I have spent the last 48 hours in the great city of New York! I love it here. The reason for my travels to "the Big Apple" was to attend the annual Tex World show. This is a trade show that brings fabric importers from all over the world to one central location. For hours I walked and combed through racks of all kinds of fabrics--- Cotton/Spandex (woven), Nylon/Jersey, Rayon, a ton of Lace, and much more. It never ceases to amaze...... this incredible world of fabric manufacturing. Where in the world does it all come from? The racks and racks and racks of clothes we see in every city, town and shop across the world? It takes a lot of sewing machines and seemingly endless amounts of fabric to keep clothes on our backs, that is for sure. Halftee Layering Fashions are sewn in Mexico. We buy our fabric from our supplier in the USA and export it to be cut and sewn. The world is filled with hundreds and thousands of sewing machines running from early morning to late afternoon, to keep our shopping malls hopping.
Speaking of shopping....there is nothing better, in my mind, than shopping in NEW YORK CITY!!! I especially love atmosphere and the random placement on these chaotic streets of some of my favorite places to shop---Forever 21 being one of them. As I browsed the racks and scanned the displays, I recognized a familiar type of shirt. Is that a Halftee? Oh no, my friend that is a crop-top specifically coming back in fashion to wear as a stand- alone piece!!!!! First of all the thought of a bunch of girls and women running around in crop tops is not my favorite visual. But the thought of only having, this particular crop top, with no 2 inch signature band and cheap fabric was more than a bit disturbing! And yet there they were, in all of their glory, the Forever 21 crop top!! As hard as it is for me to say this.(ok ,fine it's not hard at all) :) Halftee has the best "crop top" ever! With our perfected fabric, variety of sleeve lengths, and of course our 2 inch signature band, we have everything covered. (literally) Wear it alone if the "cropped top" fashion statement is what you are going for or continue to wear it as a fabulous layering piece--either way Halftee will have you covered in all the right places!
Wherever you are--- go to Halftee.com(right now...you can do it) We have the perfect crop top.. Fabric sourced specifically for us and sewn perfectly just so you can Be Confident, Be Beautiful, Be YOU!
HO! HO! HO! Give the #1 Popular Layering Shirt as a gift with sizes XS to XXXL plus sizes! Are you still in a stupor about what to give all the friends and family on your Christmas list? I am very serious about this, even though it sounds silly--- HALFTEE is the gift that “keeps on giving” all year round!! Those lucky souls that get to unwrap a Halftee or better yet a HALFTEE gift card to our store, will be thanking sweet little o' you throughout the whole year!! Every woman needs one!
We have two awesome features that can be used both in our store or online.....
1. Our Halftee gift cards come in $10.00 increments. So whatever your budget the gift card gives you options.
2. With our no questions asked 30 day money back guarantee go ahead and buy what you "think" she might LOVE and if it doesn't fit or she would like a different color or style we will get it exchanged with ease and no stress. Our customer service if one of our greatest assets. Tami is the bomb when it comes to outfitting the newbie Halftee woman or the experienced Halftee woman. She will make sure your gift-ee is as merry as can be!
One of my favorite “teacher gifts to give is a Halftee Gift card. I love seeing them walk into the store and say, " I had no idea these things were YOU?" So funny, that I seriously have become the "Halftee Lady". I love going into the classroom and hearing how much they love their Halftee. These sweet women aren't sure what they have done this long without them. Teachers are constantly leaning over desks to help students and they need, so badly the little coverage of a Halftee in the neckline to save them from "those" moments that can put both teacher and student in an awkward situation. These amazing women running around the classroom, definitely need less not more, when it comes to layering.
So if you are still wondering what in the world to get all your loved ones, come visit Halftee.com or our factory store and boutique at 94 South State Street, Lindon, Utah 84042. You will be sharing one of your favorite things and making your loved ones so happy they were on your list!
