January 31, 2008
Split sleeves are not a feature we always love, but on the Leah Top by Rachel Pally it works very well, probably because the rest of the shirt is so simple. Available in black and white, this jersey top also has a boat neck, seam detail at the bust and back, and two inch banding at the bottom hem.
January 31, 2008
Red Lotus Clothing is a relatively new t-shirt company that has a lot of organic tops. If you like organic but still want style, check them out. They also have mens shirts and a few pet items. Some of our favorites are the
Lotus Flower Sheer Crew, the Butterflies and Flowers Organic Scoop, and the Women's Organic Hoodie.
January 30, 2008
We must be in the mood for simple black tops today. The Barbry Top by Theory is a pretty basic black blouse with banding at the wide neck, short sleeves, and inverted pleating at the bust and back. It looks comfortable and like the previous jacket can be work with many different bottoms.
January 30, 2008
If you only buy one jacket in the next year, we think the Lidia Jacket by Theory is a good choice. It's so simple and elegant and can be paired with so much. We just love its versatility! It has a scoop neck, gathered elastic banding at the waist, a hidden snap closure at the front, 3/4 length sleeve, and is lined.
January 29, 2008
Lots of t-shirt companies have new designs out. Here's a quick overview:
At Go Ape Shirts, there's a new design called While the Kids Are in Standby Mode.
There are nine new tees over at Threadless. Our favorites include I High Five Strangers, Victor Terrintop, Hummingbird and Snake, and Stupid Cupid.
At the Cotton Factory, we like Songbird and See You Later Space Invader out of their four new designs.
Finally, Busted Tees has two new ones that the Shirt Snob likes. They are Ask Me About Dinosaurs and United We Stand.
If you liked yesterday's Vanessa Top, you will probably enjoy the Shelby Top by Tricia Fix too. It has a V-neck with twisted straps that cross in the back, a metallic strip of fabric that comes together in a tie at the back and creates a keyhole, and the print has metallic accents. It's a great top for warm weather, which will be here sooner rather than later we hope!
P&J Styleworks is closing their store due to some medical conditions of the owners. We are sad to see them go, and wish them luck in the future. They are having a sale to get rid of all their remaining inventory. Use the code "SURGERY50" to receive 50% off everything in their store. All sales are final and no exchanges or returns will be allowed. Some good deals include the Knotted Tank by Rachel Pally, the Mini Waldo Stripe Halter Top by Ella Moss, and the Ysamin Top by Tart.
We think the Johannna Top by Velvet has a very unique design that we really like. It has a crossed bodice unlike any other we've seen. There's also a V-neck, rolled hems and cuffs, and shirring at the shoulders. It's available in black and tide.
January 28, 2008
Crooked Monkey was kind enough to send us another tee to review last week. You may remember that we reviewed them back in October of 2006. Since then, they've had a major xx of their website that we think looks great.
The tee we were sent was Spread the Love in medium. It's a cute design with a lot of hearts on it, so it's perfect for Valentine's Day coming up if you're into celebrating every holiday like we are. This tee is fitted and extra long, coming down to the lower part of our hips. It's a thinner material and quite stretchy, so it's really comfortable and soft. In fact, it's treated with natural enzymes to help make it so soft. The design looks great too. It has a slightly distressed look that we like, and it's really cute. There's also their signature Crooked Monkey icon on the back right shoulder. It held up great in our washing machine too!
Continue reading: "Review: Crooked Monkey"
Here is a halter top we'd take on vacation this winter (well, if we were going on vacation). The Vanessa Top by Tricia Fix has a spaghetti strap that ties behind the neck with silver beads attached to the ends, a low back with a tie and keyhole, a V-neck, an empire waist with elastic banding and slight ruching. Besides royal jewel, it's also available in four other prints: black jewel, pink and green carnation, black, purple peacock feather, blue and black, and ivory and blue.
