5 Dress Shirt Styles Every Man Should Own

5 Dress Shirt Styles Every Man Should Own

August 03, 2021 by 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 by 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 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How To Measure For A Dress Shirt On Your Own

 

Measuring someone for a custom dress shirt is usually a two-person job. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the person you’re measuring doesn’t even have to be in the know at all! Just find a dress shirt that already fits them well – how you do so is up to you and your sleuthing ways – and use that as a baseline. Let’s say you’re shopping for the perfect Father’s Day gift (hint hint) or looking to get something special for the snazzy dresser in your life. All you’d need is the aforementioned shirt procured in secret and a tape measure and voila! You’re all set to go! Here’s the run down on how to get their measurements just right to complete your clandestine custom shirt making mission.

Chest Circumference:

Lay the shirt down with the buttons facing up on a hard, flat, surface. Start your measurement at one corner of the seam under the armpit where the shirt body meets the sleeve. Hold one end of the measuring tape at this point and run it across to the opposite point. Make sure the shirt is fully laid flat and not wrinkling or bunching under the measuring tape. Round to the nearest ¼ (.25 inch) then multiply the full measurement by 2.

Waist Circumference:

This measurement is taken from the trimmest part of the shirt. Much like when measuring the chest, you want to make sure the shirt is laid flat with no wrinkles or bunching occurring under the tape, but not so taut that the buttonholes are stretching. Measure across from one end to the other. Multiply this measurement by 2.

Shoulder:

Flip the shirt on its back. Locate the seam that connects the sleeve to the rest of the shirt. Trace that seam up to the very top of the shoulder area and measure from that point to the same point on the opposite side. This action should see the tape measure run between the nape of neck and where the upper shoulder blades sit.

Sleeve Length:

To measure sleeves, divide the shoulder measurement by half. Take that number and use it as the start point on the measuring tape. Measure from the shoulder seam to the tip of the cuffs.

Sleeve Width:

With the shirt laid flat and facing up, use your hands to spread any wrinkles from the sleeve. Once complete, start your measurement one inch below the armpit seam. Run the tape measure in a straight line the width of the sleeve you are measuring. The tape measure should form a 90-degree angle at the top of the sleeve.

Cuff Around:

With the shirt laid flat, spread the cuff out. Measure from the center of the button to the furthest end of its complementary buttonhole.

Body Length:

Start at the center back, just under the collar. Run the tape measure down to the bottom of the shirt. If the shirt is a rounded hem, this should fall squarely in the center of the “u” shape. Flat or straight hems are a little harder to eyeball, so make sure your tape measure is straight all the way through.

Collar:

The collar measurement is taken from the inside of the collar band. Start by unbuttoning the shirt and laying it flat in a face up position. Flip the collar up and flatten it out so you have a shape that roughly resembles the picture below. Find the very first button on the shirt, the one that is fastened when wearing a tie. Look for the button stitching on the inside and start your measurement there. Run the measuring tape across to the furthest end of the buttonhole on the opposite side. Round to the nearest ¼ (.25 inch).

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

 

July 06, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com

 

When discussing Pokémon lore, one would be hard pressed to ignore the findings of Bird Keeper Toby. He is, effectively, what you’d get if someone were to breed Professor Oak and Bill Nye. What else would you call a person who takes a concept like Pokémon evolution and break it down into real-world, scientifically accurate, tangible bits of content? Granted, that was 5 years ago. Toby’s content has undergone something of an evolution itself, but what about the man behind the scenes we so fervently tune in to? Well, we got a chance to catch up with Bird Keeper Toby to get the inside scoop on where it all truly began and how his passionate relationship with Pokémon has transformed him into the trusted trainer we know today.  

Original Stitch: How did you first become interested in Pokémon?

Bird Keeper Toby: I remember watching the first episode when I was a child. I like to imagine it was the first airing of Pokémon in the UK but I’m sure it wasn't. I remember watching Ash leave his hometown and getting attacked by a flock of Spearow. I was completely in love with this world. In my early years, I saw Pokémon cards and figurines on the playground and some of the older kids had Gameboys and would play the games. It wasn't until I was 6 and Pokémon Gold and Silver had released that I finally got a chance to get my own game, and I’ve not stopped catching Pokémon since. 

 

Original Stitch: How did you integrate your love of Pokémon with making content that others would respond to? What was your first “piece of content” posted to your audience?

Bird Keeper Toby: My first proper video was a Theory on Steelix. It has Pokédex entries that talk about how its body is harder than a diamond. I remember thinking it would be fun to work out what kind of material Steelix’s body could be made from. I then looked at pictures of the recently revealed Mega Steelix which features large crystal-like protrusions as well as the mysterious Crystal Onix from the Pokémon animated series. I was able to connect these dots in a really fun way that just seems to resonate with people. Asking questions and solving mysteries about the Pokémon world has always been a lot of fun for me.


Original Stitch: Would you say that your interest in the Pokémon franchise shaped your personal style in any way?

Bird Keeper Toby: I definitely find I wear a lot of snap-back caps nowadays and I wonder how much of that is a throwback to Ash Ketchum spinning his cap around before a battle. 

