Well. I got this Everlane tank dress much faster than I thought I would (it came on Friday) given their recent shift to FedEx. Truth be told, I wasn’t 100% convinced I needed to keep this dress when I first put it on, but the more I wore it around and looked in the mirror, the more I liked it. The length was good on me, I don’t mind the drop waist (and I can actually wear it at my natural waist also), and I love the neckline. And, I like the gray as an alternative to my all black dress collection.
But, I wore it Saturday for pizza (I know…) and of course, I got a spot of sauce on the front. I washed it in cold water and hung it to dry (as per the instructions), and when I put it on yesterday to snap some photos, I noticed it had shrunk. Not a HUGE amount, really, but enough to change the way it looks on me. Before, it was more drapey and less clingy, and just a teeny bit longer. All of which convinced me I should keep the dress. But now, it just looks like it doesn’t fit right.
I was so disappointed. And I emailed Everlane’s customer service last night with my issue. They wrote me back early this morning and had issued me a credit, explaining that the rayon will shrink and that I should order up if I want to replace it. Ok. Thanks, but I wish I’d know that before?
As usual, I’m impressed with Everlane’s customer service, and always speedy reply, but I get frustrated with their quality issues. Both the long dresses are “Ryan” style, so you’d assume they’re the same fabrication as the ryan tanks. I have four ryan tanks, and I know that if I accidentally dry them, they’ll shrink, but I haven’t noticed significant shrinkage with just water. The rayon on the dresses is heavier than the tanks, and I even think the rayon on the long sleeve dress is different than the rayon on the tank dress. All of which is sort of understandable, I know they tweaked their fabrication after their second run of ryan tees/tanks had major quality issues, and they continue to try and make improvements, but if they know that the rayon will shrink even if it’s not dried, I wish they’d made a note of it on the description of the items.
Now, I think if I want to keep my long sleeve ryan dress exactly as it is, I will dry clean it. Incidentally, I also dry clean my Eileen Fisher harem pants, which are also supposed to be machine washable, because my previous pair DID shrink in length with just water (they replaced them at no charge also).
Anyway, I did actually really like this dress; it was different, bra-friendly, and nice & drapey. I feel like the material on this dress (maybe it’s just the gray?) is lighter than the long sleeve dress – less heavy – but opaque enough that I wouldn’t wear a slip underneath. And if you’re concerned about the drop waist, I wouldn’t be, especially after it shrinks – now, it’s much easier to get to sit at my natural waist!
I’m not 100% sure I’ll re-order the dress in a large; I’m a little soured on it, frankly, but I also think that even if it DOES shrink, the armholes will be more open than I’d like.
Ugh. I still continue to be a big Everlane fan though; I’ve had a number of hits that have been well worth the misses…and I have great respect for the company and what they’re doing.
Did anyone order this dress? What did you think of it?