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The Best Men’s Winter Fashion: A 2020 Style Guide
Winter is coming. And with it an influx of men’s winter fashion opportunities. We’d like to introduce you to some of our favorite men’s fashion Instagram accounts that take casual outfits for men and give them a cold-weather makeover. Keep calm and stay warm this winter. Our 2020 style guide for the best men’s winter fashion will show you how.
#1. Use colors to contrast the drab greys of winter weather
What we love most about this winter fashion style choice is the dark blue suit contrasted by the bright orange peacoat. On paper, these colors read as they should clash but Brian – @Bchanism for those who want to follow suit – clearly knows the rules of color theory. What he invokes here is a classic complementary color scheme that offers high impact contrast that makes each piece sing to their strengths.
Brian also employs the same technique with his Original Stitch custom-fit shirt and tie pairing, opting for a lighter blue pinstripe motif to complement the deep richness of red. Now, here is where things get interesting. Red, blue (and green for this example) are evenly spaced on the color wheel. We call these triadic colors. Triadic colors offer another vibrant contrast opportunity, and Brian has used this knowledge to pull his entire outfit together in a casual style that plays anything but. Nice work, Brian.
#2. Men’s winter fashion is all about layers
And layers are what Vince Lee – a.k.a @MrVstyle – is all about. His outfit is one that positively identifies the key to layering up. I.e, it’s all in the fit. Vince starts this process with a custom-fit dress shirt complete with monogrammed cuffs, adds a slimming checkered vest, and tops off the torso with a maroon overcoat. With all of that going on up top, Vince decides to simplify the bottom half of this casual style by using black as an anchor. Notice the classic newsboy cap paired with modern aviator sunglasses.
Now, step back and take this men’s outfit as a whole. What Vince has done here is skillfully blend a few staples of men’s fashion styles. His vest and cap are reminiscent of garb worn by New York paperboys in the early 1920s while the overcoat, custom-tailored shirt, and jeans bring this winter fashion squarely into the 2020s.
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#3. Brown is for fall, but works for winter fashion too
Who doesn’t love the warm embrace of earth tones when the weather starts to dip? If brown is your thing, then let Owen Cain – @Iamowencain – be your guide. His page is filled with sultry, fall colors properly pivoted to give winter fashion a run for its money. What he has done here is keep it very casual by using a monochromatic color scheme to accent his pinstripe custom fit shirt. The monotony of dark chocolate is broken up with a sweet caramel leather jacket strategically placed to draw the eye. At the same time, his patterned newsboy cap is the perfect juxtaposition to the thin stripes adorning his shirt. What looks like a simple ensemble is accented by Owen’s experienced use of textures. Be like Owen. Build a winter outfit that has fond memories of fall.
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#4. When in doubt, go the classic route
Not everyone wants to rely on flashy colors or memorize the color wheel to put together a winter wardrobe. That’s where Mohammed Al Nazal – @mohammedalnazal – comes in to play. His men’s winter fashion style can best be described as classic with a splash of modernization. Take this winter outfit, for example. It’s got clean lines, very few colors, and almost no bells and whistles. Yet it works. What Mohammed has done with this elegant look is start with a striped custom fit dress shirt and add a big round collar to give it a bit of personality. He then pairs the blue and white dress shirt with a classic navy suit and tops the whole thing off with a long grey overcoat. The colors are subdued, which makes the entire outfit feel effortless, but the combination of rounded collar and red tie add just the right amount of confidence boosting appeal.
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A Glimpse into the Life of NFL Rookie, Chase Winovich
If you already know who Chase Winovich is, congrats, you’re a true football fan. For those of us not in the know, 24-year-old Winovich is the New England Patriots’ 3rd round – 77th overall – 2019 defensive end draft pick. And his NFL career could not be off to a better start. He’s already logged 4 games played, 5 total tackles, and 3 sacks. Suffice it to say, fans are starting to take notice. It’s not like the long, golden mane of number 50 is easy to miss, but when you mix raw athleticism with such luxurious locks, well, you’re bound to turn a few heads. We got a chance to catch up with Chase at the gym to get some insight into the motivation, success, and discipline that has gotten him to where he is today. Here is what we found:
Original Stitch: Congrats on being drafted to the New England Patriots. We’re sure you’ll be getting many requests for autographs going forward, but have you ever gotten an autograph from someone? If so, who, and how did you go about getting it?
