Everlane has been able to carve a niche in sustainable fashion amidst the mega-fashion retailers like H&M, Zara, and Uniqlo. You could say that it’s clothing with a conscience.
Fast fashion is often frowned upon for being wasteful with an emphasis on trend chasing, and not to mention questionable manufacturing practices. That’s why I’m so excited to highlight a brand that offers minimal basics while being transparent about the entire manufacturing process.
This comprehensive Everlane review includes a try-on haul video, a little bit about Everlane, whether or not Everlane is ethical and good quality, pros and cons and finally (being 5’6″ myself) wrap things up if I think Everlane is a good fit for shorter men.
I’ll also link to 6 basic pieces from their current collection so that you can learn more about that specific product. In addition to highlighting each item, I’ll be talking about how they feel and fit.
But first let’s briefly talk about the brand and why it’s so unique.
If you want to check out my Everlane Men’s Lookbook & Try-On Haul video, hit the play button below.
EVERLANE REVIEW FOR MEN & TRY-ON HAUL
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Everlane’s mission is to provide exceptional quality through the use of ethical factories and radical transparency.
For months, each factory is vetted to ensure fair wages, reasonable hours and a clean working environment. As of early 2019, they work with over 25 factories all around the world.
At Everlane, they’re not big on the latest trends like fast fashion companies. That’s why they source high-quality materials to ensure their garments can last for years and decades to come.
What Is Radical Transparency?
Not only are they open about the specific factories where their materials are sourced, they also breakdown how much the company profits with each product and where the money they make is being spent whether that’s office overhead or future product development.
Additionally, they share the true cost of every product that they make, something not many other brands are willing to do.
Where is Everlane Based?
Based in San Francisco, California, Everlane clothing is definitely more popular among the ladies with their women’s apparel right now, however they have an ever expanding line of men’s apparel as well. In addition they carry backpacks and bags as well as premium fabric items like cashmere sweaters and knits.
This all sounds hunky-dory, but are the clothes any good?
WHAT IS EVERLANE UNIFORM?
Essentially Everlane Uniform is a complete collection of men’s style essentials and basics for your wardrobe. It consists of 12 everyday pieces and a 365-day guarantee.
Uniform is backed by this guarantee that in the unlikely event that a tee gets a hole a sweatshirt collar shrinks up or an oxford loses its color — Everlane will gladly replace it with a new one. Not bad at all.
Everlane’s Uniform collection consists of the following pieces:
- Organic Cotton Tees
- Performance Jeans
- Slim Chinos
- Denim Jacket
- Bomber Jacket
- Oxford Shirt
- Hoodies & Sweatshirts
- Boxer Briefs
EVERLANE INDIVIDUAL PRODUCT REVIEWS
Learn a little bit more about each of the individual pieces, linked in the blue box directly below. Or click on the individual product images.
- Everlane Slim Fit Jeans Review – $68
- Everlane Oxford Shirt Review – $58
- Everlane Sweatshirt Review – $45
- Everlane Cotton Bomber Jacket Review – $88
- Everlane ReNew Fleece Sweatshirt Review – $60
- Everlane Polo Shirt Review – $35
- Everlane French Terry Hoodie Review – $68
- Everlane Felted Merino Hoodie Review – $98
- Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan Review – $88
- Everlane Tread Sneaker vs Greats Royale Knit – $98
- Everlane Performance Suit & How to Style It – $296
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WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT EVERLANE
There’s a lot to love about the brand, particularly, the focus on minimalist basics and a clean/simple aesthetic. There’s no logos or branding. The silhouettes are classic yet still modern. It’s an aesthetic I’ve been leaning heavily towards these days.
Furthermore, their ‘Choose What You Pay‘ Program is a great way to quickly sell product while providing a fantastic deal. Basically there are times where they overproduce certain designs and in an effort to move overstocked items, they offer 3 tiers from 15% up to 50% off the original price.
And finally, there’s great news if you’re in the NYC or San Francisco area. There are 2 Everlane retail locations that you can visit and try-on their clothes in-store.
Is Everlane Ethical?
As far as the textile industry is concerned, there should be more brands like Everlane that are transparent about the factories they work with.
Additionally, there aren’t many brands that openly reveal the true cost of their products, which says a lot about their fair trade, ethical stance. It’s this focus on sustainability that puts them in rarified air.
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EVERLANE PROS & CONS
- Sustainable, ethical, transparent
- Relatively affordable for the quality
- Offers a minimal, modern aesthetic
- Free shipping on your first order
- Choose What You Pay Program offers tremendous sale prices
- Classic styles sure to keep you stylish for years to come
- Clothing might be too basic for some
- Only 2 retail locations in the USA, none overseas
- Have heard that some of their clothes don’t hold up over time (TBD)
MY CLOSING THOUGHTS
I mentioned sustainable clothing brands as a bonus fashion trend for 2019. Everlane is among those few brands.
Conscious clothing brands though still rare, are becoming more commonplace in an industry and culture run amok with the latest trends.
Is Everlane Good Quality?
Overall, I’m impressed with Everlane. They manage to sell at an affordable (not quite fast fashion cheap) price point for some really nice quality basics.
In terms of durability, I’m going to have to update this article in the future after, so you can check back to see how the pieces have held up over the long haul.
Is Everlane Good For Short Men?
Being a shorter guy (5’6″), I have to give my take on the fit for short men.
I’ve gotta say that I’m impressed with the fit of their clothing. Initially I was skeptical because most brands fail to cater to men under the average (American) height of 5’9.5″.
And while Everlane doesn’t specifically cater to the shorter demographic like say brands like Peter Manning NYC, Ash & Erie or Under 510, they do a pretty good job of it.
They carry some XXS sizes and some of their products have a shorter cut like the bomber jacket or example, making them perfect for guys of shorter stature.
A note: Everlane sent me the clothing in this review. These are all my thoughts and opinions based on my experience. Gentleman Within holds all control over editorial content.
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