Elizabeth & Clarke Review - Spring 2014 - Clothing Subscription Box + PROMO CODE



  
What is it? Elizabeth & Clarke 
How Much? $60 per quarter for 3 shirts, $50 per quarter for 2 shirts, $30 per quarter for 1 shirt. Shipping to Canada is $15. 
What’s in it?  Designer-quality blouses and tees delivered every 3 months, at the beginning of the season.

I signed up for my first Elizabeth & Clarke box in January. I was really apprehensive about how the tops would fit so I opted for the Starter Box which includes one shirt of my choosing.


The box shipped February 20th and arrived March 3rd. The single shirt shipment comes in a flat, rectangle box. The shirt was packaged very well, inside a sealed plastic pouch. It was then wrapped carefully in tissue.


The Spring Collection included The Arden, The Hutton, and The White. They also had The Taylor and The Liz Lemon, both part of the Forever Collection. I opted for The White.

For The White, we began with incredibly soft, silky, and durable Crepe de Chine fabric as a foundation for this classic button down. Then we added a covered placket in the front and a single reverse gather in the back for subtle sophistication. The White will be your Perfect White Shirt for years to come.

I am "busty" so I always size up on shirts so they fit across the chest without pulling or gaping. Very few shirts, especially button downs, are made with the large chested in mind. When I first pulled the shirt out, I was really impressed. It's well constructed and the fabric is really nice. However, the shirt is huge. It's tunic length on me, and I'm not a short person. Sizing up was a mistake, but my proper size would have been too small across the chest. The front buttons are spaced too far apart so there is major gaping all down the front whenever I moved my arms, exposing my bra and skin underneath. The photo below has an example.


While Elizabeth & Clarke offers free returns and exchanges for US customers, they don't extend the same courtesy to Canadians. Since I only paid $30 for this shirt, it is not worth my while to spend money on shipping to return it for a refund. I might take it into a tailor to see what can be done about the size and button gaping. It really is a nice shirt; it's just another case of clothes not being made well for large busted women.

My first Elizabeth & Clarke experience wasn't the best, but that hasn't put me off their service. The Summer Collection has been released, and while none of the shirts strike my fancy, I am very interested in The Taylor from the Forever Collection. I figured I would try again, but opt for a smaller size next time.

Have you tried Elizabeth & Clarke?

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  1. haven't tried this but have the same problem as you and don't think i would use a subscription like this.

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  2. I got the same shirt, and it is loose on me but doesn't gap like yours. I'm not sure how I feel about its length as it will be "bunchy" when I tuck it into a skirt. It is a pretty shirt though, and well made.

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    1. I found the photos they used were a bit deceptive. Tucked in, the shirt looks more crisp and tailored, not flowy and boxy like it is. And the tunic length completely confounds me.

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  3. I got three shirts: the Arden, the Taylor, and the White. I'm still writing my review but the White was also HUGE on me. I'm a small person and went with their size guide which is at least a full size off IMO. The Taylor is much like the White, but not as long. Very baggy around my torso, but I am also afraid that if I size down it won't fit my bust. If you decide on the Taylor, I hope it fits you!

    I also had the button gap on all three shirts. I don't know if adding buttons closer together would help, because in my experience that only happens to me when the shirt is sewn to a taller body shape than me (5 feet).

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    1. I followed the size guide as well then went up one size to be sure it would fit the bust. Huge mistake. Could have gone 2 sizes smaller!

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  4. I received all three too, and I found the Arden was much more fitted to my body than the other two (in a good way). Seems a bit strange, considering the same measurements were used for all three.

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  5. I usually have the same problem with button up shirts...what I usually do is just sew on a couple snap button in between the regular buttons. I'd live to try E&C out in the summer or fall...hopefully the shirts will work out!

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