Ask Our Stylist: What is Business Casual?

Ask Our Stylist: What is Business Casual?

August 07, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Can You Roll Up Slacks By Hand?

Ask Our Stylist: Can You Roll Up Slacks By Hand?

Ask Our Stylist: Can You Roll Up Slacks By Hand?

As a stylist, I get asked if it's okay to hand-roll slacks, the way you hand-roll jeans. The answer is not as straight forward as a yes or a no. Technically, yes you can, although I wouldn't recommend hand-rolling your slacks. I support tastefully broken style rules as long as the wearer errs on the side of tact and intent.

Hand-rolling your slacks like your jeans is a pretty difficult look to pull off, and here's why:

Denim is a dense and rigid fabric type. This means that denim is more likely to hold its shape when folded. Most jeans have a ½” hem that disappears into the fold when rolled twice, leaving the bottom of your jeans looking crisp and uniform. Tact and intent.

Your slacks are usually made with a lightweight, buoyant wool, or blended fabric. Slacks are much lighter compared to your denim jeans. This means that when rolled up, your slacks are less likely to hold their shape. Darn you, gravity! Additionally, a good pair of slacks has an extra 1-2” seam allowance in the hem for lengthening the bottom of your pants. Once rolled up, you’d theoretically be rolling that extra 1-2” to get a clean and uniform look at the bottom of your trousers, similarly to your jeans. However, gravity will most likely stand in your way of achieving an intentional, crips, clean look. 

If you want to roll up your slacks, I recommend having them professionally hemmed to your desired length instead. Whether it is jeans or slacks, the goal with the look of the length of your bottoms is to present themselves as intentional - as in “I meant for my pants to look like this.”

For when you're ready to complete your look with a clean-cut shirt made to your exact measurements, we recommend going with a wrinkle-resistant shirt! At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
July 30, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Top 5 Collar Types

Ask Our Stylist: Top 5 Collar Types

Ask Our Stylist: Top 5 Collar Styles

When it comes to your new customized button-up shirt, finding the right collar can seem like a daunting task.
But don’t make it hard on yourself. Here are some easily digestible tips that break down our top 5 collar styles to help you make the right selection for any occasion.
Forward Point Collar

Best Use Case:
With bowties, narrow ties, formal shirts, and guys with round faces.

What Makes It Unique:
There is very little space between the two collar points which means that these collars are not usually covered by jacket lapels (show off those collar points). 

Occasions:
Great for the traditionalist, minimalist, and any other occasion where dress shirts are accepted (everywhere).


Button Down Collar

Best Use Case:
Preppy looks (with a tie), students, non-tie wearers.

What Makes It Unique:
Two visible buttons on the collar point ends.

Occasions:
Best for more casual settings.


Cut Away Collar

Best Use Case:
Business environments, wider tie knots, wider neckties, men with large necks.

What Makes It Unique:
The collar points sit at a 45-degree angle.

 Occasions:
An alternative to the forward point, this collar works well in semi-formal spaces like your office, board room, or a nice dinner.


Round Collar


Best Use Case:
Oblong or heart-shaped faces, preppy looks, always with a tie (bow or regular).

What Makes It Unique:
Rounded collar points.

Occasions:
Works in casual and semi-formal settings



Best Use Case:
Outdoor activities, lounging and get-togethers

What Makes It Unique:
It’s a neckband with no collar.

Occasions:
Only in casual settings!

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts. 
To get notified of new product launches and receive style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
July 22, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Is It Ok To Clash Prints and Patterns?

Ask Our Stylist: Is It Ok To Clash Prints and Patterns?

Ask Our Stylist: Is It Ok To Clash Prints and Patterns?


Whether you prefer bold or classic, the right pattern can elevate an outfit and make a serious impression. But what if you want to mix patterns into your business attire? As a stylist, my clients often ask me if it's appropriate to combine slacks and dress shirts with 2 distinct patterns.

I tell them that one of the hardest decisions they'll make regarding their wardrobe will always deal with the pairing and mixing of patterns. Showing that you know how to balance patterns and colors is the mark of a true sartorial maven.

Here's 2 ways you can make mixing patterns work for you:

Offset The Scale
Pair at different scales. One pattern should be subtle and understated, another more bold and visible, and lastly a larger pattern to tie the outfit together without overpowering the look altogether.

Mix The Media
Create a visual balance. Checks and plaids, as well as stripes and repeat prints (dots, paisleys, etc.), offset and complement each other.

