I bought a few things from Everlane ever since hearing about them. One concern I have about buying clothes online is the fit. The second thing is the quality of the material. Both things are hard to judge from your screen, so hopefully my review of these products will be helpful to some of you.
The ‘Perfect’ Tee ($15)
I have this in both the V and U-neck version. I don’t agree with their nomenclature that it’s the ‘perfect’ tee. The fit of both tees are a bit off for me. Maybe the trend now is to have a wider, boxy cut, but I don’t like it. The material is great: soft and washes well. But the fit is just too wide and awkward. I also don’t like how the V-neck sits on my shoulders — it’s a little too wide.
The price of the tee ($15) is just on the higher end of what I usually spend on casual t-shirts, but the construction and material is worth it if the fit works for you. I got the slate color, which is a grey-ish blue and works as a neutral.
The Silk Blouse ($80)
This is a great silk blouse for the price. At the time I bought it, there was only a rounded collar version, but now there are pointed and mandarin collar versions. The material feels like high-quality silk and drapes wonderfully. I got the grey color, which is light enough to pass for white. If you want a true brighter white, I’d go with white, but for me, grey works. I hand-wash this and it’s stood up to several wears.
I’m always tempted to get more of these in different colors.
The Seed Stitch Sweater — Box Cut ($60)
The sweater is a blend of cotton and cashmere. It’s light enough to serve as a transition piece from fall to winter. Like their tee’s, they’re more of a wider cut, boxier cut. When I first received the navy sweater in the mail, I thought about returning it because it seemed too wide and short for me, but it started to grow on me and I ended up keeping it. It’s more of a casual fit and I can see myself layering a blouse under it for more warmth.
The Essential Belt ($40)
Everlane is over-ambitious with their naming. The ‘perfect’ tee. The ‘essential’ belt. I got a red one of these belts and while it’s nice, I wouldn’t call it ‘essential.’ The leather is more pliable and softer than I expected, which worries me because I don’t want it to get cracked or stretched out. I also don’t like the buckle that much. It’s more of a fashion belt than a utilitarian belt, which I guess is fine if you’re into that, but I wouldn’t call it an essential. I also don’t like that there’s no extra strap to keep the end of the belt tucked in. So far, I’ve been loosely tucking the end into the belt part, or barely knotting it, but I’m paranoid that might crease or bend the belt too much.
Cashmere (forgot the price, but it was high)
I didn’t actually get a cashmere sweater, but Will did and it arrived in its own little Everlane-branded cloth bag. On first touch, the cashmere is soft and luxurious. I wore it once and it was a lot warmer than I expected. He hasn’t worn it that much so not sure how it’ll stand up to the test of time. If I remember correctly, it was about $200 or under.
I accidentally saw a few pictures in their lookbook for a women’s cashmere cardigan sweater, but it seems to have disappeared. I’m not sure if someone pushed an image before it was ready or what, but now I am eagerly awaiting that to be in the shop.
One thing I do have to give Everlane credit for is their design. Something about the site just makes me want to buy things. I also like that they offer a limited amount of things, so one doesn’t feel overwhelmed when perusing their products. Their shtick about cutting out the middleman is also nice, although now that they’ve moved their manufacturing to China, I wonder at what direction they’ll end up heading. As long as the quality stays the same and their prices stay reasonable, they’ll keep my interest. I just wish their women’s cuts weren’t so wide and boxy!
* I’m not paid for this post, but if you’re new to Everlane and would like to buy from them, here’s a referral link to them. I end up getting $20 in credit if you sign up and purchase something from them with that link.