A balanced wardrobe is always founded on the basics, those essential workhorses which never really go out of style. So, whenever I’m looking at making a new wardrobe addition, there’s a few questions that typically come to mind; is this a classic piece? will this work with the rest of my wardrobe? can it do double duty for work and for play? and will I get my cost-per-wear from this purchase?
One of my most recent additions – which definitely fit the aforementioned criteria – is this crisp white shirt dress from Everlane. I’ve fallen head over heels for its simple cut, oversized silhouette, and the mandarin style collar, and it’s the kind of piece that I can easily see myself dressing up or down. My list of must-have wardrobe essentials has definitely grown over the last couple of years, with the shirt dress being the latest to make the cut. So.. why should you bother investing in one for your wardrobe?
it’s a layering piece
Worn on its own, or over a pair of leather leggings as a tunic, layered under a thigh length sweater, or finished off with a thick wool coat, it is the perfect transitional layering piece. I also love that you can wear it as a shirt, tucked into a pair of skirt or pair of trousers, or alternatively, as a cute skirt when worn with a chunky knit sweater belted at the waist. We’re right in the midst of one of Sydney’s famous heat waves, but as soon as it starts to cool down I’ll be wearing mine with a simple low heeled black pump and an oversized cardigan.
it can do double duty
I try to keep my wardrobe as tightly edited as possible, so anything that works for the office, and for the weekend is a winner in my books. A classic shirt dress definitely has double duty vibes, pairing nicely for the office with some simple court shoes and a blazer, or dressed down for the weekend with a pair of sneakers. I also think it makes the perfect outfit for a night out, worn with a strappy pair of heels (like I’ve got on, above – I personally love these).
Depending on how modern the cut is, a shirt dress is the kind of thing that will see you continuing to reach for it over the years. It’s been so true of all my wardrobe staples (my Helmut Lang blazer being a prime example) and longevity is something I typically look for when investing a little extra on a new wardrobe addition.
I’ve rounded up a few of my current favourites that are available online – I’m currently eyeing up the cotton twill shirt dress from Everlane in black, which would be perfect in winter worn with some tights and a black skivvy layered underneath!
Now I’m always up for a bit of healthy competition… so when Everlane turned the last month of international shipping into a competition, I was all in. I mean, the prize offered the winning country – the one with the most votes – the chance to get international shipping, for good. So, it’s with a lot of excitement that I can share the news that Australia has come out on top, and will be the third permanent shipping destination offered by Everlane *cue happy dance*.
I think you all know how smitten I’ve become with the brand over the last few years; I’ve posted my fair share of reviews and there’s few days in the week that I don’t reach for one of my beloved silk cami’s (or cashmere sweaters when it’s cold!). There’s been a lot of new styles added to the site since its humble beginnings, so for those of you still new to the site – or just not sure where to start – I thought I’d share some of my ultimate favourite picks from Everlane below.
THE HEELED CHELSEA BOOT
If I had to pick a current favourite shoe, then this would be it. Cut low across the ankle, with a solid chunky heel, and a rounded almond shaped toe, these are everything I could ever want from a chelsea boot. The leather is pretty sturdy and as with my usual experience with shoes from Everlane, they fit on the narrower side so if you have wide feet like me, wear them around the house with thick socks for a few days to help relax the leather – your feet will thank me for it!
THE CASHMERE CREW SWEATER
I don’t think that there’s been a single post about Everlane in which I haven’t mentioned their luxuriously soft cashmere sweater. Mine’s still going strong more than two years later, and it’s the kind of piece that I think has just gotten better with age.
THE TWILL ZIPPER TOTE
I’ve mentioned this one a few times before but this is my go-to bag for those mornings where I’m heading to work, and I want to take more than just the essentials with me. The cotton twill is hardy, and the leather straps show no sign of wear, even though I’ve had the bag more than six months now.