 

Original Stitch: What real animal reminds you most of Pokémon and why?

Bird Keeper Toby: While I never got to see one in real life I think of the electric eel as being very Pokémon-like. They are known for their bioelectrogenesis which is the science-y word for “they can zap people”. In the world of Pokémon, I assume this is what Pikachu and Eelektoss do.  


Original Stitch: Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled in your quest to catch them all?

Bird Keeper Toby: I used to go on holiday with my parents to Cyprus when I was growing up. I have very fond memories of going into local shops and buying dozens of Pokémon figurines which I would play with by the poolside. One year we even found copies of Diamond and Pearl in a shop which was before its release in England, so while my parents reminded me that we were on holiday and I should enjoy Cyprus, I was busy heading up to Spear Pillar to catch Dialga!


Original Stitch: If you could travel to any Pokémon region, where would you go?

Bird Keeper Toby: I would love to travel to Johto. There is the perfect blend of big cities and shopping opportunities in cities like Goldenrod or Olivine. Also, areas with so much history like Ekurateak or the ruins of Alph. I love to study legendary Pokémon anyway and I don’t think there is a better region for that!


Original Stitch: What’s your go-to “chill out” style?

Bird Keeper Toby: I’m a real sucker for oversized jumpers. I like walking around in what is effectively a duvet so I can sleep anywhere like Snorlax. 


Original Stitch: You recently got your first Original Stitch custom-made shirt. What are your thoughts on the fit and designing it? What pattern did you choose?

Bird Keeper Toby: I got myself a few original Stitch Pokémon shirts and I love so many of them, but the Noctowl design is so fantastic! It’s one of my favorite Pokémon and on a shirt, it looks incredibly smart. It’s just subtle enough that other Pokémon fans would know what it is but to everyone else it just looks like a really fancy shirt. They fit so well and I expect every future Pokémon event I am at I’ll be wearing them too. 


Original Stitch: How has your style evolved over the years?

Bird Keeper Toby: I used to wear nothing but black and hated the texture of jeans so growing up my wardrobe was very plain and non-expressive. I was perfectly happy and comfortable but I’m not sure I looked very exciting. As I got older self-expression became very important to me, so much so that my hair has been green, blue, pink, purple, and red. Sometimes a few of those colors at once. I still like going big with colors, but I try to prioritize comfort over anything else. 


Original Stitch: What’s one piece of advice you can give to young trainers or collectors who want to follow in your footsteps?

Bird Keeper Toby: There is no right or wrong way to enjoy Pokémon. But try training or collecting Pokémon you haven't really used before. My favorite thing that can happen on my journey is when you fall in love with a Pokémon that you haven't given much thought to. To me, a year or so ago, Gliscor was just “another Pokémon”. One that I hadn’t really used before. Then, I picked one up in a run-through of Pokémon Platinum and now I love it. It's gone on to be one of my all-time favorites. So, I try to make every Pokémon adventure different now in the hope I might find something new like that. 


Original Stitch: Obvious question, who is your all-time favorite Pokémon?

Bird Keeper Toby: This is an impossible question. It changes every day. Today I think it might be Shaymin but that's only because I’m working on a video about Shaymin right now. As for tomorrow it could be Snorlax again, or Gliscor or a Pokémon I don't think about often, who knows? 

Original Stitch: Any other interesting stories about where Pokémon has taken you?

Bird Keeper Toby: I’ll never forget being invited by the Pokémon Company to get to play Let’s go Pikachu early at their headquarters or visiting the Pokémon Bus last year! These occasions, where Pokémon staff reached out to me and wanted to work together, mean the world and as a fan, I can't help but get excited every time. I feel so welcomed into the Pokémon family. Everyone I’ve met from there has showered me with kindness and encouragement at every turn and I’m so unbelievably grateful and humbled by it all. As a fan of Pokémon, it just doesn’t get better than that!  


If you’d like to have a go at catching them all, then follow Bird Keeper Toby on Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube. There is no shortage of tips, tricks, and breaking news disseminated through his channels.  

June 22, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Beat the Heat With 4 of the Best Blazer Materials for Summer

 

We’ve all had those days where you wake up in the morning and the sun is shining and that’s all you notice because it’s so hot. Fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. But you still have to go to work and going to work means you still have to dress appropriately. Your office’s policy may be business casual, but the weather isn’t always so cut and dry. That doesn’t mean your wardrobe should suffer. If you’re sweating just thinking about ways to look professional without melting under the intense heat of summer, then look no further. Here are 4 summer ready blazer materials that make beating the heat an easy feat. 

Linen

Linen is a top choice for summer fabrics, regardless of the use case. Not only is it lightweight, it is also loosely woven. This allows the fabric to “vent” excess body heat while simultaneously promoting fantastic airflow. Linen isn’t exactly a moisture wicking material, but it is very good at absorbing liquid and drying quickly. Simply put, if you want to add a bit of “resort style” flair to your workday attire without feeling bogged down by the concept of layering, then linen is your friend. 

