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5 Stubborn Stains And How To Remove Them

5 Stubborn Stains And How To Remove Them

There is nothing better than a juicy burger provided that burger makes its way from the plate to your mouth uninterrupted. Unfortunately, life is not that black and white. Stains happen. Whether it be your new tie, old jeans, or favorite custom dress shirt, stains are near impossible to prevent indefinitely. It’s best to remove stains before they set so, let’s talk about the 5 most common ones and how to get rid of them.

"After all, we may be what we eat but our clothes don’t have to be."

Red wine

Red wine is one of the most readily available staining substances encountered by a young professional on the go. It’s everywhere. Keep it from overstaying its welcome with a simple routine of salt and cold water. Blot, never rub, red wine. After you’ve removed the excess, cover the stain with salt. This will absorb the wine and turn the salt a light pink color. Finally, soak the stain in cold water and an enzyme detergent overnight.

Coffee

The problem with morning coffee is before you’ve had your fix, you haven’t had your coffee yet. That’s how spills happen. Don’t let morning brain – and stains – ruin the rest of your day. Instead, blot the excess coffee with a dry cloth. Presoak the stain with a mixture of 1-quart warm water, ½ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Lastly, rinse the area with warm water. If there is a little left-over residue don’t sweat it. Use rubbing alcohol and a sponge to blot it out.

Ink

Ink stains are tricky. They’re rarely ever noticed until they set in. Remove stains that come from ink by following these steps:

First, lay the article of clothing on a flat surface. Pour on rubbing alcohol and let it soak for roughly 10 minutes. Blot the spot until your cloth no longer lifts ink.

After you’re done blotting, rewash the piece in cold water with bleach. Be sure to use color safe bleach on your non-whites. If the stain persists, mix cold water with a few droplets of laundry detergent and rub together to form a lather. Rinse and let air dry.  As a last resort, try nail polish remover. Apply it to a small test area and look for any discoloration in the fabric. If none result, apply the nail polish remover to the stain with a cold water and laundry detergent solution and rub it out.

Sweat

Remove sweat stains from colored clothing by soaking the garment in a solution of white vinegar and cold water. Let the piece sit in the mixture for 20 to 30 minutes. Run cold water over the affected area, massaging the stain loose with your fingers. Toss the soiled shirt in the wash and you’re all set to go.

 

 

Ketchup

Before attempting to remove stains, always check your clothing’s laundry label. Ketchup stains are no exception. Blot as much ketchup off as possible. After you’ve got your clothing relatively ketchup free, run cold water from the underside of the garment. Rub in some liquid detergent and let the stain sit for a about 15 minutes. When you’re done with that, soak the stain in warm water for half an hour. Rinse the stained area and that should be it. If the stain persists then repeat the process before throwing the article of clothing into the wash.

 

March 11, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Why You Should Dress Your Best To The Airport

Why You Should Dress Your Best To The Airport

When it comes to traveling, normally people prefer to throw in their best clothes inside their huge bags of luggage and wear the more comfortable types of clothes, such as joggers, jackets, and so on. That may be the case in some cases, especially if those flights are to be huge ones and require that comfy situation. However, there are several reasons as to why a person should wear far more than just what remains after packing. 

Shows Formality

Airports are all about showing who’s boss, and this shows not only with the plane tickets that a person bought, or if they’re bringing their passports with them. In these cases, the best thing to wear is something that shows that sense of formal wear, and it turns head when it does occur.

Consider this when you’re traveling: would you wear your usual jeans and casual shirts when traveling, and people would brush you off and even make your line loner since you look like the average joe? Or wear your best-tailored suit jacket to go with your made-measure button down casual that will send people signals about how much “prestige” you are as a person, and it even helps you feel a little better too upon entering that plane.

Makes You Feel Better

 Sometimes airports are notorious for those long morning waits for your flight, and that can hinder a person’s personality and mood about the ride towards their destination. Even wearing certain clothes when waiting for the plane to arrive can also become a factor, which is why when one heads to the airport, he should dress the best there is. 

When you start to really think about the logistic of traveling, it’s to really experience a place you’ve often never been before or haven’t been in a while. It’s kinda like buying something new and with that mentality in mind, you would want to have the fondest of feelings towards it instead of the nagging and dragging your body around with boring clothes that you wear on a regular basis.

By wearing a nice set of pants, a blazer to boot with a casual button down to match the colors of your attire. And if they were made-to-measure? It would be an even better experience since the clothes themselves fit you nice and tight, allowing a breeze of confidence into your day as you step foot into the airport grounds. 

 

 

Arrive With Style

As mentioned before, the feeling of traveling should be one that would make a person feel great since you’re exploring a whole new realm of the world. With different places to travel to around the world, there is excitement involved and more, so wearing boring everyday clothing doesn’t bring that satisfaction as wearing the best of the best does.

By wearing those nice and formal clothes, you bring a means of having the attention be drawn to you once you arrive at the desired location.

"When the people that live in the place you’re visiting see you in your nice attire, they too understand that you mean business, and you also bring that positive vibe when you arrive there, making the trip all the more enjoyable and satisfying."

Again, traveling is supposed to be a fun and enjoyable experience, and so when one wears the best there is in his wardrobe, that feeling will be just as mutual.

Better Service is Provided 

It’s obvious that when a person wears the best clothing out of their wardrobe, people will start to notice you a lot more than if you wear your sleeping shorts and tee. The same holds true to an airport, where hundreds of people all over the entire world are coming to get a good look at you and your clothing. With that image stuck in your head, it kinda makes you want to try wearing your best clothes.

