Goldsign Virtual high-rise jeans | size 29 (purchased in November 2014)
Zady linen shirt | use code GRECHEN15 for 15% off – gift from Zady (size medium)
Emerson Fry slides | gift from Emerson Fry spring 2015
Everlane large modern backpack | purchased with credits from Everlane
Yesterday, I wore my new linen tee from Zady all day: to my 11 AM Pure Barre class (not actually to DO class, just as a cover up), then for a quick working lunch at Panera before my Dental appointment. After all that, I came home to take a shower to change into the outfit you see here, take some photos, and then meet my husband for happy hour.
From the time I put it on in the morning until I took it off in the evening, it stretched quite a bit to look the way you see here. If I’d shown you pictures before, it would look quite different, less slouchy, shorter, and not so soft. I like it this way. Of course, that’s what happens to linen with wear, it gets super-soft and cozy. I haven’t washed it yet, but when I do, it will be in the machine on delicate cycle in cold water, and then I will hang it to dry. The label implores me to hand wash only, but I never do.
After only one wear, I will say that I like Zady’s linen tee much better than Everlane’s. I could do without the tacked sleeves and the front pocket, but they don’t exactly bother me. Zady’s tee is longer, drapier, and softer than Everlane’s. And I really didn’t like the short sleeves on Everlane’s. As far as transparency goes, Zady is quite up front on where their linen is grown (France), processed (Italy) and sewn (US) as opposed to Everlane’s simple “made in China.” Score, Zady.
Now, to the Everlane backpack. I ordered the large modern backpack in reverse denim with black leather trim last week as soon as it launched (using credits I receive via referrals to Everlane – thank you!). Immediately, I was concerned it would be much too large for me, on my 5’3″ frame. And originally, I wanted to get the smaller version of the modern zip backpack, but that one doesn’t have the laptop sleeve built in or side pockets, which were important to me.
Now that I have it, and have used it, I don’t think it’s too big at all. I carried it yesterday with everything I normally carry in my bag (wallet, two large pouches, two Baggu bags, sunglasses in a hard case, a few lip balms, mints, and hand sanitizer) along with my 13″ macbook air and an even larger hard side Moleskine notebook. My camelback water bottle is too big to fit in one of the side pockets, but I had that with me too.
I never carried it on my back as a “backpack,” preferring to carry it over my shoulder as you see in the first picture. I’m not going to lie, it’s heavy that way, heavier feeling than if I carry all that stuff in my Everlane petra tote (maybe because the weight is distributed better?), but it’s not so heavy to be uncomfortable. I’ll use it most often as a carry-on bag for traveling, since it’s nice and secure with all the zippers, and easy to get into.
I’m really pleased with the new Everlane backpack and definitely recommend it. It’s great for traveling, work/school, and everything in between. If you want to use it more as an everyday bag, the smaller size might be a lot better for you, in spite of it’s lack of laptop area and side pockets, just because it would be just a bit easier to manage. And maybe you carry your laptop in a sleeve anyway, so it wouldn’t matter so much.
As for color, I am a big fan of Everlane’s reverse denim (I have their laptop sleeve in that fabric, ironically) which is basically like a heathered gray t-shirt in heavier canvas. I thought about the black backpack, but worried about dye transfer onto white tees & tops. I think the reverse denim will hold up well too, and not look worse for the wear over time, since stains might not be as noticeable as on one of the solid colors. But as I said in a comment on my original backpack post, I think you just have to go with the color you like best and not overthink it too much. Yes, I realize how that sounds coming from me, over thinker anonymous, but seriously. Life’s too short…just enjoy your backpack 🙂
(en route to Pure Barre in the AM, via Instagram)
(leggings are the high times pants from Lululemon, mine are a year old, love these new ones)
Did anyone else get a new Everlane backpack? What do you think? What about Zady’s new linen tee?