Have you ever heard of Marine Layer? I hadn’t until last month Eliza from Marine Layer asked me whether I would like to review their products. Marine Layer is a young company out of California. The shirts are sewn by adults in California, i.e. made in America. Marine Layer has a couple of stores, but if there is no store in your area or state, don’t worry. They have a great online store as well plus a 1 year return and exchange policy! Alaskans love that.
After I saw their web page and this striped T-shirt I had to accept her offer. I was looking for a boat-neck stripped T-shirt in a different color combination than the usual navy-white or white-red all summer! As you know I love striped tops. But I always have a hard time to find one that meets my quality criteria. I want that at the darts, the stripes match up exactly, and that the fabric is as soft as soft-ice cream on a very hot day.
Well, this Marine Layer T-shirt meets both these criteria. The micro-modal fabric is incredibly soft. I wish my PJs were that soft – sigh! Another plus, micro-modal is made from beech trees that are deep-rooting plants. This means the material is natural and from a sustainable source of raw material!
The T-shirt also meets the second criterion. As you can see in the photo above the stripes match perfectly at the darts. From far you don’t even see that this striped T-shirt has a pocket (photo below). Match up of the stripes of the fabric is a sign for high attention to detail, commitment to excellent craftsmanship, and high quality. It is critical for a striped T-shirt to not look cheap.
They are a little bit more expensive than the average T-shirt, but it’s much better to pay a little more for a T-shirt that you really like and doesn’t look cheap. And, it is not that much more! All Marine Layer T-shirts are in an affordable price range even when you are on a budget. 3 for $90, is not bad – not bad at all! 🙂 They also have scarves and this T-shirt also comes with short sleeves. But as you know, I love 3/4 sleeves.
The Marine Layer striped T-shirt is so versatile and easy to style. The California casual look with cutoffs or a corduroy mini skirt, flat brown gladiator sandals, straw bag, aviators, gold pendant necklace and a trilby hat are a no brainer. This T-shirt would also seamlessly fit into the typical “Alaskan on vacation style” with a printed Bermuda shorts, super-sized backpack, flip flops and baseball hat.
In the first photo of this post, I styled the Marine Layer striped T-shirt in a gamine intercontinental way – read American classic with a French insouciance. I paired it with a trench coat, boyfriend jeans, rain boots, satchel bag, long matching pendant necklace, and a leopard print umbrella. In the photo above, I went for an American casual way with driving shoes, boyfriend jeans and a necklace giving the Marine Layer T-shirt the star role in this weekend look. In the photo below, I styled the Marine Layer T-shirt with a denim jacket and linen pants for a Casual Friday work outfit. The denim stripes and sand color pick up the colors of the jacket and pants perfectly. This color combination of the stripes is so unexpected and makes a classic look stand out of the crowd.
The best way to summarize this review is that I wish someone had introduced me to Marine Layer earlier. Check it out for yourself, and in case you can’t resist Marine Layer has a promo code for 15% off the site exclusively for my lovely readers. The code is HighLatitudeStyle and it expires October 8, 2014. Tweet me your look with your Marine Layer T-shirt.
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Photos: G. Kramm
Disclosure: The striped T-shirt is a sample from Marine Layer. The post is not endorsed by them. I entirely wrote it myself and it expresses my 100% honest opinion.
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