 We are attention seekers after all.

The same holds true with the service the airport provides as to when one wears fancy and elegant clothing, there could be a better chance to leave early through the security lines and treated in a better way as you’re not sluggish and just waiting to sit down and get the traveling started in a moody manner. By wearing the best clothes, you’re bound for better service, more compliments at the Starbucks by the waiting areas, and again, it’ll make your traveling a whole lot more enjoyable.

 

March 08, 2019 by Marina Carroll
How To Iron A Dress Shirt

How To Iron A Dress Shirt

It’s 2019 and there are a few things that every modern man should know how to do for himself. Cooking a steak, pairing wine, and ironing custom dress shirts come to mind. It isn’t enough to just toss your wrinkled gear into the dryer for a few minutes, despite what your old college roommate told you that one time. Instead, invest in an ironing board. They’re cheaper than on-site laundries and, with the right knowledge, easier to use. So, read on and learn how to iron a dress shirt like a pro.

Know Your Fabric

The first thing to consider when setting up your ironing station is the fabric you will be working with. Luckily, the little knob on your iron is made to correspond with the tag on the shirt. "If your shirt says cotton, then turn the dial to cotton." Once you’ve got the setting locked in, it’s time to lay out your ware.

Lay It All Out There

Customized shirts are like any other dress shirts on the market, albeit a lot better fitting. To iron yours, begin by laying a sleeve on the ironing board. The cuff should be button side down and facing the narrow end of your board. Flatten the inner seam – the seam that goes into the armpit – by smoothing the fabric into a makeshift crease at the shoulder. Repeat to cuff.

Starch is your friend

Spray it on the area you intend to iron, but don’t overdo it. Too much starch can flake when dried, leaving your other clothes a snowy mess. Some people like to use steam and water to eliminate the possibility of flaking. Try both methods and see which works best for you.

Custom dress shirts are made to fit you specifically, so your style is vital to the confidence boost they provide. If you like a nice, strong crease going from shoulder to cuff then you’re going to want to iron the entire sleeve flat. If you don’t, just stop short of the outer edge.

Flip and repeat.

 

 

How to iron collars

To iron the collar of your dress shirt lay it flat tag side up. Spray with starch and iron from center to corners. Again, flip and repeat the gesture.

How to iron the front

Next, unbutton your shirt and put the button side of the front panel onto the ironing board. The collar should still be facing the narrow end. Starch to taste and iron the broadest part of the shirt first. Avoid running over the buttons by using the narrow end of the iron to get between each one. If you find this difficult, flipping the shirt over and ironing around the buttons from the underside could help. Once done, switch to the next panel and repeat.

How to iron the back

The last thing you need to do is the back of your shirt. Since you’re working with customized shirts you can opt for the pleated or non-pleated look. Ironing pleats can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before. To make it work, flatten the pleat as much as is possible. Get as close to the seam as is allowed and iron the area flat. Next, fold the pleat closed and iron about an inch in. This forms a sharply creased pleat every time.

If you’re not a fan of pleats, iron from top to bottom and that’s it. You’re officially done with this crash course on how to iron a dress shirt.

 

March 07, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
A Great Father’s Day Gift Idea: Made-To-Measure Men’s Dress Shirts

A Great Father’s Day Gift Idea: Made-To-Measure Men’s Dress Shirts

Your dad is a hero.

Show him exactly how much you appreciate everything he’s done for you with a Father’s Day gift that is wholly unique. A made to measure men’s dress shirt is exactly that gift. It’s stylish, will fit better than anything bought off of the rack, and is designed by you. Can you think of the last time you made your dad something for Father’s Day? We’re sure he can, and we’re sure he still has it. It’s time you add a new piece to the collection.

They’re stylish

Made to measure men’s dress shirts are a great Father’s Day gift idea because they can cater to the specific. Is your dad a fan of stripes? Then he gets stripes. Does he like short point collars? Then he gets a short point collar.

"You can even commemorate the occasion with a little monogram on the cuffs."

The point we’re trying to make here is this: your dad will love the fact that you went through the trouble to customize a gift that only he can use. But you know what he’ll like even more? That he didn’t have to pay for it.

 

 

They fit great

Any man who has worn a made to measure shirt knows how great it feels to have the right fit. They boost confidence and look good doing it. Whether your goal is to create a formal dress shirt or something with a more casual appeal is moot. It’s the cut that counts. If you aren’t sure of your dad’s exact measurements, we suggest measuring a shirt of his that already fits well and going with those.

Cost-effective

Ordering a made to measure men’s dress shirt is not only fashion savvy, but it’s also cost effective too. Custom tailored apparel is built to last. This means you end up paying less over time than if going with a cheaper, run of the mill option. A lot of off the rack dress shirts tend to shrink, fade, or lose their shape over time. But with made to measure shirts you generally get higher-quality fabrics, precise stitching, and a thread count you can decide on. All of these variables culminate into one thing: long lasting shirts that are as durable as they are stylish. Now that’s something off the rack garments can’t say.

Don’t settle for last minute gift ideas. Think outside of the box stores and order your dad a tailor-made dress shirt for Father’s Day instead

March 07, 2019 by Alex Pennington
Is It Better To Buy Off The Rack Or Custom Made-To-Measure Dress Shirts?

Is It Better To Buy Off The Rack Or Custom Made-To-Measure Dress Shirts?