THE LONG ZIP WALLET
One of the newer additions to my wardrobe, the bright poppy red hue has been a ray of sunshine and such a departure from my usual minimal-esque colour palette. I love that this has heaps of card slots (11 at last count), plus it comfortably fits a passport, making it the perfect travelling companion.
THE SILK CAMISOLE
This is one of those wardrobe essentials that I just couldn’t live without. I picked this up in all three colours and I find myself wearing this style at least once a week – it works perfectly for the office (thankfully bare shoulders are allowed!) and also doubles up well as a more luxe lazy weekend piece.
THE HEAVYWEIGHT TEE IN STRIPE
It’s heating up here in Sydney which means I’m not reaching for the snuggly cardigans or oversized sweaters quite so often, but when I do, it’s often this striped beauty. It’s 100% cotton, but has a nice hefty weight to it, and being striped, goes with just about everything.
THE SLIDE SANDAL
My love for these slides runs deep… even if admittedly they’re aren’t quite so kind to ultra-wide feet like mine, but I’ll forgive them for that! The ‘sand’ shade has been a nice alternative to black and works really well with anything that has a hint of blush pink or red in it.
I wouldn’t blame you for saying that I’ve gone a little shoe crazy as of late, but if there’s one thing I have a soft spot for, it’s a new pair of shoes. Boot season might be over, but these heeled Chelsea boots from Everlane were too good to resist, and the classic style has me knowing that it’s going to be a shoe that I’ll be looking forward to slipping on next Fall.
While I haven’t had much opportunity to really break these in, what I can say about them is that they are incredibly well made – the leather is thick but not stiff, the heel is just the right height (not too short and not too tall), and it’s worth noting that they tend to sit on the narrower end of the scale (so for girls with wide feet like myself, thick socks FTW). I got these in US9, though I think given my wide feet, I probably could have gone up a size, so keep that in mind if you’re planning on getting a pair for yourself.
Now you all know how excited I get at the prospect – or news – that Everlane is offering international shipping, so I thought as I’d gotten a request, that I’d share some of the things currently on my wishlist…
The oversized cotton poplin shirt dress in white; I’ve had my eye on this dress for the longest time, and am looking forward to finally snapping this one up. It’s so loose, airy and floaty looking that it’ll be perfect for the weekend, but I think I could easily jazz it up with a pair of heels and a blazer to make it office appropriate too.
Twill zipper tote in black; I picked up the zipper tote in the reverse denim earlier this year, and it’s become a real staple for me. It’s such an easy grab-and-go bag, and after seeing a girl on the subway with the black one while in New York, I’ve become convinced that I need to have one of my own in my life.
The heeled oxford in camel; it might feel like summer here in Sydney (tomorrow’s forecast is sitting at a breezy 31 deg C…), but I’m all about these lace up heeled oxfords. I used to have a pair of shoes in a similar style to this back in Wellington, which were part of my every day uniform, and I think I’ve finally found a replacement in these beauties.
Premium ribbed cashmere crew in navy; Everlane’s cashmere is by far one of the stand outs for me, and I’m completely smitten with the recently launched premium range. It’s a little pricier than the crew neck sweater, but I love the ribbed detail and they seem to have nailed that perfect shade of navy.
The cashmere glove in black; I know, it’s summer and I definitely don’t need gloves just yet, but I’ve been struggling to find a pair I like in Sydney and these just sound so deliciously luxe. I have terrible blood circulation so come winter time I’m struggling to fight the chilblains which I inevitably get on my hands, and I have a feeling that these will be the key to winning that battle in 2017.
The cashmere sweatpant in black; it’ll probably come as a surprise to learn that I don’t own a single pair of sweat pants. Aside from the pair which were part of my school uniform at 11, I’ve never owned a pair, and I figured that cashmere was probably a good place to start!
The slide sandal in black; I have these in the sand already, and while they were a pain (quite literally) to break in, I wear these on the daily, even if it’s just to wander around the house. The leather has softened now to the point that they feel like a second skin, and I just love the look of the black pair – they’re basically every minimalists dream!
