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Get the right shirts & blouses, right fit, right fabric & right features

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Lets start with the good news…… We’ve got a huge range of shirts & blouses! There’s a huge range of styles. A huge range of colours & a huge range of fits. So if you want a browse of the range here you go…..

If you’d prefer to get right to it and see what your logo will look like on your shirt you can access our online design tool here……

It’s been a long time since we talked about the history of shirts & blouses so maybe it’s time we talked a bit more about what makes a great shirt


TAILORED FIT: The tailored fit is cut more generously around the chest & waist than the slim fit, giving you more room to move. It’s still tapered but is a more relaxed option compared to the slim fit.

CLASSIC FIT: The classic fit has a generous cut across the shoulders, chest & waist with a loose fit & back pleats.

SLIM FIT: Slim fit shirts have a tapered cut through the waist & mid section to create a perfectly fitted shirt that is flattering on the body. The slim fit has darts along the back & the body which shape the shirt to define your waist.

Now we’ve decided on the type of fit you want, Lets look at the features; Fabric, Collars, Cuffs


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POPLIN: Uses fine yarns and a simple over-and-under weave technique to create a durable fabric with a smooth, crisp texture. The structure of the weave means that the fabric also has very little sheen, making it ideal for professional settings.

OXFORD : A basket-weave construction of cotton or cotton blend with a textured finish that’s both durable and naturally wrinkle resistant. When one of the threads is kept undyed or plain, this weave can create a distinctive, lustrous look.

TWILL: A hard wearing weave with diagonal, parallel ridges. Twill fabrics typically have a level of shine to them depending on the weave tension, fabric colour and cotton type used. This is a softer fabric that drapes well, is easy to iron and resists creasing.


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CLASSIC: The most traditional of the collar options, the classic collar suits all face shapes and sizes. You can recognise it by the cut of the collar, which keeps the ‘points’ close together. This collar looks best when combined with a simple four-in-hand tie knot.

BUTTON DOWN: Traditionally recognised as the ultimate casual shirt collar as it was originally designed for the Polo field. It’s identifiable by the two small buttons fastening the collar point in place. It offers a more casual look ideal for business casual and contemporary formal settings.

MANDARIN: The Mandarin collar is a short, unfolded stand-up collar that dates back to 200BC when it featured on traditional Chinese gowns. It’s a popular choice for hospitality and healthcare sectors as it allows more freedom to move than traditional collars.


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TWO BUTTON ADJUSTABLE CUFF: This style has a second button to the side of the first that allows the wearer to fasten the cuff tighter around their wrist if needed. This is different to the usual two-button cuff that has a second button above the first.

ADJUSTABLE CUFF WITH CUFF LINK OPTION: This versatile cuff style can be fastened with either buttons or a cuff link, adapting the shirt to suit more formal occasions if required. It can also be adjusted to fit the wearer’s wrist.

DOUBLE CUFF: A link cuff where the cuff fabric is folded back to create two layers. The cuff holes are fastened with cuff links or silk knots rather than buttons. This cuff is associated with more formal wear, especially when combined with smart cuff links.

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Shirts & Blouses to Smarten up the North West’s Workforce

When you’re looking for shirts & blouses suitable for work, Stitch & Print have a wide range that will meet your staff needs. The great thing about these shirts is that they are all customisable, through our expert embroidery and print services.

Shirts & Blouses: North West Staff Deserve the Best Brands in the UK

Our workwear shirts & work blouses UK range is specially selected to include the best brands in the workplace, such as Kustom Kit, Henbury, Russell Collection, and Premier. Our first priority is making sure you will be happy with your custom shirt and its branding. The full range can be seen on our main website.

A Brief History of Shirts & Blouses 

The shirt, as a distinct garment,  can be dated back to 3000 B.C. The oldest preserved garment was a linen shirt found in a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb. It was described as being sophisticated, with the shoulders and sleeves finely pleated to give form-fitting treatments while allowing the wearer room to move. These features are still used today to make shirts that are excellent work garments.

The shirt in the Middle Ages was a plain, undyed garment worn next to the skin and under regular garments, in fact it was generally regarded as underwear until the twentieth century.

