I posted briefly about Everlane a few weeks ago and can now properly render an opinion about their offerings. I bought (*ahem* for research) the silk blouse, French terry sweatshirt, and t-shirt. In short, they’re everything I hoped they would be. In long (huh?), keep reading.
First up: the silk blouse. I don’t normally wear such fancy materials (I blame the toddler), but the part of me that comes up with an excuse for everything convinced me that it would feel amazing and drape beautifully. I have no idea whether or not either of these things are true, but the internet supports this line of thinking. Also a silk shirt seems very “adult” to me. Like grown folks who go places that cotton pique can’t take them adult. Fountain pen adult. Fully funded Roth IRA adult. I want to go to places that cotton pique can’t take me. I probably won’t, but at least I’ll be prepared should the POTUS invite the family over for dinner, or I need to speak at a luncheon, or some equivalent opportunity arise. Aspirational buying, naw’mean?!?!
So, yes, I bought the silk blouse partly to see if that whole feel & drape thing was true and partly because I need to be prepared for a fancy evening out
several years from now and not at Ikea. I do feel better prepared and it did feel lovely as I pawed it once out of its protective plastic sheath, but what struck me most were the buttons. Something tells me that a company willing to etch their brand name onto 3/8″ buttons to be put on a shirt with a covered placket (read: you can’t see then when the shirt is buttoned) is selling garments they feel strongly about. I imagine that the closest equivalent for this would be an Equipment blouse, but I’m not paying $200 to do a comparative analysis. You’ll just have to trust me.
Trustworthy face. Everlane sweatshirt.
The sweatshirt is heaven in feel and fit and if I could live in it, I would. It’s soft, smooth, and stretchy in the best possible combination. If I wore more colors, I’d buy one in every color. I’m eyeing the navy for reasons of practicality and usefulness. The mustard one is probably too loud, but aspirational me thinks it’s a great idea to get that one, too. I have to draw the line somewhere. I’ve worn this jawn the most out of everything I bought (7x and counting…) and although it’s starting to pill, it still feels fucking amazing. I guess I need to buy a sweater shaver or something.
Last up is the t-shirt. Not much to say there except the seams aren’t twisted – which is a LOT more than I can say for shirts from elsewhere.
All in all, I think I’ve found a reliable source for basics and silk shirts that I possibly may never wear, but don’t cost as much as Equipment shirts. This is a milestone. Not the “I finally got keys to my house” milestone, but almost as noteworthy.