January 25, 2008
Modish is one of the Shirt Snob's favorite blogs. We always find so many beautiful things on this blog. One that's really peaked our interest lately is Abigail A Percy. She makes very unique and beautiful jewelry, and we are drooling over a number of pieces. Our top picks are the Twist Pearl Stud Earrings, the Anemone Leaf Stud Earrings, the Sweet Horse Chestnut Outline Necklace, and the Pearl Ring Trio Set. We highly suggest you check out this designer. And thanks to Modish for yet another great find!
We've noticed a lot of tie dyed tops suddenly. Our favorite out of them all is the Tour Tube Top by LOVE YAYA. This tube top is ribbed, has smocking at the bust, vertical seam detail at the back, and elastic banding at the top hem. It's a fun look that we're excited to see back in stores!
The Darla Top by Corey Lynn Calter is a little different, but we think it'd be fun to wear. It has a giraffe print, deep square neck with horizontal stripes and eyelet trim, and flutter sleeves. Besides coffee, it's also available in black.
January 24, 2008
Snorg Tees has two new designs, and the Shirt Snob likes them both. They are Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese and Love Hurts. One of our favorites, Wizards Do It With Wands, is also on sale.
We just showed you a great one for the spring. Here's another C&C California top that makes us think of warm weather. The Sunny Tank really lives up to it's name. Two of the three colors it's available in (citrus, fresh, and white) really look sunny! This tank has a crossover V-neck, racer back, ruching at the empire waist, a balloon edge at the bottom hem, a lining, and 1/2 inch straps.
We're already starting to think ahead to spring here at Shirt Snob. We think that the Jennifer Short Sleeve Top by C&C California would be great. It's available in a couple cute spring colors (honeydew and mulberry, and faded black too), and it's lightweight and forgiving for those of you that indulged a bit this winter. This blouse has inverted pleated and ribbed banding at the wide neck, ribbed banding and ruching at the bottom hem, elastic banding at the cuffs, short sleeves, and it is semi-sheer.
January 23, 2008
We recently showed you a top that incorporated the latest snake trend. Here's another. The Matte Jersey with Snake Detail by Roberto Cavalli has a golden serpent that winds through the center. There's ruching and gathering surrounding the snake, and there's also a deep V-neck and no sleeves. If you like snakes as much as we do, we think this would be a great one to have.
The Linen Smocked Baby Doll Camisole by Juicy Couture has a lot going on, yet it doesn't look busy at all. Instead it has nice clean lines, is girly, and is forgiving too. Made of 100% linen, it has ruffle trim and four buttons at the bust, smocked elastic banding and a tie at the back, ruching at the empire waist, thick pintucks and lace trim at the bottom hem, and lace trim at the spaghetti straps. It's also semi-sheer.
January 22, 2008
We like the simple elegance of the 2 the Sky Top by Joie. This top has a metallic floral print, smocked elastic banding at the neck with ruffle trim, a surged bottom hem, adjustable spaghetti straps ,and it is semi-sheer. It is also available at Fashion Chateau under a slightly different name.
We sure are showing you a lot of white tops this week! Here's another, the Catalina V Strap Top by Ella Moss. This blouse has a hoop at the neckline with the straps coming from it in a V shape. They then go vertically back and attach to a tie. There's also an empire waist with smocking at the back and slight pleating at the waist.
January 21, 2008
As it's Monday, there are new designs over at Threadless. The Shirt Snob's favorites this week are ABCs, Darwin Kick, Arctic Spa, We Are Just Pixels After All, and the reprint Freedom Call.
The Shirt Snob is the lucky recipient of another tee to review, this time from Retro Campaigns. We'd never heard of this t-shirt company before, which is a shame because we really like what we see. Their shirts show unique characters from American politics of the past. They don't go too far back, but if you're in your 20s like we are, you may not know who Adlai Stevenson or George McGovern are. Therefore, you look cool and knowledgeable in their shirts! Considering that this is an election year and politics is in the news, we think this is a good time to buy from this company.
