Beyond Clothing Celeris Pullover

Beyond Clothing has been on my radar for a while, as they stand out from the numerous other outdoor performance clothing brands by building their whole line around a layering system. Every piece is designated as L1 through L8, making it easy to build your optimal layering system, with sizing to match. To make it even easier, they have a pre-designed matrix for functionality in climates anywhere from Hot (106 to 75° F) all the way down to Polar (-70 to -40° F).

I’ve recently been testing the Celeris Pullover (Huckberry), which is designated K2 (KYROS line, L2, Midweight Baselayer — imported but same quality and compatible with the US made AXIOS system).

While I’ve only been able to try it out at home and around the neighborhood, it has been a nice layering piece to keep warm, and definitely has earned them a spot on my list of brands to consider for outdoor gear.

Material

The fabric here is Beyond Clothing’s 7.9 oz. Verso Weave™ 94% polyester/6% spandex. If you are familiar with Patagonia’s R1 fleece (a grid fleece), this is similar, except the grid is circles. They also went as far as using a lighter grid of circles on the side panels and under the arms to help vent excess heat while active.

Overall the fabric is stretchy, breathable, and comfortable, exactly what is needed for a good baselayer.

Performance

The performance here is great. It is a bit warmer than R1 fleece (the fabric here is 1 oz. heavier), but the lighter side panels help improve breathability even further.

Beyond describes the use case as “Below 45° F as either a next-to-skin or over an L1.”, however, I found it comfortable while sitting at my desk at 65° F — that shows the versatility, and also difference between active and non-active wear.

The long zip, higher collar, and ample hood make this a very versatile piece. You can dump heat with the zipper wide open or zip it all the way up for a snug fit around your neck and head to keep you toasty warm.

The stretch also makes the layer extremely comfortable, and I find it to be more stretchy than the R1.

Unfortunately, being mostly polyester, there is no odor control here. Over a shirt being non-active, I can get a good number of wears out of it, but I imagine it will get smelly pretty quickly when sweating.

Fit & Style

The fit here is athletic and what you’d expect from a second baselayer. Even though I got the “Regular” and not “Long” length (they recommend “Regular” for up to 6’2”), the body is still plenty long to tuck in if worn as part of a layering system.

The thumb holes are a nice touch to keep the sleeves from riding up as you put other layers over top. When not using the thumb holes, this makes the sleeves a bit long. There is also a small pocket on the left sleeve for something like a key or card.

Style wise, we are firmly in the outdoor performance category here. This isn’t going to be a layer for when you get chilly at the office or in a cold restaurant.

Overall

The Celeris Pullover will definitely stay in my rotation and will probably replace my R1 in my outdoors setup, depending on how the odor-resistance is once I get this sweaty.

If you are looking for a versatile outdoors-forward midweight baselayer hoodie, this one is definitely worth consideration. If you want something that can work more broadly style wise, the Patagonia R1 might be a better fit.

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Beyond Clothing Celeris Pullover

Aether Kelso Pant

The Aether Kelso Pant is billed as an active traveler’s pant, something that is comfortable, stretchy, and doesn’t wrinkle. This is a highly technical material pant — it’s not something trying to be a stealth dress item, it is a performance pant which has been cut and designed to be fashionable and comfortable.

Material

Aether calls this a stretch woven nylon, which comes out to be 93% nylon, 7% spandex. In reality, that description sells this pant short. This is a material that feels like a dead ringer for Outlier’s OG Cloth, and extremely similar to Oliver’s Passage Pant (our review) material. It has a smooth outer face, and a somewhat brushed inner face — giving it almost a soft shell like feel.

All the while being breathable and stretchy.

Performance

I really did not know what to expect with these. There are basically only a few ‘performance’ claims about them with Aether: comfort, stretch, and they don’t wrinkle. I mean, not a ton to go on.

