I've seen their cool, collected, elegant, and minimalist clothing and then been instantly warded off by the price of them. I consider myself to be quite the bargain shopper and have purchased the majority of my wardrobe from various thrift shops that have 50% off the color of the day. So, needless to say, I become wary of spending money on things that don't seem like a good deal. It's hard for me to rationalize spending so much on something so seemingly simple.
I now know.
Everlane was kind enough to send me a few items from their current line, and I get it now. Everlane isn't just selling clothes, they are selling you lifelong friends. Their shirts are extremely well-made from great quality materials, and, simply put, sensory heaven. Since it arrived at my door I have lived in this short-sleeved sweater for longer than I'd like to admit. It is my new best friend. We have cried while watching Bridges of Madison County, eaten far too much Cookie Dough ice cream, and then pretended none of it ever happened. The best part of it is, I don't feel like a frump. Sweatshirts usually make me feel rather, frumpy or like a scrub but the make and fit of this short-sleeved wonder makes me still feel like a productive member of society. Best of all, I've found the one sweatshirt I will PROUDLY wear in public, which is quite a big deal if you know anything about me!
But this isn't just about their ability to make friends out of sweatshirt material, it's about their oxfords as well. This "Box Shirt" is made from cotton twill and isn't your typical shirt. The details in the making of the shirt is what really sets it apart. What may just look like another "denim-wannabe" is a horse of a different color. Indigo to be exact! This shirt fits like a dream and has a rather androgynous relaxed fit. The vibe of this shirt reads, naturally-lit coffee shop, smooth jazz, and nowhere to be! And again with the make of these things, this baby will go the distance with me.
Thanks to Everlane, I have two new friends and we're going places together (and they won't hog the armrests or insist that the song gets better after the first verse!)
Photography by BG (Morgan Nilhas)
Note from Sonny: I had mentioned that I planned on modeling and reviewing Everlane's new men's jacket. However, it didn't work out because the shape brought out my curves too much for my liking. I still think it's a wonderful garment and highly recommend it to those who like their hips or don't have any. I hope Bing's review served as a more-than adequate replacement!
Ashleigh Bingham better known as “Bing, ”creator of I Dream of Dapper, is a dapperwear Tumblr style icon. She contributed to popularizing the long-haired "queer pomp" and is known for her daring pattern mixing, complimentary rich colors, lapel pins, wild thrift finds, variety in neckwear (featured in her "50 Days of Dapper" project), & ability to write about Harry Styles. In the past, Bing has contributed to Autostraddle, and has been featured on DapperQ, S Moda, Hudson, Buzzfeed, and included in the top 10 of a national menswear online competition. With a tendency to mix fashion with satire, Bing aims to explore fashion as a tool for self-expression rather than an industry.