If you’re not familiar with it, Elizabeth & Clarke is a shirt subscription service.
Each season they offer a small collection (three items) of shirts, and subscribers can opt for one, two or all three of the designs.
I’ve been a two shirts per season subscriber for a while, and this puts me in good company since Elizabeth & Clarke says that this is the most popular option.
About six months ago, they also raised their prices from (as low as) $20 per shirt (with the three per season plan) to $40 per shirt for the same option. Currently, the two per season price is $50 per shirt, or $100 per quarter.
With the new pricing, the quality has taken an uptick. Many of the shirts feature their Unstainable technology and are winkle-free. Both of these are huge wins in my camp.
For Fall 2017, these were the three choices: a gray sweater (the “Florence”), a sleeveless Burgundy top (“Davis”), and a sleek open black cardigan (“Sloane”).
I chose the gray sweater and the cardigan.
Burgundy is not my jam.
I was excited when the package hit my doorstep last week. Here’s a look:
Ok, this black cardigan may not look like much, but I swear the cut is almost identical to my beloved M.M. LaFleur Sant Ambroeus Jardigan (which is a jacket + cardigan). Given that the Sant Ambroeus is 4x the cost, this is a potential steal.
From Elizabeth & Clarke:
The Sloane is the best of a sleek black blazer combined with the soft, cozy knit of a cardigan.
My, that sounds familiar.
Regardless, this is a great layer for fall. I’ve already worn this a few times. Two thumbs up. This is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever received from Elizabeth & Clarke.
Next, the Florence.
From Elizabeth & Clarke:
The Florence is a cozy, yet collected glacier grey jersey knit sweater with high-quality YKK rose gold zippers as a beautiful detail.
I didn’t realize that YKK zippers were a status item.
Actually, on further reflection, I’m not sure that’s a Thing, but I do like the sweater.
The sweater was kind of hard to photograph. I think it definitely looks better with the zippers open.
And here is that designer zipper up close:
Overall, I like the Florence. The zippers are a fun detail and I love anything gray, so this will be a fresh addition to what I wear this fall.
One tiny concern is that the knit seems like it will pill quickly. This is yet to be determined but this feels like an inexpensive sweater. I don’t think it’s a classic, but for a subscription box and a seasonal piece, this fits the bill.