Everlane Basics to Stockpile (and Skip)

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Everlane Basics to Stockpile (and Skip)

I discovered Everlane in 2014 and have been a loyal customer ever since. While they’re still not a bastion of perfect ethics, they continue to make strides in the transparency department, and a lot of their newer products – especially this season – are made with renewable or recycled fibers, which is something I really believe will have a ripple effect among their competitors.

While I have tried a lot of items from Everlane, there are a handful of items that I cannot imagine living without simply because they’ve been staples in my wardrobe for years.

I love Everlane’s basics, but not everything has been a perfect fit. With years of Everlane reviews under my belt, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my Everlane Favorites, as well as share a few duds.

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Things to Stockpile

Everlane Pima Micro Rib T-shirts

Try the: Crew Neck, Open V-Neck, Funnel Neck

I have most of the pima collection in gray and black, and I wear them constantly during the colder months. They fit close to the body, are subtly insulating, and are really flattering, too. I order one size up from my normal size.

See it worn here.

Everlane Organic Cotton Collection

I live in these year-round, and especially love pairing them with vintage midi-length skirts. They’re not too boxy and the length is great for tucking in. I go one size up in these, as well, but if you want a tighter fit – or have a straighter body type – you might want to go with your regular size.

See it worn here.

Everlane ReKnit Flats

As soft as slippers, these flats are made with recycled plastic and come in a variety of punchy and neutral colors. I have the ReKnit Day Glove in Yellow and I find a way to make them go with everything.

See it worn here.

Everlane ReNew Teddy Collection

I have the ReNew Liner from last season, which works well under coats and as a standalone jacket on more mild days. It has that vintage camping vibe that I didn’t know I liked until I tried it. I went with my normal size. I’ve seen other bloggers recommend sizing down, but that really wouldn’t work for my proportions, and I don’t think there’s any way to really make this look less boxy. But it’s very practical and the fleece is dense, which keeps cold wind out.

See it worn here.

Things to Save Up For

Everlane Alpaca Sweater

I get A LOT of use out of this sweater, and when I’m traveling I wear it in transit and even to sleep in. It’s lightweight and perfectly temperature-regulating. There is a bit of nylon, which is sadly an issue for biodegradation, but it also means the sweater isn’t nearly as thick or impractically warm as 100% alpaca. I would recommend taking your regular size.

Everlane Day Boots

It took me over a year from their release to buy these boots, but I’m so glad I did. So far I have worn them to an interview, a formal party, 2 Christmas caroling gigs, and 2 casual parties in addition to everyday wear. They dress up everything just enough to make me feel really put-together, but they’re not over-the-top or out of character for me to wear, and they’re quite comfortable considering they have a bit of a heel. I got my regular boot size and would not recommend sizing up since the leather is soft and flexible.

See it worn here.

Everlane Cashmere Scarf

Made with Grade-A cashmere, this deceptively simple-looking scarf is the perfect weight and length. I can wrap it around my neck twice for extra warmth, and the neutral color – I have it in gray – makes it an easy choice to throw on before heading outside in the winter.

Things to Skip

  • Everlane Pima Stretch Collection: Not to be confused with the rib knit collection, this collection is simply too thin, too stretchy, and too prone to becoming misshapen.
  • Everlane V-neck: Though the cut of the neckline is nice, it tends to get wavy after washing.
  • Everlane Denim: I really tried with the denim, but for me, the rise isn’t high enough and the leg from the thigh to the knee is too tight. I enjoyed the button-fly cigarette jeans for a season, but when I gained some weight this fall, I decided to switch to AE Curvy Jeans for a better overall fit.
  • Everlane Perform Leggings: These are incredibly tight at my knee to the point that they cut off circulation.
  • Everlane Bras: I haven’t tried the Perform Bra, but the others are laughably ill-fitting.
  • Everlane Leather Day Glove: While I loved the look of these – even purchasing a second pair in a size up to make them work – the upper remained too tight at the center of my foot, so I ultimately parted with them.

What are your Everlane favorites?

Leah Wise

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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