Brand I like: Alex Mill

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I haven’t been buying from or posting to Everlane lately because of this unfortunate business, which I really hope resolves itself soon, because I appreciate what they do well, and trying to find another brand that mines the same reasonably-priced-classic-style vein has been challenging. But I do think Alex Mill gets a whole lot right, and as a whole their clothes are chicer and more forward than Everlane’s, while still being deeply wearable.  This jacket gives off serious Nili Lotan vibes, but at a fraction of the price.

This utility jumpsuit comes in a lot of good colors that are well worth checking out, but I like this crisp white.

Just a good basic striped tee with a nice neckline.

An easy popover will cool dropped shoulders and military-ish pockets. It, too, comes in lots of colors: I’m also a fan of this blue.

Wearing a blazer doesn’t feel like the most intuitive thing in the world right now, but this one is so pleasingly slouchy that I could totally see throwing it on for the afternoon dog walk.

A sweet top with the just-right amount of flounciness.

And finally: these sunglasses are part of a collab between Alex Mill and Warby Parker, and I really dig the blue lenses.

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48 Thoughts on Brand I like: Alex Mill
    marnie
    21 May 2020
    9:11am

    Hello, I love your site! Thank you for the heads up on Everlane! As a fellow Canadian who loves Alex Mill I wanted to mention that you can purchase some of their items on Net-a-Porter. xx

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      MeezStephanie
      22 May 2020
      8:20am

      Oh! I never look there. Many thanks!

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        shanti
        24 May 2020
        11:28am

        Thanks for the heads up! Does anyone know how Alex Mill sizing runs. I am on the shorter side (around 5’1″) and usually a size 0 or 2

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    Ramonaquimby
    20 May 2020
    6:39pm

    Oh wow. Well I’ve never been an Everlane fan and find their quality overall to be lacking.

    I assumed Everlane, along with a few other brands (mango for one) were an advertiser and that’s why it got all the love it did here and other blogs.

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    Caryn
    20 May 2020
    2:27pm

    I have the jumpsuit in gray, and I LOVE it! It is not nearly as cropped as it appears in the photo. I am 5’4″ and it hits just above my ankle.

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      Rachel
      20 May 2020
      6:53pm

      Hi Caryn! I’m really eyeing that jumpsuit. Not sure if I should go with the XS or S. Any thoughts on fit? Thanks! Rachel

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        Caryn
        21 May 2020
        7:28am

        Rachel, I got it in a size S. I typically am a S on top and a size 26 or 27 in pants, if that helps!

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          Rachel
          21 May 2020
          9:31am

          Caryn, that’s super helpful. I think I’m going to pull the trigger!

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    lorea
    20 May 2020
    2:16pm

    I will never support a company that union-busts. Never. Also, there are multiple reports of people having issues with returns, dating back to before the pandemic. This discussion board offers a small selection of negative reviews. https://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/everlane.com

    On a MUCH happier note, I’ve repeatedly found favorite items at this UK site: hush-uk.com. Sizing is often a little big so definitely read the reviews, but generally pieces are washable and the cuts and quality are really good.

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      MeezStephanie
      20 May 2020
      2:21pm

      I’m so sad to read this. I’ve only had terrific experiences with Everlane, as a customer. They sent me free jeans as an apology for sending me the wrong ones and let me keep both! They refunded a backpack that ripped (without asking for it to be returned). Maybe there’s been a management change? Sucks, either way.

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        Trina from Midwest
        21 May 2020
        7:50am

        I’ve bought stuff from Everlane, so it made me feel better to donate to the employee’s GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/everlane-customer-support-employee-relief-fund) account. Thank you for the heads up.

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    Mimi
    20 May 2020
    4:24pm

    I ordered this classic vest, which is supposed to arrive Friday. I do crave a good menswear piece now and then and I felt it had great Annie Hall potential.
    https://www.alexmill.com/collections/womens-jackets-outerwear/products/boy-vest-in-indigo-dyed-cotton-linen-stripe
    It had been sold out for a long time but became available in S so I grabbed it. I’m usually an XS so I’ll know more about how TTS the brand is after I get it. Their customer service so far has been very good. They even gave me the welcome 15% discount retroactively when I asked for it.
    I never liked Everlane. So much of their stuff looked unflattering on the models that I figured there was no chance they’d look good on me.
    A round of applause for Everything is Fine becoming a weekly event. Happy news!

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    Hanna
    20 May 2020
    1:24pm

    I love the look of Alex Mill, but Everlane has always been more accommodating to my shortness issues.

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    Liz
    21 May 2020
    7:04am

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I’ve been loving your podcast and really looking forward to hearing you and Tally on a weekly basis.

