August 31, 2008
August was a month full of great finds. Here's an update on all that we found:
Sales and Sweepstakes!
August 31, 2008
Normally we wouldn't have thought that a print made up of paisley and owls would be something the Shirt Snob likes, but we are happy to be mistaken! The Hand Printed Tunic by Binetti is a silk top with a V-neck, rectangle inset and topstitching at the empire waist, elbow-length dolman sleeves, and an adjustable interior tie.
August 30, 2008
We've been trying to figure out why we like the Print Top by Binetti so much as it's not something we'd usually write about, and we've decided it's because of the print. We like the color combination and think it looks fun to wear. This top has four wood buttons down the front, a drawstring tie at the waist, pleating at the bodice, and one inch cuffs at the elbow-length dolman sleeves. It's 100% silk.
August 29, 2008
The Threadless sale is still going on, but now 146 designs have dropped to only $9 each. We aren't sure how long this sale is going to last this time, so take advantage while you can!!!
August 29, 2008
The Warm It Up Jacket by Blue Life is a super fun fleece hoodie because it has ruffle trim with unfinished edges at the zipper and hood. There's also pouch pockets at the front, a zipper closure, twisted ribbed banding at the pockets, cuffs, and hem, and long sleeves. Available in charcoal and pirouette pink.
The Irina Open Ribbed Cardigan by MLH is different than many other cardigans this fall because it's only 19 inches long while most hang past the hips. This sweater has an oversized shawl collar, ribbed banding at the edges, and long sleeves. It's available in two colors, lagoon and steel.
The Cable Knit Jacket by JMM is sure to be a favorite this winter for everyone who owns it. It has a single button at the collar, a belt wtih buckle at the waist, banding at the collar and plaket, and long sleeves. We prefer it with the collar button open, but either way it's great as a jacket and a sweater.
August 28, 2008
The Rebecca Taylor Cami with Metal Beading is a versatile top that can be worn with many different bottoms. Made from a stretchy silk, it has beading at the neck, ruching under the beading, an elastic back, adjustable straps, and ribbons running throughout. We adore the rose color too.
We dont' believe that we've found a grey ombre top yet, like the Dip Dye Shirred Top by Vince. If you aren't a colorful person, this is the perfect way to be a part of this trend. Made from 100% silk, this top has a ruffle and gathering at the neck and a tie behind the neck.
The Book Me Blazer by Nanette Lepore is perfect for fall. It's a tweed jacket with a plaid print. There's five buttons down the front, a notched collar, inverted pleating at the hem, faux flap pockets at the front, leather strap detail at the pleated cuffs, and long sleeves.
August 27, 2008
Today is the last day of the Shop Bop sale. When you spend $150, you get $25 off. Spend $300, get $50 off. $500 gets you $100 off, and $1,000 gets you $250 off. Use code BOPFORFALL at checkout. This deal ends tonight at 11:59 PST.
The Embroidered Blouse by JMM is a pretty blouse with braided appliqué at the wide neck and down the front. There's also seam detail and contrast piping at the front and back and cap sleeves. It's 100% silk.
New designs have been released by one of our favorite designers, Nanette Lepore! The Tease Me Top is a puckered silk top with ruching throughout, a scoop neck, cap sleeves, a hidden back zipper, and a lining. It comes in two colors: teal and cream.
August 26, 2008
The Twist Front Top by Robert Rodriguez is a silk-chiffon top that has know detail at the left shoulder on the asymmetrical neckline. There's also a horizontal seam at the yoke, cap sleeves, and it's semi-sheer. It looks very elegant and could be worn to many different occasions which we love.
The ruffle trim at the scoop neck, arm openings, and back of the Scoop Neck Ruffle Shirt by Rebecca Taylor take what could be a boring tank and make it prettier. It also has a single button closure, keyhole, and smocked elastic banding at the back, is 100% silk, and comes in both black and peacock.
