Marlena Midi dress in raw silk | $265 (size XS – XL)
Available in a shorter version & silk crepe
Another view of the Marlena Midi dress – its’ reversible!!
Clyde work pant in cotton twill | $245 (available in different lengths up to size 16)
Florence pant in linen | $205
Georgia Midi in raw silk | $245 (available in one size minus, regular & plus)
– also available in shorter length, as well as linen and silk crepe
Harper tunic in cotton twill | $180 (one size, one size minus & one size plus)
also available in linen
Linn tee in cotton twill | $140 (one size minus, regular & plus)
also available in linen
Elise dress in stretch cotton twill | $245 (sizes 00-16, short to tall lengths)
Cecilia pant in stretch cotton | $220 (size 00-16, short through tall)
The Elizabeth Suzann signature collection is back! It’s new, beautiful, and everything I crave for spring (light colors! easy drape!). As they do with their signature pieces, it’s a thoughtful collection of foundational, season-less and effortless staples for any wardrobe. Featuring pieces that are easily layered, and several that are office appropriate, there’s something for every lifestyle; everything working hard for a coveted place in your closet. I particularly love that most pieces are available in differing lengths, and appreciate that they’ve crafted pieces in multiple fabrications like cotton twill, linen, raw silk and silk crepe for different drapes and feel.
Everything is cut & sewn to order in Nashville, so you may pre-order now for delivery in a few weeks.
And now for the fun part…I’m going to be working with Elizabeth Suzann this spring to review a couple of pieces for you! I am beyond honored to work with such an inspiring company, and very excited to try some things; I’m a huge fan of the brand, and I know many of you are as well.
So here’s my question: what do YOU think I should try? Those of you who own Elizabeth Suzann, what shapes/styles do you like? I’m leaning towards a few things, but I’d love to hear what you’re interested in and/or what you’d like to see on me.
Wow. I JUST ordered my first ES piece last week, in process now (and coincidentally was JUST before this new line was launched yesterday). I got the clyde work pant in canvas. I am very excited/nervous. I thought you were about to offer your readers a promotion , and I would have had to call and ask for it retroactively!
Everything is beautiful. I spent SO much, but my idea is to only buy a couple of new items for spring/summer and to invest heavily in them (and I know if they don’t work I can exchange them for something else).
Anyway, I’m so curious as to how the cotton twill clyde pants differ – would love to see those on you for reference!
I’m so excited for you! I have two pieces in the raw silk (Marlena top and short dress) and I love them both. I’m wearing the Cecilia pants right now! I’m petite and long waisted (short of leg) and the original length of that pant (pre short & tall sizes) fits me perfectly. They hit right at my ankle and I can roll them up for a more cropped length.
I would love to know how the smaller size of the Harper tunic looks. I returned the original one-sized one (in linen) because it was just too voluminous for me.
Grechen Reiter says
ah, sorry, no promotion 🙁
i LOVE the clyde work pant, and would probably get them in olive. i worry, of course, that they’ll be quite tight on my calves though…i wonder if the tilda pant in linen would be better. at least they’d both stretch a bit…
Grechen Reiter says
what is your inseam?
i’m definitely interested in the cecilia pants, they look like the perfect pair of slim black pants…how do you think they’d work for my larger calves? are they stretchy enough? i thought i’d probably get the short length.
also thinking about the harper tunic. but would definitely get the OS minus. (which is brilliant actually – i love the new sizing..)
I can’t wait to see your reviews! I’ve been eyeing the new Signature collection and have decided to order the Georgia dress, but can’t decide on linen or raw silk – I’m so torn! I don’t like anything too “precious,” but the raw silk is machine washable and that makes it tempting. I know I’d love the linen.
I also am curious about the Cecelia pant – I don’t know if it would work on me as I have NO waist and narrow hips (as in my waist and hips are nearly the same size), so I’m worried that if I got a size to fit my waist, it would be too baggy in the hips.
Please consider Cecelia pants in silk!
oops, I meant Florence pant in silk.
Heather E. says
Oh ES…I could go on and on *sigh* 😀 I own the Cecelia pant in size S (what I think would now correspond to a 4 after the signature line revamp) and I love them, but I am going to get them taken in around the legs (the waist fits me pretty well). They fit more like a trouser with a high waist, and less like a cigarette-pant type fit, which is what I was hoping for. I’m 5’3″ and the regular length works fine on me — hits at about my ankle. I considered going for the XS because I wanted a slimmer fit, but I worried about whether or not they’d be too tight on my 15″ calves, and I do think they would have been pretty snug.
Last night I ordered the Georgia tee in ivory raw silk in size OS minus. It’s just what I’ve been looking for, so I hope it works! I love ES to the moon and back in theory, but the reality (like a previous poster said) is that up until this point, most pieces have been far too voluminous to work on a petite/short person like me (for reference, I’m 5’3″ and 117 lbs, small bust). I tried the Eva sweater, and it looked absolutely ridiculous on me — just didn’t have enough drape for the width. Looked nothing at all like it did on the gorgeous models, ha!
