Eileen Fisher organic handkerchief linen boxy dress | on sale for $129 (I’m wearing an XS)
Before vacation last week I went to Eileen Fisher to try and find a short dress that I’d feel comfortable wearing. By that I mean that I mean a dress that would not show my knees. Also, I’m into sleeves lately; I don’t mind showing my arms, but I find that going sleeveless often leaves me chilly inside, and having just a short sleeve, or elbow length sleeve really helps a lot. So, I was on a mission to find something just-below-knee-length AND with sleeves to get me through the rest of the summer. Oh, and it had to meet my standards for responsible clothing nowadays, which leads me first to Eileen Fisher.
I ended up with the dress I’m wearing in the photograph, which I wore two days on vacation and a couple times since then. More often than not, I just wear it with boyshorts and a regular bra underneath, but yesterday I wore it with a slip. It is not completely sheer, but neither is it opaque…
I love the dress also with my wide leg linen pants, and skinny jeans. I don’t know why I don’t layer dresses over pants much lately – I have in the past – maybe because it veers too strongly into high-school art teacher territory? Especially in all linen LOL.
I did also buy the shoes, as you saw in this post, but man, I have bad luck with Eileen Fisher shoes. I got a half size down because my regular size was already too big, not even stretched yet. I wore them at home and to take pictures, and noticed they really started hurting the tops of my feet. I thought they’d stretch with more wear, so I wore them the next day or so around the house, and they didn’t. So I had to return them. Sadly, I’ve never been able to keep any EF shoes, there’s always something a little ‘off’ with them on me. Interestingly, they come with organic cotton shoe bags, which I think is an important detail.
What else I tried on:
Viscose jersey round neck elbow sleeve dress – I sort of liked the length on this one, but even the large was too snug at my hips, and the XL was too long and big up top. Straight fit, which isn’t great on me at all.
Mandarin collar linen midi dress – I liked this one a lot, actually, and I’m pretty sure I tried it in a small. It was maxi length on me, and not as cute as a dress as it was a “duster,” worn open with pants or over another dress.
Linen ballet neck shift dress – I actually tried on this dusty rose color in the store, but it’s out of stock. I liked this, but not enough to want to buy it. I LOVED the pockets. I think I tried a medium.
Classic jersey shirt dress – I loved loved loved loved this dress. But 1. it was too expensive right now, and 2. too hot for summer in Texas. And now I feel really bad because I cannot for the life of me remember which size I tried on. I want to say small, not petite. Such a bad blogger…
Tencel shirt dress – this is the dress I tried on some time ago while scouting out linen pieces. I loved it as well, but it was WAY too hot to even think about wearing for summer. I tried the small.
As you can see, sizing was all over the place, as usual. We’ve discussed that before, and I don’t know why that is, other than different fabrics and styles fall and wear differently. I’d like to think that Eileen Fisher doesn’t engage in vanity sizing, but it’s possible. All of my linen pieces are size small, my harem pants are medium, and my slouchy ankle pants are large petite. For that reason, I never order online without trying in person first, I just honestly have no idea what size will work for me. And the differences are often so subtle, it’s STILL hard to make a decision even in person!
I trust Eileen Fisher to engage in responsible and ethical production methods, though, so increasingly, I’m favoring the brand for certain things. I still find a lot of styles rather matronly, and of course the sizing is frustrating, but the more I explore, the more I like. And to think it all started with harem pants…