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How to style your suit coat casually

 

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

Structured vs Unstructured Jackets

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

Unstructured Style Tip #1 – The hoodie

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

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

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

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

Structured Style Tip #1 – The quilted field vest

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

Structured Style Tip #2 – The band collar dress shirt

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

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

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

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

 

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

Great Date Shirt Patterns

Tartan Plaid

 

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

Muted Lavender

 

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

Dots Jacquard Utility


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

Stylish Pant Options

Mori Tone Blue

 

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

Cool Dots Heather Grey 

 

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

Black & Blue Cordura Stretch Check

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Layer What You Have

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

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

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

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

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

Invest in cotton

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

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

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

Incorporate accessories like gloves, wool scarves, hats.

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

Long underwear for business trips.

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

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

November 02, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Say Hello To Music Festival Style All Year Long

 

International Music Day was on October 1st. If it got you feeling nostalgic for the warm and sunny days of music festival season then you’ve come to the right place. Let your wardrobe reflect the glory of fist pumping, head banging, speaker rattling good times all year long. At the very least, you’ll be ready for when music festivals roll around again.

Orange Limon

Give your wardrobe a music festival vibe with this Orange Limon fabric. It’s got citrus on the brain and it’s not afraid to show it. The orange, yellow, and green colored fruit do a great job of popping off the crème background, giving the cloth a vibrant air that will liven up any ensemble. The time of year makes no difference, if you want to add a little sun-soaked flavor to your wardrobe then the Orange Limon fabric has got you covered.

Watercolor Floral Print

Liven up any wardrobe with this Watercolor Floral Print fabric. It combines the attractiveness of form and function into one easy to wear cloth. Use Watercolor Floral Print to give your workwear a stylish edge or design it with short-sleeves for a more casual look that says bring on the music festival vibes. However you decide to use it, Watercolor Floral Print will inspire artist vibes that paint a unique picture.

Go Bananas

Add a taste of something sweet to your wardrobe. This Go Bananas dress shirt fabric can help. It’s a fun fabric that can take on weekends with great a-peel. Design it to wear with a relaxed Cuban camp collar for a chilled out show style as tropical as the fruit itself. Just food for thought.

Big Green Retro Stripe

If you’re a fan of vibrant colors and asymmetric prints, then this Big Green Retro Stripe fabric is for you. It’s a mashup of green, peach, electric orange and light blue stripes that screams “I’m with the band”. Not only will it look great paired with just about anything, but our customization tools will also make sure it’s the best fitting thing in your closet.

Parrots of the Caribbean

Show off your sold-out show aspirations in this Parrots of the Caribbean dress shirt fabric. It’s fun and sun packed into one adventurous cloth. The bisecting blue, yellow, pink and orange lines give the shirt a retro aura, but it’s the blue, yellow, and red macaws that conjure daydreams of Mai tais on sandy white beaches. Use Parrots of the Caribbean to design your perfect vay, bae, or staycation shirt! The vibes will not disappoint.

Blue & White Tie Dye Paisley

Welcome music festival style back into the rotation with this Blue & White Tie Dye fabric. It’s a funkified cloth with casual aspirations. The bleeding blue and white dye is laid over a bandana-like pattern, giving your ensemble a relaxed vibe that’s hard to disrupt. Use Blue & White Tie Dye to make the perfect short-sleeved weekend wearer. It’ll turn a few heads for sure.

October 26, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Tips to Style Your Suits and Casual Blazers


Men’s fashion has come a long way. Gone are the days of stiff suits being the only option for young professionals looking to make their mark on the world. If you want to work a few updates into your suiting routine then we’ve got you covered.

Here are 5 tips to style your suit and casual blazers.

  1. Add Ankle High Slacks and Casual Sneakers

Casual Fridays are easy with a pair of ankle high slacks and casual sneakers. To pull off this look, start with a pair of tailored slacks, add your favorite blazer, and a matching dress shirt. Button downs are a great option here. Finally, grab ankle socks – for the sockless look – and casual solid colored sneakers.

