Elizabeth Suzann Rhodes mockneck | medium
Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Pants (gift for review from Elizabeth Suzann) | size 6
EYTYS Canvas Platform sneakers
As soon as I got home from Florida yesterday, I unpacked all those boxes for slowre, and then, tried on the Elizabeth Suzann Rhodes sweater I ordered last week (if only all ES pieces shipped so fast!!).
It is stunning, beautiful, fits well, and is a truly great piece IF a cropped, slim cut, mockneck wool sweater is something you’d wear often. In my head, this is something I would throw on with everything, but in practice, I know I wouldn’t. It’s not very easy to layer over a tee or tank, which is something I’d like to do. And it is actually cropped – in a good way – but if you’re going to wear it alone, you’d have to wear it with really high-waisted pants/skirt.
I really love it, but since I don’t have have endless amounts of $$, and I’d rather have something else from Elizabeth Suzann, I’m sending it back.
I’ve wanted the Georgia dress since last summer (in fact, I wish I’d had it to wear last night to dinner – a nice, not-so-casual, but still easy summer dress with sleeves), so I think I’ll order that with my return credit. Now, the only question is: linen or raw silk?? Black of course 😉
man, it is great looking but definitely slim for a medium – and you are small on top!
i vote for georgia in silk crepe 😉 that’s what i’m thinking is next for me because of the ease of dressing it up or down.
Grechen Reiter says
yes! it is a very slim cut. so beautiful though.
i’m not sure if i’m ready for silk crepe LOL – i liked it in the pants, but not sure about as a dress? i LOVE the raw silk though. i’m afraid i wouldn’t be able to dress the silk crepe DOWN, you know? as a dress? UGH.
truly i think you could because it’s so matte. but obviously that’s just how i feel! i have been wearing the pants nonstop around the house and want to sleep in them but won’t let myself. i mean, did i just by really expensive pajamas? but it’s just not warm enough here yet to wear them outside. i’m sure i will and they seem like they can skew very casual so why not as a dress?
That’s EXACTLY how I feel about the Rhodes too! I got it during the previous release (when it sold out in under 5 mins!) and while I was happy with it when it arrived, I have not worn it out once! I’m going to make more of an effort to wear it from now on but basically, it’s just not “easy” for me like the Georgia is (I own an embarrassing number of Georgia dresses!).
I think it looks really great! Even if you didn’t keep it, I’m glad you posted it because next time I need something like this I’d love this. Unfortunately I already have probably 10 similar things, including the Everlane Classic Fleece Sweatshirt which has a very similar cut. I like wearing this kind of thing with relaxed pants, I think the cut makes me look taller.
Grechen Reiter says
I agree!! And I love it so much, but I tend not to wear things like this very much in real life. So I’d just rather use the money on something i would…
Oh wow, it does look so lovely! I can definitely see why you want to keep it, and I wish you could, but I’m the same way — I never just “throw on” little cropped sweaters, they have to layer. A cropped sweater is an event for me, and I never seem to go to that event 🙁 Oh well. I guess I’d also rather have a dress, especially the Georgia dress, which is so beautiful. But man, does that sweater look nice on you! You should keep it if you can swing it!
I felt similarly about the original Rhodes I got (In Eggshell) when they first came out, but when I heard they were restocking (the last restock), I emailed them and asked if they would consider exchanging my original Rhodes for a Charcoal even though I bought it months ago — and surprisingly, they were totally okay with the exchange! Just a thought, in case you find that you’re not getting as much use out of it as you’d planned and would rather have something else…
You know what? I would throw the sweater on over all those form fitting James Perse dresses and skirts you have to winterize them. Automatic high waist. Or under your overalls. I know you have them! As to the ES dress fabric, I have an ES dress in silk crepe (the artist) and frankly, I find the silk too light weight. It’s ok for a top (I also have two artist tops as well as another top from ES) but it’s too see through and doesn’t have enough weight to hang well (especially in cold weather when the air is dry and static electricity rules….maybe this isn’t a problem where you live. On the other hand, you already have that other dress in black raw silk, which you love, love, love. Are you really going to wear two regularly? Just a thought!!!!
I know this is about the sweater, but has anyone else tried the ES Artist dress? I’ve been tempted by it but haven’t been sure…
Grechen Reiter says
i knew you would try and convince me to keep it LOL – yes, it would look amazing with my JP dresses and my overalls, but it’s quite a warm layer, even now, we’ve basically skipped spring and gone straight into summer. it was almost 90 degrees yesterday!
i do love the marlena dress – a ton – and i wear it a lot, mostly when it’s very very hot. and sometimes i just want something with sleeves though, which is what is so appealing about the georgia dress. with the marlena dress, i have to always have a sweater or something to wear over when i’m in A/C, but with the georgia dress, i wouldn’t.