The shirt became a popular work garment in the twentieth century and began to take the shape of the shirts we know today. It evolved from being seen as a lower-class undergarment to a smart and professional piece of clothing.

Shirt & Blouse Styles for the UK Workplace

The Stitch & Print brochure includes an impressive range of brands & styles, We think this is important because each customer has individual needs depending on the use they want from a staff member’s shirt or blouse. Heavyweight mens embroidered shirts might be great for a delivery firm where the staff are predominantly big blokes heaving boxes around all day! It’s a very different requirement for womens shirts for work in an office or in the care professions. Most of the brands will cover a range of different styles but lets take a look at some of the details:

Shirts & Blouses for Office & Business Wear in Northern Companies

K701 Oxford blouse in royal blue

K701 Oxford blouse in royal blue

For me, It’s got to be an Oxford style workwear shirt or work blouse for business wear. Tailored styling in a heavier fabric keeps you looking at your best all day long. These shirts & blouses available in both short sleeved & long sleeved options as you’d expect, although you might be surprised at the enormous range of colours available. It’s not just white or corporate blue: the Kustom Kit range of work shirts comes in 13 different colours! So – whatever your company or club colours we’ll have something to suit.

There are plenty of extras too; Easy Care & wrinkle resistant options are increasing in quantity so life is becoming a lot easier in the laundry room!

Workwear Shirts for Tougher Work Environments

PR212 short sleeved pilot shirt. Excellent workwear shirt for men and women

PR212 short sleeved pilot shirt

We understand that it is very important for your workforce to look and feel great, whatever line of work they are involved in. We have a wide range of shirts & blouses suitable for every working environment in Cumbria and the wider North West. Whether it’s an embroidered blouse as part of your staff uniform in retail; personalised shirts for your UK hospitality staff or heavier duty working shirts for warehouse staff; we have it covered.

The Premier Short Sleeve Pilot Shirt has two breast pockets with buttons, epaulette bars and a stiffened collar. It would be perfect for security employees and is available in ladies sizes and fittings as well. The epaulettes can even be bought separately, and stitched with your required design.

Sports & Club Wear: Fun Shirts With Seriously Smart Style!

K186 Formula short sleeve racing shirt in red & black

K186 Formula Racing shirt. Brilliant workwear shirt for the teams supporting the race team!

Gamegear are specialists in the field of making high quality shirts & blouses for sporting teams and events. At Stitch & Print, we stock a range of their shirts: ideal for sporting purposes and the big events. The Gamegear Formula Racing Short Sleeve Sebring Shirt is designed for racing teams and is made from mercerised cotton and polyester giving it a unique finish. This garment has a button down collar and contrasting back yoke, shoulder and sleeve panels, with contrast piping. It is available in several colour combinations giving great options in the team wear market.

Henbury H515 Oxford shirts & blouses: workwear for men and women

Henbury H515 Oxford Shirts & Blouses

One of our most popular styles of shirts & blouses for the UK’s team & club wear market is the Henbury Oxford shirt. It comes in a super heavyweight fabric (170 gsm versus standard Oxford at 130gsm) giving a traditional cotton chambrey feel. It’s available in long & short sleeved options for both men and women.

We also provide more fashionable leisure style shirts, including denim and safari varieties, all suitable for embroidery of your club logo and branding to give you that set of high class customised shirts that will set your team apart!

Shirts and Blouses for the Men and Women of the Hospitality Industry

K512 blouse from the Bargear range-specially useful for Cumbria's hospitality industry

Bargear blouse for hospitality workers

Kustom Kit produce a range of shirts & blouses designed specifically for the hospitality industry. Be they bar staff or waiting staff you need to provide for; this range of uniform shirts has been designed to be both practical for the industry as well as smart & stylish to make the right impression with your customers.

The Bargear range has a complimentary range of workwear aprons giving you the opportunity for highlighting your brand through your staff uniform. An embroidered apron can really set off the uniform you ask your staff to wear and help them maintain the image and atmosphere you try to create for your customers.

Stitch & Print can help when it comes to kitting you out with the shirts & Blouses for your staff. The variety in our brochure is second to none, and every shirt or blouse in there can be customised by our expert embroidery and printing team.

Want to discuss the range? Give us a call or use the contact option via the website