Elizabeth & Clarke Women’s Workwear Review + Coupon – Fall 2018


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elizabeth and clarke gray fall box

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.

elizabeth and clarke unboxing

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 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.

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

elizabeth and clarke all fall items reviewed

About Elizabeth & Clarke Women’s Machine-Washable Workwear Subscription Box

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 US.

Coupon: Use code CMSA10 to save 10% 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 US. Shipping to Canada is $15, and international shipping incurs a $25 shipping surcharge.

Elizabeth & Clarke Cute Fall Sweaters & Blouses Collection Review

elizabeth and clarke invoice

Here’s the invoice for the tops in the box. I’m usually between a size 6-8 (so, medium, basically) on top and a 36B. I’ve got relatively broad shoulders and hips to match, which can impact how things fit (especially at the hem). I’m also just 5′ 3″ if that helps you understand where and how things fall on me.

elizabeth and clarke fall info card

elizabeth and clarke fall collection

This card introduces each of the pieces in the fall collection.

elizabeth and clarke evergreen ruffle blouse

elizabeth and clarke green ruffle shirt

elizabeth and clarke sleeveless green blouse

The Norcross, Size 6

This is the first look in the box and my favorite by far. I love the deep emerald color of this top, and I find the ruffle front cute and fun. It’s the kind of thing that’ll look cute under the big nubbly black cardigan that I start throwing over tops this time of year. The top is made of 100% Unstainable vegan silk, which makes it comfy, polished-looking, and best of all, machine washable!!!

elizabeth and clarke cream sweater

elizabeth and clarke pointed collar on sweater

elizabeth and clarke slit cuff on sweater

The Whitmore, Size 6

I love how soft and cozy this ivory sweater is. It’s fitted but doesn’t have the stuffy feeling that some tighter sweaters can have. It’s made from 100% viscose, which, in my experience, is wonderfully soft and breathable, too. I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the open, semi-belled-out cuffs, nor the asymmetrical neckline. I think sometimes Elizabeth & Clarke does more than it has to in order to make its pieces stand out. I think just the neckline or the cuffs would’ve been enough to set this machine washable sweater apart.

elizabeth and clarke light brown sweater

elizabeth and clarke cable knit sweater

elizabeth and clarke back draping detail on sweater

elizabeth and clarke green elastic sweater detail

The Vera, Size 6

I wanted to love this sweater, but again, I think Elizabeth & Clarke just threw some quirky accents into this piece that don’t really work together as intended. The machine-washable sweater is a combination of 50% viscose, 28% polyester, and 22% nylon—not quite as soft as the last look, in my opinion, but it’s still pretty snuggly. The color is my favorite hue for sweaters. It’s that pale, heathered, barley-brown color that has kind of a rustic vibe. But the back detail—a big drape that’s tacked to the body of the sweater via a wide strip of emerald elastic—just feels a little odd. The elastic strip has such a different aesthetic (it’s crisp, utilitarian, sleek, and bright) than the rest of this sweater that it seems out of place. If there was another emerald detail elsewhere on the sweater, it might have a bit more context. But as it is, I’m just sort of confused by it. It almost looks like someone stuck some colorful tape on the side of the sweater by accident 🙁

The Verdict: I love that everything I got this month was machine washable. And everything fit me nicely and was made from great quality, comfortable fabric. But the styles weren’t quite my thing. The green top was awesome, but the two sweaters felt just a little too “trendy” to me. I think that part of Elizabeth & Clarke’s mission is to deliver unique pieces so that you don’t feel like you’re dressing the same as everyone else at the office. But sometimes, the personality that they inject into the looks is a little beyond what feels right for my wardrobe.

To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The next box will be the fall collection, but you can still shop some of the blouses I got here!

Coupon – Use coupon code CMSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $120.00, which means each shirt costs $40.00.

Check out all of our Elizabeth & Clarke Reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

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What do you think about these Fall 2018 picks from Elizabeth & Clarke?

