Eileen Fisher stretch silk jersey shell | size regular XS
Eileen Fisher stretch crepe ankle pants | size medium petite (petite “midnight” on sale at Nordstrom)
Robert Clergerie Frazzia sandals | on sale for $149 at The Dreslyn
Kristen Elspeth necklace | gold-plate version at Shopbop
I bought this Eileen Fisher top before the bar mitzvah events last month when EF was offering 15% off. All summer, and for quite some time before, I had wanted a longer silk-y tank to wear now, and then layer for fall, but didn’t have any luck finding one. I knew I would be able to find a good one, one that would be a wardrobe staple, at Eileen Fisher, but I ALWAYS balk at her prices.
Finally, I decided to suck it up and get one, going into the store and trying everything similar on. I ended up with this one because it fit me the best, was the length I wanted, and I just couldn’t resist the sheer layer at the bottom.
But I’ve only worn it once. And I fear this top will become something I “save” and never wear because I’m afraid of ruining it. At the same time, though, I am beginning to come to terms with the idea of having things for certain occasions that don’t necessarily get worn weekly, or even monthly. This tank is an essential layering piece, and I know I’ll be pleased it’s in my closet. It’s ideal for wearing with cropped sweaters on top, with a longer cardigan and leggings, or by itself. I imagine it would be wonderful for travel, and is easy to hand wash + hang to dry.
That’s the thing about most Eileen Fisher pieces; they’re “investments.” Not all of her clothing is as “classic” as this tank, or the pants, even, but most is and will stand the test of time. I’ve worn the pants several times since I got them, both for travel and at home. They’re incredibly comfortable, easy to move in, and don’t show wear. I’ll have and wear these for many years, and I can’t imagine they’ll ever look “dated.”
Even though I know this now, about Eileen Fisher, the initial price is hard to stomach. I did pay full-price for my harem pants years ago (and they’re still going strong…), but other than that, I’ve waited for a coupon to buy, so I feel a little better about what I’m spending. I DO think her retail prices are fair, given the company’s ethics and commitment to designing and manufacturing in the US as much as possible, but why pay full-price if you don’t HAVE to??
What are you willing to pay full-price for? DO you ever pay full price??