We're in the height of summer and this year I came to a sweaty realization ... I packed the wrong tees to visit southern Europe. It's no secret that it's been especially blazing hot this year and I learned the hard way that choosing the right tees depends on a combination of fabric, weight, and weave.
This try on will include a brief first impressions Mott & Bow review of each of the following items:
Look for future styling of these affordable elevated basics for women under Mott & Bow Reviews
What is slub cotton?
The slub fabric tees are new for Mott and Bow this summer 2023. These tees are 100% cotton slub jersey fabric. I really prefer natural fibers these days as much as possible, so I was happy to see this 100% cotton summer tee available!
What is slub cotton? It's a particular cotton weave style that adds a feathering effect to the finished garment due to added texture on the reverse side of the fabric. Since the fabric isn't one solid weave, but has variations in it (you'll see what I mean in the pictures), it makes a great option for summer because it is super lightweight and breathable!
Let's get to the try on!
Mott & Bow Classic Crew Slub Tee in Bone XS
TL;DR: Mott and Bow's Classic Crew Slub Tee is a dream, lightweight summer t shirt for women that's timeless with quality finishings, and not too sheer!
First I would like to draw attention to the detailed finishing of the classic crew slub women's tee from Mott and bow. Notice the flat laying, thick (but not too thick) neckline of this tee and the neat double row of stitching. Also notice the lovely stitching on the sleeve.
TBH, I don't know a lot about sewing and the names of these stitches/finishes, but the more garments you look at and review the more readily you recognize quality finishes that are well executed.
The shape of the sleeve is a detail I am particularly a fan of. It has room, but it's also tailored to be at an angle. I feel this is a really flattering sleeve shape for me. Further when t shirts have longer and baggier short sleeves, not only do my little twig arms look like they are drowning in fabric, but also it can be harder to dress them up, imo.
This is a classic women's light blue jean and white tee outfit, tucked and untucked.
Things to notice:
Mott & Bow Relaxed Slub Tank Tee in White XS
TL;DR: Very relaxed fit, large arm holes. If you're the sporty type, this is all you girl!
This style oftank tee is a departure from my usual style. Of course the fit is relaxed and a bit boxy. I appreciate the slight angling of the sleeves! (which.. this is a sleeveless tee, but you know what I mean right?)
The finishings of this slub tank are on par with the classic crew slub tee. I like to see that consistency in a brand. In terms of my style, I like the look of this best with a little angled twist through the belt loop. What do you think? I like the added shape it gives!
When will I wear this slub tank tee? You'll probably catch me in this summer t shirt when I'm chilling outside this summer, to the pool or beach. Also would be great with leggings or bike shirts for a jog! This tee is breezy baby!
This is a casual women's outfit - white tank with light blue high waisted skinny jeans.
Things to notice:
Mott & Bow Fitted V Neck Marcy Tee in Olive XS
Mott and Bow's Marcy Tees are a crowd favorite and available in a ton of colors both as a V neck and crew neck. I thought it would be helpful of you to see a comparison if you're trying to decide which Mott and bow t shirt is best.
TL;DR: Love. This. Tee. Perfect everyday tee, but a step up!
First of all, the color is chef's kiss. A light olive that is a perfect neutral and I think it's a great color that goes well with the leopard print shoes, no? :)
And once again, note the finishings. Loveeee!
The composition of the Marcy Tees is different than the slub tees. The Marcy tee is 50% pima cotton and 50% modal. This means two very important things.
1. These tees are delightfully soft. Soft as a cloud. They feel so so so nice on your skin and I think the fabric blend makes them feel a step up. They aren't just a "basic tee", they are worthy of your date night out!
2. There is a possibility that they could pill sooner than your cheap cotton tees, depending on your use case. I can't say for sure because I haven't had these long enough yet, I'm just speaking from experience with other modal tees. Let's see!
This summer outfit idea is simple and elevated - an olive v neck modal tee with blue denim, rolled at the ankles, and leopard print slip on sneakers for character!
Things to notice:
A Note on Sizing
I found that XS was the right size for me in each of these tees.
Pro Tip: Always consider the combination of recommended size and fit when you ordering your clothing! For instance, if something is an oversized fit and they recommend on size, but you prefer a less oversized look - you may size down. Or if something is a fitted style, but you prefer a less fitted look, you may choose to size up.
