Elizabeth Suzann Harper linen tunic (gift from Elizabeth Suzann to review) | One Size minus, from last year
James Perse leggings
Birkenstock arizona sandals (birko-flor synthetic upper)
James Perse mini canvas tote
Kathryn left a comment last week on her Elizabeth Suzann WWC pieces (I reposted that comment on this post, under my name), but I thought it was a good opportunity to open up a post for others to share their new ES arrivals. Anyone??
I didn’t order anything, and I’m not sure when/if I will. I’m most interested in the Harper dress, the short sleeve, and perhaps the long sleeve, because I’m obsessed with the pocket. I struggle, still, with sizing. My harper tunic seen here is one size minus, and I think it’s the perfect length, but I could have more room in the neck, and the sleeves could be a little longer. But when a size one size tunic came through slowre, I tried it on, and found it MUCH too big, so I’m not sure (but it was also white, which tends to look bigger). My wool harper sweater is one size and I’m super happy with the way that fits.
I’m inclined to order the harper dress in one size though; I want plenty of room, especially for sitting/lounging. Seems like Liz’s release notes indicate that the linen gauze is slightly less oversized than the mid-weight linen anyway (And Kathryn’s comment supports that), so going with one size sounds like the right decision:
In linen gauze this feels a bit less oversized than our more structured midweight linen, and perhaps will feel less overwhelming to petite frames.
Does anyone have it yet? Any feedback?
So, has anyone else received their Elizabeth Suzann orders? What do you think?
Grechen Reiter says
Kathryn’s comment – reposted:
“Should I take this opportunity of new clothes discussion to give a quick review of ES? I received my order earlier this week, so for those who are planning to but have not yet ordered…….. 1. Everything is, of course, lovely. 2. In general, sizing is not generous. I am a 6 and ordered a medium. While everything fits me perfectly, (just) no tightness or discomfort whatsoever, I feel that size 8 people would likely do better with a large, depending on the style and where the largest part of your body is. 3. The crinkle linen is much, much thicker and more textured that I would have thought. For me, this is a big win. Completely packable, opaque, and I do love, love, love texture. 4. My absolute favourite item is the Clyde dress, which I am sure I ordered in error lol. It came in navy linen, and I already have the Georgia midi in navy linen, so I think even if I had intended to order it, which I’m sure I didn’t, I would have ordered it in flax. Weren’t we discussing happy mistakes previously? It is much more fitted on me than on the model. 5. New fit on Bell skirt: lovely, but a tonne of fabric and my hands keep searching for inset pockets. There is so much fabric that inset pockets would not add bulk, which is why normally these types of skirts normally do have them. Maybe I’ll add them. 6. Josephine tunic: the one item with plenty of room everywhere. If one were to wear a silk or linen slip underneath, or partially sew up the generous slits, one could totally wear this as a beautiful flowy dress. I got the ivory, and although less yellow than ES’s previous ivories, it’s still has strong beige/yellow undertones. I can wear it, as I have a bit of a tan right now, but just mentioning in the interests of full disclosure. This may be a Yea! or a Nay! for some. Lara dress and Top: got both, one in charcoal, one in grey. Both colours are good, both are slightly more fitted than I would have expected (again, not tight, but not the usual ES flowiness either.) Currently considering: another dress (harlow or lara in poplin? clyde in flax?) another lara top (chalk?)”
To be honest, I am thinking of sending back the bell skirt and lara top in charcoal crinkle and replacing with the Harper dress in charcoal crinkle and the lara top in cotton in chalk or stone. Only because you can only have so much charcoal crinkle and there is just SO MUCH FABRIC in the bell skirt that I am having trouble thinking of how to mix and match it with other tops. It looks great with the matching top worn out, but I’m finding it a lot of fabric to tuck in a top, or to wear a tunic over it. Maybe Liz will send out some more pictures of it styled.
That tunic is cute, although I agree the neck appears a little constricting.
Mainly commenting to say how much I love love love my JP canvas bag. I got the small size you have but it wasn’t quite right – exchanged it for the middle size in charcoal and !!! The fabric is perfection – it will only look better the more worn it becomes. The bag could only be better if there was some sort of closure (it being open precludes its use while traveling, to me, anyway. Regardless – thank you for enabling!!!