We were sent the Hole in the Shoe tee in a girly medium. Right off the bat we like this tee. It's a ringer tee, which is really enough to win us over immediately. But it's cute and looks comfy, and we think the saying is funny. Here's how it came about, thanks to the Retro Campaigns website:
During his 1952 campaign, a news photographer captured a picture of Stevenson with a large hole in his shoe. “Better a hole in the shoe than a hole in the head!” he remarked. This now iconic political image became a campaign symbol, representing his down-to-earth character and frugality.
Continue reading: "Review: Retro Campaigns"
If you like feminine white blouses but aren't a huge eyelet fan, we think you should consider the Tiered Date Top Juicy Couture. This top has tonal embroidery throughout that is subtle but beautiful. There's also seam detail and ruching at the waist, ruffle trim at the bottom hem, a tie and three buttons at the back, and thick straps. It's available in black and dial.
January 18, 2008
Mimsi Bags is a design your own handbag sites out there right now. We have a lot of fun choosing what fabrics and styles we like to personalize our own bags, and we like a lot of their handmade bags and many of their fabrics too. Some of our favorites include the Michaela, the Toshi Cloth Grocery Bag, and the Danielle Vertical Messenger Bag. Mimsi Bags also sells jewelry and other things too, so make sure you check out their website!
Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. If you want to wear a pretty red top on the big day, there's the Satin Cami by Karen Zambos. This top has a sexy low cut triangle neck, a build in waistband, slight pleating at the waist, and a hidden back zipper. It's also available in black and opal.
We love how elegant the Beaded Swirl Top by Foley + Corinna looks. Wear it with a dressier bottom or use it to dress up something more casual such as jeans. This tank is 100% silk with beading throughout, wrap detail at the front, boning at the bodice, an off center bow at the bust, a beaded strap at the left shoulder and a spaghetti strap at the right, four buttons at the back, a hidden zipper, and is lined. It's a busy top, yet is still looks simple and refined.
January 17, 2008
Busted Tees came out with new designs this week. Our top pick is Lightning Bolt. The other two are Mo Money Mo Pizza and Outstanding in his Field. These tees are all $14.99 for this week only.
There's also new stuff over at Burnswell. We really like all three. They are They Give Us Light, Create, and Donut Self Esteem. These are only available through tomorrow, so buy them while you have the chance.
We think the Bold Jewels Silk Twill Top by Yoana Baraschi is so great because the floral beading trim at the scoop neck really pops out, especially in the grey color. This top also has slight pleating at the front and back, a three inch hemline, and vertical tie bow straps at the back that adjust the neckline. It's available in black too.
Who doesn't love versatility? The 8 Way Tube Top at Max Studio can be worn eight ways, as the name implies. The tube top is reversible with one side having a honeycombed doubleweave while the other side is a simple smooth silk. You can play around with it and determine which way of wearing it looks best for each special occasion. It can also be worn as a skirt! It's available in black, yellow, and cream. Also check out the Reversible Cap Sleeve Top which is reversible and has the same honeycombed texture.
Want something delicate yet comfortable? We like the Yolana Lace Camisole by Velvet. It's a jersey camisole with a lace overlay, so you get the best of both worlds! There's a bow at the bust, ruffle trim at the bust and back, scalloped hem at the lace and an unfinished bottom hem at the jersey layer, and spaghetti straps..
January 16, 2008
The Samella Top by Velvet has pleating from the neck that drapes through the body for such an interesting and forgiving look. We love it! There's also side ruching and chunky gem-encrusted straps for some sparkle too. It's available in two colors: greystone and black.
Last week we had a lot of cute Rachel Pally finds. Here's one more. The Tube Top is a simple strapless top with ruching at the bust and back and contrast banding at the top hem. It's available in two color combinations: black/white and midnight/kelly.
What makes the Tressia Sequin Top by Theory wonderful is that you can wear it on a date or under a blazer to work. This top has a box pleat at the front, sequined banding at the top and bottom hems, thick sequined straps, and a hidden zipper. It's nice to find a metallic top that isn't too flashy!
