Guess what y’all? We’ve got some independent business on independent business love going down over here. Autostraddle LOVES Tradlands, a small clothing company in San Francisco who make quality high-end button-downs for women – except they are exactly like the shirts in the men’s section. And guess what? They love us back. IT’S JUST A LOVE FEST GOING ON OVER HERE!
If you know me, you know my very favorite article of clothing is a nice button-down. I even fly to A-Camp in a button-down and a blazer, because we should dress up to fly more often, methinks. Regardless of what you’re doing, though – flying on a plane, going out to dinner, taking a walk through the park or just generally being your awesome self – Tradlands loves Autostraddle readers so much that they want to hook two of you up with some sweet button-downs to do it up in style.
Yes. That’s right. Tradlands wants to put their threads on your body for zero money.
Here’s what you do to enter the contest:
Sign up to join the Tradlands email list. You should also like them on Facebook while you’re there and maybe take a minute to tell them Autostraddle sent ya. Then, come back here and tell us which Tradlands shirt is your favorite!
I can already hear the questions that you are asking your computer screen, so I will answer those questions for you:
Why do we have to join a mailing list to win? Why can’t we just comment here?
Because the point of this independent business on independent business love is that we at Autostraddle want to support other amazing independent businesses. Especially those who see the queer community as a valuable part of their customer base. We like that. We like that a lot. And the best way to support this particular amazing business that values us is to hit up their Facebook and their Mail Chimp.
How will winners be selected?
You’ll be selected at random from their mailing list.
Wow, Ali – this is the second giveaway post you’ve done in the past two weeks. Why are you doing so many?
Well, we like to give you free things. And we’re thinking you probably like to get free things. And I personally volunteer to do the giveaway posts for products and businesses I believe in. This is one of those products/businesses. So I’d encourage you to buy a shirt from these guys if you don’t win one. Heck, buy one even if you do win one. There are more days between the day you wear this rad shirt and laundry day than any of us would care to admit. Also, Tradlands is giving Autostraddle readers %15 off your order with the coupon code below!
OMG, these shirts are so expensive. Autostraddle, why are you telling us to buy expensive things? CONSUMERISM!
I’m glad you asked.
You may have gathered from previous posts of mine that I advocate heavily for informed consumerism. As in, making an informed decision about where you spend your money because your money matters. And it matters even more if, like me, you don’t have a lot of it to go around. We already know about the high cost of cheap clothing, both morally and monetarily. So if you have the means, buying a few classic pieces at a higher price point instead of many pieces at a lower price point can help combat waste, unfair working conditions and large corporate bonuses for people who donate money to anti-queer causes/politicians. And these Tradlands shirts? They are classic, staple pieces. Stuff to build an outfit around and on top of, and shirts that don’t go out of style. Believe me – you’ll get your money’s worth in terms of usage. I’d actually be embarrassed if I told you exactly how much mileage my favorite blue button down gets (you’d all be like, but Ali, do you have any other clothing?). Buying from independent businesses means your dollar is going to an entrepreneur with a great idea. And buying from an independent business that supports and values our weirdo queermo community? Priceless.
Those are all super good points and Tradlands is awesome and WE WANT SHIRTS. What’s the deadline to enter?
Okay, so this post is going up today, and we’re going to give you a full two days. Meaning you have the rest of today, all day Thursday and then all day Friday! When the clock strikes midnight on Friday (as in, when Friday turns into Saturday), this post will turn into a pumpkin and the folks at Tradlands will pick their winners.
Did you just make a Cinderella joke?
Yes I did. Because these shirts will fit you like a glass slipper. NOW GO LIKE THE SHIT OUT OF THE TRADLANDS FACEBOOK PAGE AND SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER.
My favorite is the Volume Two Fort Point shirt. What a gorgeous color and material. It looks like it would go with anything and last through several, several seasons while still being trendy.
loving all the plaid… ALL OF IT!
Thanks so much for introducing me to this company :) Everything looks amazing.
My favorite is the Fort Point. The color is so beautiful.
Fort Point is my favorite too. these shirts are SO NICE.
Very hard to choose, but I would have to say my fave is Volume 2 Bernal Heights. Followed closely by Volume 2 Hayes & Laguna.
