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Alright, confession time.
Going full-time working on this website last year led to a change for me that I didn’t really expect.
No, I’m not suddenly a fan of olives (that’s definitely not happening anytime soon).
It’s simply this:
I’m now dressing differently than I did in my old corporate job.
I still go to an office. Although granted, it’s a coworking office with much more of a startup vibe.
But for everyday officewear, the suit is no more. And you might think it’d happily be the first thing I’d want to let go.
But I actually enjoyed wearing my suit every day. There’s obviously the added confidence that comes with looking as sharp as you can be. But I also think putting a suit on in the morning always puts you into the immediate headspace of I-need-to-get-stuff-done.
Nowadays, if I’m at my office, or just getting around I’m usually wearing what you would call ‘basics’. Or ‘essentials’.
They’re simply way more comfortable when spending hours in front of a computer.
And this is what lead me to Everlane.
What is Everlane?
Everlane is a San Francisco based clothing brand for men and women.
And much like a minimalist traveler, they’re all about essentials.
Their aesthetic is clean and simple. You’re not going to find intricate patterns or flashy colors across Everlane’s men’s range.
No, real basics should be solid. And at Everlane, solid they are.
The brand also has a unique mission which is focused on using ethical factories, sourcing the finest materials, and being “Radically Transparent” about what it costs to put it all together.
And no, they’re not talking about you at your 21st Birthday party.
They mean being literally transparent about their costs breakdown, as you can see here:
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen too many brands nakedly reveal their true cost of goods for all to see on their website. And by looking at the Traditional Price in the above breakdown, it’s no big surprise.
Check out their about page to see for yourself, and to read their mission firsthand:
At Everlane, we want the right choice to be as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. That’s why we partner with the best, ethical factories around the world. Source only the finest materials. And share those stories with you—down to the true cost of every product we make. It’s a new way of doing things. We call it Radical Transparency.
Here’s the rundown on my essentials haul from Everlane:
- Skinny Fit Jean in Dark Indigo
- The 365 Fleece Crew in Harbor Mist
- The Heavyweight Long-Sleeve Crew in Navy Heather
- The Midweight Slim Chino in Khaki
- The Filled Canvas Jacket in Ochre
Update 03/20: William had a chance to try the Everlane Tread Sneakers in Mustard and Charcoal. He’s added to my review below.
Wondering why I got what I did? Well, since you asked so nicely:
My thinking was to choose a range of fabric types so I could reach a more informed opinion on Everlane’s overall quality for you guys.
Keep reading for my thoughts on each individual piece.
The Filled Canvas Jacket
Straight up—I dig this jacket.
Built with a triple-stitched 9.3 oz 100% cotton canvas exterior it’s got a real give to it. It fits well and I love the ochre color. It’s different. I’ve racked up my fair share of compliments wearing it already.
With its 60g PrimaLoft insulation, it’s heavy enough to keep you warm on a winter day but it’s light enough that you can shed a layer underneath and still wear it when it’s only cool out.
It has a two-way zipper and an interior snap pocket. I like that the exterior pockets are minimal and don’t take away from the jacket’s overall simple aesthetic.
Everlane Jeans Review: The Skinny Fit Jean
So we’re going back to back on the wins here. Yep, that’s right. I’m also a big fan of the Skinny Fit Jean.
Made from 98% cotton and 2% elastane, they’re premium 11 oz Japanese denim. And you can definitely feel the quality of the material.
They’re lightweight and flexible—owing to their slight 2-way stretch. Oh, and they don’t have that denim smell that you sometimes get with jeans at this price point.
The fit is also good. Skinny but not help-me-these-are-now-painted-on skinny. The color is dark indigo.
The 365 Fleece Crew
The 365 Fleece Crew is Everlane’s take on the crewneck sweatshirt. Made from 82% cotton and 18% polyester, it feels soft and super cozy.
It’s a bit of a shame that it’s not 100% cotton, but that’s just the purist in me talking. I don’t really feel the difference with this sweatshirt.
Overall, I like it—it keeps me warm and the off-grey/blue color (mysteriously named ‘harbor mist’) works really well as a layering piece.
