Out of Print and Very Much In Style

Literature and fashion intersect to yield one cool tee and one great cause

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

I need comfortable t-shirts that fit well for the summer months. That's the long and short of it (I know, it seems like summer is so far away on blustery Chicago days like yesterday).

But stay with me, you're going to love today's fashion find.

I'd like some cozy, cotton layering pieces. If they happen to be cute, well then, I'd be a very satisfied customer.

I've had my eye on a cotton tee at the Book Table in Oak Park (1045 Lake Street) for a while, and I finally decided to give it a try. This is the part where I sing its praises. You'll find out why shortly.

Books and reading have shaped me as a person. I'm an old-fashioned reader who loves to hold a book in my hand and turn the pages. Nothing beats the feeling. I also collect first editions (ah, that smell!); so I was drawn to the Out of Print shirts hosting classic book covers on soft tees. I love the vintage look, the flattering cut, the pops of color.

Not only are they super comfy and reasonably priced, but every Out of Print purchase makes possible the donation of one book to a community in need through their partnership with Books for Africa.

From our friends at Out of Print:

Books on shirts. Shirts on a mission.

Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.

We work closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in our collections. Each shirt is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.

In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don't have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each shirt we sell, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.  

How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It's unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but we feel it's more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it's forever changed.

What’s your story?

Contact The Book Table for store hours and prices.

Stop back next week for another Fabulous Friday Find or for more Style Inspiration from friends and neighbors! 

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