When I got Everlane's linen collarless shirt (which I loved, review here), I was super excited to also try their soft cotton popover shirt because I'm all about collarless right now. I looked up a little history of the collarless shirt (also called the Grandad collar shirt) and it supposedly originated with blue collar workers who couldn't wear ties, which could get caught in machinery. And so maybe it totally makes sense that I'm attracted to this kind of shirt (since nowadays I work in a garage and not in an office). I love that there are no collars to get makeup on when I bend down. This is the main reason I bought 2 Everlane linen collarless shirts (one in white and one in black).
So I thought the soft cotton version would work well with my lifestyle too. And well it does, but I pretty much purchased a size way too small. I'm usually a size 4, but I didn't want it to be too oversized so I consulted their product dimensions and bought a 0 *facepalm*. I really should have bought a 2. So now the fit is a bit weird and y'all agreed with me on Insta-story too lol.
But one person did say the shrunken shirt was more like a Korean- way of styling and I can see that (also a bit of a Commes des Garcons to me).
I like how soft the shirt is. It feels like a soft vintage shirt that's been washed and worn for years, and to me it's much more preferable to stiff cotton poplin. Also the soft cotton doesn't wrinkle as easily. But it does feel a lot thinner than normal stiff cotton and so I'm not sure how well it will hold up in the long run.
But in the end, I decided not to repurchase it in a size up mostly because of the price. This one shirt is $75, which seems like a lot for a cotton shirt. Everlane' modern utility jacket (reviewed here) costs only $3 more at $78 and I feel like you're getting a lot more bang for your buck on that piece. I'd be more willing to buy and keep this is it was closer to $65 and I might just wait and see if this goes on their "choose what you pay" sale.
Oh and one other thing about the sizing: I noticed that the 5'10" model on the Everlane site is wearing a size 0 and yet it does not look extra short on her. I'm only 5'4" and it looks way shorter on me. Hmmm...ah well like I said I'd get a size 2 if this ever goes on sale. But really since I don't need it (and since I already have 2 collarless shirts from Everlane) I have no plans to rebuy it. However, if you're looking for a wrinkle-resistant, less stiff and very soft cotton collarless shirt for the office, this might be a good option for you. Just get it true to size or one size down if you want a more fitted look.
P.S. I went to the Everlane store yesterday to try on some things and so this is me wearing the gray version of the popover shirt in size 2. Size 2 is definitely a better size for me (and that's still one size smaller than my usual size 4), and I noticed the gray version is quite sheer. So I think I prefer the blue and white striped one.