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Last minute Fourth of July Outfit Ideas for Men on the Go

Last minute Fourth of July Outfit Ideas for Men on the Go

 

Easy looks that only take a few minutes to achieve

If you’re here there is a good chance you’ve spaced on the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Don’t worry, though. We’ve put together a couple of looks that are easy baselines to build upon no matter who you are or what style you feel most comfortable in. The beauty of a list like this is that it takes into account the most common styles men wear to give you a better chance at already owning most, if not all, of the pieces discussed. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the first one.

Fourth of July Outfit Idea for: The Prep

For this look, you want to follow your instinct and go with a pair of above knee dress shorts. The lighter the color the better. Instinctually, the next piece you’re going to want to grab is a solid, dark-colored polo. Don’t. Instead, fish out a lightweight long-sleeved shirt. White is classic, but if you can make a pastel pink, yellow, or blue work then go for it. Roll up the sleeves and unbutton the neck to taste. Add to this a pair of brown leather sandals and you’re done.

Fourth of July Outfit Idea for: The Urban Crawler

If your wardrobe consists of everything except dress pants, then this is likely where you’ll find the style for you. The first thing you’re going to do is put the hoodie down. It’s the middle of summer. It’s a weird look. Instead, grab your favorite Longline T-shirt. A light color will work best here. If you really want to wear layers, then a thin trucker jacket will suffice. Pair the tee and trucker with a lightweight, slim-fit jogger. Pull the hem of your joggers up about halfway into your calf for a 90s vibe. Finish off the look with a pair of mid-top sneakers. Solid white is a great baseline, but feel free to make the look your own.

Fourth of July Outfit Idea for: The All Business Man

Men who know that work doesn’t end just because the clock hits 5 p.m. will find the right pieces to build a solid starter outfit here. The first thing you want to do is bust out your most form-fitting polo. You know, the one you wear on at least one casual Friday a month. Color isn’t crazy important, what you’re going for here is “power move casual”. The next piece to consider is a slim-fit chino. If you went light on the shirt, go dark on the pant and vice versa. Roll them up ankle high. Lastly, slip on your favorite pair of boaters – no socks – and a belt to match. Tuck the shirt in and hit the town at your leisure.

July 01, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Dr Who: Timeless European Fashion Trends You Don’t Need a Tardis to Find

Dr Who: Timeless European Fashion Trends You Don’t Need a Tardis to Find

London’s legacy to fashion

Some people say clothes don’t make the man, and while that is technically true, the men’s fashion industry has come a long way to proving that the relationship between a man and his wardrobe is a symbiotic one. None know this better than the many incarnations of Dr. Who. His onslaught of iterations has done well to highlight European fashion trends in bold, yet totally wearable ways. Are they all hits? Not necessarily. But that’s the fun of fashion. Individual style is a personal choice that should be scored on a case by case basis. Here are some basic European fashion trends to get your wardrobe out of the closet and into the mainstream waters of timeless chic.

European Fashion Trend #1: Suit Up (The 11th Doctor)

The concept of the suit has changed tremendously. This is in large part due to the evolution of men’s fashion as an industry. What was once a matching suit jacket and pant combo has now become sports coat and slacks. The Eleventh Doctor, who boldly redefines the “no-style-nerd” archetype, has produced one of the more iconic instances of this shift. Here’s how you can make his look your own.

  • Mix and match classic checkered or pinstripe suit pieces with solid counterparts.
  • Dress up the look with a shirt and tie (or bowtie) combination or step outside of the police box and add a more relaxed element with trainers and a tee.
  • Go big and go bold. Subdued colors is an outdated concept in the European fashion market. Clothes, like people, can be vibrant and full of personality. Who knew?

European Fashion Trend #2: The Clash (The 6th Doctor)

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding European fashion and the colors that make it viable. Leave grey to the London skyline and adopt the bold, British flair of the 6th, and most bombastic, Doctor. His style was a turbulent mess of patterns, styles, and genres. Play around with a few of his tactics to see what works for you. Here’s how to get started.

