A conversation with Model, Globetrotter, and Original Stitch Influencer Jeff Kasser
If you don’t know who Jeff Kasser is, let us introduce the two of you. He is one of Instagram’s biggest lifestyle influencers, but to only describe him as such would be a foolhardy endeavor. Sure, Jeff is a professional model, but did you also know he has a great sense of style? Check out his YouTube channel if you don’t believe us. We sat down to talk with him about his experience in the social media limelight paired with his tales of travel. Here is what we found out.
Original Stitch: Tell us about what it means to be an Influencer and what inspires you to keep creating content on Instagram?
Jeff: Being an influencer means you are the creative director, photographer, and model all in one. You come up with the inspiration and you set up the entire shoot. It’s amazing! I’ve been modeling for quite some time and becoming an influencer has allowed me to be creative behind the camera as well.
Original Stitch: What is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Jeff: The coolest place I’ve traveled to is Dubai. That place is wild! Everything is next level there - from the hotels to the clubs to the shopping. They have the tallest buildings, the largest shopping malls, and the really nice hotels charge a few hundred bucks for a steak!
Original Stitch: What do you usually wear to the airport when traveling?
Jeff: When I travel, I go super comfy and casual. My girlfriend is always dressed up. But I want to be comfy on the flight, so I am always in sweatpants and a hoodie.
Original Stitch: You mentioned that your girlfriend got you your first Original Stitch Shirt as a gift. What was the process like for her to get your correct measurements?
Jeff: Well she knew a lot of my measurements from my modeling comp card. She secretly called my parents and they ‘casually’ asked me, haha. My girlfriend said the Original Stitch website made it super easy to input the
measurements for a tailor-made shirt!
So, there you have it. A taste of what makes up Jeff Kasser. If you’d like a broader look into a day in his life, then check out his Instagram for yourself. 750k people can’t be wrong.
Best Gifts for Him: Gift Ideas for Your Husband or Boyfriend
Shopping for the men in your life doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Men are easy. There are very few things they really want that, given the opportunity to procure, they don’t already have. Everything else is a tossup. A man’s reaction to gifts isn’t generally geared towards the item itself, but rather the person who is giving it. We’ve all seen it. When was the last time your dad didn’t get a pair of socks or a tie on Father’s Day? And when was the last time he looked upset about it? The point we’re making here is, if you love him, any gift is worth giving. But, if you want to think outside of the box, then here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Custom shirts are a great gift idea. We watch the men in our life get dressed up for work, social engagements, and leisure activities every day. We see what they choose to wear, and the attire that hasn’t seen the light of day – likely to be tossed out without further discussion – in ages. Obviously, adding to the pile of beloved garments is a good goal by which to aspire. But how do you get the right measurements without him learning what you’re up to? Easy. Find his favorite, best-fitting, dress shirt and measure that.
Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Custom Dress Shirt
A NOT Smart Watch
Let’s be frank, wrist watches have taken on a similar appearance ever since the Apple Watch burst on to the scene in 2015. That’s to be expected. Apple had a ground-breaking innovation on their (and everyone else’s) hand. There is only one problem. The trend is boring. Do you remember when time pieces were treated with a bit more reverence? When watch boxes were coveted things filled with a selection of wrist candy saved for special occasions? We guarantee your boyfriend or husband does. Give him that same feeling he had when his father or uncle or cousin bestowed upon him the glory of the watch box collection. Every man knows this moment. And you can restore it for him.
Original Stitch Pick: Dover’s Olive & Acacia
Monogramed Leather Dopp Kit
A man on the go is rarely as organized as he should be. Help your hubby stay abreast of the finer things that tend to go overlooked when packing. That’s where a monogramed leather dopp kit comes in to play. These adorable toiletry bags are great for things like razors, travel size deodorants and colognes, moisturizing cremes, lotions – you name it. And because they’re leather, they age gracefully. This means that the right dopp kit will continue to get more rugged with each use. If that doesn’t put a smile on your man’s well-groomed face, then we don’t know what will.