Men’s wear has come a long way. What used to be boxy is now slim fit and the way we wear them varies from user to user. What hasn’t changed very much is how men buy shirts online. There is a path-of-least-resistance mentality where clothes shopping for men is concerned, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for whatever the department stores are offering. The most important aspect of purchasing men’s dress shirts online comes long before you hit confirm. Research is the name of the game and you have two main options: go off the rack or buy made-to-measure.

Off the rack

The good:

Buying online is what 99% of men do currently. Likely because it is easy, fast, and generally cheaper than made-to-measure options. What’s more, brick and mortar stores allow the instant gratification of leaving with your purchase.

The bad:

Men’s dress shirts are not one size fits all, and if you’ve ever tried one on, you know that it’s rarely even one size fits most. The process of visiting a department store, combing through the racks, and finally finding a shirt you like only to have it fit too long in the sleeve or flare a bit wide at the waist can be soul crushing. You likely end up trying on dozens of dress shirts only to end up with one or two possibilities worth considering. But you go through it because you want to look good.

The ugly:

Style is important. Whether you’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy or prefer to approach life in a manner befitting Barney Stinson, your style speaks volumes. Putting together a wardrobe consisting solely of off the rack options can be a long, arduous, task. It takes time to find the right color, the perfect fit, and the best fabric for the season. Sure, you leave the store with the dress shirt immediately – or can expect to have it arrive at your door in 3 to 5 business days – but at what cost?

Made-to-measure

The good:

Made-to-measure shirts are exactly what they sound like: custom shirts made to suit your tastes. You control the style, the fit, and design everything from the fabric used to the pattern that works best for your wardrobe. This allows you to get exactly what you want without sacrificing your sanity to get it. Furthermore, the advent of online shopping means you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home. No need to browse page after page of men’s dress shirts just to find one that you like. Create your own, place the order, and let the factory bring your vision to life.

The bad:

You can’t wear your made-to-measure shirts right away, but good things come to those who wait.

The ugly:

Some made-to-measure retailers use subpar materials, fabrics, and patterns. Don’t fall prey to this tactic by doing your homework before going through with any order. Remember: when in doubt, check out what your peers have to say. They will likely praise the good, call out the bad, and leave a low rating on the ugly. 

February 16, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Choosing The Right Shirt Style for Every Man

Choosing The Right Shirt Style for Every Man

The shirt you choose says a lot about how you want to be perceived. If men’s fashion isn’t exactly your forte, you may want to check our trusty guide to make sure you’re sending the right signals at work, on dates, and in your day-to-day life with your dress shirt choices.

Slim fit shirts declare youth and vitality. They show confidence in one’s body, both in terms of physical form and overall presence.

Of course, slim-fit shirts aren’t the best men’s shirts for everyone. More generally, a shirt that is made to fit your body — whether you have a narrow frame or a barrel chest — is a sign of self-assurance and attention to detail. It sends the message that you care about how you look and you’re happy with yourself.

A bold print is also a sign of confidence. A well-chosen print shows your style and personal taste. It’s a way to send signals about your personality. For example, an old-school Hawaiian print shows a devil-may-care attitude, and a checkered pattern shows boyish charm.

If a print sounds a little too bold for you, you can get a similar effect with subtle details. Use a floral print inside your cuffs or on the inside of the collar, for example, to show a touch of taste and style without being too aggressive in your fashion choices.

Regular fit men's shirts have an additional inch of room throughout the body, giving them a more relaxed look and making them more comfortable for long hours at the office. It’s the tried-and-true foundation for some of the very best men’s shirts. The statement of a regular fit shirt comes in the details.

Is the shirt wrinkly? Does it hang too low on the shoulders and have sleeves that are half an inch too short? A regular fit shirt like this shows sloppiness, disinterest, and a lack of ambition.

But a regular fit shirt that is tailored to the man, one that has elegant lines and crisp fabric — a shirt like that shows sophistication, maturity, and stability.

Pinstripes, likewise, show sophistication. A high contrast stripe pattern signals ambition and sharp skill. It calls to mind the sharks of Wall Street in the 1980s. A softer pinstripe with more subtle lines shows classic taste and dependability, virtues that never go out of style.

A relaxed fit shows more interest in work than in fashion. By keeping things simple and traditional, a relaxed fit shirt makes it clear that you’re not here to mess around. And if you’re relaxed fit shirt is appropriately tailored to your neck, arms, and body, it can send a serious message while still making you look great.

Solid color designer men's shirts belong in every man’s closet. The particular color you choose sends signals about your personality.

  • Blues and whites are traditional, modest, and humble.
  • Pinks and purples are bold and forward-thinking. Traditionally feminine hues show confidence and masculinity, particularly when paired with a dark knit tie or a sharp jacket.
  • Blacks and browns are rugged and outspoken. They tend to command attention.
  • Pastels are easy going and friendly.

Make Your Shirt Style Your Own

Of course, these styles are far from the only options. At Original Stitch, you can customize every last detail of your shirt, creating over a billion possible options. The result is a hand-made shirt that says exactly what you’d like to say about your personality and goals.

Start designing your Original Stitch today.

February 16, 2019 by Alex Pennington
Top 3 Benefits Of Wearing Customized Shirts

Top 3 Benefits Of Wearing Customized Shirts

No one wants to leave the house looking like a sloppy mess. Unfortunately, doing so is easier said than prevented. Most men don’t even realize that their pants are too long or that their shirts are too baggy. Here’s an easy way to tell if you fall into this category: the end of day check. Of course, you look good in the morning. Everything is tucked in and folded exactly where it needs to be. But how are you faring come end of the day? Are you feeling a little unkempt? Those trips past mirrored windows and polished steel making you a little less confident with each pass? Then you’ve got a problem. Loose fitting clothes are fine for certain occasions, but they should never cross the boundary into men’s dress shirts. Customized shirts help to keep you looking good all day long by taking your body measurements into account. This provides a few key characteristics you just don’t get with off the rack options.

