Eileen Fisher slouchy ankle pants | I’m wearing a LP
James Perse wool sweatshirt | size 2 (on sale at Saks)
Kara small dry bag
Vince sneakers | several years old
As we’ve discussed a little, I think it’s hard to tell when you first add something to your wardrobe what you will truly love and live in; it may take a few months or even years to realize how essential a certain item is in your wardrobe. If only there was a formula…There is, sort of, if you know well enough what lengths, shapes, and styles work on you, and which to avoid. And then, you must find the item that meets all of those requirements. A daunting task.
I had a hunch, but wasn’t certain that this “sweatshirt” would be as good as it is (it IS James Perse after all…). I’ve already worn it more than a handful of times, and it’s one of my favorite pieces to reach for, not least because I think it’s the optimal length on me: not too long, not too short. And it fits well otherwise. I wish it was a bit more user-friendly and lighter-weight, so I could wear it even more, but as it is, I still wear it, even in mid-sixty degree weather, without getting too hot.
Did anyone order this top during the James Perse sale? What did you think?
What item in your wardrobe do you reach for over and over again that you weren’t sure you would in the beginning? Or are you pretty sure when you buy something that you’ll love it?
Love the sweater ~ it looks soft and lived in for sure 🙂
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I think I reach for most of my Eileen Fisher pieces the most. I recently bought the slouchy ankle pants (on sale at Nordstrom’s), and I love them, and the “legging” jeans are so versatile! I also reach for the Banana Republic gray jeans that I bought during their post-Christmas sale. These days, I’m trying to be very discerning with the clothes I buy. I don’t mind spending a little more for quality pieces as long as I get a lot of mileage out of them.
I think it depends a lot on my mood. I have about 4-5 favourite brands that occupy about 80% of my closet (James Perse is a new love, thanks to you!) and as its been quite chilly where I am, recently I’ve been reaching for my Emerson Fry jet oversized sweater because it’s so easy to wear! I have a quick sizing question about one of your James Perse pieces – I know you have the fleece bomber in size 2 but in a recent post, you said it came up a bit short (I know it’s meant to be cropped.) but I’m wondering if it’s true to size or would you say it’s on the small side for a JP size 2. (I’m thinking of getting it but sizing up to a 3 as i like my jackets a bit roomy). Thanks!
Grechen Reiter says
It’s true to size but if you want room, I’d definitely size up. It fits me well but without any extra room at all in the size 2. It’s just not really a style I reach for often, but I think it fits me as it should. If I did size up, the arms would be too long.
I’m with you, Henny! Lots of Eileen Fisher, including those black slouch pants, that get worn a lot. I’m also big on CP Shades tops and dresses (especially for summer), some GAP (It’s sustainable because I wear it so much…and I’m still trying to decide how I feel about the issue, re: Jobs for women in developing countries vs. labor conditions, etc.), and I like Nordstrom’s store brands. I’m beginning a love affair with OAK and Black Crane, which both work well on my big-boned bod! (An aside: My beloved late niece, Sarah, had a cat named Rocky that was HUGE! I commented that he was one fat cat and she replied, “Aunt Val! He’s not fat. He’s just big-boned!” I miss her every day. )
I saw this James Perse sweater you have on in Nordstrom when I was in Chicago and I fell in love with it! The texture, the softness…but I would sweat like crazy in it, so it’s a no-go. 🙁
But this is what I’d wear to go to the movies with my hubby, or out to lunch. Polished casual!
Thank you!! That’s really helpful to know. I tend to size up whenever possible but worry it might be too big! Btw thanks for your earlier input about the maxi dress sizing. I sized up (to 3) on the JP skinny crew maxi dress and lost the ruching effect but I love the slight roomy, straight up-and-down look so it worked out fine. (I will need to hem it up though as the dress is way too long since I can’t ruche up!)