    Also want to say a big “thank you” for stepping away from Everlane. I’ve been shopping there for years and was so disgusted by their union busting. You’ve always seemed like the really “cool girl” on this blog, but it’s nice to know that you are the principled cool girl we all want to hang out with.

    Stay well!

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    Francine
    20 May 2020
    12:49pm

    I just don’t get the hype on Everlane at all. So very bland. But it’s captured the under 30’s I think because Gap/JCrew was what their mom’s wore and every generation needs their own thing.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    20 May 2020
    12:08pm

    I’ve loved the Alex Mill vibe since I first spotted the beanies at Christine’s shop, Ganeaux. They do the popover thing so well! I want to believe that they can become my new J Crew. We’ll see…

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      Tahe Z
      21 May 2020
      3:33pm

      Mamavalveeta03, me, too. J Crew has been my go-to for so long. I signed up for Alex Mill emails after Kim posted about something of theirs and so dig their style, along with Jenni Kayne which is, unfortunately, a wee bit out of my price range.

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    Kathleen
    20 May 2020
    11:59am

    I’d also love to know more about their sizing. I’m thin on top (less on the bottom) but have a long arms and torso. Any comments about sleeve length, overall fit, etc., would be super helpful. I’ve been eyeing a white button down shirt there but am not sure whether to go for a small or medium.

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      Erika
      20 May 2020
      12:08pm

      I have a similar shape. I generally wear a 12 and I wear a large in the popover top, although if I wanted it to be more fitted I could get away with a medium

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      Mamavalveeta03
      20 May 2020
      12:10pm

      I’ve only purchased a tee and a beanie, so far, but the v-neck tee was HUGE! And I’m not a small woman.

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        Kimbersam
        20 May 2020
        12:27pm

        Every year, the sizing of woman’s clothing gets wonkier and wonkier. I just received a sweatshirt from a luxury, athleisure brand that I ordered in an XL because I wanted to wear it w/ lycra shorts (look-was supposed to = Huge top, Tight bottom). However, the XL sweatshirt that showed up at my house is an oversized s/m, at best……..ARG!

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    Erika
    20 May 2020
    12:06pm

    I love Alex Mill too and pretty sure I discovered it here, so thank you. I have the popover blouse in 2 colors (blue and hickory) and LOVE them. The sunglasses are a good find. Thanks for posting!

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    D.Morgendorffer
    20 May 2020
    11:46am

    Before the pandemic, I had meant to order a red dress from Community Clothing as my birthday fashion treat this month. I’m holding off on making an overseas order on a non-necessity. However, if anyone is interested in investigating for the mental file for better times, here’s the about us section for Community Clothing: https://communityclothing.co.uk/pages/about-us Their customer service is in the top two whizz bang fast in response time for me (the other being Zingerman’s). Not trying to take away from the Alex Mill love here–just thought others might find this British brand interesting to investigate/watch.

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      lorea
      20 May 2020
      2:31pm

      Wow, thank you for this link!! They look great!

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      c.w.
      20 May 2020
      1:16pm

      Community Clothing has some terrific looking lambswool sweaters and great long sleeved tees. Very promising. Thank you for the link, D.Morgendorffer!

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      Heather
      20 May 2020
      11:57am

      Ooh, I love their Cord Jean Skirt! Thanks for the rec.

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    Katrina
    20 May 2020
    11:26am

    I too have stayed away from Everlane this year. There have been reports on their questionable HR practices since January, but things came to a head at the start of the Covid crisis in March.
    I’ve been intrigued by Alex Mill and ordered a few things from their sale just to see if I like their stuff. For what they are, though, the pricing seems high to me? They seem to be about 20-30% more expensive than Madewell, and judging from the photos, I’m not sure there’s a huge difference in quality to justify that? I guess I’ll see once I receive my order.

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      MK
      23 May 2020
      5:56pm

      Hi Katrina, I’ve found the quality of my Alex Mill pieces to be much higher than comparable Madewell pieces. I have a couple of sweaters and two button-front shirts and they’ve held up so well.

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    Sam
    20 May 2020
    11:27am

    How is the sizing with Alex Mill? With staying home most of the time, I’ve avoided ordering any clothing items that I haven’t been sure would fit. But they do have some tempting items…

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    Meez Stephanie
    20 May 2020
    11:28am

    GRR, I want Alex Mill clothes so badly but we can’t get them in Canada. Nordstrom used to carry a limited amount but now we have Nordstrom.ca and Alex Mill isn’t there 🙁

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      lorea
      20 May 2020
      2:05pm

      The fact that Nordstrom, while struggling financially, would suddenly drastically limit its shopping options for Canadian customers makes no sense whatsoever. Boneheaded. I have a $250 Nordie’s gift certificate and now I can’t find a single thing on their Canadian site that I want. Well, I guess that works in their favor, come to think of it….

