Monday, July 25, 2011

The Shirt Review and Giveaway


I've discovered over the years that white button-down shirts are contentious garments, but I am a die-hard fan myself. So when the folks at Rochelle Behrens' The Shirt dropped me a line to see if I'd be interested in collaborating, well, I WAS.

I was sent the Skinny Shirt to test out*, since I prefer my button-downs nice and fitted. As you can see above, the size medium is a fantastic fit on my frame (size 8 dress, 34 C bra). I generally prefer button-downs with deeper v-necklines, but can certainly make do with this more conservative cut.


Now, if you're wondering what makes this shirt special enough to give it the designation "The Shirt," I'll tell ya. Many complaints about button-downs refer to gaping plackets and buttons that pull. The Shirt has hidden buttons BETWEEN the visible ones that keep the bust and upper torso areas flush to the body. Simple, but ingenious.

These shirts are made in several colors and through XXL/US 16, but I doubt they'll fit women with large busts and small waists. However, for those who can juuuuust about fit into regular button-downs yet struggle with minor gaping, these babies will be just the thing.
 
Interested in finding out if The Shirt will work for you? Luckily, I've got one to give away - just like mine! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Be a U.S. resident.

  2. Follow The Shirt on Twitter, like The Shirt on Facebook, or sign up for The Shirt e-newsletter (bottom right corner of this page). You MUST do one of these three to enter.
     
  3. Visit the website for The Shirt and take a peek at the Skinny Shirt options.

  4. Leave a comment on this post telling us which color of Skinny Shirt you'd pick if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  5. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, July 31, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

*CMP.ly/2

127 comments:

Seema said...
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Seema said...

I would get a simple white skinny shirt. I signed up for the emails :)
seemamadhavan@gmail.com

heidi said...

i signed up for their newsletter! i would go for the classic white. thanks for the giveaway! - heidi (hamoth@gmail.com)

Amymarie said...

I like the skinny shirt on facebok and I think I would pick the simple white - although the blues are beautiful. And black is classic. :) But white would go with the most. :) great giveaway and lovely blog

Amyrhenderson @ gmail.com

talitha_3k said...

facebook, cerulean, and talitha_3k at yahoo dot com

thanks, Sal!

lindsay said...

I'd go for classic or skinny, white. I need a new, go-to, white button down. I followed on Twitter.

lbacher at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd get the black one so that I could wear it to work in theater. I liked on fb.

bls.spencer (at) gmail dot com

paisleyapron said...

Signed up for the newsletter! I would also like to try the white skinny shirt. The shape of it looks beautiful.

saraspnda at yahoo dot com

Rhianna said...

I followed on twitter :)

I would get the skinny shirt in cerulean.

dancing.llama1995 @ gmail.com

Bekki said...

Cerulean Blue. I liked the page on Facebook too :)

Bekkileigh at gmail (dot) com

lola5375 said...

I would get the skinny shirt in white.
I follow The Shirt on Twitter and Like them on FB.
ldevenport@gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I signed up for the e-mails, and I just love Cerulean Blue :-).

saranyita@gmail.com

Outfit31 said...

Following The Shirt on Twitter. Would love a black one!

Chelsea said...

it was a tough call between light pink and pale blue, but I think light pink is the winner!

(and hopefully so am I, too!)

brightsidedweller@gmail.com

following the shirt on FB :)

Anonymous said...

Palest Blue, for sure.

cclepper@gmail.com

hsw said...

Cereulean (sp? I'm on my phone) blue is lovely! Following on twitter. :)

Anonymous said...

Signed up for the newsletter. I would pick white or cerulean blue. Thanks!
helenlydin@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

newsletter

white

saradienemann@gmail.com

Tia said...

I like'd em on Facebook. I definitely need a nice classic white blouse in my collection.

gradlearnlife said...

I liked them on Facebook. I would so pick a white shirt! It's the most versatile for me. :)

Tia said...

Whooooops. Forgot email.

I liked'm on Facebook. Hurrah!
A white button-front sounds like something my wardrobe desperately needs.
calitastic @ gmail . com

April said...

I'd pick white. I'm following on Twitter.

riordana AT gmail dot com

Amber said...

I followed them on Twitter. I would get the Palest Blue, although it was tough to choose just one.

sillypuddy101 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Following on Twitter.

White please.

christyking872(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would want white! kaitlin sb at gmail dot com.

I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks!!

MK said...

I know beige is kind of the classic "boring" color, but that shade is great, and I would rock it. Unclear whether I'm too busty for it, though I would love to win one to find out!

marisa(dot)brandt(at)gmail(dot)com

mary said...

I think cerulean blue, to round out my shirt collection.

I signed up for their newsletter.

Thanks!

may5marysmith@gmail.com

CC said...

So sad for us UK readers :(

Kayleigh said...

