Everlane mid-rise skinny in mid-blue | $68
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen all the hype around Everlane’s new denim; $68, three styles, and water-friendly. Andrea has a review of them, and lots of people received pairs to try out ahead of launch (I did not…maybe they’re finally tired of my brutally honest reviews?), and they had a few try-on events recently, so there are already quite a few mostly positive reviews floating around.
To be honest, as soon as I saw the styles, washes, etc., I was incredibly underwhelmed. And disappointed that there wasn’t a 100% cotton option. I mean…c’mon. That said, you know how I am with Everlane – I ALWAYS have to try – so I ordered a pair: the mid-rise skinny ankle in mid blue, size 29, which is my “normal” denim size.
I don’t need any new jeans, and I don’t want any new jeans, so I just chose a pair I thought would be interesting. Sadly, I don’t have high hopes for fit on me, since I have terrible luck with Everlane’s pants, but I’m always willing to try.
Everlane high-rise skinny in dark indigo | $68
Everlane boyfriend in black | $68
I am also impressed with the sustainable credentials of the denim as a result of the factory in which it is manufactured (Saitex in Vietnam). Denim is an incredibly water-intensive industry, and this factory uses more efficient washing machines and recycles 98% of their water. They’re also LEED certified, which basically means that the factory buildings are resource efficient.
I appreciate Everlane’s commitment to sustainability in this way, but the jeans are so “meh.” I mean…not at all interesting or even appealing. Take that with a grain of salt though – I have been “over” skinny jeans for years, and any denim with stretch since I started buying 100% denim again. Most consumers still love their stretchy jeans though, and hopefully these will be an excellent more sustainable option for those of you who do.
So, who ordered a pair? Did anyone already try a pair? What do you think of Everlane’s denim?
*edited to add : I just found this via the Cut – the denim styled on different staffers…
lol! just chiming in to say that your reviews are SO appreciated for being brutally honest. i wish other bloggers would take a cue from you – i don’t really trust any of them.
i totally agree that i am done with the skinny silhouette (although the brass ponte pants have remained a personal favorite). i may have considered ordering the boyfriend jeans in black but they sold out too quickly. probably for the best, as i am often underwhelmed with my purchases from everlane.
I, too, wish they had done something without stretch, although they seem to have only done a teeny amount, so not a complete deal-breaker for me. I actually need a plain pair of black jeans for work (with a tunic or long, tailored jacket they can pass for trousers) and have been waiting for these. I will try the high-waisted skinny in a 29 and a boyfriend in a 28, and see how it works. I, personnally, have never and will never purchase a hyper-distressed jean. They are very expensive (you have to pay extra for that work) and it’s just that rare DYI project I can actually handle. Besides, my body can’t work out its temperature control mind with them. She’s wearing jeans, which are heavy, so I shouldn’t need to pump up the heat, but there are lots of shreds and big holes, so the cold air is getting in in places, so she needs, heat there, whats should I do? 😉
Grechen Reiter says
lol i don’t own a lot of jeans with holes in them, but i do like distressing sometimes. but i remember a few years ago wearing a distressed pair of jeans on a flight, and swore NEVER to do that again. i was SO COLD just from the holes in my jeans!! 😉
when i said that the jeans were boring, i was referring more to the cuts, not distressing or washes – like i’d have liked to have seen a straight cut at least, something a bit more “modern” than skinny in my mind. or not so skinny skinny. something…
Ahh, I was hoping for a cut more like a classic Levi’s 501 – straight w/slight taper… too bad Levi’s waterless jeans are SO EXPENSIVE
Grechen Reiter says
yes, i was hoping for a cut like that too…
I ordered a pair of the mid-rise skinny in black. I have pretty low hopes for them fitting – I rarely find jeans that fit me. I’m on the waitlist for the boyfriend jeans (I had early access and they sold out immediately, kind of ridiculous), and hoping those will work out. I actually need the slight amount of stretch thanks to the massive difference between my waist and hips, so excited about that! But definitely don’t have high hopes. I did however appreciate that they showed models of different sizes.