If the shirt fits, wear it

Men’s dress shirts that come off the rack are fickle things. They can look great in store but go poorly with the pants, shoes, or tie you had planned to pair them with. There is no way to synergize off the rack gear with every piece you have in your wardrobe and that can make for a frustrating experience. Custom made shirts have a tendency to fit better because they’re tailor made for your body. This means they won’t be too long for the slim fit pants or have a collar too wide for the dressed down look you’re keen on. Bottom line: customized shirts are future proof barring any major changes to your physique.

Make your own shirt using high-quality materials

When you make your own shirt, you get exactly what you want. Not just by way of design – which we will discuss in a bit – but in terms of high-quality fabrics too. Choose the thickness of your shirt and plan for the weather in which you will likely be using it. Create your perfect summer shirt by using breathable fabrics such as cotton or stay warm in colder climates by going with a heavier blend. But don’t confuse the density of a shirt with its thread count. If you use bedsheets, and we sincerely hope that you do, then there is a good chance you’re familiar with the concept of thread count. Unlike bedsheets, however, men’s dress shirts apply the meaning to encompass the size of the thread, not the count per square inch. The higher the number, the finer the thread and softer the fabric.

Custom made shirts highlight your personal style

What’s better than a customized shirt tailor-made to fit your body? A customized shirt that you designed. Let’s be honest. A good fit only goes so far. Sure, you’ll look great, but putting a unique spin on things will make sure you feel great too. Round your collar, square your cuffs or pick the perfect pleat to fit your style. Add a splash of color to the inner placket or drop a monogram on the pocket. There is literally no wrong way to express yourself and, at Original Stitch, we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

February 16, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Dress To Impress: The Difference Between Prom Suits, Tuxedos, And Blazers

Dress To Impress: The Difference Between Prom Suits, Tuxedos, And Blazers

Prom is a big day for budding youths all across America. It comes at a time when transitioning into adulthood is heralded by a huge celebration of peers. When it comes to choosing the right thing to wear, whether you’re male or female, the general consensus is go big or go home. Take it one step further by going straight colossal with a prom suit, tux, or blazer that’s made to stand out. Not sure how to do that? We got you covered.

Prom Suits

Prom suits are, by definition, suits made specifically for prom. They offer a modern take on the regular suits you may wear to church or a wedding. That’s because prom suits tend to be a bit more customizable, which is perfect for a day where everyone is trying to outdo one another. A great way to complement prom suits are made-to-measure men’s dress shirts. Personalize your look even further by choosing the color, cut, collar style, cuff length and pretty much whatever else you want. Make the inner placket of your shirt match the color of your date’s dress or pocket square. Made to measure dress shirts give you control over exactly what you look like on the big day.

Tuxedos

Tuxedos are the epitome of formal wear. They differ from prom suits in that they are usually accented in satin. You’ve probably noticed this strip of satin on a tux’s lapels, buttons, and the side of the pants. Going full on tuxedo is a classic choice that’s as classy as you want to make it. Like prom suits, they come in slim-fit, skinny, or tailored options, so the cut of your jib is really up to you. To keep with the perfect fit, you’re going to want to customize a couple of men’s dress shirts to see which you like best.

Blazers

Unlike prom suits and tuxedos, blazers offer a laid-back option that can really help you stand out in a sea of over the top outfits. Pair a nicely cut blazer with slim fit chinos, roll them up, and go sockless. Or perhaps you’d rather throw on a maroon velvet number with a white dress shirt and checkered slacks. Either way, as long as you’re in a well-fitting ensemble you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Look, we all know that whatever you decide to wear will be #litaf. But why not add a bit of your own personal style to the mix? A customizable made to measure men’s dress shirt designed by you can do exactly that.

February 16, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Dress Code Series: How To Dress For An Interview

Dress Code Series: How To Dress For An Interview

Congratulations. You’ve landed the opportunity to interview at that tech savvy, people friendly company you’ve had your eye on for some time. While it is ok to be a little nervous, don’t go getting cold feet just yet. Instead, put your best foot forward in a way that will make you stand out while blending in with corporate ambiance. Of course, that means a nicely pressed suit, well fitting men’s dress shirt, a simple belt, and non-scuffed shoes. You want the job, and we want to make sure you look your best while in pursuit of it. So, without further ado, here is a “How to dress for an interview” guide to help you do just that.

Suit up

If there was ever a time in your life where listening to a fictional TV character’s advice was appropriate, this is it. We know what you’re thinking. The company you applied to has a very relaxed, business casual vibe. No one wears suits and that’s one of the benefits of working there. You may be right, but you also only get one chance to make a first impression. Why not dress to impress? A nice, well fitting suit can do that for you. Keep it neutral, no loud or distracting colors – this includes your tie – but above all else, be confident in your interview attire.

The dress shirt you choose should be complementary to the suit. A white shirt is a no brainer, but don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit. If you’re going with a navy, slim fit suit, a pale pink shirt can absolutely highlight without distracting. The most important thing to keep in mind, however, is the fit. The way you dress for an interview says a lot about who you are, and what you want to say is that you’re a well put together individual. You want your dress shirt to have a bit of breathing room, but not so much that it bunches or spills out when unbuttoning your suit jacket. A good rule of thumb is any more than a 3 inch give when lightly tugged at the torso is too much. The easiest way to make sure you don’t fall victim to this fashion faux pas is by stocking up on custom made-to-measure men’s dress shirts.

