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.
Style Elevator: European Fashion trends that reign supreme in Italy
Fashion Trends from Florence to Milan
Italy has long been in the running for fashion capital of the world. If you’ve ever walked the streets of Rome – or any other major city in Italy, for that matter – then you know why. We’re convinced that everyone who lives there moonlights as a fashion model. Spruce up your wardrobe by following suit with these European fashion trends aimed at taking your style to the next level.
European Fashion Trend #1: Play with Colors
Colors to the wardrobe is what paint is to the canvas. Without it, you haven’t got much of anything. But in the right hands their utilization can bloom a splendid work of art. Colors that clash, colors that complement, and colors that match can all lend an aura of playfulness to a wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and find value outside of your comfort zone. Our Florentine friends sure have.
Original Stitch Tip: Go bold. This doesn’t necessarily mean bright colors. You don’t need to be seen from 2 blocks away to stand out. You just need to create a color palette that suits your style. Earth tones with pastel highlights are a safe starting point.
European Fashion Trend #2: The Trendy Trench Coat
One of the more timeless pieces to come out of Italian fashion trends is the trench coat. Everyone in the city has one. Doesn’t matter which city, pick your favorite. Trench coats in Italy are not superfluous by any means, but the style and grace in which Italians wear them would make you think they are. That’s because in Italy, style and functionality are of a common goal.
Original Stitch Tip: Wool is for weather. Any kind of weather. It breathes in the summer and traps heat in the winter. If you’re going with a trench coat to add an air of dignity to your look, then make sure it’s made of this marvelous material.
European Fashion Trend# 3: Come Out of Your Shell with The Turtleneck
If we’re listing types of clothes that should have gone the way of the dinosaur, then turtle necks should come out on top, right? Wrong. Like everything that Italians do, this is one of many fashion trends that has its history rooted in classic style.
Original Style Tip: Combine your turtleneck with a pair of slim fit pants to highlight your frame in warmer seasons. Use more loose-fitting iterations to stay warm, but look cool, when the weather takes a chilly turn.
What do classy men wear on the Fourth of July?
The 4th of July presents a unique opportunity to celebrate America’s independence by recreating the rocket’s red glare in between mouthfuls of beer and barbecue chicken. We know what you’re thinking, with all those fireworks going off and creating dazzling displays in the sky, who’s going to be looking at me? That line of thinking isn’t a good enough reason to just throw on your most ratty pair of cargo shorts and a red, white, and blue tank top to head out. A little effort can go a long way towards putting your best foot forward, and we’re going to help you get there. All you need is a bit of inspiration, and that’s exactly what we’re here to give.
The Cotton Dress Shirt
Cotton breathes easy. Be like cotton and take a deep breath. No need to fret over what to wear to that 4th of July party you were invited to. Just keep it casual. Business casual, that is. Will there be other people there in graphic tees and jeans, probably. Will they make a great first impression from half way across the room? Not likely. But that’s ok, because socializing is not a competition. If it was, the man in the nice fitting dress shirt surely has an edge.
Original Stitch Pick: Original Stitch Summer Collection
The Sport Coat
An easy way to spruce up any outfit is with a sports coat. Don’t let the fact that you’re celebrating a national holiday notorious for board shorts and flip flops throw you off your game. Pick up a sport coat instead. There are plenty to go around this time of year. Find one that suits you and walk into the party with an air of confidence that could rival even the brightest firework finale.
Original Stitch Pick: Polo Ralph Lauren Sport Coat
The Trendy Trouser
A good pair of pants isn’t always the best pair of pants for every occasion. Take into account the setting in which you will be spending the brunt of your 4th of July celebration. Will you be outdoors or indoors? Will the available activities be easy going and relaxed a la listening to music and enjoying a beer, or will there be a bit more vigor to them? These are all important factors to consider when choosing the right kind of pants to maximize your comfort without diminishing returns on your carefully crafted outfit. When in doubt, go Chambray linen. They can do sporty, casual, and everything in between with the right guidance.
Chino Braxton and Original Stitch Partnership
The sports industry has always been synonymous with fashion, but in recent years it seems the era of collaboration has become a culture all of its own. Now, Original Stitch is following suit – pun intended – and expanding its partnerships to collaborate with renowned dirk bike athlete and trendsetter, Pacino “Chino” Braxton.
Chino Braxton: Legend in the making
A true street bike athlete and expert, Chino, has worked with brands across the spectrum like Monster Energy and Ethika. Currently, an Under Armour Ambassador and part of the Roc Nation family, Chino’s moment came when multi-platinum artist, Meek Mill featured the stuntman in a multitude of music videos including “Litty,” “Imma Boss,” and “Glow Up.”
With a focus on increasing awareness and appreciation for dirt bike athleticism, Braxton’s talent has carried him into the film industry where he, in collaboration with Meek Mill and Will Smith, will be featured in a 12 O’clock Boys remake. He is blazing the way for like-minded individuals to forge their own path and follow their passion while staying true to themselves.
Chino: “Today it’s very hard to project your uniqueness through social media, sports, music, film or out on the street. What I like about Original Stitch is that it gives me an opportunity to wear something unique, elegant and versatile, being able to design my own Shirt is an amazing feature. It lets me express myself through style and carry that expression in a very concrete way.”
Check out his upcoming collection here, but be warned - Chino’s style isn’t for everybody. It takes a bold personality to pull off the way he stunts.
Interested in what Chino has to say. Check out his interview.