It exceeds all those claims, by the way. If you hang the pants weird, they will wrinkle and those wrinkles will disappear almost immediately when you put the pants on — there is some sort of magic there. They are also very comfortable, whenever I test pants made of this material I am giddy because it truly is only rivaled by the comfort of sweatpants, or ‘joggers’ in modern parlance.

And yes they stretch. The 7% stretch does not tell the full story because the pants are actually cut pretty close to your body — they are skinny — and yet I have no ever once been limited in my movement. I can’t imagine anyone concluding that it would be nice if these pants had more stretch.

They also dry fast, as you would expect from a mostly nylon pant. They do a good job resisting stains and wiping clean. They breath well, not as well as the similar fabrics from Outlier or Oliver’s, but that also makes them a little more versatile as those breath so well that they can wear cold in strong A/C or in cooler temps.

A good performance pant is defined by a pant that you can put on when you wake up, and never need to change out of until it is time to go to bed. These are 100% that. They are probably 10% less breathable than others I have tried, but they move better the the Oliver’s material. In fact, I think these give OG Cloth a run for their money — but I don’t have any pants in OG Cloth on hand to directly compare to.

A-plus performance.

Fit & Style

The fit and style of these is different than anything else I have tried. They are very skinny, and most skinny pants hit me very tight in the calves. But these are somewhat tight in the calves. They are very snug in the knees, which I have not experienced before.

But unlike most skinny pants, they are extremely comfortable as the waist itself stretches too. The entire pant, fits very well, and because of how close cut it is, the technical nature of the fabric looks far better than it should.

I would not wear these to the office, but I wouldn’t balk at wearing them for almost anything else. And, I will say that they do not bag out like other fabrics of this nature — at least not before I need to wash them anyways. I have worn them for basically two weeks straight, and while they stretch out a tad, the knees and the waist doesn’t get so stretched out that they need to be washed so you can keep wearing them.

So fit: excellent. Style: about as good as one can hope with this type of material.

Overall

One of my all time favorite pair of pants is Outlier’s OG Climbers. I had to sell mine because I lost weight and they were too large — I have wanted another pair ever since. The problem with Climbers is that the style of that pant is stupid. The pockets are dumb. Also, they are discontinued.

Aether’s Kelso pant is a better version of Outlier’s Climbers. Just as comfortable, without all the stupid style choices. I absolutely love these pants, and highly recommend them.

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Aether Kelso Pant

Proof Merino-Blend Travel Shirt

Proof has long offered casual t-shirts made of merino wool, and cotton performance button downs made of cotton and stretch. Here though they marry those two to try and create a button-down travel shirt, I have been testing it for some time and I have fallen in love with it.

Material

Ok, first, I think calling this shirt merino wool is a bit disingenuous, at least for this site, because this shirt is 88% polyester, 12% merino wool. There is just not a lot of wool here. That said, the shirt material is quite nice, as the outside has a very slight brushed finished making the shirt almost feel more like a traditional flannel than a button down.

The weight is nearly perfect for a smart casual level shirt. It’s not thick enough that it will drape like a flannel, nor is it thin enough that it becomes opaque in any light. It’s very well done and the hand feel of the material is amazing.

Fit & Style

This is a shirt that has a very tailored fit, especially through the sleeves where I find that rolling the sleeves can be tight, while the cuffs are loose enough I can wear a watch under them with no issue. The fit is very flattering and right out of the gate, I love it. The collar sits properly, the top button placement is excellent.

What is really going to make or break the this shirt for most is the body length. It is primarily cut to be worn untucked, and that works extremely well in this shirt. But it does have just enough length in it for me that I can tuck it in so I can dress it up a little.

So for travel, tucking it in to go to a nice restaurant, I think this shirt plays that card extremely well. But as a shirt to walk into a business casual setting, I don’t think it works well. The brushing on the face is too soft, and makes it look too casual. This is casual to smart casual all day long. Which for most people should be all you need.

