Oooh baby, you know that when I find something good, you can count on me to share it with you. Today is one of those days!
While doing some online window shopping recently, I came across the stunning and popular Lindy Knit Top from Reformation and was intrigued. I loved the silhouette and that it was stylish and modern without being overly revealing.
But upon searching for Reformation Lindy top reviews and looking for information on if the Lindy Top ran true to size or not, I didn’t come up with much. I live in France, so it’s not a free return or exchange for me and I wanted to get it right. I went ahead and bought it on impulse, crossed my fingers that I’d like it, and that I chose the right size.
This is my Reformation Lindy top review to help all of you out there looking for this information before you whip out your wallet. Is it worth it? Does it run small? What are some Reformation Lindy Top dupes? I have you covered, so let’s go!
Reformation Lindy top review
I live in the French countryside so being a fashionista isn’t part of my day to day. I’m a huge fan of t-shirts most of the time, but that said, you can never go wrong with a stylish top.
When you look good, you feel good and that’s where the Reformation Lindy knit top comes in. This gorgeous cap sleeve top has a mock neck, light ruching on the sides, and a vertical seam up the back.
It can be paired with pants, a skirt, you name it and it’ll look great. Style the top any way you want. Trust me, your closet has been waiting for this one.
P.S. I also love the Revolve Top from Canadian eco-friendly brand Encircled. Size down. I have it in a small and it was the right call.
P.P.S. Curious about French style? Here’s what to wear in France. Read my no-BS French fashion guide for tourists.
What is Reformation?
Reformation is a clothing brand founded in 2009 by Yael Aflalo and was originally a vintage clothing shop in Los Angeles. Yael’s vision was to create a more sustainable approach to fashion after she became aware of the fashion industry’s environmental impact.
The focus is on sustainability and Reformation explains on their website that they “make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure and pioneer sustainable practices, focusing on people and progress each step of the way.”
Their website launched in 2013 and America’s first sustainable factory launched in downtown Los Angeles that same year. You can shop online (they ship abroad) or in one of their retail stores Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Dallas, Boston, D.C., or San Francisco. They also have stores internationally in London and South Korea.
Reformation Lindy knit top details
In the past, when I’ve tried on similar mock neck tops, they’ve either been unflattering or too tight around the neck. This top is neither. It looks fantastic on and fits really well (more on sizing below). I hate clothes that are uncomfortable and I’m a stickler for finding items I feel good wearing.
Luckily, the Reformation Lindy top knocks it out of the park and would be a welcome addition to pretty much any woman’s wardrobe.
It’s a versatile top perfect for a night out, work (maybe not some offices, depending on how it’s styled but more on that below as well), or anything really. It comes in a variety of colors including black, dark green, blue and more. There’s even a black mesh version.
I bought it in black and that’s what I’m shown wearing in this post. It’s priced at US$68 on the brand’s website. The French website has it priced at 78€. Please note I bought the top with my own funds and was not gifted it or given a discount.
The Lindy top slips over the head and doesn’t have any zippers or buttons. It’s easy on and off and is made of 88% organic cotton and 12% spandex. The material is substantial and doesn’t feel flimsy or thin. It’s not see through by any means and is stretchy and almost a matte black finish. This is a mostly cotton top, not a slippery spandex material.
There’s no internal shelf bra, but the good news is that you can wear a regular bra with it. You don’t need to find one with convertible straps or anything like that. Just choose one that doesn’t come up too high in the armpit area since the cut of that area is on the deeper side.
When it needs a wash, Reformation recommends that it’s hand washed and laid flat to dry. I was relieved to know it didn’t require dry cleaning. These days, I own only a couple items that are dry clean only and I’m happy to say this top isn’t one of them.
Is the Reformation Lindy top cropped?
Is the Reformation Lindy top short? This is an important question and one that I had before buying it. I want to make you aware of one aspect of the Lindy top that might be a deal breaker for some of you.
While I love this top, I do want to caution you that it is slightly cropped. It’s not super easy to see that in the model photos on the Reformation website. I feel like the length is accurately shown by the models wearing it on Anthropologie’s site where you can clearly see some midriff skin.
The official Reformation site doesn’t refer to the top as being cropped, nor does it list the measurements. Nordstrom, Anthropologie and others do note the top as being cropped. I even emailed Reformation before buying it to ask if it was cropped because of the conflicting info I saw and they told me it was not. Hmm.
But in actuality, a size medium is only 19 inches long. While it won’t hit you under your bust at your ribs, the Lindy top will go down to your midriff or maybe just below your belly button. You can pull it down to the top of your hips but it will ride up a little.
Because of the ruching, the hem is curved and longest in the middle, with the sides a little higher up. It’s not straight across.
It is NOT a long top that will hit at the hips and stay there on 99% of people (exception if you’re verrrry short waisted). You really won’t be able to tuck it in.
None of this is a bad thing, I want to be clear about that. But it is something to note in case you were expecting a full-length top. If you’re self-conscious about your midsection, this top might not be the best choice since that’s exactly where it hits.
It would be an even more versatile top if it was a good 4-5 inches longer because I could tuck it in completely into high-waisted bottoms and wear it to work with mid-rise bottoms and not be concerned about a little skin peeking out.
Reformation, please make the Lindy top in a longer length option too!
Is the Reformation Lindy top appropriate for work?
Because it’s on the shorter side, it begs the question, is the Reformation Lindy top appropriate for work?
For the record, it hits me just below my belly button. You can pull it down but the hem will move around a little, and unless you don’t move around, it won’t stay down.
The cropped look will be less noticeable on straight body types. If you’re hourglass or pear shaped, I feel like it’ll appear more cropped (especially if you have a larger bust that’ll draw the fabric up).