To accessorize or not to accessorize?

That is the question. The answer is this: when choosing interview attire, keep the jewelry tasteful. That means ditch the earrings if your ears are pierced, leave the chain at home, and bracelets are a no-no. At most, you can wear a simple watch to highlight the cut of your suit. No gaudy faced time pieces please. You’re heading to a job interview, not a music video shoot. Unless you are interviewing for a music video shoot. In which case, do the opposite of everything mentioned here.

Shoes, socks and belts

The leather of your shoes should match your belt. Of course, they don’t have to be the exact same shade of brown, for example, but get as close as possible. If you choose to wear a watch, then the buckle of your belt should match said watch. Socks, on the other hand, is a tossup. Back when your dad was interviewing the adage was black is the new black. Nowadays, you can absolutely add a splash of color to complement the rest of your interview attire. This should go without saying (again) but no loud or distracting colors. Keep it simple but break the monotony.

If you’re ever in doubt as to appropriate dress for an interview just remember one thing: confidence is key. And the key most universal when choosing interview attire lies within the cut of a well-fitting suit.

March 12, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
5 Stubborn Stains And How To Remove Them

5 Stubborn Stains And How To Remove Them

There is nothing better than a juicy burger provided that burger makes its way from the plate to your mouth uninterrupted. Unfortunately, life is not that black and white. Stains happen. Whether it be your new tie, old jeans, or favorite custom dress shirt, stains are near impossible to prevent indefinitely. It’s best to remove stains before they set so, let’s talk about the 5 most common ones and how to get rid of them.

"After all, we may be what we eat but our clothes don’t have to be."

Red wine

Red wine is one of the most readily available staining substances encountered by a young professional on the go. It’s everywhere. Keep it from overstaying its welcome with a simple routine of salt and cold water. Blot, never rub, red wine. After you’ve removed the excess, cover the stain with salt. This will absorb the wine and turn the salt a light pink color. Finally, soak the stain in cold water and an enzyme detergent overnight.

Coffee

The problem with morning coffee is before you’ve had your fix, you haven’t had your coffee yet. That’s how spills happen. Don’t let morning brain – and stains – ruin the rest of your day. Instead, blot the excess coffee with a dry cloth. Presoak the stain with a mixture of 1-quart warm water, ½ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Lastly, rinse the area with warm water. If there is a little left-over residue don’t sweat it. Use rubbing alcohol and a sponge to blot it out.

Ink

Ink stains are tricky. They’re rarely ever noticed until they set in. Remove stains that come from ink by following these steps:

First, lay the article of clothing on a flat surface. Pour on rubbing alcohol and let it soak for roughly 10 minutes. Blot the spot until your cloth no longer lifts ink.

After you’re done blotting, rewash the piece in cold water with bleach. Be sure to use color safe bleach on your non-whites. If the stain persists, mix cold water with a few droplets of laundry detergent and rub together to form a lather. Rinse and let air dry.  As a last resort, try nail polish remover. Apply it to a small test area and look for any discoloration in the fabric. If none result, apply the nail polish remover to the stain with a cold water and laundry detergent solution and rub it out.

Sweat

Remove sweat stains from colored clothing by soaking the garment in a solution of white vinegar and cold water. Let the piece sit in the mixture for 20 to 30 minutes. Run cold water over the affected area, massaging the stain loose with your fingers. Toss the soiled shirt in the wash and you’re all set to go.

 

 

Ketchup

Before attempting to remove stains, always check your clothing’s laundry label. Ketchup stains are no exception. Blot as much ketchup off as possible. After you’ve got your clothing relatively ketchup free, run cold water from the underside of the garment. Rub in some liquid detergent and let the stain sit for a about 15 minutes. When you’re done with that, soak the stain in warm water for half an hour. Rinse the stained area and that should be it. If the stain persists then repeat the process before throwing the article of clothing into the wash.

 

March 11, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Why You Should Dress Your Best To The Airport

Why You Should Dress Your Best To The Airport

When it comes to traveling, normally people prefer to throw in their best clothes inside their huge bags of luggage and wear the more comfortable types of clothes, such as joggers, jackets, and so on. That may be the case in some cases, especially if those flights are to be huge ones and require that comfy situation. However, there are several reasons as to why a person should wear far more than just what remains after packing. 

Shows Formality

Airports are all about showing who’s boss, and this shows not only with the plane tickets that a person bought, or if they’re bringing their passports with them. In these cases, the best thing to wear is something that shows that sense of formal wear, and it turns head when it does occur.

Consider this when you’re traveling: would you wear your usual jeans and casual shirts when traveling, and people would brush you off and even make your line loner since you look like the average joe? Or wear your best-tailored suit jacket to go with your made-measure button down casual that will send people signals about how much “prestige” you are as a person, and it even helps you feel a little better too upon entering that plane.

Makes You Feel Better

 Sometimes airports are notorious for those long morning waits for your flight, and that can hinder a person’s personality and mood about the ride towards their destination. Even wearing certain clothes when waiting for the plane to arrive can also become a factor, which is why when one heads to the airport, he should dress the best there is. 

When you start to really think about the logistic of traveling, it’s to really experience a place you’ve often never been before or haven’t been in a while. It’s kinda like buying something new and with that mentality in mind, you would want to have the fondest of feelings towards it instead of the nagging and dragging your body around with boring clothes that you wear on a regular basis.