Original Stitch Pick: LifetimeLeatherCo Men’s Monogrammed Dopp Kits
Learn How to Cut His Favorite Style
This last suggestion comes as a personal anecdote. A friend of mine got married a while back. I’ve known this guy all of my life, and never really figured him for the marrying type. I asked him when he knew that his current wife was “the one”. He said when she learned to cut his hair via YouTube and surprised him with her new skillset on their anniversary. Now, can she cut any style? No. Does that matter? Also no. She can only do a fade, but she can do it really well, and he loves her all the more for it. Since then, I’ve learned how to cut my girlfriend’s favorite hairstyle and she mine. A few other friends and their significant others have also picked up on the trend. So, if you’re looking for an out of the box gift to give the man who has everything, then a few YouTube lessons in the art of hair styling is totally worth the investment.
How to use office attire to make you confident
Office attire should be more than an unofficial uniform that you’ve deemed appropriate to wear in a randomized order every week. You know what we mean. You find an outfit, like the way it looks, and then wear it as a permanent combination until one of the pieces fail only to be swapped out at the last possible second. That’s boring. It’s uninspired. And most importantly, it can land you in a rut. Instead, what you should be doing is finding new ways to shake up the wardrobe already in your closet. Yes, doing so is easier said, but that’s why we’re here. To show you how it’s done.
Make sure it fits
One of the biggest fashion faux pas a man can make is wearing clothing that is too big – or small – for his size. It doesn’t matter if you have a million-dollar wardrobe if everything in it is an ill-fitting mess. So, dress according to your body type. A good place to start is with customizable, made to measure dress shirts. Doing so gives you control over how well your shirt sits, the warp and weft of the fabric, the color, cut, and style of the cuffs – pretty much everything. So, when we say make sure it fits, we mean in every regard. Physically and stylistically. Make sure it’s you.
Join the Crew
Everyone expects the dress shirt to be a staple of the office environment. It’s a look that goes back as far as most of us can remember. White dress shirt, simple slacks, well shined shoes and a tie. Black was bold, but now it’s old and predictable. Instead of donning the same style as your father – and his father before him for that matter – ditch the solid colored dress shirt and stiff collar for a crew neck sweater. The crew neck sweater is the first step to putting together a smart look. And if feeling smart doesn’t build your confidence then we don’t know what will. They work well with slim fit pants and can go over a dress shirt and tie, although we prefer the all-in approach. This consists of crew neck sweaters and crew neck sweaters alone. Mix up the work wear by utilizing a color that is office friendly. Pair it with a complementary pant and you’re halfway to a more confident demeanor.
Original Stitch's pick: Cotton crewneck sweater, J. Crew $49,50
Sock it to ‘em
Socks are socks. They don’t make or break an outfit, right? Wrong. Socks are the truest form of confidence an outfit can convey. Think about it this way: socks are for you, but they’re also for a select few. Go bold. Be yourself. Wear socks that really speak to the inner you. The person that wouldn’t be concerned about what others think of their apparel. Yes. That pair of Simpson’s dress socks you saw at the booth filled with nostalgic 90s memorabilia and immediately fell in love with last weekend while perusing that pop up shop totally count. Because they’re for you. When you cross your leg in the office meeting and your pants ride up just a little, allowing Homer to peek out for a brief period, that moment is for you as well. And the select few who are lucky enough to witness it.
Original Stitch's pick: Keith Haring Sock Box Set, Happy Socks $48
Belt out the hit accessories
This is a simple concept. Match your belt with your outfit. Match everything else with your belt. What part of your belt you’re matching matters on what accessory you’re accessorizing. Case in point: a brown leather belt with a silver buckle should see you wear a pair of brown shoes and silver watch or jewelry. A black belt with a gold buckle should see you in – you guessed it – black shoes and a gold watch or jewelry.
Original Stitch's pick: Brown leather belt, Cole Haan $80
Stay a cut above the rest
Before the clothes ever come into play, the best place to start building confidence is from within. There is positive proof that the way in which we carry ourselves affect our mood. Simply put, evidence suggests that faking it until you make it can be an effective strategy. And if wearing a smile, even if fake, can reduce stress, then cleaning up your appearance is a no brainer where self-esteem is involved. A clean cut, neatly trimmed beard, and manicured nails all go a long way in shoring up the package you are presenting. Commit to hitting the gym a few times a week and before long, you’ll be feeling that much more confident despite the clothes in your closet. Everyone notices the well-kept man who enters an office first. They notice his attire second.
San Francisco Trends: The Bay Area Edition
The latest styles served up as a San Francisco treat.