Something must be in the water because suddenly there are all these cute tops with ties at the front. Maybe this isn't a look we dislike after all! The Long Sleeve Blouse with Tie by Rebecca Taylor is one such top. It has ruffle trim and a tie at the V-neck, pleating at the bust, seam detail at the waist, ruching at the back, two buttons and ruching at the cuffs and long sleeves. It is made from a silk and spandex mix and comes in rose quartz and ariel.
August 25, 2008
Even more tees are out this week, probably gearing up for back to school still. Here's our top picks:
Threadless is having a sale. All tees are $12. There are a crazy number of new designs too. Out of the new ones, we like Vampire!, Un Censored, Octadecapus, Remembering Last Night, and Russian Newborn the best. From the reprints, our top picks are Birds of a Feather, Splatter in D Minor, Runnin' Rhino, Byebi, Interpretive Dance, Insomnia, and So Lovely.
At Busted Tees, we think Werewolf Barmitzvah is pretty funny.
Arm Wrestling Champion and Know Your Cranes are the new designs at Snorg Tees.
Limitd Prints has their first design available for women: Bears at First Light.
Vintage Vantage has new designs out including Squeeze Me and Warned.
Every Little Counts has a new collection out for fall. We really like Fallen Leaves.
Waterloo has seven new designs including a new Ramones T-shirt and Bike is Life.
Finally, there are new tees over at Ffee. We think the best include I'm Green on the Inside and Bean Day.
There's a new sale going on at Shop Bop. Spend $150, get $25 off. Spend $300, get $50 off. $500 gets you $100 off, and $1,000 gets you a whopping $250 off. Just use code BOPFORFALL at checkout. This deal lasts until Wednesday, August 27 at 11:59 PST.
We've written about tops like the Alessandra Shirt by Elie Tahari before. We love varieties of the typical white button down blouse. This one ha a mandarin collar, split V-neck, six buttons down the front, ruching, seam detail and topstitching at the bust, two buttons and topstiching at the cuffs, and long sleeves. If you need something a little different for the office, this is a great choice!
The Black Label Diana Open Back Top by Ella Moss is a two tone top with ruching at the empire waist, a scoop neck, single button closure and tie at the open back, ruffle trim at the arm openings, and an inverted pleat at the front. It comes in black, hunter, and java.
It may be hard to see in this picture, but the Belted Jacket by Juicy Couture is a houndstooth jacket. It has a quilted mandarin collar, six buttons and button-welt pockets at the front, a tie at the waist, a vent at the back, ruching at the shoulders, layered elbow-length sleeves, and is lined. The outer layer is mostly wool while the lining is 100% silk.
August 22, 2008
We're so glad that thermal tops are here to stay. We've found yet another that we want to buy, the Thermal Hoodie by Splendid. It has ribbed banding at the scoop neck, cuffs, and hem, pouch pocket at the front, a drawstring hood, and long sleeves. It comes in great fall colors too: evergreen, merlot, and pumpkin.
The Echo Stripe Top by Marc by Marc Jacobs is interesting because it has thin stripes throughout that match how the top is designed, flowing with the pleating at the front and thick pintucks at the bust. There's also a crossover V-neck, two inch pintucked straps, and an exposed zipper with a contrasting placket at the back.
The Double V Top by Bop Basics is a great blouse to show off your skinny waist. It has elastic banding at the natural waist, a crossover V-neck and back, a tie at the back, and short kimono sleeves. It's semi-sheer and comes in wine, navy, and orchid.
Bubble tops are not for everyone, but if you can pull off this look, we like the Twisted Bubble Top at MaxStudio. There's folding and beading at the banding at the scoop neck and back, pleating at the neck, and the blouson hemline. It is 100% silk and would look great with skinny jeans.
August 21, 2008
Looking for a slightly more interesting tee? We are fond of the Rugby Stripe Raglan Tee by Splendid. This striped shirt has a scoop neck, ribbed banding at the edges, 3/4 length sleeves, and is semi-sheer. Then of course there's the thick stripes throughout. It comes in navy/avocado and denim/berry.
