Everlane launched their new linen collection today to those on the waitlist, and I received a few pieces to review for you earlier this week. I was able to actually wear the dress and the tee, but I haven’t worn the white shirt yet, other than to take photos. I have not washed anything yet, so I don’t know how much they will shrink or change after that (I wash in cold water and hang to dry).
So, first, my thoughts on the dress: I’m wearing a size 8, which is “my size” in this dress. It stretched out quite a bit with wear, as linen does, but when I sit, it’s still quite snug on my hips, and there’s a slight gap between the third from the last button and the second. In these pictures I’m not wearing a slip underneath, and honestly, I wouldn’t generally, but it would probably be prudent. It’s not particularly transparent, but in certain lighting you can absolutely “see through” linen, and that gap is in a slightly compromising position.
Overall, the dress is just BIG on me, but not really, because it just barely fits my hips/butt. It’s actually a pretty good length on me, and I love the pockets, but it just seems to swallow me. Of course, it would look better with my platform sandals, for some height, but I’d more often wear it with my birkenstock sandals. I love the color, surprisingly, but that’s also what throws me off a little…it’s pretty, but not very subtle at all. And it’s certainly not a neutral!
I do think this is a very nice linen shirt dress, and if you’re slimmer of hip/butt than I am, I would recommend taking your true size, or sizing down, so it’s a little more streamlined. Also, on Everlane the dress looks slightly more “denim-y” than it is IRL, in my opinion, it does not look like chambray or denim at all, the indigo is much brighter in person. I know it will fade with washing though.
Here’s the linen v-neck t-shirt, in a size medium. I like it a lot, but in my eyes, this “heather gray” looks more like a brown-gray. Not a big deal, but FYI. The length is good (it will probably shrink a little with washing – my linen always does, even though I don’t dry it), and I like the deep v-neck. Here, I was wearing it with my Emerson Fry bra, which has a tube-top like silhouette, so you can see it under the v, but with a “normal” bra, it doesn’t show. The v is quite deep though, and the linen slightly transparent, so be aware. The sleeves are annoying to me; I wish they were either shorter or slightly longer, but that’s just me, and because I have flabby upper arms…
Finally…the Relaxed linen shirt. This is also a size 8 and again, if I want it to fit my hips, then that is my “normal” size. Honestly, I think it’s the right size for me, given my experience with linen shrinking, but it is slightly big/oversized. It’s a really good, easy, linen shirt, and a good price, although pretty un-remarkable honestly. It’s a good basic, but I sort of wish it had a straight hem, and was a little more tapered at waist; for a more interesting shape. But as it is, it’s great for wearing with leggings, or even for some coverage with denim shorts.
I like Everlane’s linen, I wore my long-sleeve linen shirt just last week, and linen shirts in general, but I haven’t found that linen washes well. It seems to shrink a little bit every time I wash it, or just randomly, although I love how soft linen gets over time. That’s also what happened with my Zady linen tee – it stayed looking the same for a long time and then I went to put it on and it seemed to have shrunk a couple inches in length. It doesn’t seem possible, but it absolutely doesn’t look like this on me anymore.
If you love linen, Everlane’s new collection is definitely worth a try; the price point is great and they make very good basics – I actually have the scoop neck tee and tank top in my cart to purchase.
Will you try anything? What do you think of the new linen pieces?
Just a reminder about my relationship with Everlane: Sometimes Everlane sends me pieces to review, like items that are part of big new launches, etc., which is at their discretion and never at my request. Otherwise, I purchase things from Everlane to review using credits I earn via my referral link. Everlane does not pay me for my reviews, nor do they require me to write positive reviews. When Everlane sends me items to review, all they ask is that I post about it/them on launch day and share my thoughts with you, whatever they may be.