When done correctly, there are print clashes that look intentional and like the right fashion wheels were turning during the compilation of the ensemble. With experimentation (usually) mastery will ensue. Ask your friends for feedback, retry what didn't work in different ways. Eventually you'll discover your perfect pattern clashing style.

At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
July 14, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Fix Your Pant Break Before It Breaks Your Look

Ask Our Stylist: Fix Your Pant Break Before It Breaks Your Look

What is a pant break and why is it important to know the distinctions? Pant break refers to the breaking point of your trouser hem when your trouser hits the top of your shoe. Although pant break is ultimately a matter of personal preference, acknowledging and knowing the...
June 30, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask a Stylist: Blazers Are Not Sports Coats

Ask a Stylist: Blazers Are Not Sports Coats

The Unspoken Rules of Menswear

The Rules:

A blazer is not a sports coat.
A suit jacket is not a blazer.
A dinner jacket is as it sounds...a jacket for dinner.

How do you tell these apart and what occasions are they suitable for?

These days the lines for occasion-specific lapeled jackets are blurred. Thanks to confusing marketing language across the tailoring industry, many people find it hard to know what jacket type will help them make the most appropriate style decision for important events.

An easy breakdown:

Blazer:
What - A navy double-breasted lapeled jacket with 6 golden buttons and flap pockets.
When - Blazers can be worn in a semi-formal or casual manner.
Where - Acceptable in most instances except for black tie events.
How - Mismatched trousers (in khaki, or grey), or with jeans.
Why - Blazers are a staple with those who are affiliated with maritime events and occupations (Navy officer, boating club members).

Sports Coat:
What - Derived from mid-century needs of an outdoor sporting garment, sports coats (or sports jackets) are the more functional, sporty alternative to your suit coat.
When - There's no better time than right now.
Where - Any semi-formal event, job interview, dinner soiree, or grocery shopping.
How - Pair with your favorite chinos, jeans, or trousers. (sport coats are usually not sold with matching trousers.)
Why - Easy option when you need to dress up a casual look and provides an alternative to wearing a full suit.

Suit Jacket:
What - A lapeled jacket that has a matching pair of trousers.
When - Anytime but especially in spaces where traditional standards of dress are required.
Where - The sky is the limit (just not in space...we have "space suits" for that).
How - You should only wear your suit jacket with its matching trousers to keep cleaning times consistent (and avoid discoloration).
Why - Presentation is key in all aspects of life and there is a suit for every occasion.

Dinner Jacket:
What - A more formal jacket than your sports coat yet slightly less formal than a full tuxedo. Dinner jackets can be constructed in superfine wool, velvet, or mohair and may be printed, embroidered, and or garnished with satin lapels.
When - Best for a semi-formal, or formal dinner party, gala, or various black-tie affairs.
Where - Ballrooms are its favorite habitat but its not afraid of a nice steak meal.
How - The easiest way to wear a dinner jacket is similar to how you'd wear a tuxedo: black trousers, black formal oxfords or loafers, white shirt, and a black bowtie.
Why - This jacket style provides a more expressive look in a sea of expected black tuxedos.

 

At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
June 24, 2020 by CarrollMarina
Ask Our Stylist: How to Properly Iron Your Shirt

Ask Our Stylist: How to Properly Iron Your Shirt

Ask Our Stylist: HOW TO PROPERLY AND SWIFTLY IRON A SHIRT

It breaks my heart every time I see a person who’s wearing what would have been a crisp and clean look...with the exception of it's ruined by wrinkles. 

Listen, I get it, we all lead busy lives and have a hundred more pressing matters to think about than whether or not we’ve got time to iron our shirts before leaving the house. However, it is arguably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to ensure that you look intentional and put together (and won’t be a dead giveaway that you just rolled out of bed). 

Depending on the garment’s fabric, proper ironing takes a maximum of 10 minutes (5 mins if you’re efficient, which will come with practice). 

“So...how do I properly iron my shirts?” you ask. Lucky for you, you’ve landed in the right place as we have mapped out the basic rules and steps to follow.

IRONING SHIRTS 101

  1. Before pressing or ironing, it’s best for your shirt to be a little damp.
  2. Set your iron on the low to medium setting.
  3. Avoid placing the iron directly on top of shirt seams as the head of the iron may cause the seams to pucker. 
  4. Begin with ironing the shirt’s sleeves, then move onto the back, front, and lastly, your collar
  5. Hang the shirt promptly after pressing.

The hardest part is now done! Once your garment is ironed, it is less likely to wrinkle from normal wear. This, of course, is determined by the weight and grade of the cloth (heavier weighted garments generally require little to no ironing).

