GIVEAWAY: Tradlands Wants You to Have the Best Button-Down Shirt Ever Made

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!


click to shop!

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.

Can you tell I have a thing for blue button downs based on my image selections?

Can you tell I have a thing for blue button downs based on my image selections?

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.

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

A.E. has written 543 articles for us.


  1. “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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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