I used Prime Wardrobe to review Amazon Essentials brand clothing.
Amazon has it’s own brand of clothing, Amazon Essentials, and I’ve been eyeing it for a while. The line is made up of wardrobe basics at an incredibly affordable price. But I was cautious because I wasn’t sure about the quality.
Then I saw many Amazon Essentials items available for Prime Wardrobe. Since Prime Wardrobe lets you try before you buy, this was the perfect chance to give Amazon Essentials a whirl. I filled my Prime Wardrobe box with some classic winter wardrobe basics to test out.
My initial reaction was that I was pleasantly surprised! The tops and jeggings I tried seemed to be pretty decent quality (better than I’ve seen in some popular clothing stores of similar or slightly higher price ranges). If you’re looking for some wardrobe basics that you can style in a lot of ways and wear across multiple seasons, this is a good option!
AMAZON’S MANUFACTURING ETHICS
If you’re focusing on supporting socially and environmentally ethical brands, Amazon Essentials may not be for you. While Amazon does have a comprehensive policy on Supply Chain Standards, it doesn’t seem to go above and beyond basic legal standards.
However, Amazon’s Supply Chain Standard does contain language prohibiting child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking; language requiring safe work environments in accordance with local laws; and language regarding wages, work hours, and fair treatment.
My personal perspective? While ethical brands are becoming more widely available and more affordable all the time, they are still a challenge for many people to afford. And I believe building a wardrobe of classic staples that will transcend the fast fashion trend cycle is it’s own form of ethical fashion.
Amazon Essentials Brand Clothing Review
This lightweight sweater is the perfect year-round wardrobe workhorse. It’s light enough to layer and not feel too bulky. I like this length because it’s longer but doesn’t look like a dress. The quality feels great and the fit is true to size (I’m wearing a medium). And it comes in 13 colors!
This is basically just the v-neck version of the scoopneck top above. V-necks seem a little more casual to me, and it’s just a different look. It comes in all the same colors, and the fit is the same.
I love the stripe design of this sweater. It just gives it a bit of interest. This is another lightweight top you could easily layer in colder weather. I love clothing that can be worn nearly year-round! This one also fits true to size and comes in 7 colors.
If you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while, you may remember that I was searching for a good plaid button down. I like the fit and weight of this one! It’s a thin flannel, so again, more easily layered. And it comes in 15 colors! (Also true to size, wearing medium.)
These jeggings are a fantastic find for just $20. The quality feels good, and the fit is perfect. They’re nice and stretchy, and have real back pockets and belt loops (front pockets are fake). They come in this light wash, a dark wash, burgundy, black, and a black and white plaid.
This sherpa lined hoodie is incredibly warm and cozy. I can’t even get over how soft it is. It’s a bit fitted in the body, so if you like your hoodie to have a looser fit you may want to size up. I’m wearing a medium, for reference. And it comes in 7 colors.
I wanted to try some outerwear by Amazon Essentials to see the quality, and this seems to be fine quality. But I wasn’t in love with this puffer jacket. There’s nothing specifically wrong with it, I think it’s just not my style. It’s lightweight, but puffy, which doesn’t make sense to me. However, it truly is ‘packable’ as the name describes. It came with a tiny pouch you can wad the jacket into if you want to throw it in a bag or something.
The cable knit hat and scarf sets from Amazon Essentials were another winter basic I really wanted to try to test out quality. The scarf was fine. It’s not as thick as I thought it looked in the photo. And the quality of the hat was fine too, but it was way to small for my head. (To be fair, I do have a large head and a lot of hair.) I would say these items are better suited as outfit accessories than as actual winter weather gear because they’re not very thick or warm.
Final verdict: For the most part, I was impressed with Amazon Essentials! The tunics and jeggings are fantastic, especially for the price. I was not, however, wowed by the winter gear. It’s not terrible, just not what I need for *actual* winter weather. 😉 If you’re looking to fill some wardrobe gaps or stock up on some affordable wardrobe basics, this is a great option for you.
For what it’s worth, I did get another whole Prime Wardrobe box of Amazon Essentials to try some other items! Keep your eye out for that post.