  • Bright colors that don’t match can absolutely be a statement. The thing to avoid is doing so inadvertently. Make an informative decision when opting for a look that can go either way and check out our colors that match guide here
  • Play with previously poo-pooed print combinations. Stripes and plaid may sound like a match made in men’s fashion hell, but the results might surprise you.
  • Don’t pigeonhole your wardrobe into one genre. Create options with clothes that would otherwise never coexist at the same function. Above the knee athletic shorts and a versatile polo are park friendly and fashionable.

European Fashion Trend #3: Access to Accessories (The 4th Doctor)

Accessories are meant to highlight a core concept, but what works in America may not work across the pond. And that’s fine. Not everyone wants jewelry, watches, or rings weighing down their look. In fact, a lot of men’s fashion, Europe’s in particular, uses other articles of clothing to accessorize. Take the 4th Doctor, for example. He has embodied this trend since the early 80s. Try some of these simple staple clothing options on for size.

  • Scarves are future proof in European fashion. They create a smart style that can elevate just about any casual look. Wear them loose and long, in a European knot or with knitted shirts and sweaters. Just wear them.
  • Break away from the New York Messenger style tote and give your wardrobe a European upgrade. The cross-body messenger bag can help. It’s functional but it also adds a fun sporty style to more casual gear.
  • The bowtie. It’s smart. It’s hip. It’s sexy. It’s also about time the bowtie made it back to this side of the pond.

European Fashion Trend #4: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Fashion Faux Pas)

As stated above, style is a personal choice but that doesn’t mean you should choose to ignore it. Maybe plaid-striped blazers aren’t your thing. Fair enough. There are still do’s and don’ts when it comes to presenting yourself to the world around you. A men’s fashion lesson to take from our neighbors across the pond is this: clothes are an expression of self, not an expression of self-doubt. To put it succinctly, dress with confidence. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

  • Sweat pants, joggers, or leggings in the city. Just don’t do it. We get away with it here, but anywhere else in the world it is considered a major no-no.
  • Cargo shorts. Did you know that cargo pants were originally invented for use by the British Armed Forces in WWII? If Europeans have since abandoned the concept as viable casual wear, then so should you.
  • Gaudy jewelry. As previously stated, jewelry is a toss up depending on your style. But remember the old adage here: less is more. Think elegant accessory, not rap video mogul.
June 28, 2019 by Alex Pennington
European Fashion trends that reign supreme in Italy

 

Style Elevator: European Fashion trends that reign supreme in Italy

 Fashion Trends from Florence to Milan

Italy has long been in the running for fashion capital of the world. If you’ve ever walked the streets of Rome – or any other major city in Italy, for that matter – then you know why. We’re convinced that everyone who lives there moonlights as a fashion model. Spruce up your wardrobe by following suit with these European fashion trends aimed at taking your style to the next level.  

European Fashion Trend #1: Play with Colors

Colors to the wardrobe is what paint is to the canvas. Without it, you haven’t got much of anything. But in the right hands their utilization can bloom a splendid work of art. Colors that clash, colors that complement, and colors that match can all lend an aura of playfulness to a wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and find value outside of your comfort zone. Our Florentine friends sure have.

Original Stitch Tip: Go bold. This doesn’t necessarily mean bright colors. You don’t need to be seen from 2 blocks away to stand out. You just need to create a color palette that suits your style. Earth tones with pastel highlights are a safe starting point.

 

 European Fashion Trend #2: The Trendy Trench Coat

One of the more timeless pieces to come out of Italian fashion trends is the trench coat. Everyone in the city has one. Doesn’t matter which city, pick your favorite. Trench coats in Italy are not superfluous by any means, but the style and grace in which Italians wear them would make you think they are. That’s because in Italy, style and functionality are of a common goal.

Original Stitch Tip: Wool is for weather. Any kind of weather. It breathes in the summer and traps heat in the winter. If you’re going with a trench coat to add an air of dignity to your look, then make sure it’s made of this marvelous material.

