Girls on Tops: The Etsy shop taking over every cinephile’s wardrobe

Girls on Tops: The Etsy shop taking over every cinephile's wardrobe |

Every time I hit up Manchester city centre, I can’t go five minutes without spying a Star Wars or Back to the Future t-shirt. Every moderate to huge film fan has one or the other, and I should know, I have both. And isn’t is a bit sad? But since beginning to watch #52FilmsByWomen every year, I have been looking for new ways to show my support for female talent in film. Thankfully, the Girls on Tops exists and my collection of film t-shirts is more diverse (and stylish) than ever.

Girls on Tops

Girls on Tops: The Etsy shop taking over every cinephile's wardrobe |

What is Girls on Tops?

Quite simply, it’s an Etsy shop run by an amazing woman called Louisa. They sell white t-shirts with the name of an important woman in the film industry printed in a strong, bold font across the chest. That’s it. It doesn’t initially sound so impressive but then the simplest, genius ideas never do.

Read here to find out more about Girls on Tops.

The t-shirts feature prominent directors such as Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961)), Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break (1991)) and Ava Duvernay (Selma (2014)). Not to mention veteran actresses like Laura Dern (Jurassic Park (1993)), Isabelle Huppert (Elle (2016)) and Annette Bening (20th Century Women (2016)). Basically, women who usually do not get the recognition they deserve.

Girls on Tops: The Etsy shop taking over every cinephile's wardrobe |

Not just a pretty face

I think the cherry on top is that the t-shirts don’t just celebrate the often silenced female voices in the film industry, but the quality of the t-shirts is top notch. I’m usually put off buying clothing on Etsy because, while the clothes look good on photographs, the quality of the material is usually shoddy.

However, Girls on Tops’ t-shirts are made with 100% organic, fair trade and carbon neutral cotton and you can really tell. The fabric is baby soft and after a few washes, my Greta Gerwig t-shirt is as good as new.

They usually cost about £20 (the limited/special edition ones are sometimes more) with postage on top. Luckily, Girls on Tops is based in the UK so it’s always reasonable for me.

There are generally two choices of fit: fitted and regular (all mine are regular) and sizes tend to be XS to 3XL. Finally, a clothing business that champions diversity and actually practices what they preach.

Girls on Tops: The Etsy shop taking over every cinephile's wardrobe |

My choice of female talent

Not only do I own Greta Gerwig, I’ve also got Kathryn Bigelow and my most recent addition is Ava Duvernay. Honestly, there are so many others I could own. Lynne Ramsay is a fantastic director so I’d happily wear a t-shirt with her name emblazoned across my boobs and Sigourney Weaver is another. The t-shirts are pretty addictive, I don’t believe you can just own one. 

And please don’t be put off buying if you are a man. You will see lots of handsome males modelling the t-shirts on the website, so you have no excuse. I believe if you are committed to aiding the advancement of female voices in film, it is your duty to wear one of these t-shirts. Just one woman’s opinion.

Girls on Tops: The Etsy shop taking over every cinephile's wardrobe |

Girls on Tops out and about

You don’t just have to take my word for it, Girls on Tops have had phenomenal success within the cinephile community. It’s such a warm and fuzzy feeling to know so many people have said #TimesUp and want to support their favourite female talent in film so proudly.

Girls on Tops was the t-shirt to be seen in during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and they’re currently on sale at the Bell Lightbox Theatre at the Toronto International Film Festival. The t-shirts are also sold in select Cinema and Arts centres in the UK, but I’m very pleased to have spotted them on sale in Manchester’s HOME recently, our top cinema and arts centre.

I will leave you with a mere few of Hollywood’s finest sporting the t-shirts on Instagram. Because in reality, many more have seen the light and wore a Girls on Tops tee. Enjoy!

It’s Laura Dern wearing an Andrea Arnold t-shirt:

And Timothée Chalamet in a Greta Gerwig t-shirt:

And last but not least, Greta Gerwig wearing Agnès Varda:


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So what do we do now? . . . 📸: @chrisfloyd for @stylistmagazine

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So, if you haven’t already you should check out Girls on Tops Etsy shop right this second! Or maybe you already own a t-shirt? Let me know in the comments below! 

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