Cotton

Oh, cotton. Is there anything it can’t do? According to the fashion industry since... well, forever, the answer is no. And for good reason. Cotton is widely available, relatively cheap, and can be very easy to work with. As far as a summer staple, it’s hard to find a more versatile material. Cotton is soft, lightweight, highly absorbent and a breeze to combine with other fibers. Try out a cotton/polyester blend for a blazer build has a little give and holds its shape fairly well. 

Silk

Silk isn’t a fabric one usually conjures when running down the list of acceptable sports jacket or blazer materials. Let’s change that. With the right weight and weave – open weaves, of course – silk can be a fantastic summer coat option. Especially if blended. Take a silk/linen blend for instance. Combining the two not only wears well when it’s warm, the added texture does wonders to liven up just about anything a blended blazer of that caliber is paired with. 

Wool

Yes, wool. The same stuff we recommend for the winter. The main difference here comes down to type. Winter wools, like Shetland, is far more dense than summer wools like Merino. Merino wool takes a cool and airy approach to blistering hot days. The fiber is a natural water repellant that pulls sweat away from the body to be evaporated quicker. This in turn causes you to sweat less. Less sweat means more airflow and, yeah, you get the point. Lightweight merino wool. Don’t let the name scare you off, it’s well worth it to have a blazer made of this material for swampy, humid days.


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

June 22, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Shirts That Say "Summer"

 

It’s been a long year, but now it’s time to retire the sweatpants and t-shirt familiarity for something a bit more trendy. The big question, however, is how fashion forward is too fashion forward? Well, if you’re planning to beat the heat by rocking a see-through dress shirt to the office then you’ve already answered your own question. That’s not to say that sheer fabrics aren’t an option, but mesh shirts don’t mesh well past a certain set of extracurriculars. So, let’s look at a few fabrics that take the edge off of summertime sunshine in an office appropriate manner.

Blush Pink

Give your wardrobe a rosy hue this summer. Our Blush Pink fabric can help. It is an ultra-lightweight cloth that was born to bask in the sunshine. Blush Pink features a broadcloth weave, so while it does fall on the wispier side of sheer, it is not obscene. Treat this fabric like you would a linen. It offers the same high caliber airflow with the added benefit of being office appropriate.

 

Morning Blue

Warm weather has met its match in this refreshing Morning Blue fabric. The vibrant color may be reminiscent of clear summer skies, but it’s the super lightweight broadcloth weave that gives wearers a walking on sunshine appeal. Simply put, you’ll feel as light as a feather and fresh as a daisy in this breathable cloth. Put it to the test and make sure your wardrobe is summertime ready no matter what the occasion.

  

Lemonade Yellow Linen

Who says you can’t wear yellow? Not this Lemonade Yellow Linen Fabric, that’s for sure. It’s a vibrant, canvas-like cloth that promotes ample airflow to keep you cool when the temperature is not. Lemonade Yellow Linen – it’s as refreshing as the name implies. Add it to your wardrobe and see for yourself.

 

White Oxford

We know what you’re thinking -- an oxford weave for summer? Believe it or not, yes. Oxford weaves tend to be on the heavier side, which can feel counter intuitive to the point of this post, but would you believe that they breathe better than twills? They do. So, while an oxford weave may not be for everyone, if you’re looking for a thicker option that’s not going to leave you feeling the burn, then this classic White Oxford is just what the doctor ordered.

 

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

June 16, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Best Color Choices for each Season

 

Ok, let’s not mince words here – most of us spent 2020 in sweatpants. This is not a judgement on your style choices, it is a fact of life. But the times, they’re a changing. Shops are re-opening, parks are reinstalling their sporting equipment, and travel is back on the menu, boys and girls. Who isn’t currently looking for ways to get off the couch and put their fashion foot forward? To mix things up, feel fresh, dress to impress? We’re here to help. So, without further ado, here are the best seasonal colors to shake off the drab of 2020 and get you – and your wardrobe – feeling fun and adventurous all 2021 long. 

WINTER

Winter colors are cool and dark. Blacks and greys and steely blues. Because winter colors tend to be more subdued, they make for great monochrome looks. They also pair really well with one another. So, for instance, let’s say you’re eyeing an all-grey suit, with grey accessories, shoes, socks – the whole nine. Not only will the outfit look amazing but adding a black dress shirt to the mix will help both colors pop that much more. That’s it. Those two simple steps – identifying winter tones and pairing them – do wonders to create clean silhouettes many fashion designers use on a daily basis.

This look smolders. The color choices aren’t so bad either.

 

SPRING

Spring is very likely our favorite season. Of course, there are big fashion shows and rules that determine which colors are the spring colors for any given year, but we say nuts to all that. If there is one time of the year where EVERY color looks amazing, it’s spring. We can’t tell you how or why, but they just do. Probably because after the winter greys roll out we, as a society, are ready to liven up our color palettes. Either way, go with your gut. Always wanted to try lime-green chinos? Now’s the time! Been a fan of pastels since your first Easter? Tis the season to explore your color options.

Or maybe you think you’re better than the Queen of England?