Chase Winovich: I definitely asked for autographs as a kid from athletes. But the only autograph that will ever matter to me is my fearless quarterback, Tom Brady's.
Original Stitch: We’d also like to congratulate you on that beautiful head of hair. Do you have any special tips or routines for active men sporting similar looks?
Chase Winovich: You just have to love and take care of your hair. Spend the time brushing it out, shampooing, conditioning, really just a lot of maintenance. But it is the price you pay for great hair.
Original Stitch: How often do you train per week? What, if there is such a thing for you, does a cheat day look like?
Chase Winovich: I work out every day. I want to be the absolute best I can be and want to make sure my body is in the best possible condition. On an off-day, I will take time to relax, get a massage, go out to eat with some teammates.
Original Stitch: As a football player, your uniform is your calling card. How would you describe your style off the clock?
Chase Winovich: For game days I love to dress up and look good. But when I am with my family and friends I like a more comfortable look. I also have my own clothing line (https://cwino.com/) which has some really comfy sweatshirts and t-shirts that everyone should check out!
Original Stitch: We recently hooked you and your dad up with custom Original Stitch shirts for Father’s Day. How did you guys like them?
Chase Winovich: The shirts were awesome and fit perfectly. What I really liked were the several design options I had for the shirt. I went with a simple blue design, but I had the option to do something crazier if I wanted.
So, there you have it straight from the work horse’s mouth. But if you think that Chase Winovich is just a great head of hair with a penchant for football then you’ve got it all wrong. Sure, he is a star football player, but he also takes the time to give back through collaboration with The ChadTough Foundation – an organization whose mission is to fund research for Pediatric Brain Tumors. If you want to follow Chase’s incredible journey as a rising star in the NFL then check out his Instagram here, or help him spread awareness about PBT by supporting his athleisure clothing line here. And why wouldn't you? Chase is a hard-working defensive end who has put in the blood, sweat, and tears to make a difference both on and off the field. I may be a diehard Dolphin’s fan, but a good guy is a good guy. Winovich is the kind you can’t help but wish a long, and successful, career. Even if he did bring Rosen to his knees in week 2.
How Shopping Online Saves You Time, And Money
Food, entertainment, clothing. If there is a way to get a few precious percents off, we tend to be all over it. This is one of the ways in which online shopping has exploded over the past decade. Shopping online is a time-saver, but more importantly, it can save you money. Here is how it's done.
Brick and mortar stores may offer the convenience of immediate purchase, but that’s about all they do better than online shops. Department stores cater to a wide variety of people, and its space is set up to attract as many of them as it can. Each lighting fixture, rack of clothes, candle holder and sofa cover comes with an unlisted cost. Online stores rarely have this caveat; therefore, they can offer more discounts on a regular basis.
Let’s say you’re shopping in a store and find something you do like, but it’s a bit too pricey for you at the moment. What do you do? Well, you either leave without it or purchase it at the chagrin of your bank account. Those are your only real options. But online, there is a third. The Wishlist. The concept is simple enough – find the item you want, add it to a Wishlist, and get an alert when said item goes on sale. Let’s see a box store do that.
The Online Coupon Distributors
One of the biggest ways to save money with online shopping is the coupon codes. Lots of online shops offer discounts on a daily basis. So much so that finding all of them is near impossible. However, a quick Google search can bring a bevy of them to your fingertips via companies like Retail Me Not and Groupon. Many online retailers even reward their patrons’ due diligence by allowing savvy shoppers to double up coupon codes with onsite discounts. What a time to be alive!
A conversation with Model, Globetrotter, and Original Stitch Influencer Jeff Kasser
If you don’t know who Jeff Kasser is, let us introduce the two of you. He is one of Instagram’s biggest lifestyle influencers, but to only describe him as such would be a foolhardy endeavor. Sure, Jeff is a professional model, but did you also know he has a great sense of style? Check out his YouTube channel if you don’t believe us. We sat down to talk with him about his experience in the social media limelight paired with his tales of travel. Here is what we found out.