The cotton poplin culottes in black; as much as I love a good skirt, I’ve been on the lookout for some nice summer-ready culottes to mix things up a bit. These have my name written all over them – midi length, elasticated waistband and nice clean lines.
Are you planning on picking up anything from Everlane? x
Over the last two and a half years, I’ve been slowly filling the rails (and shelves) of my wardrobe with Everlane. By nature, I’m a creature of habit; when I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.
And when you scratch the surface, it’s kinda hard not to like Everlane. They’re basics driven, utterly and completely transparent (their Snapchat is definitely worth tuning into), and the quality is almost always on point. It’s this simple combination that has had me going back again and again, to scoop up a new launch, or a repeat of an old favourite.
So today I wanted to share an updated Everlane review; it’s been a good two and a half years since my first order, and I’ve got a fair few more thoughts to share on the sizing, and in particular the wear and tear, of what has literally become the backbone of my wardrobe. So get ready, ‘cos this is going to be a long one.
EVERLANE PIMA STRETCH TANK
I’d been on the hunt for a fitted scoop neck tank that I could wear with billowy skirts, and this looked like it would fit the bill. I went for the XS (Everlane does typically run a little large, for the most part) but unfortunately this is still a lot larger than what I was after! The fabric is slightly sheer so if I picked this up again, I’d probably go for black to be on the safe side. The XS measures 39cm underarm to underarm and is 65cm long.
EVERLANE RYAN MUSCLE TEE
My first foray into Everlane’s t-shirt range included one of their Ryan Muscle Tees (along with a couple of Ryan Tanks) in the white. Unfortunately, the quality of this didn’t quite stand up; after the first wash I got a small hole in the front of the top, and I’ve since found one at the back of the collar. This is quite sheer, an oversized boxy fit, and perhaps a style that’s better for those with broader shoulders as this covers the front of mine, just slightly. I grabbed this in a S, and it measures 52cm across the underarm and is 66cm long.
EVERLANE MUSCLE TANK
Unlike the ‘Ryan Muscle Tee’, Everlane’s Muscle Tank completely lived up to my expectations. For comparison, this is a slightly thicker fabric (making it easier to find appropriate undergarments!), and in a much more traditional cut, in that the fabric doesn’t graze the front of the shoulder. This washes really well (no holes – yay!), and is a great, breathable option for summer.
I’m planning on picking this up in a couple of other colours – the dusty pink is definitely calling out to me – as it’s a great staple piece to have for those warmer months. This is a loose fit yet not as oversized as other styles so this is one that you could pick up in either your normal size, or size down for a closer cut. I picked this up in the XS and it measures 47cm underarm to underarm and is 65cm long.
EVERLANE RYAN TANK
I picked up two these, in the charcoal and the heather grey, a couple of years ago, and they made for the perfect laid back oversized scoop neck tank. We used to live in Bondi so I’d typically throw on one of these during the weekend with a pair of shorts as we made our way down to the beach (a weekend ritual) as they are just that easy. Again, these run quite large; I got the size small in both and found that they were a little bit low cut for every day wear so do size down if you plan on getting one of these. If I recall correctly, the fabric was a rayon, so do expect to see a little bit of pilling around the bust area after a couple months of use.
EVERLANE LINEN TANK
This is probably the launch that I was most anticipating as come summertime, my most worn t-shirt is hands down the linen heather grey wee thing that I picked up from Acne Studios on sale a couple years back. I actually nabbed both the linen tank and one of the long sleeved linen tees (which no longer seems to be on the website at last glance) and couldn’t believe how comparable the quality was. These wash really well and are definitely one of the many gems that I’ve stumbled across in Everlane’s new arrivals section. I grabbed this in the heather grey not too long ago – a great all year round staple – with a high neckline and loose fit through the body, I think you can quite easily dress this one up or down. It’s a slimmer fit to most of their t-shirt/tank styles, but if you’re after a closer cut fit, then size down. I grabbed the XS and it measures 48cm underarm to underarm and is 59cm long.