I had a heck of a time deciding which to get and which size, but I ended up with the high-rise skinny in black (since I do actually need a black jean). I sized up from my normal jean size and went with the size I wear in the wide leg crop.
Yep, totally underwhelmed. I don’t do skinnies. I pretty much avoid any stretch in my jeans at this point. Even Everlane’s boyfriend cut is too skinny in the calves for me, according to their size chart, unless I want to size way up and do massive alterations to the hips and waist. Typical…this is why I’ve given up on most mainstream retail denim.
Of course, I’ve been underwhelmed by off-the-beaten path denim as well. I returned the Taylor Stitch Rosie’s I pre-ordered. They were okay, but I was expecting them to be longer, since they advertise them as cut-to-length. On me, they basically looked like kick flares already, and I’m not that tall… Other recent disappointments: Levi’s Wedgie fit (was hoping they’d fit more like vintage 501s, but on me they really didn’t — again, too tight in the thighs and calves, unless I was willing to go for a very slouchy fit in the waist and seat, which defeats the purpose of high-waisted pants); my Gamine dungarees (I tried three different sizes, and the size that *should* be perfect just…isn’t. Too low in the rise, too tight in the calves — see a pattern?). So yeah, disappointment reigns supreme, and I’m stuck in a constant cycle of denim churn. Ugh. I really should just stick to vintage 501s. Hunting them down takes *less energy* than trying to find something new.
Grechen Reiter says
uh…i feel your pain. i’m sorry to hear about the taylor stitch jeans, i thought those seemed to have promise! how were they in the calves?
i felt the same way about the wedgie jeans, they were too tight in my calves. and i got a pair of gamine dungarees into slowre in size 30 and i could NOT GET THEM ON MY LEGS.
right now the only jeans that fit me really well in the calves are my chimala jeans (the BEST BEST BEST. but they’re really slouchy -super long rise – yet, i wear them anyway), my rag & bone wicked jeans and rachel comey legion jeans. but i can’t wear the legion jeans when i’m AT ALL BLOATED. truly, i’ve figured out that i have to go for wide leg styles or straight if they’re “wide” straight. otherwise, straight is skinny on my calves.
I think I will probably try these at some point, but I have enough skinny jeans at the moment, and I only wanted the boyfriend jeans in black and they were sold out in my size. I would love a pair of skinny jeans that actually fit my calves though…I have skinny legs and really wide hips, so even the skinniest of skinny pants still bunch and bag on my calves. Even knit leggings sometimes bag on my calves, because I always have to buy to fit my hips. So I’m hoping maybe (maybe!!) these might fit my calves.
I did like that they had four fit models to look at. I have emailed Everlane several times asking for more diversity in their models, and it was nice to actually see that. And on every pair of jeans! They have included some more diverse models in their ads, but not on the actual product pages.
I am excited about this collection. I am going to try the 9in. I found one amazing style with a little stretch from madewell last season but non but the overall of the same denim this fall. It is steal compared to Madewell so I want to see how it compares. hopefully it is a tiny bit of stretch. the dark rinse will be the best one for work and once used for week-ends, casual wear.
Count me underwhelmed but bought a pair to try, too. I got the mid-rise skinny in black, 29 ankle… because the damn boyfriend in black was sold out (and as of a moment ago remained so, without a restock date which SUCKS because that seemed to be the best style, even according to Andrea’s review).
Anyway, fingers crossed they can work for me for work, as others have said. I was also counting on 100% cotton, and they even said so themselves in the facebook discussion forum, so I would LOVE to know what happened there… I am somewhat guessing the fabric will be similar to the one pair of Grana jeans I have, which were an absolute bear to get the correct size… I’m really hoping not to have to exchange these. TBD!
Grechen Reiter says
definitely better than madewell in terms of sustainability 😉 i hope they work out for you! please let us know what you think…i’d love to know how you think they compare.
