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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
4 Fall Colors to Shake Up Your Wardrobe

 

Fall is fast approaching, and with it comes the onslaught of earth tones like brown, tan, maroon, green, and mustard. These are tried and true options that fit the season like a glove, but for anyone looking to deviate from fall color fashion trends we’ve got your back. Here are 4 fall colors to shake up your wardrobe.

Grey

Grey is typically considered a winter color, but it can do wonders as an accent for fall ensembles with a professional slant. Blazers and sports coats were made for this task. The key to remember is stay away from sheen in the fall. A grey blazer or sports coat that has accents of brown are fantastic all-around options that pair well with traditional autumnal settings.

Olive Green

Olive green works well as pullover sweaters to give a color boost to dark colored jeans. Olive is an earth tone that warms up cool blues, greys, and blacks. Put it to use as a way to update your fall style without needing to change too much about your year-round closet staples.

Charcoal

Top coats and overcoats benefit greatly from charcoal as a color. It gives them a cool winter vibe that is easy to coordinate while simultaneously offering an off black option that’ll transition well into winter months.

Navy

Navy is a rich, deep, color traditionally associated with summer (dark denims), so if you’re looking to keep those vibes alive then try incorporating it into fall styles. Navy cardigans are a great place to start. They allow layered looks and go really well with earth tones like tan and maroon.

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 14, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
An Original Stitch Guide to Fall and Winter Fabrics

 

Summer is going to be letting up soon. The time to say goodbye to lightweight linens and open cotton weaves is getting close. Not sure how you should transition your wardrobe appropriately? Consider this Original Stitch guide to fall and winter fabrics. Keep reading to learn the different use cases for suede and nubuck or how to properly incorporate cotton into cold weather ensembles.

Fall Fabric #1 - The Case for 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.

 

Fall Fabric #2 – Let the Leather Out

Leather has a rep of being stylish, versatile, and remarkably durable for good reason. Most forms will stick with you for years with little to no maintenance on your part. There is no better investment when it comes to fall styles. Leather starts off supple – brimming with youthful energy – and ends up dignified, weathered, and elegant. Here are a few types worthy of a spot in your cool weather collection.

  • Shearling: Shearling leather is sheepskin that has been tanned with the wool left on. Jackets made from shearling leather offer 100% protection from the elements and is a stylish outer layer that works with many looks.
  • Suede: Suede is a leather made from the underside of an animal. It produces a fuzzy, or napped, garment that should avoid rainy days. Suede shoes are surprisingly low maintenance, even with its aversion to submersion. Applying a water repellent treatment and brushing them every once in a while go a long way to keep them looking their best.
  • Nubuck: Nubuck is a lot like suede, except it is a top-grain leather. It produces shoes and jackets that feature a more pronounced nap and resilient finish than its underbelly counterpart. Nubuck deals with water a bit better but will still benefit from a routine repellent treatment and periodic brushing.

Fall Fabric #3 – Wool Will Warm What Ails Ya

Wool is a fantastic temperature regulator. In warm weather it pulls moisture away from the body, keeping a layer of dry air next to the skin. When that moisture evaporates the body is cooled.  In cool, wet weather, wool absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. This action generates – and retains – escaping heat. Wet or dry, wool performs up to snuff. Here are a few styles you’ll want to look out for come fall.

  • Mohair: The luxury wool. Mohair is to fabric what diamonds are to jewelry. It’s sheared from the Angora goat and produces soft, durable, and waterproof clothing.
  • Tweed: The ‘all in a day’s work’ wool. Tweed is a hard wearing, beat ‘em up, fabric that is extremely good at keeping in body heat. It is stiff and thick and usually woven using different color threads to create a dynamic “V” pattern.
  • Merino: The intimate wool. Merino is lightweight and moisture wicking. It works incredibly well as base layer underwear or a mid/outer layer date night sweater.
  • Wosrted: The suit’s wool. Worsted wool is a tightly-weaved, brushed, fabric that boasts a smooth finish uncharacteristic to other wools.
  • Cashmere: The finest wool. Cashmere, also known as Pashmina, is one of the softest wools available. It is a must for knitted accessories like gloves, scarves, and hats.
  • Lambswool: The youngest wool. Lambswool is an exceptionally soft wool shorn from lambs 7 months or younger. It’s moisture wicking, breathable, and hypoallergenic.

