I went hunting for cool-toned fall clothes, and I hit the jackpot at the local Eileen Fisher. The store was very, very busy with a wait for the dressing room, but I did not let that deter me. The racks had fewer things in my size than I’m used to seeing, and the sales gal told me that the brand is making less of each item this year, so you need to jump when you find something in your size. I suspect most brands will be doing that to succeed in a tough retail economy. I found lots of cool-toned pieces for early fall 2023 at Eileen Fisher, which is a welcome find for those of us who aren’t flattered by warm undertones.
If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 145 lbs. I have broad shoulders with straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run. All Eileen Fisher designs are available online in a full range of sizes, from XXS to 3X. I’ll be the first to admit these outfits look weird with my sandals 🙂
You know it’s fall when the corduroy comes out. These straight-leg pants come in four great colors, this is charcoal, and they came home with me. I’m pretty sure these are my first pair of corduroy pants. I’m used to the fabric feeling a bit stiff, but these are soft, drapey, and velvety soft. They have a high rise and 5% spandex which makes them extra comfy. and since charcoal is one of my favorite neutrals for fall, it was a no-brainer for me.
I’m wearing them with a washable silk shirt in this yummy hydrangea shade. I have several blouses in this silk georgette and love how they come out of the washer/dryer looking fabulous! This little waist-length boiled wool jacket is also in charcoal and available in nocturne, which appears to be a very deep grayed navy. I usually find wool scratchy, but this is buttery soft and a great weight for fall. As with many Eileen Fisher pieces, I find they run large.
This super-soft little dress comes in four colors, including Nocturne…I’m showing it in black. This machine-washable fabric has a finely gathered texture that would travel like a dream. It also comes in red (the color of the season) and blue-violet. This would be great layered over leggings or dressed up with a blazer.
This silk georgette classic collared blouse is the most gorgeous teal shade called Alpine. I got this blouse in Bone last spring and have worn it on constant repeat. This easy-care fabric drapes beautifully with a soft matte finish. The cardigan doesn’t seem to be uploaded onto the website yet, so let me know if you see it.
This boiled wool fabric is very soft and stretchy. It’s a felted knit that drapes beautifully in black, nocturne, or this bone. The cute little jacket would be great over a tee and jeans for mild fall weather. These pants are an easy-fitting pull-on style that hits right at the ankle. They do come in petite, which are about 2″ shorter. The silk tank is machine washable and a great basic the brand carries season after season.
Here are the same pants, this time with a cotton/bend pullover. The sweater comes in five great colors, including hydrangea, which would have come home with me if they’d had it in the store. It’s a great year-round weight which I’d pop over a white shirt in the winter.
This longer mohair cardigan is super cozy and not scratchy! I know I keep repeating myself, but I often find these fibers itchy, but these aren’t. The color is alpine, which looks great with so many other cool-based colors and can also coordinate with warm. This is probably warm enough to work as an outer layer for ladies who live in milder climates, like me. The crewneck sweater underneath is a cotton bouclé pullover that comes in five colors. I’m wearing the Bluesteel.
This long Merino cardigan is in a regenerative wool and comes in black, alpine, or this charcoal. It’s ribbed all over, so it lays closer to the body than the mohair cardi. It’s warm and cozy, with an open front and no closure.
Their Regenerative Wool “supports Argentinian ranchers who regenerate depleted grassland through holistic farming methods while ensuring that better animal welfare practices are in place.”
When I stopped back in a few days later, they’d just unpacked some more of their regenerative wool collection. I was having a better hair day and wearing the platform sandals I’d picked up from their sale section during my first visit. Their regenerative wool is amazingly soft and not the least bit scratchy. The slim Merino pencil skirt caught my eye the second I walked in. It’s just the way I love to dress in cold weather….a cozy skirt over booties and tights. It has all-over ribbing, but it’s not clingy and has a pull-on waistband. It’s available in black, alpine, or charcoal. The length is 34″, and it doesn’t appear to come in petite.
It’s hard to tell in these photos, but the skirt and pants are charcoal. The soft flannel wide-leg pants on the right are gorgeous drapey wool with an elasticized waistband, front zip, pleats, and slash pockets. Trousers are a continuing huge trend going forward into fall, and these are beauties. The cotton crewneck is a boxy, cropped length in cuddly cotton that works well over wider pants. It comes in 5 colors, and the fabric is a bouclé type knit.
Same trousers as above, this time with a silk georgette ballet neck top in Alpine. The soft contrast of the alpine with charcoal is a luxe looking option for ladies who prefer to avoid black and will be as timeless a neutral as navy. The top is machine washable and comes in five colors. This Merino jersey poncho is very lightweight which makes it great for transitioning the seasons. It comes in black and this charcoal, one size fits all. I’ve looked at this poncho several times and have decided I need to have it for fall.
Here, I’ve paired the long mohair cardigan with the slim merino pencil skirt in black. If you’re short, this skirt could be easily shortened from the waistband…or if you’re like me, I’d just fold the waistband over. I guess you can tell by how many photo’s I took of this skirt, I really like it.
Just to switch things up, I paired the pencil skirt in black with the organic stretch corduroy jacket and jersey turtleneck in “auburn”. I love the combination of black with brown which also has a low contrast level. Eileen Fisher corduroy is a cut above other corduroys that I’ve felt and has a much more luxe feeling to it. The jersey turtleneck comes in four colors in a finely knit fabric that will layer beautifully.
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I find a lot of Eileen Fisher sizing pretty flexible, so I sized down to this XXS in the top and it fits perfectly. If you choose to wear things looser, just size down one size. This top comes in the same four colors as the skirt and would look cute layered over a crisp white shirt. This entire outfit is in charcoal.
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Whew, that was a long post. Were there any looks that resonated with your style? Do you like sweater skirts?
Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.