new for spring from tradlands.

April 19, 2016

tradlands chore coat | reading my tea leaves

This post is sponsored by Tradlands, a women’s clothing brand specializing in button-up shirts made in the USA.

Just in time for weather that feels like spring, a new lightweight coat and seven organic shirts from Tradlands

Reading My Tea Leaves newsletter subscribers might recall that Tradlands launched its first big departure from women’s shirting in the shape of a chore coat earlier this month. For the uninitiated, a chore coat is a classic bit of Americana most often associated with men’s workwear. While shapes and styles differ among designers, a classic chore coat is a lightweight outer layer cut from rugged fabric and designed to hold up to, well, chores.
tradlands chore coat | reading my tea leaves

In keeping with tradition, the Tradland’s chore coat is cut from water-resistant 10-ounce duck fabric—the same stuff used to make the high-quality men’s coats that inspire the look. And while it’s sturdy enough to hold up to whatever hard work you’ve got ready for it, it’s not for chores only. Here in Brooklyn, it’s been exactly the right thing for the warmer days and cooler nights we’ve been enjoying lately. I’ve been wearing the caramel colored coat around town and the other day my friend told me that she was, and I quote, “digging my seventies vibe.” (Formally considering my sartorial goal to channel laid-back Jane Birkin one step closer to being realized.)
tradlands chore coat | reading my tea leaves

About the coat, Tradlands’ founder Sadie Roberts says, “It was important to craft a coat that can be worn by women everywhere, from bakers and gardeners to mothers and daughters.” She describes the coat as “a modern, heirloom-quality coat for you and the next generation of strong women.” And in case you needed any encouragement, an embroidered detail on the inner cuff urges you to “Wear it Well.” 
tradlands organics | reading my tea leaves
For readers on the lookout for shirting, this spring Tradlands expanded their organic cotton options and there are now seven organic cotton shirts in the Tradlands collection. On the process of expanding the company’s organic offerings, Sadie confides that “A difficult side of manufacturing in a conscious, ethical way is making sure your fabrics are coming from a great place and that the quality is consistent. [Fabric] is a huge part of the overall integrity of a piece of clothing. With that in mind, organics is something our customers had been requesting for years, so we set out to find the best organic fabrics we could get our hands on.” Mission accomplished. tradlands organics | reading my tea leaves

Pictured above, the Quinn shirt in organic navy gingham is a new favorite of mine. The gingham fabric is incredibly soft and overall look is relaxed and classic. For a more tailored look, the classic Bobbie is a traditional button-down oxford. It’s also insanely soft. (Aside: I didn’t realize that the term button-down referred to the tiny buttons pinning down the collar of a button-up shirt until I was in at least my mid-twenties. Anyone else?)
tradlands chore coat | reading my tea leavesIf you’ve been waiting to bite the bullet on any Tradlands piece, but haven’t yet: now might be the very best time to consider it. Tradlands is offering Reading My Tea Leaves readers a $25 discount on every item in their carts. So, if you want to outfit yourself in the new line of organic shirts in every colorway, you can. (And you’ll get $25 dollars off each one.) Use the code SPRING25 to receive the discount and enjoy free shipping and returns in the US (International shipping is also available: $5 to Canada and $10 to everywhere else!). Offer expires May 3, 2016.

This post was sponsored by Tradlands. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support original content on Reading My Tea Leaves.

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  • Reply Sofia April 19, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Can you speak to the fit of the chore coat Erin? Did you find it true to size or did you size down with the relaxed fit? Thanks for covering the brand, love their style!

    • Reply Erin Boyle April 19, 2016 at 9:27 am

      A little tough to say, and sizing is always so personal, but I went with the xxs in the chore coat. I’ve worn xs Tradlands shirts in the past but now that I’m post-nursing I’m finding that the xxs have a more tailored fit for me.

  • Reply Libby April 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

    That is so beautiful! I love the classic look of it! And what a discount!

  • Reply shannon April 19, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Erm, I’m in my mid-20s now and just learned from this very post about button down vs. button up. Thanks Erin! 🙂

    Coming from a rural upbringing where people, you know, actually wear Carhartts for working on the farm, the chore coat strikes me as kinda funny. But it would definitely last forever and look timeless! Would love to see a pic of you wearing it!

    • Reply Erin Boyle April 19, 2016 at 11:03 am

      There’s a shot or two on instagram!

  • Reply Kate April 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    “Aside: I didn’t realize that the term button-down referred to the tiny buttons pinning down the collar of a button-up shirt until I was in at least my mid-twenties. Anyone else?” MIND BLOWN and I’m nearing my mid-thirties

  • Reply Nina April 19, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for clarification on the button-down vs -up issue! I had always thought a button-down shirt was that kind with a buttoning-down collar, but in the last few years I’ve seen so many references to ordinary button-up shirts as ‘button-down’ that I’d concluded I must have been wrong.

    Will you be writing anything about the Fashion Revolution campaign this week?

  • Reply Mana April 19, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve bought the same navy gingham shirt. I have a thing for button-up shirts and checked and stripes patterns :d This one, Spot on. Organic Cotton, Navy Gingham, So Soft, A Dream come True 🙂 Enjoy yours

  • Reply Jennifer April 20, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I love Tradlands! I bought my first shirt from them a few months ago (found them through you, thank you!) and it’s gotten so much wear already! Such a great fit and quality.

    My unrelated question: would you please share the paint color of your bed frame and dresser? I love it.

    Thanks, Erin!

  • Reply Hannah April 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I have a question for you (that is in no way intended to be a criticism) — how do you make room in your closet when you buy (or are gifted) something new? Do you take another look at what you have and get rid of something that the new item replaces? Do you not let your closet get above a certain number of pieces? I am struggling right now with too many clothes in the closet – I have plenty of space, but the owning too much is a mental burden for me…but yet I am an admirer of beautiful clothes, shoes, housewares, etc. and find myself having a bad case of the “I wants” lately – any advice on how to deal with this?

    • Reply Erin Boyle April 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Keep what you love, pass along what you don’t, and try not to let too much in that doesn’t work in the first place! This is always my philosophy. It’s definitely true that as a blogger, my relationship with all of this is a bit unique. And I definitely have more coming into my life than would be there if this wasn’t my line of work. I’ll say this: I swap things out when I get something that replaces something else; I pass along treats to friends and family when they’re not right for me; I return things to sponsors after photo shoots when that makes sense. I totally get the mental burden part—it’s why I constantly reassess to strike a balance that feels manageable!

  • Reply Anna April 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I love this coat. As I’m on a grad student budget I SO wish had been a giveaway! 😉
    Although I agree with Shannon … it cracks me up to see guys in NYC wearing very clean versions of what my dad wears to work (in a rural warehouse) every day…

  • Reply Danielle April 20, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    What is your new bed frame? It almost looks like a Charles P Rogers platform bed I have been eyeing- no box spring ?

    • Reply Erin Boyle April 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      We got our new bedframe from Keesta. It’s super simple and affordable and we love it! No box spring!

  • Reply Janet Grumbling April 21, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I had my first button-down shirts when I was 12 or 13, so I consider myself to have known that forever (in other words, just a little over 50 years).

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