December 31, 2008
We finished off 2008 with some great finds. Here is a quick look back at the month of December.
December 31, 2008
The floral print on the Mod Daisy String Halter Top by Milly is too cute to pass up! This halter has beaded spaghetti straps that tie behind the neck, a V-neck, beaded drawstring at the empire waist, a keyhole at the front, and is lined. It comes in two colors: turquoise and petal.
December 31, 2008
The gorgeous print on the Willow Print Square Neck Blouse by ADAM makes this the perfect blouse to bring in spring. There's pleating at the front, back and square neck and short flutter sleeves. It's also lined and 100% silk.
December 31, 2008
The Shirt Snob is shocked that we have never written about Brand of the Free before, but we cannot find anything about them in our archives. This t-shirt company uses 100% organic cotton tees as they think you should be able to look great while remaining socially responsible. They are all made in the USA as well. We adore their designs too, especially Birds on a Wire, Green Light, and Re-Recycle.
December 30, 2008
We love the laid back feel of the Leeann Dolman Top by Joie. It has a pretty floral print with a tie and three buttons at the split V-neck, pintucking at the front and back, smocked elastic banding at the bottom hem and cuffs, and elbow-length dolman sleeves. Wear with your favorite pair of comfy jeans!
The eye catching circle print of the Elsie Blouse by Elie Tahari is what first drew us in, but there are many other interesting features to this blouse. It has six hidden snap closures at the front, pleating at the scoop neck, a tie at the waist, ruching at the cuffs, and short raglan sleeves. It is semi-sheer with a lined body, and it's also 100% silk.
I'm a Hot Tee is a new t-shirt company that wants to be funny without being crude. We like this as we prefer to wear our t-shirts wherever we want. Who wants to think about who may see their inappropriate t-shirt? Tees are supposed to be thought free in our opinion. So we love this idea. Right now they have four designs, and our favorite is Hoverboard. Each design is available in both men's and women's sizes.
December 29, 2008
Want to add a some curves to your body? The Cashmere One Button Cardigan by Vince can help with that. This sweater has a single button at the waist and colorblocking there that gives the illusion of an hourglass figure. There's also ribbed banding at the crew neck, waist, and cuffs and 3/4 length sleeves. Made of 100% cashmere.
Ellembee is an Etsy store with some beautiful t-shirts and hoodies. The designer is a former bedding designer who decided to take the leap into clothing. We especially like Twigs, Killer Cattails, and Lacy Pomegranate V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt. There's also an MySpace page devoted to Ellembee!
December 26, 2008
Maybe it's because we need some cheering up with all the cold and wet weather because we totally adore yellow tops lately. The Solid Tie Cardigan by Splendid is certainly a great sweater to lift your mood. It has ribbed banding at the shawl collar, a tie belt at the waist, rolled edge at the hem and cuffs, and long sleeves. Besides lemon, it's also available in navy if you prefer darker colors in the winter.
We found one black and white top earlier this week, and we're happy to have discovered another. The Melbourne Cami by Ella Moss has horizontal stripes, crochet knit trim at the neck and hem, ruching at the bust and back, a keyhole and tie closure at the center of the bust, and spaghetti straps. Ella Moss usually has such fun colors, so it's nice to see something different from this designer.
If you were a fan of grunge in the 90s, you probably still have a lot of plaid that you don't reveal to many people. Well, allow that hidden side of you to escape with the Plaid Elvas Lumberjack Shirt by Ever. This plaid flannel shirt has a fold-over collar, six buttons at the front, flap pockets at the bust, two inch slits at the sides, ruching at the back, long sleeves, and banding, pleating and a button at the cuffs. It comes in two colors, peach and blue.
December 25, 2008
We're taking the day off to celebrate Christmas, we'll be back tomorrow with more fabulous tops. Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2008
We haven't seen a fun black and white (or cream in this case) top for a while, so of course we're excited to show you the Adriana Top by Rachel Pally. This halter has gathered detail at the center neck and an inverted pleat at the bust. The darting print is fun and will certainly help you stand out in a crowd.
Worried about those few pounds you're sure to gain this holiday season? The Jarian Blouse by Joie allows you to hide it while still looking chic. This blouse has a loose fit with crochet detail at the bib and near the bottom hem and five shell-like buttons at the neck. It also has ruching at the bust and back and short sleeves with a single button.
Strange Cargo is a Chicago t-shirt company that allows you to choose the type of shirt you put an image on. They have tons and tons of different designs to choose from. Once you decide on one, you pick the type of shirt, the color, and the size. It's great if you're looking for a baseball tee or would prefer a tank top as most t-shirt companies don't give you much variety in the actual shirt.
