Tuesday, January 5, 2016

$25 Off at Tradlands

Hi guys, 

I've been wanting a nice-fitting flannel shirt for a couple years and have bought a few cheap ones that didn't fit that well. I kept hearing about this women's shirt company called Tradlands. I like a lot of things about their company. Their shirts are:

  • Made in America
  • High quality and made to last
  • Made to fit women, but with a tomboy attitude
  • Prints and colors that I think I'll like forever

I'd love to start buying more high-quality, ethically made clothes, but since they tend to cost so much more, I'll probably only add one or two pieces each year. I think fast fashion creates a whole range of problems, from throw-away clothes ending up in landfills to the mistreatment of the people who make the clothes. It would be great to contribute less to that part of the fashion industry. 

I'm sure I'll still shop at Old Navy, Kohl's, etc.... I can't imagine how to afford sustainably, ethically made kids' clothes. But any change I can make in my shopping habits feels like a step in the right direction. 

Tradlands' American-made, high quality shirts are expensive, but they have a great return policy, so I knew I could return my shirt if I didn't love it. I'm weighing the price against the benefits of a well made, good-looking shirt that should last (and outlast trends) for years and years. 

This is not a sponsored post; I really love my shirt! I ordered this red buffalo plaid flannel and I've worn it for a while every day since it arrived. I'm 5' 10" and I ordered size Large. The sleeves are long enough for me, which is not always the case. After washing and drying it, the shirt did shrink a little bit. I was disappointed because I loved how it fit before washing. After washing, it was just a little shorter and the cuffs were a little tighter. I kept wearing it to see if I liked it enough to keep it, knowing I could still return it under their return policy. And I still loved it. The tighter cuffs are plenty loose enough for my wrists, they just don't slide on and off easily over my watch. 

What do you think? I'm still well within the 60 day return window, but I think I'll keep it. It's definitely shorter than it looks on the model, but I think it's long enough. If it's too long and you tuck it in, the extra fabric will bunch up and look weird, or it will blouse out too far. 

When I went to tradlands.com and typed in my email address, I received $15 off, but if you use my link, you'll save $25 and I'll get some store credit (thank you!). 

Let me know if you buy a shirt or have bought one before. I'd love to know what you think. 

My personal capsule rules say that if I add a piece of clothing, I remove something else. I'm going to remove my red skirt, which is actually a little tight right now, so I never want to wear it. I especially don't want to wear it with thick leggings, which I need for warmth in this cold weather. So the skirt will go into storage in the back of my closet and I'll be able to wear my new flannel shirt all the time!

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