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Elizabeth & Clarke Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Summer 2017

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyJun 5, 2017 | 12 comments

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

Elizabeth & Clarke
3.7 overall rating
21 Ratings | 6 Reviews

Elizabeth & Clarke is a women’s clothing subscription box all about polished, cute tops. They began with the mission of perfecting and extrapolating on the idea of the plain white shirt—though you’ll now find pops of classic colors in their designs, the company is still dedicated to creating stylish essentials that are versatile, high-quality, and affordable.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

Elizabeth & Clarke only designs a limited amount of new tees, blouses, sweaters, and tops each season, so they are able to keep the prices very reasonable. Each season, you get to preview the tops and pick your favorites. There are usually three new tops and a few classic styles that return from collection to collection. They also offer an “Unstainable” collection, which is just what it sounds like—crisp, white tops made specifically to resist stains from all sorts of spills (including wine)!

Each season, you can pick the tops you’d like to receive, or leave it up to the folks at Elizabeth & Clarke to decide for you. If a size or style isn’t quite right, you can always exchange or return the item. Returns and exchanges are free in the U.S.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

Elizabeth & Clarke sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

The Subscription Box: Elizabeth & Clarke

The Cost: $60 for one shirt, $100 for two shirts ($50 per shirt), or $120 for three shirts ($40 per shirt), which are delivered once a season (once every three months). Shipping, returns, and exchanges are free in the U.S.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code CMSA25 to save 25% off your first box!

The Products: Essential, versatile shirts, sweaters, blouses, and other tops with on-trend silhouettes and detailing (many of which are stain resistant and even machine washable). Available in sizes 00-18. 

Ships to: Free shipping, returns, and exchanges in the U.S. Shipping to Canada is $15, and international shipping incurs a $25 shipping surcharge.

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Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

This is a review of Elizabeth & Clarke‘s collection for Summer 2017. I love the look of crisp white tops, but I have a hard time finding styles that fit and are worth the cost. Personally, I also like things that have a bit of personality about them—I have a style that’s a little more outside-the-ordinary. It’s hard for me to drop a lot of money on just a plain white button down that might be practical, but doesn’t feel quite like me. I often find that “essential” pieces make me feel like I’m wearing a “professional” costume rather than dressing like a more polished version of myself. Elizabeth & Clarke seems to have some pieces that are more traditional, as well as pieces with details that push them a little outside the box.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

Here are the three looks I got in my package. I’m most nervous to try the Mercer since I’m unsure whether the asymmetrical cut will look awkward or not. The other designs look awesome, though (I love the sailor-esque neckline on the Halifax). Also, I could’ve stood up and cheered when I saw that all of these pieces are machine washable and dryer safe!

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

Halifax Top (Crepe de Chine, Machine Washable/Dryer Safe)

The first top is silky smooth and has a slight translucence to its fabric. I usually wear a medium in tops and chose to receive all of these shirts in a size 6. I found that the neckline made the shoulders seem to slouch out just a little more than I would’ve liked, but it is really comfortable to wear. My shoulders are broader, so I’m used to them being squished into more tailored tops. Here, they felt much freer—I could move my arms around without restriction or feeling like something was about to tear.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

The longer sleeves weren’t my favorite at first. I’m only 5′ 3″, and my arms are on the shorter side—I often feel like half sleeves make my arms look shorter than usual. But I think, because these end just above my elbow and have a looseness to them, they aren’t too bad. The neckline is cool, too—I like the navy detail a lot and the fact that the neckline is made from several layers of folded fabric. It’s the kind of detail that I could see people looking twice at.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

The shirt is the exact same on the back. I was a little worried the deep V would show off the clasp of my bra, but it looks like we’re safe! This shirt is from the Unstainable collection, too, meaning it’s ready to resist “water-, oil-, and alcohol-based stains” according to the info card.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

Mercer Top (Crepe de Chine, Machine Washable/Dryer Safe)

I was skeptical of this top, especially seeing it waiting for me on the hanger. All of the darting and seaming necessary to make this asymmetrical silhouette work made the shirt hang in such a weird, kind of messy looking way. But putting it on, the shirt was comfortable, light, and surprisingly flattering! It’s another Unstainable style, too.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

This top is made from the same fabric as the first shirt, so it’s silky soft and just opaque.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

The shirt has just the slightest bit of stretch about it (like, very slight), so I actually shimmied into it without touching the available zipper. The longer shape didn’t get along perfectly with my curvier silhouette, but it did sit much more comfortably than I expected. I do feel like if you have a longer torso, this will be super flattering on you!

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

I don’t dislike this top since it’s so interesting and comfortable to wear. If I had one change, it might be to have the two shoulders be the same. It feels so weird to me to have a little bit more coverage tapping on my one shoulder but have the other be bare. I keep thinking the less-substantial shoulder has gotten bunched up or something and needs pulled down, haha!