At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
June 24, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: How Long Should My Tie Be?

Ask Our Stylist: How Long Should My Tie Be?

Ask Our Stylist: The Simple Guide To Proper Tie Length

Dressing well is an act of courtesy, and in menswear, it is all about the delicate balance of creating visual harmony between lines and proportions. What is the correct necktie length? Proper tie length depends on your body shape and height but the resting point of your tie end will always remain the same.

In short, the tip of your necktie should rest at the top of your waistline or in the middle of your belt buckle. Give or take an inch and you risk your outfit looking sloppy!

Missing the mark on the correct tie length is one of the most common “mistakes” made in menswear, but one that is easiest to fix. As a simple guide to eyeball, use the photo below for reference.

correct neck tie length

 

For when you’re ready to complete your look by pairing your necktie with a dress shirt, Original Stitch, a custom menswear brand, offers a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.



May 28, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Tiger King Joe Exotic Shirt

This Custom Menswear Brand Created Tiger King Inspired Shirts

TIGER KING INSPIRED OUTFIT

Joe Exotic, the star of Netflix phenomenon Tiger King, combines giant cats, wild outfits, and truckloads of bravado into one bleach blonde mullet sporting persona. That's his style, his way. Since the public’s fascination with the show, recreating Joe’s signature look for memes and Tik Tok videos has become a noticeable trend on everyones’ social feeds.

For your next Tiger King inspired dinner party or zoom happy hour, check out our exclusive collection of Kimono Cloth™, especially our customer-favorite Green Tora Tiger print above. The 100% cotton fabric is woven and printed in Japan, featuring gold accents that pop against the muted greens, blacks, grays and oranges of a tiger on the hunt.

Tiger King Inspired Outfit

As a custom shirting company, Original Stitch enables and encourages every customer to combine our hundreds of fabrics and dozens of different features into a personally perfect shirt. From styles like Hawaiian casual to French cuff formal, we have customization for everyone’s (life)style. That’s your style, your way.

So, how do you get your Tiger King groove on with the Original Stitch Shirt Builder? Are you an all-over print kind of person? Or would you hide the tigers inside your collar or under your cuffs, only bringing the big cats out for happy hour with your sleeves rolled up?

Check out our Green Tora tiger print, other Kimono Cloth™ options, or check out what other users have created recently and design your personally perfect shirt today at Original Stitch.

Follow along on social media! 

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May 05, 2020 by Marina Carroll
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Ask Our Stylist: What is Business Casual?

Ask Our Stylist: What is Business Casual?

Ask Our Stylist: What is Business Casual?

Business casual is one of the most ambiguous concepts to master in your wardrobe because it means different things in different industries, companies and different events. In most places, business casual simply means “not a suit” -- but then what? We’ll break down the history and then look at some general industry segments to best understand the “where” and “how” to properly dress casually in a business environment.

History Lesson
Hawaiian shirts broke the seal on casual style in the workplace back in the 1960s. An organization called the Hawaiian Fashion Guild encouraged state legislators and businessmen in Hawaii during the late ’60s to adopt a more casual dress code on Fridays. This idea, of weekly casual work attire, followed suit (see what I did there?) with corporations on the mainland and shortly after the concept of “Casual Fridays” was born.
Fast forward to the late 1980s, Docker’s solidified their brand of office casual in the market by sending their “Guide To Casual Businesswear” to HR managers at some of the largest corporations of the time. This move sparked a revolution in office attire and by 1995 90% of corporations in the US were accepting of casual business attire in the workplace.
Today, office style rules are more relaxed as more industries are open to the idea of the workforce’s choice to express themselves through their attire. Having a good understanding of the appropriate styles and parameters for workplace attire can help with career growth and even landing a new job. 

Some basic rules to note:
• Know your audience
• The goal is to always look intentional, not flawless
• The darker the garment color the more formal the garment appears
• Darker tones up top appear more formal; lighter tones on top appear more casual
• Solids appear more formal than prints
• Tasteful prints help you look more approachable

White Collar Jobs
Most white-collar jobs, such as jobs in finance, government services or law firms, still adhere to a very strict dress code. Business casual in these spaces is more about changing the tone and pattern of a semi-formal look (suit) than changing the garments themselves. An easy go-to for a more office-appropriate business casual look in these workplaces is a classic navy wool blazer, an oxford or traditionally patterned shirt (i.e. stripes, checks, herringbone, and houndstooth) in a subtle color, a pair of light grey or tan trousers, and an oxblood derby, brogue, or loafer. Knits and more color tie options are encouraged.

