Shopping: Everlane

Everlane, a retailer known for being particularly transparent about where its clothing is made and how its materials are sourced, has been on my radar for a while, but I hadn’t purchased anything from it. Now that I’m trying to really pay attention to where my clothes come from and to buy less, but better, I finally gave the company a shot.

I started with¬† two styles that I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of: a basic, scoop neck tank in black and a white button-up silk sleeveless shirt.

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Let’s start with the black tank top, because I’m actually wearing it as I write this. The top is cut to be a bit big and to hang away from your body, which you can kind of see in the photo above, particularly under my right arm. It’s a soft, lightweight cotton knit that’s made in LA.

Size wise, I went with a S, using the measurements listed on Everlane’s site as a guide. Instead of giving you body measurements, the site lists the actual measurements of the shirt, which I think is more helpful than giving body¬† meausrements. Before ordering, I measured a few shirts that fit me well and picked the size that was closest to them.

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My one gripe is that the shirt is a touch long. Maybe it’s just because I’m wearing it with a pencil skirt in this photo, but I think it looks pretty awful untucked. Maybe it would look better with jeans.everlane_silk_untucked

On to the silk sleeveless. I went with a Small with this one, too, using the measurements on the site as a guide. I think the shirt is meant to be cut a bit more loosely, but that look never works on me, so I’m glad I stuck with a slimmer size.

As you can see if you look at the untucked photo closely, the white silk is a touch sheer (you can see the pattern of the skirt through it), but it’s not so sheer as to be an issue. The silk has a nice hand and it’s well constructed, with French seams instead of serged edges.

I really love that the company is so forthcoming about its factories, providing photos and a description of the histories of the companies it sources from. It also provides a price breakdown for each item, so that you see what the item cost to make compared to what the company charges for it. For example, the tank was $18 and cost $8 to make.

I’m really happy with these two shirts from Everlane and plan on making it my go-to when I need basics.

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