I signed up for the newsletter. I would get the cerulean blue skinny shirt. I have far too many pale shirts sitting in my closet that I never wear, and I haven't worn a black collared shirt since my high school concert band days. The cerulean blue would be most welcome. My e-mail is smarti.pantz@gmail.com

Samantha said...

I had heard of these and been intrigued, because I can't really wear button-downs either. I liked them on Facebook, and I'm going to have to go with the classic white ...

slhklein at gmail. :)

Cathleen said...

Followed on twitter (@promisedink).

White.

cathleen[dot]wright[at]yahoo[dot]com

Christina said...

That shirt is awesome; Light Pink for me, please! Followed on Twitter. c_white2207(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I like them on FB. And I'd definitely go for the white.

Jen
cliffennifer@roadrunner.com

Teach-blogger said...

Interesting concept - loved to see that it is made in Spain. I am in desperate need of a white button down, so my pick would be Skinny White. I signed up for the newsletter. tsullivan01 (at) gmail (dot) com
PS I am addicted to your blog

Anonymous said...

Can't go wrong with the white skinny! Love the ruffle shirt they offer too. -- Wendy

wjrettberg@comcast.net

Katie said...

I've actually been wanting to buy this shirt for awhile now! Some mornings are a frantic search for a small safety pin (they're so easy to lose).

I'm following on Twitter and would get the Cerulean Blue (which I can never read without hearing Meryl Streep say it in my head).

katielikesshoes@gmail.com

Rona said...

I love the Cerulean Blue. What a simple concept to a major problem!
I signed up for the newsletter....ronasgrace@yahoo.com

Tracey said...

I signed up for the newsletter. I would choose white.

scimom1212 at yahoo dot com

fspitz said...

I signed up for the newsletter. I'm definitely the simple skinny white shirt girl.

Steph B. said...

Liked on FB. Classic white shirt all the way!
sbarnard85 AT gmail

Judy said...

I'd love to have a skinny shirt in white, size large. Why didn't anyone ever have this idea before? Shirt gaping is the main reason I NEVER wear button down shirts! I signed up for the email, mabel3@mac.com

Katie said...

As someone with a large bust who is interviewing and about to enter the workforce, this shirt sounds fabulous!!

I really love the pale blue and pink, but if I could only choose one, I would have to go with the white skinny because it's just so classic.

I signed up for the emails! Thanks for putting the word out about this fabulous product! :)

katisking AT gmail DOT com

Carolina Girl in the City said...

I signed up for their e-mailing list! If I won I'd probably want the classic white since you can never have too many white shirts. But the palest blue is also a lovely color

Turophile said...

Liked on facebook. The Cerulean Blue has my name on it.

eawefel (at) gmail (dot) com

Lauren said...

Gasp! This shirt is GENIUS.

I have followed on twitter and pink is my flavor! (I actually had to stop wearing my old pink button up because it was gap-y.)

lauren.hatcher@gmail.com :)

Liz C. said...

Now following the shirt on Twitter. I love the classic white shirt.

liz.comstock@gmail.com

Phoebe said...

Love the classic white! Liked them on Facebook.

breakinglight11@gmail.com

HanIre2 said...

The white, because it classes up everything :). I have subscribed to the newsletter. hannahsandham(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Wow. Um, white or cerulean blue. Can't decide right now... ;-)

I signed up for their (e-)mailing list.

Thanks for your note about fit--but the shirt is such a cool invention, I'll take a chance on having to get it tailored!

berrycastle@gmail.com
Michelle

jkubenka said...

signed up for the email newsletter, since I don't do Twitter. That Cerulean Blue shirt is gorgeous! emher@charter.net

KG said...

What perfect timing -- I was just looking for button front shirts. My choice would be the skinny in white. I signed up for their newsletter.
gracegamba@gmail.com

Kelly said...
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Ali B said...

I would get the black The Shirt shirt! I love black button downs more than just plain white ones, more dressing up potential or wear it open over a dress as a light jacket!
ali.barthwell @ gmail.com

Kelly said...

Skinny shirt in white, please! I got the newsletter and my email is kazentgraf@gmail.com

Erin said...

I signed up for the emails. I would go for the camp beige color. Thanks for the giveaway!

Erin
wonder_woman09(at)hotmail(dot)com

m. said...

I would get the 'palest blue' shirt. I followed them on Twitter -- @dimerization -- and my email is crochetingiseasy@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I followed on Twitter (@Laurelerin), I would get this shirt in white, and my email is laurel.bobbitt@gmail.com

kourt said...
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Natalie said...

I would get a black shirt...most versatile for me! I signed up for the newsletter. nrbacon@gmail.com

kourt said...

I would love the classic white shirt. I signed up for the emails.

Emma G said...