 

SUMMER

Summer is for warm colors, but that wasn’t always the case. As recently as a few years ago, summer was thought to be neutral color territory. You’ve no doubt heard someone or another tout how white keeps you cooler because it reflects light/heat yadda yadda yadda. Honestly, they’re not wrong, but with the advent of moisture wicking properties, thread blends that breathe, and a slew of other upgrades to the fashion industry, color is not as prevalent a concern as it once was. That being said, we’re putting our money on Ron Burgundy burgundy, sage green, and pastel purple. The former being able to go from spring to summer with ease. Because these tones are so rich, we’d recommend using them as accents at first. Pair them with those neutrals like beige, white, khaki, and olive green. Also, pink is totally in this summer.

Maybe pair it with some blue suede shoes? 

FALL

Fall is by far the easiest season to color coordinate with. We all know the hits, right? Brown, green, maroon – all the colors of fallen foliage. But if you’re looking to stand out a bit, try some adjacent leaning colors. Like, instead of maroon, opt for a nice, warm, burnt orange. It serves the same purpose as maroon, works well as a top or bottoms, and when utilized as an accent color, easily becomes a year-round wearer that will fit in during any season.

Orange you glad we didn’t say banana yellow?

 

COLORS OF THE YEAR

The Pantones Color of the Year for 2021 are Ultimate Grey and Illuminating (yellow). Two colors that we agree can pair quite well together or separately.

Go ahead and slay, King

 

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

June 09, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Everything to Know about a Modern Fit Dress Shirt

 

When buying a dress shirt online it is imperative to know the cut you’re getting. A size medium classic fit shirt is going to wear differently than a size medium modern fit one. Knowing this is going to be the difference between looking like a well put together adult versus looking like the kid who raided your dad’s closet. That’s because the fit of your dress shirts adhere to a hierarchy. The four main types are classic fit, modern fit, slim fit, and extra slim fit. This is not arbitrary placement. Each of the four main types are cut closer to the body the further you get from classic fits. By this logic, it stands to reason that classic fit dress shirts are the most common cut and are made to be kind of a catch all despite one’s body type. Of course, there are right and wrong ways to wear a classic fit dress shirt, but we will discuss this later. Let’s start by identifying what a modern fit dress shirt is and how they are generally cut.

What Is A Modern Fit Dress Shirt?

A modern fit dress shirt sits between classic fit and slim fit cuts. They allow for the roomy comfort of a classic fit shirt in the chest and shoulders while incorporating the tapered appeal of slim fits through the arms and waist. Generally speaking, the modern fit dress shirt conforms a bit closer to the body. The sleeves and shoulders are pulled in between .5” & 1” so that the fabric flows without feeling billowy. The armholes are also a bit looser fitting. This makes for a nice chalice cup flair from the waist to the under arm that works very well for broad chested folks who aren’t into slim fit styles. If you see the modern fit tag on a size medium shirt you’re interested in, expect the waist to be anywhere from 1” to 2” closer.

How Should a Men’s Dress Shirt Fit?

The key thing to note with any type of dress shirt is the fit. Regardless of the shirt’s cut, there are 3 areas in which to focus if you want a quick and dirty rundown on tightening up your style. They are the collar, sleeves, and the waist. Here are the biggest culprits cultivating unkempt looks that you want to avoid.

  • Poorly sized collars. A collar that doesn’t fit is not only a pain in the neck, it straight up kills your style. Too tight and you run the risk of producing a double chin effect. Too loose and you end up looking like a bobble head on a pencil thin neck. Your collar should fit snug enough to insert a finger or two between the fabric and your skin while allowing for the fabric to snap back into place and make contact with the neck when your digits are removed.

  

 

  • Too much fabric around the midsection. Spare tires belong on cars, not dress shirt fits. This can absolutely be a byproduct of choosing the wrong size, but more often than not it comes down to the cut of your jib – er, shirt. Here is where classic fit shirts can be at a disadvantage. Because they are catch all cuts, they tend to flare closer to the hem. This means more fabric left to rustle itself out of a tuck and into a pool around your waist.

 

 

  • Sleeve length too long/short. This is one that we see often. So, how should a dress shirt sleeve fit? There are two things to consider here. The first, is the length. Your dress shirt sleeve should sit just below your wrist bone, tapering down steadily from the shoulder. The reason for this is that your suit jacket should stop at the wrist bone allowing the shirt’s cuff to peek out just so.

Check out our step-by-step video guide if you’d like to know how to measure for your perfect fit dress shirt.

How to Read Men’s Dress Shirt Sizes?

When looking at dress shirt size tags the first number refers to the neck size. The second number references to the sleeve length. The third is also a reference to the sleeve length. For example, a shirt marked “17½ 34/35” would mean the shirt’s neck size is 17 ½ inch and the sleeve is between 34 and 35 inches long.