Can you believe that Halftee finally listened and brought to you a full length layering shirt? I will be honest, I still feel a little weird about it. Does it even make sense. Halftee Layering Fashions carries a full length Halftee? Just a little bit ironic. After many hours of deliberating we decided that the full length Halftee just "had" to make sense. Although a Halftee (less bulk, less tugging, less almost everything) is always preferable, sometimes we need the full length cami for those sheer tops, knitted tops (see pic below), crocheted tops with see-through places, under a cardigan, or just as a stand alone piece because sometimes half is just not enough! We get tons of compliments on our fabric and so we decided the time was now to bring you the fabric you love in a full length tee.
I have several tops in my closet that need to be worn with a full length cami but every time I wore a full length cami I felt like I was being disloyal to my Halftee and was supporting the "evil full length cami", hahaha (they aren't evil). So now that I have the option of a full length Halftee, made with our fantastic fabric, with our awesome 2 inch signature band, and stamped with the Halftee logo, life is now guilt free.
Think about a full length basic cami paired with a great pair of skinny jeans, tall riding boots, belted at the waist? Great option....
Or today (see pic below)....I bought this super cute sweater this summer, it definitely needs a full length under it (you can see why). Paired with a pair of "skinnies" or even your favorite boyfriend jeans, this is a great outfit. (Just a little side note, Noelle and I fought about this top, she hates it and I love it. She think it looks like a stretched out doily). Let me now what you think... super cool sweater or stretched out doily? I was laughing so hard when her true feeling came out towards this outfit. Good thing I have a really good self esteem.
Now for the last outfit in my closet that I have been waiting to wear without the feelings of guilt... it is a cream color sheer button down top, very classy, timeless shirt that I bought from Modbod. I wore this on Sunday with our white full length Halftee, a darling long navy skirt and killer brown lace up wedges (pictured below).
Each of these outfits are great excuses and legitimate reasons to wear the full length Halftee. On those rare occasions when a full length cami is important for your outfit solution, you can now shop Halftee Layering Fashions, and wear our fabulous soft and comfy modal/cotton blend in a full length Halftee. The fabric and fit you love in a full length tee.
Be CONFIDENT Be Beautiful BE YOU!
Best layering shirts and t-shirt for women are at HALFTEE, or maybe you call it a crop top... Just read the reviews! someone asked me which Halftee was my VERY favorite, with no hesitation I would say, "lace long sleeve HALFTEE!" I love that I can take an ordinary flannel or basic t-shirt and put the lace on under it and Voila, and it's XXXL, XXL to XS, plus size in every style! I am fancified! I think that many women out there are a little intimidated by the lace (just not sure how to incorporate the lace into their wardrobe), this blog is going to help all of you feel confident buying a lace long sleeve Halftee and then wearing it ALL the time!! Over the past couple weeks I have sported my lace with several different looks and textures. Each of the pics below shows the versatility a lace Halftee can bring to your closet, taking the most simple shirts and adding just enough pizazz for a night on the town, day at the office, Sunday worship, or for any of those times you need/want a little splash of femininity.
This shirt is an American Eagle hand me down. I love this color but it is a little more casual than I like to wear for a day at the office. The color is fabulous and although the cream lace long sleeve would have been perfect under it as well, we are heading into the winter months and black is a fall/winter favorite. So I opted for the warmer tones and put a black long sleeve lace Halftee under it. I love when the lace pops out of the top of the shirt as well, adding a fresh classy look to this very basic top.
This is a summery flowing floral top. I love this top in the summer but also love it sooooo much, I want to wear it year round. All it needs is a little arm coverage. The flowers do not match at all, but it doesn't matter-- floral with floral works and it has added the sleeves that I am needing on these cooler fall days. Not pictured is the navy cardigan I wore over the ensemble. Knowing that you would't be able to see the lace Halftee as well I took it off. The cardigan was a 3/4 bat-wing sleeved navy stripe. The lace sleeve showed under the cardigan sleeves and then peeked out of the top of the blouse. The look was the combination of mix and match prints, mix and match textures and in my opinion, the perfect layering combination.
Several of my friends after seeing the pictures, commented that they now needed a lace long sleeve. I of course said, "Yes you DO!!" Get a little crazy with the lace long sleeve Halftee, it will give you some very unique combinations in your closet and you will love that they are still "HALF the shirt with ALL the style!"