January 15, 2008
Here's something sexy for you to try! The Ruffle Banded Tube Top by Carte Blanche by Anja Flynt is a part of a new collection by the designer. This top is silk and stretchy, has raw edged ruffle trim at the bodice, lightly padded cups, an elastic band under the bust, and it's available in black, brown, and navy. You may also like the Ruffle Tube Dress which is quite similar and available in the same colors.
We love the fun color combinations of the Built-In Bustier Top by Mara Hoffman. Made of 100% silk, this two-toned top has underwire bra detail at the bust, ruching at the empire waist, spaghetti straps that cross in the back, a lined bodice, and a hidden back zipper. It's available in cream w/ navy, silver w/ turquoise, and navy w/ turquoise.
January 14, 2008
Today is Monday, which means new designs at Threadless. Our top picks this week are Brazilian Spirit, Whale of a Time, Surprise Gift, and the reprint Miss Scarlet in the Hall with the Revolver.
When looking for organic clothing, we mostly see t-shirts. So we are excited that C&C California has a bunch of cute organic tops available. One we really like is the Organic Heather Top. It has a drawstring and keyhole at the scoop neck, ruching and banding at the neckline and cuffs, a single button at the cuffs, and 3/4 length sleeves. It's available in two colors: mulberry and white.
We find the details on the Tucked Tank by Mint Jodi Arnold stunning. This print top has intricate pin tucking at the front and back as well as one inch straps, a lined bodice, and a hidden zipper. We think the pin tucking goes quite well with the print on the body of the tank, taking it from boring to extraordinary!
January 11, 2008
Another Accessory Friday, another day writing about jewelry. Can we tell what is on the Shirt Snob's mind lately? We want to buy a lot of new pieces, and while we look we want to show it all to you! Today is Beadoodles. We were first drawn in by the Golden Scroll Ring, but browsing around we've seen other things that we like, such as the Garnet Spiny Blooms Ring and the Golden Swirl Necklace.
The Modern Bra Top by Rachel Pally is great because it can be worn alone or layered. This tank has spaghetti straps, seam detail at the bust, and banding at the empire waist. It's also available in five colors: kelly, black, dove, midnight, and white.
January 10, 2008
The yellow of the Strapless Slip Top by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent top is so cheery and cute. This silk top has ruching and elastic banding at the top hem, smocked elastic banding and ruching at the empire waist, and is semi-sheer. It's also available in black.
This next top is incredibly girly and looks like a ton of fun to wear. The Hollywood Top by Foley + Corinna is 100% silk with ruching and boning at the bodice, ruching at the empire waist, spaghetti straps, a hidden back zipper, and a lining. We love how the body fluffs out!
January 9, 2008
Both Snorg Tees and Cotton Factory have grab bags again, where you choose the size and get sent a random tee. At Cotton Factory, they are $3.99, while at Snorg they are $5.95 and include misprints and the like.
They both have new tee designs out too. At Cotton Factory, our favorites are Mutants for Peace and Croquet Brings Out The Worst In People. Snorg's new tees are Free Hugs and 1000 Mile High Club.
We recently received an email about a new t-shirt company, The Faded Line Clothing Co. The designer used to work in the music industry, and many of the designs on tees were originally on gig posters for the bands he worked with. Right now they don't have a ton for women, but we think the Dragon Tee is beautiful and are looking forward to seeing what else they come up with in the future. They also sell hoodies, men's tees, and youth tees.
We've never written about bodysuits here at Shirt Snob before, but they are close enough to tops for us. We've found two that we like. First there's the Reversible Fold Over Tube Bodysuit by Alice + Olivia. This bodysuit is reversible, strapless, and has fold-over banding at the top hem. It's available in black/white and white/black.
Then there's the Striped Tube Bodysuit which is also by Alice + Olivia. This bodysuit is also strapless, and it has a thick stripe at the bust. It's available in black/white and pink/white.