Original Stitch: Tell us about what it means to be an Influencer and what inspires you to keep creating content on Instagram?
Jeff: Being an influencer means you are the creative director, photographer, and model all in one. You come up with the inspiration and you set up the entire shoot. It’s amazing! I’ve been modeling for quite some time and becoming an influencer has allowed me to be creative behind the camera as well.
Original Stitch: What is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Jeff: The coolest place I’ve traveled to is Dubai. That place is wild! Everything is next level there - from the hotels to the clubs to the shopping. They have the tallest buildings, the largest shopping malls, and the really nice hotels charge a few hundred bucks for a steak!
Original Stitch: What do you usually wear to the airport when traveling?
Jeff: When I travel, I go super comfy and casual. My girlfriend is always dressed up. But I want to be comfy on the flight, so I am always in sweatpants and a hoodie.
Original Stitch: You mentioned that your girlfriend got you your first Original Stitch Shirt as a gift. What was the process like for her to get your correct measurements?
Jeff: Well she knew a lot of my measurements from my modeling comp card. She secretly called my parents and they ‘casually’ asked me, haha. My girlfriend said the Original Stitch website made it super easy to input the
measurements for a tailor-made shirt!
So, there you have it. A taste of what makes up Jeff Kasser. If you’d like a broader look into a day in his life, then check out his Instagram for yourself. 750k people can’t be wrong.
Best Gifts for Him: Gift Ideas for Your Husband or Boyfriend
Shopping for the men in your life doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Men are easy. There are very few things they really want that, given the opportunity to procure, they don’t already have. Everything else is a tossup. A man’s reaction to gifts isn’t generally geared towards the item itself, but rather the person who is giving it. We’ve all seen it. When was the last time your dad didn’t get a pair of socks or a tie on Father’s Day? And when was the last time he looked upset about it? The point we’re making here is, if you love him, any gift is worth giving. But, if you want to think outside of the box, then here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Custom shirts are a great gift idea. We watch the men in our life get dressed up for work, social engagements, and leisure activities every day. We see what they choose to wear, and the attire that hasn’t seen the light of day – likely to be tossed out without further discussion – in ages. Obviously, adding to the pile of beloved garments is a good goal by which to aspire. But how do you get the right measurements without him learning what you’re up to? Easy. Find his favorite, best-fitting, dress shirt and measure that.
Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Custom Dress Shirt
A NOT Smart Watch
Let’s be frank, wrist watches have taken on a similar appearance ever since the Apple Watch burst on to the scene in 2015. That’s to be expected. Apple had a ground-breaking innovation on their (and everyone else’s) hand. There is only one problem. The trend is boring. Do you remember when time pieces were treated with a bit more reverence? When watch boxes were coveted things filled with a selection of wrist candy saved for special occasions? We guarantee your boyfriend or husband does. Give him that same feeling he had when his father or uncle or cousin bestowed upon him the glory of the watch box collection. Every man knows this moment. And you can restore it for him.
Original Stitch Pick: Dover’s Olive & Acacia
Monogramed Leather Dopp Kit
A man on the go is rarely as organized as he should be. Help your hubby stay abreast of the finer things that tend to go overlooked when packing. That’s where a monogramed leather dopp kit comes in to play. These adorable toiletry bags are great for things like razors, travel size deodorants and colognes, moisturizing cremes, lotions – you name it. And because they’re leather, they age gracefully. This means that the right dopp kit will continue to get more rugged with each use. If that doesn’t put a smile on your man’s well-groomed face, then we don’t know what will.
Original Stitch Pick: LifetimeLeatherCo Men’s Monogrammed Dopp Kits
Learn How to Cut His Favorite Style
This last suggestion comes as a personal anecdote. A friend of mine got married a while back. I’ve known this guy all of my life, and never really figured him for the marrying type. I asked him when he knew that his current wife was “the one”. He said when she learned to cut his hair via YouTube and surprised him with her new skillset on their anniversary. Now, can she cut any style? No. Does that matter? Also no. She can only do a fade, but she can do it really well, and he loves her all the more for it. Since then, I’ve learned how to cut my girlfriend’s favorite hairstyle and she mine. A few other friends and their significant others have also picked up on the trend. So, if you’re looking for an out of the box gift to give the man who has everything, then a few YouTube lessons in the art of hair styling is totally worth the investment.
