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Dressing Room Diaries: Eileen Fisher

Dressing Room Diaries: Eileen Fisher

I have worn Eileen Fisher clothes for many years. You’ve seen me wear her pieces often and frequently the same ones! They’re cost per wear are often very low because they’re versatile and last forever. I stopped into Nordstrom yesterday to see their new Eileen Fisher collection for fall. Eileen Fisher makes collections for their own stores and produces different pieces to be sold at other department stores.

I started with blouses and moved on from there.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

This Ballet Neck Silk top is the most glorious shade of blue. It has ruched 3/4 sleeves which I love, but the position of the drawstring makes my shoulders appear wider than they are. This would be flattering on a woman with smaller shoulders.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

This Boxy Organic Cotton Top is super soft and a gorgeous color. The statement sleeves are the best kind…short enough to stay out of the way.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

This Stretch Silk Shirt is fabulous!! I know because I have owned it in taupe for at least 8 years. This one is too large for me so looks sloppier than it should. It comes in 3 colors and is a classic to wear for years…obviously;) Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

This is the Cotton Cropped Jumpsuit in regular length. It comes in petite but I find crops make my legs look shorter so I prefer this. It is oversized by design and I love it. This is a great blank canvas that could be changed with accessories.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at NordstromThis Midi Tank Dress is ankle length on me in regular. It is available in petite, but I like this length. It’s a fabulous wear-everywhere basic in EF’s famous stretch jersey. It also comes in a gorgeous midnight blue. Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

I topped it with this Tweed Kimono Jacket which is a disaster for me. Even with a waist shaping belt, the look is too boxy for my inverted triangle silhouette and the fabric makes it appear heavier than it is.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

This is the Eileen Fisher Silk Georgette Top and Slouchy Silk Pant in bone. I could only find the link to the top in Plus here. This top was originally designed in 1999 and is a classic Eileen Fisher staple. The pull-on pants are easy to wear and drape beautifully.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

I topped them with this Long Belted Kimono is a very soft tencel. It has a self-belt which I tied in back to give it some waist definition. The truth is, it’s so long on me, nothing keeps it from overwhelming me. It is available in petite but not in my store.
Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom
This V-Neck cashmere and wool tunic is fabulous. It comes in 3 colors in regular and petite. Obviously, this is a regular length and looks like a dress on me. This sweater is an investment for sure, but if it fit my budget I would own it!

Many Eileen Fisher pieces are too boxy for my shape so I pick and choose what flatters my shape.

Do you wear Eileen Fisher pieces?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

 

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68 Comments

  1. Janet
    August 10, 2018 / 4:23 am

    I don’t wear EF, mostly because it isn’t readily available to me where I live in Canada so it hasnt been on my radar. Now that I am seeing it featured more on blogs it is on my list to look for when I am near a Nordstroms. I need to shop on person for most of my clothes.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 5:01 am

      You will likely find EF collections at your Nordstrom and Holt Refrew too. Once you understand her sizing you can shop online and hound the sales.

      • Janet
        August 11, 2018 / 5:49 am

        Thanks!

    • Dianne
      August 10, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      HBC sells EF online and it is easy to return items that don’t suit. I have one linen sweater that I bought on sale and plan to buy more. I too have to be careful that the pieces don’t look baggy on me.

      • Jennifer
        Author
        August 10, 2018 / 6:39 pm

        Thanks for the info!

      • Janet
        August 11, 2018 / 5:49 am

        Thanks!

  2. Laurel
    August 10, 2018 / 4:52 am

    I have quite a few EF pieces and have definitely gotten my money from them. They are so classic and last forever. My travel wardrobe is mostly EF. This summer I picked up a couple pairs of her linen pants on sale and they’re fantastic. She does brighter colors that I like off and on, and I jump on those. OTOH, a lot of her pieces are boxy and hide my waistline, not a great look. So I have to pick and choose. Thanks for the preview of the latest!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 5:39 am

      I totally agree! The boxy ones are so unflattering on me????

  3. Allison
    August 10, 2018 / 5:08 am

    I have a love hate relationship with EF (for Canadian readers it is carried at Hudson Bay stores in major centres as well and many better boutiques) I find it boxy and unflattering and boring. To me it is the epitome of the ‘well heeled middle aged woman’ and not in a good way. That being said her basic pieces fit very well are great for travel and are available in petite. Unfortunately I cannot justify the price ( unless on sale) as there are so many well priced, better made options available. I do own a couple pairs of pants and a basic tank but that’s all I’ll spend. After I read on another (well respected) fashion blog that a customer was told at an EF store to put her new EF cashmere sweater in the freezer to kill any moth larvae I nearly flipped! Apparently they have such an issue with moth holes they will repair for free. EF claims that this is due to the sweaters being made off shore and the eggs are laid during shipping. Several commenters verified this. Funny, I’ve bought beautiful cashmere sweaters off the Shopping Channel ( of all places) never had a moth problem and they were a third of the price!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Her cut tends to be boxy in lots of her tops so it’s wise to pick and choose based on your silhouette. I can only wear a few of them. I haven’t heard that one about moth Larve so I’ll have to fact check it. Helpful salespeople have interesting tips which I don’t know is EF policy:) I prefer to simply put my affected garment in a tightly closed plastic bag for several weeks until the larve die.