That’s pretty much it. Hopefully this beginner’s guide has made sense of how to properly purchase a modern fit dress shirt online by demonstrating the difference in cut, how the shirt should fit, and how to read the tag size to apply your own measurements.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 02, 2021 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
How To Measure For A Dress Shirt On Your Own

How To Measure For A Dress Shirt On Your Own

 

Measuring someone for a custom dress shirt is usually a two-person job. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the person you’re measuring doesn’t even have to be in the know at all! Just find a dress shirt that already fits them well – how you do so is up to you and your sleuthing ways – and use that as a baseline. Let’s say you’re shopping for the perfect Father’s Day gift (hint hint) or looking to get something special for the snazzy dresser in your life. All you’d need is the aforementioned shirt procured in secret and a tape measure and voila! You’re all set to go! Here’s the run down on how to get their measurements just right to complete your clandestine custom shirt making mission.

Chest Circumference:

Lay the shirt down with the buttons facing up on a hard, flat, surface. Start your measurement at one corner of the seam under the armpit where the shirt body meets the sleeve. Hold one end of the measuring tape at this point and run it across to the opposite point. Make sure the shirt is fully laid flat and not wrinkling or bunching under the measuring tape. Round to the nearest ¼ (.25 inch) then multiply the full measurement by 2.

Waist Circumference:

This measurement is taken from the trimmest part of the shirt. Much like when measuring the chest, you want to make sure the shirt is laid flat with no wrinkles or bunching occurring under the tape, but not so taut that the buttonholes are stretching. Measure across from one end to the other. Multiply this measurement by 2.

Shoulder:

Flip the shirt on its back. Locate the seam that connects the sleeve to the rest of the shirt. Trace that seam up to the very top of the shoulder area and measure from that point to the same point on the opposite side. This action should see the tape measure run between the nape of neck and where the upper shoulder blades sit.

Sleeve Length:

To measure sleeves, divide the shoulder measurement by half. Take that number and use it as the start point on the measuring tape. Measure from the shoulder seam to the tip of the cuffs.

Sleeve Width:

With the shirt laid flat and facing up, use your hands to spread any wrinkles from the sleeve. Once complete, start your measurement one inch below the armpit seam. Run the tape measure in a straight line the width of the sleeve you are measuring. The tape measure should form a 90-degree angle at the top of the sleeve.

Cuff Around:

With the shirt laid flat, spread the cuff out. Measure from the center of the button to the furthest end of its complementary buttonhole.

Body Length:

Start at the center back, just under the collar. Run the tape measure down to the bottom of the shirt. If the shirt is a rounded hem, this should fall squarely in the center of the “u” shape. Flat or straight hems are a little harder to eyeball, so make sure your tape measure is straight all the way through.

Collar:

The collar measurement is taken from the inside of the collar band. Start by unbuttoning the shirt and laying it flat in a face up position. Flip the collar up and flatten it out so you have a shape that roughly resembles the picture below. Find the very first button on the shirt, the one that is fastened when wearing a tie. Look for the button stitching on the inside and start your measurement there. Run the measuring tape across to the furthest end of the buttonhole on the opposite side. Round to the nearest ¼ (.25 inch).

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

 

July 06, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com

Catching Up with Pokémon Trainer and Content Creator Bird Keeper Toby

 

When discussing Pokémon lore, one would be hard pressed to ignore the findings of Bird Keeper Toby. He is, effectively, what you’d get if someone were to breed Professor Oak and Bill Nye. What else would you call a person who takes a concept like Pokémon evolution and break it down into real-world, scientifically accurate, tangible bits of content? Granted, that was 5 years ago. Toby’s content has undergone something of an evolution itself, but what about the man behind the scenes we so fervently tune in to? Well, we got a chance to catch up with Bird Keeper Toby to get the inside scoop on where it all truly began and how his passionate relationship with Pokémon has transformed him into the trusted trainer we know today.  

Original Stitch: How did you first become interested in Pokémon?

Bird Keeper Toby: I remember watching the first episode when I was a child. I like to imagine it was the first airing of Pokémon in the UK but I’m sure it wasn't. I remember watching Ash leave his hometown and getting attacked by a flock of Spearow. I was completely in love with this world. In my early years, I saw Pokémon cards and figurines on the playground and some of the older kids had Gameboys and would play the games. It wasn't until I was 6 and Pokémon Gold and Silver had released that I finally got a chance to get my own game, and I’ve not stopped catching Pokémon since. 

 

Original Stitch: How did you integrate your love of Pokémon with making content that others would respond to? What was your first “piece of content” posted to your audience?

Bird Keeper Toby: My first proper video was a Theory on Steelix. It has Pokédex entries that talk about how its body is harder than a diamond. I remember thinking it would be fun to work out what kind of material Steelix’s body could be made from. I then looked at pictures of the recently revealed Mega Steelix which features large crystal-like protrusions as well as the mysterious Crystal Onix from the Pokémon animated series. I was able to connect these dots in a really fun way that just seems to resonate with people. Asking questions and solving mysteries about the Pokémon world has always been a lot of fun for me.


Original Stitch: Would you say that your interest in the Pokémon franchise shaped your personal style in any way?

Bird Keeper Toby: I definitely find I wear a lot of snap-back caps nowadays and I wonder how much of that is a throwback to Ash Ketchum spinning his cap around before a battle. 

 

Original Stitch: What real animal reminds you most of Pokémon and why?

