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What do classy men wear on the Fourth of July?
The 4th of July presents a unique opportunity to celebrate America’s independence by recreating the rocket’s red glare in between mouthfuls of beer and barbecue chicken. We know what you’re thinking, with all those fireworks going off and creating dazzling displays in the sky, who’s going to be looking at me? That line of thinking isn’t a good enough reason to just throw on your most ratty pair of cargo shorts and a red, white, and blue tank top to head out. A little effort can go a long way towards putting your best foot forward, and we’re going to help you get there. All you need is a bit of inspiration, and that’s exactly what we’re here to give.
The Cotton Dress Shirt
Cotton breathes easy. Be like cotton and take a deep breath. No need to fret over what to wear to that 4th of July party you were invited to. Just keep it casual. Business casual, that is. Will there be other people there in graphic tees and jeans, probably. Will they make a great first impression from half way across the room? Not likely. But that’s ok, because socializing is not a competition. If it was, the man in the nice fitting dress shirt surely has an edge.
Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Summer Collection
The Sport Coat
An easy way to spruce up any outfit is with a sports coat. Don’t let the fact that you’re celebrating a national holiday notorious for board shorts and flip flops throw you off your game. Pick up a sport coat instead. There are plenty to go around this time of year. Find one that suits you and walk into the party with an air of confidence that could rival even the brightest firework finale.
Original Stitch Pick: Polo Ralph Lauren Sport Coat
The Trendy Trouser
A good pair of pants isn’t always the best pair of pants for every occasion. Take into account the setting in which you will be spending the brunt of your 4th of July celebration. Will you be outdoors or indoors? Will the available activities be easy going and relaxed a la listening to music and enjoying a beer, or will there be a bit more vigor to them? These are all important factors to consider when choosing the right kind of pants to maximize your comfort without diminishing returns on your carefully crafted outfit. When in doubt, go Chambray linen. They can do sporty, casual, and everything in between with the right guidance.
Chino Braxton and Original Stitch Partnership
The sports industry has always been synonymous with fashion, but in recent years it seems the era of collaboration has become a culture all of its own. Now, Original Stitch is following suit – pun intended – and expanding its partnerships to collaborate with renowned dirk bike athlete and trendsetter, Pacino “Chino” Braxton.
Chino Braxton: Legend in the making
A true street bike athlete and expert, Chino, has worked with brands across the spectrum like Monster Energy and Ethika. Currently, an Under Armour Ambassador and part of the Roc Nation family, Chino’s moment came when multi-platinum artist, Meek Mill featured the stuntman in a multitude of music videos including “Litty,” “Imma Boss,” and “Glow Up.”
With a focus on increasing awareness and appreciation for dirt bike athleticism, Braxton’s talent has carried him into the film industry where he, in collaboration with Meek Mill and Will Smith, will be featured in a 12 O’clock Boys remake. He is blazing the way for like-minded individuals to forge their own path and follow their passion while staying true to themselves.
Chino: “Today it’s very hard to project your uniqueness through social media, sports, music, film or out on the street. What I like about Original Stitch is that it gives me an opportunity to wear something unique, elegant and versatile, being able to design my own Shirt is an amazing feature. It lets me express myself through style and carry that expression in a very concrete way.”
Check out his upcoming collection here, but be warned - Chino’s style isn’t for everybody. It takes a bold personality to pull off the way he stunts.
Interested in what Chino has to say. Check out his interview.
5 Must Have Summer Essentials
Summer is upon us. That means it’s time to hit up as many beaches, hiking trails, and backyard bar-b-ques as possible. Of course, anyone out to enjoy nature’s bounty should do so responsibly. So, we’ve put together a little list of summer essentials to keep you looking and feeling your best even after the sun has set on this season of great outdoor adventures.
Breathable Wardrobe – Beat the heat by not sweating the small stuff this season. If you do find yourself perspiring, at least do so in breathable fabrics that work to keep you cool. Chambray linen, cotton, and rayon are all safe bets.
Original Stitch's choice: Dress Shirt Modern Herringbone White, Original Stitch
Flip flops – No. Not the rubber Walgreens version, although those can work in a pinch. Instead, invest in a pair of sturdy sandals that can flip flop between beach attire and farmer’s markets.