The Bonded Bust Square Neck Top by Vince is one of those simple cashmere sweaters that is a staple in so many women's wardrobes in the winter. This one has 3/4 length sleeves, a square neck, and ruching below the neck. Looks great with jeans or a tailored skirt.
The Alli Tank by C&C California is the perfect casual tank for your favorite pair of jeans. There's ruffled voile trim, rolled edge, and contrast banding at the scoop neck and back. Gathered elastic banding is at the empire waist, and there's a rolled edge at the bottom hem. The straps are 1/2 an inch wide. This top comes in blossom, willow, and navy.
August 20, 2008
If you're looking for a cardigan that can stand on its own, we like the Striped Savanah Cashmere Cardigan by C&C California. Made from 100% cashmere, it has a V-neck, four buttons down the front, wide, ribbed banding at the cuffs and hem, and long sleeves. We like the stripes, which make it the center piece of your outfit instead of just a cover up. If you like the stripes, check out the Striped Chantal Deep V Cashmere Sweater too.
The Shirred Tee at MaxStudio is a top you can wear casually or just as easily dressed up. It has shirring sewn through with elastic at the empire waist, chain stitching and raw edges, a square neck, shirring at the shoulders and cuffs, and bubble elbow length sleeves.
If you like braiding, check out the Daphne Top by Ella Moss. There's braiding at the spaghetti straps, button tab detail at the straps, banding at the empire waist, ruchign throughout, four buttons at the front, and a lined bodice. It comes in emerald and black.
August 19, 2008
If you are like 98% of the country and obsessed with Michael Phelps, check out the Michael Phelps Wins The Olympics Commemorative T-Shirt. The name makes it sound much more official than it really is, which makes us like it that much more. It's only available for a limited time, so get it while you can.
The Admirer Top by LOVE YAYA has a great name because we sure are admiring it. This nautical-inspired top has a small tie at the front, ribbed banding at the scoop neck, bottom hem, and cuffs, elbow length sleeves, and stripes throughout. We think it's paired quite well with the Leather Pencil Skirt by Vince too.
If you want something sexy, we think the Trella Top by Velvet is perfect. It has adjustable spaghetti straps and shirring at the bust and empire waist. It comes in tulip, black, bluegrass, and graphite and looks great alone or under a cute jacket.
For all of you fans of wide necks, there's the Band Scoop Top by Susana Monaco. It has a wide scoop neck with one inch banding, ruching at the bust, and long sleeves. It comes in two colors: quarry and black.
August 18, 2008
Lots of new designs have come out in the past week. Here's a quick rundown:
At Snorg Tees, check out the new designs, Pi Be Rational and An Apple a Day.
Busted Tees has a new political shirt for pre-order, Paris/Rhianna '08
The Cotton Factory has 14 new designs, including Skeptic, Jolly Invader, and Load and Lock.
Retro Campaigns has seven new designs, such as End the Draft, United We Shall Overcome, and LBJ All the Way.
At Threadless, we like one new design, As Day is Swallowed Up By Night, and two reprints, Clouds Within the Thunder and Why Did the Chicken Cross Abbey Road.
We've said before how much we like colorblocked tops, so no one can be surprised that we wanted to show off the Colorblock Perfomance Tank by Splendid here. It has a V-neck, spaghetti straps, and a built-in shelf bra. We find the colorblocking pattern interesting too, forming an inverted V at the neck and coming into a V at the back. It comes in two colors: navy and black.
If the brilliant green color wasn't enough, the Camille Wrap Blouse by Diane von Furstenberg is a top that stands apart from the rest because of the beautiful accordion pleats throughout. This wrap also has a tie at the waist, and elbow length sleeves.
The Danette Top by Velvet is pretty simple but still very interesting, probably from all the shirring and crossed planels at the bust. There's also an empire waist with ruching and a V-neck. It's available in four colors: steel, peacock, black, and milk.