My favourite is the EMB SHIRT JACKET because I love jackets. And tailored button-down shirts. And queermo businesses. There’s a lot of win in all this.
Octavia St. Denim!!! A well-made white denim shirt is going to make me feel like I died and went to heaven. It will be my new favorite thing.
I swoon for the CLEMENT ST. shirt.
The Octavia St. Denim, because I’ve had dreams of donning a white demin shirt.
I’m going to have to agree with all of the Fort Point comments, but the Emb Shirt Jacket is also beautiful.
Ahhhh, I honestly want to buy everything.
The Dogpatch Flannal looks especially adorable and super comfy.
I love Cole Valley. What a great shade of purple! Thanks, AS, for repping great brands!
I’m really digging Clement St, but Hayes &Laguna is nice too. All of these shirts are so pretty, I want everything
That Beach Chalet shirt is calling my naaaaame.
All these shirts are pretty awesome though ^-^
beautiful shirts! I would love to win the Sea Cliff shirt!
gaaaahhh! They’re all so wonderful! I want all of them. I’m going to live vicariously through whoever wins this until I can buy one myself!
I NEED the EMB shirt jacket. Love!
I am totally ogling the Clement St. shirt. It is so pretty, but there’s no way I could afford it. Fingers crossed.
Beach Chalet or Dogpatch. Really though, I want them all.
Bernal Heights is my favorite :)
They’re all good looking, but Pier 7 is my favorite.
EEEEEE!!! Such pretty shirts!
My favourite is the Clement St.
The EMB shirt jacket is pretty awesome.
I would love the Octavia St. Denim!
I looovveee the Fort Point and the Bernal Heights!
I love the Alamo square :D my perfect colors
I love the EMB Shirt Jacket…
Thanks so much for sharing this company!!!
JONES ST. BLUE is perrrrrfect!
My favorite would have to be The Avenues Liberty
My favorite shirt is the Fort Point shirt it is an awesome color and I just bought a pair of Converse yesterday that would match perfect!
Never heard of this company, but it looks awesome. Bookmarked. That Hayes Valley in that shade of red is so fresh.
I’ve also never heard of this company before — thanks for sharing! It’s a toss up between Sea Cliff and Fort Point. I’m digging the merch. High five!
My wife’s adorable little queer body would look even more lovely in the PIER 7 shirt, due to the joy and happiness everything in tartan print bring to her… :-)
“IT’S JUST A LOVE FEST GOING ON OVER HERE!” is a perfect description for all my feelings about a variety of Autostraddle’s articles, and its support of small businesses.
Also, Sea cliff is fabulous.
mmm that clement st. shirt is perfection!
It is pretty much all about Fort Point though, isn’t it? That burgundy is everything. Also I swoon for a cozy henley like The Avenues Liberty on my girlfriend.
Pier 7 is looking pretty stellar!
Definitely the Alamo Square… I love me some plaid flannel.
I’m really digging the colour of the Volume Two Font Point. And it looks like I’m not the only one.
I really like Volume Two Dogpatch. It just looks so comfy and perfect.
Hayes and Laguna please!
I for real want ALL of these shirts!!!
And perfect timing. My mom JUST asked for a christmas list…
I love ALL of their shirts, but I’m especially digging Hayes & Laguna.
Can’t even pick a favorite they are all so great! If I had to, I would go with the Bernal Heights, because I’ve been pining for a shirt like that for months.
Or maybe The Avenues Brick because, henleys.
I LOVE THEM ALL but especially Bernal Heights!
Hayes & Laguna, followed very closely by Dogpatch. These are some great shirts.
Ooooh I like the Sea Cliff.
What an awesome giveaway! Love Alamo Square and Hayes Valley, but honestly all these shirts are great.
dog patch wins!!
Yay for button downs, love ’em all. All the button downs.
Jones St. Blue is my fave though.
I want so many of these shirts! But the Fort Point and Avenues Liberty shirts are tied for my favorite. They’d look so good together!
This is great! My favorite is the EMB shirt jacket!
All I want ALL I WANT (well, not entirely all) is some decently fitting men’s clothes. That’s almost all I want.
Hard to choose between the avenues in liberty and fort point. As a SF Outer Sunset native, I’m more pleased to be able to rep clothes that are not only made locally, but in my hometown and named after my hood!