Original Stitch's choice: Reef Draftsmen, Reef
Moisturizing Sunscreen – Keep your skin’s healthy glow alive and well with an SPF moisturizer designed to stand up to the sun’s scrutiny. Dry, sun blasted, skin isn’t only unattractive, it’s a detriment to aging gracefully. So, protect your face at all costs. Your future self will appreciate the effort.
Original Stitch's choice: Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer, Clinique
Tote – Whether you’re headed to the beach or to play disc golf with friends, a tote is sure to come in handy. They’re a great way to make sure you never leave home without items 1-4 on this list. Think of your summer tote as a sleepaway bag, but for an entire season of fun under the sun.
Original Stitch's choice: Canvas Tote, J. Crew
Father’s Day is a special day.
It’s a full 24 hours dedicated to the man who raised you. And if your dad is anything like mine, he likely taught you how to present yourself to the world. Whether that’s through the art of shaving, grilling the perfect steak, or the correct way to wear a scent, he did it with love. There are things we learn from our dads that they probably don’t even mean to teach. Watching my father get dressed for work, or vacation for that matter is one of those things. Even though we have very different styles today, doing so taught me what it meant to look like a man.
How to tie a solid Windsor Knot
One of the very first things I picked up from my dad was the tie knot. My dad very seldom left the house without a tie on, and if he did, it was only because he was wearing jeans to run errands. I’m not so formal in my appearance, but the times and outings that call for a tie are easily handled due to his thoughtful teachings. The most versatile of tie knots, he still insists, is the Windsor. Follow these steps so that you too can tackle the Windsor knot with ease.
Pleated pants FTW (For-The-Win)
Most of our dads likely grew up in the era of pleated pants - a once forgotten staple of gentlemanly attire smiled upon by the fashion gods. Over the past few years, these trendy trousers have been making a comeback, which is good news for anyone who has listened to their father preach the Gospel of Pleat to an uninterested congregation. But we’re listening now. The right pair of pleated pants can go a long way. They kill in the spring with a nice pair of boaters and tight cuffs, keep their cool in the summer by lending a breath of fresh air to wide leg looks and give winter the warm and fuzzies in slim fit wardrobes across the nation.
So, dad, my Father’s Day gift to you is this: you were right about pleats.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
The biggest takeaway from my father’s morning routine is his hairline. Like many men, as he aged, his full head of hair began to fade away. But the way he handled it was a lesson all its own. You see, he didn’t fret or try to find ways to combover or cover up his bald spot. In fact, he did just the opposite. He embraced his failing follicles. He did so by taking care of the hair he did have. His haircuts didn’t become less frequent, they became more prevalent. Visiting his barber became a source of pride, and in feeding his self-perception a healthy dose of confidence, other aspects of his life began to benefit from the spillover. In fact, my mom says he is the handsomest he has ever been. Which, to me and my brothers, holds about as much water as a mesh screen, but my dad loves the attention.
What are some fashion lessons your father has taught you? We're interested to hear. Leave them in the comments below.
Emoji faces have come a long way since their original appearance on Japanese mobile phones. In the past few years, they have evolved into a universal and powerful form of communication no matter what language you speak. Emojis can be understood by everyone. Original Stitch, with its recent Emoji Collection launch, has decided to become an early adopter and take this concept off the screen. By rebranding the way emojis fit in an office structure, we have opened up the possibility for fun, casual wear that plays its part without overstepping any boundaries.
Of course, it’s important to adhere to your company’s wardrobe policy. But why shouldn’t you have a little fun when designing your perfect shirt? The key to using emoji faces when conjuring up men’s dress shirts is simple: less is more.
No need to go full on Burning Desire print if your office has a strict dress code. An accent on the inside of a collar or cuff can have the same confidence boosting effect. Everyone in the building doesn’t need to know it’s there, and those who do figure it out shouldn’t be able to spot the pattern from across the room. When in doubt, go inside out and put the emoji faces in an inconspicuous place – like the inside of a cuff – only to be revealed when your sleeves are rolled up.
If you have a fairly relaxed workplace environment, however, then feel free to go nuts. Men’s dress shirts are a versatile bunch and can fit in just about anywhere. Maybe you’re looking for a great crossover shirt? Something that can go from office hours to happy hours without skipping a beat? If that’s the case, then this line is for you. Unlike folks who work in a more metered office, you can go all out when it comes to designing custom made shirts. Pop emojis on pockets, collars, inner plackets – wherever your heart eyes emoji desires.