EVERLANE U NECK T-SHIRT
As much as I adore my Acne linen tee, I’m not the type of girl who’ll spend her weekends wearing a loose fitting t-shirt and a pair of jeans. That being said, when I do, I almost always reach for one of Everlane’s U Neck tees. These are a medium weight cotton – the black sits on the thicker end of the scale whereas the grey feels almost tissue weight – and boxy throughout the body with a dolman sleeve and a scooped ‘u’ neckline. If you’re the type of girl who is on the busty side, you’ll probably get a little bit of cleavage with this. These remain soft after multiple washes and I haven’t noticed any pilling – yet – and I’ve had mine going on over a year now. Given I work in a more relaxed office environment, I’ll quite often throw on one of these with a fitted pencil skirt in the summertime as I loved the mixed proportions. This does run large – I have the small, which measures 57cm underarm to underarm and the extra small measures 53cm underarm to underarm. So with this style, sizing down can mean a world of difference!
EVERLANE BOYFRIEND SWEATSHIRT
I picked up two of these sweatshirts along with one of my first orders, as I was after the perfect loose-but-not-too-loose boyfriend sweater. This definitely fit the bill, and I love the fact that these are terry toweling lined as opposed to fleece as I feel that terry toweling tends to fare better over time. These are definitely susceptible to pilling and unfortunately I found it too be quite visible on the grey though barely noticeable on the black. I don’t typically tend to wear this style of top anymore, so mine’s been relegated to pajama status, but I do think that it’s cut really well otherwise. I grabbed these in the XS and they measure 49cm underarm to underarm and 50cm long.
EVERLANE STRIPED HEAVYWEIGHT TEE
I’m a huge fan of the stripe and this long sleeved mariniere is no exception. It’s a nice thick cotton, and feels reminiscent of Petit Bateau’s mariniere, at a slightly lower price point. The fit is quite boxy through the body, with small slits at the hem and fitted sleeves. Size down with this one – I grabbed the XS and it measures 48cm underarm to underarm and is 61cm long.
EVERLANE SLEEVELESS SILK TANK
An absolute staple for me, Everlane’s sleeveless silk tanks are one of the few pieces which I always made a point of including in my capsule wardrobes. These have a scoop neck, loose flowy fit and the hemline is asymmetrical – it’s shorter in the front and longer in the back, a style I find to be universally flattering. Their silk is incredible quality, and can withstand a round in the washing machine (and apparently the dryer too – but I’d avoid making this mistake, if you can!); I have a few of these and they still look incredible after a couple years of wear. I nabbed them in the size S and while they are a loose fit, these don’t look big on if you pick them up in your usual size. The small measures 44.5cm underarm to underarm, is 58cm long in the front and 74cm long in the back.
EVERLANE SILK CAMI
It tends to heat up quite a bit in Sydney during the summertime (35 deg C every day on average) so I alternate a lot between wearing Everlane’s sleeveless silk tanks, and their silk cami’s. I love that these have thin adjustable straps, and are double lined across the bust, with split/slit detail at the hem. I’ll wear these loose with a pair of jeans or trousers, or tucked into a skirt, and I love the look either way (so much so that I actually have this in three !! colours). This runs a little large so do size down – I made the mistake of going for the S when I should’ve grabbed the XS, so mine gape a little under the arms. Measures for the S are as follows; 49cm underarm to underarm and 62cm long.
