When you think about diamonds you think of the 3 C’s – color, clarity, and carat. When I think of clothing I also think of the 3 C’s – color, comfort, and quality. (OK, that’s only a C sound.) If you are looking for soft, comfortable, quality casual clothing that has been thoughtfully created in an amazing array of colors, look no further than Colorful Standard.
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Review by Ellen Rubin
Tee shirts and sweats play an important part of my life. I spend more time in them than in any other type of clothing. Finding just the right ones is hard, finding sustainable ones is even harder. Colorful Standard offers sweatpants and shorts, hoodies (zippered or not), tee shirts, socks and beanies that are soft, durable, have great construction details.
Let’s start with their site and an overview of the company. The two words that come to mind are Quality and Color!
The site is well designed and easy to navigate. The company makes clothing in men’s, women’s, and unisex. The basic offerings are the same, but the proportions vary. They offer a wide range of sizes. (Men’s & unisex XS-2XL, women’s XS-XL.) There is an accurate size chart if you need help determining your best size.
Fabrics: Almost everything they make is organic cotton – either jersey knit or twill (button down shirts and twill shorts for men). They use Woolmark and OEKO-TEX Standard certified merino wool for their beanies, scarves, and a men’s long sleeved crew top.
Colors: They truly live up to their name of Colorful Standard. When you shop most places you might get color options. Here you can choose from 45 colors! The hard part is narrowing down your picks because they all look amazing. The site accurately portrays the colors – you will get what you saw! Whether you want to choose from neutrals like browns or grays (and remember you aren’t limited to a single hue), bolds (bright primaries), or want softer shades (i.e. aqua or pink), there are numerous choices. I’ll admit to being one of those color geeks who loves to study paint swatches, flower varieties, and has a large bucket of colored pencils. I was impressed with Colorful Standard’s choices and how thoughtfully they were chosen and presented.
Sizing: Their clothes run true to size. I compared a medium hoodie with and extra large hoodie. There was about a 2” circumference difference between the two which seems to go along with industry standards. The clothes are generous, rather than skimpy and didn’t seem to shrink much after a cold water wash.
Feel: The hoodie and sweat pants I tried are both made of the same fabric. The surface is a nice tight weave, but the best part is the inside. It’s soft, not quite a French terry, but not really a fleece. It’s brushed and very comfortable. Weight wise – it seems to be the perfect weight for all but weather extremes of hot and cold.
Their clothes are garment dyed (dyed after then are made, rather than using the dyed fabric to make the garment) and come pre-washed so they are soft right out of the box with none of that new clothes stiffness or smell. One cautionary note: I washed the black sweatpants and petrol blue hoodie as soon as I received them in cold water. I was curious about color-bleed and loss of interior fuzziness. There was a lot of excess dye which filled up one of the washer sheets that catch dye that I like to use. I didn’t notice any difference or loss of color so I’m guessing it was just excess dye. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to wash with like colors for the first few launderings. While there was a lot of lint from the dryer, the fabric still felt soft and brushed after drying – and no pilling.
Quality Details: One of the nicest surprises about Colorful Standard’s clothing are all the very deliberate and thoughtful detailing that goes into everything from the garments to the packaging.
- The hood has a double layer of fabric so the brushed side in not exposed. You won’t catch your hair on it, nor will you have fuzz in your hair.
- Hood ties have metal tips at the end instead of just knots. It’s more finished looking and should hold up in the long run.
- The hood tie openings have metal grommets. Some other hoodies just have a slit in the fabric. Again, durability and polish.
- The generous sized front pocket is very securely stitched down. This is a stress point where lesser hoodies will rip.
- The bottom banding and sleeve cuffs are stretch and not skimpy.
- The sweatpants have a great waistband. It’s a good width with elastic and a tie (again with the metal tips and grommets). It also has a couple lines of stitching through the elastic so it won’t twist. I doubt I’m going to lose the string inside the waistband and never be able to dig it out, partly because the stitching creates and narrower channel for the tie.
- Pant bottoms have elastic, but aren’t constricting.
- Pockets are important and most sweats, especially for women, short-change you. That isn’t a problem here – they are deep and generously made.