Grechen Reiter says
you are ALWAYS welcome LOL
i’ve thought about perhaps adding magnetic closures to where the handles attach on the inside of the bag, but it’s honestly not a concern for me, so i forget about it, but i think you could do that. i don’t use mine on the plane, i use a Tumi tote with a zipper closure, and then i stuff this in my suitcase to use at my destination…
Grechen Reiter says
those types of skirts are always a challenge for me to style anyway…so much fabric is hard to work with.
Still waiting on my Georgia T in charcoal linen gauze (to join the ivory hemp blend and black raw silk version that already have a home with me). Was seriously tempted by the Florence shorts in silk to use as summer pajamas!
I’ve recently acquired two JP dresses (on via consignment, the other from Thread Up). So I also thank you for enabling! I walked by EF yesterday and they have the most gorgeous purple color in the store right now. I might go back on Friday to investigate further.
My ES WWC came in last week. I ordered one item from this latest collection—the Josephine vented tunic, in black linen. I lived in it most of this past Saturday and would’ve slept in it too but I didn’t want it to get too rumpled! I love it. I tried it on with jeans, the ES Florence linen pants and another pair of looser fitting pants. Even worn with shorts, the tunic looks great and seems really versatile.
I also ordered the Clyde billow skirt in the raw silk and feel like this was one of my best clothing investments ever! The skirt accentuates the waistline and hangs so nicely and those pockets are awesome. The Linn tee was another one I got, in cotton canvas. It’s pretty great too. A little more generous in material than the Georgia tee but I know i’ll get a lot of wear out of this piece too.
What size is your charcoal Lara? Depending on size, I might be open to purchasing … let me know!
I got my order last week, and almost immediately sold it all on SellTradeES on Instagram. I ordered Khaki Canvas Tildas in M which were HUGE… I am usually a 28, and I swear if I were to order again, I’d probably go for the XS… they were THAT oversized.
I also ordered the navy linen Petra top in M, and it was much too short and wide for my frame… such a bummer as it seems like an ES darling among bloggers and general wearers…. Sooo… better luck next time. I’m totally obsessed with the smoke gauze harper and charcoal gauze Lara, and am waiting for the signature relaunch so I can order Clydes in (hopefully) navy canvas. I’ve been ogling the Clyde jacket forever too, but can’t quite justify the purchase yet… I might buy it in time for fall.
RE: the neck on the Harper. I heard that others have had problems with the neck on the Harper too! Maybe a tailor can help widen it a bit?
That vented Josephine tunic is gorgeous! I wonder if the OP wouldn’t mind posting flat armhole-to-armhole measurement of the medium? (I’d be torn between the medium and large—and choosing a color would be tough too!)
I got the Clyde jumpsuit and wore it four of the seven days of my recent trip, what a great travel piece (I literally fit an entire water bottle inside the pocket). Also Grechen I’m curious, are your Birks entirely vegan? I thought the footbed was still leather but it would be awesome if they made an entirely synthetic pair!
Grechen Reiter says
no, they’re not vegan. my bad – i just assumed. Damn, i wish they wouldn’t do that…use leather in the footbed. i understand it, but if they’re going to go synthetic at all, why not all the way?? again, that’s what i love so much about my JP tote, NO LEATHER AT ALL.
They do make vegan birks where they use microfiber instead of suede on the insole: http://www.birkenstock.com/us/vegan/
Alexandra Marie says
I am eagerly awaiting a Clyde jacket in navy, I ordered it last month but I think they are running 8-10 weeks right now. I used store credit from returning a Georgia midi in the raw silk. I wanted to love that dress, but I have a larger chest and I felt very….. matronly with that neckline.
I got the Mara jumpsuit in silk crepe and love, love, love it! I had been worried that the vee would be cut too low, both in front and in back. I don’t want to have to wear a different bra than usual. But there are no issues whatsoever. It fits and feels like a dream!! I got it in a size small and I’m 5’6″.
Especially if they have a microfiber footbed, seems sorta silly. Those white ones are really cute. Kinda want them.
About the Harper – I have three. It’s the only ES style I have. All of mine are OS, but the linen definitely seems more voluminous. I have the raw silk long sleeve dress in black, the tunic in navy linen, and the navy sweater from the sample sale. Don’t get me wrong, they are all oversized on me ( I am a size 10 or so) but the linen does seem bigger. The necklines aren’t constricting at all, either. For you, I’d certainly try the OS in the linen gauze or the raw silk, since those don’t seem as voluminous.