  1. Add A Turtleneck and Chinos

The turtleneck is a fantastic all-around piece that every man should own. They work to dress up ensembles without being so formal they can’t cope in casual settings. Pair your favorite turtleneck with a blazer and chinos for a date night vibe that shows style, grace, and confidence.

  1. Add Shorts and Casual Shoes

Work casual flair into weekend meetings by pairing your blazer with shorts and casual shoes. This outfit isn’t practical in cooler weather, but it’ll excel in areas where summer is a year-round experience. Put an even more laid-back spin on this style by substituting the collared dress shirt for a solid-colored t-shirt and sneakers, boaters, or flip flops for that Miami chic look.

  1. Add A Cuban Collar Shirt

A Cuban, Camp, or Hawaiian collar dress shirt, when used correctly, is a nod to savvy style. Pair one with even the nicest suit and you’ll breathe new life into the ensemble, guaranteed. The key to these broad, flat, collars is confidence. Thankfully, confidence is easy when you look this fashionable.

  1. Add A Hoodie

One of the easiest ways to style a blazer is with a solid-colored hoodie. The blazer can go atop jeans, slacks or chinos. It works with a pair of sneakers or casual shoes. There is really no wrong way to do the blazer and hoodie combo. It’s a great office-adjacent outfit option that travels well. Keep this recommendation handy for business trips that see you meeting informally with your team shortly after landing.

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

October 19, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
7 Easy Halloween Costumes That Use Men’s Dress Shirts As A Base

 

Halloween is fast approaching. Lots of people have been planning their outfits for months now, meticulously prepping odds and ends to make sure their look is perfect for the big day. Others, however, have not given the holiday a second thought. Until now. Wouldn’t it be great to quickly cobble together a costume made out of items you already have lying around the house and compete? Maybe we can help. Here are 7 easy Halloween costumes that use men’s dress shirts as a base.

Joey Tribbiani from Friends

Joey Tribbiani is the light hearted loveable oaf from the hit series “Friends”. He serves plenty of dress shirt looks that can be utilized for Halloween inspiration, but if you really want to nail his essence there is only one costume to consider: The All Clothes.

Young Comedian Bojack Horseman

To become Young Comedian Bojack Horseman you only need a few key items. A white tie, a light blazer, jeans, red shoes, and a black and white dress shirt. If you want to take your costume aspirations one step further then add a horse head mask. We guarantee no one will be asking who you are supposed to be.

Ted Lasso

America’s favorite soccer coach is a simple man. So simple, in fact, that to pull off his look for Halloween all you’ll need is a white button-down shirt, a navy puffer, tan slacks, and a wicked moustache.

The Brawny Man

The Brawny Man is a slice of good old American branding. If you want to face life’s challenges – like putting together a Halloween costume last minute – with strength of character like he does, then you’re in luck. This Red and Navy Flannel coupled with navy jeans should do the trick.

Bob Ross

Paint yourself as a happy little Halloween participant and give the Bob Ross look a shot. A Lightweight Softened Denim shirt, a painter’s palette, and blue jeans is all you’ll need. Bonus points for a big, bushy, afro.

Step Brothers

Grab a bud and pull off the comedic duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly from Step Brothers. A couple Powder Blue Oxford button-downs, argyle sweater vests, and brown slacks will have you feeling like Dragon and Nighthawk before the festivities come to an end.

Dwight Schrute (as Meredith)

Dwight K. Schrute is a dress shirt and slacks wearing assistant office manager who, in his own right, would make a great Halloween costume. A simple Grey Dobby Oxford shirt, striped tie, and slacks will effortlessly pull the look together around wired frames. But why stop there? Dig deeper and add a red wig to pull off a meta-Dwight-as-Meredith costume! Those who get it will be blown away by your deep cut reference.

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

October 12, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
4 Adventurous Fall Fabrics That Make A Fashion Statement

 

Looking for fall fabrics that speak to your adventurous fashion sense? Try these 4 customizable prints on for size. Mix and match collars, cuffs, buttons, and much more to create a shirt that is 100% you. Not only will the design be yours alone, but the fit will be tailored to your exact specifications!

