About Universal Standard
Universal Standard designs flattering, high-quality clothing for women. Their inclusive line of essentials includes an extensive range of sizes from 00 to 40. The brand pushes for “Fashion Freedom,” helping women of all shapes and sizes to enjoy the retail experience.
The brand has been featured in Yahoo News, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, Parade, Forbes, Fashionista, Vogue Business, People, and many other publications. Universal Standard has a following of 141k on Instagram, and 50k on Facebook.
This Universal Standard clothing review will take a close look at the brand and their best-selling products, customer reviews, promotions, and more to help you decide if their clothing is the right fit for you.
Overview of Universal Standard
Universal Standard was created by two friends, Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler, in 2015, after the pair grew frustrated by the lack of variety of sizes in high-fashion clothing.
With a mission to create an inclusive and empowering clothing brand, the two set out to design a great shopping experience for anyone, regardless of what size clothing you wear.
Motivated to remove size from the shopping equation, Universal Standard started the Fit Liberty program that offers size exchanges 1 year from the date of purchase.
The brand has since started other initiatives like their Rest, Recycle, Refresh program that rewards customers for recycling their old clothes. The brand’s headquarters and flagship store is located in NYC.
Before taking a look at their best-selling products, this Universal Standard clothing review will provide a brief overview of the brand’s pros and cons:
- Wide variety of apparel, including tops, sweaters, sweats, sleepwear, workwear, and bodysuits
- Encourages quality over quantity in the wardrobe by offering versatile and ethically-produced pieces
- Offers extensive sizes from 00-40
- Reset, Recycle, Refresh program gives customers up to $100 for sending 4 items or less to be recycled
- The Fit Liberty program lets customers buy the size of clothing they are now, and if they change sizes, the company sends a new size for free
- Permanent sale section
- Free shipping, returns, and exchanges
- Some customers complain about quality, price, and shipping times
Universal Standard does things differently. Not just in that their clothing and sizes are inclusive, but that they have a focus on quality over quantity.
This Universal Standard clothing review will feature the brand’s best-selling clothing, including wardrobe basics like flattering seasonal dresses, as well as chic items like wide leg pants to glam up your work wardrobe.
Universal Standard Dresses Review
Universal Standard Dresses are simple, versatile, and chic. Their best-selling dresses come in classic neutrals, as well as modern, vibrant shades, and can be dressed up or down.
Universal Standard Foundation Long Sleeve Turtleneck Dress Review
An essential spring or fall staple, the Foundation Long Sleeve Turtleneck Dress is sleek and simple, so it can be worn on its own or paired with a shorter coat.
This Universale Standard review pictures this dress in black, layered with a blue denim jacket. For those who like a little more color in their wardrobe, the forest green color under a cream peacoat is also a great combination.
Made from soft ribbed jersey material, this Universal Standard turtleneck dress is lightweight and also comes in royal blue and slate. For a cozier alternative, take a look at the plush Universal Standard sweatshirt dress.
The comfortable and attractive Foundation Long Sleeve Turtleneck Dress is $88.
Universal Standard Misa Jersey Dress Review
Available in black or forest green, the Misa Jersey Dress features a tie around the waist for an ultra-flattering look. Depending on how tall you are, this dress may hit you right above or below the knee, and is a casual day dress perfect for day dates and shopping excursions.
Made from Peruvian cotton, this dress is a great option for summertime, but looks cute when layered with a spring jacket too. Stay cool in the hot weather with the Misa Jersey Dress for $75.
Universal Standard Brady A-Line Dress Review
The Brady A-Line Dress was designed for fun. It’s stretchy, so don’t be afraid to dance in this classic number. The A-Line shape of this dress is flirty, and when you’re twirling on the dance floor, it has that classic flowing movement we look for in a fun dress.
This mid-length dress is stretchy in the right places, but structured where you need it to be, like in the top and around the waist. The tie of this dress can be tightened, so you can cinch your waist for a flattering hourglass shape.
This classy and trendy Brady A-Line Dress comes in black only, and retails for $140.
Universal Standard Aubery V Neck Sleep Dress Review
Some women are Panama pants sleepers, some prefer dresses. Although pants are super cute, dresses give unparalleled freedom to our whole bodies. After a stressful day wearing tight clothes, it’s nice to come home and throw on something with no elastic waist.