Performance

The big question is how does such a low merino wool percentage shirt perform. And the answer is: reasonably well actually. This won’t be the most performant shirt from an odor resistance perspective but 2-3 wears is pretty reasonable. More if you are wearing an anti-perspirant or something of that nature.

The variant I got is an ivory color for the most part, and the dirt will show first on that, well before odor is a factor. To that end, the shirt also has two vents on each armpit to help the shirt breathe a little more, which is a welcomed addition from my view.

What does bode well for travel is that the shirt washes up rather nicely. It dries reasonably fast, and with not a terrible amount of wrinkles, and even the wrinkles it does dry with, tend to be visually hidden by the fabric itself.

All in all the performance of this shirt is better than pure polyester, but not as good as wool. But it should last longer than wool and be more durable.

Overall

Given that most of my testing was done in my home for this shirt, I have fallen in love. The cut of it is sharp, and the comfort is off the charts. It feels great to wear, and I find my self reaching for it first, and having to remind myself that I wore it yesterday, and I should wait a day.

Will I travel with it in the future? Yes, but only for leisure travel. It will not however fit into my office rotation, whenever we return to offices.

Great shirt, and I think most people will get more use out of this than a pure merino wool shirt as it lends itself to a more carefree garment care.

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Proof Merino-Blend Travel Shirt

Rivas Supply Terrain Pants

I initially backed these pants on Kickstarter so we could give them a test here. The Terrain Pant follows the standard hype on Kickstarter pants, which culminates in this claim: “The one pant you’ll want to take with you (and never take off) on a trip around the world.”

I’ve had these pants for a while now, and the truth is, I have been putting off writing this review because I really do not care to wear these pants. So let me tell you why…

Material

First, these pants are made with “Japanese Nano-Wing® Technology”. Sounds amazing right? The claims are: “water and stain-repellant from the outside, moisture wicking from the inside, quick drying, self-cleaning, UV protected, with the perfect amount of stretch.” On the website there is no further definition, so like me you probably assume this is some futuristic fabric, some distant cousin of dyneema, merino wool, and nylon. When in fact, the garment tag tells us: 95% cotton, 5% elastane.

And as far as hand feel: terrible. Like a stiff canvas issued to soldier before we invented polyester.

Fit and Style

They fit very slim, and the pockets make what would otherwise probably be a really decent smart/business casual fabric look like a weird dressy hiking pant. From the pull tab on the back pocket (why is that there) to the zippered front pockets. The style is strictly casual, and generally just odd.

Performance

There are far too many performance claims on these for me to go through them all, or to even verify them. Also, I didn’t want to wear these more than I had to. So there’s that.

This is cotton with stretch, and heavy cotton at that. They simply do not breath well at all. I live in Houston, I can sniff out a poor breathing pair of pants instantly. Outlier’s heavy Strong Dungarees breathe better.

As for stretch, it appears to be two way, which stretches along the horizontal of the pants. This is mostly fine and the preferred method if it is not 4-way stretch. However the gusseted crotch is rather small, and so the pants are more restricting because of the slim cut. Either the pants need a larger gusset, 4-way stretch, or a looser fit.

For me, the rest of the performance points don’t matter because the pants are simply not more comfortable than any other pants I own, for any type of wear.

Overall

They are stiff, they don’t breath well, they don’t move well, and they are a little noisy to walk in. Also, my pants came with some snags in the fabric out of the package. The cut is flattering, but that’s the only nice thing I can say about them.

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Rivas Supply Terrain Pants

Everlane The Performance Jean

When I saw Everlane’s $50 denim sale back in March, I decided to give The Performance Jean from their Uniform collection a try — all Uniform pieces can be replaced if they fail or you are dissatisfied within 365 days of purchase. With that guarantee and at such a low price, it made it an easy decision to give them a try.

Material

These jeans are made of a four-way stretch 94% organic cotton, 2% elastane, 4% other fiber. The “other fiber” seems unusual to me, but I’m betting it is something for extra stretch.

