To report the best pieces from Everlane for guys this fall is to willfully slip on a pair of (Recycled from water bottles! Made in ethical factories!) blinders to the not-so-great aspects of the direct-to-consumer retailer.
First, there’s the recent bad press around its newest store in Williamsburg not stocking extended sizes. Apparently it’s because they only carry the “most popular sizes” ...which, you’d think that the others might become more popular if you allowed for potential customers to try them on? Especially since the brand doesn’t offer free return shipping online.
Then, there’s the still bizarrely damning pronouncement from Everlane’s own founder to The New Yorker in an interview that “You do not get laid in Everlane.” Not exactly a subway ad-worthy testimonial (Get 15% off your first order with code BLUEBALLS).
And finally, and I’m sure most importantly to you, dear reader, is their that PR team is literally terrible about responding to my emails. I’m still waiting on a follow-up about their recently launched “Uniform” collection (we’ll get to that) from two weeks ago. Help me help you, guys!
So, all that aside...Everlane! Modern basics! Minimalist aesthetic! Transparent pricing! Great!
Honestly, I’m not trying to add to the company’s recent pile-on. If only because there’s plenty of virtue-signaling DTC brands out there that deserve at least as big a side eye from rightfully skeptical consumers. Moreover, I recognize my privilege here. I fit into the standard range of sizing and own several Everlane items from both sides of the store. It’s just that when your whole thing is “disrupting” traditional retail, then you’ve gotta do things not just different but better.
Bottom line? If the Everlane aesthetic fits your vibe, and the clothes fit your body (not too tall, not too big, not too small), great. If not, brands like Bonobos, Target, and ASOS offer more options for the big and tall guy, while retailers like Peter Manning cater specifically to a not-so-tall guy. If you want to see picks from them, let me know!
All that to say, below check out the best picks from Everlane for guys this fall:
Overshirt. Shacket. Potato. Pot-ah-to. Whatever you want to call it, this in-between layer is the perfect thing for this time of year. When it’s not quite cold enough for a proper jacket, but you also don’t want to pull on an absurd amount of tops, a surprisingly hefty button-front shirt is just the ticket.
It comes in four colors, all of which are helpfully neutral and perfect for wearing over pretty much any outfit. Our team’s favorite is the green heather, which has a nice “picked this up at the army surplus store” vintage feel to it.
The Corduroy Shirt, $68
Another cozy and stylish fall layer. Wear this corduroy button-front shirt open over a T-shirt, or buttoned all the way up as a hygge-forward alternative to an oxford shirt at a casual office or on a date.
The corduroy itself is 18-wale, meaning 18 cords per inch...meaning it’s a fine wale that looks more textured than anything else (at least from far away) and won’t give off that “zhush zhush” sound as you swing your arms when you walk. Think of it as a flannel shirt with teeny-tiny bumper bowling lanes added for “visual interest.”
Everlane’s denim would be a steal at twice the price and washes up well. As already touched on, they’re not always great (read: pretty consistently terrible) about extended sizing for men and for women, so proceed with caution and keep your expectations managed if you’re shopping outside the “standard” size range.
The team at SG HQ is very down with a band collar shirt right now, and Everlane makes a good one for a decent price. While I wish they would make this style in a more year-round fabric, the linen is machine washable and looks its best a little rumpled. Wear it during these weird 80-degree fall days with dark denim or even shorts.
The Chore Jacket, $88
This bad boy is heavy enough to keep you warm when bundled over a sweater or flannel shirt and henley combo, before you’re ready to bust out your parka. It’s also stylish enough to wear right now with a pocket tee.
The Denim Jacket, $88
Are you seeing a pattern here? Everlane does outerwear well. Good prices in fits that don’t veer too wildly from one style to the next. This denim jacket is part of the brand’s new Uniform collection, comprised of 12 everyday basics with a 365-day guarantee. Do they sell them all bundled together at a slightly lower price? No. Have I suggested it to a friendly but ultimately powerless salesperson? You bet.
The slightly puffy bomber is a men’s outerwear style that’s not going out of fashion anytime soon. So if you have yet to jump on this light jacket trend, consider doing it with the style priced under Everlane’s “Choose What You Pay” model. You can take up to 30% off for a grand total of $69 (nice).
Grade-A Cashmere Crew, $130
Other than hot apple cider and college football, the return of cashmere sweaters is the best part of fall. Everlane’s is Grade-A cashmere sourced from Inner Mongolia, using long, fine fibers for sweaters that are durable, pill less, and get progressively softer with wear. You could go with a navy or grey, but consider the mustardy yellow “brass” color for a particularly fall feel.