By wearing a nice set of pants, a blazer to boot with a casual button down to match the colors of your attire. And if they were made-to-measure? It would be an even better experience since the clothes themselves fit you nice and tight, allowing a breeze of confidence into your day as you step foot into the airport grounds. 

 

 

Arrive With Style

As mentioned before, the feeling of traveling should be one that would make a person feel great since you’re exploring a whole new realm of the world. With different places to travel to around the world, there is excitement involved and more, so wearing boring everyday clothing doesn’t bring that satisfaction as wearing the best of the best does.

By wearing those nice and formal clothes, you bring a means of having the attention be drawn to you once you arrive at the desired location.

"When the people that live in the place you’re visiting see you in your nice attire, they too understand that you mean business, and you also bring that positive vibe when you arrive there, making the trip all the more enjoyable and satisfying."

Again, traveling is supposed to be a fun and enjoyable experience, and so when one wears the best there is in his wardrobe, that feeling will be just as mutual.

Better Service is Provided 

It’s obvious that when a person wears the best clothing out of their wardrobe, people will start to notice you a lot more than if you wear your sleeping shorts and tee. The same holds true to an airport, where hundreds of people all over the entire world are coming to get a good look at you and your clothing. With that image stuck in your head, it kinda makes you want to try wearing your best clothes.

 We are attention seekers after all.

The same holds true with the service the airport provides as to when one wears fancy and elegant clothing, there could be a better chance to leave early through the security lines and treated in a better way as you’re not sluggish and just waiting to sit down and get the traveling started in a moody manner. By wearing the best clothes, you’re bound for better service, more compliments at the Starbucks by the waiting areas, and again, it’ll make your traveling a whole lot more enjoyable.

 

March 08, 2019 by Marina Carroll
How To Iron A Dress Shirt

How To Iron A Dress Shirt

It’s 2019 and there are a few things that every modern man should know how to do for himself. Cooking a steak, pairing wine, and ironing custom dress shirts come to mind. It isn’t enough to just toss your wrinkled gear into the dryer for a few minutes, despite what your old college roommate told you that one time. Instead, invest in an ironing board. They’re cheaper than on-site laundries and, with the right knowledge, easier to use. So, read on and learn how to iron a dress shirt like a pro.

Know Your Fabric

The first thing to consider when setting up your ironing station is the fabric you will be working with. Luckily, the little knob on your iron is made to correspond with the tag on the shirt. "If your shirt says cotton, then turn the dial to cotton." Once you’ve got the setting locked in, it’s time to lay out your ware.

Lay It All Out There

Customized shirts are like any other dress shirts on the market, albeit a lot better fitting. To iron yours, begin by laying a sleeve on the ironing board. The cuff should be button side down and facing the narrow end of your board. Flatten the inner seam – the seam that goes into the armpit – by smoothing the fabric into a makeshift crease at the shoulder. Repeat to cuff.

Starch is your friend

Spray it on the area you intend to iron, but don’t overdo it. Too much starch can flake when dried, leaving your other clothes a snowy mess. Some people like to use steam and water to eliminate the possibility of flaking. Try both methods and see which works best for you.

Custom dress shirts are made to fit you specifically, so your style is vital to the confidence boost they provide. If you like a nice, strong crease going from shoulder to cuff then you’re going to want to iron the entire sleeve flat. If you don’t, just stop short of the outer edge.

Flip and repeat.

 

 

How to iron collars

To iron the collar of your dress shirt lay it flat tag side up. Spray with starch and iron from center to corners. Again, flip and repeat the gesture.

How to iron the front

Next, unbutton your shirt and put the button side of the front panel onto the ironing board. The collar should still be facing the narrow end. Starch to taste and iron the broadest part of the shirt first. Avoid running over the buttons by using the narrow end of the iron to get between each one. If you find this difficult, flipping the shirt over and ironing around the buttons from the underside could help. Once done, switch to the next panel and repeat.

How to iron the back

The last thing you need to do is the back of your shirt. Since you’re working with customized shirts you can opt for the pleated or non-pleated look. Ironing pleats can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before. To make it work, flatten the pleat as much as is possible. Get as close to the seam as is allowed and iron the area flat. Next, fold the pleat closed and iron about an inch in. This forms a sharply creased pleat every time.

If you’re not a fan of pleats, iron from top to bottom and that’s it. You’re officially done with this crash course on how to iron a dress shirt.

 

March 07, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
A Great Father’s Day Gift Idea: Made-To-Measure Men’s Dress Shirts

A Great Father’s Day Gift Idea: Made-To-Measure Men’s Dress Shirts

Your dad is a hero.

Show him exactly how much you appreciate everything he’s done for you with a Father’s Day gift that is wholly unique. A made to measure men’s dress shirt is exactly that gift. It’s stylish, will fit better than anything bought off of the rack, and is designed by you. Can you think of the last time you made your dad something for Father’s Day? We’re sure he can, and we’re sure he still has it. It’s time you add a new piece to the collection.

They’re stylish

Made to measure men’s dress shirts are a great Father’s Day gift idea because they can cater to the specific. Is your dad a fan of stripes? Then he gets stripes. Does he like short point collars? Then he gets a short point collar.

"You can even commemorate the occasion with a little monogram on the cuffs."

The point we’re trying to make here is this: your dad will love the fact that you went through the trouble to customize a gift that only he can use. But you know what he’ll like even more? That he didn’t have to pay for it.

