Eileen Fisher harem pants | Mine are size medium because I wanted them to be longer, but small fit well. EF runs large IMO.
James Perse tank top
Demy Lee sweater (n/a)
Mephisto Helen sandals | I have always preferred these to the Birkenstock Gizah sandals on me, I just like the shape better, and the Mephisto footbed is much more “sturdy”. Select colors on sale at Amazon. these NEVER go on sale. NEVER. This is my third pair.
Custom leather tote bag by Ad Monish
Since I’m really tempted to wear these every day, I decided to make Mondays “Harem Pants” day to make it easier. Clearly, I’m obsessed. If you are too, be sure to follow my harem style board on Pinterest. And Look how cute Sarge in Charge is in her Eileen Fisher harem pants! 🙂 Truly, I know these aren’t for everyone, but I think they’re fabulous, easy, stylish and so chic. Now I want all of the harem pants…
But on to the bag. I know now, and no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise, that if you really want THE PERFECT BAG, you have to get it custom made. I’ve been on a search for the perfect tote bag forever, and now thanks to my friends at Ad Monish, I have it. And it will last forever. It’s not entirely a custom bag, it was patterned after one that my friend Rachel has that I loved the moment I saw. But this one is different leather, a bit thicker, has an outside pocket large enough to fit my gigantic phone (Samsung galaxy note 2) and the shoulder straps are a bit longer. Absolutely nothing compares to having a bag made for you by someone who knows you and knows what you like; even the little details like the studs and grommets are just my style. Just knowing how much thought and attention to detail went into creating this bag gives it so much more meaning than absolutely ANY other bag could. Check out their Facebook page for more photos of their work, and if you’re interested in getting in touch with Ad Monish for your own custom bag, leave a comment and I’ll send you their email address. I’ll be posting lots more photos and doing a new “What’s in my Bag” video with it next week, so please stay tuned!!
Here’s a closeup of the bag on Instagram – also a picture of the bonus pouch that fits my Karen Walker sunglasses perfectly!! (are you following me on Instagram??)
Happy Monday everyone, I hope you have a great week!
Have you ever had something custom made for you? How did it turn out? What was it?
Would love to hear more about Ad Monish. Their Facebook page is odd — it has no info and doesn’t allow one to request to be friends. Nor can I find anything via Google. Thanks!
Lucy Mitchell says
this whole outfit is PERFECT. I love the harems. They are so flattering! I met someone on a campsite last year wearing some and she said she found them by googling “ali baba trousers”.I need to try that as we don’t have Eileen Fisher. Also, I have spent the past decade in gizehs, but now of course I want to try the mephistos. Are they an American brand?
h&m has a pair of harem pants (they’re really more slouchy than “harem” pants) that I also have: http://www.hm.com/us/product/00357?article=00357-D – they stretch out a lot – have the medium, and after some wear, they’re nice and slouchy, but they go on quite fitted. they’re very snug around my ankles, and i tend to wear them mostly at home, but they’re a nice way to try out the shape without investing much money…
my mephistos are made in spain i think? i just have always preferred the style over the gizehs – and the footbed is much more supportive to me than birkenstock. i wore birkenstocks forever (in college LOL) but started wearing mephisto, just the helen style, about 10 years ago and have tried on the gizeh style, but was never in love, compared to my mephistos, that is 😉
I am finding that the more I know about fashion, the more I also just want to have everything made the way I want it:). Your taste is so pure I can imagine that you aren’t going to be totally happy with anything that deviates.
Lucy Mitchell says
this is so true. i’m always wishing things were just a teeny bit different – details, you know?
I like these Mephistos! I have Gizeh and find them somewhat comfortable. Do these run true to size?
Yes, I am an 8 and take a 38 in Mephisto. I think when I tried on the gizeh, i took a 37. They’re the only sandal I’ll walk all day in…
Hi Grechen, I’m new here, love your site, and it’s great to see another harem lover, these Eileen Fisher ones are lovely, look really easy and comfy to wear. I see you have other outfits with harem pants so I’ll be back to check them out.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
I love these two pictures of you, probably because I think you look happy in both of them, plus your outfits are amazing. But most of all, the inner peace you radiate from the second photo is visible on your face!
You looked GREAT in that adorable pixie, girl!!! You have a lot of choices with your hair. Lookin’ great, Grechen!!
(and I’ve never liked the way Gizeh’s fit on me, either. I might try Mephistos since you’ve given them the official “Grechen Seal of Approval.” 😉