Blue and Gold Retro Square

Take your wardrobe to a different era with this Blue and Gold Retro Squares dress shirt fabric. It takes the aesthetic of a 1970s discotheque and adds the modernization of online customization to give you superb style in a superior fit. Design Blue and Gold Retro Squares with a relaxed Cuban camp collar for an aesthetic that screams old school or modernize its appeal with a band or standard collar.

Geometric Print

Wake up your fashion senses with this eye-catching CANCLINI Geometric Print fabric. It takes a stylish approach to office attire. The supple broadcloth weave is designed to breathe easy while evaporating moisture, but it's the robin's egg blue on a sea of chocolate brown that really draws the eye in and holds it there. Use Geometric Print under a navy-blue suit for a simple, yet highly effective, modernized look. Take things a step further with a paisley patterned tie if you're feeling bold.

Multi-Color Check

Give deep fall hues a vibrant contrast with this Multi-Color Check fabric. It’s made from 100% cotton, so it lets in the breeze without trapping moisture. Shirts designed using this fabric are as versatile as they come. Layer it when it’s cold out or use it as a standalone for milder fall weather.

Watercolor Floral Print

Liven up any wardrobe with this Watercolor Floral Print fabric. It combines the attractiveness of form and function in one easy to wear cloth. Use Watercolor Floral Print to give workwear a stylish edge or design yours with short sleeves for a more casual look that says bring on the warm weather. However you decide to use it, Watercolor Floral Print will inspire artist vibes that paint a unique picture.

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

September 27, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Fall Ready Plaids

 

Seasons change, and with them, so do wardrobe needs. If you’re looking to keep up then we’ve got 5 fall ready plaids that should make your transition easy as pumpkin pie. Customize each fabric to your exact specifications and you’ll have a superior fitting shirt as unique as you want to make it. Change the collar type, add a pocket or go with long sleeves. Either way, you’ll get a high-quality dress shirt designed by you, and hand-stitched by master Japanese craftsmen.

Black Watch Plaid

This Black Watch Plaid fabric is a wardrobe staple. It can be made into a dress shirt with long sleeves and a point collar, or it can be customized with short-sleeves and a breast pocket for more casual outings. Either way, you’ll feel this shirt's comfort almost immediately. That’s because Black Watch Plaid’s close-knit broadcloth weave produces a mid-weight cloth that breathes well making it a great autumnal choice.

Easy Care Brown Plaid

Get a jump start on your day with this Easy Care Brown Plaid fabric. It is constructed using a poly-cotton blend that makes it wrinkle resistant right out of the wash. That means you can spend more time styling, and less time ironing. Add Easy Care Brown Plaid to your workweek rotation. It’ll last all day and look good doing it.

Easy-Care Navy Plaid

Easy Care Navy Plaid makes comfort look easy. That’s because it is constructed using a poly-cotton blend that resists wrinkles before they can even begin. Use Easy Care Navy Plaid to design a workweek dress shirt that won’t show bunch lines. Go for a long-sleeve look or get casual with short-sleeves and a breast pocket. The choice is yours.

Brown Blue Glen Check

Brown Blue Glen Check takes the same classic style used in wool suit variations and puts it into an easy to wear cloth. The deep brown lines are broken up periodically with vivid blue stripes, giving this fabric retro style that can be dressed up or down. Use Brown Blue Glen Check to create your next favorite shirt. Our customization tools make it possible.

Deep Blue and Brown Lightweight Flannel

When the weather is too warm for flannel, flannel lovers turn to this Deep Blue and Brown Lightweight Flannel fabric to get their fix. It comes with everything you love about flannel. This includes the Navy, brown, and red plaid pattern, and a fraction of the weight of its traditional counterpart. Best of all, it’s super soft and breathable, perfect for making the transition to milder weather.

