Two years ago, I placed my first Everlane order.
Since then, Everlane pieces have become staples in my everyday outfits. Their combination of modern basics, high quality, and ethical manufacturing is compelling. Based in San Francisco, Everlane is known for their commitment to radical transparency about the factories where their clothes are made and the true cost and markup of each product. Case in point, raw cashmere has dropped 16% in price this season, so Everlane has adjusted the price of their cashmere to pass that savings on. Their customer service team is the best I’ve come across in the retail industry. The durability, beautiful fabrics, and practicality of their clothes have totally won me over.
Since Everlane is an online retail brand, this post is a giant review of the clothes I’ve bought and love to wear, sizing notes, and the pieces I’ve returned. Everlane’s lookbooks don’t always match my personal style, as they can veer a little too modern-minimal for my taste. This can make it hard to decide how to use a piece in everyday outfits. So, I’ve also included my own styling notes and outfit ideas.
For reference, I’m 5’4″ and typically wear a size 4 or small at J.Crew, Madewell, and Gap.
SWEATERS & SWEATSHIRTS
Luxe Wool Square Turtleneck (black, size small). The luxe wool is super slimming, especially in the arms. I had been looking for a looser turtleneck for cold Indiana winters, and this one is perfection. I love the slightly cropped boxy shape with the narrow sleeves. Wear with high rise denim and loafers or the black ponte tube skirt. (Note: I also tried the navy, which was lovely but I only kept the black.)
The Cashmere Crew (grey, black, + navy, size small). First, Everlane cashmere is incredible. I have bought cashmere before from J.Crew, on sale and of course you can only find the too-bright hues in the sale racks. I love the quiet, flattering colors that Everlane sells without the huge markup (only $100 this season!). This sweater isn’t too tight or too baggy, it’s just right. I sometimes wear Everlane’s white silk sleeveless shirt underneath with jeans and oxfords for a French girl look. This fall, I also want to try layering it over a dress.
The Cashmere Cardigan (camel, size small). This cardigan is a menswear style, slightly relaxed and longer. The cashmere is 100% grade-A (the very best) and is insanely soft, without any bulk. The camel color is richer and more flattering than what the website shows on my computer. Of course this can layer over anything, but I really like it over a striped long-sleeve tee with the sleeves pushed up just a bit or over a white v-neck tee. (Wearing it here.)
The Cashmere Cropped Crew (donegal rose, size small). Honestly, I wish I had returned this style. The donegal fabric is lovely, but I still haven’t figured out what to pair with this cropped cut. Even with high rise denim, my stomach will peek out, which isn’t what I love in the winter. I’ve tried it with my favorite track shorts, and it’s cute but I never need to wear a cashmere sweater in the summer. As lovely as it is, I probably need to let it go to someone who could use it more often.
The Chunky Wool Cardigan (grey, size small). I have the older version of this sweater which has a shawl collar. I know many people complained about the fabric pilling, so Everlane improved the fabric and then released the collar-less cardigan. I wore mine daily last winter, and honestly the pilling hasn’t been bad so I’m not sure about that. It is SO warm and worth its weight in gold on cold winter days. I love the grey color, ribbing around the shoulders, and the pockets. I threw it on every morning with black joggers, a tee, and wool socks, although it can easily go with jeans and a silk tank underneath for a cozy, yet pretty vibe.
The Crew Sweatshirt (grey, black, size small). This was one of the first pieces I ordered from Everlane. I wear it almost every week, and it still looks great. The raglan sleeves, marled fabric, and slightly structured but with a little drape fabric is anything but sloppy. This is a staple in my closet.
The Box Cut Tee (white, small). The crewneck and pocket are just like a boy’s shirt, but the cotton is super soft. It looks really good paired with high rise denim or track shorts. Try rolling the sleeve once or twice too. (I’m wearing it in this post.)
The Cotton V (white, navy, medium). This is my go-to tee right now. I sized up, so these would have a better drape to them. After the first wash, the collar rolls a little bit, and while I wish it didn’t, it hasn’t been a deal break for me. I especially love Everlane’s navy hues – they’re rich and super flattering. (I’m wearing it in this post.)
The Cotton U-Neck (heather grey, small). I ended up selling this shirt because the heather fabric stretched out and just seemed too large for my body. I think the plain colors fit true to size, but the heather greys you should size down.
The Muscle Tank (navy, small). I returned this. Unfortunately the neck hole was cut really small and felt too tight.