December 23, 2008
The Belted Tank by Larsen Gray is a simple tank made quite elegant. It has a scoop neck and 3/4 inch straps which are pretty ordinary. But there's also a tie at the hem with beaded fringe, and this addition makes it something you can wear at so many places. You can dress it up with heels or keep it casual with jeans. It's made of 100% sustainable silk.
One shouldered tops often look uneven to the Shirt Snob, but that isn't a problem with the One Shoulder Top by Cleo Brands as it does actually cover both shoulders. It's like a one shoulder top with the addition of another strap. There is a V-neck and gathering on one shoulder, where the other shoulder strap attaches, and at the left seam. It's fitted and slinky and great for creating curves. This blouse is available in burgundy and navy.
We love how sexy and comfortable the Tula Top by Tart looks. It has braided banding at the scoop neck that continues on to the straps. They in turn form a V at the back. There is ruching at the bust, a keyhole at the back, and large banding and ruching at the bottom hem. It's available in two colors, petunia and black.
December 22, 2008
Not as many new t-shirts this week, probably because of the holidays. Over at Threadless, their sale ends on Wednesday, so take advantage of it while you can. Of their new releases, our favorites are I'm Like a Bird!, The dinosaurs deserved it, and the reprint Anthill Trap.
New at Busted Tees this week is Fight Me I'm Irish.
Gotham's Youth is the newest design at Glennz Tees.
The Lusee Silk Jersey Top by Diane von Furstenberg is probably the Shirt Snob's favorite top we've seen in at least a month. We love how the print banding at the edges contrasts with the print throughout the body. Who would have thought these two prints would work so well together? This wrap top also has a patch pocket at the bust, a tie at the waist, a button at the cuffs and elbow-length sleeves. It's 100% silk.
Looking for a casual top to hang around in that isn't boring? The Dusty Dip Dye Thermal Hoodie by Splendid is perfect for you! This thermal pull-over hoodie is dip-dyed three colors. There is a pouch pocket at the front, banding at the scoop neck, hood, hem, and cuffs, and long sleeves. It comes in two colors, blue lagoon and desert sand.
The print on the Bamboo Slub Tank by Splendid makes it look a little worn, so the girliness ruffle trim at the scoop neck and arm openings is an interesting contrast. There's also ruching at the bust and racer back and two inch straps. It's available in black and blurple (a word we love).
December 21, 2008
No one does bohemian like Free People. The Mama Gianna Princess Tank is adorable with ribbon banding and lace trim at the square neck, smocked elastic banding at the back, drawstring tie at the bottom hem, and contrast lace trim with scalloped edges at the three inch straps. It is sheer, so you can wear it with your most comfortable camisoles from last summer.
December 20, 2008
The Slingshot Halter Top by VPL is unique because of it's two inch grosgrain straps that form a V at the front and back. This top also has draping at the open back and ruching at the front. There is a lined bodice, and the rest is semi-sheer.
December 19, 2008
The Parker Tie Back Top by Susana Monaco is one of the more sexy tops from this designer. There's banding and ruching at the empire waist, an open back with a tie and ruching, spaghetti straps, and a lined bodice. Perfect for those nights out on the town!
The Bustier Top by ADAM looks like a lot of fun to wear, and it'd be perfect for your warm weather vacations this winter. It has vertical stripes throughout with a sweetheart neckline, boning at the bust, a hidden back zipper, and a lining. It's also 100% silk and available in two color combinations: sun/milk/indigo and coral/milk/sun/grey.
December 18, 2008
We love it when the belt is built into a top, such as with the Contrast Belted Cardigan by Vince. There is contrasting trim at the front, belt, and cuffs, five buttons down the front, and long sleeves. The belt can be removed or tied for some variety. It is 100% cashmere.
We may have mentioned in the past how the Shirt Snob is into hearts right now. So how can we pass up the Blanche Top by LOVE YAYA with it's repeating heart pattern throughout? This blouse has knot detail at the square neck, elbow length sleeves, a tie at the cuffs, and is semi-sheer.
The Shirt Snob adores the pink and brown print of the Heidi Top by Karen Zambos Vintage Couture (not to be confused with the other Heidi Top we wrote about last week by the same designer). This halter has contrasting chiffon straps that tie behind the neck, wrinkled chiffon ruffle trim at the scoop neck, and darting at the bust. It is also 100% silk.
December 17, 2008
If you want to stand out when you enter a room, you need to see the Silk Trim Cardigan by See by Chloe. It has a Peter Pan collar with silk banding, five buttons down the front, ribbed banding at the bottom hem, front pockets, and 3/4 length sleeves. This cardigan is such a cheery color, it'll be sure to brighten the day of everyone around you!