Our Cordura Stretch Check is the perfect year-round, wool-blend, fabric for suit jackets and pants.

 

Fall Fabric #4 – Fall Back on Fleece

Fleece is a synthetic fiber made from polyethylene terephthalate. It’s lightweight and has anti-perspirant qualities that allow sweat to pass through easily, keeping the body warm and dry. But because fleece is a synthetic fiber it takes chemicals – which are harmful to the environment – to produce. Eco-fleece uses recycled polyester as an ethical alternative, but chemicals are still involved in the process. So, yeah, maybe fall back on fleece. If you want a natural alternative, try the fiber it was made imitate. Wool.

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 07, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
What is considered a high-quality dress shirt?

 

The quality of a dress shirt can be measured by many metrics. Always keep an eye out for fine details such as buttons, stitching, and seams. A high-quality dress shirt will feature tightly-sewn buttons, clean stitching, and matching patterns. Also be on the look out for split yokes, pleats, and natural materials like cotton. These are clear indicators of a well-made dress shirt. Let’s dive into each category and go over exactly what makes a high-quality dress shirt.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Material

The easiest way to determine the quality of a dress shirt is its material. Cotton is one of the best all-around materials for high-quality dress shirts because it breathes well, handles perspiration like a boss, and can be easily washed. Thicker weaves are also good because they help dress shirts hold their shape longer without the need to iron. While 100% natural materials like cotton is the go-to standard for a high-quality dress shirt, a small percentage of man-made material isn’t a deal breaker. Many synthetic fibers are included in dress shirts to add wrinkle-resistance, stretch, and durability. But beware: anything made with more than a few percentage points of synthetic fibers can be a sign of cost-cutting rather than good, purposeful, craftsmanship. Here are a few of our favorite 100% cotton Original Stitch Dress shirts to get you started.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Stitching

Most stitching on dress shirts today is done by machine, but there are varying degrees of quality control that you can take to make sure you’re getting the best quality available. Tight edges and seams – stitching that you can’t see through or pry apart with a fingernail – are a great way to determine this. You can also count the stitches per inch. 22 stitches per inch is generally considered very high quality, but anything above 18 is a good sign.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Buttons

Plastic shirt buttons are extremely common, but that doesn’t mean the shirt you’ve got your eye on is poor quality. If the buttons are plastic and the button stitch is tight, you’re in for a pretty good time. If you want to bypass plastic altogether, then mother of pearl is a great step towards higher quality. Mother of pearl buttons are generally thinner than plastic buttons, so don’t let that discourage you. Online tailors like Original Stitch will allow you to choose your button type and configuration, but if you’re buying off the rack, buttons on the sleeve of a dress shirt will point you to the good stuff.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Yokes

The yoke of a dress shirt is the cloth that lays over the shoulder blade and connects the shoulder fabric to the upper back section via horizontal stitch. A high-quality dress shirt will feature a split yoke – a seam that starts under the collar and goes down the middle to connect with the horizontal seam. This allows tailors to adjust each side of the back individually for a better, more uniform fit.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Pleats

Most dress shirts found in big box stores tend to feature pleats. Pleats, like the common box pleat, are a way to help the shirt keep its shape and stay close to the body. High-quality, in this respect, refers to the fit of the shirt and how it contours naturally around the back and shoulders. Side pleats are a cut above the box variant in that it allows your body to inform the fabric’s shape in a less obtrusive way. Observe below how including no pleats at all (plain) would be even more true to your form. At Original Stitch, we offer many styles of pleat, including box, side, side dart and plain.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Monograms

Monograms aren’t necessarily an indicator of high-quality. Truth is, anyone can have them added to off-the-rack shirts. BUT if you find a tailor or brand that can facilitate monogramming in house – like Original Stitch – it’s a good sign that they’re more likely to be directly involved in the manufacturing process than those who don’t.

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.