The Dark Indigo color I got is a nice mid-dark color, what I’d consider a standard dressier jeans color.

Fit & Style

Based on the size chart, I went with the Athletic fit. That gives a little extra room in the seat/hips and the thighs, which works well for me as the stretch is only slightly noticeable.

Being a larger company, there also is the benefit of Everlane offering odd-sized waists, four lengths, and four fits, so it should be pretty easy for anyone to dial in a great fit.

Style wise, these aren’t anything special. They are standard, athletic fit jeans with a little stretch — nothing more or less.

Performance

The athletic fit combined with the slight stretch makes these jeans comfortable, and about on par performance-wise with other stretch jeans you can find at this price point.

Surprisingly, the jeans bag out a little in the thighs and seat between washes (although the waist didn’t stretch). I’m guessing this has something to do with the 4% “other fiber” content.

Overall

I found these jeans to be average and about the same as other “performance” (meaning a little stretch) jeans you can find at this price point. The stretch and slight bagging out are what you’ll find in most of them.

I still prefer my Revtown Sharp Jeans (our review), but if you are looking for something standard or in this price range, these will meet those expectations.

Overall, not recommended.

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Everlane The Performance Jean

Outerknown Verano Beach Pants

Note: these pants were provided for review by Outerknown.

I’ve been really enjoying my Outerknown Sur Sweatshirt (our review) ever since I purchased it over the winter, so when I got a chance to give their Verano Beach Pants a try, I jumped on it, especially given the current work from home situation.

Another benefit of Outerknown is their dedication to sustainability, sometimes that is just greenwashing, but it seems like Outerknown has demonstrated their seriousness here.

Of course, no can make a bad piece of clothing good, so let’s take a look.

Material

These pants are made from a 7 oz, 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton in a soft twill weave.

Even though the fabric content is the same as the Sur Sweatshirt, the weight and weave give this a whole different feel. While not a lightweight fabric, the fabric doesn’t have a heavy drape, and seems like it would be reasonably cool in the heat. There also isn’t any of that hemp roughness that can be in some hemp-heavy fabric blends.

The only negative to the fabric is that it gets quite fuzzy and a little bit pilly with the first wash, but it doesn’t seem to get worse.

Fit & Style

These pants are intended to be “trousers that wear more like joggers” and the claim is also made that “You could sleep in these and then wear them to a meeting and no one would think twice.”

As far as the fit, I agree they are trousers that fit like joggers. The elastic waistband and interior drawstring tie push them into the “joggers” category, with the shorter length (31 inseam on the XL) pushing them all the way over the edge. I was between the L and XL, so went with the XL. The elastic in the waistband isn’t particularly stretch/strong, so I do find myself relying on the tie if I have anything in my pockets.

As far as wearing these pants to a meeting, I don’t think I could get away with it for any meeting I’ve ever been to. Then again, Outerknown leans towards a west coast beach style, so maybe there are cases where these would be appropriate for a meeting. However, I can see that the slash side pockets and button back pocket do add a little extra towards the “less casual, casual” nature of these pants.

Performance

These have been great pants to wear while working from home. They are extremely comfortable (although not stretchy) and are warm enough for our still cool days here in the northeast. When taking the dog for a walk on some windy days, I did notice that these blocked the wind better than any of the synthetic joggers I own.

The magic of hemp here is that I think they will still be comfortable in the summer, as hemp in fabrics like this tends to breathe well.

Overall

The Verano Beach Pants will continue to be a comfortable pair of pants for around the house for me. I look forward to seeing how they perform as the weather warms up.

If you can push the casual style of these further, they could be a great, non-synthetic, summer replacement for jeans, as they are half the weight of a typical pair. Just keep in mind the fuzzy texture the fabric takes on. They also work well as a pair of casual pants for around the house, especially if you are looking for a more unique fabric blend or something different.

