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Everlane Review: Soft Cotton Square Crew Sweater + Swing Trench 1 Year On

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I try to feature things I own over and over again in daily outfit photos in Instagram Stories and on the blog, but sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to spotlight my outfit repeats.

So today is particularly fun, because I’m going to talk about the Everlane Swing Trench I purchased

and reviewed

almost exactly a year ago. It’s no longer available on the Everlane website, but you can still peruse Poshmark and Ebay for it if it’s something you think would be useful.

The Everlane Swing Trench One Year Later

Last year, Everlane released the Swing Trench too late in the season for Charlottesville. If I’m remembering correctly, the season turned cold several weeks early and by the time I received the jacket, it was too lightweight to keep me warm most days. But over the course of the year, I’ve found it to be the perfect layering piece for spring and early fall. The tight cotton weave makes the jacket water resistant, and the swingy style makes it easy to layer with light sweaters while still having a close fit at the shoulders. At first I was worried it would compete with my longer military jacket, but that one is much more slouchy and better for colder weather, so I get a lot of use out of both items.

I haven’t generally gone for “classic” pieces because they can feel stiff and make me feel older. But now that I’m 30 – and I know this sounds silly – it feels more appropriate, and I can’t imagine this jacket really going out of style.

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Ethical Details:

Sweater –

Everlane Soft Cotton Square Sweater

; Jacket –


(sold out); Denim –

Everlane Cheeky Straight

, size 29; Boots –



The Soft Cotton Square Sweater

I’ve decided I won’t buy any more Everlane Cashmere until they can say something about sourcing, but I am intrigued by their

new alpaca sweaters

, which came out yesterday, simply because alpaca rearing tends to be much more humane and resource friendly than wool or cashmere. 

I bought the Square Sweater, which is 100% cotton, on the recommendation of

Andrea Jarrett

on Instagram. On me, the sweater is not what I would call flattering, but it is really cozy for a slow, rainy day like the one we’re currently having (I took these pictures this morning, so I’m still wearing this outfit). 

With my henna red hair, I have loved the way green-leaning taupes and khakis play up the warmth, and this Ochre color is in the same wheelhouse as the Swing Trench without matching exactly, a monochrome look that still feels playful.

I purchased a Small since this is oversized, and I’d say it’s true to size. For reference, my measurements are 34″ bust, 29″ waist, 39″ hips. 

At the start of every cold season, I feel frantic and confused about what to wear. It’s as if I’ve tried to bury down deep the cold and darkness of the previous winter, to the point that every new cold season is like starting over again. I’m working on making sure I have pants that are warm and will fit. 

For now, my sweater and jacket game is strong.

A brief note on my Everlane Reviews: In most cases, I purchase Everlane products using store credit garnered from a referral link, or a combination of cash and credit. I no longer use that link in new posts, preferring an affiliate link instead, but people still regularly click through old posts and use the referral. In all cases, my reviews are independent and editorial direction and content are my own.

Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.

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