The beautiful thing about Bay Area style is that there is something for everyone buried within it. The multitude of options available to the men who inhabit this city is as cutting edge as the tech they produce. So, instead of going over full pieces or outfit builds, what we’re going to do here is lay out a couple fashion trends that skew more to the accessory. Here are a few that can go a long way in the tech giant capital of the world.
San Francisco Fashion Trend #1: The Casual Denim Jacket
Florida may be known as America’s sunshine state, but California has been hot on its heels for a long time. Don’t let that comparison fool you, though, the days may be sunny, but the evenings can be pretty chill. That’s where the casual denim jacket comes into play. These versatile coats are fashion friendly, lightweight, and easy to wear all year round.
Original Stitch Pick: Levi’s Sherpa Lined Trucker Jacket
San Francisco Fashion Trend #2: Suspenders
If belts are a pair of slacks’ best friend, then suspenders are the blue-eyed hottie that moves in next door. Your buddy knows he can’t compete with that. And he doesn’t want to. Heck, he even gives you his approval when you start splitting your time between him and her. And really, who can blame him?
Original Stitch Pick: Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Suspenders
San Francisco Fashion Trend #3: Hipster Chic Hat
A hipster chic hat can be a number of different styles. Everything from Panama Hats to Boaters and Newsboys can fit into this category. And honestly, they’re all solid choices. Take a look around and see what works for you. The only no-no is the beanie. Not that these aren’t fashionable options, but they’re kind of one in a million at this point. Try something new.
Original Stitch Pick: Barts Quest Summer Trillby
San Francisco Fashion Trend #4: Vibrant Socks
Lastly, we have vibrant socks. This might sound like a no brainer to fashion forward individuals who are reading this, but rest assured, the knowledge isn’t as wide spread as you think. There are lots of chinos roaming around San Francisco. If you’re one of the men who wear them, switch up your style a bit with a pair of socks that adds a little vitality to your style.
Original Stitch Pick: Happy Socks Big Dot Gift Box
When to Wear One: A Pocket Guide to Pockets.
Pocket or no pocket? Anyone who has ever worked in an office, been invited to a wedding, or gone to an event with even a hint of formality has asked this question. The short answer? When in doubt, go without.
But there are many factors that dictate how formal is too formal and vice versa. Especially if you are going with a customized made to measure dress shirt. Everything from the cut of the collar, gloss of the buttons, and shape of the cuffs lends to a dress shirt’s style, and therefore, its applicable uses. Here are a few simple things to remember when deciding on whether or not to go with a pocket.
Any dress shirt without a pocket immediately falls into the “more formal” category. This includes things like weddings and ceremonial events where one might wear a tie. If you like the look of a pocketed dress shirt, instead, make it so that the jacket you choose has one. Sports coats and blazers can also serve this purpose in an office environment where the dress code calls for it. Many jackets come with a faux breast pocket, that is, a slit cut into the breast area made to emulate a pocket, but with none of the function.
*Bonus fact, the pockets on suit jackets are generally sewn shut so that your suit keeps its shape. This translates to a cleaner look without sacrificing the overall style.
A dress shirt that includes a pocket is made for casual activities. Think office attire and brunches with other young professionals. This look is great for short sleeve dress shirts where you want to take advantage of a skinny tie to spruce things up a bit. This is also the category in which fun prints – like Hawaiian, live. The more pockets, the less formal.
Put it this way:
A single breast pocket is fantastic on a long sleeve with chinos and a rolled-up cuff. It dominates short-sleeved prints and gives the pen toting writer a place to show off their favorite utensil.
Double breast pockets are things you only see on a safari. Or at least you should. The double pocket is a manual labor, outside activity, kind of shirt. They’re like cargo shorts. When was the last time you saw a pair of those worn in any setting that wasn’t sun-soaked or weather-beaten? Follow that same rule of thumb with their top-heavy, double-breasted, counterparts.
In the end, the shirt you choose to wear says a lot about how you view the event being attended. Is it a casual affair that beckons patrons to put comfort first? Then wear a pocket. Is it a formal setting where you want to impress people with authority? Then ditch the pocket and opt for a cleaner line.
FYI – weddings absolutely have an authority figure that you want to impress. Have you ever met anyone with as much power as a bride on her wedding day? We didn’t think so.
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.
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.
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.
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.