Available in black, cerulean, and navy, the Aubrey V Neck Sleep Dress has a flattering double v-neck. Made from soft Pima cotton, this dress is perfect for lounging around the house with a cup of coffee, or just snuggling in bed.
Have a truly freeing sleep experience with this sleep dress for $65.
Universal Standard Shauna Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater Review
The Shauna Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater is one of those simple, quality pieces that this Universal Standard clothing review believes is always a good idea to have on hand.
Incredibly versatile, this Universal Standard green sweater can be paired with your choice of pants or even worn underneath overalls as an understated and comfy look.
We’re also picturing this sweater with the front tucked into a dark Universal Standard denim knee skirt, with a brown leather belt and brown leather knee high boots.
The Shauna Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater also comes in black, forest green, orchid and slate, and is on sale for $108, regular price $135.
Universal Standard Foundation Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit Review
A good wardrobe doesn’t need to have a million articles of clothing. Mixing and matching a few pieces that you love is a good principle to live by when shopping for clothing.
Remember that long dark denim skirt you paired with the sweater? It also goes great with the Foundation Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit.
No need to tuck, this turtleneck bodysuit gives you a smooth and clean look without the annoyance of your shirt constantly needing to be readjusted.
With a three snap closure, this comfortable apparel can be paired with your bottoms of choice. Simple and functional, the versatile and comfortable bodysuit is $72.
Universal Standard Cigarette Pants Review
Who ever said work clothes need to be uncomfortable? For some reason a ton of them are, giving us just one more reason to dread rolling out of bed at 7am Monday morning.
Just grazing your ankle, the Cigarette Pants are a comfortable, modern alternative to constricting work pants. Flattering for many shapes, this legwear also helps us out by working with whatever top we choose to pair with them. It also comes in black, mole, navy, and plum.
Dress these Universal Standard workwear pants down with a simple tee, or up with a fancy blouse. Look forward to your workday for $124.
Universal Standard Wide Leg Tie Pants Review
Available in black, caramel and navy, the Wide Leg Tie Pants have a satiny, sleek look that practically screams comfortable. The wide front tie grabs a lot of attention, and is why these pants are also high-rise – to hit you at the most flattering spot, your waist.
These wide pants can do all the talking, and are best paired with a simple top, but don’t be afraid of adding a print like a cream and brown mini-polka dot blouse to the mix. These chic and roomy Wide Leg Tie Pants are $148.
Universal Standard Carmen Satin Bomber Jacket Review
A good spring jacket is versatile. It needs to be lightweight enough to keep you cool in the sun, but warm enough to withstand chilly breezes. The Carmen Satin Bomber Jacket has just the right thickness for you to transition the seasons in.
The satin material lends itself to being dressed up or down. Available in deep sea or black, you can wear this jacket with joggers and sneakers for that Whole Foods run, or with a sleek mid length tank dress for drinks on the patio.
The fashionable and functional Carmen Satin Bomber Jacket can be yours for $168.
Universal Standard Reviews: What Do Customers Think?
This Universal Standard clothing review took to the internet to find out what others were saying about the brand and their inclusive clothing.
Ahead, you’ll find reviews taken from the brand’s website, Reddit, and Yelp, all discussing the quality, fit, and price of Universal Standard clothing, as well as their shipping policy.
The Misa Jersey Dress is rated an average of 5/5 stars by 41 customers on universalstandard.com.
One customer who loved the fit and fabric of this dress wrote, “When I finally received it (BTW Super fast shipping and I live in Puerto Rico!) It didn’t disappoint! I’m even more obsessed now. The material is so soft, top quality. So flattering and versatile.”
On the other hand, another buyer wrote, “I am high-waisted so the tie is not in the best place. My main problem was with the delivery. The dress was ordered Dec 2 and delivered Dec 28. I order items internationally all the time and have never had an order take so long.”
