Ah, the beauty of backorder. You order something one day, pay for it, and months later, it’s like Christmas when suddenly a bunch of packages show up at your front door. And so, I have Boden, Everlane and MM LaFleur reviews for you today. A couple of them are odds and ends from orders placed a while ago, another was a bit of an impulse buy of more recent vintage. Here we go:
Everlane Pima Stretch Mid-Sleeve Tee
I have a few boatneck, 3/4 sleeve vintage cotton t-shirts from J.Crew that I love. The only problem? They are from J.Crew, which means the seams fell out and they developed holes sooner, rather than later.
So when Everlane introduced a mid-sleeve tee in Pima cotton, I jumped at the chance to order it. Except, I guess I jumped too slowly, as the T-shirt was on backorder from early March until mid-May. They don’t really tell you that when ordering, which is kind of annoying. I was originally under the impression that the shirt would ship at the end of March, but no. I ended up writing to them, after waiting two months, and it just so happened that my order shipped within a few hours of my writing to them. Coincidence? Probably, right? They gave me free shipping on my next order as an apology, so I’m fine with it.
Anyway, this shirt was worth the wait. It’s a soft, stretchy cotton that doesn’t feel as though it’s about to fall about or develop a hole. The fit is good – I’m in a small and my only gripe is that the sleeves were a touch snug. I don’t have particularly large arms, either.
I’ve machine washed and line dried it once so far and it seems to have handled that pretty well.
Boden Tie Waist Ballet Dress
The tie waist ballet dress from Boden was my slightly impulsive buy. It’s available in three colors – green, blue, and a black “brushstrokes” pattern. Since I’ve got enough blue and green dresses, I went for the black.
The beauty of this dress is that it’s a jersey viscose with just the right amount of drape. The skirt isn’t too full as to add weight and the fabric isn’t so flimsy as to cling or make me feel self-conscious. I’m wondering how the fabric will hold up to washing and wearing, but only time will tell. I’ve had good luck with ponte fabric (which can pill quickly) from Boden in the past, so we shall see.
The fun feature of the dress is the ties at the waist. Two long sashes are attached to the waist on either side. You can wrap the ties around your waist in the front and tie in the back, wrap around the back and tie in the front, or just tie in the back. I also experimented with tying over my shoulders and my neck, but that just looked weird.
A note on sizing, though. Usually, I look like a little girl playing dress up in some of Boden’s tops and dresses, ie, there’s lots of room up there. Not so with the tie waist dress. It wasn’t too tight, but it was actually fitted/snug in the bodice. So, if you’re usually between sizes in Boden’s tops or dresses, I’d recommend going up a size.
MM LaFleur Emily Dress
One of my new favorite brands, MM LaFleur, brought their pop up shop to Philly in April. I booked an appointment with a stylist and spent about an hour trying on their dresses, skirts, and pants at a swanky hotel on Rittenhouse Square. It was really fun to see their collection up close and to try on styles I wouldn’t usually pick for myself.
Although I did get to take home one dress, the Annie in Aubergine, that day (I got the last one!), I had to wait for the Emily dress in Deep Indigo to ship. It took about a month, but I was anticipating that.
The Emily is made of a smooth, somewhat stretchy, woven polyester. It’s not lined, which makes it light enough to wear on very warm days. It also washes well and didn’t need an iron after being hung up to dry.
I like that it’s a simple dress that has interesting touches, such as the 3/4 sleeves and the square neckline. It has pockets, which is always a nice touch. So far, I’ve worn it on its own and with a scarf around my waist as a belt.
All in all, I’m very happy with the two dress and t-shirt, proof that the best things are worth waiting (and waiting) for.