Service Industry
For those in sales, hospitality, or any space where you are interacting with the public, knowing your audience is the first step to take when picking out your wardrobe. In these places, colloquialisms in your wardrobe are as essential as they are in your conversation so it's best that you dress the part. In this industry, jackets can be optional depending on the tone you wish to convey to your audience. However, should you opt for a no-jacket look, a nice vest (not a waistcoat) or sweater are recommended. As dress shirts in this industry are essential to maintaining a moderate level of formality, button-down shirts are ideal as they allow you to look put-together should you opt to not wear a tie. For your bottom half, chinos and loafers are a great tandem to convey comfort, ease and approachability. No one likes a pushy salesman! 

Start-Up
The tech boom of the late ‘90s and early 2000s brought with it the stigma of the sloppy start-up look. In this workplace, the goal is to look smart and comfortable without much effort. Blazers and sports coats are optional but in most start-up settings even frowned upon, but a nice overshirt, chore coat, or cardigan will keep your look together without feeling too stuffy. Again, dress shirts help convey a reasonable air of formality. Luckily, in this industry, anything with a collar presents itself as “dressed up” so have fun with expressive shirt prints, bold colors, and extraordinary button combinations. Your ensemble’s silhouette makes a huge difference here so feel free to tastefully pair your dress shirt with nice jeans (preferably with minimal distressing) and a low profile (white, black or beige) sneaker. 

For when you're ready to complete your look with a clean-cut shirt made to your exact measurements, we recommend going with a wrinkle-resistant shirt! At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
August 07, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Can You Roll Up Slacks By Hand?

Ask Our Stylist: Can You Roll Up Slacks By Hand?

Ask Our Stylist: Can You Roll Up Slacks By Hand?

As a stylist, I get asked if it's okay to hand-roll slacks, the way you hand-roll jeans. The answer is not as straight forward as a yes or a no. Technically, yes you can, although I wouldn't recommend hand-rolling your slacks. I support tastefully broken style rules as long as the wearer errs on the side of tact and intent.

Hand-rolling your slacks like your jeans is a pretty difficult look to pull off, and here's why:

Denim is a dense and rigid fabric type. This means that denim is more likely to hold its shape when folded. Most jeans have a ½” hem that disappears into the fold when rolled twice, leaving the bottom of your jeans looking crisp and uniform. Tact and intent.

Your slacks are usually made with a lightweight, buoyant wool, or blended fabric. Slacks are much lighter compared to your denim jeans. This means that when rolled up, your slacks are less likely to hold their shape. Darn you, gravity! Additionally, a good pair of slacks has an extra 1-2” seam allowance in the hem for lengthening the bottom of your pants. Once rolled up, you’d theoretically be rolling that extra 1-2” to get a clean and uniform look at the bottom of your trousers, similarly to your jeans. However, gravity will most likely stand in your way of achieving an intentional, crips, clean look. 

If you want to roll up your slacks, I recommend having them professionally hemmed to your desired length instead. Whether it is jeans or slacks, the goal with the look of the length of your bottoms is to present themselves as intentional - as in “I meant for my pants to look like this.”

For when you're ready to complete your look with a clean-cut shirt made to your exact measurements, we recommend going with a wrinkle-resistant shirt! At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
July 30, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Top 5 Collar Types

Ask Our Stylist: Top 5 Collar Types

Ask Our Stylist: Top 5 Collar Styles

When it comes to your new customized button-up shirt, finding the right collar can seem like a daunting task.
But don’t make it hard on yourself. Here are some easily digestible tips that break down our top 5 collar styles to help you make the right selection for any occasion.
Forward Point Collar

Best Use Case:
With bowties, narrow ties, formal shirts, and guys with round faces.

What Makes It Unique:
There is very little space between the two collar points which means that these collars are not usually covered by jacket lapels (show off those collar points). 

Occasions:
Great for the traditionalist, minimalist, and any other occasion where dress shirts are accepted (everywhere).


Button Down Collar

Best Use Case:
Preppy looks (with a tie), students, non-tie wearers.

What Makes It Unique:
Two visible buttons on the collar point ends.

Occasions:
Best for more casual settings.


Cut Away Collar

Best Use Case:
Business environments, wider tie knots, wider neckties, men with large necks.

What Makes It Unique:
The collar points sit at a 45-degree angle.

 Occasions:
An alternative to the forward point, this collar works well in semi-formal spaces like your office, board room, or a nice dinner.