 

 European Fashion Trend# 3: Come Out of Your Shell with The Turtleneck

If we’re listing types of clothes that should have gone the way of the dinosaur, then turtle necks should come out on top, right? Wrong. Like everything that Italians do, this is one of many fashion trends that has its history rooted in classic style.

Original Style Tip: Combine your turtleneck with a pair of slim fit pants to highlight your frame in warmer seasons. Use more loose-fitting iterations to stay warm, but look cool, when the weather takes a chilly turn. 

 

 

June 28, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
What do classy men wear on the Fourth of July?

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.

Original Stitch Pick: J Crew 484 Slim Fit Chino

June 27, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Chino Braxton X Original Stitch Partnership

 

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. 

May 29, 2019 by Yulia Valera
What To Pack For a Weekend Getaway

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May 22, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
5 Must Have Men's Summer Essentials

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 choiceBroad 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

 

May 22, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Fashion Lessons I learned from my Father

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. 

May 22, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
How to survive long sleeve shirts in the office during Summertime?

How to survive long sleeve shirts in the office during Summertime?

How to survive long sleeve shirts in the office during Summertime?

Dressing to impress on the job doesn’t take a vacation just because summer rolls around. Wearing long sleeve dress shirts can be a pain if done incorrectly. They can be itchy, bunching, heat-trapping nightmares. But that’s not the shirt’s fault. Here we will introduce you to a few concepts to stay cool when the weather warms up, regardless of office attire policy.

Select light colors

One of the easiest ways to beat the heat is to choose the right color. This is an idea that goes back to primary school science class. Dark colors attract and hold heat while light colors repel it. That translates to lower body temperature and a happier you.

Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Summer Collection.

Wear breathable fabrics

Next, you’re going to want to take a look at the fabrics you’re using. Most men already know that cotton is king, but did you know that thread count, and weave are the real heat saving qualities possessed by this super fabric? The higher the thread count, the finer the yarn, the silkier the material. But don’t get caught up in just skin feel. Look for an open weave as well. Simply, hold the shirt to the light. Can you see small gaps in the fabric? Congrats, you’ve got yourself breathable summer cotton. 

Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Aqua Blue cotton dress shirt

Opt for a casual vibe

Just because you’re wearing long-sleeved shirts to work does not mean you have to give it the same wintertime treatment. Yes, buttoning up to the collar is a smart look. But rolling up your sleeves and letting a button or two loose is a great way to play it cool.

The accessories

Here are a few bonus tips to beating the heat with accessories:

  • Wear unlined jackets. They do away with layers of fabric.
  • Look into linen. It’s a versatile fabric that breathes well in the summertime.
  • A 100% cotton undershirt will protect outerwear from sweat and antiperspirant stains.
  • Go loafers and go sockless.

 

 

July 30, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Last minute Fourth of July Outfit Ideas for Men on the Go

Last minute Fourth of July Outfit Ideas for Men on the Go

Last minute Fourth of July Outfit Ideas for Men on the Go

 

Easy looks that only take a few minutes to achieve

If you’re here there is a good chance you’ve spaced on the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Don’t worry, though. We’ve put together a couple of looks that are easy baselines to build upon no matter who you are or what style you feel most comfortable in. The beauty of a list like this is that it takes into account the most common styles men wear to give you a better chance at already owning most, if not all, of the pieces discussed. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the first one.

Fourth of July Outfit Idea for: The Prep

For this look, you want to follow your instinct and go with a pair of above knee dress shorts. The lighter the color the better. Instinctually, the next piece you’re going to want to grab is a solid, dark-colored polo. Don’t. Instead, fish out a lightweight long-sleeved shirt. White is classic, but if you can make a pastel pink, yellow, or blue work then go for it. Roll up the sleeves and unbutton the neck to taste. Add to this a pair of brown leather sandals and you’re done.