Next up for me is the olive Clyde work pant (as soon as I can afford them , lol). I would love for you to try those out for us! I’m also very curious about the Harper tunic in size OS minus, and I’d like to eventually get the Georgia dress in black raw silk (also OS minus).
One other thing I’m also really curious about is the Marlena styles. They are beautiful and right up my alley…except for the deep V. I think it might be a dealbreaker — if I can’t wear it to work, it’s not worth it for me. I would love to see it on a real person, though!
Christine M says
What beautiful things. I need to win the lottery or rob a bank. I have a $185 credit to spend, so it’ll lessen the blow a bit, but the hard part will be narrowing my choices to just one or a couple of pieces. I’m thrilled you’ll be reviewing, Grechen. I’d be interested in getting your take on just about anything but especially the pants – any of the pants, really.
My eye has been fixed mostly on the silk crepe artist dress and I love that it’s offered in a “minus” option now. I have the Elise dress and I can’t say enough nice things about it. The cut and fit are impeccable even though it’s s little long on me.
For anyone who has any of the Marlena pieces, is the V neck as revealing as it looks? I need good bra coverage so it looks doubtful that I could get away with it, but a top like that would solve a lot of my (clothing) problems.
Christine M says
Our posts must have crossed, Heather. I’m interested in hearing/seeing more about the Marlena pieces too, for the same reason.
I’d say my inseam is 29″ and I’d put these at 28″ or a little less. They are very stretchy. I don’t have particularly big calves so I’m can’t really answer to that…
Heather, it sounds like we are about the same size! I have the Cecilia pants in small as well and wouldn’t want them any shorter.
I got the raw silk Marlena dress over the summer and decided to get the shoulder seams taken in a bit so I could wear the V in front. I bought the top at the last ES open studio and no alterations were necessary. The brilliant thing about the Marlena is it is reversible so you don’t have to wear the V in front. I also sometimes layer it with a camisole for work (adds a pop of color as well).
I was just looking at her new things as well….I really love a lot of it, but am going through this debate/conflict about buying silk…I was actually wondering what your thoughts are on that topic? I know you said you are working with this designer right now…I realize it may be complicated to discuss.
I have a few silk items, but am now aware that silk is harvested by boiling the silkworms alive in their cocoons in order to preserve the integrity of the silk (unless it’s peace/ethical silk which is harvested without killing the cocoons first…which is hard to find). One side I’ve heard defending silk is that insects don’t feel pain/don’t have a nervous system that processes pain like ours does. Not sure on the physiological accuracy of this… Anyway, I’ve looked at poly blend and tencel pieces, which can look more dressy, but can be hard to find, and aren’t always of great quality.
I read one of your comments about leather, animal products, etc. and believe I have a similar mindset, if I interpreted you correctly. I’d rather not buy leather, but it is difficult to find quality replacements. I do still buy leather products in moderation, knowing that it is hard to do everything 100%, and know that I’m still reducing my impact by eating vegetarian, etc. But I can’t say I need silk in the same way I need quality shoes. However, for polished interview/work attire, silk is such a good option. Anyway, long comment, but just curious what your thoughts were.
Grechen Reiter says
what an excellent question…and to be honest, i haven’t given silk much thought lately. i did back in 2008 when i was writing my eco-fashion blog, and explored “milk silk” which i didn’t think much better (i’m pretty anti-milk in general), and fabrics made from fish skins that were supposed to be somewhat similar.
perhaps i haven’t thought about it because i don’t really buy any, maybe a wool sweater with silk in it, or a blend, but i don’t do well with silk; it’s too fussy for me. although…i did order one of everlane’s new silk oversized tops today!! i agree with you that it’s a very good option for work and for a more polished look. and from what i hear, it’s very easy to take care of.
my thoughts in general now, are that i don’t necessarily consider silk worms as i would cows (for the reason you mentioned in your comment, that they don’t feel pain), or other animals we use for leather or food. that is crass, somewhat, but there you have it. of course, i would prefer peace silk, but i simply haven’t run across it. i’m interested to see if any major clothing manufacturers use it though – i’ll do some research!
i will ask Elizabeth Suzann where they get their silk – find out if they know anything about it though, and maybe we can get some more information.
thanks for bringing this up sara! i realize i didn’t give you much of an answer, but i think we’re of the same mind that we’d rather not buy animal products, but when we do we make sure they’re as “good” as they can be, but only what we “need”, and that whatever we buy will be useful and well-cared for in our closets.
Amy Sotto says
These are insanely gorgeous pieces, thank you for showcasing them. I would love to see a review of two tops, the Linn tee and the Harper tunic. They are so sculptural and look like they hang beautifully, but it’s of course difficult to really tell what the drape is like from a still.