Round Collar


Best Use Case:
Oblong or heart-shaped faces, preppy looks, always with a tie (bow or regular).

What Makes It Unique:
Rounded collar points.

Occasions:
Works in casual and semi-formal settings



Best Use Case:
Outdoor activities, lounging and get-togethers

What Makes It Unique:
It’s a neckband with no collar.

Occasions:
Only in casual settings!

At Original Stitch, we offer a fully customizable collection (yes, even the collar type!) of premium quality shirts. Customers can create a shirt completely unique to them. Our high-quality yarns are hand-selected from and tailored in Japan to be extra resistant to wear and tear while maintaining a softer feel than regular button-up shirts. 
To get notified of new product launches and receive style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
July 22, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Is It Ok To Clash Prints and Patterns?

Ask Our Stylist: Is It Ok To Clash Prints and Patterns?

Ask Our Stylist: Is It Ok To Clash Prints and Patterns?


Whether you prefer bold or classic, the right pattern can elevate an outfit and make a serious impression. But what if you want to mix patterns into your business attire? As a stylist, my clients often ask me if it's appropriate to combine slacks and dress shirts with 2 distinct patterns.

I tell them that one of the hardest decisions they'll make regarding their wardrobe will always deal with the pairing and mixing of patterns. Showing that you know how to balance patterns and colors is the mark of a true sartorial maven.

Here's 2 ways you can make mixing patterns work for you:

Offset The Scale
Pair at different scales. One pattern should be subtle and understated, another more bold and visible, and lastly a larger pattern to tie the outfit together without overpowering the look altogether.

Mix The Media
Create a visual balance. Checks and plaids, as well as stripes and repeat prints (dots, paisleys, etc.), offset and complement each other.

When done correctly, there are print clashes that look intentional and like the right fashion wheels were turning during the compilation of the ensemble. With experimentation (usually) mastery will ensue. Ask your friends for feedback, retry what didn't work in different ways. Eventually you'll discover your perfect pattern clashing style.

At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
July 14, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: Fix Your Pant Break Before It Breaks Your Look

Ask Our Stylist: Fix Your Pant Break Before It Breaks Your Look

What is a pant break and why is it important to know the distinctions? Pant break refers to the breaking point of your trouser hem when your trouser hits the top of your shoe. Although pant break is ultimately a matter of personal preference, acknowledging and knowing the...
June 30, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask a Stylist: Blazers Are Not Sports Coats

Ask a Stylist: Blazers Are Not Sports Coats

The Unspoken Rules of Menswear

The Rules:

A blazer is not a sports coat.
A suit jacket is not a blazer.
A dinner jacket is as it sounds...a jacket for dinner.

How do you tell these apart and what occasions are they suitable for?

These days the lines for occasion-specific lapeled jackets are blurred. Thanks to confusing marketing language across the tailoring industry, many people find it hard to know what jacket type will help them make the most appropriate style decision for important events.

An easy breakdown:

Blazer:
What - A navy double-breasted lapeled jacket with 6 golden buttons and flap pockets.
When - Blazers can be worn in a semi-formal or casual manner.
Where - Acceptable in most instances except for black tie events.
How - Mismatched trousers (in khaki, or grey), or with jeans.
Why - Blazers are a staple with those who are affiliated with maritime events and occupations (Navy officer, boating club members).

Sports Coat:
What - Derived from mid-century needs of an outdoor sporting garment, sports coats (or sports jackets) are the more functional, sporty alternative to your suit coat.
When - There's no better time than right now.
Where - Any semi-formal event, job interview, dinner soiree, or grocery shopping.
How - Pair with your favorite chinos, jeans, or trousers. (sport coats are usually not sold with matching trousers.)
Why - Easy option when you need to dress up a casual look and provides an alternative to wearing a full suit.

Suit Jacket:
What - A lapeled jacket that has a matching pair of trousers.
When - Anytime but especially in spaces where traditional standards of dress are required.
Where - The sky is the limit (just not in space...we have "space suits" for that).
How - You should only wear your suit jacket with its matching trousers to keep cleaning times consistent (and avoid discoloration).
Why - Presentation is key in all aspects of life and there is a suit for every occasion.