How to use office attire to make you confident
Office attire should be more than an unofficial uniform that you’ve deemed appropriate to wear in a randomized order every week. You know what we mean. You find an outfit, like the way it looks, and then wear it as a permanent combination until one of the pieces fail only to be swapped out at the last possible second. That’s boring. It’s uninspired. And most importantly, it can land you in a rut. Instead, what you should be doing is finding new ways to shake up the wardrobe already in your closet. Yes, doing so is easier said, but that’s why we’re here. To show you how it’s done.
Make sure it fits
One of the biggest fashion faux pas a man can make is wearing clothing that is too big – or small – for his size. It doesn’t matter if you have a million-dollar wardrobe if everything in it is an ill-fitting mess. So, dress according to your body type. A good place to start is with customizable, made to measure dress shirts. Doing so gives you control over how well your shirt sits, the warp and weft of the fabric, the color, cut, and style of the cuffs – pretty much everything. So, when we say make sure it fits, we mean in every regard. Physically and stylistically. Make sure it’s you.
Join the Crew
Everyone expects the dress shirt to be a staple of the office environment. It’s a look that goes back as far as most of us can remember. White dress shirt, simple slacks, well shined shoes and a tie. Black was bold, but now it’s old and predictable. Instead of donning the same style as your father – and his father before him for that matter – ditch the solid colored dress shirt and stiff collar for a crew neck sweater. The crew neck sweater is the first step to putting together a smart look. And if feeling smart doesn’t build your confidence then we don’t know what will. They work well with slim fit pants and can go over a dress shirt and tie, although we prefer the all-in approach. This consists of crew neck sweaters and crew neck sweaters alone. Mix up the work wear by utilizing a color that is office friendly. Pair it with a complementary pant and you’re halfway to a more confident demeanor.
Original Stitch's pick: Cotton crewneck sweater, J. Crew $49,50
Sock it to ‘em
Socks are socks. They don’t make or break an outfit, right? Wrong. Socks are the truest form of confidence an outfit can convey. Think about it this way: socks are for you, but they’re also for a select few. Go bold. Be yourself. Wear socks that really speak to the inner you. The person that wouldn’t be concerned about what others think of their apparel. Yes. That pair of Simpson’s dress socks you saw at the booth filled with nostalgic 90s memorabilia and immediately fell in love with last weekend while perusing that pop up shop totally count. Because they’re for you. When you cross your leg in the office meeting and your pants ride up just a little, allowing Homer to peek out for a brief period, that moment is for you as well. And the select few who are lucky enough to witness it.
Original Stitch's pick: Keith Haring Sock Box Set, Happy Socks $48
Belt out the hit accessories
This is a simple concept. Match your belt with your outfit. Match everything else with your belt. What part of your belt you’re matching matters on what accessory you’re accessorizing. Case in point: a brown leather belt with a silver buckle should see you wear a pair of brown shoes and silver watch or jewelry. A black belt with a gold buckle should see you in – you guessed it – black shoes and a gold watch or jewelry.
Original Stitch's pick: Brown leather belt, Cole Haan $80
Stay a cut above the rest
Before the clothes ever come into play, the best place to start building confidence is from within. There is positive proof that the way in which we carry ourselves affect our mood. Simply put, evidence suggests that faking it until you make it can be an effective strategy. And if wearing a smile, even if fake, can reduce stress, then cleaning up your appearance is a no brainer where self-esteem is involved. A clean cut, neatly trimmed beard, and manicured nails all go a long way in shoring up the package you are presenting. Commit to hitting the gym a few times a week and before long, you’ll be feeling that much more confident despite the clothes in your closet. Everyone notices the well-kept man who enters an office first. They notice his attire second.
San Francisco Trends: The Bay Area Edition
The latest styles served up as a San Francisco treat.