  4. Sarah
    August 10, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Love Eileen Fisher. Have worn it for years.

  5. Nancy
    August 10, 2018 / 5:54 am

    I agree with Allison. This line is boring and matronly. Too expensive for plain looking boxy clothes. I don’t see the appeal in wearing long dusters or kimonos that hide an outfit and serve no useful purpose.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Everyone’s personal style is individual and luckily there’s lots of options for us.

    • Kay
      August 10, 2018 / 11:59 am

      I totally agree with Nancy and Allison! Boring and matronly and expensive. There are so many other brands of clothing that are colorful, fun and chic to choose from; plus the price point is much cheaper for similar good quality fabrics/construction.

      • Jennifer
        Author
        August 10, 2018 / 3:32 pm

        Many women aren’t looking for colorful and/or fun in their garments. EF isn’t for every woman and that’s why there are so many options out there.

  6. Eileen
    August 10, 2018 / 6:16 am

    Love the quality of the fabrics! I only own the silk tanks, to use for travel, and layering warmth. The fit isn’t quite right for me ( pear shape ) tops too boxy, bottoms too short.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Their silk is one of my favorites.

  7. patval
    August 10, 2018 / 7:14 am

    I have worn Eileen Fisher for years. I tend to buy them on sale as they are expensive. Whenever I don’t know how to dress I will pick Eileen Fisher. Her simple elegance works. I am not buying her dressier pieces as they do not fit my casual lifestyle. I find many of her boxy shapes work for my top heavy body. I am a big Eileen Fisher fan.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 9:52 am

      I find most of them elegant too! They’re no brainer classic pants are my favorite.

  8. Jo
    August 10, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I just don’t understand EF’s popularity. It is waaaay overpriced for pieces that can be bought elsewhere for a tenth of the price (JJill tops), and it does a short hourglass no favors as it the fit is generally so boxy and overwhelming. The cult crepe pant feels like granny polyester to me. I do own 4 EF tops, bought on sale because the colors were gorgeous, and I sized down so they would be more form fitting. I’m a 59yo, 5’2″, employed professional.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 9:53 am

      It is very popular!

  9. Jude
    August 10, 2018 / 7:43 am

    I love/hate EF…most pieces look like old lady wear. There are some that work
    The crepe pants are ok but when I started wearing them my husband said his mother use to wear pants like that. He did not care for them. So I reach for my slim jeans and block heel sandals or wedges that always make me feel taller and thinner.
    I agree on the price of EF unjustified. And moths?? Gross. Never had a problem but so much of what we wear comes from overseas. I can see it could be a possible issue..
    I only buy EF on sale and not often.
    I have added up the price of a full EF outfit from some blog sites….Though I can buy what I want I can’t justfy full price.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 9:56 am

      Lol…there’s nothing wrong with being an old lady, but that visual stereotype sure sounds unpleasant!
      Actually on second thought, that’s not funny at all.
      Her clothes appeal to different women for different reasons. I pick and choose from her collections which serves me well.

  10. Chris
    August 10, 2018 / 8:26 am

    One of the EF benefits not mentioned yet is how well the colors coordinate year after year. That helps make her collections timeless. I also love EF shoes. Stylish and comfortable. I always shop on sale and frequently find great buys. Given the brands that target 50ish and up women, EF is a favorite. You just need to find the right styles that flatter your body type. Thanks for the preview, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 9:57 am

      I agree. I also love her shoes!! I’ve been wearing them for years for their comfort and modern styling.

  11. Anon
    August 10, 2018 / 8:46 am

    The kimono jacket and ballet top with ruched sleeves would be perfect for me. I am a tallish triangle. So this Dressing Room Diary is a winnner…for me! I’ve never worn Eileen Fisher.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Glad you liked them!