Thanks, that would be interesting to hear, if they have any info. I actually also have a silk Everlane top that I bought before I realized how silk is made…ignorance is bliss I guess. I couldn’t find any info on the silk they use either. I do still wear it though, since I already own it and am still on the fence. Anyway, thanks…
I love it ALL!!! It’s so beautiful, well-made, and modern. I have a few ideas about which pieces I think might work well for you: 1) The Georgia tee in either raw linen or silk 2) The Marlena Tank in silk crepe 3) The Elise dress 4) The Marlena dress in raw silk.
I’m not sure about the full pants since you weren’t crazy about the Black Crane culottes, even though these are considerably narrower in cut. But they might be worth a try. And the Cecelia pants could be nice with the oversized tops. The stretch factor sounds nice.
As someone with a similar body type to you, who has been eying the clyde pants for a long time and wondering what they will look like on my couldn’t-be-further-from-a-toothpick legs, I’d love to hear and see your reviews on those. The whole line is beautiful, but I wonder about how flattering it might be on someone with a few more curves. I love their new feature showing three different ladies! I’m almost definitely going to try the cecilia pants and dress at some point, if the Canadian dollar ever makes a rebound.
oh this is going to be great! I really like what ES is doing, and I sat down to order a sweater a couple of weeks ago but unless i’m mistaken there are no returns. I hope i’m wrong about that. I love some aspects of the Harper tunic; if you try that can you assess if it’s possible to tailor it so it is less boxy through the body? thanks!
Can’t wait to hear what you think. Like some of the other commenters, I’ve been afraid that the tops were too boxy in the OS, so interested to hear about sizing changes. Also about how the items in cotton twill actually drape (if they do). ES has been next on my wish list for a while, so maybe this spring is the time 😉
Heather E. says
I’m glad I’m not the only one!! 🙂
Heather E. says
I never even thought about having it taken up! Brilliant. If you wear the V in the back (which is what I’d probably do anyway) would it expose a bra?
Heather E. says
You can return — and they even pay for return shipping — but you’ll only get store credit. I returned a sweater recently, and they actually sent me the store credit before I even mailed the sweater back!
OK, but store credit really doesn’t work for me. Either I like something and want to buy it or not. To me one of the biggest issues with many online retailers is the expectation that you can look at a picture of an item on a model and decide if it is something you want to invest in. It’s insane; it’s like they’ve never gone clothes shopping, tried on clothes, liked some and didn’t like others. This is particularly true with retailers who don’t have a BM store to try on clothes. I understand ES are making clothes on demand so I could imagine a set up where they had a set of samples that they mailed out and let customers try on (with the credit card on file); if the customer liked it, they order one (that can’t be returned). If not, the customer returned the sample (and got a return on their credit card), to be tried on by another customer.
That’s a GREAT idea, Fiona! It’s similar to Warby Parker’s “try and buy” model.
Yes, I agree it would make such a difference to be able to try on clothes like this. I know that some newer online brands have also created pop-up try-on shops that allow customers to try on clothing that’s usually only available online. Of course, you have to live in a city that’s large/cosmopolitan enough to host this type of pop-up, otherwise it’s pretty useless.
It doesn’t on me!
I’ve had my eye on the Marlena top and dress, but all the models on the site are tall, so I couldn’t tell about proportion. I’m also short (5’2”) an couldn’t tell if the deep V would be too low in front and also too low in back and show bra straps.
I’ve also been eyeing the clyde work pants, and also the maxine crop top. I emailed a few days before the launch to inquire about the changes to the Clyde pant. They responded that the biggest change is that the newer pant has a slightly shorter rise because they had noticed some material bunching in the crotch. Other than that, the olive color changed, they added different lengths, and the started using a different cotton because there were some irregularities with some of their cotton.
Thank you for this! I just ordered the olive Clyde work pants in the new short length. Right after I pulled the trigger it occurred to me that the two older pair of ES pants I own (Cecilia and Florence) are both perfect in length for my short self. I’ve emailed to ask their opinion and haven’t heard back. And yesterday I realized they’re having an open studio soon (I live in Nashville!). Am feeling foolish for having placed my online order so soon to the open studio. Must remember to check social media more often…
Discovered Elizabeth Suzann late last year via another blogger and immediately fell in love with the pieces – so many that I want! my fave is probably the georgia dress in silk – so i’d love to see you review that…i think it could be such a versatile piece for spring through fall.
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So interesting. I am waiting for my “old” version to arrive next week. I am still happy to get that version, i think. I like that older olive color – more khaki – and if I don’t feel that way in person when they arrive at least I know I can exchange for the updated color. I think they were a tad less expensive too! Really interesting about the material – you can see in the photos that they have changed a bit. I can’t wait to see mine in person and to see photos of other folks’!