Last night I had the privilege (I thought I was being tortured) to attend the beautiful Utah Valley Top 50 companies banquet. Noelle passed on this assignment since she and her family moved to Florida for the summer. SIGH! Much to my dismay I showed up by myself, to be amoungt many fellow Utah Valley business strangers. After about 15 mins and the opportunity to speak with several wonderful successful people, I had a marvelous time. I had the privilege to have a great conversation with co-owner Tyler Bennet and Taylor (floor manager) of Amara Day Spa and discuss some of his/their adventures in the great world of Utah County!
HALFTEE is the ultimate layering essential for all women's wardrobes. Half Tee has become an essential piece for women all over the world, and is now allowing women to wear clothing that they never could in the past, essentially....expanding their wardrobes! So exciting to help others bring Beauty and Confidence to more women around the world, what a joy! Life is amazing when YOU can feel modest in all the areas we need and eliminating the extra fabric in all the areas we don't need them. Welcome to the world of Halftee Layering Fashions, Confidence, Beautiful YOU!!
What do you wear to layer under your scrubs? My first ever show for Halftee Layering fashions was in St. George. So many women came up to my booth and said, "these would be perfect under my scrubs!!" The scrub wearing field needs Halftees. As a parting gift to my sweet nurses in the hospital, after having babies, I always gift them Halftees. They all rant and rave about how great the Halftee is under their scrubs. Nurses all wear scrubs. As we all know they work very hard and are constantly bending down, helping patients in and out of beds, wheelchairs, on their feet constantly keeping their patients happy. The scrubs are v-necked shirts so when they are tending to their patients nurses have to have something under their scrubs because often times while bending down or over the v-neck can be a bit revealing. But who in the world wants to wear two shirts when they are on the move as much as a sweet nurse. All of the medical industry, any women who wears scrubs, are constantly on the go, two layers is the last thing they want, just so they can have a little cover-up for the v-neckline. Halftees also provide that cute layered pop of colo, not only in the neck line but on the arm. This cute style helps out any drab pair of scrubs.
Women in Canada are one of Halftee Layering fashions best customers. Canada layering tops, tees and camis are very scarce. In Canada a midriff or half shirt is a must due to the climate. Canadian women understand that the new best way to layer is with Halftee Layering Fashions. Clear back three and a half years ago Halftee was featured on CJane Run. A wonderful blog written by a darling young women. From that blog post another fabulous women, and boutique owner, from Alberta Canada read that post and discovered the new opportunities of Halftee for her customers. Arlene Cook is the proud owner of Modest Is Hottest and ever sense that first order of Halftees for her store she continues to try to keep enough Halftees in her store. Arlene is constantly calling in an excited panic, "I need MORE Halftees!!" I love those words. We have had a similar experience with another vendor in Canada.....
Canada needs good layering options
Obviously in my opinion Halftee Layering fashions, with our amazing half-top/crop top halftee. Half top and Crop tops are a big industry especially in the cheerleading and dance world. Halftee has the perfect Half top and crop top for all of our dancers, cheerleaders, yoga pilates, and all other athletic sports out there. I was in Baskin Robbins once and a little cheerleader was standing there in her cheer uniform. She had a mock neck long sleeved turtle neck under it. I was super interested in how she kept her under shirt tucked in. She said it was a half top or a crop top. I asked her if it would be weird if I looked at the brand to see what company was selling a crop top or half top for cheerleaders. I couldn't find any info, but let her know that Halftee carried something very similar and it was made out of a much more comfortable fabric. She looked at me like I was a little bit crazy, but then smiled politely and said, "thanks." Ah the things you do when you own a company.
So I have done a little research and one of the companions that sells a cheerleading half top is Cheerleading Company. The Cheerleading Company has a few different styles of half tops or crop tops. Their half top is made out of nylon and has a zipper in the back, which are not my favorite two ideas when you are jumping around and sweating. Again we need to introduce the cheer world to the world of Halftee right!! Team Cheer is another site offering mid-riff/ half tops and crop tops to the cheer world. But again nasty fabric is the worst. Pass on the good news to all your cheerleader friends and cheer coaches. Halftee has the perfect half top or crop top for their cheer uniforms, they will LOVE them!