As you can tell, they’ve paid attention to not just looks, but the substance of how you wear garments, and how the garment will wear.
Packaging: Although it may not be as important as the clothing, I have to say that the packaging is the best I’ve seen. Just getting and opening the box made me feel special. It isn’t a plain brown box, but a sturdy, FSC recycled cardboard logo’d box that arrived with individually packaged, plastic (again recycled) bags for each garment that fit the box perfectly so there was not slipping or crumpling. The box and bags also let me know that the company makes a 5% donation to charity, use % organic cotton, are made in Portugal, pre-washed, garment dyed, and anti-pilling. They even have much nicer than normal hang tags that aren’t attached through the fabric so there’s no chance of leaving a hole. So even if you sent this as a gift to someone who knew nothing about the company, they could see that they are getting a quality product from a quality company.
Sustainability: There is a lot on their site about their transparency, sustainability, ethical, and donation policies. They discuss fabric, dye, and packaging choices, ethical labor practices, zero waste policy, and the fact that they don’t sell seasonal collections, but as their name suggests – standards – that will carry you through any season. You can learn about any of this at Sustainability – Colorful Standard US.
As their tags say, “Actions speak louder than words. Let’s change the standards for a better direction.” The company is certainly living up to their declared goal.
Only had sweatshirts
Only had sweatshirts. Nice range of colours, but Im disappointed with the quality. Stitching does seem to be an issue. Also they dont seem to wash very well and Im very careful. Customer service is good, because they replaced two items for me no quibble. Spend a bit more money if you can and look at alternative brands
Quality is reasonable but not great
Quality is reasonable but not great. I will happily pay for good quality, but these products are very over priced.
Delivery by UPS in the UK is appalling, a complete hit and miss - you really should find a better option, there are lots available.
Returns are utterly excruciating. Why did I have to type in all my personal details and all the details of each item I wanted to return individually? You already had those details and it could be so much easier. It feels like you just wanted me to give up.
A poor experience and I wont be back.
Like the simple colours and fit, but quality is terrible with holes appearing around stitching after only a few wears and washes. Stand out as probably the poorest quality clothes Ive bought, and thats not even taking into account the relatively high price.
Good fabric but needs better stitching
I bought some joggers for my girlfriend which had great, high quality feel to them. The stitching however was poor.
After a week the waistband was fraying. They kindly sent another pair out straight away which was great. However after a couple of months wear, one side of the back pocket stitching has completely come away.
It's a shame because the fabric and fit are great, but stitching issues let the whole product down. Not really acceptable considering the price.
very nice garments.bought a couple sweatshirts and tees.can not agree to the dislikes below at all.beside of great quality and colors the shipping was very,very fast.
will definitely buy there again and can recommend it to people who love cotton-apparel.
Nice that they are using organic cotton; and they are comfortable.
BUT, VERY POOR QUALITY, especially considering the price! I.e. stitching coming apart on both garments on first wear; and unacceptable amount of shedding
Very unflattering style.
And no phone line.
Will not be using them again.
Holes and expensive returns
The clothes arrived and it all seemed fine. Then I realised a jumper had a massive hole in the sleeve. I dont want to pay £5 to return a faulty item but Im getting no response from their customer service email
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Not bad, the fabric is very thin, suitable for spring and summer alternate seasons
A good bag is the kind I like. The leather is not as shiny as the picture. It is a bit matte leather. The frosted leather is a bit matte. The bag is atmospheric and simple. It is the most satisfactory bag for online shopping. Thank you for the small gift, thank you for the customer service Maggie. All 5 points.
The pants are very good and stylish, the fabric is good, it is recommended, the seller ships quickly, and the service attitude is also good
The shoes have been received! Average quality! There is a defect! Maybe it will go offline for a while! But worth the price!
Haha, it’s a good gift to a friend!
All I want to wear these days are sweatpants, tees, sweatshirts. Enormous caveat, they have to contain a large percentage of cotton and they have to be Sturdy, not slippery. Viscose need not apply.
To these I add teeny tiny earrings that won’t get yanked from my ears, when I’m up a ladder lopping off flowering tree branches by a fall of stamens and other vegetal debris.