Fourth of July Outfit Idea for: The Urban Crawler

If your wardrobe consists of everything except dress pants, then this is likely where you’ll find the style for you. The first thing you’re going to do is put the hoodie down. It’s the middle of summer. It’s a weird look. Instead, grab your favorite Longline T-shirt. A light color will work best here. If you really want to wear layers, then a thin trucker jacket will suffice. Pair the tee and trucker with a lightweight, slim-fit jogger. Pull the hem of your joggers up about halfway into your calf for a 90s vibe. Finish off the look with a pair of mid-top sneakers. Solid white is a great baseline, but feel free to make the look your own.

Fourth of July Outfit Idea for: The All Business Man

Men who know that work doesn’t end just because the clock hits 5 p.m. will find the right pieces to build a solid starter outfit here. The first thing you want to do is bust out your most form-fitting polo. You know, the one you wear on at least one casual Friday a month. Color isn’t crazy important, what you’re going for here is “power move casual”. The next piece to consider is a slim-fit chino. If you went light on the shirt, go dark on the pant and vice versa. Roll them up ankle high. Lastly, slip on your favorite pair of boaters – no socks – and a belt to match. Tuck the shirt in and hit the town at your leisure.

July 01, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Dr Who: Timeless European Fashion Trends You Don’t Need a Tardis to Find

Dr Who: Timeless European Fashion Trends You Don’t Need a Tardis to Find

Dr Who: Timeless European Fashion Trends You Don’t Need a Tardis to Find

London’s legacy to fashion

Some people say clothes don’t make the man, and while that is technically true, the men’s fashion industry has come a long way to proving that the relationship between a man and his wardrobe is a symbiotic one. None know this better than the many incarnations of Dr. Who. His onslaught of iterations has done well to highlight European fashion trends in bold, yet totally wearable ways. Are they all hits? Not necessarily. But that’s the fun of fashion. Individual style is a personal choice that should be scored on a case by case basis. Here are some basic European fashion trends to get your wardrobe out of the closet and into the mainstream waters of timeless chic.

European Fashion Trend #1: Suit Up (The 11th Doctor)

The concept of the suit has changed tremendously. This is in large part due to the evolution of men’s fashion as an industry. What was once a matching suit jacket and pant combo has now become sports coat and slacks. The Eleventh Doctor, who boldly redefines the “no-style-nerd” archetype, has produced one of the more iconic instances of this shift. Here’s how you can make his look your own.

  • Mix and match classic checkered or pinstripe suit pieces with solid counterparts.
  • Dress up the look with a shirt and tie (or bowtie) combination or step outside of the police box and add a more relaxed element with trainers and a tee.
  • Go big and go bold. Subdued colors is an outdated concept in the European fashion market. Clothes, like people, can be vibrant and full of personality. Who knew?

European Fashion Trend #2: The Clash (The 6th Doctor)

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding European fashion and the colors that make it viable. Leave grey to the London skyline and adopt the bold, British flair of the 6th, and most bombastic, Doctor. His style was a turbulent mess of patterns, styles, and genres. Play around with a few of his tactics to see what works for you. Here’s how to get started.

  • Bright colors that don’t match can absolutely be a statement. The thing to avoid is doing so inadvertently. Make an informative decision when opting for a look that can go either way and check out our colors that match guide here
  • Play with previously poo-pooed print combinations. Stripes and plaid may sound like a match made in men’s fashion hell, but the results might surprise you.
  • Don’t pigeonhole your wardrobe into one genre. Create options with clothes that would otherwise never coexist at the same function. Above the knee athletic shorts and a versatile polo are park friendly and fashionable.

European Fashion Trend #3: Access to Accessories (The 4th Doctor)

Accessories are meant to highlight a core concept, but what works in America may not work across the pond. And that’s fine. Not everyone wants jewelry, watches, or rings weighing down their look. In fact, a lot of men’s fashion, Europe’s in particular, uses other articles of clothing to accessorize. Take the 4th Doctor, for example. He has embodied this trend since the early 80s. Try some of these simple staple clothing options on for size.

  • Scarves are future proof in European fashion. They create a smart style that can elevate just about any casual look. Wear them loose and long, in a European knot or with knitted shirts and sweaters. Just wear them.
  • Break away from the New York Messenger style tote and give your wardrobe a European upgrade. The cross-body messenger bag can help. It’s functional but it also adds a fun sporty style to more casual gear.
  • The bowtie. It’s smart. It’s hip. It’s sexy. It’s also about time the bowtie made it back to this side of the pond.

