Mack Weldon 37.5 Oxford

Mack Weldon is a big men’s brand that has been out there for a while. Their SILVERKNIT Polo (our review) is one of my favorite polos, so when I saw the 37.5 Oxford, I decided to give it a try.

Material

The fabric is quite heavy and stiff, and is 60% cotton, 40% 37.5 Polyester. I found the stiffness to soften up with some washes, but the fabric still retains its crisp nature.

The care instructions for the shirt indicate “tumble dry low, do not iron”, which was interesting to me, but the shirt does come out of the dryer wrinkle-free and crisp. I normally hang my shirts to dry and steam or iron as necessary, but this shirt needs the dryer to get out all the wrinkles.

Fit & Style

The shirt is described as having a classic fit, but I would say the fit is more tailored. I found the length to work well both tucked or untucked, but in White, this is a shirt that I would probably only wear tucked in.

The weight of the fabric gives the shirt a nice crisp look. Along with the high cotton content, no one will know that you aren’t wearing a standard cotton oxford button-down (with the exception of the small Mack Weldon logo on the back along the side hem).

Performance

The 37.5 technology makes the claim of removing sweat from your body while it is still in the vapor stage, rather than wicking it once it is a liquid. This is said to help keep your core body temperature at 37.5ºC and the microclimate next to your skin at 37.5% RH. It also claims (not mentioned by Mack Weldon, but by the 37.5 technical information) to trap odors and then release them when washed.

Some of this is hard to say for sure if it’s working or not, but I didn’t ever feel moisture from sweat while wearing the shirt. Even though the underarm sweat guards, which strangely have ventilation holes that look like a drain hole, I didn’t feel warm or wet. I’m not sure why these guards are necessary with the 37.5, but they didn’t seem to hurt the performance of the shirt, other than adding some extra fabric.

As far as the odor resistance, that seems to be claimed by the 37.5 technology, I was able to get a solid two wears out of this shirt before it needed to be washed, so it seems the claims are founded.

I’ve worn this shirt in some warm conditions, but haven’t gotten to try it in the heat and humidity of the summer, so I’ll be interested to see how this technology holds up then.

When it comes to overall comfort, Mack Weldon claims “just enough stretch” which I’m guessing simply comes from how the fabric is woven. The stretch is not very noticeable, but I didn’t find the shirt to be uncomfortable.

Overall

The Mack Weldon 37.5 Oxford is a unique entry into the market. The shirt kept me dry and comfortable and allowed for at least two wears before needing to be washed. It looks crisp and doesn’t give away that it’s a performance shirt.

At the standard price point of $88 or the standard discount of 20% off, I’m on the fence on whether I would purchase it again. It’s a solid oxford shirt with a technology that seems to work, but I think the weight of the fabric could hinder the shirt’s versatility in hot weather.

Mack Weldon 37.5 Oxford

The Willary D-Fit Core Pants

Here at Everyday Wear, we are excited to announce the addition of Kimberlee to our team to expand our reach into women’s performance clothing for everyday wear!

It took me a long time to find pants that fit my smaller waist and larger hips. When I first found these D-Fit Core Pants I was struggling to find something that I liked on the market that wasn’t ultra skinny.

The Willary was started in 2016 by two women who realized women needed better pant options, one of the co-founders had worked as an intern for Outlier and then with Nike. One of the key differences over other women’s brands that make performance gear is that their clothing is designed so the wearer is always looking neat, tailored and put-together.

I received these pants as a Christmas gift back in 2016 and they have held up over the last three years, and I know I will get many more wears out of them. Also, something that is lacking in a lot of women’s clothing is pockets. These truly deliver with very deep pockets.

Material

These pants are made of Swiss-milled 4-way stretch 82% nylon/12% Micro Nylon/6% elastane fabric in the USA. The fabric is stain, water and wrinkle resistant.

If it’s a rainy day and I know I am going to be outside these are my go to pants, the water beads up and doesn’t soak through the material, even though no DWR coating is advertised.

