Everlane review

everlane silk blouse tank boyfriend sweater
everlane silk blouse tank boyfriend sweater

Having heard so many good things about Everlane, it seemed almost irresponsible not to place an order for some of their much hyped cashmere sweaters and delicate silk blouses.

I placed my order through a third-party mail forwarding service, Shipito, which provides you with a mailbox for use when ordering from the United States (and is good for purchases from Zara, Cos, and the like). I’ve used Shipito approximately 20 times over the last two years and haven’t had a single issue – an email alert is received when a package arrives in your mailbox, and you’re given multiple shipping options from which you can select. I generally opt for DHL, as it’s fast, comes with a tracking number, and is generally well-priced; especially if you are consolidating shipments (note – you will need to upgrade your account for that feature). On average, I’ve found that my parcels are received from Everlane within 3 days of placing the order.

My Everlane orders have included the round collar silk blouse, the pointed collar silk blouse, sleeveless silk tank, pocket silk blouse, cashmere sweater and the boyfriend sweatshirt.

The main drawcard for me when placing my initial order, were the many reviews which likened Everlane’s blouses to those from Equipment; yet at a fraction of the cost. In truth, while there are similarities, there are just as many differences.

The silk button up blouse
The fit: Everlane’s silk blouses are a loose, slim fit, and generally true to size. I’m a small AU 8 (US 4) and I purchased mine in the size S, which was the perfect fit for me. Loose through the body, and just so through the sleeves, it is comfortable and doesn’t feel as though there is too much fabric – oft an issue with the sizing of the Equipment silk blouses. If you’re wondering about sizing, the size small measures 47cm underarm to underarm and is 65cm long.

The cut: Personally, I prefer a pointed collar as opposed to a rounded one, however I’ve warmed up to the rounded collar considerably since receiving it, as it looks sweet (but not overly so) peeking out over the collar of a loose knit sweater. The sleeves finish just at the wrist, and the cut through the shoulders isn’t too narrow or too wide. My only gripe is the length. I wish that the blouse was cut just a little longer, as I find that it doesn’t tuck well (for me) into mid-rise jeans, and I’d like the option to be able wear it loose, too.

The quality: For the price ($78 USD), the quality is excellent. A beautiful washed silk, which is supple and soft to the touch, and washes just as well (for reference, I popped mine in a delicates bag and washed it on a cold cycle with like colours). While the black is solid in colour, and doesn’t give ‘anything’ away, I found the blush silk to be not quite so thick – there is a sheerness to it; which is important to consider when choosing which colour to buy.

Equipment or Everlane? Honestly? Both. I think a lot of it comes down to what you’re looking for. The Equipment silk blouses are much more accessible (in terms of shipping, not price) and are of a higher quality than those from Everlane, however not everyone has a couple hundred spare for what is essentially a basic silk blouse. Then there’s also the question of pockets (or not), length, colour, and cut. If you’re looking for an entry level blouse, which is good quality, then go for Everlane. If you want something a little more luxe, then go for Equipment. My own wardrobe has a combination of both, as I’ve found Equipment’s pale coloured silk blouses to be less sheer than those from Everlane, and there’s also a much wider selection.

The sleeveless silk tank
The fit: Cut close at the shoulder, yet loose and billowy through the body. I opted for the size S, which translates pretty well to an AU 8 (or US4). If you’re in between sizes, you could safely go down a size. The size small measures 44cm underarm to underarm, 57cm long in the front and 67cm long in the back.

The cut: A round neckline which is modest (but not overly so), and wide shoulder straps make it office-appropriate when worn under a cardigan or a blazer. I wear mine mostly tucked into skirts for work, however as it is slightly longer in the back, it’s a perfectly suitable length to wear loose with a pair of mid-rise jeans for the weekend.

The quality: As with the silk blouse, the quality is excellent for the price. The washed silk is lovely, and feels like suede on the skin. As with the long sleeved silk blouses, I find that even a nude bra shows through slightly with the lighter colours (the blush and dove grey), so keep that in mind when ordering.

The cashmere sweater
The fit: The cashmere sweaters are cut true to size – I opted for the size S and wouldn’t choose to go any smaller. The sleeves are quite narrow for this style and while the cashmere has some stretch to it, there wouldn’t be much point in sizing down. The size small measures 50cm underarm to underarm and is 60cm long.

The cut: Very slim through the sleeves, and a slim yet loose fit through the body. Mine is slightly fitted around the bust area, but not overly or uncomfortably so. The sleeves are cut to the wrist, and the length falls to just above the hipbone.

