Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt

Note: This shirt was provided by Western Rise for review purposes.

It’s winter, so that means it’s time for the flannel to come out. Western Rise has a strong contender on the market, the new TechWool Flannel Shirt. It’s designed to be an elevated flannel that can fit more parts of your life.

I’ve been testing the shirt in Black for over a month now, and I am thoroughly impressed.

Material

The TechWool fabric is a 180 gsm blend of 48% Elasterell Polyester 47%/COOLMAX polyester/5% non-mulesed wool.

The Elasterell (also called T400) is a special multicomponent polyester that has stretch. In this case, it gives the fabric some two way stretch. The COOLMAX fibers are designed to wick moisture while remaining dry to the touch.

Overall the fabric has a very natural look and drape, but in the right light, I do get a little sheen. I think this would be completely hidden in the Cloud (cream) color.

Since it is brushed on both sides, the fabric is very soft, with no scratchiness from the wool, even without an undershirt. Think of your favorite soft classic flannel, but in a much lighter weight.

Fit & Style

The cut of this shirt is described both as “moderately lean” and “active, tailored fit”. I think both describe it well, with enough room if you wanted to put a base layer underneath, but still slim enough to look sharp and put together.

While I wear this type of shirt untucked usually, it works tucked in as well. It certainly comes across as a sharp casual shirt, but some may be able to push it a little further due to the cut, fabric, and hidden collar buttons that help keep the collar looking sharp.

Performance

This shirt is wrinkle and odor resistant, wicking, and is the perfect weight to make it versatile.

I was surprised when I washed the shirt the first time, it came out of the washer with very few wrinkles. After hanging dry, the shirt was wrinkle free and ready to wear.

This pairs nicely with the shirt being odor resistant. While I wore it mostly with an undershirt, I ended up washing the shirt before it had any odor to see how it washed up for this review. Quite impressive with just 5% wool.

As far as wicking goes, since it’s a shirt for the cooler weather I didn’t sweat much while wearing it, but I never felt sweaty or moist.

Finally, the weight of the fabric helped this be a great flannel for the transitional weather from Fall into Winter. I found it to be comfortable in both cool and warm buildings, which isn’t something that can always be said for a classic heavy flannel.

Overall

Overall, the TechWool Flannel Shirt would be a great addition to anyone’s cool weather closet. For those in colder climates, it might serve as a transition piece and for those elsewhere, it could be a great winter shirt.

The upgraded looks and odor and wrinkle resistance take it to the next level and make it a worthy purchase at the full price of $119.

Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt

Ministry of Supply Kinetic Suit

When I bought the Kinetic pants and blazer (our reviews: pants, blazer) from Ministry of Supply, I did so with the intention of seeing how they work together. My hope was, that like the Bluffworks Gramercy (our review) setup, they would look good enough together. I didn’t anticipate that this would be a thing I would avoid writing, but I have — frankly I can’t make heads or tails of this.

Travel Suit

There’s a huge argument as to whether you need a performance travel suit, over a nice say merino wool actual (née Traditional) suit. Everyone seems split on this, with some (like me) preferring performance materials for ease of care and durability. And others citing that the reason you wear a suit is to wear a suit, so wear a suit.

If you are looking for a performance suit to travel with, this is a good option, but I don’t think the best option. The heads up comparison would be with the Velocity pairings also from Ministry and the Bluffworks Gramercy line.

Either, likely, would be better — to a degree. Here’s how I would break them down — do keep in mind I have not put my hands on the Velocity suit jacket, so I am basing this off my assumptions from the pants alone (our review).

  • Velocity: this is going to be the best looking of the bunch. The styling and overall material is fantastic. It has great stretch and is very breathable. The downside is going to be durability. I don’t see it being more durable than a nice wool suit. Certainly easier to clean though.
  • Kinetic: this will be the most comfortable, by a wide margin. Also very durable and easy to clean. The downside is that the style is not very formal, and the material doesn’t look very suit like and the patch pockets on the blazer trend casual. It doesn’t have sheen, but it almost needs sheen to look right. More than that, it wrinkles easily.
  • Gramercy: this looks better, more suit like, than the Kinetic, and is very durable. I can’t wrinkle any of this material easily, and it cleans up nicely. The big downside is that it isn’t much more comfortable than a good wool suit, and not much more breathable — so you’re really only adding ease of care and durability.

This is the issue with everything, each option has substantial trade offs, so it’s no wonder people advocate a classic wool suit. Where I come from is that the pants on each of these options is better than standard wool suit pants, and thus you could get away with only then needing to pack a jacket. And regardless of which you pack, these jackets are easier to pack than a wool suit jacket. So if you travel light, that’s when these suits make sense.

Style

Back to the Kinetic then, the style itself is lending towards casual. Let’s leave the material out completely, and assume that you accept this will look different. Instead the blazer itself is the key here.

Because this is a blazer, and not a suit jacket, certain detailing is missing — and it is that missing detailing that makes this blazer wear more casual. First, the blazer has no buttons on the cuffs, which I didn’t notice, until I did notice it and then it’s all you see. It’s an odd omission and one that I think is a subtle clue that this is a different beast altogether.

The second, as mentioned above, are the patch pockets. A standard suit jacket has openings for pockets with a flap that goes over the opening — that flap can be tucked into the pocket or not. That’s a suit jacket. This is a blazer and thus it has patch pockets — which is just a piece of material sewn on to the face of the jacket to create a pocket. This is what makes the jacket look less formal.

Here’s the thing though, when it comes to style, you are talking about fashion. And I am going to make the argument that for most people in 2019 you simply do not need anything more formal than this. I wore it to our company management conference and blended in fine. Most of the world now considers business casual dressing up, and this certainly will work just fine there.

If I were a wedding guest, not family, I would wear this without another thought. I care more about being comfortable. If I need a suit for work, I’ll wear this. The only time I would steer away is if I needed to be in court, at a board meeting, or something where a suit-suit is called for. And then I am opting for wool.

Overall

In short: this is the most comfortable suit looking attire I have ever worn, and likely as formal as anyone needs in 2019. I dig it.

Ministry of Supply Kinetic Suit

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