After the holidays, more than a few of us realize that we've added a pound or two. Need something to wear to hide your stomach while you work off the pounds that is still sophisticated? Try the Etienne Top by Diane von Furstenberg. This blouse has a very high waist, cowl neck, gathering detail at the cuffs, and short sleeves. The top is also ribbed and semi-sheer.
January 8, 2008
There are four new designs at Busted Tees. Two are ones that the Shirt Snob really likes, Noah's Arcade and I Am Not a Crook. These tees are also only $14.99 for this week only.
We've discovered three adorable striped tops recently. If you like the striped look, consider one of these. First up is the Velvet Jemema Racer Back Tank. This tank is semi-sheer and has a scoop neck, racer back, and 1/2 inch straps. It's available in anthracite and scarlet.
If you want something that is a little sexier, there's the Shirred Tie Halter Top by Rachel Pally. This top has a drawstring at the deep V-neck that ties behind the neck, banding at the empire waist, and ruching at the front. It's available in black and white stripes and dove and butter stripes.
Finally, there's the Swing Camisole also by Rachel Pally. This tank has an unfinished bottom hem, spaghetti straps, and a scoop neck and back. It's available in black and white stripes and butter and dove stripes as well.
While we aren't the biggest fan of snake skin prints, we cannot help but be intrigued by the Santuzza U Ring Halter by Sky. This halter top has a large rhinestone encrusted snake at the center of the neck holding onto the straps. There's also ruching at the bodice, a tie behind the neck, and it's 100% silk.
January 7, 2008
New designs are out at Threadless. Our top picks are Sock Battle, Inside You, and Hunting. If you subscribe to their newsletter, you may have noticed that they promised nine new tees, yet only eight were shown in the email. The other design is The New City Natural Dancers, which is a little weird if you ask us. Of course, a sock monkey battling isn't exactly normal either!
Here's a top that is different than the others out there. The Rolled Collar Shirt by Cynthia Rowley has twisted fold-over banding at the scoop neck that is quite unique. This tank also has ruching at the bust, two inch straps, and it's 100% silk. It's available in yellow and black.
If you're looking for something colorful, we like the Renzo Top by Dallin Chase. The print has a bunch of different colors with a pretty purple background. There's four buttons at the front, smocked banding at the neck, six inch slits at the sides, elastic banding at the cuffs, and 3/4 length sleeves.
January 4, 2008
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry is an Etsy store of handmade jewelry. The Lucky Four Leaf Clover Lariat was what pulled us in as it's quite unusual. We also really like the Brass Fern Leaf Bangle and the Leaf Pendant Necklace. Now that the holidays are over, buy something for yourself that you really want. This is a great place to start!
Here's another cute top from Max Studio. The Silk Babydoll Top has a origami rosette at the bust, tiered straps that meet behind the neck and descent down the back, a V-neck, ruching at the empire waist, and is fully lined. It's also 100% silk and available in black and peony.
January 3, 2008
The Draping V Top by Free People is a pretty blouse that looks super fun to wear. It has a Deep crossover V-neck, pointelle flutter sleeves, banding at the neck and bottom, and ruching at the neck. It's available in three colors: ivory, black, and violet.
If you want something sexy and a bit exotic, we've found the Trinidad Tank by YAYA AFLALO for you. This tank has a deep V-neck with beading and metal paillette detail, a V-back, pouch pockets at the front, and thick straps. It's also made out of stretchy silk.
January 2, 2008
The Print Camisole by Porter Grey stands out because of the unique floral print that we have totally fallen for. This silk top also has a scoop neck, darting at the bust, and thick straps. Wear it with skinny jeans or a skirt, it'll look great either way!
We love white blouses that have an air of innoncence. The Girls Don't Cry Top by Joie definitely fits that bill. This sheer gauze top has six buttons down the front, pintucking at the front and back, lace trim at the placket, shoulders, and cuffs, a drawstring at the hips, a crew neck, and short sleeves. It's quite girly, perfect for when you need a little feminine pick me up.
January 1, 2008
Happy New Year everyone! We'll be back tomorrow with more of our favorite shirts!