 

 

They fit great

Any man who has worn a made to measure shirt knows how great it feels to have the right fit. They boost confidence and look good doing it. Whether your goal is to create a formal dress shirt or something with a more casual appeal is moot. It’s the cut that counts. If you aren’t sure of your dad’s exact measurements, we suggest measuring a shirt of his that already fits well and going with those.

Cost-effective

Ordering a made to measure men’s dress shirt is not only fashion savvy, but it’s also cost effective too. Custom tailored apparel is built to last. This means you end up paying less over time than if going with a cheaper, run of the mill option. A lot of off the rack dress shirts tend to shrink, fade, or lose their shape over time. But with made to measure shirts you generally get higher-quality fabrics, precise stitching, and a thread count you can decide on. All of these variables culminate into one thing: long lasting shirts that are as durable as they are stylish. Now that’s something off the rack garments can’t say.

Don’t settle for last minute gift ideas. Think outside of the box stores and order your dad a tailor-made dress shirt for Father’s Day instead

March 07, 2019 by Alex Pennington
Is It Better To Buy Off The Rack Or Custom Made-To-Measure Dress Shirts?

Is It Better To Buy Off The Rack Or Custom Made-To-Measure Dress Shirts?

Men’s wear has come a long way. What used to be boxy is now slim fit and the way we wear them varies from user to user. What hasn’t changed very much is how men buy shirts online. There is a path-of-least-resistance mentality where clothes shopping for men is concerned, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for whatever the department stores are offering. The most important aspect of purchasing men’s dress shirts online comes long before you hit confirm. Research is the name of the game and you have two main options: go off the rack or buy made-to-measure.

Off the rack

The good:

Buying online is what 99% of men do currently. Likely because it is easy, fast, and generally cheaper than made-to-measure options. What’s more, brick and mortar stores allow the instant gratification of leaving with your purchase.

The bad:

Men’s dress shirts are not one size fits all, and if you’ve ever tried one on, you know that it’s rarely even one size fits most. The process of visiting a department store, combing through the racks, and finally finding a shirt you like only to have it fit too long in the sleeve or flare a bit wide at the waist can be soul crushing. You likely end up trying on dozens of dress shirts only to end up with one or two possibilities worth considering. But you go through it because you want to look good.

The ugly:

Style is important. Whether you’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy or prefer to approach life in a manner befitting Barney Stinson, your style speaks volumes. Putting together a wardrobe consisting solely of off the rack options can be a long, arduous, task. It takes time to find the right color, the perfect fit, and the best fabric for the season. Sure, you leave the store with the dress shirt immediately – or can expect to have it arrive at your door in 3 to 5 business days – but at what cost?

Made-to-measure

The good:

Made-to-measure shirts are exactly what they sound like: custom shirts made to suit your tastes. You control the style, the fit, and design everything from the fabric used to the pattern that works best for your wardrobe. This allows you to get exactly what you want without sacrificing your sanity to get it. Furthermore, the advent of online shopping means you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home. No need to browse page after page of men’s dress shirts just to find one that you like. Create your own, place the order, and let the factory bring your vision to life.

The bad:

You can’t wear your made-to-measure shirts right away, but good things come to those who wait.

The ugly:

Some made-to-measure retailers use subpar materials, fabrics, and patterns. Don’t fall prey to this tactic by doing your homework before going through with any order. Remember: when in doubt, check out what your peers have to say. They will likely praise the good, call out the bad, and leave a low rating on the ugly. 

February 16, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Choosing The Right Shirt Style for Every Man

Choosing The Right Shirt Style for Every Man

The shirt you choose says a lot about how you want to be perceived. If men’s fashion isn’t exactly your forte, you may want to check our trusty guide to make sure you’re sending the right signals at work, on dates, and in your day-to-day life with your dress shirt choices.

Slim fit shirts declare youth and vitality. They show confidence in one’s body, both in terms of physical form and overall presence.

Of course, slim-fit shirts aren’t the best men’s shirts for everyone. More generally, a shirt that is made to fit your body — whether you have a narrow frame or a barrel chest — is a sign of self-assurance and attention to detail. It sends the message that you care about how you look and you’re happy with yourself.

A bold print is also a sign of confidence. A well-chosen print shows your style and personal taste. It’s a way to send signals about your personality. For example, an old-school Hawaiian print shows a devil-may-care attitude, and a checkered pattern shows boyish charm.

If a print sounds a little too bold for you, you can get a similar effect with subtle details. Use a floral print inside your cuffs or on the inside of the collar, for example, to show a touch of taste and style without being too aggressive in your fashion choices.

Regular fit men's shirts have an additional inch of room throughout the body, giving them a more relaxed look and making them more comfortable for long hours at the office. It’s the tried-and-true foundation for some of the very best men’s shirts. The statement of a regular fit shirt comes in the details.

Is the shirt wrinkly? Does it hang too low on the shoulders and have sleeves that are half an inch too short? A regular fit shirt like this shows sloppiness, disinterest, and a lack of ambition.

But a regular fit shirt that is tailored to the man, one that has elegant lines and crisp fabric — a shirt like that shows sophistication, maturity, and stability.

Pinstripes, likewise, show sophistication. A high contrast stripe pattern signals ambition and sharp skill. It calls to mind the sharks of Wall Street in the 1980s. A softer pinstripe with more subtle lines shows classic taste and dependability, virtues that never go out of style.