Bird Keeper Toby: While I never got to see one in real life I think of the electric eel as being very Pokémon-like. They are known for their bioelectrogenesis which is the science-y word for “they can zap people”. In the world of Pokémon, I assume this is what Pikachu and Eelektoss do.  


Original Stitch: Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled in your quest to catch them all?

Bird Keeper Toby: I used to go on holiday with my parents to Cyprus when I was growing up. I have very fond memories of going into local shops and buying dozens of Pokémon figurines which I would play with by the poolside. One year we even found copies of Diamond and Pearl in a shop which was before its release in England, so while my parents reminded me that we were on holiday and I should enjoy Cyprus, I was busy heading up to Spear Pillar to catch Dialga!


Original Stitch: If you could travel to any Pokémon region, where would you go?

Bird Keeper Toby: I would love to travel to Johto. There is the perfect blend of big cities and shopping opportunities in cities like Goldenrod or Olivine. Also, areas with so much history like Ekurateak or the ruins of Alph. I love to study legendary Pokémon anyway and I don’t think there is a better region for that!


Original Stitch: What’s your go-to “chill out” style?

Bird Keeper Toby: I’m a real sucker for oversized jumpers. I like walking around in what is effectively a duvet so I can sleep anywhere like Snorlax. 


Original Stitch: You recently got your first Original Stitch custom-made shirt. What are your thoughts on the fit and designing it? What pattern did you choose?

Bird Keeper Toby: I got myself a few original Stitch Pokémon shirts and I love so many of them, but the Noctowl design is so fantastic! It’s one of my favorite Pokémon and on a shirt, it looks incredibly smart. It’s just subtle enough that other Pokémon fans would know what it is but to everyone else it just looks like a really fancy shirt. They fit so well and I expect every future Pokémon event I am at I’ll be wearing them too. 


Original Stitch: How has your style evolved over the years?

Bird Keeper Toby: I used to wear nothing but black and hated the texture of jeans so growing up my wardrobe was very plain and non-expressive. I was perfectly happy and comfortable but I’m not sure I looked very exciting. As I got older self-expression became very important to me, so much so that my hair has been green, blue, pink, purple, and red. Sometimes a few of those colors at once. I still like going big with colors, but I try to prioritize comfort over anything else. 


Original Stitch: What’s one piece of advice you can give to young trainers or collectors who want to follow in your footsteps?

Bird Keeper Toby: There is no right or wrong way to enjoy Pokémon. But try training or collecting Pokémon you haven't really used before. My favorite thing that can happen on my journey is when you fall in love with a Pokémon that you haven't given much thought to. To me, a year or so ago, Gliscor was just “another Pokémon”. One that I hadn’t really used before. Then, I picked one up in a run-through of Pokémon Platinum and now I love it. It's gone on to be one of my all-time favorites. So, I try to make every Pokémon adventure different now in the hope I might find something new like that. 


Original Stitch: Obvious question, who is your all-time favorite Pokémon?

Bird Keeper Toby: This is an impossible question. It changes every day. Today I think it might be Shaymin but that's only because I’m working on a video about Shaymin right now. As for tomorrow it could be Snorlax again, or Gliscor or a Pokémon I don't think about often, who knows? 

Original Stitch: Any other interesting stories about where Pokémon has taken you?

Bird Keeper Toby: I’ll never forget being invited by the Pokémon Company to get to play Let’s go Pikachu early at their headquarters or visiting the Pokémon Bus last year! These occasions, where Pokémon staff reached out to me and wanted to work together, mean the world and as a fan, I can't help but get excited every time. I feel so welcomed into the Pokémon family. Everyone I’ve met from there has showered me with kindness and encouragement at every turn and I’m so unbelievably grateful and humbled by it all. As a fan of Pokémon, it just doesn’t get better than that!  


If you’d like to have a go at catching them all, then follow Bird Keeper Toby on Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube. There is no shortage of tips, tricks, and breaking news disseminated through his channels.  

June 22, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Beat the Heat With 4 of the Best Blazer Materials for Summer

Beat the Heat With 4 of the Best Blazer Materials for Summer

 

We’ve all had those days where you wake up in the morning and the sun is shining and that’s all you notice because it’s so hot. Fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. But you still have to go to work and going to work means you still have to dress appropriately. Your office’s policy may be business casual, but the weather isn’t always so cut and dry. That doesn’t mean your wardrobe should suffer. If you’re sweating just thinking about ways to look professional without melting under the intense heat of summer, then look no further. Here are 4 summer ready blazer materials that make beating the heat an easy feat. 

Linen

Linen is a top choice for summer fabrics, regardless of the use case. Not only is it lightweight, it is also loosely woven. This allows the fabric to “vent” excess body heat while simultaneously promoting fantastic airflow. Linen isn’t exactly a moisture wicking material, but it is very good at absorbing liquid and drying quickly. Simply put, if you want to add a bit of “resort style” flair to your workday attire without feeling bogged down by the concept of layering, then linen is your friend. 