I also thought you may find it interesting to see the shapes and lengths of the shirts, sleeves included, when compared to one another. :)
A Note on Opacity
Finally a note on opacity. Are these slub tee shirts see through? Are they sheer?
The slub cotton is a lightweight, breathable material perfect for summer. The slub style gives an irregular/feathering fabric finish where some spots are thicker and others thinner, creating that cool textured look. I would always recommend a skin toned bra with light colored clothing. Here is a comparison from skin toned to black for your info.
Huge thanks to Mott & Bow for gifting these pieces to share with you and help you decide which are the right fit for your life, style, and wardrobe!
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Tags - Mott & Bow • Cotton Slub • Cotton • Style • Marcy Tee • Jeans • Skinny Jeans • Modal • Petite Style • Petite Pear • Review • Summer Style • Spring Style • Try Ons • High Rise • High Waisted • Mott and bow reviews
More Summer Petite Style:
The Nico Linen Dress is available in gingham, Sedona, cactus blossom (love), dried tobacco.--^
^-- Check availability and read Tradlands Nico Linen Dress (with pockets!) reviews here.
^-- The Birdie Linen Dress is a reversible, sleeveless midi dress in 2 colors.
Check availability and read Tradlands Birdie Dress Reviews here.
The Chalet Tiered dress in gorgeous Birch and Olive.
Check availability and read Tradlands Chalet Tiered dress reviews here.
A new sweater has been released in place of the Jude pullover sweater. It's called the canyon V neck sweater made of lightweight cotton.
Check availability and read Tradlands Canyon sweater reviews here.
The coast camp shirt is a fresh twist on a classic, short sleeved boxy button up. Casual or dressed up, you'll be ready with this one.
Check availability and read Tradlands Coast camp shirt reviews here.
The 102 Box T-shirt is a classic striped shortleeve tee and pairs well with the Glen Long shorts which are a tencel-linen short!
Check availability and read Tradlands 102 Box Shirt reviews and Tradlands Glen Long Short Reviews here
The Paloma linen pant is back in 3 colors!
Check availability and read Tradlands Paloma Pant reviews here
Finally, a new Tradlands skirt called the Meadow Midi Skirt is a lightweight, linen, midi length skirt available in 2 colors. (If you're closer to 5 foot, it may be more a maxi fyi)
Check availability and read Tradlands Meadow Midi Skirt Reviews here
My picks from the Tradlands Spring 2022 Collection would probably be the Nico Dress in Cactus Blossom, the Meadow Midi Skirt in Olive and the Coast Camp Shirt.
Can you tell I'm a color girl? I keep trying the whole neutral thing and I like it a lot, I often feel very classic and polished, but when I see colors like this... my heart of hearts can't help but sing!
Sometimes I wear clothes based on how I feel, other times based on how I want to feel.
Do you know what I mean? I think these are happy clothes! I dare say they would lift anyone's mood, whether the wearer or passersby! Congrats Tradlands on another gorgeous launch!
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Tags - Tradlands • Shelter Cardigan • Cardigan • Cotton • Sweaters • Spring Style • Summer Style • Style • Review • Petite Style • Petite Pear • Nico Dress
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Lily Silk Blouse Reviews
Lily Silk SOS (Silk Oversize Style) Shirt | $155
To date, the Lily Silk SOS Shirt is my third silk shirt. This Charmeuse Silk button up blouse is truly a beautiful piece. If you love a silk top with a luxurious sheen, this will be up your alley. I can't really put into words how truly special and super ... silky? (lol) this women's silk blouse feels to the touch and when wearing it! Let's get to the try on!
Love the look of the lilysilk blouse tucked in to this classic skirt and finished with a skinny black leather belt.
Also try tossing a sweater like this red cashmere sweater over top of the lilysilk sos shirt.
It's a great layering piece!
Final Thoughts Lily Silk SOS Blouse Review
I typically prefer a slim fit when it comes to blouses because of being so petite. For that reason, the Lily Silk Basic shirt is probably a better option for me overall (and they have lots of gorgeous colors!) Howeverrrrr I have to admit that I loved the oversized silk blouse layered under a sweater. It felt so luxurious and silk has great thermoregulatory properties making it a double win! A lot of base layers are made up of synthetics that make you itch or get overly warm, but that won't be a problem here! To help extend the life of your silk blouses, I recommend a sweat proof undershirt like these.