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        MeezStephanie
        20 May 2020
        2:23pm

        Ugh. That sucks. They do have a lot of Madewell, thou? And Beauty stuff. Good luck!

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          lorea
          20 May 2020
          4:40pm

          Madewell ships to Canada, their CS is great and I own an embarrassing amount of it. Fingers crossed that J.Crew’s bankruptcy doesn’t change their shipping policies!

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        Mary
        21 May 2020
        8:39am

        I adore Nordstrom so much and really appreciate the new Canadian site. It’s disappointing we’re no longer able to access the U.S site though – much better selection as usual! But luckily, I’m also a huge fan of The Bay.

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          Viajera
          21 May 2020
          5:09pm

          I’m a Nordys fan too. They are always so nice. Are we sure that we couldn’t just call a Washington store and have someone bring up items on their next trip north … when the evil virus has abated? It can’t hurt to ask … (can it?)(hmm…) It’s easy for me to say though bc I usually don’t manage to shop in-season, and therefore, I’m usually not in a hurry, either. Maybe they would send the items by St. Bernard, but, the dog would still have to go through customs so there’s that. We love you, Canadian neighbors! (too much coffee today???)

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    patricia blaettler
    20 May 2020
    10:59am

    I’d love to see a discussion about jumpsuits/coveralls. I’m so drawn to them, but I’m 63 and I’m not a garage mechanic. Also, I’m petite so that’s an extra challenge thrown in there. I’ve been coveting the coverall shown above, but I just cannot pull the trigger.
    Discuss?

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      Mouse
      21 May 2020
      8:50am

      I just cannot get past the peeing issue–way too complicated, not to mention chilly on the upper body. 🙂

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      c.w.
      20 May 2020
      1:11pm

      Also not a garage mechanic (but wish I knew more about cars). 68 and 5’2″ on the slimmer side. I have a pair of coveralls from Everlane that I’ve never worn because of bulk and can’t get tailored because of the pandemic. I also have a pair of linen blend overalls from Target that are awesome. The Universal Thread brand. They have a string tie waist that I tie in back which pulls them in a bit so there isn’t that overwhelming bulk in the middle. I wear them with either sandals or vans and a white tee and consider myself dressed. I don’t think age really factors into it––I think it’s more about how you feel in them. My fear was that I would look like Benjamin Button dressed in a onesie. I don’t. At least I think I don’t.

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      amywindycity
      20 May 2020
      11:44am

      I’m 51 and 5’3″, and different versions of coveralls are such a terrific part of my wardrobe! “Dressed up” with a cardigan and spiffy earrings…good coverage everywhere… I think it’s worth a try!

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      Meez Stephanie
      20 May 2020
      11:27am

      I second this. I want some overalls but don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard.

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        Viajera
        21 May 2020
        5:12pm

        These regional differences are super-fascinating. I have never once thought of overalls as trying too hard … but, that is bc I am sooo far out of it that to me, they are still just overalls. Funny.

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        Caryn
        20 May 2020
        2:38pm

        I think the trick to avoid looking like you are trying to hard is to only “do” one trendy piece in an outfit. For example, I probably wouldn’t wear Tevas with my utility jumpsuit because those are also having a “moment” right now. (And because I was an early adopter of Tevas in the early 90s when they first came out, and just can’t go there again!)

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        Kimbersam
        20 May 2020
        12:44pm

        Same. Not short, but 54. I bought a cropped, very oversize denim pair a few weeks ago and they are just hanging in my closet….unworn…

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    HickfromStyx
    20 May 2020
    10:40am

    There’s this unfortunate business, too.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookerobertsislam/2020/03/30/the-true-cost-of-brands-not-paying-for-orders-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

    It’s hard to imagine the triple threat in Bangladesh right now: unpaid contracts leading to job losses and factory closures, Covid-19’s devastating impact in a nation with widespread poverty, and now a cyclone.

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    Rae
    20 May 2020
    10:43am

    I agree with your comparison of the two brands Kim. I own quite a bit of Everlane and the items are great “supporting players.” I have three Alex Mill items and they can make an outfit — basics but with enough design consideration to standout. Everlane has been like 90’s Gap while Alex Mill is peak J.Crew. I do wish the labor protests during this pandemic got as much media coverage as the protests against stay-home orders. I won’t touch Everlane unless they make big changes.

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    Suju
    20 May 2020
    10:24am

    I love Alex Mill. Own a blouse and scarf from there and love both and constantly covet most things on their site.

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    D
    20 May 2020
    9:55am

    I’ve unfortunately not been a fan of the fit or quality of their clothes, but they are very stylish.

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    c.w.
    20 May 2020
    9:50am

    Love the dropped shoulders on the tee! Also loving the military jacket. Hummm….

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