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Outerknown Verano Beach Pants

What Are The Best Socks?

Darn Tough is the name when it comes to buying socks that out perform all others. They are universally loved by one bag travelers, explorers, hikers, military, and people like us who want better performing clothing. They are hard to beat, and because of that we at Everyday Wear had settled into accepting that they were simply the best, and stopped testing other brands.

But, what if there is another brand out there doing better work? I went out and bought a ton of other brands, to give them a go and see if there is something better out there, here are the results of that testing.

Proof 72 Hour Socks

The Proof socks are part of the 72 Hour collection, and are pretty straightforward merino wool socks (63% Merino Wool, 33% Nylon, 3% Spandex) with light compression built in. They are about the thickness of your standard cotton athletic sock.

I found these to be comfortable socks, not the softest, but nothing really to complain about. They have a nice flat seam across the toe and wore comfortably all day long. They resisted odors extremely well and never felt like they needed to be washed. In a pinch they were perfectly fine to wear to the office with business casual, while also working well with sneakers.

If your wardrobe lends more casual and Huckberry (Proof is one of their brands) is running a sale, these are probably a really great option for most. They are sold in two packs and are rather bland in colors, but perform very well. After half a dozen wash and dry cycles, the socks are holding up well with only minor pilling. Even when wearing these with my boots, the cushioning and the vented panels kept my feet dry and managed the moisture as well as anything else. Overall these are pretty low complaint, nothing that will wow anyone accustomed to Darn Tough, but a solid option.

Ministry of Supply Atlas Socks

These are not merino wool, and are actually my second pair of Atlas socks, though the first pair has long since worn out. Ministry lists the composition of these as: “40% Coffee-infused Recycled Polyester, 40% Cotton, 20% Elastane”. That is supposed to make the wear cool, be smell free and there is a bunch of stuff about cushioning. It is a lot of information to take in about a pair of socks.

In my wear I found these socks to be very comfortable and look really good. But they don’t offer enough odor resistance to go more than one wear, and more importantly after one wear they felt beat down and in need of a wash, much like cotton socks. They perk right back up after a wash, but they need that.

There are a lot of color options here, and the body mapped cushioning is really nice, as it provides a thicker sock in high impact areas, while letting the sock be thinner like a dress sock where it counts. The moisture wicking was average, not as good as high merino content socks, but vastly better than cotton. The lack of a flat toe seam is a miss. As compared to cotton, these are excellent, as compared to Darn Tough, I would stick with Darn Tough unless I really needed the looks of the Atlas socks. After washing these many times, the cushioned areas are showing pilling, while the rest of the sock looks like new.

Wool&Prince Socks

As with most things Wool&Prince, these are a merino wool (52% wool, 46% Nylon, 2% Spandex) and have light compression designed into them. The hold on these socks are great, and they certainly feel like a slightly thicker dress sock, which also has excellent cushioning on the bottom.

The performance is exactly what you would think: fantastic odor resistance and durability. They slightly fuzz after washing and drying many times but only the toes are showing any signs of pilling, where you would typically see this on the heel first. These are near perfect socks, but they lack a flat toe seam, and that kills the sock for me. If they put a flat toe seam on these, I think you have a contender to give Darn Tough a run for their money. I could easily wear these in just about any pursuit shy of true hiking. But from casual to suits, these work. For some the toe seam will not bother you, but on these they did bother me.

The performance, comfort, and durability though is fantastic and on par with Darn Tough but there is not a compelling reason to move to Wool&Prince.

Western Rise StrongCore Merino Socks

Note: these were provided for review.

These are a rather unique sock fabric at: 44% Nuyarn (40% Merino Wool, 4% Nylon), 30% Elastane, 26% Nylon. The merino fibers themselves have nylon in them, in addition to the general nylon woven in. Of all the merino socks I tested, these feel the least wool like, but in a good way.