The brand’s other products also have positive ratings on the official website:
- Tee Rex – Eggplant: 5/5 stars out of 370+ ratings
- Geneva Dress – Berry: 5/5 stars out of 70+ ratings
- Seine Mid Rise Skinny Jeans 32 Inch: 4.3/5 stars out of 170+ reviews
- Cigarette Pants – Plum: 4.3/5 stars out of 50+ ratings
A Universal Standard clothing review thread on Reddit discussed the brand’s clothing, and included a comment by one user that read, “I just started buying from them relatively recently and have found the clothes to be very comfy, true to size, and very flattering!”
Though the thread is full of positive comments, there are a few negatives, including one that read, “I struggle with their jeans…the high rise comes up under my bra and the medium rise doesn’t come up far enough.”
Many redditors recommend the brand, but a few wish it didn’t cost so much. One commenter said, “If it weren’t for the prices and the amount of clothes I already have, I’d buy a full wardrobe of US.”
On Yelp, Universal Standard is rated an average of 4.5 stars by 36 customers. One reviewer who speaks of their entire experience with the brand wrote:
“I am so ecstatic to have finally found quality and stylish clothes, in my size, that I can build a wardrobe with instead of tossing out every season… As a matter of fact the whole US experience has made me more body positive and confident in ways I did not think a brand could!”
A customer who complained about the clothing’s quality wrote, “I had my first shirt repaired but unfortunately it started falling apart again. Almost every other piece of clothing has threads pulling apart or ripping. I expected a lot better quality for the price.”
While we acknowledge the complaints put forth by a few customers, the overwhelming majority of Universal Standard clothing buyers love their products for their versatility and look, as well as the quality of the materials.
Is Universal Standard Worth It?
The brand’s quest for inclusivity is admirable, and this Universal Standard clothing review holds them in high regard simply because of that. Their clothing is also made in ethical facilities, and they encourage customers to recycle clothes with their Reset, Recycle, Refresh program.
The brand’s clothing is attractive, well made, and versatile. Even though the prices are high, the quality is also very high. This brings us to a point about investment pieces and quality: filling your wardrobe with 16 $10 sweaters may bring versatility, but it also brings a lack of room in your closet filled with items that will rip and fade easily.
On a more positive note, the brand offers free shipping, returns and exchanges, and there have been no major red flags that have popped up in customer reviews. For these reasons, this Universal Standard clothing review believes the brand is worth the buy.
Universal Standard Promotions & Discounts
Universal Standard has the following promotions and discounts currently available,
- Reset, Recycle, Refresh program gives customers up to $100 for sending up to 4 items of clothes to be recycled
- Universal Standard free dress and clothing returns & exchanges
- Free shipping
- Fit Liberty program that lets customers buy the size of clothing they are now, and if they change sizes, the brand will send them their new size for free
- The Universal Standard Sale Section
Where to Buy Universal Standard Clothing
Their full apparel line is available directly from UniversalStandard.com. Customers can also visit their flagship store in Soho, New York.
Is Universal Standard ethical?
The brand’s clothing is manufactured in global facilities that adhere to strict ethical regulations. Universal Standard also has a Reset, Recycle, Refresh program that rewards customers for donating clothing to be recycled.
What sizes does Universal Standard have?
The brand proudly carries sizes between 00 – 40. Each product page has a Universal Standard size chart that provides information on how the apparel would fit on different body types.
What is Universal Standard’s Shipping Policy?
Universal Standard offers shipping within the US, as well as most international locations. Shipping options for US orders are listed below:
- Standard: 5-7 business days free
- Expedited: 2-3 business days $15
This Universal Standard clothing review notes that free standard shipping may not apply to your order if you have bought an item that is final sale, or a part of a promotion.
International shipping options vary based on location and are listed at checkout. You can track your order via the carrier’s website using the tracking number provided in your shipping confirmation email.
What is Universal Standard’s Return Policy?
Universal Standard returns and exchanges in the US are free. International returns require a return postage fee. You can return any item within 30 days if it is unworn and unwashed. The only items that are not returnable are:
- Final sale apparel
- Gift cards
- Universal Standard Mystery Box promotion items
If you have bought a Capsule, you can return any, or all, of the items the same way you would normal orders, through their Happy Returns center. To start a return, head to their Return page on the official website.
How to Contact Universal Standard
If you need any other information that this Universal Standard clothing review did not include, you can contact the company by:
- Phone: (844)394-8587
- Text: (888)378-1390
- Email: [email protected]
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