The Jessica Top by Susana Monaco is pretty simple, but it's too cute for us to pass over. There is banding at the V-neck and empire waist, ruching at the bust and waist, and thick straps. It works with jeans, nice pants, or even a skirt.
The Embroidered Square Neck Top by Catherine Malandrino definitely makes a statement, so you'd probably need a strong personality to wear it. But it is so feminine and beautiful with the cutouts, contrast embroidery, and scalloped edges at the square neck and cuffs. There's also an inverted pleat at the layered short sleeves, a hidden side zipper, and is lined.
December 16, 2008
It's hard not to stop and stare at the Crocheted Neckline Cardigan by Catherine Malandrino with its stunning colorblock crocheted yoke. This sweater also has ruching at the yoke, ribbed banding at the bottom hem, a scoop neck, eight buttons down the front, and short sleeves.
If you like some sparkle in your blouses, check out the Shirred Shell at MaxStudio. There is intricate beading at the empire waist as well as two rows of beading on the straps that continue to the back, shirring throughout the bust and back, ruching at the waist, and a lining throughout. It'd look great at your holiday parties this year, but you can get plenty of use out of it well into next year as well.
We are quite fond of tops that surprise us, and the Backless Top by Larsen Gray certainly does. From the front, one would have no idea the back is so open! At the back, there is a deep crossover V with metallic banding. There's also a scoop neck and long sleeves. It is made from 100% recycled wool.
December 15, 2008
Looking for last minute holiday gifts? Get some tees! There are some new designs out this week as always. First up is Threadless. They are having a new sale. Spend $50, get 10% off, spend $75, get 15% off, and spend $100, get 20% off. As for the new stuff, we like Plot, it builds character, I hate attention seekers, Freaks in the Funhouse, Quit Howling at Me, The Stepping Stone, Playin' in the Sprinkler, and the reprints Hypotamoose, Ambition Killed the Cat, and Satan's Little Helper.
Over at Snorg Tees, we like Haiku and Evolution of Rock.
And finally at Busted Tees, check out Nerd Skull and Stonecutters.
The Bateaux Tee by Seaton is exactly the type of top that we like to wear on those quick trips to the supermarket or to pick up our son at preschool. It has stripes throughout with banding at the wide neck, cuffs, and hem, contrast topstitching at the back, and chain and rivet detail at the cuffs. There's also long sleeves.
The Hope Top by Tart is a sexy and simple top that we all need hanging in our closets. It has a cowl neck, ruching at the sides, and thick straps. Works great with jeans or a skirt.
December 14, 2008
December 12, 2008
The Shirt Snob has really been into stars recently, so we adore this next top, the Celestine Tank Top by Ella Moss. There is layered flounce at the top hem, balloon edge at the bottom hem, 1/2 inch gathered elastic straps, and a lining. The shell is 100% silk and has stars throughout. It is available in two colors: amour and vanilla.
The Printed Bias Tank by Organic is a pretty basic tank top with a V-neck, unfinished bottom hem, and adjustable spaghetti straps. But the wrinkled print is quite unusual, and really we can't make much of what it is. You definitely will not find anyone else looking just like you when you go out in it though! It's also made from 100% cupro, a biodegradable cotton fiber.
The Cowl Halter Top with Belt by Black Halo is quite a sexy top with its slinky fabric. There is a loose cowl neck, low back, a skinny belt that cinches the waist, and spaghetti straps that tie behind the neck. It is available in ash and bronze.
December 11, 2008
The Kiki Ruffle Tank by Ella Moss is perfect if you want to add a little dimension to your bust. There is a shear overlay at the bust, ruching at the V-neck and back, banding at the bottom hem, and unfinished detailing throughout. There's also a darting print which is hard to see from the picture. Available in slate and black
For a tank top, the Trina Top with Embellished Hem by Alice + Olivia is quite elegant! It has a scoop neck, knotted racer back, satin bow and chain detail at the hem, and thick straps. It is also lined and made from a stretchy silk.
The Mixed Stitch Full Sleeve Sweater by Generra is a pretty and delicate pointelle sweater that will still keep you warm! It has scalloped edges at the crew neck and cuffs, long sleeves, and is semi-sheer. It is 100% wool and available in black and heather grey.
December 10, 2008
The Pleated & Tucked Shell at MaxStudio can be worn either alone or under a fitted blazer. There is pleating and pintucking dotted with sparkly beads at the bust and straps, ruffle detail at the scoop neck and arm holes, smocking and ruching at the back, and is fully lined. We adore the bright blue color too. Made of 100% silk.
