Eileen Fisher system straight cropped pant | medium
Eileen Fisher system silk boxy shell | medium, but if I bought it I would buy a small
Robert Clergerie Alice slides | the ones I’m wearing + some at Shopbop up to 25% off
Eileen Fisher organic cotton tencel duster | I’m wearing a medium because that’s all they had in the store, but holy cow, this thing BLEW ME AWAY!! I love it so much, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Eileen Fisher organic cotton stretch cropped pants | Medium
Eileen Fisher system tank dress | Medium
The weather is beautiful here, so I’ve been getting some great mileage out of my Robert Clergerie Alice slides. And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t think of getting a second pair during Shopbop’s coupon code (I really love the “denim” pair, and the natural raffia, but it’s sold out in my size), but I will not. I love THIS pair I already have.
Yesterday to the “mall” I wore my Ulla Johnson overalls, with an Everlane cashmere sweater underneath, and was super-comfortable. Overalls aren’t idea for trying things on, since you don’t have a top AND a bottom already to pair with things, but I managed.
As you can see above, I went to Eileen Fisher to try on some of the system pieces, and new arrivals. As you know if you follow me on Instagram, I fell HARD for that denim/tencel jacket (which is duster length on me). I tried it on a whim, and really loved it. I know I probably wouldn’t wear it if I bought it, although since I tried it on, I’ve put together dozens of outfits with it in my head. Ugh. I would get the size small if I did, for sure; the medium was much too big. Even the XS might work better. I don’t know. It was really a great piece, and could be very versatile for mild spring and fall weather.
I also loved the silk cropped straight pants, and have a petite large coming to the store for me to try on to help make the decision between the medium (which is what I’m wearing in the pictures) and the other size. Eileen Fisher is SO HARD to fit for me – I pretty much have to try every size on in everything before I make a decision. And I have to say I like these silk pants better than Elizabeth Suzann’s. I liked ES’s silk better though, it seemed much more substantial. But the EF pants are straighter, and the waistband is narrower, which I appreciate. The size medium was a bit big on me at the waist and hips, and maybe a TEENY bit long, but were SO COMFORTABLE. Honestly, they fit me exactly like I’d want them to, sort of just hanging on my body, but I want them to be a little shorter. maybe.
We’ll see after I try the petite large on next week. I may just end up buying the medium. The silk shell I tried on with the silk pants was beautiful too, and if I got it I would get a small. But I think I’d rather wear a t-shirt, or linen top with these pants to give them a bit of edge.
I didn’t like the tank dress at all – I think it’s a little boring, and as you can see, tight on me at the hips in the medium petite. I would have tried more sizes on, but overall I just found the dress sort of blah. Good in a way, I just like a more interesting/open neckline on me.
The stretch organic cotton wide leg cropped pants were very good also – they’re a lower rise, but fit well (aside from the pockets sticking out a little) in the legs/hips/waist, and were a great length on me.
I didn’t buy anything, but will make a decision about the silk pants next week. And maybe get the duster. I don’t know…I’m torn between being practical about what I can use in my wardrobe and adding more pieces I just love. And man, I loved that.
I did receive the No6 open toe wedges I ordered from Shopbop yesterday and promptly sent them back. So weird. But I think I’m completely over wearing any heel at all. Besides platforms/flatforms.
Oh, and I received my Girlfriend Collective leggings this week and already wore them to Pure Barre; I’ll have a review next week. First impressions: LOVE.
You’re probably tired of my mentioning James Altucher’s podcasts, but this one with Yuval Harari was AMAZING. I’m going to read both of his books as follow-up, but I found myself completely engrossed and enjoying listening to the conversation so much that I’m going to listen again. Also, totally impressed that he meditates for two hours every day. I need to prioritize meditation again, but I can’t seem to find/make the time.
Oh, and I just accidentally purchased season 3 of Schitt’s Creek on Amazon (didn’t realize my one-click ordering was on!) so that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend!!
What have you bought, watched, read or listened to lately?
The duster is cool but seems overwhelming, maybe a petite size would be better?
Grechen Reiter says
yes, if i decide i can’t live without it, i’ll seek out a smaller/petite size. although i do sort of like the longer length…
I really love the duster on you! It seems like a good option for a lightweight layer in the cooler months in Texas. Would it be wasteful to have it cut and then add the unfinished hem, if you would wear it more that way? It reminds me of a Kimono style. I really like it. Last year I bought a pair of black EF lounge pants from Garnet Hill and I LOVE them. They are from her pajama collection, but could easily be worn as regular pants. They are slightly faded after many washings, but I’m so thrilled with them and I feel chic lounging around the house. I have several EF pants and two pairs of jeans, and I also find the sizing confusing.