Alright so the classic midriff style layering shirt is here. When hasn't a midriff shirt not been in style? In the Western culture we have been somewhat resistant but in one way or another midriffs continue to creep into fashion. Until now the midriff tops have not been used for modesty. In the the 1930's and 1940's, swimwear, began to incorporate increasing degrees of midriff exposure. Then in the 40s and 50s similar designs of midriff-baring suits and tops, although the style was more conducive to swimwear, informal events and still considered indecent to be worn in public.
With the late 60's and 70's and the sexual revolution halters, tube tops and crop tops, or midriff -tops hit the seen with much force. During the 1980's, Madonna, appeared in the classic midriff in her performances and music videos, making this fashion spread widely. With the rise of navel display in Western societies, navel piercing, and navel tattoos these too helped keep the midriffs tops popular. Which brings us today.
Once again midriffs have began to make appreances much in the same way as they looked in the 80's. The good news is that Halftee has taken a whole new approach to the midriff. I can't tell you how many women look at our marketing and say, "oh I can't wear that." or "Oh I would never wear that." SO hilarious! I quickly try to explain that we are not selling a belly shirt but a modesty layering shirt. The comments mostly come from the 50-60 year olds that went through the 80's and the big Madonna rage. The great part is, if these women stick around long enough for me to let them know the REAL purpose of a Halftee, those women buy every color and every style. Because they have finally found the midriff top that they will LOVE forever!!
Here at Halftee (especially me personally) we have experienced a very tragic loss. Katrina Lawrence, one of my dearest friends in the world was taken in complications with child birth to a loving Heavenly Father. Team Katrina as everyone has been tweeting, face booking, texting and speaking about is still here, consisting of a loving father/husband, 5 sons and 1 daughter. Never before have I been so intimately involved in the passing of a loved one. I got a phone call from our best friend around 11 am, and was told to get to the Hospital quickly, Katrina was not doing well. I headed down and over the next five hours consoled her children, husband, parents, and loved ones, as we waited patiently for the outcome of the long drawn out surgery. 22-24 specialists/doctors were in the O.R. to assist in Trina's operation, and after 6 long hours and 25 pints of blood, she returned home. What does this have to do with me here at Halftee. I will never be the same, never look at life the same, her lose has forever etched in my heart how important family and friends are in this crazy world we call life. What does Katrina have to do with my Halftee blog?? Katrina was there at the very beginnings of Halftee. She and I spent hours working on brands, flyers, and contemplating how to get market penetration. She is a fabulous business women, and an incredible designer. She loved me through my insecurities and boosted me up so that I could see my potential. I love this dear friend and from the beginning of this Halftee chapter, she has been one of my BIGGEST fans. Over the next couple weeks we at Halftee will be doing a fundraiser of sorts to help Team Katrina in some monetary way, continue on with their journey here in mortality. Sooner that we know each of them will be reunited with their incredible kind, funny, beautiful mother. Thanks Trina for giving me the wings to fly and confidence to bring Halftees to women throughout the world!!
When I started Halftee I thought that Halftees were perfect for the summer months, which they are, but as I grow in Halftee wisdom, I have come to realize, they serve just as good a purpose as an awesome Winter layering top as well. In fact I LOVE them in the winter. I get so hot so easily. My mother-in-law is always asking me, "where is your coat?" Most of the time it is hanging in my closet and I have had no intention of pulling it out. I am rarely cold enough to lug a winter coat around.
Bring out those summer layering tees and camis. We are getting closer to the sunshine and warmth that comes with late spring and summer. My favorite summer layering tee is my Halftee. Other summer layering tees, with all their bulk and tucking in or pulling down exhaust me. I love pulling out my favorite v-neck and popping a tank halftee under it. In fact one of my favorite t-shirts is Target's light weight perfect tees. They make a scoop and v-neck both of which look perfect with a tank halftee. I actually probably have 3 or 4 of these t-shirts. I would probably not have any if I had to wear the traditional summer layering tee under it. Wearing two full shirts would negate the perfect light fabric in the Target perfect t-shirt. I have to wear something under it because the v-neck is just a bit too plunging and all day I would be stressing each time I bent over. Hence the Halftee.