Moreover the fit on these is amazing. They feature a good deal of compression, a flat toe seam and a great overall weight which lends itself well to any use of the sock. The padding is fantastic and as are the breathable panels at the top of the sock. They rise slightly lower than most dress socks, but perfectly useable in all situations and they stay up well.

After countless wears and washes, only the cushioned areas are showing wear in the form of pilling. I found that they offer excellent odor resistance and are a pair of socks you can feasibly wear for a week straight, as you can with most merino socks. These, of all the new socks I have tested are among the best when all aspects are taken into account. As a competitor to Darn Tough, the only thing they are lacking is more color options as black doesn’t work well for everything. If they offered more colors, and maybe a couple patterns — I can easily see the argument for these being the only socks you need.

Bombas

I ordered the Men’s Merino Wool Calf Socks, which are 77% Merino Wool, 21% Polyester and 2% Spandex. Where most of these socks border between casual and dress, these Bombas are bordering between hiking and casual. They are not very suitable for the office as they are thick, and the overall appearance if very athletic sock looking. That said, they have a nice compression, lots of cushion, and a flat toe seam.

They are thick, but they feel very open and comfortable. The biggest issue is the durability, as they look like a very worn pair of socks after just a few wears. On day one, my shoes were making the heel pill. After the first wash the entire bottom of the sock is a blend of fuzz and pilling. So while they are comfortable, I wouldn’t recommend them just because of this. They certainly are not a pair of socks I expect to last very long, and at $18 a pair, you need them to last a good while.

Stance

There is a lot of hype around Stance as they market like crazy, and there is an overwhelming amount of sock options on their site. It took me a good while to land on the Run Wool Crew ST, which features a merino wool blend of: 58% Nylon, 20% Polyester, 17% Merino Wool, 5% Elastane. That almost seems like a “throw everything at the wall approach”to material selection.

The first thing to know about Stance is that these socks are left and right footed, as they are a compression sock with padding and compression zones optimized for each foot. I actually really like this, as it gives on overall better and more comfortable fit. And the low merino content also means these don’t feel like wool socks. The calf section is thin enough that you can get away with them in the office, but there is a reflective bit on this pair so beware of that.

Yes, they have a flat toe seam, but that is where the good of these socks stops. They stink after a single 8 hours of wearing, and my feet ended the work day wet feeling. Cotton performs better than these socks. Perhaps another option from them would be better, but at the prices they boast, why bother when there are plenty of better options out there. Move along.

The Staples

Ok, those were all the new socks I had tested, but I do have a few other pairs in my sock drawer which are worth talking about in context of these.

Darn Tough Crew Light

These have) long been my go to sock. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles. They perform well and are a true dress sock weight. There is light compression, but overall you are paying for moisture/odor control and durability. I have yet to see these socks be destroyed easily, as I typically get more than a year use out of each pair, which is extended by the fact I own many pairs. The offer a flat toe seam and all around comfort.

The only down side is that they are thin, and stepping up to something thick is problematic as the brand shows its outdoor roots. Still, you simply cannot go wrong with these. They basically never seem to look worn out, until I actually wear a hole in the heel or ball of the foot.

Smart Wool

I have owned a bunch of their different socks and have been disappointed in all of them. They get fuzzy fast, feel scratchy and fit terribly. I would not recommend these.

Fitsok from Drop.com

Drop.com sells bargain priced merino wool socks aimed more towards athletic and hiking through Fitsok as their partner. I have a few pairs of these and have been disappointed in all of them. Some break down and pill very fast, while others simply do not ever fit my feet. I would similarly avoid these as they may control moisture well but the fit poorly and are not as durable as other options on this list.

Outlier Megafine Socks

These are officially discontinued which is a shame as they are among the best socks I have ever owned. Straddling the line between dress and casual well. Soft as all can be, with good venting, cushioning and compression. They do pill, they do fuzz a bit, and eventually wear out. But oh my, are they ever pure luxury on your feet.