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

September 22, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Shoes to wear with your suit this winter

Shoes to wear with your suit this winter

 

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

Insulated shoes – The case for shearling lined footwear

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

Soggy socks suck - Avoid absorbent materials

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

Traction - Where winter weather dress boots shine

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

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

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

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

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

How to style your suit coat casually

 

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

Structured vs Unstructured Jackets

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

Unstructured Style Tip #1 – The hoodie

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

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

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

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

Structured Style Tip #1 – The quilted field vest

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

Structured Style Tip #2 – The band collar dress shirt

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

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

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

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

Home Cooked Dinner Date Apparel to Impress Your Significant Other

 

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

Great Date Shirt Patterns

Tartan Plaid

 

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

Muted Lavender

 

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

Dots Jacquard Utility


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

Stylish Pant Options

Mori Tone Blue

 

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

Cool Dots Heather Grey 

 

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

Black & Blue Cordura Stretch Check

 

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

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

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

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

How to transition summer garments into winter wear

 

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

Layer What You Have

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

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

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

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

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

Invest in cotton

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

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

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

Incorporate accessories like gloves, wool scarves, hats.

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

Long underwear for business trips.

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

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

November 02, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Say Hello To Music Festival Style All Year Long

Say Hello To Music Festival Style All Year Long

 

International Music Day was on October 1st. If it got you feeling nostalgic for the warm and sunny days of music festival season then you’ve come to the right place. Let your wardrobe reflect the glory of fist pumping, head banging, speaker rattling good times all year long. At the very least, you’ll be ready for when music festivals roll around again.

Orange Limon

Give your wardrobe a music festival vibe with this Orange Limon fabric. It’s got citrus on the brain and it’s not afraid to show it. The orange, yellow, and green colored fruit do a great job of popping off the crème background, giving the cloth a vibrant air that will liven up any ensemble. The time of year makes no difference, if you want to add a little sun-soaked flavor to your wardrobe then the Orange Limon fabric has got you covered.

Watercolor Floral Print

Liven up any wardrobe with this Watercolor Floral Print fabric. It combines the attractiveness of form and function into one easy to wear cloth. Use Watercolor Floral Print to give your workwear a stylish edge or design it with short-sleeves for a more casual look that says bring on the music festival vibes. However you decide to use it, Watercolor Floral Print will inspire artist vibes that paint a unique picture.

Go Bananas

Add a taste of something sweet to your wardrobe. This Go Bananas dress shirt fabric can help. It’s a fun fabric that can take on weekends with great a-peel. Design it to wear with a relaxed Cuban camp collar for a chilled out show style as tropical as the fruit itself. Just food for thought.

Big Green Retro Stripe

If you’re a fan of vibrant colors and asymmetric prints, then this Big Green Retro Stripe fabric is for you. It’s a mashup of green, peach, electric orange and light blue stripes that screams “I’m with the band”. Not only will it look great paired with just about anything, but our customization tools will also make sure it’s the best fitting thing in your closet.

Parrots of the Caribbean

Show off your sold-out show aspirations in this Parrots of the Caribbean dress shirt fabric. It’s fun and sun packed into one adventurous cloth. The bisecting blue, yellow, pink and orange lines give the shirt a retro aura, but it’s the blue, yellow, and red macaws that conjure daydreams of Mai tais on sandy white beaches. Use Parrots of the Caribbean to design your perfect vay, bae, or staycation shirt! The vibes will not disappoint.

Blue & White Tie Dye Paisley

Welcome music festival style back into the rotation with this Blue & White Tie Dye fabric. It’s a funkified cloth with casual aspirations. The bleeding blue and white dye is laid over a bandana-like pattern, giving your ensemble a relaxed vibe that’s hard to disrupt. Use Blue & White Tie Dye to make the perfect short-sleeved weekend wearer. It’ll turn a few heads for sure.

October 26, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Tips to Style Your Suits and Casual Blazers

5 Tips to Style Your Suits and Casual Blazers


Men’s fashion has come a long way. Gone are the days of stiff suits being the only option for young professionals looking to make their mark on the world. If you want to work a few updates into your suiting routine then we’ve got you covered.

Here are 5 tips to style your suit and casual blazers.

  1. Add Ankle High Slacks and Casual Sneakers

Casual Fridays are easy with a pair of ankle high slacks and casual sneakers. To pull off this look, start with a pair of tailored slacks, add your favorite blazer, and a matching dress shirt. Button downs are a great option here. Finally, grab ankle socks – for the sockless look – and casual solid colored sneakers.