Written by 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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29 Comments

  1. I love, love, love the cream sweater!!! I’m 5’2″ with a regular torso but short arms. I wore it to a French restaurant and had no problems eating properly. The panels just hang down from my wrist at the slit rather than be in the way. If I need to wash my hands, I just fold them up twice. It comes back down without any stretching or fold lines – no indication at all that I’d actually “lived in” this sweater. I wish they had more sweaters like rather than weird strips like the green one on brown in this review, or the Winter Box’s pageant style white on navy.

  2. Also, just wanted to note that you can exchange shirts you don’t like….so I’m not that upset that I forget to skip. They have a few shirts in their archive that I wish I owned, and soon I will! Their CS is super nice and efficient too.

    I love this box and hope it keeps going/evolving/improving!

  3. I meant to skip this box because of the sweaters (I generally don’t like them on myself), but I do love the green blouse.
    At the risk of being a nosey/rude internet person, I might ask them for a different size for yourself for the green blouse. I feel like it’s bunching up too much and if another size would fix that you should go for it!

  4. I’m clearly the oddball out here, but I absolutely ADORE the Vera; it’s my favorite item in the box! I think the back details are interesting and without them the sweater would be a sweater you could buy in any mall in America. One of the best things about E&C is that their pieces are unique, striking, and sometimes a little unusual. Love the wrap/drape detailing on it and love the green strap!

  5. I wish this brand had petite sizes.

  6. The Vera is a bit confusing…kind of like a mullet….business in the front, party in the back 😉

  7. What happens if you cut off that tape nonsense? Does it just flop open? Maybe a good tailor could remove it and sew it closed. I love the white sweater, I’d just end up rolling the sleeves or have them tailored shorter and closed.

  8. I love my fall box, and that is after skipping the spring and summer boxes. I wore the green top already and love the color. For the other 2, I’m just waiting for the cooler temperature.

    For the cream top, it actually fit me great, even on the arm length, as it meant to be slightly longer with the slit. The only thing I would wish that it come in a darker color than the cream, as knowing me, would simply spill something on it and cream is a little bland.

    When I tried on the last sweater, I admit I wasn’t sure how the green ribbon would look. I do not have the green tape feel, and after a few minutes, it actually grow on me.

    One other thing, I am not sure if it is my monitor screen, or the lighting in the picture, everything seems to be much brighter. I thought my sweater is a little darker tone, and don’t recall the green stand out that much.

  9. I get lots of compliments from E&C and get most when they are the same sort of thing as the green blouse, and this one got the most compliments yet. It’s not cold enough for sweaters here yet but I’m anxiously awaiting the chance to wear them – I totally get the issue with the green strip but once I got used to it, I actually like it. My only issue is that I need a 10 to fit over my bust but on the sweaters it’s a little too big in the waist and adds bulk.

  10. I think the white sweater looks beautiful on you, maybe it will take a little more getting used to, but it looks fantastic and as someone who is not a big fan of the asymmetrical phase, I really do love that neckline in you. I agree with the last sweater. I was totally loving it and then when I saw the back, I literally asked myself “why doesn’t she have painters tape on the back”? Ugh, way to ruin a beautiful piece!!!

    • Aw, thank you Katie! Folks are being so positive about the sweaters that maybe I need to give ’em a few wears to get used to them… I’m not so sure about the brown one, but maybe the cream one will end up being a fave. It is definitely comfortable!

  11. What is “Vegan silk” made out of then??? Is this a fancy term for polyester?

    • That’s what I’m thinking. Vegan silk is the new vegan leather. lol

  12. Just my opinions…the green top if it fit better is nice. The white sweater’s sleeves are not practical. I imagine they would always be in the way. I wash my hands a lot and they would be a soggy mess. And that big piece of blue painter’s tape on the back of the last sweater is so out of place.