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

York Top (Ponte de Roma Knit, Cupro Lining, Machine Washable/Lay Flat to Dry)

This was my favorite top in this box! The thicker, Ponte fabric (which is also Unstainable!) has just the slightest bit of stretch to it, and there’s a soft lining beneath. Again, I just shimmied into this top without using the zipper on the back. I was really happy about the length and general fit of this top, which I thought might turn out too straight to be flattering on my body. But it’s pretty effortless and doesn’t pull or hug anything too much at all.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

The best part of this top, for me, was the shoulder detailing. The tabs create a sort of a structured cap sleeve that matches the tabs along the neckline. It’s a design I’ve never seen before, and I just love how unexpected it is. It’s very professional, but I feel like there’s a tiny bit of avant-garde edge to it, too.

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

The only part of this top that I’m not so into are these tabs on the hemline. Something about them looks unfinished like they should’ve been sewn on the sides or folded up into the shirt. They also just remind me of those tabs you have to pop out of travel coffee lids…

Check out my review of the shirts in the Elizabeth and Clarke Summer 2017 Collection!

Apart from the flappy things, I liked this top so much that I wore it the same night I got it. I do improv at a local comedy theater, and I had a show to do that night. I ended up tucking the hem into my high-rise dark skinny jeans, but it looked pretty darn cute. I can attest that the Sweat-Proof cupro lining did keep me feeling way less sweaty and sticky than I thought this thicker, lined top would leave me. And after the show, a friend of mine came up and said: “I love this shirt—you look like Claire Underwood [from House of Cards]… and coming from me, that’s a really great compliment!” I’d mark this as a winner!

Verdict: I loved my first experience with Elizabeth & Clarke! The tops feel so well made, and they all have something unique about them that makes them a bit more my style than a plain button-down shirt might be. At $40 per top, they’re definitely what I’d consider expensive. But I feel like I’ll get so much more use out of these tops than a typical top I’d find at the mall. These shirts are built to be machine washed (which is huge for me), and the stain resistance is huge. So they’ll have a much longer lifespan than other shirts I’ve bought. I can’t wait for the next group!

What do you think about these Summer 2017 picks from Elizabeth & Clarke?

Elizabeth & Clarke is a women’s clothing subscription box for sizes 00 to 18 – and they specialize in just shirts and tops! They make all their styles in-house, and only do a limited amount of new designs each season. You get to preview the new tops and pick your favorites, or let Elizabeth & Clark... read more.
Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!
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12 comments

c lofo

Anyone else having sizing inconsistency and shirt-transparency issues for the past few shipments? I can see my birthmark and belly-button through my shirt… :-/

Erin

Love these tops on you! everything looks so versatile and like they would be easy to dress for work or for casual activities. The asymmetrical is my favorite on you!

Tonya

Love that first top! Has a cute sailor vibe.

I used to sub to E&C, but I couldn’t get in the zone in terms of which size would work for me. The smaller size would squeeze and pull certain body parts so that I was constantly adjusting, while one size up would be way too big. The styles were definitely cute, but they just didn’t work for my curvy body type.

Anna Reilly

Ugh, that’s such a bummer! Especially when you’re spending a solid amount on a nice top. I wonder if their sizing will evolve and get better as they continue as a business. Either way, I hope you find another source for cute tops that DO make you feel comfortable and awesome 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience, Tonya!

Wendy

Also the classic styles are the SAME shirts every season.

Wendy

It is not a bad deal if you like all 3 shirts. I have subbed for almost 3 years and I have duplicates of their original collection. When they were at $20 a shirt, I would get the box even though there is only one shirt that I really like, but now at $40 a shirt, if there is one you don’t like you still pay $100 for 2. I a man skipping fall for the first time, because the onky shirt that I think is worthwhile is the stainless one, who does not have at least one black cardigan already, plus I do not buy acrylic sweaters because they pill bad. I got this box though and I thought going forward the shirts will all be stainless, so I thought $40 a shirt is not bad, but obviously not.

Diana

That second top looks so good on you! 😊

Anna Reilly

Aw, thank you, Diana!

Ks

I’m glad I skipped this box. The styles are beautiful but don’t match my wardrobe. Can’t wait go fall collection tgough!

Monica

Idk why but I love the second top! I need to find one like it! I have a long torso and think this would actually look good on me unlike a lot of toos.

Amber

It looks like the tabs are meant to be tucked into your pants, skirt, etc to keep the shirt from rising, but to also allow it to appear “untucked”. I agree with you on the second top. The uneven sleeves are a little awkward.

Anna Reilly

Oh, that’s an interesting point, Amber. I feel like they’re a little too low to make that work, but then again, I’ll have to give it a shot! Thanks for the tip 🙂

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