August 15, 2008
When lounging around the house last winter, the Shirt Snob wore many tops like the Rugby Stripe Thermal Henley by Splendid, and we plan on doing the same this year too. This thermal top has a scoop neck, three buttons at the bust, ribbed banding at the cuffs, 3/4 length sleeves, and a surged edge at the bottom hem. It's available in pumpkin, merlot, and evergreen.
We've stated many times that we are not fans of big ties by the neck, but at this time of year, we start really loving everything plaid (we know, it's a character flaw, but we can't help it), so we'll let it go. The Plaid Blouse by Splendid is a plaid blouse with six buttons down the front, a shirttail bottom hem, one inch banding and ruching at the cuffs, 3/4 length sleeves, and it's sheer. It comes in three colors: merlot, evergreen, and navy.
If you take a quick glance at the Heaven Tank by Madison Marcus, you would probably think it's similar to so many others. But upon closer inspection, it's a stand out top. Made of 100% silk, it has origami rosette trim at the asymmetrical bottom hem, an off center pleat at the front, stitched box pleat at the back, two inch straps, and is semi-sheer. It's available in petrol blue and ivory.
Tees for Change is a company that sells tees for men and women and baby onesies that are designed to inspire you to live your life with passion, purpose, and positivity. Who doesn't want that? They've also partnered with Trees for the Future to plant a tree for EVERY eco-friendly tee they sell. We love companies that make us feel good when we buy from them! They shirts are available on organic tees, bamboo tees, raglan tees, and tank tops.
August 14, 2008
The Metallic Knot Top by AKA New York is a very interesting halter top. It has a lamé strap that goes through a keyhole at the neck and ties behind the neck, pleat detail at the front, gathered elastic banding at the back, and is 100% silk. It comes in three shades of blue: mint, turquoise, and midnight.
The Double Layer Racer Back Tank by Rory Beca is an interesting top because it is a casual look in an elegant material. There's a scoop neck, racer back, balloon edge at the bottom hem, and one inch straps. It's 100% silk and available in cloud and sangria.
We always think about cardigans the most in the fall because we want to extend the life of our favorite summer tanks and camisoles. The 3/4 Sleeve V Neck Cardigan by Juicy Couture is a great one for doing just that. This sweater has seven buttons down the front, welt pockets, ruffle trim at the V-neck, 3/4 length puff sleeves, and ribbed banding at the edges. It is a wool/cashmere/viscose mix and available in three colors (black, essex, and heather instructor).
Indivisual Clothing is an independent t-shirt company that focuses on the artist's vision of each individual design. All tees are sweatshop-free. Some of our favorite designs include The Love Skulls, Tape, and I Heart Nature. Also check them out at Merchline.
August 13, 2008
Once again, Ella Moss makes it so easy to look great. The Marlo V Neck Top has ruching at the shoulders, bodice and fitted him, a cross over V at the front and back, short sleeves, and it's semi-sheer. Available in black and vanilla.
The Wild Child Print Crinkle Top by Free People is the ultimate bohemian tank. There's a beautiful print on the body, three buttons at the bust, elastic banding and ruching at the empire waist, lace trim at the edges, adjustable spaghetti straps, a lining, and is 100% silk. It is available in two colors too: red combo and purple combo.
The Scoop Chloe Top by Susana Monaco is a cute top that reminds us of a ballerina for some reason. It has a scoop neck with pleating at the front, banding at the cuffs, elbow length sleeves, and a lined bodice. It is available in two colors: cranberry and black.
Tee and Toast is an Irish company that sells tees and much more who have a ton of designs that make us happy, probably because there are lots of smiley faces throughout. Some of our favorite designs include Perfect Cuppa Tee, Rainbow Cloud, I Am a Robot, and Crayons.
August 12, 2008
The Very Light & Fashionable Puff Sleeve Top by Splendid is a cute top that is pretty inexpensive, so it's great for back to school shopping. Best of all, it comes in four colors, one that is summery (saffron), and three that are perfect for taking you into fall (navy, merlot, and black). This blouse has woven banding at the square neck and back, elbow-length puff sleeves, and ruching and elastic banding at the cuffs.