EVERLANE BOXY SQUARE SILK BLOUSE
Arguably one of the more ‘fashion-forward’ styles that Everlane offers, this blouse is nothing short of beautiful. The silk is supple yet sturdy, and the shape of the blouse incredibly endearing – a boxy fit through the body with dropped shoulders and a block silk panel across the bottom of the shirt. I picked this up in the pink, and unfortunately I found that it was quite sheer through the body which makes finding something to layer underneath quite difficult, unless you have a pretty lace bra that you don’t mind having on show. This also comes in a cotton poplin which I suspect would be a little stiffer but just as nice, alternatively you could just play it safe and grab the black or the navy. Pick this up in your usual size – it’s a narrower fit through the outer shoulder. Measurements are 63cm underarm to underarm and 60cm long.
EVERLANE SILK POCKET BLOUSE
Of all the purchases I’ve made from Everlane, this is one item I’ll be steering clear of in future. The style is nice enough; collarless, with pockets at the bust, buttons down the centre, and a rounded ‘boat style’ hemline, but unfortunately it just didn’t translate well for me. I found that it ran quite small (I grabbed the size S and this was gaping at the bust on me) and the white silk was incredibly sheer and didn’t seem to be quite the same quality that I’d come to expect from the brand. I parted with this shortly after purchasing it so can’t really share sizing with you I’m afraid, but definitely not one for girls who are a little busty!
EVERLANE SILK ROUNDED COLLAR BLOUSE
The blouse that really started it all; Everlane’s rounded collar silk blouse. Touted as an affordable alternative to Equipments silk pocket blouses, it really seemed like a bit of a no brainer. My silk blouse has become a real workhorse in my wardrobe; something I reach for often in the winter and a piece that has worn so well over the years. It’s machine washable and still looks great. This is slightly loose fit, but definitely fits true to size. I grabbed this in the size small and it’s the perfect fit; it measures 49cm underarm to underarm and is 64cm long.
EVERLANE CROPPED CASHMERE SWEATER
You really can’t go wrong with Everlane’s cashmere. Their cropped cashmere sweater has fitted sleeves and a boxy fit through the body with a rounded hemline (slightly longer in the back) which is best worn loose over anything high waisted. I actually haven’t had an opportunity to wear it yet (I thought it’d look good tucked in to things but tucking doesn’t really work with this style) so jury’s still out on this one. I sized down and am glad I did as this does run on the larger end of the scale. The XS measures 51cm underarm to underarm and is 55cm long.
EVERLANE CASHMERE SWEATER
Hands down the best purchase I’ve made from Everlane so far. The quality is unparalleled for the price. The cashmere feels incredibly soft to the touch (invest in this over UNIQLO’s cheaper option – you’ll thank me later!), and the wear and tear is negligible – do expect some minor pilling after the first few wears but this can easily be removed by a fabric shaver.
Sizing wise, I’d recommend sizing down – if you’re typically a small, grab the extra-small and so on. The style is a loose fit through the body with slim fitting sleeves; for reference, the size small measures 46cm underarm to underarm and is 63cm long.
EVERLANE CHUNKY WOOL KNIT COATIGAN
Now this has unfortunately been one of the few pieces which hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations. The cut of the coatigan is spot-on perfect; slim fitting through the sleeves, not too oversized, a good length for someone my height (I’m 5’8” for reference), and the material is incredibly thick – on paper, this is the perfect coatigan to keep you toasty all winter long. One thing I have found though is that it fluffed up considerably after a couple days of wear, which softened the rib detail effect of the knit. I’ve popped mine through the wash since and I think it’s definitely helped to revive it a little (plus using a fabric shaver can help!) though typically I’ll wear this one more around the house. It’s still a great buy if you’re looking for something cosy though.
I opted to pick this up in the XS and I’m glad I did size down as it’s the perfect fit. It measures 53cm underarm to underarm and is 103cm long. The knit has a bit of stretch to it too!
