One way I keep life simple is by only shopping at a select handful of stores. I know my sizes, the fit, the fabrics. It’s easy.
So, when Grana emailed asking if I wanted to try some of their clothes and write a review on the blog, I hesitated. I’m pretty picky about what gets into my closet (and my house in general).
But after scouring their website, I excitedly selected a list of a few things I would like to try. Grana has combined ethical fashion with classic shapes from the finest quality fabrics. These are the pieces Everlane isn’t designing because of their modern twist on clothes. For my style – French girl with a sporty spin – I love these timeless choices. Grana clothes often look similar to J.Crew or even Madewell, without the big markup because they don’t have storefronts. Grana does offer a lot of intense color hues like mustard and emerald (unlike Everlane), so if you love color this is another bonus. I stuck with my preferred color palette of neutrals – navy, grey, and cream.
Soon, a blue box landed on my doorstep. Below are the six pieces I handpicked and my honest review of how they feel, how I would style them, and whether they’re worthy of a spot in my wardrobe.
Note: Grana also gave me a discount link for you, which I’ve included at the end of this post. Don’t miss it!
Chunky Rib Knit Merino Boyfriend Crew Neck
navy, size small
When I was originally searching Grana’s website this is THE piece that convinced me to write a review. I have worn a chunky wool grandpa cardigan from Everlane nonstop for the past two years. But Everlane doesn’t sell it anymore, and all their recent sweaters have this cropped boxy shape that I find drafty and often unflattering. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see someone designing high quality ribbed wool in a classic crewneck shape.
In person, the sweater does not disappoint. It is just as warm and cozy as my grandpa cardigan. The chunky Italian wool ribbing is beautiful, especially the raglan sleeve which gives it a little tomboy, sporty bent that I love. The navy plays off high rise black denim for a chic look, and you could always throw an oxford shirt underneath for a pop of white.
My take: 5/5 I would highly recommend this sweater.
(ps: It also comes in a cardigan version, if you prefer that!)
Cashmere Longline Cardigan
grey, size small
Grana’s cashmere comes straight from Mongolia and is Grade A – the finest quality. The thing I love about this cardigan is the drape and softness. Even though it hits me right above the knee, this much fabric doesn’t overwhelm, thanks to the slits on the side and the tailored sleeves. I also love that it won’t hang out beneath the hem of my coat. Cashmere is super warm without being thick, so this sweater is the perfect antidote to frosty winter days. I’ve been throwing this over dresses and tops and even t-shirts. It goes with anything.
My take: 5/5 I love it, and there’s nothing I would change about it.
Silk Racerback Camisole
off white, size small
My favorite thing about Grana’s silk is that it is completely double-lined silk. There are two layers, so even though I’m wearing black underneath this creamy racerback top, it’s not see-through. I’ve gotten used to wearing racerback tanks for yoga and noticed how they can highlight shoulders and clavicles. This camisole has a curvy hemline and pretty back that I plan to show off all summer long. But since I keep a fairly small wardrobe, I love that it can easily layer under a cardigan or crewneck and be worn all year round. If you’ve never worn silk before, it is the best thing for layering because there is no cling or scrunched up layers. The fabrics float away from each other. I’ll wear this tucked in to track shorts, layered under a boxy striped top, or with jeans and simple flats in warmer weather.
My take: 4/5 It’s beautiful, but I do need to buy a good strapless bra to wear underneath.
(ps: Don’t miss the silk v-neck camisole, which is also gorgeous.)
Oxford Boyfriend Shirt
white, size small
Again, this is such a classic piece, but I’ve tried on several white oxford shirts – from Everlane (too scratchy and fit was off), J.Crew (see-through), and Madewell (too thin and too long) – without purchasing one. So, I kept biding my time. I wasn’t sure about Grana’s oxford shirt – but I was curious how it would feel and look in person. Guys – this is it. The fabric is not see-through at all (I’m wearing a black bra in these photos) and is a soft, brushed cotton. It feels like my husband’s softest, worn dress shirts, but thankfully the cut is just right for my body. It doesn’t have an oversize fit, so I tried layering it under the Chunky Rib Knit Crewneck above. I also really like it with the sleeves rolled up and half tucked in (picture wearing it like a basic chambray shirt).
My take: 5/5 I love how this shirt is going to work in my closet! It’s an classic choice, made just right.
(ps: also comes in blue oxford, if white makes you nervous)
High Rise Denim
resin rinse wash, size 26
This is the piece I had a bit of a fit issue with. In Madewell denim, I’ve started to size down to a 26, since they’ve added so much stretch to their jeans. With Grana denim, there is a lot less stretch (I struggled to even get them on and off my feet and there was a lot of awkward hopping around trying them on). So, I should have worn a 27 instead. While I could still squeeze into them for these photos, I won’t be keeping these in my closet.
That said, Grana’s jeans are an incredible value for high quality, ethically produced Japanese ring-spun, rope-dyed denim (Less than $50!). I’m a big fan of the resin rinse that I selected. It’s super dark and slimming, but still has an uneven slub pattern that makes it interesting and unique up close.
My take: 3/5 The ankles were too tight, and I needed to size up to get the right fit. I do like that Grana has free exchanges (returns are $10), so I could easily get the right size and then I’d be curious to see if the ankles felt better too.
Silk Sleeveless Shirt Dress
navy, size small
Since it is freezing cold right now, I’m layering this sleeveless dress with some jeans, boots, and the Grana longline cashmere cardigan. I recently read that black is chic, but navy is soft. Just like the camisole, it’s double layered crepe-de-chine silk. So, it has a built-in slip to prevent cling. It cinches around the waist, and there are only buttons at the top half of the dress, which makes it nursing-friendly and prevents any gaping down by my legs when I sit down. When compared with my Everlane silk, the quality and matte finish are very similar, but Grana’s navy is a little brighter than Everlane’s. I love how this is another classic piece that can be used year round – in the summer with simple sandals and in the winter with jeans like a tunic.
My take: 4/5 I like Everlane’s shade of navy just a bit better, but overall this is a lovely and versatile dress.
All in, I’m very glad I gave Grana a try. If you’d like to make a purchase from Grana, you can use my referral link to save 10% (and I’ll earn $20). I’ll be excited to add quality basics from their collection of classic shapes in the future. Thanks for reading and supporting the brands that keep this blog going. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.