I received these shorts a few months ago, prior to the information that came out about Everlane’s toxic culture, which now has a subsequent NYTimes follow-up. I promised to review them, and I will. However, I’ll also discuss my view on their culture and steps moving forward at the end of this post.
While we are already in August (seriously, how?!), there are still plenty of warm days left in the season and early fall. As mentioned in my prior Easy Chino post, I’ve been slowly swapping my older (and much shorter) shorts for versions with a slightly longer inseam. I am obsessed with my easy chino shorts and wear them 3x a week – so I was interested in trying Everlane’s denim options as well, given my good experience with their authentic stretch jeans.
Today, I will be reviewing two styles that are somewhat similar: The Denim Short and The Cheeky Denim Short.
I’ll start with the classic denim short, which retail for $58 and come in a variety of colors, of which I opted for the off-white Bone wash. Of the two styles, this one has a longer inseam of 5” when unrolled, and around ~3” rolled up. I prefer to wear them rolled up, but it’s nice to have multiple options for length.
Overall these are great, especially for those looking for a longer inseam. However, I did find these to run large – you can tell they’re slightly baggy in the photos above. I got these in a Size 26 (my usual size) and they are almost 1″ too big. I washed and dried on hot to shrink slightly, but they are still a bit loose, in contrast to the tighter fit on my Size 26 authentic stretch jeans. So I’d recommend trying these in your both usual size and one size down, depending on how you like shorts to fit.
These are very similar to the regular Denim Shorts, but with a shorter inseam of 2.5”. I don’t roll these up since they’re at the exact length I’m looking for. These definitely have a more casual feel due to the raw hem and the distressed wash. Instead of a zip fly, these have a button fly which I don’t mind at all – but want to point out for those who do.
Like the other shorts, I found that these shorts run a tad big though not nearly as much. To be safe, I’d recommend trying these in your usual size and one size down as well. Aside from the sizing, I like the fit and have worn them 1 – 2x per week these past few months.
Overall, I think Everlane’s denim shorts are solid staples at a decent price point. The denim is thick and I do feel that they’ll wear well and last a long time. As a bonus, these are made in a factory that recycles most of their water usage and removes byproduct safely.
And Some Final Thoughts
Lastly, I’ll be taking a pause on Everlane reviews. As mentioned at the start, a lot has come out these past few months about their toxic work culture. In particular, anti-Black behavior stemming from the top leadership through the retail floors. Since then, they’ve made some progress – removing the very problematic Chief Creative Officer, beginning the search for a Black board member, and the CEO directly apologizing to employees. Most recently, they’ve joined the Black in Fashion Council, co-founded by Teen Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner.
That being said – I won’t judge anyone who does continue to buy their clothing. Ultimately, Everlane makes good basics, especially those that are office-appropriate, at an affordable price point that is hard to find elsewhere. Like with Reformation, for now I’d recommend taking a look at secondhand marketplaces like Poshmark for items first, before buying new.
Partnership Disclosure: Items featured in this post were gifted in partnership with Everlane. As always, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links, in which I earn a commission on purchases.