Cotton

Oh, cotton. Is there anything it can’t do? According to the fashion industry since... well, forever, the answer is no. And for good reason. Cotton is widely available, relatively cheap, and can be very easy to work with. As far as a summer staple, it’s hard to find a more versatile material. Cotton is soft, lightweight, highly absorbent and a breeze to combine with other fibers. Try out a cotton/polyester blend for a blazer build has a little give and holds its shape fairly well. 

Silk

Silk isn’t a fabric one usually conjures when running down the list of acceptable sports jacket or blazer materials. Let’s change that. With the right weight and weave – open weaves, of course – silk can be a fantastic summer coat option. Especially if blended. Take a silk/linen blend for instance. Combining the two not only wears well when it’s warm, the added texture does wonders to liven up just about anything a blended blazer of that caliber is paired with. 

Wool

Yes, wool. The same stuff we recommend for the winter. The main difference here comes down to type. Winter wools, like Shetland, is far more dense than summer wools like Merino. Merino wool takes a cool and airy approach to blistering hot days. The fiber is a natural water repellant that pulls sweat away from the body to be evaporated quicker. This in turn causes you to sweat less. Less sweat means more airflow and, yeah, you get the point. Lightweight merino wool. Don’t let the name scare you off, it’s well worth it to have a blazer made of this material for swampy, humid days.


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

June 22, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Shirts That Say "Summer"

Shirts That Say "Summer"

 

It’s been a long year, but now it’s time to retire the sweatpants and t-shirt familiarity for something a bit more trendy. The big question, however, is how fashion forward is too fashion forward? Well, if you’re planning to beat the heat by rocking a see-through dress shirt to the office then you’ve already answered your own question. That’s not to say that sheer fabrics aren’t an option, but mesh shirts don’t mesh well past a certain set of extracurriculars. So, let’s look at a few fabrics that take the edge off of summertime sunshine in an office appropriate manner.

Blush Pink

Give your wardrobe a rosy hue this summer. Our Blush Pink fabric can help. It is an ultra-lightweight cloth that was born to bask in the sunshine. Blush Pink features a broadcloth weave, so while it does fall on the wispier side of sheer, it is not obscene. Treat this fabric like you would a linen. It offers the same high caliber airflow with the added benefit of being office appropriate.

 

Morning Blue

Warm weather has met its match in this refreshing Morning Blue fabric. The vibrant color may be reminiscent of clear summer skies, but it’s the super lightweight broadcloth weave that gives wearers a walking on sunshine appeal. Simply put, you’ll feel as light as a feather and fresh as a daisy in this breathable cloth. Put it to the test and make sure your wardrobe is summertime ready no matter what the occasion.

  

Lemonade Yellow Linen

Who says you can’t wear yellow? Not this Lemonade Yellow Linen Fabric, that’s for sure. It’s a vibrant, canvas-like cloth that promotes ample airflow to keep you cool when the temperature is not. Lemonade Yellow Linen – it’s as refreshing as the name implies. Add it to your wardrobe and see for yourself.

 

White Oxford

We know what you’re thinking -- an oxford weave for summer? Believe it or not, yes. Oxford weaves tend to be on the heavier side, which can feel counter intuitive to the point of this post, but would you believe that they breathe better than twills? They do. So, while an oxford weave may not be for everyone, if you’re looking for a thicker option that’s not going to leave you feeling the burn, then this classic White Oxford is just what the doctor ordered.

 

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

June 16, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
The Best Color Choices for each Season

The Best Color Choices for each Season

 

Ok, let’s not mince words here – most of us spent 2020 in sweatpants. This is not a judgement on your style choices, it is a fact of life. But the times, they’re a changing. Shops are re-opening, parks are reinstalling their sporting equipment, and travel is back on the menu, boys and girls. Who isn’t currently looking for ways to get off the couch and put their fashion foot forward? To mix things up, feel fresh, dress to impress? We’re here to help. So, without further ado, here are the best seasonal colors to shake off the drab of 2020 and get you – and your wardrobe – feeling fun and adventurous all 2021 long. 

WINTER

Winter colors are cool and dark. Blacks and greys and steely blues. Because winter colors tend to be more subdued, they make for great monochrome looks. They also pair really well with one another. So, for instance, let’s say you’re eyeing an all-grey suit, with grey accessories, shoes, socks – the whole nine. Not only will the outfit look amazing but adding a black dress shirt to the mix will help both colors pop that much more. That’s it. Those two simple steps – identifying winter tones and pairing them – do wonders to create clean silhouettes many fashion designers use on a daily basis.

This look smolders. The color choices aren’t so bad either.

 

SPRING

Spring is very likely our favorite season. Of course, there are big fashion shows and rules that determine which colors are the spring colors for any given year, but we say nuts to all that. If there is one time of the year where EVERY color looks amazing, it’s spring. We can’t tell you how or why, but they just do. Probably because after the winter greys roll out we, as a society, are ready to liven up our color palettes. Either way, go with your gut. Always wanted to try lime-green chinos? Now’s the time! Been a fan of pastels since your first Easter? Tis the season to explore your color options.

Or maybe you think you’re better than the Queen of England?