August 31, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Top Professional Fall Fashion Trends For Men in 2022

 

Summer is coming to a close, and with its end comes the need for more cool weather clothing options. Not to worry. We’ve got you covered with the top professional fall fashion trends for men in 2022.

Quilted Jacket

Quilted jackets are to fall what puffer coats are to winter. They’re fashionable, functional, and can work with myriad styles. How heavy the one you choose should correspond to the season. Mild falls should be met with light to medium weight quilted jackets. Colder weather is reserved for hefty renditions. Whatever weight class you decide on will do wonders to smarten up your look regardless of implementation.

Oxford Cloth Button Up

The button up dress shirt is classic style. But what is the difference between an Oxford shirt and a standard dress shirt? Well, an Oxford dress shirt typically has a stiffer collar and usually comes as a button down. It is a happy medium between the sheen of more formal dress shirts and the boxy, basket-weave pattern of casual dress shirts. Keep the comfort of the casual weave with the professional look of a short point (or cutaway or rounded) collar by simply opting for an Oxford button up variant – like our Pink, White, or Grey Dobby Oxfords – to round out your Fall weather fashion.

Wool Pants

Wool and wool blend pants – like our Medium Grey Blended Wool slack fabric – are great for weather patterns that change periodically. Thicker wool retains body heat while lightweight weaves have the ability to breathe in the breeze. Wool also pulls moisture away from the body while repelling light snow and rain. Did we mention wool also resists wrinkles? The practical benefits of wool aside, pants made from the textile just look snazzy and allows for visual texture to be added to any ensemble.

Cap Toes, Monk Straps and Brogues

There are many shoe options coming in strong for Fall of 2022, but our three favorites are listed here. They are cap toes, monk straps, and brogues. What we love about the cap toe is its sheer versatility. They can often be worn with dress slacks, chinos, or even a nice denim. Monk straps add a bit of flare to liven up your wardrobe, and brogues bring with them regal style points that can be enjoyed in the office or in more formal settings.

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. 

August 24, 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
4 Fall Colors to Shake Up Your Wardrobe

4 Fall Colors to Shake Up Your Wardrobe

 

Fall is fast approaching, and with it comes the onslaught of earth tones like brown, tan, maroon, green, and mustard. These are tried and true options that fit the season like a glove, but for anyone looking to deviate from fall color fashion trends we’ve got your back. Here are 4 fall colors to shake up your wardrobe.

Grey

Grey is typically considered a winter color, but it can do wonders as an accent for fall ensembles with a professional slant. Blazers and sports coats were made for this task. The key to remember is stay away from sheen in the fall. A grey blazer or sports coat that has accents of brown are fantastic all-around options that pair well with traditional autumnal settings.

Olive Green

Olive green works well as pullover sweaters to give a color boost to dark colored jeans. Olive is an earth tone that warms up cool blues, greys, and blacks. Put it to use as a way to update your fall style without needing to change too much about your year-round closet staples.

Charcoal

Top coats and overcoats benefit greatly from charcoal as a color. It gives them a cool winter vibe that is easy to coordinate while simultaneously offering an off black option that’ll transition well into winter months.

Navy

Navy is a rich, deep, color traditionally associated with summer (dark denims), so if you’re looking to keep those vibes alive then try incorporating it into fall styles. Navy cardigans are a great place to start. They allow layered looks and go really well with earth tones like tan and maroon.

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 14, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
An Original Stitch Guide to Fall and Winter Fabrics

An Original Stitch Guide to Fall and Winter Fabrics

 

Summer is going to be letting up soon. The time to say goodbye to lightweight linens and open cotton weaves is getting close. Not sure how you should transition your wardrobe appropriately? Consider this Original Stitch guide to fall and winter fabrics. Keep reading to learn the different use cases for suede and nubuck or how to properly incorporate cotton into cold weather ensembles.

Fall Fabric #1 - The Case for 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.

 

Fall Fabric #2 – Let the Leather Out

Leather has a rep of being stylish, versatile, and remarkably durable for good reason. Most forms will stick with you for years with little to no maintenance on your part. There is no better investment when it comes to fall styles. Leather starts off supple – brimming with youthful energy – and ends up dignified, weathered, and elegant. Here are a few types worthy of a spot in your cool weather collection.