EVERLANE TRENCH COAT
I’m definitely in the camp that every girl should have a crisp trench coat tucked away in their closet –aside from being extremely practical for those in-between seasons, they finish off an outfit and look incredibly sharp. Everlane’s trench really appealed to me; Burberry-esque in look, it has huge round buttons, a clip to tighten the collar around the neck and did I mention that it’s waterproof? Tried and tested! I love wearing this with the lapels folded over, tied with a bow at the waist. Perhaps the biggest downfall with this is that it isn’t lined throughout the body (just in the sleeves), and for the price, that’s definitely something that I would be looking for, though in all other respects it’s a gorgeous trench. This fits extremely large so size down one size. I grabbed the S (my mistake!) and it measures 55cm underarm to underarm and is 90cm long.
EVERLANE LINEN DOLMAN SLEEVE DRESS
If you’ve read this far, then you’re probably already aware that I’m a fan of Everlane’s linen range, and the linen t-shirt dress seemed like an easy throw on casual piece. This is definitely much more of a beach cover up than something you’d wear to run errands as the fabric is a little on the sheer side. The quality is excellent, thick and sturdy without being scratchy, with a nice loose fit through the body. This one’s a little bit on the shorter side for me so I’m giving this to a very petite girlfriend of mine. I picked this up in the XS though I think given it is a dress, you’re best to stick with your usual size. The XS measures 57cm underarm to underarm and is 86cm long.
EVERLANE GOWEAVE CROPPED TROUSERS
While I no longer work in a corporate office, I do make a point of wearing something that looks smart, and a pair of straight leg or skinny trousers are one of my go-to’s for every day. Everlane launched the GoWeave fabrication a little earlier this year, designed to be wrinkle resistant (don’t go throwing this crumpled into a suitcase as you’re gonna end up with wrinkle problems!) making them a great every day option as well as the perfect pair of work trousers to travel with. I’m not sure if it was just the pair I bought, but these run EXTREMELY large! I went for the size 4 (I’m usually a 25 in jeans) and these were a good two sizes too big. I took some snaps wearing them and actually had to pin them in the back! That being said, these are a beautiful trouser, and definitely one worth taking a second look at.
EVERLANE TWILL ZIPPER TOTE
My Cuyana leather tote has long since been my staple every day bag, but after eying this up for some time, I finally decided to pull the trigger and go for it. I love the fact that while it is a tote, it has a zip up closure meaning that all your belongings are secure. I went for the reverse denim with black leather (the black on black also looks lovely) which is a pretty neutral option and goes with most outfits. The fabric has softened up beautifully since I picked it up. The bag has a very minimal interior; one large open pocket and a smaller slip pocket on the side (which isn’t my favourite – I wish it had a zipper!). The style is quite slim and tucks in nice and close to the body.
EVERLANE MODERN SNAP BACKPACK
I picked this up for Luke ahead of our recent holiday, as a bit of an everyday adventure backpack and carry-on bag. He also went for the reverse denim option, and just like the twill zipper tote, the fabric softens up after about a week of wear. The quality is great, particularly having those little black leather touches on the snaps and zipper tab pulls, and the laptop section allows a bit of separation of your belongings too. Do keep in mind that this particular style is spot clean only – due to the leather – so not the best idea to throw into the washing machine if you get a few grass marks on it…
EVERLANE SLIDE SANDAL
Perhaps one of the most aesthetically pleasing pairs of shoes Everlane has in stock, I knew the moment I saw these that they would be right up my street. 100% Italian leather, with a low heel and thick wide strap across the foot. Two months on, I’m still trying to break these in, though they’re getting there! As a girl with wide feet, I’ve found in my experience that these are on the narrow side, so I’ve definitely had my fair share of blisters when trying to wear these for extended periods of time. The quality of the leather is excellent, something that I’ve found to be true of all of Everlane’s shoes, though in this instance, very stiff at first. I’m still hopeful that they’re going to soften over time so crossing fingers that I can report back sometime in the future with a positive result. These fit true to size, I went for the US9 and I’m typically always an EU40.
