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