  • Shearling: Shearling leather is sheepskin that has been tanned with the wool left on. Jackets made from shearling leather offer 100% protection from the elements and is a stylish outer layer that works with many looks.
  • Suede: Suede is a leather made from the underside of an animal. It produces a fuzzy, or napped, garment that should avoid rainy days. Suede shoes are surprisingly low maintenance, even with its aversion to submersion. Applying a water repellent treatment and brushing them every once in a while go a long way to keep them looking their best.
  • Nubuck: Nubuck is a lot like suede, except it is a top-grain leather. It produces shoes and jackets that feature a more pronounced nap and resilient finish than its underbelly counterpart. Nubuck deals with water a bit better but will still benefit from a routine repellent treatment and periodic brushing.

Fall Fabric #3 – Wool Will Warm What Ails Ya

Wool is a fantastic temperature regulator. In warm weather it pulls moisture away from the body, keeping a layer of dry air next to the skin. When that moisture evaporates the body is cooled.  In cool, wet weather, wool absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. This action generates – and retains – escaping heat. Wet or dry, wool performs up to snuff. Here are a few styles you’ll want to look out for come fall.

  • Mohair: The luxury wool. Mohair is to fabric what diamonds are to jewelry. It’s sheared from the Angora goat and produces soft, durable, and waterproof clothing.
  • Tweed: The ‘all in a day’s work’ wool. Tweed is a hard wearing, beat ‘em up, fabric that is extremely good at keeping in body heat. It is stiff and thick and usually woven using different color threads to create a dynamic “V” pattern.
  • Merino: The intimate wool. Merino is lightweight and moisture wicking. It works incredibly well as base layer underwear or a mid/outer layer date night sweater.
  • Wosrted: The suit’s wool. Worsted wool is a tightly-weaved, brushed, fabric that boasts a smooth finish uncharacteristic to other wools.
  • Cashmere: The finest wool. Cashmere, also known as Pashmina, is one of the softest wools available. It is a must for knitted accessories like gloves, scarves, and hats.
  • Lambswool: The youngest wool. Lambswool is an exceptionally soft wool shorn from lambs 7 months or younger. It’s moisture wicking, breathable, and hypoallergenic.

Our Cordura Stretch Check is the perfect year-round, wool-blend, fabric for suit jackets and pants.

 

Fall Fabric #4 – Fall Back on Fleece

Fleece is a synthetic fiber made from polyethylene terephthalate. It’s lightweight and has anti-perspirant qualities that allow sweat to pass through easily, keeping the body warm and dry. But because fleece is a synthetic fiber it takes chemicals – which are harmful to the environment – to produce. Eco-fleece uses recycled polyester as an ethical alternative, but chemicals are still involved in the process. So, yeah, maybe fall back on fleece. If you want a natural alternative, try the fiber it was made imitate. Wool.

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 07, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
What is considered a high-quality dress shirt?

What is considered a high-quality dress shirt?

 

The quality of a dress shirt can be measured by many metrics. Always keep an eye out for fine details such as buttons, stitching, and seams. A high-quality dress shirt will feature tightly-sewn buttons, clean stitching, and matching patterns. Also be on the look out for split yokes, pleats, and natural materials like cotton. These are clear indicators of a well-made dress shirt. Let’s dive into each category and go over exactly what makes a high-quality dress shirt.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Material

The easiest way to determine the quality of a dress shirt is its material. Cotton is one of the best all-around materials for high-quality dress shirts because it breathes well, handles perspiration like a boss, and can be easily washed. Thicker weaves are also good because they help dress shirts hold their shape longer without the need to iron. While 100% natural materials like cotton is the go-to standard for a high-quality dress shirt, a small percentage of man-made material isn’t a deal breaker. Many synthetic fibers are included in dress shirts to add wrinkle-resistance, stretch, and durability. But beware: anything made with more than a few percentage points of synthetic fibers can be a sign of cost-cutting rather than good, purposeful, craftsmanship. Here are a few of our favorite 100% cotton Original Stitch Dress shirts to get you started.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Stitching

