**Just so it’s SUPER CLEAR, this is a sponsored post. I’ve talked about and worn EILEEN FISHER for years though (since 2013) and while the company did send me some linen pieces to review several years ago, I have never done a direct, paid collaboration with them, so when I saw this opportunity, I didn’t think too hard about taking it. I have received gifted product and will be compensated for this post and for a few social media posts. I wasn’t told what to say, and nothing was approved before posting. This is 100% my opinion.**
As I mentioned, I’ve been wearing EILEEN FISHER for years, and consider the brand my go-to for ethical & sustainable basics. I’ve also converted my mom, step-mom and sister to EILEEN FISHER which I’ve found very rewarding. Funny story: my mom was concerned about what to wear to my nephew’s graduation ceremony because she knew that she, and both my sister and step-mom would be in head-to-toe EILEEN FISHER and she didn’t want them all to be too matchy. It was cute, and yes, they did all sort of wear a variation of black slouchy pants and a silk tunic or striped sweater LOL.
And I probably don’t need to work very hard to convince you guys how wonderful EILEEN FISHER is either, but humor me for a second 🙂
Why EILEEN FISHER?
In the beginning, it was the harem pants. Remember the harem pants? I fell hard for those and wore them until I just didn’t want to wear them anymore. Then they went to a new home. Eventually, they came back to me via slowre and THEN went to another new home! That’s how great they held up over the years.
But what drew me into the brand first, was that style of pant. It took awhile for me to find many other styles that appealed to me though; the brand did have, shall we say, a certain demographic appeal with which I wasn’t quite ready to be associated.
It was when I started reading more about the brand and Eileen’s commitment to sustainability and ethical production that everything started to click for me. That, and I started to find more and more items I’d be happy to add to my wardrobe – I do think she started a concerted effort several years ago to widen the brand’s overall style appeal, while still staying true to her ideals to create timeless pieces that would work for every body type and lifestyle. I got older too haha.
Today, if I identify a hole in my wardrobe (there aren’t many…), I try to fill it first at EILEEN FISHER. I wanted a grey long sleeve t-shirt: EILEEN FISHER. Jeans: EILEEN FISHER (although I didn’t end up keeping my EF jeans – I found them way too stretchy). Black slim pants: I have my eye on this organic cotton pair by EILEEN FISHER.
I start at EILEEN FISHER because I know I will find something that is ethically made, sustainable, and high quality. Fabric is also very important to me, and I appreciate that the brand uses recycled fibers as much as possible, in addition to quite a bit of organic cotton. And it’s accessible; I can go to my local store (luckily, I have one near me!) or Nordstrom and try things on and see them in person. Plus, although I’ve decided not to add any new animal fibers to my wardrobe, I would make an exception if I needed to for EILEEN FISHER’S responsible wool, recycled cashmere, or alpaca because I trust the source and commitment of the brand.
I do sincerely hope that if you haven’t looked at EILEEN FISHER lately, or not at all, you will whenever you need to add anything new to your wardrobe. The one thing I will say that is tough about the brand though is sizing; I find that I usually need to try on multiple sizes before I find the right fit. Generally I’m a small, and even though I’m only 5’3″ I don’t normally buy petites. Some pieces require a lot of trial and error to get right, but when you do, it’s worth it.
So, on to my new, gifted items:
Eileen Fisher Recycled cotton twill sweater (small) | GIFT from the brand
Mother Denim The Thrasher 100% cotton jeans
Hansel from Basel socks (the specific ones I’m wearing seem to be sold out)
Nicora vegan clogs
Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton Fluff Boyfriend Cardigan (small) | GIFT from the brand
Eileen Fisher Organic cotton slub melange shirttail top (small) | GIFT from my father 🙂
I haven’t had either of these sweaters for very long (they just arrived yesterday), so look for more outfits/information about them in the coming weeks. So far, though, I’m very happy with them and they’ll fit quite nicely into my wardrobe. (plus they’re both on sale…).
Thank you for reading this sponsored post, and supporting the brands I choose to work with; it sustains me, in more ways than financially 🙂
Oh, and I’m going to do another story today on instagram if you’re interested in seeing my awkward social media/video skills.
Now…just for fun, what is your oldest EILEEN FISHER piece?? I bet a lot of you have me beat – five years is baby years for the brand!! What is your favorite EILEEN FISHER piece? What’s the story behind it?
I actually found out about the harem pants because of your old posts and immediately sourced them out on EBay! I think it’s how I even found your blog as I love that dropped crotch look and wax sourcing out styles. Unfortunately no stores near me but they are still my favourite pants ever! I got two people at work to get them and we are all different body types and sizes and ages and we are rock them ?
So I guess thanks for introducing me to my favourite item of clothing and making me more aware of the Eileen Fisher brand and the transparency of their work ?
Grechen Reiter says
oh my gosh, i love that!! so many of my friends got them too 🙂
2002—a couple of pairs of crepe pants. I prefer the older, thinner waistbands on those pants vs. today’s yoke waistband. I wear almost exclusively EF, love this brand!