There's a sale for today only at Busted Tees. All their shirts are only $12. Buy a few in preparation for back to school, or start thinking about Christmas presents now so you can save some money!
We don't think we've ever seen an Ella Moss top we didn't love. The Marlo Cami Top is yet another. There's a crossover V-neck, shirring at the bust, ruching at the empire waist, thin double straps, and a lined bodice. It comes in night and black.
The Ruffle Neckline Wrap Sweater by Catherine Malandrino is an interesting wrap because it has ruffle trim at the neckline. There's also a tie at the waist and short sleeves, and it is 100% cashmere. It's a sophisticated top, and can be worn alone or with a simple cami and with a bunch of different bottoms.
Bonbi Forest is a company that sells handmade and independent goods from artists and designers from all over the world. We're interested in their women's tees obviously, but they also sell clothing for men and children, accessories, and much more. Our favorite tee designs at Bonbi Forest include Candy Strip Silhouette Tee, Eskimo Kiss Tee, Heart Balloon Deep V-Neck Tee, Rain Drop Tee, and Kissing Birds Tee.
August 11, 2008
We were on vacation last week, so we really let our t-shirt posts slide. We're making up for it this week by writing about a bunch of tee sites that we've been meaning to let you know about for a while now. But first, let's update you on the new designs from our favorite companies.
First is Threadless. There are a bunch from the past two weeks that we like. This includes Imposter in the Birdhouse, True Love Will Find You In The End, The Future in the Past, and the reprints The Day The Fire Brigade Went On Strike, The War Against Work, Stop Destroying Our Planet, Infinity MPG, and Get Some Fresh Air.
Scribtee has a new design available right now, Queen of Hearts.
At Busted Tees, we like the new design Grounded for Life.
Finally, over at Snorg Tees, there are two new ones: 4 out of 5 Doctors and Popsicle Break Up.
The Anna Rose Wrap Top by Diane von Furstenberg is an elegant wrap that would work for so many occasions. There's elastic banding, ruching, and a tie at the waist, a button at the bust, ruching at the shoulders, and one inch straps. It is available in black and dark teal.
We think the tie dye like print of the Twist Strap Top by Rory Beca is so pretty and unique. This tank has twisted banding and ruching at the scoop neck and twisted straps. If you want a tank to take you into fall, this one is perfect because of its fall colors.
We own a red cowl neck top that we love, so we thought we'd show you one we just found, the 3/4 Sleeve Cowl Neck Sweater by Catherine Malandrino. This sweater is 100% cashmere with ribbed banding at the bottom hem and cuffs, 3/4 length dolman sleeves, and the cowl neck. It's a great top for this fall, sophisticated and comfortable and great with so many bottoms.
August 8, 2008
We realize the color may not appeal to everyone, but we really like the mustard color of the Cairo Adriana Top by Rachel Pally. This halter has an interesting neck with gathering at the center and a halter neck that the body seems to wrap over. It looks very comfortable too!
The Bow Front Tube Top by Nu Collective is a top that you won't want to take off. This tube top has gathering and a bow at the bust, wrap detail at the front, and a waffled back. It's also made from a cotton and silk blend and is lined.
We love the bold and colorful print of the Rendezvous Top by YAYA AFLALO. This camisole has 12 buttons at the front, seam detail at the empire waist, gathered elastic banding at the bust, and adjustable spaghetti straps. It's also 100% silk.
August 7, 2008
From the front, the Athena Tank by Edun is rather similar to many other tanks available. It has a draped style and shirring at the scoop neck. But the back has some interesting adjustable buckles at the straps that makes it quite unique. It's a very flattering top too!
The Futura Top by What Comes Around Goes Around is a fun top to wear as it has Swarovski crystals and beading at the front, back and straps. This 100% silk top also has one inch straps and a tie at the back. It's available in cobalt and black.
Sky is known for their sexy tops, and the Seafoam May Crochet Top doesn't disappoint. We like this one especially because it doesn't go overboard by showing off too much skin. There's crochet strap detailing, a keyhole at the center of the bust, ruching at the bodice and empire waist, and a tie behind the neck.
