Happy Tuesday, ladies. My mannequin on Saturday gave away that I have been doing some shopping for my own wardrobe this week. I was on the hunt for some new investment pieces and started at the Nsale in Vancouver for a try-on session with Eileen Fisher.
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 134 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.
I was drawn to this sweater because of the color. It has a high/low hemline that’s shorter in the front. This has a boat neckline that widens the look of your shoulders, so it’s great for women with wider hips. It comes in 4 colors, sizes XXS-16W. I am wearing an XS, so it runs true for Eileen Fisher sizing because her garments all run large.
Slit hems continue to be on trend for jeans and pants this fall. This soft jersey pair is 92% Tencel and 8% elastane, so they’ll retain their shape very well. It’s a pull-on style with a comfy elastic waist that is smooth. They’re almost sold out at Nordstrom, so I headed over to the Eileen Fisher store and found tons of great things there. I’m wearing an XS.
Here’s the same slit hem ankle pant at Eileen Fisher, who carries them in petite and regular sizes PP-3X. Shopping at a retailer’s main site often gives you more sizing options. I bought the XS in regular to have them as long as possible. They have back darts that slim the shape through the seat and hips.
This organic cotton pullover is soft and comfy. It comes in 4 great colors; I’m wearing Rye which is a cool-toned taupe. The sizes are XXS-3X. I’m wearing a small. I’m not a fan of dropped shoulders on me, but wow, I love this color and the knit.
The two new colors at EF are Cinnabar and Rye. The cinnabar looks warm based on certain fabrics and cooler in others…which would be frustrating if you’re sensitive to color temperature. The Rye is a cool-toned taupe that I am in love with.
These high-waisted jeans fit very nicely. They come in sizes 2P- 24 in this Rye color and undyed natural white here. I’m wearing an 8 regular, which has a 31″ inseam and is miles too long, so I have the bottoms folded under about 2″. The petite has a 29″ inseam.
I’m wearing them with this relaxed Terry Blazer that’s slouchy and perfect for a casual lifestyle. It comes in three colors, sizes XXS-3X; I’m wearing a small. It has raw edges that roll and is super comfy. The tank has an a-line shape that flows over your midsection but is fitted at the shoulders. It’s a perfect shape to go with so many things because it’s not too long. It comes in this warm-toned soft white and three other colors.
Here are the same split hem pants, this time with her wonderful gauze shirt that I tied at the waist. Both fabrics are so soft and comfy, this outfit feels as comfy as a pair of sweats. I was very happy to discover that EF carries lots of petites and plus sizes. I’m becoming more focused on supporting brands that offer a broad range of sizes to dress all women.
This jersey tank and pants are both in the color Rye, but the lighting makes the pants look darker. I’m showing the tank tucked and untucked. I wouldn’t feel confident tucking the tank into these slim pants without the long cardigan covering my backside. I have this style of washable crepe pants in 4 colors and never travel without them. I think of them as leggings, so prefer to wear a top that covers my crotch and backside.
See also- The Modern Way To Wear Leggings After 50
This cardigan and pants are also in the rye color and are on the top of my wish list. The cotton and silk thread cardi has a beautiful drape with set-in sleeves and a slight a-line shape. So many EF clothes have dropped shoulders, but I prefer the structure of a set-in sleeve. It comes in this rye or black in sizes PP-3X. I’m wearing an XS regular.
These Tencel jersey knit pants are a pull-on style with pockets. The waistband is smooth across the front, which I appreciate whether it’s going to be covered or not. They come in sizes PP-3X; I’m wearing a small petite.
The dark area and speckles you see in the left photo are in the mirror, not the dress. I love this soft jersey dress. It’s a Tencel/spandex blend that drapes beautifully. This is the sort of dress that makes a great base for so many looks, either belted or not. It only comes in full length, not petite, in sizes XXS-3X. I’m wearing an XS. which is 49″ long. This dress has a similar fabric content, is in the rye color, and does come in petite, which is 46″ long.
The sweater has a satiny texture in a cotton and silk thread blend that feels amazing against the skin. It has a very slight boat neckline and raglan sleeve which is fitted through the shoulders. It feels amazing with a luxe texture that has a slight sheen. This sweater comes in sizes XXS-3X; I’m wearing an XS. The loafers are a great classic that comes in Cinnabar or Rye-colored suede here.
Here are the same jersey slit pants as above, this time in charcoal, which had to come home with me 🙂 On top, I’m wearing a washable, stretch silk jersey tank, which is amazing. I used to own several of her tops in this fabric and am thrilled to find them again. This comes in sizes XXS-3X; I’m wearing a medium that is too large. On top of that, I’m wearing the silk georgette blouse in Cinnabar. It’s an easy-fitting thigh-length top with mandating collar that comes in petite and sizes PP-3X. In this fabric, the cinnabar looks warmer than in others.
This long linen shirt is truly beautiful and almost half price. It comes in sizes PP-XL. I’m wearing a petite small which is too narrow across the shoulders, or I would have bought it. The wide-leg linen pants come in 3 colors, sizes PP-3X, and are meant to be cropped. I’m wearing a regular length small. They have an elastic waist and side pockets. The stretch jersey tank comes in three colors, including the most flattering color called powder, in sizes XXS-3X. I’m wearing an XXS which is too tight for me, so it runs true to size.
I love the simple shapes and clean lines of Eileen Fisher. Many of her pieces are quite oversized for shorter women, but the petite options scale them to work well. I have EF linen that’s at least 18 years old and gets brought out every year, which I consider investment dressing at its best.
I bought more at this DRD than I have in a long time because the shapes, colors, and fabrics just rang my bell. I’m wanting to buy fewer items of better quality in timeless styles these days, and so happy I gave EF another look.
Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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