  1. Add A Turtleneck and Chinos

The turtleneck is a fantastic all-around piece that every man should own. They work to dress up ensembles without being so formal they can’t cope in casual settings. Pair your favorite turtleneck with a blazer and chinos for a date night vibe that shows style, grace, and confidence.

  1. Add Shorts and Casual Shoes

Work casual flair into weekend meetings by pairing your blazer with shorts and casual shoes. This outfit isn’t practical in cooler weather, but it’ll excel in areas where summer is a year-round experience. Put an even more laid-back spin on this style by substituting the collared dress shirt for a solid-colored t-shirt and sneakers, boaters, or flip flops for that Miami chic look.

  1. Add A Cuban Collar Shirt

A Cuban, Camp, or Hawaiian collar dress shirt, when used correctly, is a nod to savvy style. Pair one with even the nicest suit and you’ll breathe new life into the ensemble, guaranteed. The key to these broad, flat, collars is confidence. Thankfully, confidence is easy when you look this fashionable.

  1. Add A Hoodie

One of the easiest ways to style a blazer is with a solid-colored hoodie. The blazer can go atop jeans, slacks or chinos. It works with a pair of sneakers or casual shoes. There is really no wrong way to do the blazer and hoodie combo. It’s a great office-adjacent outfit option that travels well. Keep this recommendation handy for business trips that see you meeting informally with your team shortly after landing.

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

October 19, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
7 Easy Halloween Costumes That Use Men’s Dress Shirts As A Base

7 Easy Halloween Costumes That Use Men’s Dress Shirts As A Base

 

Halloween is fast approaching. Lots of people have been planning their outfits for months now, meticulously prepping odds and ends to make sure their look is perfect for the big day. Others, however, have not given the holiday a second thought. Until now. Wouldn’t it be great to quickly cobble together a costume made out of items you already have lying around the house and compete? Maybe we can help. Here are 7 easy Halloween costumes that use men’s dress shirts as a base.

Joey Tribbiani from Friends

Joey Tribbiani is the light hearted loveable oaf from the hit series “Friends”. He serves plenty of dress shirt looks that can be utilized for Halloween inspiration, but if you really want to nail his essence there is only one costume to consider: The All Clothes.

Young Comedian Bojack Horseman

To become Young Comedian Bojack Horseman you only need a few key items. A white tie, a light blazer, jeans, red shoes, and a black and white dress shirt. If you want to take your costume aspirations one step further then add a horse head mask. We guarantee no one will be asking who you are supposed to be.

Ted Lasso

America’s favorite soccer coach is a simple man. So simple, in fact, that to pull off his look for Halloween all you’ll need is a white button-down shirt, a navy puffer, tan slacks, and a wicked moustache.

The Brawny Man

The Brawny Man is a slice of good old American branding. If you want to face life’s challenges – like putting together a Halloween costume last minute – with strength of character like he does, then you’re in luck. This Red and Navy Flannel coupled with navy jeans should do the trick.

Bob Ross

Paint yourself as a happy little Halloween participant and give the Bob Ross look a shot. A Lightweight Softened Denim shirt, a painter’s palette, and blue jeans is all you’ll need. Bonus points for a big, bushy, afro.

Step Brothers

Grab a bud and pull off the comedic duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly from Step Brothers. A couple Powder Blue Oxford button-downs, argyle sweater vests, and brown slacks will have you feeling like Dragon and Nighthawk before the festivities come to an end.

Dwight Schrute (as Meredith)

Dwight K. Schrute is a dress shirt and slacks wearing assistant office manager who, in his own right, would make a great Halloween costume. A simple Grey Dobby Oxford shirt, striped tie, and slacks will effortlessly pull the look together around wired frames. But why stop there? Dig deeper and add a red wig to pull off a meta-Dwight-as-Meredith costume! Those who get it will be blown away by your deep cut reference.