I want cotton, precious metals and precious stones, and ideally I want sumptuous and striking color because absent the beauty of the vast world I have to crowd as much as I can into this small life.
If I lived in Europe, I’d go for these, by Colorful Standard, even though given their unisex sizing they will run large.
Sadly, shipping’s too expensive to the USA.
I already own these. Oxblood and turquoise would be pretty, even intriguing.
Someone with a warmer color palette than I might try these,
Rose and burnt yellow, a desert sunrise if we allow ourselves some fanciful and some folly.
If I revert to my culture’s classics, we find these, from Tory Burch, in navy. Of course.
Maybe with these. From the UK.
Navy and ruby. The Grand Dame might still shoot me a thin-lipped look at the lack of structure, but I do not care because pandemic. My blogging platform wanted me to categorize this post as Bad Fashion. But I will not.
Finally, for those who crave neon, from Bandier. They come in a bright pale pink called, contrarily, Coral, too.
I might stick to gold with these (50% off.) But those of you who can carry off bright might even brave purple.
In the end, unable to find my perfect hue, in my size and preferred fabric, I have in fact reverted to $13 gray sweats from H&M. I’ll wear them with gray tees; monochrome isn’t quite the same as good color but it’s better than a random assortment. The earrings will have to provide any spark.
Have a wonderful weekend. Maybe you find yourself able to wear actual clothes. I will now rise and applaud with great good cheer. Thanks for putting up with me.
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Reddit review colorful standard
How the best-dressed man on the internet spends only £30 a week on clothes
A man voted best-dressed two years running by one of the web’s biggest fashion communities has revealed he only spends $40 (£) on clothes each week.
Joseph Knowles is a student from Vancouver and has taken the crown of best-dressed man for the second year after votes were cast by over , subscribers on Reddit’s Male Fashion Advice forum.
Knowles, in his early 20s, regularly uploads images of his outfits in a thread called “What are you wearing today?”
He’s undoubtedly a photogenic man with a physique that wears clothes well, and his photos are good quality and well-composed, but it’s not just his skill at assembling outfits that have impressed other users - Knowles has a real knack for creating stylish looks on a budget.
His secret? Charity shops.
“I buy almost exclusively used clothing from relatively no-name brands and tailor my own stuff,” Knowles told Racked, adding that about 95 per cent of his wardrobe comes from charity shops.
Knowles proves that by being savvy and putting in the effort, you can look great without spending a fortune.
He shops at least twice a week and takes the time to look through every item in each shop, including the women’s sections - his favorite item of clothing is a women’s faux fur coat - and he believes the prints, patterns and fabrics are more interesting than men’s clothing.
Knowles has become an expert charity store shopper over time and can now find the pieces worth considering simply by running his hand over the rail. “My hand will tell me when to stop and take a better look at things,” he says.
Another way in which Knowles keeps costs down is by selling clothes back to charity shops when he’s finished with them. “Whatever I want to buy, I have to sell that amount first,” he says. “It's self-sustainable in that sense.”
But it’s not buying second-hand clothes alone that leaves Knowles looking so stylish - he tailors everything himself.
After buying a sewing machine (at a charity shop, naturally), Knowles turned to YouTube to learn how to use it, wrecking “at least ten to 15 pairs” of trousers before successfully creating anything wearable.
Currently applying to do a Masters in Physiotherapy, Knowles spends his free time writing, styling and doing photography.
For a while, he followed the Reddit thread without posting anything, and it was only before going on a date one evening that he decided to upload a snap of his outfit. It was “just to see if I was doing something right, if I was doing something wrong,” he says. “The community in general was great at giving feedback. It was a great learning point.”
And it appears the student has become the master, as Knowles has become something of a style icon online. “I hope I really give back to the community as much as I can just because I remember what it was like not knowing where to go and starting out,” he explains.
Knowles’ advice for finding the best items in charity shops is to look for clothes that “are a bit heavier,” as well as high-quality buttons and zips.
But at the end of the day, Knowles thinks it’s important to remember “they’re just clothes.”
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