When washed they dry very quickly which makes them great if you have to wash them while traveling.

Performance

I get a ton of use out of these pants, everything from wearing them to work or on the weekend to wearing them while traveling. I do wear these pants year round, but the fabric is thick which can make them a bit heavy for a really hot day. The cut helps them stay in place, no need to pull them up every time you move. Also, they hold their shape, no baggy knees or need to wash them to get their shape back.

If I have a long day of travel and don’t have to be super dressed up these are always my travel pant of choice. They don’t wrinkle, hold their shape, and lets be real who doesn’t love good pockets when you are traveling.

Fit and Style

These pants come in two different cuts, the D-Fit Core Pants (for curvier gals who suffer from waist gapping) and the C-Fit Core Pants (for gals with narrower hips, less in the rear and maybe more in the waist).

These fit true to size, I would recommend consulting the size chart prior to deciding which pants are best for you. It breaks down the measurements of the D & C pants. I have the D pants and the waist sits high which makes for a comfortable fit, no waist gapping and the legs fit well without being baggy.

They only come in one length (31.5” inseam) but they can easily be hemmed if needed.

One of the best design features of these pants is the pockets. There are 5 deep pockets including one on the back of the right leg that fits a cell phone.

Overall

Back in 2016 there weren’t a lot of options in this category for women and there is still a lot of room for more players. At $198 I would recommend these pants as three years later they are still in amazing condition and continue to be a wardrobe staple. They can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, which makes them a versatile piece in my closet.

The Willary D-Fit Core Pants

Revtown Sharp Jeans

Note: These jeans were provided by Revtown for review purposes.

Revtown has been around for almost two years now, but has been hitting the advertising circuit recently. I discovered the company from the Morning Brew newsletter.

Their goal is to make “Jeans that last longer, look great, and are incredibly comfortable.” I’ve been wearing the jeans for a few weeks, and I think they’ve done a great job, especially given the price point.

Material

Revtown has designed their own proprietary Italian denim they call “Decade Denim” (92% cotton, 6% polyester, 2% elastane).

They go a step further and make the denim in a clean way — 100% of waste is recycled back, dying process results in 30% less energy, 50% less water, and 70% less chemicals than typical dying techniques. Additionally, the cotton is BCI-certified, which aims to produce cotton in a cleaner, more sustainable way.

While this all adds up to some nice marketing, the fabric has to perform. In my testing, it does. The stretch of the fabric is apparent in hand, but is really noticeable while wearing the jeans.

Fit & Style

Revtown offers three styles in the Mens Jeans — “Sharp”, an everyday “slim-not-skinny” cut; “Taper”, a slim fit through the knee with a taper from knee to ankle; and “Automatic”, a straight cut with relaxed waist and thighs.

For this review, I gave the Sharp style a try. I found their description to be accurate. It was slim and modern while not being too tight anywhere. Style wise, this is exactly where I want my jeans.

To help with sizing a “Digital Tailor” is available. Taking into account your usual size, height, weight, build, and fit preferences, the tailor recommends a size. For me, that was a 35×32 (I wear 34×34 in Levi 541, and 34 or 35×32 or 34 in all my pants).

Revtown sent me both a 34 and a 35 waist, and it ended up that the 34×32 fit me better — just something to keep in mind if the Digital Tailor recommends something that doesn’t quite make sense (and they do offer free returns and exchanges).

As far as color, I got to check out both the Dark Indigo and the Washed Indigo, with the Washed Indigo being the color in the size I kept. To me, the Dark Indigo is the quintessential dark jean, while the Washed Indigo gives the jeans a slightly more causal but still sharp look (and many other washes/colors are also available).

Performance

The performance in these jeans is all about the stretch in the fabric. While wearing them, they don’t feel like jeans at all. While the stretch isn’t extreme, there is never any feeling of restriction. In the case of a heavier fabric like this, an extreme level of stretch would actually hurt the jeans because heavy, really stretchy fabrics tend to drape in a weird, baggy way.

