There's something special about a flannel button-up.
The structure, the versatility, the feeling of lines meeting curves - it all makes a button-up a staple in modern wardrobes for men and women alike. And when it's flannel, it just makes me want to be in the woods.
Unfortunately, most button-ups I find in the wild are pretty much made cheaply and cut for men's bodies.
The boob gap. The "I-can-see-your-bra-through-that-material." The lost button. The tight shoulders. The weird lumpy folds.
These and more are what plague a woman's attempt to find the right button-up.
Not so with Tradlands.
Tradlands was created in 2012 by partners Sadie and Jeremy. Inspired by what wasn't there, the company's birth was a response to the fact that, time and time again, Sadie wanted the styles and textiles seen in menswear and couldn't find a suitable option anywhere.
"Menswear inspired staples for women with a relentless emphasis on fit, details, and quality." That's how they describe this genius line.
And what's my favorite line from their About page?
"We design clothing that a mother can pass down to her daughter … or that her daughter will borrow from her closet." This is a revolutionary idea in the fashion world, and combats fast fashion in a way that gives me goosebumps.
Each style is sewn in small batches in the United States. By keeping production stateside, Tradlands ensures well-crafted details and a healthy, happy work environment for their sewers.
And their products show it.
The Arapaho Red was my instant pick. A perfect classic, this thing has never and will never go out of style, meaning I can keep it in my closet indefinitely. It's a perfect plaid that has versatility and play, and it is cut to fit my shape precisely.
I can move in this. I can stretch. There are eight solid buttons going down the front (rather than the standard six), making boob gap practically impossible so I can wear this without layering. It's got just enough room, but not so much that I look frumpy.
And the quality of the fabric is unmistakable. Thick, soft, sturdy flannel and brilliant colors that I know will last the test of time.
I cannot recommend this brand enough. The magical mix of masculine and feminine lines, the heart of the company, and the quality of the product come together to make this truly the perfect button-up.
If you're interested in trying them out, use this link to get $25 off your purchase! You won't regret it.