Recommendations

The best pure dress sock are still Darn Tough’s Crew Light. If Outlier brings their socks back, buy them, because they are better.

But if want you want and need is something better for boots, or something lending slightly more casual then it is a toss up for me between the Western Rise and Proof socks. Proof offers better colors, which is more important, whereas Western Rise offers better performance. If Western Rise comes out with a navy and charcoal — I will likely buy a few pairs of each.

My favorite of all the options you can buy are Western Rise StrongCore. And so long as you don’t buy the Stance socks, you will almost universally be getting a better pair of socks.

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What Are The Best Socks?

Supporting Our Favorites During The Lockdown

Note: some of the items discussed here were provided for no charge, see the reviews for more details.

We want to start by saying, if you are in an unsure financial position, or there isn’t anything you need, we are not advocating that you go out and spend a bunch of money. However, if you’ve been eyeing something, now’s a good time to save some money and support some small businesses through these tough times. Also, we will keep this post updated as we find new deals or deals expire (Updated 4/16).

Bluffworks is offering 30% off with 10% of sales going to Feeding America (Men’s, Women’s). If you are looking for a new button-up, the Meridian is a good choice (our review) or if you need some more tees before the summer, the Threshold T-Shirt is great (our review).

Huckberry is having a Spring Flash Sale. The Proof Stretch Flannel (our review) is still available at a bargain price of $29. Also notable are the heavy flannel The Crater Shirt from Taylor Stitch, Proof Elements Jacket, and Flint and Tinder Wayfarer Wool Blazer.

Outlier is offering an unprecedented 15% off with code S-O-E, or an extra 15% added to a gift card within 10 days of the state of emergency being lifted in NYC with code Final Sale – No Returns, of course, this makes your purchase non-returnable. For a great intro to Outlier, check out any of their pants or shorts (we love Futureworks, Strong Dungarees, and New Way Shorts) or an Ultrafine Merino Tee (our review).

Taylor Stitch is offering 25% off site wide 20-30% off select products with a $20 credit for orders over $200. Some items of interest include their Chore Pant and Camp Pant in their Boss Duck fabric (hemp-blend heavy work fabric) and The Jack in Dusty Blue Hemp

Expired Deals

Everlane is offering 25% off everything. We are planning to review their Performance Jean and put their anti-microbial claim on their Performance Polo and Performance Dress Shirt to the test. Kimberlee has a number of their pieces as well, and is a big fan of their women’s denim, as well as a number of sweaters and t-shirts she has picked up over the years.

Olivers Apparel is offering 20% off with code INITTOGETHER. Their Passage Pant (our review) is worth a look as a great work from home option.

Outerknown is offering 30% off sitewide. The Sur Sweatshirt is a great hemp-blend, lighter sweatshirt (our review). We are also currently testing out their Verano Beach Pant and BBQ Shirt.

Western Rise is offering a $50 gift card for each $100 you spend. We’ve reviewed many of their pieces, and you can’t really go wrong. We are really enjoying the Limitless Merino Wool Shirt and Polo (our review) and Diversion Pant (our review) for working from home.

Wool&Prince is offering gift cards at a 10% discount that can be used starting April 15th. If you are looking for pure merino performance, you can’t go wrong with any of their offerings, especially their button-down shirts. Ben loves their socks for work, for whenever we get back to the office.

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Proof Stretch Flannel

When I saw the Proof Stretch Flannel come up in the clearance section of Huckberry, I couldn’t help but grab one to try. Based on the description, I expected something heavy that wouldn’t get much wear until late Fall, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Material

This shirt is cotton with 2.3% spandex added for stretch. It is more like brushed cotton shirting than flannel to me, which is a nice change over a traditional flannel. This gives it a soft hand while still feeling like it will be durable enough to hold up to weekend work.

The stretch is only slight, but combined with the back pleat, it gives the shirt enough give to move with you.