The level of stretch is also perfect because while there is a little bit of relaxation that happens during the first wear after a wash, I didn’t find the jeans to bag out with multiple wears.

The only negative I found here is the pockets. I found them to be more shallow than many of my other pants. With my iPhone XS in my pocket, there is only about an inch of pocket above the top of the phone. When compared to my Levi 541s, there is about two inches of pocket. However, this wasn’t too much of an issue when just carrying my iPhone, but when I had my work phone in my pocket as well, I noticed some pinching/digging from the phones.

Overall

Revtown has done a great job with their Decade Denim and the Sharp cut. With the ability to choose from three cuts and even and odd waist sizing, everyone should be able to find a great fit (and they even make Women’s jeans as well).

At $79, these will be the jeans that I will recommend and are definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a comfortable and good looking pair of jeans.

Revtown Sharp Jeans

Everyday Wear 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Rather than overwhelm you with a huge gift guide list, we wanted to keep it simple and recommend a few great items to keep you or your loved ones looking great this winter.

Pants

As far as pants go, we have a long time favorite and a recent pick to highlight here. If you just want to own two pairs of pants, the Outlier Futureworks (our review) and the Ministry of Supply Kinetic Pant (our review) are the two that could cover almost every activity in your life. We’d go with lighter casual Futureworks and dark business oriented Kinetics for a perfect two pant setup.

Button-downs

For a button-down, we typically think of two scenarios — travel and normal wear.

For travel, nothing beats a merino button-down for odor resistance and ability to get multiple wears. For that, we’ve typically gone for a Wool&Prince Button Down (our review) but have recently come across the Unbound Merino Classic Button-Down (our review), which has become Ben’s favorite travel shirt.

If you’re willing to give up the odor resistance of merino, whether for travel or everyday, we love the Bluffworks Meridian Dress Shirt 2.0 (our review). Or, for something with a more classic look, the Ministry of Supply Aero Dress Shirt (our review) is also great.

Outerwear

Western Rise hit it out of the park with their AirLoft Quilted Jacket (our review). If you’re looking for a versatile technical jacket that has the style to look great in the office, look no further than this jacket.

Everyday Wear 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Ministry of Supply Kinetic Blazer

Finding a high performing, well made, and good looking blazer can be a struggle — especially when you then try pairing such a synthetic material with other pants. The Ministry of Supply Kinetic Blazer though proves to be a really interesting option.

Material

Like with the Kinetic Pant (our review), this is a 100% Primeflex® Warp-knit Japanese Polyester garment, which feels substantial in weight, but wears much lighter. As with the pants, it is incredible stretchy and comfortable. The knit look to the fabric has nice dimension to it and very low sheen.

Overall, excellent material.

Performance

Blazers like this can be hard to pull off in a synthetic material. Often they get so heavy that they perform worse than a wool counterpart. In this case though, this is easily the most comfortable blazer I have worn.

The stretch is phenomenal. The breathability is excellent as well. This jacket performs well for two reasons: the material is substantial but wears light and is stretchy, and it is rather minimal in construction.

Like the pants, it is prone to gathering lint and hair on it, but I have found it to be less of an issue on the blazer. It dries extremely fast. The biggest downside for this is the wrinkle resistance. I found that the wrinkles did not fall out as easy as they did with the pants, and I think part of this is that a blazer is much hard to pack smoothly than pants. I needed to quickly steam the jacket with an iron when I traveled to get the wrinkles to drop out of it. From there I had no issues.

Fit & Style

I found the blazer to fit me really well. Ministry notes that they include extra fabric in the sleeves so that you can lengthen them if needed — which is a nice touch. For me the jacket fit really well out of the box.

The style lends itself more casual with patch pockets and no button detailing on the cuffs. At a glance it will pass as a nice blazer, upon closer inspection it will look more casual. I think this lends itself well to being highly versatile. You won’t look like you are coming from court, nor will you look like a professor in this.

My take here, is this looks like a modern blazer made to blend well in the office and business world of today. Things are more casual now, and this jacket fits in that world quite nicely.

