everlane denim review: #DamnGoodDenim

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Everlane has been a brand that has intrigued me for quite a while. Their line of clothing, shoes, and bags are meticulously thought out in terms of design, quality, cost, and ethical production. Their mission is “Radical Transparency,” which means they work with factories around the world to produce their goods while ensuring employees are treated well and compensated fairly and the manufacturing process has a minimal carbon footprint. In addition, you can find the cost breakdown of what goes into making a particular product (materials, transportation, labor, etc.) and how much each item is marked up.

The style of Everlane is minimalistic with simple, classic designs and hues, which serve the purpose to remain closet staples season after season. Recently, Everlane released its first denim line. According to the brand, its taken them a couple years to create denim, because they were tackling the issue of ethical production. Now, the LEED-certified factory that produces their denim recycles 98% of all water, runs on 45% alternative energy, and uses the innovative technology to greatly minimize waste while creating a quality jean. With that, they claim to have created #DamnGoodDenim…good for the environment AND good on you. Always on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans, I purchased two pairs immediately. I’m here to share my thorough review.

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Styles/Colors/Lengths: There are three styles available: High-Rise Skinny, Mid-Rise Skinny, and Modern Boyfriend. The jeans come in four washes including Dark Indigo (inky blue with gold thread), Bone (natural white), Mid-Blue, and Stay Black (shown here). Each pair comes in regular or ankle length. I purchased two high-rise, ankle skinnies in Dark Indigo and Stay Black.

Fabric: The jeans are made of premium Japanese denim, which is thicker and has a hint of stretch, unlike its designer counterparts. With only a bit of stretch, each pair held their shape well with continuous hours of wear.

Fit: The High-Rise Skinny is a true high-waisted jean that comes to the navel, which is perfect to pair with cropped tops or to tuck a tee into without it looking too sloppy. Because of the density of the denim, it’s not the most comfortable pair of jeans I own, however, they will easily withstand multiple wears and washes season after season.

Cost: $68. Yes, EVERY. SINGLE. PAIR.

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Top: Zara Cropped tank: Boutique Jeans: Everlane Oxfords: Louise et Cie

Final thoughts: I like my #DamnGoodDenim. They fit well and look good. The only thing I would change would be to make the leg openings slightly slimmer to give a more streamline look. The washes don’t have any whiskering or distressing, which make them very classic and versatile. Stay Black is true black that can be worn casually with Converse and a band tee or slightly dressed up as I did here. Also, the price is reasonable given the quality of the denim. My next purchase will definitely be the Mid-Rise Skinny. You can find their denim here, along with all their other amazing items. The brick-and-mortar stores are located in San Francisco and New York. Recently, there have been pop-up shops in select Nordstroms across the US.

Have you tried anything from Everlane? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What makes a pair of jeans “perfect” to you?

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P.S. I was feeling particularly boyish this day. I’m loving my menswear-inspired outfit, especially these patent leather oxfords (linked above).


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