Dinner Jacket:
What - A more formal jacket than your sports coat yet slightly less formal than a full tuxedo. Dinner jackets can be constructed in superfine wool, velvet, or mohair and may be printed, embroidered, and or garnished with satin lapels.
When - Best for a semi-formal, or formal dinner party, gala, or various black-tie affairs.
Where - Ballrooms are its favorite habitat but its not afraid of a nice steak meal.
How - The easiest way to wear a dinner jacket is similar to how you'd wear a tuxedo: black trousers, black formal oxfords or loafers, white shirt, and a black bowtie.
Why - This jacket style provides a more expressive look in a sea of expected black tuxedos.

 

At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
June 24, 2020 by CarrollMarina
Ask Our Stylist: How to Properly Iron Your Shirt

Ask Our Stylist: How to Properly Iron Your Shirt

Ask Our Stylist: HOW TO PROPERLY AND SWIFTLY IRON A SHIRT

It breaks my heart every time I see a person who’s wearing what would have been a crisp and clean look...with the exception of it's ruined by wrinkles. 

Listen, I get it, we all lead busy lives and have a hundred more pressing matters to think about than whether or not we’ve got time to iron our shirts before leaving the house. However, it is arguably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to ensure that you look intentional and put together (and won’t be a dead giveaway that you just rolled out of bed). 

Depending on the garment’s fabric, proper ironing takes a maximum of 10 minutes (5 mins if you’re efficient, which will come with practice). 

“So...how do I properly iron my shirts?” you ask. Lucky for you, you’ve landed in the right place as we have mapped out the basic rules and steps to follow.

IRONING SHIRTS 101

  1. Before pressing or ironing, it’s best for your shirt to be a little damp.
  2. Set your iron on the low to medium setting.
  3. Avoid placing the iron directly on top of shirt seams as the head of the iron may cause the seams to pucker. 
  4. Begin with ironing the shirt’s sleeves, then move onto the back, front, and lastly, your collar
  5. Hang the shirt promptly after pressing.

The hardest part is now done! Once your garment is ironed, it is less likely to wrinkle from normal wear. This, of course, is determined by the weight and grade of the cloth (heavier weighted garments generally require little to no ironing).

At Original Stitch, we offer a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.
June 24, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Ask Our Stylist: How Long Should My Tie Be?

Ask Our Stylist: How Long Should My Tie Be?

Ask Our Stylist: The Simple Guide To Proper Tie Length

Dressing well is an act of courtesy, and in menswear, it is all about the delicate balance of creating visual harmony between lines and proportions. What is the correct necktie length? Proper tie length depends on your body shape and height but the resting point of your tie end will always remain the same.

In short, the tip of your necktie should rest at the top of your waistline or in the middle of your belt buckle. Give or take an inch and you risk your outfit looking sloppy!

Missing the mark on the correct tie length is one of the most common “mistakes” made in menswear, but one that is easiest to fix. As a simple guide to eyeball, use the photo below for reference.

correct neck tie length

 

For when you’re ready to complete your look by pairing your necktie with a dress shirt, Original Stitch, a custom menswear brand, offers a collection of 30 Easy Care fabrics that are notable for their wrinkle-resistant weaving technology. Our high-quality yarns were hand-selected from 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 style bits from our stylists, sign up here.



May 28, 2020 by Marina Carroll
Tiger King Joe Exotic Shirt

This Custom Menswear Brand Created Tiger King Inspired Shirts

TIGER KING INSPIRED OUTFIT

Joe Exotic, the star of Netflix phenomenon Tiger King, combines giant cats, wild outfits, and truckloads of bravado into one bleach blonde mullet sporting persona. That's his style, his way. Since the public’s fascination with the show, recreating Joe’s signature look for memes and Tik Tok videos has become a noticeable trend on everyones’ social feeds.

For your next Tiger King inspired dinner party or zoom happy hour, check out our exclusive collection of Kimono Cloth™, especially our customer-favorite Green Tora Tiger print above. The 100% cotton fabric is woven and printed in Japan, featuring gold accents that pop against the muted greens, blacks, grays and oranges of a tiger on the hunt.

Tiger King Inspired Outfit

As a custom shirting company, Original Stitch enables and encourages every customer to combine our hundreds of fabrics and dozens of different features into a personally perfect shirt. From styles like Hawaiian casual to French cuff formal, we have customization for everyone’s (life)style. That’s your style, your way.

So, how do you get your Tiger King groove on with the Original Stitch Shirt Builder? Are you an all-over print kind of person? Or would you hide the tigers inside your collar or under your cuffs, only bringing the big cats out for happy hour with your sleeves rolled up?

Check out our Green Tora tiger print, other Kimono Cloth™ options, or check out what other users have created recently and design your personally perfect shirt today at Original Stitch.

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May 05, 2020 by Marina Carroll
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