9 T-shirts for summer
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10 staple T-shirts for summer from independent brands

Ten hand-embroidered and slogan T-shirts to add to your collection, all from female-owned, independent brands. 

With summer being the season for T-shirts, this means it’s time to start keeping an eye out for those go-to staples. 

These unique T-shirts from independent, female-owned businesses are perfect for afternoons spent in the park or evenings at the pub and two of them are exclusive to The Drop by Stylist. The beauty with this wardrobe staple? That a layer can be added underneath or on top for those chillier summer nights. Whether you’re looking for a slogan tee or something more understated, there’s lots to choose from and just remember, there’s no such thing as having “too many” T-shirts…

  • Birungi Kawooya Art hiplet ballerinas organic T-shirt

    Birungi Kawooya Art Hiplet T-shirt
    The Drop: Birungi Kawooya Art Hiplet T-Shirt

    This Hiplet Ballerinas T-shirt is the dance-inspired masterpiece we’re obsessed with. Made from organic cotton, we’ll be tucking it into a pair of straight leg jeans and adding a straw basket bag for a laidback weekend outfit.

    Shop Birungi Kawooya Art hiplet ballerinas organic T-shirt, £30

  • Tea Please plant lady T-shirt

    Tea Please Plant Lady T-shirt
    The Drop: Tea Please Plant Lady T-shirt

    Available in soft white cotton and printed with vegan environmentally friendly ink, Tea Please work with sustainable fabric that is fair trade certified and sweatshop-free. All their packaging is recyclable and biodegradable too, making this a top you and your plant-lover friends will cherish forever. 

    Shop Tea Please plant lady T-shirt, £24

  • Cocolulu organic cotton hand-embroidered heart T-shirt

    Cocolulu Heart T-shirt
    The Drop: Cocolulu Heart T-shirt

    Embroidered tops are the homespun trend that shows no signs of abating this summer and we particularly love this one with red hearts placed squarely on the bust. Cocolulu founder Louise hand-embroiders every T-shirt so please allow a week’s lead time. 

    Shop Cocolulu organic hand-embroidered heart T-shirt, £25

  • Black & Beech liberté, egalité, sororité feminist T-shirt

    Black & Beech Liberté, Egalité, Sororité Feminist T-Shirt
    The Drop: Black & Beech Liberté, Egalité, Sororité Feminist T-Shirt

    This uplifting Liberté Egalité Sororité feminist charcoal tee is Black & Beech’s take on a phrase which can be traced back to the Mouvement de la Libération des Femmes in 1970s Paris. Ethically produced (WRAP certified) using 100% organic cotton to the highest ethical standards, it’s been screen printed using water-based commercial inks in the UK.

    Shop Black & Beech liberté, egalité, sororité feminist T-shirt, £25

  • Coco Roses exclusive sisterhood T-shirt

    Coco Roses Sisterhood Tshirt
    The Drop: Coco Roses Sisterhood Tshirt

    Mimi the founder of Coco Roses Apparel says: “I design everything with one purpose: to inspire, empower and make women feel good about themselves (once and for all).” With this vital message in mind, she created a tie-dye, limited-edition tee for The Drop by Stylist. 

    Shop Coco Roses exclusive sisterhood T-shirt, £30

  • Calabash Coast exclusive calabash coast signature femme organic T-shirt

    Calabash Coast Tshirt
    The Drop: Calabash Coast Tshirt

    If there’s one thing we love more than a slogan tee, it’s a slogan tee that uses a stylish font to say the French word for ‘woman’ in sunshine yellow. Did someone say, ‘perfect gift for all your girlfriends’? Launched in December 2020, Calabash Coast is a lifestyle brand created by London-based sisters Samantha and Alison Ellington – inspired by their West Indian heritage and the charm of the Caribbean, the brand is the epitome of laidback cool.

    Shop Calabash Coast exclusive calabash coast signature femme organic T-shirt, £25

  • Coco Roses sisters got your back T-shirt

    The Drop: Coco Roses Sisters Got Love Tshirt
    The Drop: Coco Roses Sisters Got Love T-shirt

    Need some joy? Know a friend that needs some joy? Well, Coco Roses’ Sister’s Got Your Back T-shirt is guaranteed to bring buckets of the stuff. With a beautiful front original pinkie promise design and the iconic back slogan in an ethically produced cotton and printed in vegan ink, this is the tee that everyone needs for summer 2021.

    Shop Coco Roses sisters got your back T-shirt, £30

  • House Of Alice personalised initial white tee

    House of Alice Tshirt
    The Drop: Personalised Initial White Tee

    Launched by fashion buyer Alice Thornton during 2020’s lockdown, House Of Alice is a dedicated sustainable T-shirt brand that uses 100% organic cotton and a small batch process with limited quantities that ensures zero wastage. With a special price available exclusively at The Drop by Stylist, choose from three colours – lilac, aqua and red – and personalise with your initial, which is entwined by a trio of daisies (a key print for summer).

    Shop House Of Alice personalised initial white tee, £30

  • Sabinna stronger together T-shirt

    Sabinna Stronger Together T-shirt
    The Drop: Stronger Together T-shirt

    This is the perfect loose-fit white T-shirt, but also one that comes with serious eco-credentials. Sabinna have collaborated with Austrian illustrator Karo Oh to create a message of hope with their “Stronger Together” design which also has a QR code on the label. This means that when you no longer want or need your T-shirt, you can send it back to the factory and they’ll recycle it. Genius!

    Shop Sabinna stronger together T-shirt, £39

  • Luxtra T-shirt with hand-embroidered rainbow

    Luxtra Hand Embroidered Rainbow T-shirt
    The Drop: Rainbow Embroidered T-shirt

    LUXTRA’s classic white T-shirt is a simple, wardrobe staple with a hand-embroidered rainbow motif symbolising solidarity. Made from soft 100% organic cotton, the tee is cut in an easy, relaxed fit that suits men and women alike with a crew neck, regular length sleeves and side seams. Put simply: this is a cruelty-free and sustainably made keeper.

    Shop Luxtra T-shirt with hand-embroidered rainbow, £39

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