The Cotton Drop Shoulder Tee (black, white, small). With a drop shoulder and shirt-tail, this is so much more than a basic tee. I prefer this tee with jeans, so I didn’t wear them much over the summer months. I like to pair them with a necklace to break up all the fabric (since they don’t show much skin). Because the sleeve is longer, I also don’t like layering them underneath cardigans.
The Cotton Tank (white, x-small). To keep the arm holes from gaping, I sized down. I sleep in these, and the 100% cotton is soft and breathes really nicely.
The Heavyweight Long-Sleeve (white/navy, small). This is a classic sailor shirt, and I think it could be a staple for any woman’s wardrobe. You could layer it under a blazer or the chunky wool cardigan or wear it alone with simple white Tretorn tennis shoes.
The Boxy Striped Tee (white/black + black/white, small). I wear these every week. The heavyweight fabric just feels good on, since it skims over your body. The unique design – cropped, boxy, dropped shoulder, and high slit mix up a classic stripe. I like these with a silk tank layered underneath and jeans, with a ponte tube skirt, or with track shorts. (I’m wearing it here and layered here.)
SHIRTS & SILK
The Silk Tank (black, white, small). The silk tank has been re-vamped since I purchased mine. I think the main change is the hem is straight across now. I love these on their own and plan to layer them under sweaters during the winter months. They are basic, but so so pretty and drape perfectly.
The Silk Sleeveless (white, small). I love pairing this underneath the cashmere crewneck to get that little white collar sticking out. It also adds an extra layer of warmth since silk is a natural insulator.
The Silk Round Collar (navy, medium). Originally I sized up in these to a medium to make sure they didn’t gap between the buttons. Now I sort of wish I had stuck with a small, but it still works fine. The round collar is my favorite. (No longer for sale at Everlane)
The Swing Trench (tan, small). This is a classic, with a playful swing. The sleeves are lined, but the body of the coat is not. It is water-resistant, and also just a nice transitional coat. I think this is one of the pieces Everlane did so well from the very beginning.
The Lightweight Anorak (navy, small). This was such a smart buy for my every day life. I had never owned a rain jacket before and it has come in handy countless times as I am trying to keep my hands free to take care of kids, diaper bags, groceries, etc… during a rain storm. I love the hem design and the way the waist cinches in. I wear mine with Sorel rain boots and feel totally invincible. (That being said, the new City Anorak also looks like a revamped version which is probably even more rain-proof. Love the green version.)
The Pleated Skirt (navy, 4). I returned this. It hit me mid-calf (I’m 5’4″) and wouldn’t have been flattering with flats. Since I rarely wear heels, this just seemed too grandma-y for me. If you were taller, it could work though.
The Stretch Ponte Pant (charcoal, small). I returned these. I think as a stay-home mom I would rather wear black denim than a ponte pant. They were a little too-professional and hand-wash only, although if you need professional clothes, I liked the seam down the front and would definitely order them in black. I feel like this about a lot of Everlane’s more recent offerings – if I was working, I could use them but they are a little too dressy for my life.
The Stretch Ponte Tube Skirt (black, small). This skirt was so flattering and comfy. Dressed down with white sneakers and a striped tee, it looks so good. You could also do a cashmere crew and loafers for slightly dressy, or a silk tank tucked in as a substitute for a dress. It has a soft elastic waist that cinched in my waist for an extra slimming fit.
SHOES & ACCESSORIES
The Modern Loafer (black, size up 1/2 size). I am shocked how versatile this shoe is. I spent a Saturday trying it on with a bunch of outfits and it somehow makes every outfit look better and more legit. Partly because I love tomboy sensibility, this shoe is my new favorite. I’m breaking it in and so far no blisters. It does run narrow.
The Chunky Wool Beanie (grey). I wore this nonstop last winter. Just like the chunky wool cardigan, it is pure warmth for your head. It’s on sale now, because it looks like Everlane will be coming out with some new accessories soon, so you can grab it for about $20. (no longer for sale at Everlane)
I’ve ordered several things for Zach, and here are the Everlane staples that stock his closet. All of these run true to size and worn often.
For the kids… sizing has been consistent with what they are wearing in other brands. They LOVE wearing their hoodies.
Phew! That’s one giant roundup of Everlane! I hope this is helpful for you. I’ve been fortunate to make some referral credits from the blog post I originally wrote reviewing Everlane two years ago, so this is my way of saying thank you to those of you who clicked my link. This blog is one way I help support and provide for our family, so I’m very grateful to each of you who read and stop by. I tried to write the type of post I look for before ordering online, so if you have any other questions, I’m happy to answer them in the comments.