How long is the coupon code good for?
I have this idea in my head that once I have the perfect button-down, blazer, and slim cropped pants combination, I’ll have finally made it, and receive some sort of Successful Queer Woman patch in the mail. I feel like the Fort Point shirt would get me 1/3 of the way there.
It’s past midnight in the UK right now, but I’m not sure what time is is there, so I’m gonna go ahead and comment anyway. I like the Clement St. shirt best. They’re all lovely though.
Love the Fort Point. I’m always a big fan of jewel tones, especially for fall! Also like the Alamo Square…I have an unhealthy addiction to plaid flannel.
I think I might be in love with the Bernal Heights. Can you be in love with a shirt? Is that weird?
If the shirt has mixed fabrics then your love is a ZOMGABOMINATION. You should only love shirts with one fabric THE WAY GOD INTENDED.
Well then, I guess my love of mixed fabric shirts will have to stay…IN THE CLOSET.
Remember the Alamo Square
Alamo Square! The way to my heart is through plaid
I love the jones st. Red and the emb shirt jacket <3
The EMB shirt jacket is my favorite, although I am really digging the Beach Chalet too.
Um hello. Alamo Square is one gorgeous piece of plaid. And what good lesbian doesn’t need a plaid flannel shirt?
Ah so in love with Clement St., you can’t really go wrong with blue button ups
Jones St Blue! I really want a classic blue button-down to wear to work, but I’m so small that I can never find one in stores.
My favourite is the Bernal Heights gingham cotton shirt (xs). I can completely see myself wearing it in a variety of ways: tucked into my brightly coloured high waisted pants or underneath a pullover sweater or with my favourite jeans and high heeled ankle boots. AH ALL THE POSSIBILITIES!
My favorite shirt is the Clement St. I’m such a sucker for flecks of color in a gray fabric that it’s not even funny. WANT!
I love the Bernal Heights because gingham, yo.
I really love Fort Point. Make that lusting after…
So in love with the Fort Point! So many ways to wear it! So much more room for activities!
Clement St. is absolutely my favorite! Fort Point is also lovely, but Clement St. has those great flecks of color throughout that I love!
Love Pier 7. Been wanting a plaid button-down for so very long.
The Dogpatch looks so comfy (as do the other ones, obvs), but my dog is helping me choose, so, you know. No brainer!
Fort Point is super pretty, but they’re all so gorgeous. It’s hard to choose!
Obsessed and completely in love with the Fort Point shirt! Also I want to buy all of them, I may have AS to blame for some impending debt..
Love the Fort Point! These shirts are all amazing!
Hayes & Laguna, its a really nice shade of red- not too bold for me but still red, something I have trouble finding.
I love Hayes & Laguna. I’ve never lusted after a shirt so hard.
Bernal Heights! But my girlfriend would look really good in Clement Street…
I want all of them! But my favourite is definitely the Alamo Square.
Oh my glob, choosing is haaard. I think Dogpatch is my all-time favourite though. Followed closely by Bernal Heights and Beach Chalet. In other news, thank you for assisting me in adding to my Christmas gift list (for others and also myself).
Ah yes, FORT POINT. That burgandy. I’d probably go with that or the EMB shirt jacket.
How do you make such difficult decisions??
Hmm… I guess I’d pick the EMB shirt jacket… or Bernal Heights!
This is awesome! Really digging the Clement St. shirt the most, but Dogpatch is a close second.
I <3 the volume 1 Beach chalet, addicted to polka dots
My favorite is the Emb Shirt Jacket.
I like the orange chambray one, whats it called. It’s in Vol.1
THE AVENUES BRICK is my fav!
The Cole Valley is a lovely lavender. I would feel super awesomely gay wearing lavender.
Also Fort Point and Bernal Heights and the Avenues Liberty. I feel like Daisy Buchanan.
…in the “beautiful shirts” scene, I mean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1K6fa4Y3DI
I love the Jones St. Red from Volume Two! I’m already imagining how awesome it would look with all my ties and pants! This is so funny cause I was just at clothing stores today looking for a nice button down and couldn’t find any that fit right.
Fort Point for sure. But EMB Shirt Jacket also has a special place in my heart. I’m so happy this exists!!