EVERLANE STREET SANDAL
In complete contrast are the street sandals, which are comfortable straight off the bat – I wouldn’t doubt that you could buy these and spend a day walking around the city with no blisters. The design is a little more unusual, at least of any sandal I’ve seen, with a pointed toe, two straps across the foot and an elasticated strap around the heel. They have a contrasting white foamy sole which feels little bit like stepping on marshmallows. The leather on these does seem to be a little more delicate and scratch a little more easily than the other styles I own. These fit true to size – I opted for the US9.
EVERLANE STREET SHOE
This is basically a luxurious take on the slip on sneaker, but with the modern update of a pointed toe. Like the street sandal, these have that same contrasting sole which I think works really well with this style. These are super comfortable again, though they run on the narrow side so do size up half a size. I grabbed the US9 though should have opted for the US9.5.
EVERLANE MODERN LOAFER
Six years ago, I used to be the girl who wore heels everywhere; flats just weren’t part of my footwear arsenal and at the time, that didn’t seem to bother me. That was, until, I bought a pair of loafers. For me, the loafer is such a wardrobe staple and one which I think can so easily be dressed up or down. I took the plunge and picked these up last year when Everlane offered international shipping, as I wanted to have the option of returning them in case the sizing was completely off. I grabbed the US9, though these are a narrow fit and I highly recommend sizing up half a size as trust me when I say you’ll be doing your feet a huge favour. That being said, it took about six wears for the leather to soften up to the point that they’ve molded to the shape of my feet. The leather is thick, durable, and of high quality, though one thing you will notice is that you’ll get some creasing across the toe with wear. I’ve been eyeing these up in the blush and chestnut variations for a bit more of a feminine vibe.
EVERLANE MODERN BABO
When it comes to functionality, I think the modern babo takes the cake; the back panel of the shoe can be worn up, like an ankle boot, or tucked under the heel, like a slip on shoe. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like these anywhere near as much as I do though these have stepped into play as one of my everyday shoes on regular rotation for the cooler months. The leather is extremely supple, perhaps the softest of all six pairs, making these a comfortable wear straight from the box. Again, like the loafer, you can expect to get a bit of creasing across the toe though I think with most shoes of this style, that’s pretty normal. These are a very near dupe for Acne’s amina flats, though at a much more affordable price point.
EVERLANE E1 ANKLE BOOT
Aside from how obviously aesthetically pleasing these are to look at, these are such a practical and comfortable boot. There’s the curved detail of the heel, a rounded toe, zip up closure on the inner side of the leg and the supple grain leather. Of the entire E1 capsule collection, the boots stuck out to me the most, and I haven’t once regretted adding these to my shoe-drobe. These run true to size – I went with the US9.5 but in hindsight definitely should have picked up the US9!
So, there you have it. Going on almost three years worth of purchases – sight unseen I might add – and the majority of what I’ve picked up has turned out to be a winner, which again, is a huge part of the reason why I keep going back to Everlane.
If you’re interested in seeing how these pieces translate in real life, I’ve done a full review video on my YouTube which you can check out here, though I’ll warn you now, it’s a long one.
I’m currently eying up their new poplin dresses, which look right up my street for Spring, and I’d also love to get my hands on more than a few things currently in their ‘coming soon’ section. If there’s anything else that you think is worth a second look, please do let me know in the comments below! x
If there’s one thing that I can’t help but buy in spades, it’s a great pair of shoes. Some girls love their bags, others love to see a closet bursting full of clothing, but me, I’m alllll about that fancy footwork. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when Everlane sent me a few pairs of shoes from their #ElevateSummer range to test out and review, and of course I wasn’t going to let the fact that it’s actually winter here in Australia stop me from literally taking these shoes to the streets.
If you’re keen to actually see the aforementioned shoes in motion, I have filmed a review and lookbook video which you can watch on my YouTube channel here. Alternatively, read on down below for my thoughts and sizing guidelines!