  12. Sharon
    August 10, 2018 / 8:47 am

    EF pants are my favorite go to and perfect for traveling. The pants can be worn a few times before washing as they don’t wrinkle. I don’t wear the linen. I have several pair (on sale of course) and have had them altered over the years.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 10:07 am

      I also love her linen blouses. Comfy and stylish

  13. August 10, 2018 / 9:14 am

    I am a big fan of EF. I have a few pieces in my closet that fit in to my style year after year. Unfortunately when the Canadian dollar dropped so did my EF purchases. I look at this line with yearning, but can not justify the $, even though I know the value and long lasting fashion sense of the line. Great to see you in her stuff. Love the colours this season,

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 10:10 am

      That dollar fluctuation is brutal. I remember it well. She does have a few outlets and the sales are always great

  14. Susan
    August 10, 2018 / 10:11 am

    I’ve never found an EF piece that looked good on me. I don’t need to look slouchy and boxy, and I find the cost of the pieces prohibitive. Even on sale. The famous crepe pants just look horrible on me, and I’m allergic to wool. I guess my classics are more in the handbag line! I can easily find Alfani, basic Chico, or JJill pieces that last a few years for a tenth of the cost. And personally I’d rather do that.
    But to each her own!!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 10:21 am

      That’s why we’re lucky to have options! Thanks for sharing Susan.

  15. Joanie
    August 10, 2018 / 10:36 am

    I love the EF aesthetic and styling but find it overpriced, especially for the average woman.
    I’ve found comparable pieces in j. jill’s Wearever line that don’t require the outlay of hundreds of dollars for 2 pieces of clothing, especially if you shop their extra percentage off sales.
    I realize that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I also shop Old Navy for trendy pieces like boho and Breton style striped tops because I’m never going to spend $150 on a top.
    This season they also have some very nice (imo) long open front sweaters aka dusters for a price that’s peanuts compared to EF, enough so that I can buy one in each color and still not spend as much as one EF piece costs.
    Clothing will never be an investment purchase for me but I do take care of what I have and when I’m bored with something, the human society’s resale shop appreciates the donation.

    • Susan
      August 10, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Oh and a big shout out to Old Navy for trends!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Women have varying budgets. What one may consider overpriced, another considers affordable. Generalizations don’t work because women don’t fit in the same slot.

  16. Florence
    August 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

    I love the many choices you made, partcularly the silk georgette top with slouchy pants. You look smashing. An EF devotee myself, I love the classic simplicity and diversity. Always a a go-to in my closet.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Their simple lines appeal to me too

  17. candice clement
    August 10, 2018 / 11:32 am

    When I had to attend a barn wedding this summer, very casual, I wore a silk blouse and some black slacks from EF. Expensive yes, did I feel great yes, did I look great yes, I also had a fabulous hat I wore with the outfit. I buy her pieces occasionally when they are either the best of the best or on sale and look good. EF is not a go to brand for me.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      That’s a great way to shop every brand!!

  18. August 10, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Well, I have to respectively disagree with some comments. All clothing lines have pieces which are unflattering on different body types…that is not unique to EF. The crepe pants are amazing…I just purchased my seventh color. They are high quality…fit great…a perfect for warmer climates…and always look chic and professional for work. They are not frumpy at all! The quality of the fabric and the fit are what makes them so classic for my job. I have many EF pieces…mostly bought on sale because I trust the line. It is important for my job that I look strong, intelligent, creative, modern and approachable. The autumn colors are lovely. We all must think about other women when commenting.. every brand has its fans and foes. I appreciate that Jennifer offers variety with this segment.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks Pam. I agree!

  19. Lynn
    August 10, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I’m in the “don’t like” group for EF because every time I try it the look is boxy and unflattering. That’s why this post interests me. I’m a short ((5’2″) inverted triangle (broad shoulders and slim hips) – why do so many of these look good on Jennifer and not me? I like many of the colors, but I look like a busty linebacker in most tops and the bottoms have too much fabric.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks Lynn, but there are few here that suit me. I am 2” taller than you but small busted. I would buy many of these because they’re unflattering on me.

  20. Kay
    August 10, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Well, I am an old lady and a grandmother, so I guess that makes me matronly. I have many EF pieces. I find the box tops flatter me, especially the ones in a drapier fabric such as viscose or silk. I love the lantern pants and have a couple in the new linen-tencel blend. Slouchy pants are comfortable and help to disguise my tummy (a side effect of being a mother.) My own mother was an Alfred Dunner fan with umpteen pairs of polyester pull-on pants with matching blouses and cardigan sweaters. Now that is what seems “matronly” to me, but that was her signature style and she was faithful to it (bless her heart.) I don’t try to dress like my daughters do because I realize that would not fool anybody. I’m an old lady and I love EF for designing elegant things I can wear even at my advanced age. For those of you who don’t like EF, you’re entitled to your opinion, but with any luck, maybe you, too, will be an old lady one day and appreciate a brand that works for you

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you Kay. So eloquently put. However I must correct your misconception that because you’re an old lady, you are matronly. I am an old lady too and feel blessed to have lived this long.
      Matronly, like frumpy, is in the eye of the beholder. I find EF elegant and timeless. Do all the pieces work for me? No. No brand does.
      Thanks for being here.