We are on the same brain wave-length! I just tried on Madewell’s new stay black 9″ skinnies over the weekend, and was really impressed. I didn’t buy them because I was holding off for Everlane’s. I ordered the mid- and high-rises in black, as I only have a *very* tired old black pair from the Gap right now. The reviews on the Everlane’s were mixed, some saying to size-up and others saying to size-down so I ordered my regular size. Hoping I can exchange if needed after they arrive. I did appreciate the drop-down at the top of the page showing the denim on different models. I’ve been on the hunt for good black skinnies to fit my curvy hips, and the Madewell’s are the best fit/shape I’ve found. If the Everlane’s don’t work I’ll have to suck it up and spend the money on the Madewell’s, since at least I know I will get a good life out of them.
I kind of like the look of the midrise skinny in dark indigo. Of course, I’ve never owned a pair of Everlane pants since they haven’t had my size in the past, but I might give them a try when they’re restocked and I read some reviews.
Totally agree with the Brass Ponte Pant. I have a pair as well and I reach for that more than my jeans anymore.
Your brutal honesty is why I read this site. I love it.
I wasn’t even hyped about all the hype about jeans coming to Everlane because I’m over jeans in general. As soon as I saw the styles and cuts I just rolled my eyes. Boooorrrrriiiiinnnnggggg. It would be great to see brands get creative with more silhouette styles with jeans, but it doesn’t seem people are ready for it yet. I’m guessing most people will be happy with these styles.
It’s really funny to me how the swing back to full denim is on the move. I remember the first time I tried on jeans with elastic in them and thought: how the heck will these keep my legs safe and/or warm? I’d been waiting for the change back to full denim for a while, but now that I’m leaning away from jeans in general I’m not even all that bothered.
I was bummed they weren’t all cotton, too! Especially since their promo video says something about denim being too stretchy. 🙁
I can’t believe the boyfriend fit sold out so quick (actually I do, many of us are sick of only finding skinny jeans offered). I wanted to at least try the black boyfriend jeans, but they aren’t even wait listed, just sold out, oh well. I’m pretty sure I’m not willing to even try their skinny options as there clothing seems designed for curveless tall women with short waists and long legs (aka the exact opposite of my body). I understand you can’t please everyone, but it would be nice if they could at least continue to make their original tees which were a great dupe for JP tees (if you are reading Everlane, relaxed tees don’t have to be cropped and boxy, and longer tees don’t have to be skin tight).
So, I received mine today. I’m about an 8 these days but the 29 mid rise skinny were VERY skinny. I’m going to exchange for a 30 (when they come in on September 25th I guess), and hope for the best. Although I’m 5’6″, I have short legs (long torso), so I ordered the ankle which hit me at… my ankle. I just need to be able to zip them! Haha.
The fabric is quite nice. It’s thick and really holds up – when I tug at it there’s very little give/stretch.
Grechen Reiter says
ah, well that doesn’t bode well for me then!! i’m an 8-10 depending…we’ll see on thursday!!
I’ll be curious to hear what you think of yours Grechen. Thanks for the link love, btw 😉
These Everlane feel like no stretch and thick but soft. I would try them if you want no stretch.
I wear Madewell in a 25 skinny 9in and buy the style with the least stretch. The Everlane 9in skinny fit me at the same size but with much less stretch, in fact they feel like my vintage levis no stretch. They are like real jeans, thick but soft. I like the medium color, it is classic, timeless. The skinny leg is less tight than Madewell and I loke the length on me at 5″6 hitting my ankle. I think they are a win. More sustainable and so much cheaper. I am hodling myself back to get the dark rinse and black for the office.
Update on the mid rise skinnies in black: bought my usual size 28. And they basically were what I expected – yet another pair of jeans that don’t fit someone with a butt/hips. They got over my legs and just stopped at my hips. So I’ll be trying different sustainable denim and sticking to my not-so-sustainable denim from Hudson and AG. I don’t know why it’s such a hard thing to create clothing for people of different shapes and sizes!
Grechen Reiter says
at least you could get them up that far 😉 i couldn’t get them over my calves …..
try agolde – they have them at amour vert and shopbop – I’m going to try a pair soon – just to try. their price point is good (higher than everlane) and they have lots of sustainable credentials
This is my exact current dilemma!! What pair did you end up going with? Trying to decide whether I should try Everlane or stick to what I know about my Madewell jeans…