of leather where the sole is attached to the upper part of the shoe. There are a couple types of welts to consider when it comes to dress shoes, but if you want your kicks to outlast whatever weather they encounter for decades, then the Storm welt is for you. Storm welt constructed shoes feature a wider area outside of the connecting seam and an upturned bit of leather attached to the top leather to help protect against moisture sitting on the ledge and creeping in. This effective method of cobbling puts in the leg work to keep your shoes in rotation for years to come.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

December 07, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to style your suit coat casually

How to style your suit coat casually

 

There are a lot of misconceptions about how one should wear a sports coat. Truth is, just about anything goes. Style is subjective. Everything looks good when it fits well and a well-fitting sports coat is a wise investment. They’re versatile and can go pretty much anywhere depending on how you style them. So, let’s look at a few ways for you to do just that. But first, you’ll need to decide on the style of coat you want to use: structured or unstructured.

Structured vs Unstructured Jackets

An unstructured sports coat has little to no shoulder pads. Some forego shoulder pads all together while other unstructured styles are fitted with a small piece of canvas fabric for a “soft shoulder” look. A structured coat places a shoulder pad just above the sleeve head. This gives the coat a clean silhouette that compliments body shape. Original Stitch tailors both. Whether you’re partial to structured looks or would rather go unstructured, you’ll get a precise fit tailored specific to your measurements.

Unstructured Style Tip #1 – The hoodie

If you want to dress down a suit jacket, sports coat, or blazer quickly then the hoodie is an easy-to-pair option. We like this look with unstructured styles. All you need to pull off a hoodie/sports coat outfit is a sports coat, hoodie, and casual sneakers. Any pant can work with the combo. Choose your favorite slacks, jeans, or corduroys and style to taste.

Unstructured Style Tip #2 – The t-shirt and chino

The t-shirt, jeans, and sports coat combination is time tested. Shake up the look and sub in chinos. This is another instance where unstructured jackets work best, but structured can also be a great fit. The key to coupling is keeping it light. Literally. A lightweight linen or cotton coat paired with a t-shirt and chinos makes for fantastic weekend wear. Roll the chinos up and go sockless – or go full on novelty socks and suspenders – for a personalized twist on a modern classic.

Bonus Tip: Pop on a zip up hoodie for light layering in mild climates.

Structured Style Tip #1 – The quilted field vest

Looking for a more professional way to casual-up your suit jacket? Try adding a quilted field vest in-lieu of a sweater or suit vest. Quilted field vests serve to soften the look (and feel) of your structured suit jacket. Not to mention the added padding works as functional fashion during cooler seasons like winter and fall.

Structured Style Tip #2 – The band collar dress shirt

Another stylish combination is the structured suit jacket and band collar dress shirt. We love this look because it wears very office friendly. Button it up and it’s elegant style that gives off a t-shirt and suit vibe. Undo the top button or two and you’re ready for an after-work hang in seconds. 

Bonus Tip: Any Original Stitch dress shirt can be designed with a band collar so you get the look in a tailored fit. We guarantee you’ll love it or the remake is on us.

 At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

November 30, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Home Cooked Dinner Date Apparel to Impress Your Significant Other

Home Cooked Dinner Date Apparel to Impress Your Significant Other

 

There’s no reason to dress up for a home cooked dinner date, right? Wrong. Just like with cooking, presentation matters. Dress your best no matter what the setting and give your significant other something to feast their eyes on. Here are some of our favorite customizable dinner date dress shirts and slacks you can customize to look as good as your home cooking tastes. 

Great Date Shirt Patterns

Tartan Plaid

 

Looking for chill in-home date night style? Look no further. This Tartan Plaid, with its menagerie of deep navy, steel blues, warm reds and subtle yellows, has got you covered. Not only does it look great, it wears great all day long. The lightweight construction and easy breathability make Tartan Plaid easy to layer in cool weather and just as viable as a stand-alone when its warm.

Muted Lavender

 

No wardrobe that invokes the spirit of Muted Lavender will suffer from a lack of unique style. This fabric is all about the little details. It is woven using a subtle mixture of orange-brown and purple threads, resulting in the solid muted lavender coloring. But upon closer inspection, you’d see these individual colors burst to life. Not only is Muted Lavender appealing, but it is also beautifully constructed, boasting a lightweight weave that’s just the right thickness to allow for easy airflow.

Dots Jacquard Utility


Rough and tough meets casual style in this Dots Jacquard Utility fabric. It’ll outlast any day and it looks great doing it. The textured jacquard weave contrasts a lively polka dot pattern to pop off the cloth with splendid gusto. Combine these strengths and the result is a shirt that offers versatile style options without sacrificing durability. Pair Dots Jacquard Utility with tan chinos and casual white sneakers for an effortless look that fits perfectly into a backyard dinner-date-under-the-stars vibe.