    • Bell sleeves and overly long, flared sleeves can be cute if done right but aren’t very practical. I’ve avoided the trend as much as possible but did just get a dress with bell sleeves, and they are so hard to clean or eat in. I’m hoping once the cold shoulder and bell sleeve trends and ruffle front trends die down we can get a trend for pockets in everything or age-defying fabric in skin flattering colors (which is apparently a thing now, collagen infused.) =^.^=

  13. I disagree on the cream sweater, it is so perfect on you & the sleeves are gorgeous!!! Very classy & sophisticated, and isn’t that what work wear is supposed to convey?!

  14. I skipped this box as well because I just didn’t love anything. And the green elastic is definitely an attempt at edgy gone awry. A fuzzy cable sweater is just too soft for such a hard detail. And I say that as a lover of unexpected details. That said, their shirts are great and many are in my regular work rotation. All three summer shirts were fantastic. I ordered the winter box, but fall didn’t do it for me.

  15. I love the white sweater on you I think it is very flattering, though I do agree the sleeves are a bit much, perhaps you can have them tailored up? The brown one from the front is nice but I agree the tealish strip just makes it look …. well… like you had a rip and only had colored duct tape to hold it together lol. I know you love the emerald top and the color and neckline and shoulders are great on you but the middle looks a bit frumpy and the bottom a bit ill fitted, perhaps better tucked into a pencil skirt or pants?
    Aaaarrrgggghhh I feel like I am being so critical I am so sorry. Usually you look so amazing in the clothes you model. These just felt more like misses, almost like the brand is trying too hard to be ultra trendy or something.
    As always a great review you are adorable!

    • Thank you so much, DawnS! These styles are definitely a bit more unusual. Good call on the tailoring, too. I’ve never had someone shorten the sleeves on a knit, but this is a good a time as any to try!

  16. I have had this sub for 4 years and this is the second box I skip. I skipped last fall too. I do not like the sweater with the green tape, that leaves 2, if the other 2 are both made of unattainable fabric, I would still get the box. But only one is unstainable so that is why I skipped. I knew the white sweater will have long sleeves and I am 5’3”. Also I get a size 10 because I think a lot of their pull over designs I have a hard time pulling over my head even though I am generally a size 8. I changed to size 8 one time and had a hard time taking the shirts off.

  17. If you wore the Vera out in public, I bet people would try to be helpful by pulling the green tape off of your sweater.

    • Ha! …Ugh…this random turquoise strap is sewn in like that and supposed to be there??! No function or fashion with that one.

  18. I actually ADORE the white sweater!! If I was a size M, I’d gladly take it off of your hands!

  19. That elastic thing looks like KT Tape. Weird.

    It’s not you; it’s them.

    • That was my first thought, as well. Such an odd design choice.

      Thanks for the excellent review, Anna!

    • My first thought was KT Tape, too. haha! I’d ask the person wearing it what sort of injury the sweater was recovering from, and shouldn’t it be have another strip to aid its recovery.

  20. I got this box and I like all the shirts. But I’m a pretty “loud” person and like weird clothes. I do agree E&C go over-the-top sometimes. Like the white sweater is definitely too much. I would’ve been so happy with simple sleeves…instant classic look. Or while I love the green on the last sweater, a lot of people are confused by it and rightfully so.

    I wear E&C tops a lot but I do wish they would do their gorgeous white blouses from time to time and stick with classics with a twist instead of just twists 😊

    • Agreed – one of the first boxes I got was all white blouses and though they had some quirky qualities to them, I feel like they were more head-turning than head-scratching! “Classics with a twist” is the perfect wording for what I’ve loved most from this box. I hope they continue in that direction! Thanks for your comment, Ks 🙂

  21. Totally agree with this review! The emerald top is beautiful. I’m also trying to like the bell-sleeve top more, but it’s the length of the sleeves that I can’t quite reconcile.

    That said, I’m so excited for December’s suiting that I can hardly stand it!

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