The quality: The quality is pretty good, although like most knitwear, mine has pilled over time with wear. However, this is easily removed if you have a de-pilling device (I purchased mine from Spotlight – these are indispensible!). The cashmere is soft has a reasonable weight to it, which makes it perfect worn on its own through the Spring or the Fall, or over a silk blouse in the winter. High quality cashmere is harder and harder to come by these days, and often comes at an equally high price. Considering that a very light cashmere sweater can set you back over $250, these are an absolute steal. I’m hoping that with winter on its way in the Northern Hemisphere, that there may be a few more colours to choose from.

The boyfriend sweatshirt
The fit: This sweater is exactly as described, like something you would steal from your boyfriends wardrobe. I took a bit of a gamble with the sizing, as I didn’t want a sweatshirt that was too loose, so I opted for the XS. The gamble paid off; it’s a slim fit, however there’s a bit of room to move through the body and the arms. Mine measures 47cm underarm to underarm and is 64cm long.

The cut: The sweater has a crew neckline, and is loose through the body with narrowly cut sleeves. Personally, I really like this style, as it looks smart with a silk or cotton shirt worn underneath, and is ideal for layering. The ribbing of the sleeves just overlaps my wrist, and the length hits me on the hip, which I find to be incredibly flattering.

The quality: I’ve purchased this sweater in both the black and the heather grey, and found both to be of an incredibly high standard. Before purchasing these, I’d spent some months looking for a loose fitting cotton sweater but had yet to find anything which quite fit the bill. These are cotton with a terry toweling backing, they’re soft yet sturdy, and wash extremely well. I’ve purchased designer sweatshirts at quadruple the price (or more even..) but I think that these are better quality, and certainly better value.

> The silk camisole
Of everything I’ve bought from Everlane so far, the silk cami was the one piece which I took the longest to warm up to. It didn’t help that on the hanger, it didn’t look like much – but it is a simple silk cami, so I’m not too sure what I was really expecting. It does run on the larger side, so it was much looser fitting than I’d anticipated. However, it’s quite quickly become a summer staple, and I’m toying with the idea of picking it up in ivory white or the washed black.

The fit: Like some of the other Everlane products, the cami seems to have been cut on the larger side. I purchased mine in a size small, and it’s that little bit too big (although I do love a loose cami, so it’s not all bad!). It measures 47cm underarm to underarm and is 64cm long. I’d say if you can, size down. You won’t regret it.

The cut: There’s only one thing I don’t like about the cut, and I get the feeling that I can put this largely down to the fact that it’s slightly large on me; it’s the excess fabric which sits just under the arms. There’s just too much of it. Aside from that, I love the fact that the straps are both dainty and adjustable, and they are long enough to be worn loose with a pair of jeans, or tucked into a pair of work trousers or a smart skirt – if you can get away with it of course.

The quality: As with all of Everlane’s other silk garments, the quality of the silk cami is impeccable, and far higher than what you would expect for $55 USD. It’s a very heavy silk, and the top section is double lined to ensure modesty.

Will I be buying more from Everlane? Undoubtedly, yes. I admire their ethos, their values, and their transparency; there aren’t many companies out there which make such a big commitment to ensuring their customers know where and how their garments were produced. The craftsmanship is of a high standard, and you can see that a lot of thought has gone into the design process to produce a product which that is as elaborate as it is simple.

I’m hoping to edit and expand this post over time as I add more Everlane items to my wardrobe – the next contenders looking to be a pair of the leather loafers and the swing trench. For those of you intending to make a purchase from Everlane, I hope that you’ve found this post useful, and please feel free to leave any further questions you have in the comments section below.

Have you purchased anything from Everlane before? What has your experience been like?


  1. Kat October 16, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    This has been such an informative review, I’ve been eyeing Everlane for quite some time because I like the concept of their store, but I don’t really hear people talk about them too much! I think I’ll pick up that boyfriend sweater some time, although they did expand their cashmere line recently too.

    x beauty, style, life | bespectacled

    • jamie-lee October 18, 2014 / 2:04 pm

      You won’t regret it! The boyfriend sweater is such a good buy. I saw yesterday that they’ve added a heap of new cashmere colours, I especially like the burgundy; wishing I’d waited just a little longer to make my last order!

    • jamie-lee October 18, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Glad to hear that I could be of help – I think it’s definitely good value for money, especially if you’re ordering a number of things at once

  2. Sue October 16, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    Amazing timing – I received my first Everlane order this morning courtesy of a friend who helps me with my U.S. buys. I had very high expectations for both items and confess to being not overwhelmed by one item but quite happy with the other. But based on the items I ordered – I would say they were only on a par with Uniqlo currently (no silk or cashmere in my order to compare). However, your review has been indispensable to me and I like that you kept your mind open with price points to suit different levels. I am interested in a cashmere crew and the swing trench too so despite the one underwhelming item – I still very much like the brand and it’s core merchandise.