Hii!!I like this shirt, the fort point shirt-
I love this shirt! If I won this shirt, I’m really hoping this color would look great on me… I could wear it to work!
AAALLLLSSSOoo, I would share it with my buddy and she would look so cute, and I could send you pictures and we’d all get to be like “d’aww!!” and “Dammn, look at that sexy boi!”
It’s a win win for everyone!!! :D
Sea Cliff, such a beautiful color. Dear me, I hope I win.
ah!!! I love this! The Fort Point is my favorite! :) but everyone is going to look fab in their new Tradlands digs regardless.
I like the Fort Point! But for my girlfriend not for me, cause she needs these shirts more than I do. Can’t even count how many hours I’ve spent the past few months with her trying unsuccessfully to find men’s shirts that are small enough to fit her.
I love them all! Especially like pier 7 though.
Definitely love the EMB shirt jacket.
The Clement St. looks lovely!
Beautiful! I love them all, but the Bernal Heights is my favourite.
Clement St. !!! I love it.
My favorite is the Hayes & Laguna. Red chambray is a nice change.
AHHHH I want them allllll. Bernal Heights is my favorite.
I’m a fan of Bernal Heights but also love the layering possibilities in the EMB Shirt Jacket.
The Volume One Alamo Square shirt is my favorite! Would love to layer this.
Volume 2 Fort Point is my favourite … flannel blend? yes please!
That being said i love them all! :)
That Hayes & Laguna shirt is dopee.
I dig button ups more than anything that I wear. The ‘Fort Point’ is my favorite on there. Awesome color and would make a great statement piece.
Bernal Heights, y’all.
I’m pretty stoked about the fact that these awesome shirts look like they don’t give you that awkward boob gap. I mean, seriously. WHY IS THAT EVEN A THING. It’s THE WORST.
The best shirt in my opinion is the EMB shirt jacket, I love the dark color and I could play with so many shirts underneath. I also love the volume one Hayes Valley shirt. Thank you for introducing me to this awesome company!
My favorite is the Dogpatch, with Clement St a close second. THEY’RE ALL AWESOME. I super want one, all my friends will be envious and all of OKCupid will ask me out. And it might just break me and my partner’s “no sharing clothes” rule. Want.
I love the CLEMENT ST., it rocks!
I am a Hayes Valley #1 Dogpatch #2 type queer. Yum. ox
I’m all about Pier 7. It’s so sweet.
Dogpatch. Even though Clement St. and EMB Shirt Jacket are both close seconds. Actually, most of them are pretty damn awesome.
/files under things I wish I could afford
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Volume Two Dogpatch shirt! These shirts are awesome!
The Fort Point is beautiful. It would go well with the Carhartt bibs and wind burned cheeks I’ll be donning for the first winter at our new farmstead in northern Minnesota.
EMB Shirt Jacket, mos def. Canadian tuxedo, here I come.
these are so rad. i’m torn between the EMB Shirt Jacket and the Hayes & Laguna shirt. *crosses fingers hoping that they can fit my boobs*
Sea Cliff you guys! Most beautiful colour ever!
I love the Fort Point, the red is so vibrant and dramatic.
So this is really kind of semi-related, but can anyone suggest a good brand of jeans? Pants-shopping is the worst thing. Every time I want to buy jeans, it seems like I spend hours at the mall only to not find anything, and then after about a month of long, tiring, failed shopping trips, I settle for something that’s almost halfway decent, but definitely isn’t what I wanted.
Come on, guys, I know I’m not the only one.
I have been enjoying my Levi’s. They seem to be wearing very well and they have different lengths to choose from.
I love the BERNAL HEIGHTS plaid button down. So glad I now know of this store. I love buying quality things that are made in the US!
I would very very very very much like to have “HAYES & LAGUNA” in my closet.
Am I really the only person who felt like a brick hit them in the head when they saw the prices they dare to ask for these things?
So this is what it feels like to be the poorest person in the room. :/
I definitely agree Kat, I shed several tears.
The avenues sweater looks insanely comfy!
I really like the Octavia St shirt…but the EMB shirt jacket looks like something I might want to live in forever. I might need to buy two so I can wear one while the other is in the wash.