Best of Everlane – A Review of Hits, Misses & Favorite Pieces

wearing: cashmere sweater, zara leopard skirt, white slides

 

 

Best of Everlane

Everlane is one of those brands that I’ve worn for years, but never written about. The San Francisco brand has a cult following based on its values of radical transparency and sustainable focused clothing – but does it live up to the hype? 

Lately, I’ve accumulated a number of items from Everlane that I would call closet staples so I thought it was finally time to do an in depth review.

That’s not to say everything at Everlane is gold. Some have been complete misses so today’s post will include all of my Everlane items: the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

 

 

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Everlane Review

My first Everlane purchase was the snap backpack and ‘jesus sandals’ (I forget the real name) for a trip to Thailand in 2012.

At the time, my favorite items from the brand were their accessories and today I still think Everlane nails high quality yet affordable shoes and handbags. 

Most recently, I’ve come to appreciate their clothing. Years ago I thought everything was slightly too basic, but lately Everlane denim and knitwear has been some of my most worn wardrobe staples! 

 



wearing: wool jacket, black jeans, western boots

 

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Everlane Clothing


 

Italian Merino Rib Polo

in Cocoa Brown

I normally wouldn’t go for this but I thought the deep brown color would be nice for fall.. and I love it! The Everlane knit top is made from 100% merino wool and has a finely ribbed texture.

Surprisingly, it’s not itchy at all. This polo is a kind of slinky, thin knit material that hugs the body so I usually wear it tucked in. The row of small buttons is a cute touch too.

I’ve worn it both fully buttoned and unbuttoned, under a blazer, by itself – it looks good with pretty much anything. If you like that New England professor look, this is the perfect sweater knit for you :)

Shop Italian Merino Rib Polo (5 colors)


 

Clean Silk Cami

in Midnight

I love the deep blue-green of this cami.

It’s pretty enough to wear on its own or under a cardigan for work. The silk, while not quite as silky smooth as pricier silk tops, is made with safer dyes and a more energy efficient factory in what Everlane calls ‘clean’ silk.

I love that it’s not sheer and find the material very soft and comfortable to wear. 

The only downside is the pretty spaghetti straps are not adjustable. Personally I have a very short torso so the sizing was perfect, but if you have a long torso you might not like the length. 

I like it so much I’m debating getting another in black!

Shop Everlane Silk Cami (5 colors)

 



 

Linen Notch Shirt

in White

I got this 100% linen shirt last summer and loved its notched collar and boxy shape. 

This is another more ‘petite-friendly’ top, so it might not be to everyone’s body shape. I love it – it’s breathable in hot sticky weather and I usually wear it un-tucked.

Plus it’s very versatile. The slightly structured shape is great for the office while elevating any weekend outfit into a more casual, dressy look! 

Shop Everlane Linen Shirt (5 colors)


 

Linen Relaxed Tee

in White

I’ve worn this linen tee to death.

Lightweight, slightly sheer and extra soft, this is the perfect relaxed linen top for the summer. I pack it anytime I have plans to be outdoors or in humid weather.

It was a lifesaver in Guyana, where the humidity was killer. That’s when I discovered it’s also a pretty quick-drying fabric!

Grab this Everlane tee if you’re looking for a great quality summer basic. After over a year of wear, mine is slightly dingy (as whites tend to get) but I still wear it to the gym or day to day at home. 

Shop Everlane Linen (2 colors)

 



 

 

Everlane Cashmere

I’ve ordered a couple Everlane cashmere pieces over the years.

While they’re nice, I don’t think the cashmere is nearly as soft as more premium cashmere. They also tend to feel a bit itchy on, so I always wear a base layer underneath (like Uniqlo’s heat tech tops).

I recommend buying Everlane cashmere sweaters if you like the style, but not if you’re expecting beautifully soft cashmere that will last for years. 

 

 

Cashmere Rib Crew

in Ivory

This crewneck sweater has a modern classic design.

Made from what Everlane calls Grade-A Mongolian cashmere, it features a ribbed knit design and rounded collar. I find it very easy to wear, as it’s a mid-weight thick sweater that’s quite warm when layered over a base layer, yet thin enough to wear under a fall jacket.

But, after a couple months of wear, I can already tell it needs some de-fuzzing. And I don’t find this to feel as luxurious as real cashmere, so I think it’s a bit expensive for the price. 

Shop Everlane Cashmere Sweater (4 colors)

 



 

 

Heavyweight Cashmere Hoodie

in Oatmeal

You don’t usually find cashmere in hoodies, so I had to grab this even though it’s technically made for men.