I have to say, I love the medium on you! But then I’m kind of a big fan of flowy. I feel that if it was fitted it would look more like…..well not a duster, a normal fitted coat w/o buttons. You can always get it taken in after living with it for a while! And I LOVE the tank dress on you. Great collar bones. 😉
Christine M says
I love the tank dress too! I think the neckline is perfect and I like the length as well, but I guess I tend to gravitate toward clothes many people would consider boring.
I say go for the duster. Looks like a pretty versatile piece to me 🙂
LOVED the duster when I saw you wearing it….I was so tempted to order it but when I went to the EF website to check it out, I saw it on their model and changed my mind. It looks totally different. I love the proportions on your petite frame so much more and love the length as it appears on you. I wish they offered it in tall sizing…..Oh well, just saved myself some money.
I can see you integrating that duster into your current wardrobe seamlessly!
I love the duster. Honestly it looks great on you. I don’t even think it looks overwhelming but I often like a slightly oversized look. Maybe if I saw it in a smaller size I’d think, “Oh, right that’s better. ” Hard to say without seeing it in person. EF’s sizing seems all over the place.
Grechen Reiter says
yes, i would probably go for the small – just so it doesn’t hang so far off my shoulders and is not so “open” if that makes sense. but i really like the length as-is, and that it’s slightly oversized.
Sharron Z says
I just finished watching 2 Ted Talks by Yuval Harari. Fascinating. You might want to check them out
The duster and the tank dress are exceptional! I think the duster is just right on you. But I truly don’t get the sizing. (See? There’s that piece of my brain that says, “But Grechen is NOT a medium, so why don’t they correct their sizing mistake?” 🙁 )
I’ve got to have the dress. Have to!!!
Bought another sweater from “Naked Cashmere” and couldn’t love it more! I bought the v-neck in navy in their lowest “curvy” size. Superb! A bonus is that they are following the “transparency model.”
Oh, and Eileen Fisher needs to wash their mirror.
Grechen Reiter says
Haha. Yes. I noticed that. The dressing rooms aren’t great anyway for selfies 😉
I think you picked a lot of winners here, but the duster and the tank dress stood out for me as the perfect finds for you. I love, love, love your style. I only wish that we had more similar body types so that I’d know that what looks good on you would look good on me – that duster is so tempting, but I’m five inches taller than you and on the Eileen Fisher and Nordstrom web sites it looks much shorter (though has Knee Length in its name, go figure).
Michele Ann says
Wow! All of those pieces looked fantastic on your but yeah, I’m also pretty smitten on that duster. It looks fantastic on you. Man oh man, what I would give to be able to try on some of these pieces! Where is the store by the way? I may have skimmed over the part where you mentioned it. I may have to make a trip back to the states JUST so I could try some things on haha.
Thanks so much for your lovely post! <3
Grechen Reiter says
Thanks Michele! I can’t stop thinking about that duster either!! I went to the Eileen fisher store in Dallas.
Commenting late to this but I just got the EF System Viscose Jersey skirt (to replace a similar skirt that was past its prime). I love it! The fabric is substantial (no VPL!) and it’s super comfortable. It’s very high-waisted. Folded over it hits me at the navel. Unfolded it hits me just under the bust. I’m tempted by the tank dress and some of the pants but I don’t think I need another black dress or black pants!
Sizing is my issue with EF as well. Sometimes even the smallest, petite sizes swim on me.
[email protected] says
I just read all the comments on your Friday follow-up post and had to come back to this post to see the duster on you again. It looks totally different on you vs. on the model on their web-site. Not just size-wise, but color and drape. I like both. I also like seeing EF on a real person in the dressing room. I do not have the same body type or height as you, but one of my big hesitations with EF in general is that they are really good at styling the clothes in their lookbooks to look cool instead of dowdy, but it’s easy to layer 14 things on top of each other and still look thin when you are are beautiful 30 year old exotic looking size 0 model. And I love when EF does their editorial videos with their staff, but the videos are always way too short– I’d like to see more focus on each person and clothing item. Anyway, when you first posted this, I didn’t even bother to click to the EF site, because their clothes are so expensive, and coats/sweaters especially. This one was more reasonable than I expected. I sort of want it now.
Good points, [email protected]! I love “real people” videos/photos because it gives me more fit info than just a chart or, as you pointed out, “tall, thin model.” I think that’s why Elizabeth Suzann’s “All sizes/bodies” campaign was so successful. Let’s hope other companies follow that model!
[email protected] says
I like the all sizes/bodies campaign, and hope they keep doing it so they can show everything on a bunch of normal people. I also like that it’s all ages.