Everlane reviews: Cotton-linen crew, denim shorts, high-rise skinny jeans with button fly

I took a short break from ordering things from Everlane until a couple of months ago, when I picked up a new sweater for the spring and summer and another pair of authentic stretch skinny jeans. I also realized that I didn’t review the pair of denim shorts I purchased last year, and now that we’re headed into summer, I felt it was appropriate to share a review of those this time, too. If you're new to Everlane and sign up for an account with my referral link, I'll earn a credit when you place your first purchase and be forever grateful for your support!

For sizing reference, I am typically a size XS/0 at J.Crew, Madewell, LOFT, Anthropologie, Gap, and Banana Republic. I wear a size 4-6 in H&M and its sister stores (depending on the item). For stores that use juniors sizing, such as Forever 21 and ModCloth, I am usually a size small. My Uniqlo size is either XS or small (again, depending on the item). Everlane includes garment measurements for each item, which I find incredibly helpful when it comes to determining the right size to buy. You can find all of my previous Everlane reviews at the end of the post. You can browse all of my clothing reviews here (mostly Everlane and Grana).

Everlane The Cotton-Linen Crew sweater in sand — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Cotton-Linen Crew (sand, size XS)

I am all about lightweight sweaters that I can pull out on chilly summer evenings or to combat the unreasonably cold air that comes out of the A/C at work. This crewneck sweater immediately caught my eye, and I ordered it in sand—a perfect spring/summer neutral. (A v-neck sweater is also available.) Since the item description mentions that it has a relaxed fit, I went with a size XS. When I first tried it on, I wished I had gotten a small instead (the arms felt short), but this sweater has loosened up so I think XS ended up being the right choice. I had forgotten how much cotton-linen blends stretch out with wear, especially in the arms. The length of the sweater is shorter than usual, so keep that in mind. It’s perfect on me since I’ve found myself gravitating more towards cropped sweaters to wear with high-rise jeans and pants. The knit is loose and could potentially show a bra, so I’ve worn it with a beige tank top underneath just to be safe. I haven’t washed it yet but am hopeful that it will hold up fine.

How I wore it: with denim shorts and in my April style sudoku

Everlane The Denim Short in vintage light blue wash — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Denim Short (vintage light blue, size 25)

I ordered these shorts when they were released last summer in a size 24 after looking at the size chart and assuming they would fit like the modern boyfriend jeans. Boy, was I wrong! I couldn’t get that size over my thighs. I returned them and reordered them in sizes 25 and 26. The size 25 fit well, so I didn’t bother trying on the 26. I wish I had tried them just to compare, but the 25 still fits me this year. (I’ve been taking size 26 in the authentic stretch jeans, for reference.) The denim is stiff and not very forgiving in the midsection, so they’re not the most comfortable to sit in for long periods of time (i.e. a road trip, which is something I tried, lol). I appreciate the longer inseam, and these shorts can be worn with or without cuffs. The hem is raw. I really like how they don’t bag out in the butt!

How I wore it: with a green top, with pink and burgundy, and with a white tee

Everlane authentic stretch high-rise skinny button fly in washed black — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Button Fly (washed black, size 26)

I fell in love with these button fly skinny jeans. Originally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the washed black colorway, but the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that washed black could look a lot like grey. (I mean…of course! Ha.) I do have grey skinny jeans already, but I’m gravitating more towards high-rises lately, so I was thrilled to find these. Unfortunately, they were sold out of my size, but I signed up for the waitlist and got emails almost every day as pairs were being returned. The pop-backs kept selling out until one day I was finally able to grab a pair!

I already have a pair of the authentic stretch high-rise skinny jeans in black (reviewed here), and I was excited to add another pair to my wardrobe. These jeans fit like a glove in size 26, and the fabric is softer than my black pair. I don’t find the button fly to be difficult to do up or undo. I ordered these in the ankle length, and on me they hit right above my ankle bone.

How I wore it: with shades of grey and black

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Authentic stretch denim vs. the original denim
Slim classic French terry crew, kick crop jeans, modern boyfriend jeans
Cashmere crew, waffle knit cashmere square crew, midrise skinny jeans (ankle)
Linen tees, cotton poplin skirt, cotton box-cut tee dress
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April Style Sudoku Recap

April Style Sudoku: 16 items, 14+ outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This style sudoku ended almost as quickly as it started! I did very little planning before the start of the sudoku on April 7th. I felt like it snuck up on me! But I it all worked out in the end. I wrapped it up last Saturday the 20th, so now it’s time for the recap. For two weeks, I wore one of 14 outfits put together with the 16 items in my sudoku above, in which every row, column, and corner is an outfit (plus the diagonals…and a couple of other places if you're feeling ambitious). If you’ve been reading since at least January, you know I love putting together style sudokus because they're an excellent opportunity for me to stretch my closet, try new combinations, and remind me how much I already own (and love!). I did not do a shopping freeze during April, but I did try to be more mindful of my clothing purchases.