Made from a thicker, 7 gauge cashmere, the Everlane cashmere hoodie is warm and very soft. I love the contrasting detailing on the sleeves, slouchy relaxed fit and heavier weight. 

After wearing this for nearly a year, the quality seems fantastic. There hasn’t been any pilling and it’s just so comfortable to wear. I love all the muted, soft colors too – ultimately I went with oatmeal but they’re all gorgeous, unisex shades. 

Shop Everlane cashmere (5 colors)


 

Cropped Alpaca Cardigan

in Rose

I love the soft pale pink color of this cardigan!

Made from a blend of alpaca, nylon and wool, it’s a gorgeous thin knit with slightly ballooned sleeves that taper. Personally, I think you need to wear something underneath, but if your skin is not as sensitive you might get away with wearing this on its own.

Love the chunky buttons and soft collar. I don’t find it to be a particularly cropped fit, but I also do have a petite torso. 

Shop Everlane Alpaca (available in 4 colors)

 



 

 

Texture Cotton Cable Sweater

in Bone

Everlane’s cotton cable sweater is a large ribbed knit made from cotton and nylon.

I like the dropped shoulders and roomy weight to it – this is the kind of bulky sweater that is perfect for brutally cold winter months. 

I also like the crew neck style and balloon-like sleeves. For something slightly different, the sleeves have a subtle cable stitch pattern and textured finish.

Shop Everlane Cable Sweater (3 colors)


 

Cotton Cardigan

in Bone

This oversized cardigan is relaxed, textured and comfortable.

It’s made from a thick cotton nylon blend that gives it a bit of weight to it, which makes it feel a lot more expensive than it is.

I usually go for thin, drapey cardigans and this is the exact opposite of that, which makes it a nice addition to my wardrobe.

Grab this if you love bouncy, voluminous cardigans that are cozy and easy to throw on!

Shop Everlane Cotton Cardigan (2 colors)

 



 

 

ReNew Teddy Liner 

in Oatmeal

I wore this fleece to death on my Southern road trip.

It’s a nice light but warm layer for cool fall days and it doesn’t wrinkle or take up much space, so it’s very easy to just throw in your bag on the go. Love the large pockets and chunky buttons. 

Most of my sweaters are white or cream, so naturally I went for the soft oatmeal color. What’s impressive is the teddy fabric is made from 100% recycled polyester – I never would have guessed from how soft the fabric feels! 

Fit wise, I’d say it has a relaxed, casual fit that layers well over henleys and long sleeve tees.

Shop Everlane ReNew (3 colors)


 

Oversized Double Breasted Blazer

in Terracotta Houndstooth

Everlane is known for their over sized blazers and this new version for Fall 2019 is really nicely made, with a fully lined, heavyweight wool fabric.

The fit is very oversized, and looks great dressed up or down. I especially love: the plaid, the boxy shape, the warm fall tone and the deep pockets.

I do find it slightly odd that it only closes with one button, but this is the kind of blazer that (imo) looks best open, so it doesn’t bother me.

Shop Everlane Oversized Blazers (2 colors)

 



 

 

ReNew Military Parka

in India Ink and Moss

This is another time where I shopped the mens section, as I didn’t realize the jacket is available in both mens and womens.

I’m very impressed with the ReNew Parka – it feels like a great dupe for my Canada Goose parka at a fraction of the price. If you live somewhere that gets really cold, I think this is a phenomenal jacket. 

It has 2 deep front pockets, 2 side pockets, a very sturdy zipper, cozy insulation and a removable hood. I haven’t worn it in rain or snow quite yet, but the outer shell feels durable and waterproof (and is made from recycled plastic!).

While usually parkas can look frumpy, this jacket has clean, minimal lines and comes in both a short and long version. I can’t say enough good things about this jacket. I have it in 2 colors and plan to get more as gifts this holiday season!

Shop Everlane parka (2 colors)

 

Everlane Jeans

Everlane’s Japanese denim has gotten rave reviews so I had to see what all the hype was about. Here’s the denim styles I liked and disliked:

 

 

Cheeky Straight Jean

in Sky Blue

I will be the first to say I don’t quite understand the ‘mom jean’ trend. 

Still, after seeing 90s style jeans everywhere, I grabbed Everlane’s cheeky straight jean to try. Despite 3,000+ glowing reviews, these jeans were a miss for me.

While the quality is great – these are made of 11 oz premium Japanese denim – the super high rise and straight leg just didn’t do anything for my figure, in front or behind.

Maybe because the pant length hits me at an awkward length above the ankle, which shortens me out? Overall, I’ve decided the mom-at-carpool look isn’t for me.. 

