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Distinctive colors and patterns highlight the 2020 apparel collection from Stitch. Wonderful fit enhances the upscale look. Harmonious blend of function, comfort, and style.
It’s been exciting to watch the growth of Stitch over the past couple of years. After adding golf bags to their popular headcover lineup, Stitch ventured into travel bags and the focus of this review – apparel. While expanding in to new product lines is often a risky proposition, Stitch never wavered from their core belief: “It’s all in the details”. With Matt Saternus raving about his Stitch Ultimate Garment Bag [check out his What to Bring to Bandon Dunes feature HERE] I couldn’t wait to try out some of the new 2020 clothing from Stitch. What I discovered is details do matter.
The mainstay of the 2020 Stitch apparel collection is the trusty polo. With a wonderful variety of stripes, subtle yet interesting patterns and classic solids, the selection is plentiful. I’ve always been a big fan of self collars and Stitch keeps them looking extra spiffy with hidden buttons on the Overlapping Rings and Aston striped polos. If you prefer a contrasting rib collar, you’ll love the secret skull and crossbones on the Catalina polo, poised to pop into action when your match heats up. The upscale styling exhibits an air of distinction and the simple logo on the back makes the polos perfect for the golf course, office, or video conference.
With tapered legs and well-positioned front pocket openings, the Flat Front Tech Shorts present a clean silhouette. The tailored look is also apparent in the Sterling 5 Pocket Pants. The muted color choices in both the shorts and the pants coordinate beautifully with the polos. Modern style with a timeless look.
The tapered legs of the Tech Shorts have a 9.5” inseam which brought them to just above my knee. At 5’-10”, the pants’ 32” inseam was also ideal. I found the waist sizing very accurate to my normal sizing, and I always appreciate odd waist sizing. As mentioned above, both pieces have a tailored type fit.
The fit of the Stitch polos is absolutely wonderful if, like me, you prefer the middle ground between trim and generous. There’s room to move without any areas of excess fabric. Going with my typical medium, the shoulder seam sits right at the start of my arms with the sleeves extending over my biceps. Wanting everyone to have a proper fit, Stitch even offers a medium-large in their sizing line up.
The Speedster pullover offers a versatile lightweight extra layer. I followed the guidance on the Stitch website and went up a size to large, which aligned the fit closely with the medium polos. Although fine for general wear, the looseness of the fabric on the forearms was a bit distracting for addressing the golf club. I must say it’s super soft and comfortable regardless.
All three polos I tested are constructed of a 95% polyester and 5% spandex blend that performed splendidly in the high heat of summer during my Central Florida testing. Working in concert with the great fit, the 4-way stretch of the fabric kept my swing unencumbered. I also enjoyed both the comfortable feel and breathability of the fabrics.
With a similar blend (polyester is up 1%) the Tech shorts offered performance consistent with the polos. While there’s a button on the left rear pocket, the designers kept the right pocket clear. A simple thing, but a testament to Stitch being a golf-centric brand.
Indoors, a quick swing session confirmed Stitch’s mobility claim for the Sterling 5 Pocket pants. Although 93% cotton, the 5% tencel and 2% lycra in the fabric blend provided a comfortable stretch during deep putt reading squats. The pants also have a liquid repellent finish that created mesmerizing beads of water during my cup of water testing.
The main thought that kept resurfacing during testing was how great all the Stitch polos look – or better yet, look on me. The beautiful colors are eye catching on their own, but combined with the wonderful fit, the shirts garnered the all important “that looks nice” from my loving wife. The Stitch bottoms add to the clean, well put together look and like the tops have a style that will take you from work to play without interruption.