August 6, 2008
We love this interesting take on the ombre trend. The Fading Stars Thermal Crew Tee by Free People has a star print that fades throughout. This thermal top also has ribbed banding at the crew neck and cuffs and long sleeves. It's available in three colors: berry, royal, and mist.
We love the simplicity of Ella Moss tops. Here's another cute one that doesn't over do it, the Drawstring Cami. This tank has tan stripes in two different patterns, spaghetti straps, and a drawstring tie at the waist. Perfect for your favorite jeans as the weather starts to cool.
We love how sexy the Cowl Halter Top by Black Halo looks. As the name suggests, there's a draping cowl neck and a tie behind the neck. There's also a skinny black belt at the waist and it's in a shimmery bronze color that will make you stand out no matter where you wear it!
August 5, 2008
is having a sale! Get an additional 20% off all items that are already marked 30-50% off with the coupon code BONUS20. This deal lasts through August 7 at midnight.
Want to feel like a Greek goddess? Check out the Knot Detail Top by Mason by Michelle Mason. This beautiful top has band detail at the bust, ruching at the shoulders, elastic banding and ruching at the empire waist, ruching at the shoulders, straps that cross at the back, and a tie at the back.
The Camisole by Tucker is a simple and flattering look with spaghetti straps and a flowing body. The unusual print is what makes it truly stand out from other tops. It's also 100% silk.
We discovered the Double Bow Tie Halter Top by Rachel Pally originally last October, but this year it's available in two different colors perfect for fall: sienna and mulberry. It has a tie behind the neck and another at the bottom hem with an open back. There's also three inch banding at the neck and ruching at the banding.
August 4, 2008
The Tucked Woven Top by Plastic Island is a little more formal looking than other tanks because of it's pintucking and folding at the bust and neck. It also has ruching at the empire waist and spaghetti straps.
We love black and white tops and haven't written about one in a while, so we're thrilled to discover the Detailed Bodice Halter Top by Black Halo. This silk-charmeuse halter has contrast banding at the top hem. There's also smocked elastic banding at the pack, quilting at the bust, pleating at the empire waist, and adjustable straps. It's 100% silk.
As fall comes around, you'll need some casual and cute tops to keep you warm. We like the Kalindi Top by Velvet. This long sleeved top has a crossover V-neck, and it's designed so there's gathering throughout the front. It's simple and cute and perfect for pairing with jeans.
August 2, 2008
Yet another gorgeous take on your typical white button down top! The Ruffle Collar Blouse by McQ - Alexander McQueen has a fold-over collar and ruffle detail at the neck, four buttons down the front, long sleeves, and two buttons at the cuffs. A great top for the office!
August 1, 2008
Mediocore Clothing is a new t-shirt company that we think is going to do really well. That's because they have a shirt that goes great with everyone's favorite tv week of the year, Shark Week! They also have two other designs, Complimentary Colors and Missing Turtle.
To kick off their store opening, save 10% off with code shirtsnob through August 8.
We've shown a lot of tops like the Chloe V Neck Tee by Trina Turk here at Shirt Snob in the past, but we do like the twist at the bust look. Besides that feature, this top has a V-neck, ruching at the front, vertical seam detail at the back, and short sleeves. It comes in two colors, violet and black.
If you want an embellished top without it being too much, check out the Summer Peasant Top at MaxStudio. There's beading that dots the front in a triangle pattern as well as chiffon ribbon embroidery at the neckline, shirring throughout, and short sleeves. It's 100% silk and available in both black and blue/green.
The Pintuck Camisole by Robert Rodriguez is a cute camisole that is a little more formal than many others out there. Wear it with a cute jacket to work and then out to drinks afterward! There's 10 toggle buttons down the front, vertical pintucking, tiny eyelets at the front, frayed banding at the top hem and straps, and it's 100% silk. Available in both opal and black.
We had a bunch of great finds this past month. Here's a look back:
Sales and Sweepstakes!