A year-and-a-half ago, I did a collaboration with EILEEN FISHER on her simplified capsule wardrobe, called The System. I reviewed a boxy silk shell, a pair of Audrey-Heburn-esque crepe pants, and these silk joggers. At the time, my nod went to the crepe pants as ‘the favorite’. But that review came out in December of 2018, and the silk joggers and I had not yet lived through a summer together.

Turns out they summer really, really well.

The Perfect Black Pants: EILEEN FISHER Silk Joggers

Last summer, these silk joggers ended up being the pair I grabbed anytime I needed to look somewhat polished in 90 degree weather. End of school parent-teacher conferences? Silk joggers. A meeting across the city? Silk joggers. Work? Silk joggers. Turns out they are the perfect summer work pants: cool, breezy, polished. They don’t wrinkle, can be machine-washed, ARE available in plus-sizes, and are sustainably made.

Best of all? They’re currently 60% off.

I do realize that the Summer of 2020 is going to look very different than 2019, and that finding ‘the perfect office pants’ is likely not a thing.

And yet.

When I needed to walk to the doctor’s this week and realized that my only options for the 80-degree day were sweatpants, jeans or denim cut-offs*…I grabbed these silk joggers. And basically haven’t taken them off since. They’re a surprising little wardrobe workhorse, one that easily fits into A Summer of Soft Pants, yet will absolutely, 100%, transition back into real life when this is all over. SOMEDAY. I highly recommend them.

*Never even crossed my mind to wear a dress. Which would’ve worked. Clearly, I’ve been a shut-in too long.

6 Ways I’m Wearing EILEEN FISHER’s Slouchy Silk Pants


To The Doctor’s Office: Silk Pants + Graphic Tee

These pants are perfect for any summertime air-conditioning situation. I especially like them with an oversized graphic tee, knotted at the waist.

Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.

similar tee | pants (xsp) | similar shoes | bag


To The Grocery Store: Silk Pants + Brown Linen

I will always and forever love a black-and-brown combo, especially when the brown is really a rich tan. I find black hard to pair with color (I prefer my black with either more black or gray), but black + brown is a fresh, sophisticated combo. This linen tank runs a bit snug in the bust, so size up if that’s of concern. (I’m wearing a size 2, but prefer the top button un-buttoned to both prevent gaping and make the top less conservative.)

Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.

top (2) | pants (xsp) | similar sandals | bag


My Work Uniform Last Summer: Silk Pants + Sneakers

I wore this outfit countless times last summer. It’s just polished enough, and insanely comfy. Like I said above, I do love black + black and this is literally my summer work uniform. (I’d just throw a sweater on over it in the air-conditioning.) The matching silk shell is not on sale, but is another piece where cost-per-wear works in my favor: I’ve worn it a ton.

Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.

top (xsp) | pants (xsp) | sneakers


My Work Uniform Last Summer: Silk Pants + Heels

If I needed to elevate my above work uniform, I swapped out the sneaks for heels and added some sort of structured topper (like this old bomber from Maje) to combat overzealous A/C.

Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.

top (xsp) | similar bomber | pants (xsp) | similar heels


Work From Home: Silk Pants + An Oversized, Boxy Top

OK fine: the heels are just for show (so pretty!!!). But I love the louche elegance of silk joggers with a wildly over-sized, drapey top. This top is from ShopBURU (love Morgan — she’s a seriously great person) and also has matching shorts, if interested.

Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.
Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.

top (s) | pants (xsp) | heels (oh hey – on sale!!)


At Home Date Night: Silk Pants + Silky Cami

I cannot state enough how useful I find these Cami NYC silk camis. I now own two black ones and one navy, simply because they’ve become my everyday summer tank tops. I wash mine in the washing machine on cold, and hang to dry. And tucked into these silk joggers, the look is…almost fancy (yet feels like PJs). Gotta love an elastic waist that works with a full tuck, too.

Perfect black pants? EILEEN FISHER's The System. The silk joggers make for cool, breezy, polished outfits. No wrinkles, machine-washable, sustainable, available in plus-size.

cami (xs, also at Revolve) | pants (xsp) | heels (by Naturalizer – insanely comfy)

Have you guys tried any of EILEEN FISHER’s The System? It’s so funny…online it doesn’t look that exciting, but these two pieces have solved many ‘what do I wear’ moments. There’s part of me (the part that’s been quarantining too long) that just wants to rid my closet of anything that’s not a black silk tank top, white tee, or striped shirt and just BE DONE WITH IT, but I’m gonna sleep another night on that idea. Or maybe 12.