    • jamie-lee October 16, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Out of curiosity, can I ask what you bought? If you’re looking at the silk, it’s SO much nicer than Uniqlo in my opinion. It’s a lovely brushed washed silk, not unlike Equipment, although I’d say just not as ‘luxe’. Equipment is quite long (generally speaking) so I think if you’re on the petite side then the Everlane lengths would be better suited (I’m 5’8″ for reference which would explain why I prefer mine ‘just’ a little longer). Anyway, I hope you have more luck with your next order. I’ve heard really great things about the Petra tote although with two totes at my disposal (the Cuyana and just recently.. a Celine gusset cabas…) I’m not so tempted, yet anyway! x

      • Sue October 17, 2014 / 8:12 am

        I bought the cotton lawn in the dusk shade and the fit is exactly how I like it. Loose enough but not shapeless. This gives me high hopes for any other shirts I’m interested in. And I also went for the short sleeved sweatshirt – the shade is a little more yellow than I like and I’m not sure about the “neoprene” feel to it. I will work round it though.

        • jamie-lee October 21, 2014 / 8:02 pm

          Ah.. see I like the concept of the short sleeved sweatshirt but I wasn’t sure how the fabric would hang in real life. Have you tried washing it? Might help soften the fabric up a bit

  3. Morgan October 16, 2014 / 10:04 pm

    Jamie this post is SO USEFUL. I’ve been looking at Everlane a lot lately, and given how hard they are to buy from, it’s really good to see super detailed reviews from someone whose opinion I trust!

    • jamie-lee October 16, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      So glad I could help! I’d bear in mind that the shipping might cost you anywhere from $40 – $60 USD when ordering, although if you buy via Shipito, you can actually fill out the customs forms yourself (and ask them to remove the billing invoice….); so, best if you are purchasing a number of items or doing a bulk order with a friend or two 🙂
      Let me know if you order anything! x

  4. Closet Fashionista October 17, 2014 / 12:01 am

    I love Everlane tees! I only have one of the cashmere sweaters but want more! I haven’t tried the button downs yet, since I can really only wear the sheer Equipment ones (others are too stiff and I sweat too much XD)

  5. Ella October 17, 2014 / 3:04 am

    What a detailed review, nice job! I’ve been eyeing Everlane for a while now, definitely time to purchase some of their pieces.

    xx Ella
    Ella Et Cetera

    • jamie-lee October 18, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      If you order anything, let me know how it goes!

  6. Kim October 26, 2014 / 10:13 am

    I purchased the silk blouse (rounded collar) in the blush color and had no trouble with my nude bra showing through the fabric.

    I was on the fence about the sweatshirt (currently looking for a replacement for my favorite thrifted one that is sadly falling apart after many years of service) and from your review, it seems like it will do the job.

    • jamie-lee October 26, 2014 / 1:24 pm

      I wonder if it’s the run then, as I’m not sure if you can tell, but the tags are slightly different on the two blouses. Either that or I just have the wrong coloured nude bra!

      I hope the sweatshirt works out for you – I spent quite a long time looking for something that fit the specs I was after and I was really pleased when I received it in the mail (especially at such a low price). I’m wearing the grey one here if you want to get an idea of how it looks on x

  7. Jess March 18, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I have just started watching your Youtube videos and love your series on capsule wardrobes. I have always wanted to have a silk cami but not too sure how to wear them without showing the bra straps. How did you style yours If you don’t mind me asking 🙂

    • jamie-lee March 25, 2016 / 8:59 am

      Hi Jess, thank you SO much, I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying my content and focus on wearing what you love, all the time 🙂 I went to wear mine with bras that have very thin straps. I have one from COS (which is on the outs – needs a replacement!) and one from Calvin Klein (I can’t find a link online I’m afraid!)

  8. Cheryl April 6, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Hey! Thinking about ordering one of the cashmere sweaters but I’m just wondering how much hassle they are to care for? The website says dry clean only which I get for cashmere but tends to be something I avoid if it’s an item I will wearing heaps. How do you take care of yours?

    • jamie-lee April 11, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      Hey Cheryl, they are pretty low maintenance. I tend to be able to get quite a bit of wear out of mine before it needs to be laundered, and I pop it into a delicates bag in a cold gentle machine cycle. There was a small amount of shrinkage initially but the sweater was quite loose on me so ended up becoming the perfect fit. You could also hand wash as well (which would probably help to retain the integrity of the cashmere better).

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