Note—the Fleece Crew is a standard fit but you may find it to run a little lengthy if you’re shorter than 5’11”.
The Heavyweight Long-Sleeve Crew
Next up is the Heavyweight Long-Sleeve Crew in navy heather—a slim fit long-sleeve tee.
It’s made from 6.2 oz 100% cotton. The fabric has a dry yet durable feel to it. I like the look of the seams, they’re quite unique for a long-sleeve basic.
Other than that, it’s comfortable and fits me well.
The Midweight Slim Chino
Similar to the skinny jean, these chinos are made from 98% cotton and 2% elastane for a slight 2-way stretch. They feature a slightly longer rise, two front slant pockets, and two back single welt pockets.
Overall, they’re nice and comfortable. They’re also quite light (which some guys may rate as negative) but it does mean they’re very breathable. They’re great for casual wear.
As a downside, I do find they crinkle frustratingly easy.
Everlane Shoes Review: Tread
The new Trainer is built like a retro sneaker with plenty of what I call “chunk-factor.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking. That sounds awful. But just take a look for yourself.
Everlane is pleasing my ‘90s kid heart with these chunky sneakers. They’re meant to be reminiscent of those good ol’ days, playing tether-ball on the black top, drinking Capri Suns and eating Lunchables (I didn’t realize it until just now, but apparently I grew up eating straight poison).
But what separates these Everlane Trainers from the sneakers of your youth is the quality of materials—which in turn gives these a more refined look.
The upper and tongue are made with full-grain leather from a gold-certified tannery in Saigon. And of course, in true Everlane fashion, there’s a sustainability aspect, too.
The sole is made from recycled rubber that’s over 94% virgin-plastic free. What that means is this: rather than creating new plastic to make their shoes, the brand has dedicated themselves to removing plastic from the environment and repurposing it into a sustainable pair of sneakers.
But they didn’t stop there.
Everlane is committed to offsetting their carbon production by 100%. So for every cubic centimeter of carbon that’s made in the manufacture and shipping of these sneakers, Everlane donates money to a cause that removes the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere.
Tread are a lot more than a cool looking pair of sneakers. They’re a guidepost showing how brands of the future will conduct business. They’re a statement that says fashion doesn’t have to be wasteful.
But they’re also a cool looking pair of sneakers.
My Overall Thoughts on Everlane
What I Like
Everlane make essentials the way they should be made. Simple, tasteful designs and solid, neutral colors.
I’m a slim guy and I found the fit to be pretty much spot on across everything I tried.
They use high-quality materials and it shows as soon as you get your hands on the clothing. Everything feels great against your skin, and each piece warms or cools appropriately as you’d expect.
Everlane’s pricing is quite reasonable despite the quality.
Their mission is one that is very easy to get behind. While I understand budget restraints, I believe that all brands should at least strive to only source quality materials and only use ethical factories. I’m also a big fan of transparency in life generally, and so I find myself trusting the brand more because of their willingness to share their cost breakdowns, and lift the curtain on the factories they use.
What I Don’t Like
Returns for international customers are at their own cost.
No phone support available.
Personally, I’m a big fan of essentials for daily casual wear.
And this means I’ve seen and worn a lot of brands in this market.
What I like about Everlane is that not only do they have a fantastic mission, they also do that thing that all clothing brands should do:
They make clothing that you actually want to wear.
I’m not going to call any particular brands out here, but that’s not always the case. Too often I see brands spouting an awesome mission, but when you actually look closely at their clothing, it’s all subpar designs and poor quality materials. And I just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger on a purchase.
Yes, Everlane may be experiencing some growing pains which have an impact on their ability to provide the best level of customer service that they’d like to (i.e. not offering phone support for example).
But overall, I can only speak to what I’ve experienced. And that is a selection of clothing that fits well, looks great, and has seamlessly entered my weekly rotation.
With its high-quality essentials apparel and ethical approach to clothing production, it's no surprise that Everlane is fast becoming the go-to retailer of choice for guys who like to keep it simple.