I signed up for the email. I can't decide between the white (classic but have many white already) or the beige (I don't have any that color!). Guess I'll need to win to find out. :)

emmamanndalynn@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Not entering, just wondering... if this shirt isn't going to fit large-busted women with small waists, then who the heck is it for? I guess the dreaded gap plagues us all (though the petitely-boobed friends I showed this to are scratching their heads as much as I am), but this is as baffling as making minimizer bras that don't go above an A-cup.

Fervently hoping that an hourglass cut is on its way, because otherwise... I really don't understand why they'd ignore what to me is obviously the market with the greatest need for this kind of product.

Maybe they're just too intimidated by the safety-pinning skills of large-busted women? I'll admit they're pretty amazing, but I for one would love some button-down shirts that don't have to be pinned and then pulled over my head.

Marsha said...

Perfect timing - this week I had to throw away my wonderful crisp white shirt that I bought at least six years ago because it finally wore out. My only objection to it was that it did gap if I stood a certain way. I would get the simple white skinny shirt and wear it with dark blue jeans for teaching. I signed up for the emails!

Jennifer L said...

I liked them on facebook!

I love the cerulean blue in xs. As a petite woman, it's so hard to find button ups that are either cut skinny enough but don't pull across the chest.

jlinl[at]juno[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Ooh! So many great colors! I would go with Black, I think. I signed up for the email newsletter.
Thanks for the contest!!

scarlettrc (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I would choose cerulean blue.

emilydottredeau at g mail dot com

Tara said...

I "liked" The Shirt on Facebook. I would choose basic white. My email is tarathemagnificent@gmail.com.

laura said...

I would like a skinny shirt in white! I followed @theshirtbyrb on Twitter! lauradub86@gmail.com

Angela said...

I'm torn between white and palest blue, but leaning toward the latter. I signed up for their newsletter. All button-ups should be made like this!
yabobubble at hotmail

christa said...

I have signed up for the newsletter. I'd choose white, because I actually don't own a white shirt! Tx!

cytlcoupon @ gmail com

Anonymous said...

I'd love a skinny shirt in white. Goes with everything. I signed up for the emails. --pam
pskramer@earthlink.net

Amy Davis said...

Following on Twitter! Cerulean, no question. LOVE IT!!!

abergop at yahoo dot com

Amy Davis said...

Whoops--forgot, I'd take the Classic! Again--following on Twitter, Cerulean, abergop at yahoo dot com.

Anna said...

I liked them on facebook.

I would get a white skinny shirt. I don't have enough white in my closet.

Anna said...

Forgot my email, ayesberger@gmail.com.

bluecoastdreams said...

I'm following on twitter and like on Facebook.

I would get the palest blue skinny shirt

Irene
bluecoastdreams@gmail.com

Emory said...

I signed up for the newsletter. I think I'd have to go with the white or the palest blue, such flexible colors! e(dot)emory{dot}davis[at]gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

signed up for the e-mail. tough choice, but would choose the black. Need a nice black blouse for a capsule. sjmars2006(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Ily said...

Whoa, good shirt concept! I followed on Twitter, and would pick the light pink shirt. sanfranciscoemily [at] gmail [dot] com.

Beauty.Style.Growth said...

I like the Blue. I truly use a safety pin every time.
I'm following the shirt on twitter
Email kemiavon@hotmail.com

shannon p. said...

I signed up for their newsletter. Would love a classic white button down that stays put!!

velorutionista(at)gmail(dot)com

Piper Alexander said...

Camp beige please!

cheapandchicinchicago@gmail.com

Brie said...

I would get the white skinny shirt. I signed up for the e-newsletter.
brianne80@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I need a good quality classic white shirt so that is what I would choose. I liked The Shirt on Facebook!

charmedsam at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I like them on Facebook. I would go go for the Light Blue Shirt. My email is njam@stny.rr.com. Your blog is great! I really enjoy it so much.

Kandra in Tennessee said...

Simple white all the way! What a great shirt! Pick me, please! I really need one!
kandrajane@bellsouth.net

Jilliebeanie said...

I can never have too many well-fitting button-downs. I'd love this one in pastel blue!

I follow on Twitter!

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

follow The Shirt on twitter
I like white.
tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

chibiyui said...

I liked it on facebook
I'd get either the light pink or palest blue. Then I'd have the perfect shirt for my sexy!Eleven halloween costume.

shannacordell at gmail dot com

LESLIE THOMPSON SCOTT said...

I LIKE THAT IT HAS THE 5% ELASTANE. I WOULD TAKE A SIZE XL OR LARGER IF POSSIBLE
LESLIESCOTTDSIGN@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Margee said...

The black shirt looks amazing!

Sarah said...

Oh goodness, I love button downs but can never get one that doesn't gape. This looks awesome! I'd get a skinny shirt in Cerulean blue. I signed up for the mailing list. Thanks for the great giveaway!

ssimpson83(at)gmail(dot)com

Elise B. said...

