Elizabeth & Clarke The Unstainable Workwear Collection Review – May 2016
Elizabeth & Clarke is a clothing company that makes quality, affordable, and fashionable pieces for women! They have a quarterly subscription for women’s tops (you can see our reviews of it here), and they recently launched their beautiful new line of Unstainable Workwear. Elizabeth & Clarke graciously sent me their Unstainable Workwear Collection to show you, our readers!
They started their Unstainable venture with their Unstainable Shirt line, which was so successful that it was clear they had discovered a significant need for women’s clothing and workwear. Elizabeth & Clarke’s founder, Melanie, says “from there, it was a natural extension to [women’s] suiting.”
They have a Kickstarter to help fund production of the collection right now, which has reached its funding goal to be produced, and their stretch goals include more colors and larger sizes, which is fantastic! Their campaign ends Friday, June 2nd so be sure to pledge now to get your Unstainable items! The Unstainable Collection will also be available for pre-order later in June.
The Unstainable aspect to the clothing is a special treatment that makes the material hydrophobic and everything like wine, water, condiments, food, sweat, etc. just rolls right off! They also have developed and integrated a SweatProof fabric system into this line, as well. You can learn more by checking out the information they provide here.
I also want to mention that every piece you’re about to see is machine washable. No dry cleaning needed!
This collection was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
I actually previously won a contest that they hosted, and as a prize they flew me and a few other women to New York in March to film their new Kickstarter with them! You can read all about my trip here and watch the finished commercial here.
Here’s a look at the pieces in their workwear collection, which contains a dress, pencil skirt, blazer, and pant:
I’m starting things off with my favorite piece in the collection: The Unstainable Dress the James, in Navy. This piece is stunning. It’s extremely well-constructed, polished, and beautifully designed. I adore the netting detail at the neckline and the bottom of the skirt, which add a touch of edge without taking away any amount of professionalism or class.
Yes, the James even has pockets! It’s obvious this dress makes a fantastic workwear piece, but it would also be perfect for any number of occasions.
The fit is so flattering and it’s definitely comfortable to wear. This dress has the SweatProof technology integrated into the inside of the dress, too.
It looks amazing from all angles, and the zipper works very smoothly.
Next is the Unstainable Blazer the Grant, in Charcoal. It’s made with a little motorcycle inspiration – the shoulders have a vegan leather accent, an asymmetrical design, and v cut-outs at the cuffs. (FYI in this shot, the blazer is paired with Elizabeth & Clarke’s Shannon top and a dark wash jean – it looks great dressed down, too.)
Here’s a look at the Grant zipped up. You can see a bit of the leather accent on the shoulder here. The sleeves are a great length and the asymmetrical style is well-proportioned and hides the zipper.
(In this shot, it’s paired with Elizabeth & Clarke’s Unstainable Arden top and their Unstainable Pant the Banks, both featured later in this article.)
The jacket has a shorter cut in the back, as well as pockets! The Grant also has a SweatProof lining, which I can attest works very well – it was sweltering outside when I snapped these photos.
Here is the Unstainable Skirt the Roberts in Navy, paired with an Unstainable Arden top in Heather Grey (which isn’t part of their new collection, but is one of their Unstainable shirt line, featured and available for purchase here). This skirt has the SweatProof lining, which keeps you cool and comfortable and feels very soft.
The design is flattering and features a vegan leather accent panel that adds a little edge but keeps it classy.
Of course, the Roberts has pockets, too!
And lastly, here is Elizabeth & Clarke’s Unstainable Pant the Banks in black (styled with the Unstainable Arden also seen above). The great thing about these pants (other than the unstainable factor) is that they have an adjustable length! The hem is able to be snapped up along the inside to create different lengths.
For their commercial, Elizabeth & Clarke had me, a 5’11” girl, wear these pants next to a 5’1” girl, also wearing these pants, to show how the Banks can work for any height – no need to worry about finding extra-long or petite sizing.
The Verdict: I know this is a rave review of Elizabeth & Clarke’s Unstainable Workwear Collection, but that’s because I am genuinely impressed with the design, quality, and functionality of each piece. When I met with them in New York to film their commercial and saw their Unstainable collection in person, I knew they had created some really great pieces.
I feel that this collection fills a need in women’s suiting and workwear – in their Kickstarter commercial, Melanie (the founder) points out that they wanted to make pieces that were designed specifically for professional women, which is so needed in a world where so much of women’s workwear is “sized-down men’s suiting.”
There were many things we talked about while filming that didn’t actually end up in their finished commercial. One thing I loved speaking with the Elizabeth & Clarke team and the other women there about about was what it’s like to be a working woman and the struggles and obstacles working women (and women in general) face that men just don’t experience. One of those things is difficulty finding suiting that is flattering, stylish, and functional. We talked about how it can be hard to be taken seriously as a working woman, and that our workwear wardrobe can definitely help or hurt that. In the commercial, one of the girls says, “it’s really distracting to be focused on my outfit [and all the things wrong with/uncomfortable about it] when I should be focusing on my job.” They also had us film anecdotes about hilarious and unfortunate workwear wardrobe mishaps (spills, popping buttons, ill-fit issues, etc – all things that you don’t have to worry about when wearing this collection), but those didn’t make the cut into the final commercial, either.
I feel proud supporting Elizabeth & Clarke and their Unstainable Collection – I definitely feel like a revolution in working women’s wardrobes is needed. I had a blast meeting with the inspiring and hard-working women behind Elizabeth & Clarke and talking all things fashion, working, and subscription boxes with the sweet and intelligent ladies I got to film with.
Head over to Elizabeth & Clarke’s Kickstarter to get your own Unstainable Collection! Their campaign ends Friday, June 3rd.