The thing to remember when deciding if men’s dress shirts with emoji faces printed on them are too much for your office is this:
How much is too much?
The answer may vary, but so can the location of each and every emoji pattern you choose.
Festival season is right around the corner and that means finding the perfect festival wear is becoming a priority. The obvious option is tank tops and board shorts, but let’s be real – that’s what everyone will be wearing. Formulaic festival outfits are no way to stand out in a crowd, which is why we here at Original Stitch have introduced an exclusive Emoji Collection that will be an exciting addition to any music festival fashion scene.
Nowadays, the popularity of emojis has outgrown its original intent. They’re a large part of a millennial culture and using them has shaped the way we communicate with one another. We use them in emails, text messages, social media and now, on clothes. That’s because these little characters have come a long way. Gone are the days of pairing a semi-colon and parenthesis to underscore a cheeky statement. We now have full on faces with a wide range of skin tones, ages, and characteristics to get our point across. Emojis have become the easiest way to take the subtext out of context and get straight to the heart of a message. Your festival wear should do the same.
Express yourself with no need for a screen by utilizing one of Original Stitch’s 11 emoji prints to design the perfect shirt to accompany your mood. Every night can lend you a different emoji to wear on your sleeve with options left over for when the music stops. Not to mention the cut of a well-fitting shirt is sure to highlight your frame in ways that of the rack gear can’t. Look, as festival outfits go, the more unique the better. So, pair Coachella with our Pineapple Express emoji fabric or show some love at Lightning in a Bottle with our Burning Desire print. We’re sure other festival goers will pick up on the vibe immediately.
Congratulations. You’ve landed the opportunity to interview at that tech savvy, people friendly company you’ve had your eye on for some time. While it is ok to be a little nervous, don’t go getting cold feet just yet. Instead, put your best foot forward in a way that will make you stand out while blending in with corporate ambiance. Of course, that means a nicely pressed suit, well fitting men’s dress shirt, a simple belt, and non-scuffed shoes. You want the job, and we want to make sure you look your best while in pursuit of it. So, without further ado, here is a “How to dress for an interview” guide to help you do just that.
If there was ever a time in your life where listening to a fictional TV character’s advice was appropriate, this is it. We know what you’re thinking. The company you applied to has a very relaxed, business casual vibe. No one wears suits and that’s one of the benefits of working there. You may be right, but you also only get one chance to make a first impression. Why not dress to impress? A nice, well fitting suit can do that for you. Keep it neutral, no loud or distracting colors – this includes your tie – but above all else, be confident in your interview attire.
The dress shirt you choose should be complementary to the suit. A white shirt is a no brainer, but don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit. If you’re going with a navy, slim fit suit, a pale pink shirt can absolutely highlight without distracting. The most important thing to keep in mind, however, is the fit. The way you dress for an interview says a lot about who you are, and what you want to say is that you’re a well put together individual. You want your dress shirt to have a bit of breathing room, but not so much that it bunches or spills out when unbuttoning your suit jacket. A good rule of thumb is any more than a 3 inch give when lightly tugged at the torso is too much. The easiest way to make sure you don’t fall victim to this fashion faux pas is by stocking up on custom made-to-measure men’s dress shirts.
To accessorize or not to accessorize?
That is the question. The answer is this: when choosing interview attire, keep the jewelry tasteful. That means ditch the earrings if your ears are pierced, leave the chain at home, and bracelets are a no-no. At most, you can wear a simple watch to highlight the cut of your suit. No gaudy faced time pieces please. You’re heading to a job interview, not a music video shoot. Unless you are interviewing for a music video shoot. In which case, do the opposite of everything mentioned here.
Shoes, socks and belts
The leather of your shoes should match your belt. Of course, they don’t have to be the exact same shade of brown, for example, but get as close as possible. If you choose to wear a watch, then the buckle of your belt should match said watch. Socks, on the other hand, is a tossup. Back when your dad was interviewing the adage was black is the new black. Nowadays, you can absolutely add a splash of color to complement the rest of your interview attire. This should go without saying (again) but no loud or distracting colors. Keep it simple but break the monotony.
If you’re ever in doubt as to appropriate dress for an interview just remember one thing: confidence is key. And the key most universal when choosing interview attire lies within the cut of a well-fitting suit.