Most stitching on dress shirts today is done by machine, but there are varying degrees of quality control that you can take to make sure you’re getting the best quality available. Tight edges and seams – stitching that you can’t see through or pry apart with a fingernail – are a great way to determine this. You can also count the stitches per inch. 22 stitches per inch is generally considered very high quality, but anything above 18 is a good sign.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Buttons

Plastic shirt buttons are extremely common, but that doesn’t mean the shirt you’ve got your eye on is poor quality. If the buttons are plastic and the button stitch is tight, you’re in for a pretty good time. If you want to bypass plastic altogether, then mother of pearl is a great step towards higher quality. Mother of pearl buttons are generally thinner than plastic buttons, so don’t let that discourage you. Online tailors like Original Stitch will allow you to choose your button type and configuration, but if you’re buying off the rack, buttons on the sleeve of a dress shirt will point you to the good stuff.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Yokes

The yoke of a dress shirt is the cloth that lays over the shoulder blade and connects the shoulder fabric to the upper back section via horizontal stitch. A high-quality dress shirt will feature a split yoke – a seam that starts under the collar and goes down the middle to connect with the horizontal seam. This allows tailors to adjust each side of the back individually for a better, more uniform fit.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Pleats

Most dress shirts found in big box stores tend to feature pleats. Pleats, like the common box pleat, are a way to help the shirt keep its shape and stay close to the body. High-quality, in this respect, refers to the fit of the shirt and how it contours naturally around the back and shoulders. Side pleats are a cut above the box variant in that it allows your body to inform the fabric’s shape in a less obtrusive way. Observe below how including no pleats at all (plain) would be even more true to your form. At Original Stitch, we offer many styles of pleat, including box, side, side dart and plain.

High-Quality Dress Shirt Monograms

Monograms aren’t necessarily an indicator of high-quality. Truth is, anyone can have them added to off-the-rack shirts. BUT if you find a tailor or brand that can facilitate monogramming in house – like Original Stitch – it’s a good sign that they’re more likely to be directly involved in the manufacturing process than those who don’t.

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.

August 31, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com
Top Professional Fall Fashion Trends For Men in 2022

Top Professional Fall Fashion Trends For Men in 2022

 

Summer is coming to a close, and with its end comes the need for more cool weather clothing options. Not to worry. We’ve got you covered with the top professional fall fashion trends for men in 2022.

Quilted Jacket

Quilted jackets are to fall what puffer coats are to winter. They’re fashionable, functional, and can work with myriad styles. How heavy the one you choose should correspond to the season. Mild falls should be met with light to medium weight quilted jackets. Colder weather is reserved for hefty renditions. Whatever weight class you decide on will do wonders to smarten up your look regardless of implementation.

Oxford Cloth Button Up

The button up dress shirt is classic style. But what is the difference between an Oxford shirt and a standard dress shirt? Well, an Oxford dress shirt typically has a stiffer collar and usually comes as a button down. It is a happy medium between the sheen of more formal dress shirts and the boxy, basket-weave pattern of casual dress shirts. Keep the comfort of the casual weave with the professional look of a short point (or cutaway or rounded) collar by simply opting for an Oxford button up variant – like our Pink, White, or Grey Dobby Oxfords – to round out your Fall weather fashion.

Wool Pants

Wool and wool blend pants – like our Medium Grey Blended Wool slack fabric – are great for weather patterns that change periodically. Thicker wool retains body heat while lightweight weaves have the ability to breathe in the breeze. Wool also pulls moisture away from the body while repelling light snow and rain. Did we mention wool also resists wrinkles? The practical benefits of wool aside, pants made from the textile just look snazzy and allows for visual texture to be added to any ensemble.

Cap Toes, Monk Straps and Brogues

There are many shoe options coming in strong for Fall of 2022, but our three favorites are listed here. They are cap toes, monk straps, and brogues. What we love about the cap toe is its sheer versatility. They can often be worn with dress slacks, chinos, or even a nice denim. Monk straps add a bit of flare to liven up your wardrobe, and brogues bring with them regal style points that can be enjoyed in the office or in more formal settings.

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. 

August 24, 2022 by Marketing Originalstitch.com