These pants, tho. Keepers.

xo,

S

20 COMMENTS

  1. I have a handful of the system pieces among other things from Eileen Fisher. The beauty of her clothes is in their simplicity and how well they work together once you have a couple pieces. Not to mention everything is so well made and looks so good on! I’m not surprised at all that you find yourself reaching for the silk joggers over and over again.

    • It’s funny how true this is. I have a handful of other Eileen Fisher pieces and they’ve survived SO many closet clean-outs (or have been stolen by my mom, haha). The stuff is just so good.

  2. I remember a situation with a mammogram and dress wearing, that’s probably why you didn’t think to wear a dress……

    • BWAH HA HA HA!!! OMG YES. Truth be told, I prob haven’t worn a dress to a doctor’s office since then…that’s too funny. Totally blocked it out. 🙂 xoxoxoxo

  3. Almost all Eileen Fisher clothing looks totally boring/old lady/fuddy duddy in stock pictures….even in store on the hanger. The beauty of her stuff comes alive when you put it on. The fabrics are great – fit feel and move well. And somehow the simple styles come alive when you put them on. I have a number of pieces and really love them.

  4. Have you tried the pants that they made for this year? The reviews are saying they are not built as well. Wondering what your thoughts are before I buy. Also, would you mind telling me your height. Thanks so much!

    • I have NOT tried this year’s pants. FWIW, I notice that people do seem to complain about many other products (not just Eileen Fisher’s) “no longer being made as well” and when we’ve investigated…it’s almost never true. I think we tend to glorify pieces in our mind, maybe? 🙂 In any case, I’m 5’2.5″

    • AHHHH…maybe? A year and a half ago (when I received them) I was happily wearing size 25 jeans and now I’m a solid 26 (and we’re just going to gloss right over the reasons why). But the pants still fit great. That said, I DO think Eileen Fisher runs a bit big in general. But the good news is that these pants are pretty flowy – I feel like there is some size flexibility here.

  5. Silk pants are great; moving nicely with you. BUT! We’re in the deep South where it can be hot in January. WE NEED COTTON!! Cotton is literally king down here. Silk & poly hold in heat. Give us cotton please!

    • Really?? I find that 100% silk (actual silk, not silky blends) is easily as cooler (if not cooler) than cotton. It’s the poly blends that really hold in the heat.

  6. I swear the moment I say to myself, “You are on a clothing hiatus,” TME comes out with a post like this and makes me REALLY want some damn silk pants…definitely going to have to sleep on this and think about it.

    Do you find these pants are good for being outdoors during our hot, muggy East coast summers? Or are they better for being cool yet put together once you’re in the AC? I tend to avoid pants all summer long just because the swamp-ass is real (sorry for that TMI but humidity is a jerk).

    • These are THE BEST for the hot, muggy, East Coast summers. That’s literally the biggest reason I can’t quit them.

  7. I have the tank dress from The System and it is one of my closet workhorses. So versatile and I wear it year round (I’m on the West Coast with milder winters). Add boots and a sweater in winter, wear with sandals and a sunhat in summer. Knot a T over it. Add a blazer and ankle boots or heels. I love her clothes. Love that they are sustainable and stylish in a timeless way, and very forgiving of body type and cycling weight. Love that I can support a woman and her business. Definitely the clothes I reach for time and again. I’ve found they’ve transitioned to shelter in place really well. Some clothes are just sitting in my closet, but hers are repeatedly in rotation. The perfect blend of elegance and comfort.

  8. Okay so I ordered the bone and the black. I love a good lightly colored pant in the summer plus I was inbetween sizes and I figure why not try both.

  9. I ended up buying three pairs after your initial review – got two on sale at Bloomingdales and bought a snakeskin pair on Poshmark. They are definitely closet staples. Thank you!

  10. I k ow the world is upside down, but thank you for the recommendation. I bought the bone and black. These are the summer pants I did not know I needed. The quality, drape and fit say professional, but they feel like wearing pajamas. They are lined and do not reveal any lumps and bumps. They are forgiving of any quarantine fluffiness, but will easily still fit when my gym opens again and my main entertainment is no longer in the kitchen.

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