Fit & Style

The fit is spot on for me. It has a nice tailored cut, without being too slim. It works well either tucked or untucked, and definitely can be dressed up with a pair of chinos.

Some other nice touches that make the shirt more polished than a typical flannel are the button-down collar and the single pocket (without a flap).

The style leans casual, or as a casual Friday shirt for work, but not business casual.

Performance

This is a solid, more traditional, cool weather shirt. It breathes well and gives a little extra warmth over a typical cotton shirt. It will definitely continue to get wear into the spring, and I will bring it out again in the fall.

Odor resistance wise, I found this about on par with what I expected — two wears with an undershirt.

Shirts like this can come out of the wash with tons on wrinkles. Here, the wrinkles mostly fall out while hanging to dry and a light iron returns it to a crisp state.

Overall

The Proof Stretch Flannel turned out to be better than I expected. While it doesn’t have many performance features, it’s a solid shirt that I will get a lot of wear out of.

It is a steal on sale at $35, and would be at home in many closets (and I recommend the Navy Check, it is sharp).

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Proof Stretch Flannel

Super Comfortable, Video Chat Ready, Work From Home Clothing Guide

Note: some of the items in this guide were provided for review.

A lot of people are going to be finding themselves working from home in the coming days. And while most people are focused on telling you to bother getting dressed, and to be video call ready, let my 4 years of work from home experience, and clothing review experience tell you how to get dressed and be video call ready, while feeling like you are are in sweatpants all day. Here’s my guide.

The Pants

Yes, you could wear sweatpants all day, and yes the point of this is to stay indoors, but there is no need to actually wear sweatpants when you can buy pants which are just as comfortable, but wearable anywhere. My top picks:

  • Western Rise Diversion Pant (our review): made to be your everything pant, these are super comfortable. They offer a ton of stretch and fuzziness. They are my top pick.
  • OLIVERS Passage Pant (our review): a close second, the Passage Pant doesn’t quite look as good, but offers a stretchier waist band, which only adds to the comfort.

Pick the Western Rise if you find your pants never get uncomfortable in the waist throughout the day, or you want to wash pants fewer times. Pick the OLIVERS for the ultimate in at home comfort, but know that the waist will stretch out and you need to wash them to get the waist to shrink back up.

The Shirt

Let’s face it, the collar of your shirt is all most people are going to be seeing on a video chat. My top pick for this is the Outlier S140 One Pocket. Sadly it is not currently available and there is nothing else on the market even close to this shirt. It is supremely soft and comfortable, while having a look which easily passes for video chat business calls. Since that is out, here are some other considerations:

  • Western Rise Limitless Merino (our review): I recently wrote about this shirt. It is super comfortable, and looks really sharp. The stretch alone will have you lounging in style. The merino will keep you from needing to wash it. It will wear a little cool though.
  • Western Rise AirLight (our review): I only have the short sleeve, but that or the long sleeve would be great for anyone who wants a shirt that requires no special thought or care. Wear, wash, dry, wear. And it is super light while looking sharp.
  • Unbound Merino Classic Button Down (our review): nice and heavy, crisp look, still comfortable. It could use more stretch, but if you find yourself running cool in your home, then this is a great option.
  • Wool&Prince Polo (our review): for a little more casual look, nothing can beat a 100% merino polo from W&P. So soft.

Lastly, for my friends who live in cooler climates, consider a shirt-jacket to throw over the top of a long sleeve t-shirt. I love my Triple Aught Design Catalyst Field Shirt (our review), but there are plenty of others which will be more business friendly.

And for everyone who just wants a nice looking t-shirt to be comfortable in all week without needing to wash it. Outlier’s Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt (our review) is the pinnacle of luxury t-shirting.

Feet and Underwear

You are at home, wear your comfy underwear. As for socks, I recommend these for around the house.


Stay comfortable, stay home.

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Super Comfortable, Video Chat Ready, Work From Home Clothing Guide