I really, *really* wanted to love this shirt. I love button-ups as a change from my usual t-shirt and jeans look. I wanted a button up shirt that could be both casual AND dressy. However, this wasn't it. The fit is super boxy, which is great for a casual wear, but the collar is weirdly like a regular dress shirt. The collar looks like it was taken straight from a men's shirt that was meant to always be fully buttoned up. BUT, if you want to button the collar all the way up, it's gonna look strange because the buttoned up look does not lend itself to the heavily baggy shape. Also, the fabric does not drape well over itself, so it looks bad tucked into high-waisted jeans. If I had just wanted a casual shirt that I was always gonna wear untucked with the top buttons undone, then I would definitely have kept it. But I couldn't justify such an expensive shirt that isn't versatile, so it had to go back. If you want a strictly casual shirt GO FOR IT. But it just wasn't it or me.
A perfect summer work top!
I missed the first Emerald Box Top and was so bummed, unable to find it used in my size either. When this version came out, I did not hesitate. I am petite, 34-26-37 with a short torso and am usually an XS in most tops. Because this one is so flowy, I sized down to an XXS and it magically doesn't swallow me whole. It drapes beautifully but has structure, the color and quality are great, and it really does go from presentation at work to happy hour seamlessly. This is my second box top over a few years and I haven't had issues with the arms being too tight, but I have slender, but not skinny, arms.
I’m always worried about sizing as a big bust, small band lady and this one hits all the right angles. It runs relatively true to size (in that, if you want it to fall naturally off you) but if you’re into the baggier look, I think it’d be okay upsizing it a bit. My only complaint is the narrow arm opening. I’d definitely be wary of that in a true to size fit if you’ve thicker arms.
I loved the style of this shirt and really wanted it to work for me, but unfortunately I ran into issues with the sizing and fit. I tried my usual size (XL) and found it to be very oversized, so I decided to size down and try a L. Sadly, the L had a much tighter fit through the shoulders and arms. Looking at the sizing chart and model photos, there seems to be a pretty big difference in shape/fit when going from the L up to the XL. While I really appreciate Tradlands improving the fit for the extended sizes, I think the arm/shoulder fit for the straight sizes is still a little too tight. I'd love to see this improved in future versions of the box top!