We love ringer tees, so why not a ringer tank? The Sheryl Tank Top by Theory is a semi-sheer top with contrast banding at the scoop neck and arm openings. It only comes in one size, although it's available in two color combinations: black/white and white/marlin.
We actually think the Avian Print Jersey Top by Marc by Marc Jacobs would be a great blouse to wear around Valentine's Day as the print looks like lots of mini-hearts! It has ruched banding at the sweetheart neckline, three buttons and keyhole at the bust, a grosgrain tie at the waist, ruching at the back, cap sleeves, and surged edges at the cuffs. It's made from a silk and rayon mix.
December 9, 2008
The Skye Top by Ella Moss is the perfect cute and comfy top we look for in the winter. This blouse has a frayed edge at the cowl neck, ruching at the fitted hem, three buttons at the three inch cuffs, 3/4 length sleeves, and is semi-sheer. There are metallic accents throughout, and it comes in fern, palace blue, and stallion.
There is shirring throughout the Elasticated Bubble Top at MaxStudio, so this is quite a textured blouse. elastic at the empire waist and scoop neck, and short sleeves. It is made of a stretchy silk and the fabric has a striped pattern too.
There's a lovely vintage feel with the Jonah Drawstring Top by Joie. This print top has smocked elastic banding and a tie with tassles at the wide neck, a keyhole at the front, short sleeves, and smocked elastic banding at the cuffs. It is semi-sheer, made from a cotton and silk mix, and available in orange and insignia.
December 8, 2008
The Ruffle Top by Nightcap Clothing is a mock wrap. There is ruffle trim at the crossover front, three inch banding at the bottom hem, long bell sleeves, and a rolled edge at the cuffs. It comes in two colors: wine and ash.
The name of this next top describes it perfectly. The Ellassentials V Neck Top by Ella Moss is one of those tops that is essential to every gal's wardrobe, and it's from one of our favorite designers! There is smocked elastic banding at the front, ruching at the bust and back, a V-neck, short sleeves, and a lining at the bust. It comes in two essential colors too: black and white.
December 7, 2008
Another flirty top from Diane von Furstenberg! The Marston Chiffon Top has shirring at the scoop neck, pleated grosgrain banding at the scoop back, and thick pleated grosgrain straps. It is made from a wrinkled silk, is lined, and comes in raspberry and black.
December 6, 2008
The Heidi Top by Karen Zambos Vintage Couture is in a great color for the holidays! It has wrinkled chiffon ruffle trim at the scoop neck, darting at the bust, contrast chiffon straps that tie behind the neck, and a polka-dot diamond pattern throughout. It's 100% silk too.
December 5, 2008
If it isn't freezing where you live (or are planning to vacation), you probably still want to show off some skin. The Apron Tie Top by Nightcap Clothing is a great option as it has a thick tie but otherwise an open back. There's also ruching at the top hem, a slinky body, unfinished edge at the rounded bottom hem, and detachable halter straps that tie behind the neck. It is available in three colors: wine, ash, and black.
The Tie Cardigan by C&C California is a preppy and yet casual cardigan that will quickly become your favorite go to cover up. It has contrast banding at the V-neck, placket, welt pockets, and cuffs, five buttons at the front, a drawstring at the bottom hem, contrast topstitching at the seams, unfinished edge at the cuffs, and long sleeves. It comes in two colors, white and navy.
We are especially fond of the Bat Sleeve Blouse at MaxStudio because of its fun olive print. It has origami detail at the empire waist with shirring surrounding it, a V-neck, raw edges, elastic banding and ruching at the back, and bat wing sleeves. It's also 100% silk.
December 4, 2008
Here's another top with a low waist. The Flutter Sleeve Boat Neck Top by Juicy Couture also has gathered elastic banding at the waist like the previous top. There is a wide neck, and peek-a-boo chiffon layer at the short flutter sleeves as well. It is available in two colors: black and green run.
Looking for a bohemian top? Free People is definitely the experts here with yet another great example, the Muy Ling Embroidered Top. There is embroidery and pintucking at the bodice, rib-knit banding at the scoop neck and placket, crocheted insets at the shoulders, four snap closures at the front, a drawstring at the waist, lace trim at the bottom hem, and a hidden side zipper. It's also sleeveless and semi-sheer.
We found a large beaded top we liked earlier this week, and we are excited to have found another that isn't over the top. The Daisy Stripe Top by Rebecca Taylor is a casual looking blouse that is actually rather elegant up close. It has stripes and a floral jacquard pattern throughout, a scoop neck with covered bead detail and gathering, topstitching at the sides, on seam pockets at the hip, and short flutter sleeves. It is available in heather grey/bright pink and cream/navy, and it is 100% silk.