THE SUMMER SLIDE*
These summer slides were love at first sight. From the warm butterscotch hue of the leather, right down to the minimal design and quality leather, they were everything I had anticipated, and then some. Perfect for summer, they’re easy to slip on with a sweet sun dress or some denim, and as subtle as this little detail may be, I find that the low heel helps to elevate even the simplest of outfits.
Sizing wise, these fit true to size. I’m an EU40 and opted for the US9. When it comes to wearing them in however, take. your. time. I made the mistake of wearing these during my 1.5 hour trek to and from work, and came home with blisters that were on the verge of bleeding. In a way, the leather reminds me of Everlane’s modern loafer, which took a good six wears or so to properly break in, keeping in mind that I have a relatively wide foot. If you have more patience than I clearly do, I’d recommend popping on a couple pairs of thick socks and wearing them around the house to help stretch out the leather. Your feet will thank me for it!
THE STREET SANDAL*
In contrast to the slide sandal, the street sandals were comfortable right off the bat; it’s the kind of shoe you could buy last minute for an upcoming summer holiday, and come away without a blister in sight.
Unlike most sandals of this type that I’ve seen lately, the street sandal has a pointed toe, and a contrasting white sole which feels a little like walking on a cloud (or leaping across giant marshmallows…!). An elasticated band wraps around the back of the ankle, keeping your feet firmly in place. Personally, I love the juxtaposition of wearing these with a feminine dress, although they also look cute with other summer staples like a good pair of denim shorts. Perhaps my only complaints about these sandals is that the leather strap which crosses the foot (closest to your leg) doesn’t lie flat against the skin and the leather can be a little delicate, so you just need to watch for scratches.
If you’re looking to pick up a pair, these run true to size; the US9 is best for those whose insoles typically measures 26cm long.
THE STREET SHOE*
I’d be surprised if you weren’t familiar with Everlane’s street shoe by now; it’s a deliciously luxurious take on your typical slide sneaker, with a modern edge. As with the street sandal, it features a contrasting lightweight sole which is a dream to walk on, and a slightly pointed toe. I’d best describe the leather as shiny matte in appearance – unlike anything I’ve ever come across before.
These are incredibly easy to slip on, and are the type of shoe that effortlessly go with anything in your wardrobe. Perhaps the narrowest pair of the lot, I’d say size up half a size, and wear some thick socks to stretch the leather out a little. I received mine in size US9, and they’re a little on the tight side, though I’m hoping with a bit of perseverance that I’ll be able to make them work.
THE MODERN BABO*
To give it to you straigh, this was the one pair that I was the least certain about. Being so unlike anything that I would normally reach for, I didn’t even know where to begin when it came to styling these, and wasn’t sure that they would work with my closet. But I’m all for experimenting, and the concept of being able to wear the shoe one of two ways really appealed to me (plus they’re in a similar vein to Acne Studio’s amina slipper, which was reason enough).
Of all four pairs of shoes, the Babo has the softest leather – it’s buttery and smooth, and has a lot of give. You can either wear it with the heel tucked under the foot, or pulled up like a boot, essentially giving you two different looks for the price of one. I haven’t experimented with these as much as I’d like to, but I like the idea of wearing them as a boot with tights for the office during the cooler months.
The Babo are a wider fit that any of the other shoes from Everlane that I’ve tried, though they do fit true to size (again, I went with the EU40). The sole is quite slippery, so if you’re planning on wearing these on a rainy day (like I will be), I’d highly recommend considering getting them resoled (or TOPY soled) to give the shoe a little bit of extra grip. Oh, and be prepared to have a couple plasters handy as I found that I got some very mild blisters at the base of the toe, where the leather creases as you walk.
While it probably goes without saying, each pair has the hallmarks of great quality, something that I really look for in a new pair of shoes; they need to be able to go the distance, and still look good at the end of it. One thing that is clearly evident is how much care and detail has gone into the development of each style, and while the price isn’t quite as easy to swallow as a $18 loose fitting tee, Everlane’s shoes are definitely worth the investment.