Shop Everlane Straight Jean (7 colors)

 



 

 

Everlane Denim Short

in Vintage Dark Blue and Bone

Everlane’s classic denim shorts on the other hand, I really like.

These shorts are still a ‘mom’ jean fit, with a high raise fit and longer length. What I like is that you can un-cuff the shorts to expose the ragged hem or roll them for a more polished look.

I got the dark blue denim last summer and wore them so often I decided to get the white this year. They work with basic t shirts, crop tops, body suits… everything!

I probably should have sized up. Let’s just say these are not the shorts I wear when I’m going out to eat. 

Shop Everlane Shorts (5 colors)


 

Wide Legged Cropped Pant

in Coral

Unlike mom jeans, I think these Everlane pants are universally flattering. The ankle length crop, the slightly flared leg and the higher inseam are just perfection. I think they would look especially great on pear shaped or curvier bodies.

In general, I find Everlane pants are made from a nice, thick denim (that hides lumps and bumps) with a hint of soft stretch (very comfortable!). As with Everlane’s denim, I think they run a little bit snug in the waist and crotch area. 

Overall I would highly recommend these!

Shop Everlane Wide Leg Cropped Pant (6 colors)

 



 

 

Straight Leg Crop

in Bone

After loving the wide legged crop, but disliking the straight jean, I was curious if I could find a middle ground. Enter, Everlane’s straight leg crop.

These pants are perfection!

Everlane combined the best of all its pant styles: a soft but broken-in fabric; a huge variety of inseams and colors and the universally flattering crop length. I can’t say enough good things.

I wear these in all seasons and especially love how the white is not see through.

Shop Everlane Straight Leg Crop (7 colors)

 

 

Everlane Shoes

Everlane makes fantastic, high quality shoes from Italian sourced leather.

I’ve tried everything at this point – sandals, flats, loafers and boots – and find them to be great value for the price. The shoes typically fit ‘European’ style, narrow in the foot and looser in the heel, which is my only complaint.

Here are the Everlane shoes I would recommend!

 

 

Western Boot

in Russet Suede

If you try just one shoe from Everlane, make it these suede western ankle boots. I love them!

The rust brown color is just different enough to justify getting yet another pair of brown suede boots and the black western patches are subtle, but fun. I love the twist of Italian suede and Western American design.

These ankle boots look great with dresses and wide legged pants. They’re the perfect boot for fall and I like them so much I’m thinking I should add the taller western boot to my collection too!

Shop Everlane Western Boots (3 colors)


 

The ’90s Loafer

in Brown Crocodile

Most recently, I picked up a pair of these patent leather loafers

Straight out of the box, these loafers were pretty hard and stiff. They also have a slightly narrow toe box but somehow are still comfortable to wear. 

I love the crocodile texture, but am still getting used to the square toe. If you like tomboy shoes or geometric angles, you’ll appreciate the modern look to these loafers. Lately I’ve been styling them with cargo jeans and wide legged pants. 

Finally, I love the circular heel, but it’s a detail that you can’t really notice unless you flip the shoes over!

Shop Everlane loafers (4 colors)

 



 

 

Everlane Bags

I’m continually impressed with Everlane’s bags. Whether you pick up the sustainable recycled backpacks or the premium Italian leather handbags, Everlane designs its accessories with both function and style in mind.

Almost all of their bags can fit a standard laptop and have an assortment of pockets and compartments to adapt to a life on the go. And best of all, they last for years!

 

 

Everlane Backpack

Everlane makes gorgeous backpacks that transition perfectly from a commute to a vacation. 

I bought one of the first iterations, with a snap closure, that has held up to some extensive travel and weekly abuse. Its much roomier than it looks! 

The ReNew version is an upgrade, as it’s water resistant and made from 100% recycled polyester. It features an exterior laptop pocket, interior slip pockets, 2 side water bottle holders and a magnetic closure to hold everything you need – in one bag!

What I really like is the pass through strap that allows you to slide the backpack right over a carry on bag

Shop Everlane Backpacks (4 colors)

 



 

 

Mover Pack

in Navy

I’m continually on the hunt for the perfect carry on

This mover pack caught my eye for its backpack portability and roomy duffel pack-ability. It’s smartly designed, with straps so that you can carry it in 3 ways (on your shoulders, in your hand and from top or bottom).

There’s lots of pockets to organize the huge 45 liter capacity and the lightweight nylon-polyester fabric is durable and easy to spot clean. 

I especially recommend this for trips where you’re flying on tiny planes with strict weight limits, like the jungle or on safari.

Shop Everlane Mover Pack (3 colors)

 

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