I’m not sure I am done yet with Harpers, either. I LOVE that pocket and the oversized fit. I’d like a black long sleeve linen version. I hope to see that with the signature update in the fall.
I haven’t bought anything in the WWC yet, either. I think my next purchase is a pair of pants, which for some reason isn’t as fun for me as a dress or a shirt, but looking at needs vs. wants, I need pants. I think I’m going to go for the navy linen tildas. I pondered the navy linen clydes but I am a pear shape and I don’t think I’d be able to handle added bulk there. Oh those pockets would be so great though!
I’m in love with the raw silk! I’m so tempted to try the Harper in that fabric but I’ve failed three times…
I just got an email that my Clyde pants in flax linen shipped today. No word about my Charcoal Harper tunic, or Charcoal Georgia dress. I placed this order about two hours after the WWC went live. I ordered the Josephine Tunic in black a couple of days later…hope I got the correct size.
I am loving the ES linen pieces I already own. My first Georgia Tee was in the ivory raw silk…hated the way it looked on and returned it and ordered in ivory linen..totally loved the linen version..so much that I ordered in two more colors!
Love this on you and I think you look awesome with the leggings
Im waiting on the Harper tunic and am planning on wearing it with EF washable crepe pants
Got out of the hospital after 21 days- had aneurism surgery- never missed wearing clothes so much!
My birko-flor Gizeh have the leather footbed, NOT microfiber. It’s just the upper that isn’t leather – and I think it’s for the color they want, not because they’re trying to do vegan and failing. If you look, the birkoflor models are all the patent & textured options, which tells me they couldn’t achieve the results they wanted with real leather….
Grechen Reiter says
i’ve missed you!!! i wondered what had happened – i’m glad you’re back, and wearing clothes again 🙂
I’m waiting on a flax Clyde jacket. I only ordered 4 weeks ago so it’ll be a while. Thankfully I can get away with wearing most ES pieces in our climate most of the year. I’m SO nervous about the size I ordered and keep convincing myself I made the wrong choice, then deciding I did order the right size. It seems I’m all over the place in terms of sizing and I find it so hard to know which way to go. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find their models or even the diversity campaign to be very helpful in figuring out my size :/ Bodies just vary so much, I guess.
I can’t wait for more people to receive and post about their pieces!
I’m so sorry you had to go through that, but happy that you sound so positive, on the route to recovery, and ready to move forward. Enjoy your shopping!
Grechen Reiter says
i agree with you on sizing – i have a really hard time lately; i tried on EVERY SINGLE SIZE of the eileen fisher dress i bought last week before i found the right fit, but when you order online, you can’t do that. you might try something on at home and like it, but not know for sure unless you have another size to compare it with. at least that’s what often happens with me…
bodies are SOOOOOO different! i’ve yet to find a model or person online anywhere with a similar body to mine…
I’ve also got my eye on the Josephine vented tunic, but am torn on what size to order (according to their website, I’m on the smaller end of their L). Can you tell me more about the actual measurements of the size you ordered? I’d be so grateful! I’ve e-mailed ES but haven’t received a response yet—as we know, they’re quite busy these days.
Hi! First time commenter but wanted to share that I just received my WWC order. I placed my order for a clyde jacket in navy later in the afternoon of the release. I love it! I ordered true to size and got a size small (I’m 5′ 4″ and 127 lb, more athletic figure). The shoulders fit well and it feels nice and cozy. I got it in the nick of time since I’m leaving for a week long conference today. I’m preparing to wear it to beat the AC 🙂
Grechen Reiter says
oh, nice!! thanks for sharing 🙂
i love that clyde jacket, it looks wonderful.
I had my harper tunic widened at my tailor’s and it made all the difference! I hated how small the neck was and I have a pretty small neck 🙂
Grechen Reiter says
thanks for your input! i honestly never would have thought of that…
For anyone curious, as I was, about garment measurements for the Josephine vented tunic—I e-mailed ES and received the following (items were measured flat):
Josephine Tunic – M
Underarm to Underarm: 22″
Josephine Tunic – L
Underarm to Underarm: 22.5″
*Because there isn’t a shoulder seam on the tunic, this measurement is from the hem of one sleeve to the other.
I’ve ordered mine in navy linen—and now must exercise patience as I play the waiting game!
