Elizabeth & Clarke Review - Spring 2015 - 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 $15. (US$)
What’s in it? Designer-quality blouses and tees delivered every 3 months, at the beginning of the season.
Elizabeth & Clarke is a clothing subscription service that sends designer-quality tops to your door every season. They are called "perfect basics" because the tops are all made of quality fabrics, in neutral colours. The styles are fashion forward and appropriate for any lifestyle. Click here for all my Elizabeth & Clarke reviews.
Elizabeth & Clarke is a quarterly service that sends products each season, in March, June, September, and December. Order cut off is the first day of the month prior (February, August, July, and November). For recurring subscribers, billing for the next season is done two weeks after the previous season ships. It's a bit complicated but... the Spring Collection shipped March 1st, and the Summer Collection billed March 15th. The Summer Collection ships June 1st, and the Fall Collection bills June 15th. They bill so far in advance because the shirts are made to order. Make sure you check the FAQ before subscribing so you understand all the terms and important dates.
here. I only do the one shirt per season plan, so I opted for the Shannon (far right). I wanted something suitable for work and The Shannon seemed to suit my style the most.
In addition to a shirt from the Spring 2015 Collection, I also ordered a shirt from the Winter 2014 Collection. If you recall, last season I received a shirt I didn't want. I meant to order The Swan, a cream knit sweater with elbow patches. I ended up with The Williams, a black asymmetrical long sleeve shirt. It was my mistake, and I ended up loving The Williams, so it wasn't a huge deal. Luckily, Elizabeth & Clarke often has extra stock from past seasons. If you are looking for a shirt from a previous collection, just e-mail with the style and size you need and if it's available, they will add it on to your next shipment. This is how I ended up with The Swan.
The Swan and The Shannon
I really like this top. The double layer of fabric eliminates the sheerness that crepe de chine normally has, so it's work appropriate. I was concerned that the V-neck would be quite low, but it's perfect. This is a size 12 and it fits me perfectly, with no pulling across the chest. My only complaint is that the knife pleats are only folded and not stitched into place, so they come loose near the bottom. I'm not sure how they will fare after cleaning.
Well, this sweater is very soft, and I love the elbow patches, but I don't love how it hangs. It's kind of shapeless and boxy, even with my curves, so it does nothing for my body. The fit is okay, but I wish it was a bit longer in the front.
The Summer Collection, shipping June 1st, is up and available for purchase until May 1st. The Summer Collection includes three new shirts, plus the usual two from the Forever Collection. From Left to Right:
The Kelly is our first foray into color! The beautiful blush rose hue of this top is feminine, elegant, and on-trend. Do a quick turn to the back, and the structure and geometric lines of an upward and downward-facing V shape give this top an unexpected twist. The entire garment is double-layered, and so it is absolutely opaque. Simple but with very special details, you can dress the Kelly up or down for any occasion.
color: blush rose, fabric: 100% Crepe de Chine, care: machine-washable, dryer-safe
The Emilia - Just in time for summer, this lightweight and incredibly soft 100% linen blouse will keep you cool and chic all summer long. Perfect for the beach, pool, boating, or just a lovely outdoor brunch, you will look polished and elegant during any summer activity. Includes a double back yoke for added strength, a French-front placket for a more casual look, and bust darts and curved waist for a feminine fit.
color: white, fabric: 100% linen, care: hand wash, hang dry
The Olsen - The draping of the Olsen tee takes the art form to an entirely new level. With voluminous fabric draping on one side and an asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder design on the other, this top will engender breathless compliments wherever you go. Pair with skinny jeans for date-night, shorts for a summer picnic, or a pencil skirt for a night at the theater. Turn heads every time.
color: black, fabric: 60% modal, 35% poly, 5% spandex, care: machine-washable, dryer-safe
If I was going to order for summer, I would definitely go with The Kelly. The back detail is gorgeous and I love the blush colour. Unfortunately, I made the tough decision to cancel my subscription. I paid for my Spring box back in December when the dollar wasn't so bad. Now with it hovering in the low 80's, we have to add almost 30% onto the $45 US cost for a single shirt, bringing the cost for one shirt to about $56 CDN. Keep in mind, you do save quite a bit buy buying two or three shirts each season ($50 for two or $60 for three), but you will still have to factor in the 30% extra for the exchange rate.
Eliminate some of that exchange rate worry, using a great promo code. New subscribers can save 20% off their first order by using prom code Newsletter20 at checkout. This gives you $12 of a 3-shirt subscription, $10 off a 2-shirt subscription, or $6 off a single shirt subscription. A two-shirt subscription would be $55 (with the discount, plus shipping), or about $69 CDN with the current exchange rate. That works out to $35 CDN per shirt, which is totally reasonable.
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