Elizabeth Suzann Cecilia stretch cotton pants | size 6 regular (gift from Elizabeth Suzann to review)
Everlane silk square shirt | size 6
Emerson Fry core bra | size medium (gift from Emerson Fry to review)
Emerson Fry slides | a couple years old (gift from Emerson Fry to review)
I told you I had some good reviews for you this week! First up, Elizabeth Suzann’s Cecilia pant in black stretch cotton, cut and sewn to order in their studio in Nashville, TN. (In case you missed it, I’m working with Elizabeth Suzann this season to review some pieces from their revised signature collection)
The company was kind enough to send me two sizes to try and see which one fit best, and the size 6 regular fit me PERFECTLY. If I was ordering, I know I’d choose the “short,” but it turns out the regular length is just fine on me (I’m 5’3″ and have a 26.5″ inseam). They were a bit of a challenge though, when I was first trying on these pants – I didn’t even get them up all the way, in either the size 6 or 8; I could NOT zip them up over my butt (the zipper is in the back)! I may have even tried the zipper in the front, because I couldn’t figure out HOW to get them on.
I almost gave up totally, but figured out that if I zipped the zipper up a little before putting them on, it was much easier to zip them all the way up. I still had to wiggle around a little bit and hold the seams together to get it zipped, but once these pants are on, they’re ON. They fit really well, and the super high-waist is so exciting (it’s the little things)!! As you can see, they’re a slim pant, but not a SKINNY pant; the leg is slightly tapered, but with some room in the ankle, which actually feels more modern right now.
The stretch cotton fabric is mid-weight – probably a bit warm for the depths of summer, but excellent right now – stretchy, and comfortable. It does hold me in a little and smooth things out a bit, but doesn’t feel tight at all. Honestly, even with my bigger legs, there’s still some room and the pants don’t look super tight, which I appreciate. They do bunch a little my knees (all pants do on me), but they do on the model at Elizabeth Suzann also, so I’m not concerned.
If you’re used to wearing nice black pants for work, then you’re probably familiar with a back zipper, or a side zipper at least, but since I work from home and live in elastic pants or jeans, having a zipper in the back is taking a little getting used to. I was sort of concerned about sitting down at first, afraid of busting the zipper (have you seen my ass??), but Chelsea from Elizabeth Suzann assured me I’d have no problems, and I haven’t. Phew.
I’ve only worn these once and for not very long, but I can happily already recommend them as a fabulous, simple, but well-fitting and high-quality pair of black pants. They’d be wonderful for work, either in a conservative environment with a blazer, or a casual one with a sweater or cardigan. They’re also not supposed to wrinkle (so far with my minimal wear they haven’t), so they would be great for travel, long-haul flights, or packed in your suitcase. And of course, they’re great for super-casual everyday wear since they’re easy to move around in, and go with everything. They’re hand or machine washable also: bonus!
In this shipment from Elizabeth Suzann I also received the Marlena midi dress in black, raw silk, which I’ll review on Friday, but if you’re in a hurry, let me just say that if you could only buy one dress for summer, the Marlena midi should be it, and the Florence pant in silk crepe, black, size medium short. I’m passing on the Florence pant, since the medium was much too small on my hips/butt (but the length was great), and everytime I try a wide leg pair of pants, I sort of like the look on me, but then don’t, and end up not wearing them. If you have a more straight body type, and longer, slimmer legs, I think the Florence pant would be a wonderful silk pant for you.
Have you ordered anything from the Signature collection yet? What do you think? Also, take a look at the new SS16 collection if you haven’t already – I love that she’s working with hemp this season, it’s such an important sustainable fabric.