Wearing the Georgia midi in black raw silk right now- I love it and wear it all the time. I wear it over leggings with a leather jacket when the temp is cooler- it can totally be dressed down with sneakers; I have worn it for a dressy work event with black tights and heels. The style is so effortless, I don’t really think you can go wrong. I would love one in linen, but I know the drape would be completely different and would function in a totally different way in my closet so I’m still considering what color/size would get the most use. You can’t lose with the Georgia!
You know me too well! 😉 Can I help it if I love everything on you?
Re: temperature. It was minus 30 degrees here last night, high of minus 18 fahrenheit today. And I live in SOUTHERN Canada. Can I come and stay with you? lol. Or cry out loud. Not sure which!
Re; ES. She has been indicating on her blog that she is planning a major revamp of signature collection, with new fabrics, so if you are in love with something specific, maybe do it now.
I love my georgia midi, but I have it in black silk crepe. I love her silk crepe and find it to be the sturdiest, opaque silk I have ever owned. Not sure about raw silk v linen, but I do want the short georgia dress in black linen! :p
I bought my rhodes sweater in eggshell from someone at a significant discount and while I love it (I like being able to wear a sweater with my high rise skirts and pants that doesn’t add bulk to my tummy) it does have pilling under the arms, has a bit of dye transfer and I found the sizing to be waaay off. I am usually a medium/OS in her clothes and I have a large in this and it is very tight on me.
I have it. But haven’t worn it out. I got it in the OS-, which I had previous done for the Georgia dress in linen, and love that fit. but feel like the silk artist dress needs much more fluidity. I wish I had gotten it in OS or even OS plus. Also the silk crepe that she uses is a bit thin for a dress, so I feel like I have to wear it over a slip or pants. Maybe with more fabric it would be less of an issue. For reference, I am very close to Grechen’s size, except slightly bigger on top and slightly smaller on bottom. I seem to always take her size in woven garments, smaller in knits.
I have the georgia midi in navy, and every day in the summer I have to convince myself to wear something else, otherwise it would be my only outfit. There is absolutely no activity or event, outside gym type things that it is not appropriate for. LOve it that much. I am going to order the Georgia dress too, but prevaricating over fabric and colour.
I had a similar sizing experience in the Eggshell in a M — it was SO small! I exchanged it for a Charcoal size L, and found the L to be SIGNIFICANTLY roomier than the M, and actually fit like the website pictures.
This is a good shape and cut on you, but I agree the Georgia is it- I have to go back on and look at it again. I have my eye on the Harper tunic and even though I cant get it in the raw silk I can’t stop thinking about it, Im going for the linen in natural that oat color. Anyone else have the tunic? Grechen I know you do – tell me what you think about sizing, wear etc. I’d appreciate that.
It’s bloody windy as hell here in NY making it feel like 32 degrees-
Luckily I’m heading where the weather suits my clothes…Turks & Caicos for my neice’s wedding Woohoo!
Speaking of “have your tried”, I have being eyeing the eva top and dress in cotton canvas, but haven’t seen one review of them, and am feeling cautious because of the extreme bareness of the cut, and possible stiffness of the fabric. Has anyone seen this on or felt the fabric?
curious what material you have the midi in? raw silk as well? would you mind sharing your height and where t hits you on the calf? debating between regular georgia dress or midi length and i’m 5’4″ with a longer torso and shorter legs.
I have the Georgia midi in linen. I am almost 5’6″ (well…….slightly more than 5’5″, anyway 😉 ) I am also not leggy. It hits around mid-calf on me in the OS-, depending on where my arms are reaching. I do like to cover my knees, even when I am sitting down.
I love that sweater on you!!
As for Georgia dresses. I live in my silk crepe. I do wear a Eileen Fisher Silk Jersey tank tunic under it as for me it is too thin around my hip area (it’s not a favorite area of mine). I feel like I’m wearing comfy jammies but look put together still. Ponte pants, jeans wide leg silk pants on its own (I have worn it as pajamas, but I’m wearing a linen Harper tunic right now as pajamas). I am going to buy the navy linen midi next I think. I love my raw silk Harper but I’d get it in black and my silk crepe is black. Feels like amazing flannel though (Harper tunic again). I think I’ll try the Artist Dress in raw silk. Sigh. It’s an obsession.
I am 5’6 with long legs and a stumpy torso- the raw silk midi in OS hits me right at the bottom of my calf muscle; maybe ten inches or so from the ground. I have emailed ES with sizing questions recently and they sent me garment measurements to compare sizes which was super helpful.