      • Kay
        August 11, 2018 / 2:10 pm

        A dictionary defines “matronly” as “of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a matron; maturely dignified; stately.” I’ll take that description. A matron is also the head person of an organization, a school, say, or a prison where the warden is called the Matron. I’m happy being the mature, diginified and stately boss of everything. LOL.

        • Jennifer
          Author
          August 11, 2018 / 3:06 pm

          Awesome Kay! Then I want to be one too. Thanks

  21. Gail Schwartz
    August 10, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Fortunately I live near a couple of Eileen Fisher factory stores, so I wait until I have a chance to go there and resist buying Eileen Fisher in my local department stores. I love her silk dresses. They are comfortable and look good on me. I am a short grandma who needs a dress once in a while. Also, her sweaters are wonderful. The most fun is going to the factory store with my best friend when they are having a sale! Then we bring home a bagful. The last time I was there they had shoes in my size and I bought 2 pairs.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      Lucky you!! That sounds fabulous.

  22. Ann
    August 10, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Jennifer, you look great in the light grey jumpsuit. You can do so much with that piece.

  23. Lantha Quesenberry
    August 10, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    I’ve purchased Eileen Fisher for about 12 years now!
    I still wear some my first pieces and the ones I don’t wear my daughter or nieces wear!
    I select my new pieces with last years purchases in mind.
    Well worth the investment!
    And now their web site sells gently used pieces.????

  24. Joanna
    August 10, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    EF seems boxy and bulky. It would do nothing for my tall, slim figure, except overwhelm. I haven’t seen a piece yet that I would even bother trying on. Simply not my style. I prefer a more tailored look, although some interesting details do get my attention.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 7:03 pm

      It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. Thanks for sharing

  25. Sandy Andry
    August 10, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    I think you will find this funny…..I enjoy your dressing room diaries. I scroll through the pics and see something and think, “Wow! That looks great.” and then you say, “I love this one.” Then I look at another picture and think, “That is not attractive AT ALL” and you say, “This is a disaster on me.” So funny! I think it’s just as helpful to see what DOESN’T work!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      I’ll keep doing it! Thanks

  26. Susan
    August 10, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    I too enjoy all the photos- and hope no one takes my comments as criticism. I tried to make it clear that this line does not work for me. And by the way, I am a grandmother of three girls, the oldest is 16! And pushing hard at 67 years old! I think it’s all about finding what works for each of us.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      It is all about wearing what works for us and supporting other women’s choices. Thanks Susan

  27. Lisa Ryan
    August 10, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I’m sure my comment will be scorned but I feel like I watching an episode of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. In my opinion there is nothing flattering in either the fit, color, drape or style of Eileen Fisher clothing pieces shown. If you feel that EF makes boxy clothing especially for older women, and it makes you feel comfortable because it hides flaws, than wear it but, again in my opinion, not a single piece is flattering. I think the majority of the commentors tend to agree that EF clothing is unflattering but there are quite a few Yes buts. Jennifer, I don’t know if you are just showcasing these items or asking for an opinion. As a woman I respect honesty over niceness everyday of the year but in so many of these dressing room series posts I see too much niceness in the comments, versus critical opinion. As women we can only truly support each other when we are truly honest with other. I’m off my soapbox now!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 11, 2018 / 5:39 am

      We must agree to disagree about what supports women, Lisa.

    • Kay
      August 11, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      My truly honest opinion: I like EF and I think I look good in all the pieces I own. Funny thing about life: one person’s reality is not the reality for everyone else on earth.

  28. Lucretia Roletta
    August 10, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I love the vision of ef. I love most of her fabrics. I love her styles-but her styles and cut are not for me. I have a hour glass shape and her styles do me no favors.
    I like your dressing room pics.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      An hourglass figure (lucky you) would struggle with the EF fit.

  29. Geri Harper
    August 11, 2018 / 6:46 am

    I was thrilled to find a lovely EF black silky top at Winners recently, I couldn’t believe the price of $39:00 Canadian. It is a great travel piece, looks great over white slim pants. Now That I know I can buy this brand at Winners, I’m obsessed, and constantly checking their racks,

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 11, 2018 / 7:55 am

      That’s awesome. I never had much luck at my Winners.

  30. August 11, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    My favorite item is your glasses! They’re gorgeous on you! You really hit a home run when you chose these! xoxo, Brenda

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 11, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks Brenda! XO

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