I got an email today saying my order– a Josephine vented tunic in linen– shipped today. Whoo hoo! I didn’t order on the launch day, maybe a day or two later, so it was about 7 weeks from ordering to shipping. Fingers crossed it fits…
Grechen Reiter says
Mustard, thanks for the update…I ordered my Josephine Tunic the day after the launch…hoping to get my email soon!!
Ivelisse, thanks so much for the measurements!!
I wanted to share that I think the notes about sizing in linen gauze vs. mid-weight linen is 100% correct (although, why wouldn’t it be coming directly from ES?)
I just received my Harper tunic in smoke (OS-) and it’s definitely a different proportion than my navy Harper tunic in the midweight linen (also OS-). The crinkly texture of the linen gauze cuts down on a lot of the volume. For me, it fits more like a loose tee than my other Harper tunic, which is very much oversized – almost tent-like. I like them both, but they’re remarkably different for being the exact same top! Maybe it will change with more frequent wear, but the linen gauze fabric seems more structured and even a bit dressier than the midweight linen.
ALSO – because the linen gauze has what I would describe as a “shrinking” quality, it’s worth noting that the sleeves are very different between my two Harpers tunics. The linen gauze sleeves are shorter, and feel smaller (still loose, but not oversized like the navy garment). It might be because I have broad shoulders, and the shoulders are kind of pulling up the gauze-y fabric, but between the two tunics I would say there’s a difference of about 2-3″ in the sleeve length. Pretty significant.
Currently debating between the Clyde jumpsuit and a short sleeved Harper dress for fall…. I think both of them would layer nicely with a cardigan. But if I get the Harper dress in charcoal, I will select OS instead of OS-.
Agreed about the “shrinking quality” of the linen gauze. My Georgia T came this weekend. I love the color but it seems a bit more cropped than my others. I was tempted to send it back for the larger size (I got the OS-) but decided I just couldn’t wait another 8 – 10 weeks. 🙂
My linen Josephine vented tunic arrived on Monday and (hallelujah) it fits! This is my first piece by Elizabeth Suzann and I’m pleased with the fabric and the apparent quality out of the box (I haven’t worn it yet.)
I got a small and it fits well (not too tight but also not loose at all in through the top.) I’m on the upper end of what the size chart says is a small with about a 35″ bust, but I’ve got a fairly petite frame (although I’m tallish and increasingly pudgy) with narrow shoulders and upper arms. I bounce between smalls and mediums in most brands depending on the cut. It falls to my knees and the slit goes up to my natural waist.
I actually bought this because a Rick Owens tunic, bought on super sale last December, weirdly became my workhorse/favorite clothing item this winter and spring, and it made everything else better. So I was looking to branch out into more tunics. Now, Elizabeth Suzann is not Rick Owens, and I’m going to say the Rick has a little more something (the cut around the neck is very different), but I think the ES tunic will do what I’m hoping it would do.
That’s all to say, I’m so far a pleased first-time buyer and will probably add something else once the wait times get a little more manageable.
Hi. I’m very very late to the Elizabeth Suzann party. But judging by how quickly her pieces get snatched up, I wanted to see what the fuss –sorry if that sounds blasphemous (!!)– was all about. Grechen you never led me astray. I’ve followed ur fashion advice many times. What piece would you recommend getting as a “centerpiece”?? I was thinking the Emma kimono – though it has no pockets– or Harper tunic? I really like the idea of a LSJ.
Grechen Reiter says
oh my goodness…well, i don’t have as many ES pieces as some of the ladies here, so i would defer to their expertise if they have any, but i do really love my harper linen tunic, and my harper sweater (that she no longer makes). I think the harper tunic (in linen) is a wonderful starting point for summer, if you think you’d wear it. i don’t wear mine that often because i don’t wear jeans/pants/leggings much in summer, but it is still a staple in my wardrobe.
i love the emma kimono, and would still like one someday, even though it doesn’t have pockets. i like the length of it, and the slightly slimmer fit than other jackets/kimonos like that i’ve seen. it would be a wonderful layering piece.
i also love my clyde pants, i don’t wear them in the summer much because they’re quite thick, but they get a ton of wear the rest of the year!
The florence pants are also very popular – i had a silk pair in medium, short and they weren’t big enough, or long enough on me, so I gave them to my sister. but i’d love to have another pair one day, just in the right size!
Thanks Grechen. I think you gave me just the right push to get the Emma kimono. The question is, cotton twill or linen?? Any thoughts?
Grechen Reiter says
Linen! She has the best linen