Quick, dash over to your closet and survey the shirts, pants and jeans you’ve currently got in your rotation. We’re going to go out on a limb and say none of those pieces, no matter how much you love ’em and have worn ’em, can hold a candle to Taylor Stitch. So, you’re in the dark right now — but we’re going to bring you forward into the light as we run down our favorite picks from the San Francisco-based menswear brand.
There are Reddit forums dedicated to Taylor Stitch menswear for a reason. The brand makes everything from waxed trucker jackets to chinos to henleys, denim and Oxford shirts at a level that inspires devotion and fills wardrobes across the country, and they’ve been at it for over a decade. If you’re sitting there and thinking to yourself that you can’t pull off a henley and the Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket, for instance, think again. Think really hard. And imagine yourself wearing that exact combination (or any nuber of standout menswear picks from Taylor Stitch). It’s possible — very possible. Allow us to light the way toward your style salvation.
Why Taylor Stitch? That’s Easy
We love Taylor Stitch because the brand takes menswear classics and gives them a jolt of modern flair and serious cool. The stuffy Oxford shirt you had to wear to church on Sundays becomes the kind of fresh, easygoing shirt you can throw on at a moment’s notice with selvedge denim to wear to the beer garden. Those pleated chinos of yesteryear, when in the hands of Taylor Stitch, lose the pleats, get slimmed down and get done up in a range of classic colors.
Heck, even your old sweatpants are given new life, thanks to Taylor Stitch — yep, they even make sweatpants. It gets even better once you’ve figured out your fit.
How To Find The Best-Fitting Shirts and Pants from Taylor Stitch
When it comes to Taylor Stitch menswear, the brand makes it much easier than your typical brand. This is a very good thing. No hassle, no fuss. No more standing in front of the mirror and guessing whether something fits or even looks good on you. The most important part of all this is that the brand offers shirts, overshirts, jackets and more by chest sizing (size 38, size 40, size 42, etc.).
The brand’s shirts are well-fitted but not crazy skin-tight. Of course, it goes without saying that this is also a very good thing. Another winning point: You can wear ’em untucked or tucked-in with ease (as for yours truly, I wear a size 40 in TS gear).
More athletic guys should pick up Democratic chinos or denim from the brand, but I’ll raise my hand and say I prefer a Slim fit.
To find the best-fitting shirt at Taylor Stitch:
Know your chest size. How to do that? Wrap a tape measurer under your armpits at the fullest part of your chest, and look at where that handy tape measurer overlaps.
Voila, easy as that. This guide gives you the lowdown. The old adage “Measure twice, cut once” might be updated here to “Measure twice, buy once.” Bingo. Taylor Stitch pants come in Slim (nicely tailored) and Democratic (think Slim-Straight) fits. More athletic guys should pick up Democratic chinos or denim from the brand, but I’ll raise my hand and say I prefer a Slim fit.
Soon enough, you’ll have your own Taylor Stitch preferences boiled down to a science.
The Best Taylor Stitch Shirts, Pants and More
Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Army
The Jack Shirt is the Taylor Stitch take on a classic Oxford shirt, and we’ll be damned if we don’t want to wear it every single day. Think of it like a building block of your wardrobe, and one you won’t want to stop wearing. You should be as comfortable in your Oxford shirt as you are in your favorite T-shirt, so allow us to lead the way. The Jack Shirt, made from 100 percent organic cotton in a durable midweight, allows you to do just that. And you’ll certainly save time getting out the door every day (or every night): The Jack Shirt is a no-brainer as far as subtle style is concerned.
Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans in Organic Selvage
If you were to ask us to boil down Taylor Stitch into just one product, it might be these slim selvage jeans. How exactly does that work? For starters, you’re looking at the good stuff when it comes to fabric: Organic indigo selvage. You’re also getting a reliable fit, quality hardware, and agreeable pricing. Don’t be wary of selvage (unwashed/untreated) denim, either. These jeans break in as you wear them, day after day after day. It’s like Taylor Stitch is reading your mind as you search for the perfect pair of jeans.
Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Heavy Bag Henley
Alright, you’ve got your favorite pair of jeans on lock now. In the same way that a shot of whiskey pairs well with a cold, cheap beer, the Heavy Bag Henley (made from an upcycled cotton blend) pairs well with indigo selvage from Taylor Stitch. In fact, let me come right out and say that you can wear the aforementioned henley and blue jeans together to enjoy a shot and a beer. Talk about a real double-whammy.
Taylor Stitch Dalton Jacket
If we told you Taylor Stitch was a sort of menswear time machine masquerading as a regular menswear brand, would you believe us? Such is the magic of what Taylor Stitch can do with a simple rain jacket. The Dalton Jacket plays off the British Royal Navy’s Mk. III Foul Weather Jacket, but it’s got all the trappings of a modern coat for the modern man (that’s you, sailor). It’s treated with a DWR (or durable water-repellent) finish to stand up to all the squalls that spring throws at you. The next time you want to step back into the past, you only need to put on this jacket.
Taylor Stitch Western Shirt
Didn’t we tell you that Taylor Stitch was in fact some sort of time machine purveyor rather than a menswear brand? It must be something like that because this rugged Taylor Stitch Western shirt is the kind of shirt that might as well have come off the back of a Wild West cowboy. The washed denim feels like you’ve had it for years and years, and believe us: You WILL in fact have this shirt for years and years. Wear it over a classic Taylor Stitch T-shirt. Speaking of…
Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee in Natural
When you think of the white T-shirt, what do you think of? We know. Steve McQueen. James Dean. Anyone who’s anyone has made the white T-shirt their own across the years. We’re not saying you can rise to those lofty aspirations right away with this upcycled cotton T-shirt, but what we are indeed saying is you can at least look the part. Wear it with indigo blue jeans for style that McQueen himself would love.
Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket
The Long Haul Jacket is the stuff of legend, to put it mildly. It’s a fan favorite for good reason, and you’d do well to remember what we said: You’re going to look great wearing it, trust us. That’s because you can throw on this waxed cotton trucker jacket with a T-shirt — a nice T-shirt, from Taylor Stitch — and then forget about it… until you start getting compliments aplenty. The blanket lining is kind of like wearing, well, a blanket, and the waxed cotton canvas sheds rain and holds up to windy nights. Picture yourself wearing this, then add a pint of lager to that daydream and you’re all set.
Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Organic Navy
In the dictionary next to the phrase workhorse, you very well might find these classic Taylor Stitch chinos. In fact, go ahead ad ditch those old chinos you’ve been wearing (they’ll find a buyer on eBay or at Goodwill). Think of these slim chinos in organic cotton as being more closely related to a pair of badass dark jeans than the chinos of days gone by. That’s because they’re cut slim, they’re made well and you can wear them with a T-shirt and a leather jacket as easily as you can wear them with a Taylor Stitch Oxford shirt.
Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Indigo Pyramid
Look we’ve all got that one shirt. Your go-to shirt. The shirt you wear when you want to feel like a million bucks (or more). The shirt that your buddies notice, the shirt your girlfriend wants you to wear, the shirt you yourself love to wear. This is precisely that shirt. The indigo pyramid pattern is cool as heck, the cut of this shirt is darn near perfect and the fact that you can wear it with jeans, chinos or tailored shorts? All huge positives.
Taylor Stitch Cuyama Jacket
Last but not least: Are you ready to go back in time once more with Taylor Stitch? If you’re lucky, you’ll find the Cuyama Jacket waiting for you. It’s a handsome leather jacket based off an old-school leather piece unearthed in a vintage shop by the brand. Sounds too good to be true, does it not? Well, the fine folks at Taylor Stitch have made it a reality. And before you start saying that you can’t pull off a leather jacket, we’re going to stop you right there: Yes, you can. Try this one on for size.
We want to know: Are you all-in with Taylor Stitch?