I never used to think of myself as a silk shirt person. Along with cashmere silk always felt like a grown-up fabric which despite being in my thirties I didn’t think I was ready for. I think the delicate nature of silk plus that dry clean only label put me off. However, I do love a button down shirt, especially for work. But I’ve never been keen on those stiff cotton ones. They remind me of school shirts and I don’t think anyone wants their clothes to remind them of their school uniform. Over the last year or two, I’ve come to realise that silk was the way to go. So when Everlane released their clean silk range it got my attention.
Silk is currently produced using toxic dyes with lots of energy waste being it can wreak havoc on the environment. Everlane has changed the way they produce their silk to reduce this. They have partnered with Bluesign®-Certified Dyehouse to eliminate toxic chemicals from the dying process. This makes the process safer for the workers and requires fewer chemicals in the water treatment stage. It’s also better for us when we are wearing the garments. As well as reducing the toxic chemicals in the dying process, Everlane has worked with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified factories to produce the garments. This means the factory is taking steps to reduce its energy usage.
This change is part of a three-phase process to clean up the entire silk supply chain. Phase two will come into effect in 2020 and involves silk grown via Regenerative Organic Farming. And the final phase is the silk being dyed and washed in 100% recycled water using 100% renewable energy by 2022.
I wasn’t initially planning to review my clean silk shirt. However, when it comes to buying pieces from the states the first thing I do is check out other bloggers reviews so why not. Especially as Everlane is now offering permanent international shipping. For us here in the UK this means we can take our time and plan our Everlane purchases. When shipping is only open for a week once or twice a year it can create a pressure buying environment which is never a good thing. Personally, I thought about the silk blouse for a couple of months before making a purchase.
I purchased the Clean Silk Relaxed Fit Shirt, I did consider the notch shirt but decided I prefer the traditional collar. I used to have a striped shirt from Zara (bought pre-slow fashion days) which I loved and wore to death (quite literally as it fell apart in the washing machine). So the stripe clean silk shirt would make the ideal replacement for that one. I’ve worn it a few times since it arrived and find it’s smart enough for work. But the relaxed fit means it doesn’t feel out of place on more casual days. It is also lovely to layer under knitwear on colder days. It feels soft against the skin and doesn’t create access bulk as cotton shirts can. So far I would say its a very versatile shirt.
Over the years I’ve picked up a few pieces from Everlane and the quality is always great especially considering the price. And this shirt is no exception. It feels soft and comfortable against the skin and doesn’t have that slippy feel that cheaper silk can have. It feels like a garment that will last for years to come. I haven’t tried to wash it yet. But have read a few other bloggers saying theirs are fine with a hand wash rather than an expensive visit to the dry cleaners. I’ve just been airing mine after each wear and it still smells fresh. But when it does need a wash I think I’ll also go down the hand wash route.
In terms of sizing, I wear a UK size 10 and went for the US size 6. I based this on the Everlane sizing guide. The fit is a little oversized on me, but the style of the shirt means it looks fine. I probably could have gotten away with sizing down to a US4 but I’m happy with the slightly oversized look. My advice when buying from Everlane is to always check the sizing guide and read the reviews.
The shirt costs $110 which works out at around £83.50 which is great value for a good quality silk shirt. But bear in mind that you have to pay taxes and shipping on top of that. Everlane works out the taxes for you before purchase so you will know the final price before you buy. This also means there won’t be any hold up at customs. I’ve always found Everlane shipping pretty quick and every order I’ve made from them arrives in around one week.
Silk Shirt – Everlane
Jeans – Boden
Boots – Joules
Photos by Claire White Photography
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