Overall

The closest jacket I have to compare this to is the Bluffworks Gramercy Blazer (our review and it is hard to compare. The Kinetic is more versatile and infinitely more comfortable. The fabric has a better and has a lower sheen, and looks more traditional. However the cut and style of the Gramercy leads that jacket to being able to be dressed up better, and the fabric on it is far more wrinkle and lint resistant.

That said, I would easily pick the Kinetic between the two. It’s very comfortable and I think in most settings where you would want to wear it, it will blend in better. I also think it is easier to pair with more pants than the Gramercy is.

Ministry of Supply Kinetic Blazer

Western Rise Black Friday Sale 2019

We’ve tried a few items from Western Rise, and they are consistently great. Their Black Friday sale starts today and runs through December 1st, with 20% off sitewide (no coupon necessary).

The AirLoft Quilted Jacket (our review) is excellent if you are looking for something versatile with an awesome insulation technology. It has become a staple for me. The Evolution Pant (our review) continues to stay in my rotation. The AirLight Shirt (available in short and long sleeve, our review) does a great job in the heat without being too cold in the AC.

Western Rise Black Friday Sale 2019

Ministry of Supply Kinetic Pant

This review has been a long time coming, with the Kinetic Pant being something I have had my eye on for quite a while, but never got around to testing. They always seemed too technical, or too expensive, when I compared them to every other offering out there. I recently picked up a pair and have been testing them for a little over a month — I shouldn’t have waited so long to get them.

Material

The material on these is pretty straightforward at ‘100% Primeflex® Warp-knit Japanese Polyester’. That’s entirely useless, because these pants are so much more than that. First there’s an immense amount of four way stretch in the pants, so much so that I would say you will likely not experience restricted movement because of these pants.

Next, the material is not a smooth fabric like you might expect from polyester. Instead the material as a slight knit look to it, which gives the fabric nice visual texture.


The hand feel is soft, but not smooth. And there is a very slight sheen to the entire pant, not enough to be concerned with, but it does exist. Thankfully, the pants move silently.

Performance

One word: extraordinary. These are easily the most comfortable pants I own, and not even with the caveat of them being office friendly. Just hands down the most comfortable. They have a ton of stretch which keeps them moving comfortable, but also means they sit comfortably on your waist no matter what position you find your self stuck sitting in.

In addition to that they are highly breathable, and I found them comfortable in very warm weather. From a performance standpoint there is nothing I would change about them. Add to that the clever rubber dots on the inside of the waistband, which hold a tucked in shirt in place, well thought out.

There are two performance downsides with these pants:

  1. Wrinkles do exist. They are advertised as not wrinkle resistant, but rather that wrinkles fall out quickly with your own body heat. I think that’s accurate. I found that packing them will cause creases, but that those creases are super easy to get rid of. In daily wear I did not encounter the pants getting wrinkled, even when sitting in cramped quarters with them on.
  2. Lint and hair is an issue with these. The fabric will seek out and suck in any hair and lint around you. Not so bad that they look terrible, but bad enough that it drives me nuts. And while on many of my other pants the hair will just brush off with my hand, here it sticks to the particular knit in these pants. You’ll want to have lint rollers on hand with these. This is the worst attribute of these pants.

Fit & Style

Ministry does an overall very good job at offering a wide ranges of sizes. I found the fit and style to be solid, but nothing too trendy. The cut is great, and in the past you had to have the pants hemmed as they all came very long, but now it appears Ministry is shipping them with hemmed lengths as well. This is great, and really makes these pants an easier buy.

I think the only downside on these pants from a style perspective is that the colors are a little off. While this navy color looks nice and plays well with most things, it is a stronger blue than you might want. I would love to see what the gray heather looks like in person.

Overall

So here’s the thing with these, they are really great, but have some off trade offs. For one I don’t think they dress down nearly as well as Futureworks (our review, but I do think they dress up far better than Futureworks. For me, there’s no better office pants than these Kinetic pants. They are more durable than the Velocity (our review) offering from Ministry and more comfortable than Futureworks.

