Why Do Clothes Shrink?

There’s no single reason clothing shrinks, but the simplest answer may be as close as the label in your favorite top. What causes your Henley’s sleeves to shrink or your jeans to feel a little tight in the waistband and thighs, when they fit just fine a few weeks ago? The culprit may be your washer and dryer—or your washing and drying habits. Shrinkage is caused by fibers changing structure; washing and drying methods can affect the structure of the fibers. Fabrics react in different ways to washing and drying methods, so each type of fabric in your wardrobe requires proper care to prevent shrinkage.

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Is This Business Casual?

As a dress code, ‘business casual’ is a moving target. In this fast-changing world, what is considered appropriate casual office attire today is different from what it was even just a year ago. Whether chinos, polos, capris, or jeans are business casual depends on where you work. Certain organizations and professions—especially, for example, in the legal or financial services industries, where face-to-face interactions with clients are the norm—demand a more formal office dress code than…

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How Can I Keep My Linen Clothing From Wrinkling?

Photo: Deb German

Linen clothing is known for wrinkling—you can’t keep it from happening, but why would you want to in the first place? If you hoped the smooth, crisp linen shirt you chose to wear this morning would stay unrumpled all day while it continued to do your bidding, it’s time to iron out your thinking: Linen’s wrinkles are not character flaws, but instead add interest…

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What is Fatwood?

Fatwood is a natural firestarter prized by homeowners, hikers, and backcountry survivalists. Fatwood lights readily and burns very hot—even in damp conditions. Whether it’s lighting up a cozy fireplace for the family during dinner, a woodstove that will heat the house all day, or a ring of stones around a fire pit for the evening … Continue reading “What is Fatwood?”

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When to Wear Sweaters

Photos courtesy  orvis.com Sweaters can be thick and warm as a blanket or light and cool as a breeze. Depending on their knit and the weight of the yarn, sweaters can be worn year-round, calling into question the very notion of sweater season. If sweaters make stylish and smart layers 365 days a year, does … Continue reading “When to Wear Sweaters”

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Cashmere

Broken–Herringbone Cashmere SweaterPhoto via orvis.com Expensive, exclusive, and comfortable: Few fabrics possess the cachet of cashmere. But plenty of people don’t know where this natural fiber comes from, why it’s so prized, or how to enjoy the longest life from their cashmere garments.  Wrap yourself in a soft, deep layer of knowledge and learn everything … Continue reading “Everything You Wanted to Know About Cashmere”

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What Are Moleskin Pants?

By: Amber Roberts

Moleskin, not to be confused with the Italian paper and journal manufacturer ‘Moleskine,’ is a durable, densely woven material made of pure cotton. Similar to corduroy and velvet, a high-quality yarn is tightly woven to create the hardy textile. While corduroy is trimmed to create ribs, moleskin is sheared close over the whole of one side for a suede-like feel. The rich nap of the soft-brushed fabric hints at luxury, though the tough material began as rugged working wear.

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All About Men’s Wristwatches

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

What is a watch?

Simply stated, a watch is any small timepiece carried with a person. The two most common types of watches are the pocket watch, which usually comes on a chain and is carried in the pocket for easy retrieval, and the wristwatch, which is worn like a bracelet on (you guessed it) the wrist. Within these two varieties of watches are a plethora of design details and functional features the result in two watches almost never being alike…

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What are Some of the Best Gifts for Men from Orvis?


Web Content Specialist Sarah Snell likes to buy her husband the Flat Creek Shirt “.

My wife is always complaining that buying gifts for men is really difficult. Unfortunately, she’s got a dad, three, brothers, and me to buy for.

“You can just get me jewelry, if you can’t think of anything else,” she argues. “There’s no equivalent for men.”

So I asked a few women in our office to see which Orvis products they’ve bought as gifts for the men in their lives, gifts that went over. . .

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