 

SUMMER

Summer is for warm colors, but that wasn’t always the case. As recently as a few years ago, summer was thought to be neutral color territory. You’ve no doubt heard someone or another tout how white keeps you cooler because it reflects light/heat yadda yadda yadda. Honestly, they’re not wrong, but with the advent of moisture wicking properties, thread blends that breathe, and a slew of other upgrades to the fashion industry, color is not as prevalent a concern as it once was. That being said, we’re putting our money on Ron Burgundy burgundy, sage green, and pastel purple. The former being able to go from spring to summer with ease. Because these tones are so rich, we’d recommend using them as accents at first. Pair them with those neutrals like beige, white, khaki, and olive green. Also, pink is totally in this summer.

Maybe pair it with some blue suede shoes? 

FALL

Fall is by far the easiest season to color coordinate with. We all know the hits, right? Brown, green, maroon – all the colors of fallen foliage. But if you’re looking to stand out a bit, try some adjacent leaning colors. Like, instead of maroon, opt for a nice, warm, burnt orange. It serves the same purpose as maroon, works well as a top or bottoms, and when utilized as an accent color, easily becomes a year-round wearer that will fit in during any season.

Orange you glad we didn’t say banana yellow?

 

COLORS OF THE YEAR

The Pantones Color of the Year for 2021 are Ultimate Grey and Illuminating (yellow). Two colors that we agree can pair quite well together or separately.

Go ahead and slay, King

 

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

June 09, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Everything to Know about a Modern Fit Dress Shirt

Everything to Know about a Modern Fit Dress Shirt

 

When buying a dress shirt online it is imperative to know the cut you’re getting. A size medium classic fit shirt is going to wear differently than a size medium modern fit one. Knowing this is going to be the difference between looking like a well put together adult versus looking like the kid who raided your dad’s closet. That’s because the fit of your dress shirts adhere to a hierarchy. The four main types are classic fit, modern fit, slim fit, and extra slim fit. This is not arbitrary placement. Each of the four main types are cut closer to the body the further you get from classic fits. By this logic, it stands to reason that classic fit dress shirts are the most common cut and are made to be kind of a catch all despite one’s body type. Of course, there are right and wrong ways to wear a classic fit dress shirt, but we will discuss this later. Let’s start by identifying what a modern fit dress shirt is and how they are generally cut.

What Is A Modern Fit Dress Shirt?

A modern fit dress shirt sits between classic fit and slim fit cuts. They allow for the roomy comfort of a classic fit shirt in the chest and shoulders while incorporating the tapered appeal of slim fits through the arms and waist. Generally speaking, the modern fit dress shirt conforms a bit closer to the body. The sleeves and shoulders are pulled in between .5” & 1” so that the fabric flows without feeling billowy. The armholes are also a bit looser fitting. This makes for a nice chalice cup flair from the waist to the under arm that works very well for broad chested folks who aren’t into slim fit styles. If you see the modern fit tag on a size medium shirt you’re interested in, expect the waist to be anywhere from 1” to 2” closer.

How Should a Men’s Dress Shirt Fit?

The key thing to note with any type of dress shirt is the fit. Regardless of the shirt’s cut, there are 3 areas in which to focus if you want a quick and dirty rundown on tightening up your style. They are the collar, sleeves, and the waist. Here are the biggest culprits cultivating unkempt looks that you want to avoid.

  • Poorly sized collars. A collar that doesn’t fit is not only a pain in the neck, it straight up kills your style. Too tight and you run the risk of producing a double chin effect. Too loose and you end up looking like a bobble head on a pencil thin neck. Your collar should fit snug enough to insert a finger or two between the fabric and your skin while allowing for the fabric to snap back into place and make contact with the neck when your digits are removed.

  

 

  • Too much fabric around the midsection. Spare tires belong on cars, not dress shirt fits. This can absolutely be a byproduct of choosing the wrong size, but more often than not it comes down to the cut of your jib – er, shirt. Here is where classic fit shirts can be at a disadvantage. Because they are catch all cuts, they tend to flare closer to the hem. This means more fabric left to rustle itself out of a tuck and into a pool around your waist.

 

 

  • Sleeve length too long/short. This is one that we see often. So, how should a dress shirt sleeve fit? There are two things to consider here. The first, is the length. Your dress shirt sleeve should sit just below your wrist bone, tapering down steadily from the shoulder. The reason for this is that your suit jacket should stop at the wrist bone allowing the shirt’s cuff to peek out just so.

Check out our step-by-step video guide if you’d like to know how to measure for your perfect fit dress shirt.

How to Read Men’s Dress Shirt Sizes?

When looking at dress shirt size tags the first number refers to the neck size. The second number references to the sleeve length. The third is also a reference to the sleeve length. For example, a shirt marked “17½ 34/35” would mean the shirt’s neck size is 17 ½ inch and the sleeve is between 34 and 35 inches long.

That’s pretty much it. Hopefully this beginner’s guide has made sense of how to properly purchase a modern fit dress shirt online by demonstrating the difference in cut, how the shirt should fit, and how to read the tag size to apply your own measurements.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 02, 2021 by Marketing Originalstitch.com