FC Review of Elroy Apparel
About the middle of last month (welcome to February!) I stumbled upon a Canadian retailer that only has a handful of stores open in the states: Elroy. Their mission statement resonated with me, so I wanted to give their garments a try. The only hesitancy was that their products are shipped from Canada, and not easy, plus expensive, to return. I chose to take a gamble though, and it paid off. When I made my purchase, a code was available that gave a substantial discount, even on sale items. It may have just been valid through January, but you can try to use code HAPPY2013 at checkout to take 40% off your order.
I am thoroughly impressed with the clothing I received, especially the knit of the two sweaters. First though, I’ll start with the dress I ordered.
Cholla Dress – $51.60 ($86)
The Cholla Dress is a beautiful bubble hem dress. My first impression when taking the dress out of it’s packaging was how heavy it was. Due to the bubble hem, plus superfluous pleats, there is a lot of fabric in the skirt of this dress. It has “pockets”, that when pulled out look like wings when the dress is lying flat. It’s a bit odd, you can tuck those pocket “wings” pretty far into the skirt, or let them hang out (as pictured on the Elroy website). The double thickness of the skirt is carried up through the top half of the dress, so it feels really durable. Made from 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex. It fits incredibly, and I can’t wait to pair this dress with some flats or low heels and wear it this late winter or spring. The thick fabric will be warm, but since it’s all cotton, I think will breath well during the summer as well.
Althea Top – $53.40 ($89)
Next we have the Althea Top. A sleeveless, 100% cotton knit top, it has an interesting, intricate knit that runs inward diagonally on the front top half, and that detail continues onto the top half of the back side of the top. The visual lines created by this pattern are very unique. The knit in the stripes is very delicate, and for me will require a camisole. I’m bigger busted (36 D), and you can see a little too much bra, but that is easily rectified. This top will look great paired with denim and a warm brown leather belt. Another one to look forward to wearing!
Rumex Sweater – $54 ($90)
Last, but not least, is the Rumex Sweater. I think this is my favorite out of the bunch, due to the delicately knit stripes and diamonds running down either side of the front of the sweater. The dolman style cut is on trend, and the ribbed waist and arm bands provide nice shape. Another 100% organic cotton garment. this one will work year round, and I plan to start wearing it ASAP!
All garments were true to size. I wouldn’t purchase them at their full retail prices, Elroy clothing is pretty expensive. But at 40% off with code HAPPY2013, these clothes are well worth the price. Especially when you factor in the positive environmental and social impact Elroy strives for. You can’t say that about many retailers.