After putting together a darker color palette for my January style sudoku, I was excited to bust out the lighter colors for spring. I mixed the lighter colors with dark navy and burgundy. I included two patterned items (both with blue stripes, ha) and lots of texture with a cashmere sweater, velvet flats, cotton-linen sweater, and glossy Hunter boots. I included two items that were also in my January style sudoku: the dark wash skinny jeans and the glossy Hunter boots—the latter because it rained!

For this sudoku, I only chose denim as my bottoms because that’s what I wear 4-5 days a week at least! It’s easy and comfortable. I felt most like me in the outfits featuring my green utility jacket, but I was also surprised to love the diagonal outfit featuring the tonal sweater blazer and cotton-linen sweater. I have been struggling to style the camel sweater blazer but enjoyed layering it with the items in this sudoku. I also included the navy blazer and striped button-down shirt since I also hadn’t worn those recently and wanted a bit of a challenge. Good news: I still enjoy all of these items!

I’ll be back to do this again in the summer and the one more time in the fall! It’s crazy to think I’m halfway done with my style sudokus for the year. ;)

Below you’ll find all of my outfits and where they landed on the sudoku, a widget at the end where you can shop the exact or similar items I wore, and a blank sudoku so you can make your own! Head on over to the original posts for more photos and details: outfits 1-5, outfits 6-10, and outfits 11-14. (Or you can directly click on the outfit photo you’re interested in below!)


April Style Sudoku: 4 row outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair


April Style Sudoku: 4 column outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair


April Style Sudoku: 4 corner outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair


April Style Sudoku: 2 diagonal outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair



Make your own style sudoku — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

April Style Sudoku

April 2019 style sudoku — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This year, I’m challenging myself to do a style sudoku in each season. I put together my winter version in January, and now I’m back with my spring version! Style sudokus are probably my favorite type of wardrobe remixes. They’re fun for me to put together (as I am a huge sudoku nerd) and also fun to wear. I usually end up with a new favorite outfit combination…and I also usually discover a combination that I don’t like so much, but it’s all part of the fun of it. The goal is to play around with what’s already in my closet!

A style (or wardrobe) sudoku is exactly what it sounds like if you’re familiar with sudoku the puzzle. Basically, you choose four tops, four bottoms, four pairs of shoes, and four other items (accessories, jewelry, outerwear, etc.) and arrange them in a 4x4 grid so each row, column, and corner makes a complete outfit. (You can also make outfits out of the diagonals and the inner “squares” of the two middle rows if you’re so inclined!) In my past style sudoku challenges, I shared the diagonal outfits, too, even though diagonals aren’t technically included in a real sudoku. This gives me 14 outfits total.

Striped shirts, light sweaters, blazers for spring — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This sudoku kind of snuck up on me, so even though I had a few items in mind, it was mostly thrown together this past weekend. Let’s see how that goes! ;) My color palette is slightly lighter than it was in the winter. I kept navy and blue denim as my base, then added in camel and cognac as accents along with creamy whites. The pink, burgundy, and army green give it some more color for spring. I included two patterned tops this time (and both are striped—big surprise, haha!).

My full sudoku is shown below; do you notice any repeats from winter? I tried to select mostly items that I hadn’t worn in January, but I did end up choosing my dark wash skinny jeans again because they’re a staple. I also included my Hunter boots again because, well, it’s gonna rain. Again. I selected a few items I haven’t worn in a while (navy blazer, striped shirt, burgundy hat, green jacket), an item I struggle to style (camel sweater blazer), and a new item (cotton-linen sweater). I unintentionally chose a hat as one of my four “accessories” again. My other “accessories” are a sweater blazer, a regular blazer, and the light jacket.

As I did back in January, I’ll be breaking down what I wear into three different blog posts over the next two weeks and detail what I did on each day, how the outfit worked for those activities, and the weather. And, like January, we have precipitation in the forecast… However, I included my boots in only three outfits this time, which may end up being a poor decision because it looks like we could get rain for quite a few days. Eep! I’m really hoping it all works out like it did in the winter. Fingers crossed!

Below the sudoku, you can find the details of all 16 items. I’ll be sharing a daily photo of my outfit over on Instagram stories (check out my “Style Sudoku” highlight) and then posting them here after a few days have passed.

April Style Sudoku: 16 items, 14+ outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair


Elizabeth & Clarke ‘The Laurent’ unstainable shirt / exact

Madewell high-rise skinny jeans: tulip hem edition / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Hunter original gloss chelsea boots / exact

J.Crew ‘Sophie’ open-front sweater blazer / exact


J.Crew ‘Schoolboy’ blazer / no longer available; similar from Nordstrom Rack

Madewell ‘Billie’ ankle boots / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Madewell high-rise skinny jeans / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Gap striped tee / no longer available; similar by Gap


Everlane kick crop jeans / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Banana Republic

Everlane cotton-linen crew sweater / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Everlane

Leith floppy hat / no longer available; similar from Macy’s

Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ velvet flats / exact from SSENSE


Earth ‘Bellwether’ flats / no longer available; similar by Frye

Madewell ‘Outbound’ jacket / no longer available; similar by Madewell

Everlane cashmere crew sweater / exact style

Everlane modern boyfriend jeans / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Everlane