However, for travel, I prefer the Futureworks as dirt and lint brushes off that fabric far better. I will also point out that the Kinetic pants do try a touch faster than Futureworks.

If you owned one pair of Futureworks and one pair of Kinetic pants, you would probably be set for every activity you pursue in life. I can tell you that these Kinetic pants have become my most worn pants to the office.

Ministry of Supply Kinetic Pant

Unbound Merino Classic Button-Down

Note: this shirt was provided for review purposes.

The merino button down market is crowded, but diverse. It spans from shirts that easily blend into the office, to shirts that you almost wonder if they are best suited for pajamas. Unbound Merino set out to create an exceptional merino wool button down that can easily be worn untucked for exploration, or tucked in for business. I’ve been testing it now for sometime, and it’s really great.

Material

The shirt is a heavy 56% merino wool, 44% organic cotton blend. I don’t have a fabric weight for it, but I will say it is as heavy as the Outlier NYCO Oxfords that I have — which was the most surprising part. I think that weight helps the looks a lot.

Overall the material looks like cotton, but is soft like nice merino can be. It’s stealth — no one will know this is anything different. Great hand feel.

Performance

The biggest question for me with this shirt was how well it would resist odors, with almost half the material being cotton. What’s surprising is that I was never able to get it to stink — even after wearing it flying twice without washing. The odor resistance is equal to that of any other merino garment which is surprising and impressive.

The next factor with this shirt is the weight, as it is heavier than any other merino button down I have. I wore it both in Houston heat, and the dry climate of Arizona — and in both settings it performed well. It wears a touch warmer than my other wool shirts, but still breathes really well.

What the weight really gains you is structure, and from a performance aspect that plays out to a shirt that wrinkles far less than a standard thin merino shirt. It will wrinkle, but when it does it typically will not look bad — still wearable.

I think the biggest performance hit is that the shirt sits trim and can restrict arm movement a bit more than I am used to at this point for performance shirting.

Fit & Style

I absolutely love the fit and style of this shirt. It’s a classic oxford button down in every way. The drape is exceptional, and the cut is very modern. It looks sharp.

Let’s first talk about the collar — which is top notch. Of all the shirts I have, the collar on this one is easily the best. Ditto the cuffs.

Where this shirt has the most trouble is when you want to go tuck it in. On my body the length of the shirt is about a half inch shorter than I would want it for tucking in. I never had issue with the shirt, I just needed to make sure to check the back of the shirt when I stood up. So you can easily pass it off tucked in if you want, but if that’s your primary use case there are better options.

This shirt is simply more casual in looks and is best worn untucked.

Overall

I’ve really come to love this shirt, and if you are someone who generally wears a button down untucked as your look — you could buy both colors of this shirt and be set for everything. It’s a very versatile and durable feeling shirt. I wish there were more color options, but that’s nitpicking.

As a travel shirt, this is probably among the best out there, and will easily be my flying go to from here forward. Great stuff.

Unbound Merino Classic Button-Down

Bluffworks Black Friday Sale 2019

It’s no secret that Bluffworks makes some great travel clothing. We’ve reviewed and continue to wear many of their pieces. Starting today, they’ve launched their Black Friday sale with up to 30% off (Men’s, Women’s).

If you’re looking for some great button-ups or polos, two of our favorites are 30% off — the Meridian 2.0 (our review) and the Piton Polo (our review). We haven’t tried it yet, but the Zenith Dress Shirt is available for 20% off.

A T-Shirt favorite, the Threshold T-Shirt (our review) is also available for 20% off.

When it comes to pants, Bluffworks has it figured out when it comes to travel pockets. For a more casual look, the Ascender Chino (our review) is available for 30% off. If you are looking for dress pants, the Gramercy Pant (our review) is $25 off, which pairs well with the Gramercy Blazer ($100 off, our review) for a nice travel suit.

Bluffworks Black Friday Sale 2019