My Three Favorite Pieces From EILEEN FISHER (A Review)

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You guys have been asking — for quite some time — my thoughts on EILEEN FISHER pieces. I’ve been a longtime fan of the brand’s footwear (the sport sneaker sandal should be included in a TME cute-and-comfy shoe Hall Of Fame somewhere), and I have several sweaters that I love. EILEEN FISHER pieces tend to be insanely well-made (often sustainably and responsibly made, too), and are the kinds of pieces that look much better on — they drape, they move. So when EILEEN FISHER reached out, asking me to take a look at the System, a line of eight simple pieces that can be mixed and matched, I didn’t even hesitate.

A Review of EILEEN FISHER’s The System

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

boxy silk shell (size petite xs)

The System consists of a few simple tops, four different pants, and one dress. I quickly chose a boxy silk shell (that I’ve since been wearing the heck out of), but choosing pants was trickier. I have never actually worn EILEEN FISHER pants before, so — for the sake of This Very Important Research — I asked the company to send me two different styles: a slim, washable stretch crepe pant and a slouchy silk pant. I had (wrongly) assumed that after trying them on I’d quickly narrow it down to just one, but…nope. They’re both totally different, but really good.

Washable Stretch Crepe Pant vs. Slouchy Silk Pant

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

 boxy silk shell (petite xs) | washable crepe pants (petite xs) | slouchy silk (size petite xs)

The Washable Stretch Crepe pant (on the left) is a little thicker, and has an Audrey Hepburn vibe that I’m loving — especially with the boxy silk shell. I did a petite in both pieces and am thrilled with the fit: the shell is *almost* cropped, and the pants don’t need to be tailored  These pants are stretchy (as advertised), and as comfy as joggers. No pockets.

In comparison, the slouchy silk pants have delicious pockets, and, despite the silk fabric, a casual vibe.

Both pants have an elastic waistband, can be dressed up or down, and are insanely comfy to wear.

So. Which is my top pick?  Well…let’s style them up and see…

EILEEN FISHER Stretch Crepe Pant, Three Ways

On the weekend

These pants were made for sneakers. In addition to Saturdays spent bopping around Philly, this entire outfit may quickly become my go-to for travel. And before I forget, let’s check out that waistband…

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES! washable crepe pants (petite xs)

For Work

This is exactly the type of outfit I wore (most of the time, anyway), while working for Lockheed. Chic, easy, comfy, and professional enough (wait – where are my glasses??). I’ll be happily wearing this exact thing to TME headquarters, too. (With the glasses.)

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

 washable crepe pants (petite xs)

To a Party

There might be no better base for over-the-top extras like faux-fur, feather heels and a studded clutch. It’s festive, comfy, and fun. (That Audrey Hepburn vibe when this set is worn together is so freaking good.  IknowIknow — I’ve already mentioned that. BUT STILL. AUDREY.)

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

 boxy silk shell (petite xs) | washable crepe pants (petite xs)

EILEEN FISHER Slouchy Silk Pants

OK. So. We’ve gotta talk about these. It turns out that I found these pants a *little* harder to style than the other pair. BUT….it’s because of ME. (It’s me, slouchy silk pants, not you.)

This is basically the style of pant I’ve looked at longingly from afar. On tall models-off-duty in their dad sneaks and slouchy pants and crop tops. (OK, now I’m just listing Things I Look At Longingly, but you get my point.) So whenever I’m playing around with a new silhouette, things are always a little…off. In the beginning, anyway. So let’s start at the beginning, for the purposes of All Learning Together. (And if you’ve already nailed the slouchy silk pant, then feel free to snort and roll your eyes at my novice moves. I AM A BIG GIRL AND CAN TAKE IT.)

With The Silk Shell

There’s something so freaking luxurious about this whole outfit. I think it’s the fancy fabric in the casual shape. It’s basically perfection, this one.

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

 boxy silk shell (petite xs) | slouchy silk pants (petite xs)

All Summer Long

Because these pants are so lightweight, my initial move was to pair them with sandals and straw bags. Expect to see this again in June.

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

slouchy silk pants (petite xs)

Warmed Up For Winter

I wanted to play around with warming them up for winter. Pairing the slouchy silk with drapey cashmere in the same color made for one heck of a texture play. And they’re the perfect length and slouch to fit nicely over sock booties.

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

slouchy silk pants (petite xs)

So. Which was your favorite? I think for right now, the washable crepe pant might be my top pick. I think. And the bum on that pant is pretty good, too. Observe:

Slouchy silk pants, stretch crepe pants & a silk shell...we're styling 3 of the 8 pieces from EILEEN FISHER's The System. All signs pointing to....YES!

 

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There’s something just so refreshingly uncomplicated (yet still totally lux) about this system. I’m on board.

xo,

S

A huge thank you to EILEEN FISHER for sponsoring this post! I’m a huge fan, my readers are huge fans — and we all LOVE your sustainable focus. I’m honored to be working with you. As always, all product choices, thoughts, and opinions are my own. And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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7 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve become a HUGE Eileen Fisher fan as of late. After recently purging almost everything in my closet to adopt a lean wardrobe filled with clothes I love and fit me well, I’ve added a few EF pieces and wear them on the repeat! The slouchy pants are on my wish but I’m wondering if I should go with the silk or jersey version. Did you happen to try the jersey or have thoughts on which material would be best for everyday use (Busy mom of 2 boys, run my own business, wants to look put together with effortless style)? Thx!!

  2. I love Eileen Fisher ! I have a couple of the system pieces and I have had so many opportunities to wear them. Both for casual and more special occasions! I do not have the boxy shorter shell. It looks great! Thank you for showing some styling options

  3. A hundred years ago when I used to work in a department store, I’d mechandise the Eileen Fisher stuff and loved how it all felt and looked. It is just effortless (which is basically how I want to dress all the time.) I think I’m partial to the crepe pants like you are, every single outfit is amazing.

  4. I just started buying Eileen Fisher and have a few pieces I LOVE. Highly recommend the EDDY oxford (I have it in both black patent and matte black leather – they are TO DIE FOR and go with everything). I totally agree that when you see EF pieces on the hanger it is kind of like “meh” but the pieces are cut and drape so well that they are flattering on. I have a funky/artsy linen jumper from last summer that I get endless complements on. And a pair of widelegged cropped plaid wool elastic waist pants that I adore (paired with my eddy oxfords and an half tuck oversized striped sweater my 19-year old niece told 55 year old me that I looked like Bella Hadid on her way to an appointment haha: so anyone who thinks Eileen Fisher is for old ladies…THINK AGAIN!)

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