I only have 2 Eileen Fisher pieces so far, but I want more…however they are a bit out of my price range “comfort zone.” I keep trying to convince myself that it’s better to spend more on a quality piece that I will love, than smaller amounts on crap I don’t wear, but it’s still hard to bring myself to buy something from even her sale section. Generally I don’t want to spend more than $50 on a shirt or $70 on pants. I’m not terribly familiar with brand sizing and how it will all work for me, so the risk is higher than the reward at this point. And although I live in DFW, driving over to Nordstrom’s is like a day trip so I have to plan accordingly. 🙂
So my pieces…I found a black sleeveless button-up tunic in a heavy knit at a thrift store in Waco for $50, and IT’S MY FAVORITE THING EVER. I love it. It’s gorgeous and fits perfectly, it’s exactly the style and length I’ve been wanting in a tunic. It’s a thicker knit viscose fabric so it’s got a good drape without being clingy. I wear it in the summer, in the winter, all the time. I wear it pretty much every week. It’s my go-to “professional” shirt (worn with a cardigan) because it’s got a collar and buttons, but it’s not stiff or stuffy and I feel good when I wear it. I want more like this.
I bought a pair of skinny pants in a ponte fabric from SLOWRE, and I was super excited about them since they were such a good price, but…the fit is off. They’re a size 12, which I normally wear around 10-12 in pants, but they feel too large. They are also too low-rise. I didn’t return them because I totally forgot and missed the window. 🙂 But I am trying to find them a new home. I really, really wanted to love them as I love the fabric, and love having black skinny pants, but I just can’t deal with a rise that low, even if they did fit better in the hips and legs.
I really like that twill cotton sweater. And agree with you about EF generally. It’s a reliable source and I trust that they do things ethically. Thanks for the review.
I am however frustrated with their lack of sizing information for individual pieces on their website. I would be WAY more likely to purchase more EF items if I knew the measurements. I write this here, hoping they will read this and make changes.
I’m probably older than most of your readers, hence, I’ve been buying Eileen Fisher for about 20 years or so. I remember buying a dress that I had pined for in Boston on a Christmas shopping trip with friends (unfortunately, got rid of it). Before we moved here 7 years ago, we used to vacation in Montauk 20 years ago & my big indulgence was going in to East Hampton to Eileen Fisher to see if they had anything on sale. I usually found something fun! I’ve got black slouchy pants that I’ve worn to death! I know I’ve got sweaters, too. I love that I can have things for years and they still look great.
I’ve been wearing EF for at least a decade. At one time, my work wardrobe was 90% EF. Then I discovered Elizabeth Suzann and now the wardrobe is 50/50. EF has the most beautiful wools. I have sweaters that are many many years old and still look perfect. My favorite two winter coats are her beautiful wools. One in ivory and one in tan.
And then there are her scarves!! I mean … sheer perfection and so much fun to collect and wear!!
Her base layer silk tanks, long sleeve tops etc wear like iron. Love my Harem pants, slouchy pants both silk and viscose. Love her boiled wool jackets etc. The only fabric I’m not in love with are handkerchief linen pieces, especially as bottoms as they stretch way out of shape. ES heavy linen is much more up my alley.
I could go on and on LOL.
Cathy Tilton says
I went to an event they did at Nordstrom in Barton Creek Mall with my dear friend Annette and bought this super perfect LBD. Even though I lost some weight, it still fits, though it’s more oversize instead of sheath! It has gotten softer with every wash, and pairs beautifully with every sweater and jacket I own. I believe it is 6 years old, and still in rotation! Love their pieces, and love their size inclusiveness!
The harem pant was my first piece too! I don’t have them now and do wish I never gave them up as I’d easily use them again. My second piece was a black jersey dress that was fitted on top and a lantern shop on the bottom. Wore it to death. EF was who I turned to when I needed a suit to job interview (black lantern crepe dress with a matching blazer). I pretty much looked awful in any other suit separates I tried on. I don’t have any pieces from 5 years ago as I’ve had so many significant weight/size fluctuations but will say EF can handle smaller weight flux easily. My most worn piece is my skirted leggings. It gives me a little extra coverage when wearing a tunic. I wore it this week with my ES Harper Linen tunic, Rothys camo pointed flats and a grey Only Child coatigan (the later version of the wool Madelyn, which is no longer sold). I have many EF shoes as well and pretty much wear them to death. They do stretch out a bit so longevity is limited but since I buy mine mainly at the Rack I feel my cost per wear is fine. I also love the scarves and belts (I’ve had my leather obi for at least 5 years). I do prefer my EF mixed with other pieces and do find if I style them different than the EF ads/listings to put my own spin/proportion perspective on it it works our better. I like for example how the crewneck looks here on you (longer) than pictured on the model. I love both these pieces on you!
Do you know about Eileen Fisher Renew? It’s her consignment shop of all EF stuff. There’s one store in NY and one in Seattle, but now it’s online too!!