A relaxed fit shows more interest in work than in fashion. By keeping things simple and traditional, a relaxed fit shirt makes it clear that you’re not here to mess around. And if you’re relaxed fit shirt is appropriately tailored to your neck, arms, and body, it can send a serious message while still making you look great.

Solid color designer men's shirts belong in every man’s closet. The particular color you choose sends signals about your personality.

  • Blues and whites are traditional, modest, and humble.
  • Pinks and purples are bold and forward-thinking. Traditionally feminine hues show confidence and masculinity, particularly when paired with a dark knit tie or a sharp jacket.
  • Blacks and browns are rugged and outspoken. They tend to command attention.
  • Pastels are easy going and friendly.

Make Your Shirt Style Your Own

Of course, these styles are far from the only options. At Original Stitch, you can customize every last detail of your shirt, creating over a billion possible options. The result is a hand-made shirt that says exactly what you’d like to say about your personality and goals.

Start designing your Original Stitch today.

February 16, 2019 by Alex Pennington
Top 3 Benefits Of Wearing Customized Shirts

Top 3 Benefits Of Wearing Customized Shirts

No one wants to leave the house looking like a sloppy mess. Unfortunately, doing so is easier said than prevented. Most men don’t even realize that their pants are too long or that their shirts are too baggy. Here’s an easy way to tell if you fall into this category: the end of day check. Of course, you look good in the morning. Everything is tucked in and folded exactly where it needs to be. But how are you faring come end of the day? Are you feeling a little unkempt? Those trips past mirrored windows and polished steel making you a little less confident with each pass? Then you’ve got a problem. Loose fitting clothes are fine for certain occasions, but they should never cross the boundary into men’s dress shirts. Customized shirts help to keep you looking good all day long by taking your body measurements into account. This provides a few key characteristics you just don’t get with off the rack options.

If the shirt fits, wear it

Men’s dress shirts that come off the rack are fickle things. They can look great in store but go poorly with the pants, shoes, or tie you had planned to pair them with. There is no way to synergize off the rack gear with every piece you have in your wardrobe and that can make for a frustrating experience. Custom made shirts have a tendency to fit better because they’re tailor made for your body. This means they won’t be too long for the slim fit pants or have a collar too wide for the dressed down look you’re keen on. Bottom line: customized shirts are future proof barring any major changes to your physique.

Make your own shirt using high-quality materials

When you make your own shirt, you get exactly what you want. Not just by way of design – which we will discuss in a bit – but in terms of high-quality fabrics too. Choose the thickness of your shirt and plan for the weather in which you will likely be using it. Create your perfect summer shirt by using breathable fabrics such as cotton or stay warm in colder climates by going with a heavier blend. But don’t confuse the density of a shirt with its thread count. If you use bedsheets, and we sincerely hope that you do, then there is a good chance you’re familiar with the concept of thread count. Unlike bedsheets, however, men’s dress shirts apply the meaning to encompass the size of the thread, not the count per square inch. The higher the number, the finer the thread and softer the fabric.

Custom made shirts highlight your personal style

What’s better than a customized shirt tailor-made to fit your body? A customized shirt that you designed. Let’s be honest. A good fit only goes so far. Sure, you’ll look great, but putting a unique spin on things will make sure you feel great too. Round your collar, square your cuffs or pick the perfect pleat to fit your style. Add a splash of color to the inner placket or drop a monogram on the pocket. There is literally no wrong way to express yourself and, at Original Stitch, we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

February 16, 2019 by Anthony Nelson
Dress To Impress: The Difference Between Prom Suits, Tuxedos, And Blazers

Dress To Impress: The Difference Between Prom Suits, Tuxedos, And Blazers

Prom is a big day for budding youths all across America. It comes at a time when transitioning into adulthood is heralded by a huge celebration of peers. When it comes to choosing the right thing to wear, whether you’re male or female, the general consensus is go big or go home. Take it one step further by going straight colossal with a prom suit, tux, or blazer that’s made to stand out. Not sure how to do that? We got you covered.

Prom Suits

Prom suits are, by definition, suits made specifically for prom. They offer a modern take on the regular suits you may wear to church or a wedding. That’s because prom suits tend to be a bit more customizable, which is perfect for a day where everyone is trying to outdo one another. A great way to complement prom suits are made-to-measure men’s dress shirts. Personalize your look even further by choosing the color, cut, collar style, cuff length and pretty much whatever else you want. Make the inner placket of your shirt match the color of your date’s dress or pocket square. Made to measure dress shirts give you control over exactly what you look like on the big day.

Tuxedos

Tuxedos are the epitome of formal wear. They differ from prom suits in that they are usually accented in satin. You’ve probably noticed this strip of satin on a tux’s lapels, buttons, and the side of the pants. Going full on tuxedo is a classic choice that’s as classy as you want to make it. Like prom suits, they come in slim-fit, skinny, or tailored options, so the cut of your jib is really up to you. To keep with the perfect fit, you’re going to want to customize a couple of men’s dress shirts to see which you like best.

Blazers

Unlike prom suits and tuxedos, blazers offer a laid-back option that can really help you stand out in a sea of over the top outfits. Pair a nicely cut blazer with slim fit chinos, roll them up, and go sockless. Or perhaps you’d rather throw on a maroon velvet number with a white dress shirt and checkered slacks. Either way, as long as you’re in a well-fitting ensemble you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Look, we all know that whatever you decide to wear will be #litaf. But why not add a bit of your own personal style to the mix? A customizable made to measure men’s dress shirt designed by you can do exactly that.

February 16, 2019 by Anthony Nelson