🙂 “really expensive pajamas”
No kidding about the wind! I walked downtown to grab lunch with a friend and I felt like one of those cartoon characters that’s walking into the wind at a 45 degree angle! (On the plus side, it blew me back UP the hill on the way home!)
I love this silhouette on you, Grechen…it makes you look like an hourglass with a teeny waist. But if you won’t get the wear out of it, don’t keep it.
You ALL have me obsessing about getting an ES Georgia dress now!!!
I’ve worn my Georgia silk crepe as jammies too! 😉 My ideal clothes are ones that I can wear to bed and then off to big meeting where everyone else is wearing pinstripe suits. Don’t cringe, I’ve actually done that! (In a pinch!) More than once!
Christine M says
I’ve tried the artist dress and sent it back. I loved the idea of it but knew I’d never wear it (for a practical reason I’ll get to in a minute) and I already had two artist smocks (black and moss).
The design was impractical for me. I wanted it to wear on it’s own as a dress, but the way the sleeves are attached to the body meant that raising my arms pulled the garment up a lot higher than I felt comfortable with. It’s hard to explain without demonstrating – you’ll have to take my word that it wasn’t pretty. Wearing pants underneath would fix that issue but I already loved the smocks with pants and thought the dress wouldn’t be as flattering. Wearing a coat or carrying a shoulder bag with that type of sleeve is problematic too but more manageable with the smocks. They’re also pretty versatile – they can be tucked, half-tucked, knotted or left loose, and I’ve worn them all those ways. Definitely a big fan of the artist smock.
The silk crepe is dreamy, by the way (though I agree a bit thin for a dress). I think it happens to look great dressed down – with distressed jeans, especially 🙂 I hope that helps someone.
I’m not sure what you are indicating by “can’t get” the harper in raw silk, but I just checked and it’s available in all sizes and colours right now. Maybe you just meant it’s too hot for you?
Seeing these pants on you, I’m thinking I bought mine too big! I followed the guide on the website but my pants are WAY baggy on me. HUGE pockets I could put my purse in, I think! LOL Do you have your ‘normal’ size in these? Thanks! PS I love the EF Denim jacket on you! I have it too, and thanks for a few more ideas how to wear it!
Grechen Reiter says
i don’t know what my “normal” size is, honestly. i’ve been wearing 28 in jeans, or medium in most bottoms. my clyde pants and cecilia pants are both size 6 – but i just bought some nili lotan in size 8. so maybe a 6-8 is my “normal” size? sometimes, depending on what time of the month it is, i feel like i could use a little more room in the pants, but most of the time, they feel like the right size – i would be afraid of sizing up that they’d be TOO big.
I just received my first order from ES…the Clyde Work Pants in black size 10 Tall…perfection. The fit for mine is similar to how the size 6 fits Grechen. Total fabulousness. In fact I just reordered in the olive color which is one of my basic core wardrobe colors. These are the first non-denim woven fabric pants I’ve bought in years.
My Harper Tunic has shipped so will get that next week!!! Can’t wait to get it.
Will be wearing my new pants tonight when we go to dinner and live microphone night (some friends are performing).
Jen S says
Recently discovered ES and awaiting my Georgia tee in linen. I was also eyeballing the Georgia tee or dress or Harper tunic 🙂 in raw silk. I like the ivory color and wonder if anyone could tell me about the ease of cleaning this fabric? I have several ivory and white silk tops that I am so disappointed in given the yellowing perspiration stains despite regular dry cleaning. I was hopeful someone who has any raw silk piece by ES in ivory could let me know how they have held up and washed?
Katherine, come on over to @selltradeES on instagram! We do reviews there, and it’d be great if you suggested the Eva for an upcoming one! 🙂
I have the Harper tunic in the eggshell raw silk and it’s SUPERB! When I first received a raw silk piece from ES I was a bit surprised by its coarseness; it definitely doesn’t have the soft, slippery feeling of its crepe counterpart. It feels more like a woven cotton, and I didn’t love its natural nubbiness at first but I have really come to. It is sturdy and machine washes/dries beautifully, but some wearers over on the raw silk review on instagram.com/selltradeES have noted that it sheds on darker layers. I’ve noticed that with wear and washing, it becomes less prone to that shedding. Hope this helps!
That’s a great suggestion, but I think the cotton canvas was part of her “cold weather” and by the time the review came out, it might be discontinued. Or are you guys super fast???? 😉
Jen S says
Thanks so much!! Super helpful for many reasons!
We are in fact super fast, but someone suggested the Eva shirt after all so it happens to be coming up next in line, following the artist smock!