This is my first Lilysilk piece and it truly is beautiful. The whole experience, including the packaging felt luxurious and like a special gift coming wrapped nicely in its own special box.
Huge thanks to Lilysilk for gifting this blouse. All opinions are my own! I hope this post and pics can help you decide if this particular blouse is for you! Check out some other styles I love from Lily Silk below:
More Cute Styles From LilySilk
Tags - Lily Silk • Style • Silk • Petite Style • Review • Try Ons • Style • Cashmere • Nisolo • Petite Pear
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Yes. Investment. Tradlands pieces (for most people) are an investment. The upfront cost may be higher, but you’re getting a quality garment that is going to last longer and is ethically made. But enough about that! TBH, you already know that and you probably have been looking for tradlands clothing reviews or even tradlands shelter cardigan reviews for that exact reason. I commend your diligence! I, too, am an avid googler of regular-people reviews of everything from spaghetti sauce to sustainable fashion. I always find everyone’s opinions or pictures are helpful in their own way. So let’s try on the Shelter Cardigan!
Oh hey! Cozy chunky knit sweater, anyone? Yes please! The Shelter Cardigan has a loose, gently oversized fit with drop shoulder and light balloon sleeves. This is a 100% cotton cardigan, which can be surprisingly hard to find.
BTW, I ordered XXS • 5’2” - b 33” w 27”
Take note of how beautiful the knit is and how sort of vibrant? the color is even though it’s basically just off white? I’ve seen this vibrancy in the other Tradlands knits and I think it’s one of the many reasons these sweaters scream quality to so many people.
If you’re looking for fit reference, note where the birch shelter cardigan xxs hits between waist and hips on a petite body. Also note the drop sleeve and overall sleeve length. Some pics I have rolled the sleeves a bit to give you an idea. This is easily a sleeves-over-fingers cozy kind of sweater for someone with my arm length! How do you like it with just the top button done?
Maybe you like the idea of buttoning all 3 of the buttons and doing a little cardigan tucked into high rise jeans look? Here ya go:
While many people love to wear the Shelter Cardigan as a top in itself, I think I would find it too low for comfort. I would at least want a cami or even a numi top (which will also protect the sweater from sweat) underneath. Here you can see the fit difference if you pull it back from the shoulders to make the neckline more modest or if you pull it forward. Which do you prefer?
Do you like to tuck in chunky knit sweaters and cardigans? Here’s a look with the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan tucked in to Mott And Bow High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans and finished with a red leather skinny belt. (Mott & Bow Bond Jean review here)
Are you the spunky wear-it-in-reverse type to get the most versatility out of every piece in your capsule wardrobe? Here’s the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan in reverse. I kind of loveee that diagonal knit at the shoulder, don’t you?
The Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is a beautiful and high quality, ethically made cotton knit cardigan with buttons. FYI The Shelter Cardigan does not have pockets, if that’s something you’re looking for in a cardigan. I chose the color birch because I wanted this piece to work with literally anything I’m wearing, no matter the color spectrum, but Tradlands has some really gorgeous new fall colors out like jam and also emerald green (I think that was released in summer, but still) so if this style if your jam (ha, jam.)… you may want to go big with another vibrant hue!
This slightly oversized slouchy cardigan is a huge departure from my historical style, but it’s actually a pretty awesome addition. When deciding between the Shelter Cardigan vs Cottage Crewneck Sweater, I opted for the shelter cardigan because it is a sweater with buttons. You see, my temperature fluctuates so much. One minute I’m hot, the next I’m cold. Then I’m hot, then the AC kicks on and my teeth start chattering… I have a hard time staying comfortable so I’m constantly putting on a layer and take it off which is much easier to do with an open cardigan or button cardigan than an over-the-head sweater. (Although those sweaters are great for true winter when I’m just gonna be cold no matter what until spring haha.)
Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is now my go-to cardigan for Fall and Winter layering.
Huge thanks to Tradlands for gifting this sweater! Stay tuned for more styling ideas featuring xxs tradlands shelter cardigan in birch.
In the mean time you can see all available sizes and colors of the Shelter Cardigan on the Tradlands website.
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Tags - Tradlands • Shelter Cardigan • Cardigan • Cotton • Sweaters • Fall Style • Winter Style • Style • Review • Petite Style • Petite Pear
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