I would go for the classic white shirt! Sadly I don't already have one. Liked on facebook.

etb5c at virginia dot edu

Shea said...

This shirt amazing--the buttons on the inside, genius! I'm now a twitter follower (@shealennon) and I'd go for the Skinny Shirt in white. shealennon@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I've been needing a shirt like this! I would love a white one. I signed up for the newsletter.
Carrieneve@hotmail.com

basement cat said...

I would like the classic white. What a neat idea to have the inner buttons!

I followed on twitter and my email is lbnc13 (at) gmail (dot com).

Charity Paintings said...

I signed up for the email list. I would want the cerulean blue skinny shirt. my email is mistiewatkins@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I signed up for the newsletter and would love the skinny in white. Thanks!

Liane said...

Oh, I love the cerulean blue. What a great giveaway and an even better idea! I liked them on facebook.

A Warner said...

i liked the shirt on facebook.

i would go with the pale pink, since most of my current shirts are in dark colors.

my email is lemonyellowblack@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I signed up for their newsletter.
I love the light pink skinny shirt.
jsancken@hotmail.com

Elizabeth Ann said...

following on twitter @eannro
would love to have the skinny shirt in palest blue.

Elizabeth

ba602 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Bekka said...

I liked on Facebook. I like the cerulean color. Great giveaway!
jrchristophel@gmail.com

Haley said...

I was just bemoaning the fact that I don't own any oxfords due to boobage issues this morning! Thank goodness someone has decided to fix this problem. :) I'd love a palest blue or light pink shirt.
I'm following The Shirt on Twitter at haleylynn08. (crazyhaley17@hotmail.com)

Keilexandra said...

I'm a Twitter follower, and I would love to own a classic black button-down shirt!

keilexandra at gmail

muffinparade said...

I followed on twitter. I dig the white! rachel
smit4571@umn.edu

Sybelle said...

Followed on twitter as viridian!

I'd pick the palest blue. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

mricciuti [at] gmail [dot] com

Jenn said...

Liked on Facebook! I love the cerulean blue, but I could see the palest blue or white working with a lot of my clothes. If this works the way it supposed to, it will be a miracle! I have been avoiding button downs for exactly this reason.

jcalan @ gmail . com

Brianne said...

I'm torn between the skinny white shirt and the skinny black shirt. Black shirts are kind of a staple of my wardrobe. And the blues are gorgeous. ::laugh::

I actually need a new white button down, though. So I would go for the white.

I signed up for the newsletter.

sirenperedhil (at) msn (dot) com

Sierra H said...

Liked on FB. I would get the white skinny shirt, thought the pink is tempting.

sierra847@hotmail.com

karen keljik said...

i want one ...saw it in the NYT
Karen Keljik
karenkeljik@yahoo.com

Jen said...

I Liked the shirt on Facebook, and would like a white skinny one in my closet!

jengboo@yahoo.com

Paula said...

I follow the shirt on facebook, and I would choose the white color! -Paula Giglia pmgiglia@yahoo.com

Jenny said...

I followed the shirt on twitter, and I would get the white skinny shirt as I currently have none that do not gape.

Hannah said...

I liked them on Facebook, and I'd get the shirt in Palest Blue. That's a great design! Thanks for the giveaway!

h6davis at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Followed on twitter @buzibu

I would go for the skinny shirt in cerulean blue, a beautiful color.

thank you!

buzibu at gmail dot com

Carlene said...

I liked The Shirt on Facebook. I would pick the light pink color.

siouxsieq12 at yahoo dot com

Aibrean said...

I've liked the Shirt on Facebook and I'm following on Twitter. @aibreanros

I love the pale pink shirt!

aibreanros-at-gmail-dot-com

ekaren said...

I'm loving the classic white skinny shirt. Good luck to ME! :)

Val said...

I signed up for the newsletter and would choose one of the blue colors - probably the darker blue.

tonguetiedwoman said...

I'd pick the cerulean blue skinny shirt, because I love that color! Then, if I had some extra cash, I'd get the white one, because everyone needs a white one.

Anonymous said...

I would pick the simple white! I actually don't have a white button down shirt so that'd be awesome!
(topsyncosmo@gmail.com)
(i liked it on facebook)

Katie said...

I'm now following the shirt on twitter! I think I would go with the simple white or palest blue color. So classic! kerdman@slu.edu

Jessica said...

I signed up for the newsletter! I would pick the skinny shirt in white, because you can never have too many white shirts.

jesserah@gmail.com

L Joelle said...

Facebooked. I like the white best. ljschaben at gmail dot com
Thanks!

Sasha said...

I think I would like the cerulean blue.

I liked them on facebook =)

xlovechild at gmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

I signed up for the news letter. (countercanter05@gmail.com) and if I won I would want the white one. I have yet to find a truly flattering white button up shirt. Fingers crosses.