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

October 12, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
4 Adventurous Fall Fabrics That Make A Fashion Statement

4 Adventurous Fall Fabrics That Make A Fashion Statement

 

Looking for fall fabrics that speak to your adventurous fashion sense? Try these 4 customizable prints on for size. Mix and match collars, cuffs, buttons, and much more to create a shirt that is 100% you. Not only will the design be yours alone, but the fit will be tailored to your exact specifications!

Blue and Gold Retro Square

Take your wardrobe to a different era with this Blue and Gold Retro Squares dress shirt fabric. It takes the aesthetic of a 1970s discotheque and adds the modernization of online customization to give you superb style in a superior fit. Design Blue and Gold Retro Squares with a relaxed Cuban camp collar for an aesthetic that screams old school or modernize its appeal with a band or standard collar.

Geometric Print

Wake up your fashion senses with this eye-catching CANCLINI Geometric Print fabric. It takes a stylish approach to office attire. The supple broadcloth weave is designed to breathe easy while evaporating moisture, but it's the robin's egg blue on a sea of chocolate brown that really draws the eye in and holds it there. Use Geometric Print under a navy-blue suit for a simple, yet highly effective, modernized look. Take things a step further with a paisley patterned tie if you're feeling bold.

Multi-Color Check

Give deep fall hues a vibrant contrast with this Multi-Color Check fabric. It’s made from 100% cotton, so it lets in the breeze without trapping moisture. Shirts designed using this fabric are as versatile as they come. Layer it when it’s cold out or use it as a standalone for milder fall weather.

Watercolor Floral Print

Liven up any wardrobe with this Watercolor Floral Print fabric. It combines the attractiveness of form and function in one easy to wear cloth. Use Watercolor Floral Print to give workwear a stylish edge or design yours with short sleeves for a more casual look that says bring on the warm weather. However you decide to use it, Watercolor Floral Print will inspire artist vibes that paint a unique picture.

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

September 27, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
5 Fall Ready Plaids

5 Fall Ready Plaids

 

Seasons change, and with them, so do wardrobe needs. If you’re looking to keep up then we’ve got 5 fall ready plaids that should make your transition easy as pumpkin pie. Customize each fabric to your exact specifications and you’ll have a superior fitting shirt as unique as you want to make it. Change the collar type, add a pocket or go with long sleeves. Either way, you’ll get a high-quality dress shirt designed by you, and hand-stitched by master Japanese craftsmen.

Black Watch Plaid

This Black Watch Plaid fabric is a wardrobe staple. It can be made into a dress shirt with long sleeves and a point collar, or it can be customized with short-sleeves and a breast pocket for more casual outings. Either way, you’ll feel this shirt's comfort almost immediately. That’s because Black Watch Plaid’s close-knit broadcloth weave produces a mid-weight cloth that breathes well making it a great autumnal choice.

Easy Care Brown Plaid

Get a jump start on your day with this Easy Care Brown Plaid fabric. It is constructed using a poly-cotton blend that makes it wrinkle resistant right out of the wash. That means you can spend more time styling, and less time ironing. Add Easy Care Brown Plaid to your workweek rotation. It’ll last all day and look good doing it.

Easy-Care Navy Plaid

Easy Care Navy Plaid makes comfort look easy. That’s because it is constructed using a poly-cotton blend that resists wrinkles before they can even begin. Use Easy Care Navy Plaid to design a workweek dress shirt that won’t show bunch lines. Go for a long-sleeve look or get casual with short-sleeves and a breast pocket. The choice is yours.

Brown Blue Glen Check

Brown Blue Glen Check takes the same classic style used in wool suit variations and puts it into an easy to wear cloth. The deep brown lines are broken up periodically with vivid blue stripes, giving this fabric retro style that can be dressed up or down. Use Brown Blue Glen Check to create your next favorite shirt. Our customization tools make it possible.

Deep Blue and Brown Lightweight Flannel

When the weather is too warm for flannel, flannel lovers turn to this Deep Blue and Brown Lightweight Flannel fabric to get their fix. It comes with everything you love about flannel. This includes the Navy, brown, and red plaid pattern, and a fraction of the weight of its traditional counterpart. Best of all, it’s super soft and breathable, perfect for making the transition to milder weather.

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

September 22, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com