Stylish Pant Options

Mori Tone Blue

 

The Mori Tone Blue casual pant fabric is high-class style in an easy-going garment. It is constructed using a new type of synthetic polyester material that looks like wool but behaves like polyester. It is incredibly lightweight and moderately water repellant, making Mori Tone Blue a great piece for the cook who likes to get active in the kitchen. Pants made from this fabric are less likely to wrinkle after sitting, meaning you’ll still look great when you ask to have this dance after dinner.

Cool Dots Heather Grey 

 

Add a little edge to your dinner date wardrobe with this Cool Dots Heather Grey pant fabric. It’s an ultra-lightweight cloth which complements many pairings with a laidback, gravel-like visual texture. Warm weather doesn’t stand a chance against its micro-dot weave. Cool Dots promotes maximum airflow and anti-snag construction, so not only is it both fashionable and functional, but it’s durable too. Put its vintage style to the test and integrate it alongside your favorite shirt and shoe combination.

Black & Blue Cordura Stretch Check

 

Folks who fancy fashion with a flair for the flamboyant will love this Black and Blue Cordura Stretch Check fabric for home-cooked dinner date night. Its ultra-lightweight, blended wool and nylon construction not only enhances abrasion and snag resistance but also staves off wrinkles like nobody’s business. That means you get a clean silhouette no matter how active you get in the kitchen.

*Pro-tip: National Men Make Dinner Day falls on the first Thursday of every November. What a perfect time to plan a dressed-up dinner date at home. 

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

November 11, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How to transition summer garments into winter wear

How to transition summer garments into winter wear

 

Winter is coming. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to toss out all of your summer garments for new seasonal pieces. Make sure your wardrobe can hold up in dropping temperatures by incorporating a few handy tips to get the most out of your warm weather items.

Layer What You Have

Layering is a great way to keep warm. It’s functional and can be fashionable as well. To layer functionally you’ll want to start by wearing your thinnest clothing closest to your body. Your warm-weather friendly dress shirts make perfect mid-layer pieces. They’re generally breathable, lightweight, and many are moisture wicking. A very basic guide to layering is:

Base layer – undershirts, t-shirts, underwear, socks.

Mid layer – Dress shirts, cardigans, vests, light/suit jackets.

Outer layer – Puffer jackets, overcoats, trench coats, etc. 

Layering is a nice strategy especially in areas where mornings can be cold and afternoons can be hotter. It’s easier to remove pieces to regulate temperature than it is to don one large, warm, jacket or sweater. Neutral colors are essential to get the most out of year-round styling.

Invest in cotton

Cotton is really good at wicking and evaporating moisture when it’s warm, but does it keep you warm when it’s cold out? Yes… when it’s dry. The mistake most often made with cotton is using it as a base layer in warm and cool weather. Wicking and absorption will happen as intended in cold weather, but evaporation is what makes cotton work. Cotton will absorb moisture just fine when placed as a base layer in any weather, but that moisture won’t evaporate when it’s cold out. Use cotton, instead, as an outer layer (jacket) or middle layer (dress shirt) and give it ample room to stay dry and lock down escaping body heat. Here are a few traditional cotton fabrics to get you started.

  • Gabardine: Gabardine used to be made from wool but has been modernized by cotton. It’s a super tight weave – the original Burberry Trench used it – that results in a dense, waterproof, finish.
  • Corduroy: Cotton corduroy is thick and heat retaining. It’s best when used in cold, dry climates as an outer layer such as pants or jackets.
  • Denim: We all know the benefits of denim, right? It’s made of cotton so it’s lightweight and breathable, but it utilizes a tight-knit twill weave so its durable to boot.
  • Flannel: Flannel, much like Gabardine, has its roots in wool. It’s a soft and durable fabric that regulates body heat when used as an outer layer.

This Navy Blue Plaid Flannel is 100% cotton, thick woven, and ready to get active. It’s an attractive weekend wear no matter where the weekend takes you.

Incorporate accessories like gloves, wool scarves, hats.

Accessorize your winter looks with heat retaining pieces that will go a long way. Wool scarves are a great place to start. They lock in body warmth and make the transition from mild to cooler weather an easy one. Gloves are another great accessory to have on hand. Merino wool socks are perfect for kicking cold feet to the curb.

Long underwear for business trips.

If you’re in an area that doesn’t experience the cold but find yourself planning a trip to one, then long underwear will be your best friend. Long underwear works especially well to shore up your everyday attire. Long john bottoms make thinner slacks viable packing options while their topper counterparts are usually sheer enough to be worn under anything from t-shirts to dress shirts without leaving a trace.

At Original Stitch we offer a fully customizable collection of premium quality dress shirt, suit blazer, and pant fabrics. 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.

November 02, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com