To answer the question on if the Reformation Lindy top is appropriate for a corporate workplace, well, this is going to depend on three factors:
1) How you style the top
2) Your workplace dress code
3) Your body type
As I explained, the Lindy top was actually a bit shorter than I expected. The side ruching is not adjustable by the way. If you style the top with a high-waisted bottom, it’s going to reduce or completely conceal the fact that it’s on the shorter side. I pretty much only wear it with high-waisted bottoms like the denim skirt I’m wearing in the photos. Even still, you can see my stomach peeking out.
Regardless though, it’s not a shirt I would be able to tuck into anything. If you raise your hands over your head to reach for something, it’s more than likely that even with high-waisted pants, some skin might peek out.
For that reason, in more conservative fields, the Lindy top may not be appropriate for work. But in environments where the dress code is a little more relaxed, I feel like the Lindy Top would be a trendy asset, especially if paired with a blazer or cardigan.
Personally, I always pair the top with a high-waisted pair of pants or skirt. That way, not too much of my stomach is showing and it minimizes the slightly cropped look. I don’t feel comfortable wearing it with mid or low-rise bottoms.
The top also looks a bit more cropped on those of us with a fuller chest.
Reformation sizing: Does the Lindy Top run small?
The Lindy Top comes in sizes XS to XL on Reformation’s main page. Down in the description, it also notes the top comes in 1X-3X although when I clicked, it said unavailable so I’m not sure if these sizes were sold out at the moment or if the Lindy top only goes up to XL on the international site.
This is my first Reformation piece, so I wasn’t familiar with their sizing. The fit on Reformation’s site says it’s designed to be fitted throughout. I hate tight clothes.
I wasn’t sure if Reformation tops ran small, so I looked around a little and saw on Nordstrom’s site that they recommended sizing up and I’m so glad I did. I figured that would also give me a tiny bit more length, as I didn’t want my belly button showing. It was a good call.
I’m 5’7″ and generally wear a medium in sweaters and other tops from places like J.Crew and other mainstream stores and a US8 in bottoms. My bra size is a 36C/D. I opted for a large in the Lindy Top and it’s the size you see me wearing in this post.
Does the Lindy top run small? I’d say so. I feel that the Lindy top runs a bit on the small size. Keep in mind the brand describes it as a slim fit, close to body, so if you want it a little looser, size up.
To answer the question ‘is the Reformation Lindy top true to size,’ I’d say no. The Lindy top runs small.
If you’re on the fence about sizing, I’d absolutely recommend that you size up if you fall into one or more of the following categories:
–You’re over 5’5″ tall
–If your bra size is a C-cup or bigger. Your chest is going to make the top seem shorter.
—Don’t want an overly tight/short top. Just depends on your comfort preferences and what look you’re going for.
In my case, I’m all three of the above so sizing up was the way to go.
Is the Lindy top worth it?
YESSSS, my gosh yes.
At $68 dollars, this isn’t a budget buy but it’s also not crazy expensive. If you are looking to save a few bucks, look for it on secondhand marketplaces like on the Poshmark app. Use my code OUIINFRANCE if you’re a new customer for $10 off.
For something so versatile that will be worn a lot, the top was absolutely worth it and I plan on snatching up one in blue (Danube). Shop the Reformation Lindy knit top here.
PROS: This is a super flattering top that is fashionable but with a conservative neckline that goes with pretty much anything. It’s also not exorbitantly expensive. Do not have to dry clean.
CONS: Isn’t available in a non-cropped length. I’d love to see a version that hits at the hip. Colors aside from black often sell out fast. The cottony material and the fact that it’s black means it picks up deodorant stains easily so make sure you use an invisible deodorant. Has to be hand washed.
Reformation Lindy top dupes
If you want to branch out to other brands, I have some Reformation Lindy Top dupes for you. These four options are more budget friendly and might be a nice alternative option for you. I own and can personally vouch for the first two on my list.
Also, if you love the top as much as I do, you might want check out the Reformation Alden Knit Dress as well, which is pretty much a Lindy top in dress form.
OK now for the Reformation Lindy top dupes:
1. TOP PICK: Abercrombie & Fitch Ruched Shell Top: SHOP HERE
This baby has been selling out fast but it’s a really nice Reformation Lindy dupe at $40. The material is a tiny bit less cottony than the original since it’s 46% modal and can be machine washed on the gentle cycle. It comes in neutrals and feels really good on. I own this top and I love that it’s about an inch longer on me than the Lindy top. Slim fit, size up.
2. TOP PICK: OGL Eco-SkinKiss® Workleisure Mock Neck Ruched Sides Tank Top: SHOP HERE
Available in a bunch of fun colors, this OGL top is a spot on Lindy Dupe and also one that I personally own and can vouch for. The fabric is mostly viscose with a hint of spandex, making it really soft. It’s the same cropped length as the Lindy and only $25. This one can also be machine washed on the gentle cycle and sizes go up to 2XL. Slim fit, size up. FYI, this brand has a lot of really fun, trendy items. $10 off w/code OGLAFF10
3. NY & Co Sleeveless Mock Neck Ruched Top: BUY HERE
At just $34, this sleeveless top from New York & Company is true to size and goes with anything. It currently seems to be available only in white but I hope more colors come out soon. They have a very similar top in black, red, and navy that’s gorgeous too.
4. HUBERY Women Mock Neck Sleeveless Cropped Tank: BUY HERE
Currently on sale for just $17, this is the most cost-effective Reformation Lindy dupe on my list.
Here are a few more Reformation dupes for the Lindy top that you might like:
Hope my review was helpful and you love your Reformation Lindy top as much as I love mine. Happy shopping!
Disclosure: I paid for the tops mentioned in this post and was not gifted them or given a discount. This post contains affiliate links but isn’t sponsored.