European Fashion Trend #4: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Fashion Faux Pas)

As stated above, style is a personal choice but that doesn’t mean you should choose to ignore it. Maybe plaid-striped blazers aren’t your thing. Fair enough. There are still do’s and don’ts when it comes to presenting yourself to the world around you. A men’s fashion lesson to take from our neighbors across the pond is this: clothes are an expression of self, not an expression of self-doubt. To put it succinctly, dress with confidence. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

  • Sweat pants, joggers, or leggings in the city. Just don’t do it. We get away with it here, but anywhere else in the world it is considered a major no-no.
  • Cargo shorts. Did you know that cargo pants were originally invented for use by the British Armed Forces in WWII? If Europeans have since abandoned the concept as viable casual wear, then so should you.
  • Gaudy jewelry. As previously stated, jewelry is a toss up depending on your style. But remember the old adage here: less is more. Think elegant accessory, not rap video mogul.
June 28, 2019 by Alex Pennington
European Fashion trends that reign supreme in Italy

European Fashion trends that reign supreme in Italy

 

Style Elevator: European Fashion trends that reign supreme in Italy

 Fashion Trends from Florence to Milan

Italy has long been in the running for fashion capital of the world. If you’ve ever walked the streets of Rome – or any other major city in Italy, for that matter – then you know why. We’re convinced that everyone who lives there moonlights as a fashion model. Spruce up your wardrobe by following suit with these European fashion trends aimed at taking your style to the next level.  

European Fashion Trend #1: Play with Colors

Colors to the wardrobe is what paint is to the canvas. Without it, you haven’t got much of anything. But in the right hands their utilization can bloom a splendid work of art. Colors that clash, colors that complement, and colors that match can all lend an aura of playfulness to a wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and find value outside of your comfort zone. Our Florentine friends sure have.

Original Stitch Tip: Go bold. This doesn’t necessarily mean bright colors. You don’t need to be seen from 2 blocks away to stand out. You just need to create a color palette that suits your style. Earth tones with pastel highlights are a safe starting point.

 

 European Fashion Trend #2: The Trendy Trench Coat

One of the more timeless pieces to come out of Italian fashion trends is the trench coat. Everyone in the city has one. Doesn’t matter which city, pick your favorite. Trench coats in Italy are not superfluous by any means, but the style and grace in which Italians wear them would make you think they are. That’s because in Italy, style and functionality are of a common goal.

Original Stitch Tip: Wool is for weather. Any kind of weather. It breathes in the summer and traps heat in the winter. If you’re going with a trench coat to add an air of dignity to your look, then make sure it’s made of this marvelous material.

 

 European Fashion Trend# 3: Come Out of Your Shell with The Turtleneck

If we’re listing types of clothes that should have gone the way of the dinosaur, then turtle necks should come out on top, right? Wrong. Like everything that Italians do, this is one of many fashion trends that has its history rooted in classic style.

Original Style Tip: Combine your turtleneck with a pair of slim fit pants to highlight your frame in warmer seasons. Use more loose-fitting iterations to stay warm, but look cool, when the weather takes a chilly turn. 

 

 

June 28, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
What do classy men wear on the Fourth of July?

What do classy men wear on the Fourth of July?

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.

Original Stitch Pick: J Crew 484 Slim Fit Chino

June 27, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Chino Braxton X Original Stitch Partnership

Chino Braxton X Original Stitch Partnership

 

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. 

May 29, 2019 by Yulia Valera
What To Pack For a Weekend Getaway

What To Pack For a Weekend Getaway

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May 22, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
5 Must Have Men's Summer Essentials

5 Must Have Men's Summer Essentials

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 choiceBroad 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

 

May 22, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Fashion Lessons I learned from my Father

Fashion Lessons I learned from my Father

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. 

May 22, 2019 by Anthony Nelson