The beautiful thing about Bay Area style is that there is something for everyone buried within it. The multitude of options available to the men who inhabit this city is as cutting edge as the tech they produce. So, instead of going over full pieces or outfit builds, what we’re going to do here is lay out a couple fashion trends that skew more to the accessory. Here are a few that can go a long way in the tech giant capital of the world.
San Francisco Fashion Trend #1: The Casual Denim Jacket
Florida may be known as America’s sunshine state, but California has been hot on its heels for a long time. Don’t let that comparison fool you, though, the days may be sunny, but the evenings can be pretty chill. That’s where the casual denim jacket comes into play. These versatile coats are fashion friendly, lightweight, and easy to wear all year round.
Original Stitch Pick: Levi’s Sherpa Lined Trucker Jacket
San Francisco Fashion Trend #2: Suspenders
If belts are a pair of slacks’ best friend, then suspenders are the blue-eyed hottie that moves in next door. Your buddy knows he can’t compete with that. And he doesn’t want to. Heck, he even gives you his approval when you start splitting your time between him and her. And really, who can blame him?
Original Stitch Pick: Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Suspenders
San Francisco Fashion Trend #3: Hipster Chic Hat
A hipster chic hat can be a number of different styles. Everything from Panama Hats to Boaters and Newsboys can fit into this category. And honestly, they’re all solid choices. Take a look around and see what works for you. The only no-no is the beanie. Not that these aren’t fashionable options, but they’re kind of one in a million at this point. Try something new.
Original Stitch Pick: Barts Quest Summer Trillby
San Francisco Fashion Trend #4: Vibrant Socks
Lastly, we have vibrant socks. This might sound like a no brainer to fashion forward individuals who are reading this, but rest assured, the knowledge isn’t as wide spread as you think. There are lots of chinos roaming around San Francisco. If you’re one of the men who wear them, switch up your style a bit with a pair of socks that adds a little vitality to your style.
Original Stitch Pick: Happy Socks Big Dot Gift Box
When to Wear One: A Pocket Guide to Pockets.
Pocket or no pocket? Anyone who has ever worked in an office, been invited to a wedding, or gone to an event with even a hint of formality has asked this question. The short answer? When in doubt, go without.
But there are many factors that dictate how formal is too formal and vice versa. Especially if you are going with a customized made to measure dress shirt. Everything from the cut of the collar, gloss of the buttons, and shape of the cuffs lends to a dress shirt’s style, and therefore, its applicable uses. Here are a few simple things to remember when deciding on whether or not to go with a pocket.
Any dress shirt without a pocket immediately falls into the “more formal” category. This includes things like weddings and ceremonial events where one might wear a tie. If you like the look of a pocketed dress shirt, instead, make it so that the jacket you choose has one. Sports coats and blazers can also serve this purpose in an office environment where the dress code calls for it. Many jackets come with a faux breast pocket, that is, a slit cut into the breast area made to emulate a pocket, but with none of the function.
*Bonus fact, the pockets on suit jackets are generally sewn shut so that your suit keeps its shape. This translates to a cleaner look without sacrificing the overall style.
A dress shirt that includes a pocket is made for casual activities. Think office attire and brunches with other young professionals. This look is great for short sleeve dress shirts where you want to take advantage of a skinny tie to spruce things up a bit. This is also the category in which fun prints – like Hawaiian, live. The more pockets, the less formal.
Put it this way:
A single breast pocket is fantastic on a long sleeve with chinos and a rolled-up cuff. It dominates short-sleeved prints and gives the pen toting writer a place to show off their favorite utensil.
Double breast pockets are things you only see on a safari. Or at least you should. The double pocket is a manual labor, outside activity, kind of shirt. They’re like cargo shorts. When was the last time you saw a pair of those worn in any setting that wasn’t sun-soaked or weather-beaten? Follow that same rule of thumb with their top-heavy, double-breasted, counterparts.
In the end, the shirt you choose to wear says a lot about how you view the event being attended. Is it a casual affair that beckons patrons to put comfort first? Then wear a pocket. Is it a formal setting where you want to impress people with authority? Then ditch the pocket and opt for a cleaner line.
FYI – weddings absolutely have an authority figure that you want to impress. Have you ever met anyone with as much power as a bride on her wedding day? We didn’t think so.