December 3, 2008
We are sad to hear that a great t-shirt company, People Like Us, is shutting up their t-shirt shop after the Christmas holiday. They are having an end of everything sale, and their tees have been reduced by half to $25. Take advantae of this sale to buy some great designs for yourself or for others this holiday season.
Don't let the picture of the Astrid Top by Trina Turk fool you, that is not one skinny strap and one thick one. Instead, the left strap has a tie at the shoulder. This tank also has a bold and colorful print, ruching at the neckline, and is 100% silk. It's a great top because it can work at the office under a blazer and then at night when you go out to drinks.
The Floral Boho Baby Doll Top by Rebel Yell stands out because of its beautiful embroidery at the bust and elbow-length sleeves. This blouse also has a scoop neck, four toggle closures at the front, rushing at the bust, and an unfinished edge at the bottom hem and cuffs. The sleeves can also be rolled up and kept in place with another toggle closure. Besides moonlight blue, it's also available in black.
December 2, 2008
Lots of new designs out this week. First up is No Star with two new tees, BFF and Easy Cube.
Over at Snorg Tees, check out Never Drink and Derive and Pirates with Cannons.
We really like I Don't Exist and I Cheat at Dreidel at Busted Tees.
At INDVSL, we are fond of the new design Doves.
Threadless has a bunch of new tees available this week. Our top picks are The Seven Ages Of Mandelion, Photo Finish, Boynado, and the reprints I Wish I Were, Puppet in Love, the ever popular Spoilt, and Gingerbread Nightmare.
Finally, Noisebot also has a lot of new designs including Festivus, Peas and Love, Initech, I Got This Shirt For My Husband (Great Trade!) (also available in wife, boyfriend, and girlfriend varieties), and It Would Have Never Worked Anyway.
The Elvie Top by Trina Turk is the Shirt Snob's favorite, black and white! We love the bold print, and the faceted stones at the crew neck are a nice addition. We don't usually like such details, finding them garish, but in this case they only add to the top instead of taking away from it. There's also ruching at the bust, a single button and keyhole at the back, and a hidden side zipper. It is 100% silk and also lined at the bodice.
The Ruffle Neck Racer Back Top by Generra is a dainty blouse that looks great alone but can work with a cardigan or blazer just as well. It is ribbed with banding at the scoop neck and racer back, has ruffle trim at the neck and woven trim at the hem, frayed edge at he trim, and thick straps. It is semi-sheer, 100% linen, and available in canary, navy, and parchment.
We found a similar one to this top last week, also by C&C California, but this one is a little more subtle. The Cap Sleeve Top has a large keyhole and a tie at the back. There's also satin banding at the scoop neck and bottom hem and ruching at the bust and shoulders. It is available in two colors: prince and black.
December 1, 2008
Today is the last day for the big Shop Bop sale. Use the code THANKS2U to get some great savings. When you spend $250, get $50 off. Spend $500, get $100 off. Spend $1000, get $250 off, and when you spend $1500, save $500. This sale includes accessories, jewelry, shoes, all the clothes, basically everything but gift cards and shipping. Jump on this great deal before it's too late!
The Cascade Camisole by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent is an elegant top that we've come to expect from this designer. It has asymmetrical layer detail at the body, gathered elastic banding at the back, adjustable spaghetti straps, and is lined. It is available in two colors: seagreen and beige.
The Signe Smocked Top by Joie is a darling bohemian blouse. It has smocked elastic banding, a drawstring, and a split V at the wide neck, eyelet detail at the front and back, embroidery detail throughout, smocked elastic banding at the hem and cuffs, and short sleeves. It is semi-sheer and comes in porcelain and insignia.
This year seemed to have flown by, but now is the time to start thinking about the holidays. More specifically, what you are going to buy everyone! The Shirt Snob hasn't come up with a shopping guide in the past because we believe that every person is quite unique in what they like or dislike in a shirt. Also, tops don't stay around for too long. They usually sell out and that is it! However, the one big exception to this is t-shirts. So our shopping guide is going to be all about tees! Most of these companies also offer tees in men's sizes too. And don't forget to check out our archives as well. There are tons of other great companies that we've written about in the past.
If you would like to buy a designer top for someone, we personally recommend gift certificates so they can choose themselves what work best. However, if you would like to buy one anyway, our favorites shops include Shop Bop
, Pink Mascara
, Couture Candy
, Max Studio
, Free People
, Maneater Threads
. Happy shopping!
November was a great month for us here at Shirt Snob. We had a ton of great finds and there were many great sales. Here's a quick look back:
Sales and Sweepstakes!