Activity Friendly Button-Down Style with Carve Designs Fletcher Shirt

Classic button-down shirts never go out of style. But sometimes, like when you’re on the water, cotton shirts aren’t the best choice due to the time they take to dry once they get wet. In those cases, it would be great to have another option.

The Carve Designs Fletcher Shirt for women is that option.

Made from a material that includes recycled polyester (51 percent), spandex (12 percent), and polyester made from upcycled coconut (37 percent), the shirt is a sustainable choice for those interested in style, performance, and sustainability. For the upcycled part of that fabric, discarded coconut shells and plastic bottles are repurposed into yarn that’s treated with a PFOA- and PFC-free DWR.

The shirt has a relaxed fit, making it comfortable to move around in. The sleeves can be worn as is, or rolled up and secured with an interior button tab. There’s a chest pocket, as well as a zippered pocket on the side seam (the pockets rests on the back side of the shirt) that has a mesh interior.

Once wet, the shirt dries fairly quickly (much quicker than cotton). When you do wash it, it’s easy to machine wash cold and tumble dry low, or just hand wash and air dry in your hotel room. Just don’t dry clean it or use chlorine bleach.

I’ve been wearing this shirt for stand-up paddleboard sessions, when I’m out on the water and might get a splash or two, but also want a shirt for sun coverage. It’s also nice for after my water activities, when I want to go directly to lunch or meet someone and don’t have time to change.

The Fletcher Shirt lists for $72 and comes in two color/print options: white and Alana (which is a blue-and-white print). Get it from the Carve Designs site.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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