Hello and happy November! I’ve got a treat in store for you today — a very cozy look at Elizabeth Suzann’s new Cold Weather Collection.
To give you a little backstory, Elizabeth Suzann was the very first sustainable brand I learned about. My close friend Michelle introduced me to ES back in 2013.
Their clothes are stunning, but the magic of ES isn’t just the clothes — it’s the intention and care behind them.
When I wear an ES garment, I feel something every time. Like a deep sense of appreciation for a garment that feels so luxurious on my skin AND for the way it was made, with respect for the planet + people.
Over the past few years, ES has worked to develop a fully traceable, climate-beneficial, domestic supply chain — from ranch to mill — for their custom wool/alpaca fabric. Yes, climate-beneficial.
Liz herself says it best: “It’s been several years since we offered cold weather garments. In 2017, we attempted to transition our wool supply chain to be fully traceable and 100% domestic, with animal welfare standards and production methods in line with our values. We worked a little too quickly, and weren’t able to pull it off. This year, we are incredibly proud to offer wool the right way. We started over with everything we learned, and the new material we’ve developed is traceable, domestic, and Climate Beneficial™.”
You can read more about their wool and sourcing process here. (And you’ll be glad you did — Liz writes with such honesty and heart.)
1 | Florence Pant in Fawn Wool
Well I found my new favorite outfit for the fall and winter. :)
For my work-from-home lifestyle, they are that perfect piece to make me feel put together and “dressed” while still being super comfortable at home. When I’m homebody-ing around, I like wearing the Florence Pants with a loose sweater and cozy socks. But if I need to run out quickly, all I need to do is add a pair of cream knee boots. Easiest, chicest outfit ever.
I’m really into untucked tops these days and I love how the Florence Pants ended up working so well with this loose sweater. It’s a nice shake-up from the prominent high-rise bottom and tucked in top look.
2 | Clyde Trench in Charcoal Wool
It’s rarely helpful when someone says “You can wear this with anything!” but…you can wear the Clyde Trench with anything. :) Pop it over a slip dress for a night out or wear it daily with sweaters and jeans. I’ll be doing both.
It’s almost strange to talk about a garment supporting you emotionally, but something about this coat makes you feel safe and supported. I know — it sounds like way too much. But as a person who is sensitive to the energy of the things around me, that’s what I feel when I put it on. I’m constantly looking for an excuse to wear it.
Also! If you’ve got a furry friend, you’ll like this: The charcoal wool has a beautiful fleck/fuzziness to it, which means pet hair doesn’t show up too much! Happy news for this doggo mom.
3 | Reece Dress in Fawn Wool
The moment I saw this dress, I knew I’d be styling it “stick of butter” style, with vintage tall boots and a scarf to add contrast near my face. (That’s my trick for wearing head-to-toe beige without looking washed out — add contrast near the face with a scarf or a turtleneck layered underneath.)
A few more styling ideas? Pair it with snakeskin knee boots. Or try one of the coordinating belts and wear it with a cinched waist.
4 | Clyde Vest in Fawn Wool
My favorite thing about the Clyde Vest is that it’s made with dropped armholes. That means you can fit oversized, drapey sweaters underneath without that uncomfortable fabric-bunching-in-your-armpit thing. (Same goes for the Clyde Trench too!)
Wear it over a cozy sweater on chilly days or layer it underneath an overcoat when the temperature plummets. Personally, I love wearing it as a house coat too. That’s the beauty of Elizabeth Suzann pieces — they are made to be lived in. They blend style, comfort, and durability effortlessly, allowing them to serve as both at-home clothes and going-out clothes.
5 | The Artist Dress in Black Silk
I love this dress on it’s own. It’s sweeping and billowy and dramatic. But I wanted to shake it up a little with a sweater on top, creating the impression of a skirt + top outfit. I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!
One of my favorite things about Elizabeth Suzann silk is that it’s machine washable. I put mine in the washer and dryer regularly, and it’s still holding up beautifully years later. Silk feels so elegant and luxurious, but it’s made from a hardworking fabric that can be washed and worn with ease.
More styling ideas? Try a long camel or plaid coat on top. Cinch it at the waist with a matching belt. Or pair it with a patterned scarf.
6 | The Artist Smock in Moss Silk
For the most part, when it comes to Elizabeth Suzann, I’ve stuck to their black silk fabric. It’s safe, it’s easy, it doesn’t show sweat or spots. But I’ve fawned over this moss color for years. Years. What held me back? For one thing, I haven’t been too sure about that color and my skin tone. Would they mix well? For another thing, I’ve heard a few stories of mystery stains (oil possibly?) that won’t come out for anything.
But wow. I’m shaking my head as I write this because I should have tried it sooner. The color is magic. It’s dynamic — in fact, it’s hard to photograph because it’s constantly shifting in the light. It looks great with my skin (I have pink-ish undertones). And as for the mystery stain phobia, well, I’ll keep you updated, but I’m going to be a little careful with it and do my best to not wear it in the kitchen. Easy enough.
If you’ve been wanting to try the moss color yourself, it’s time.
7 | The Andy Pant in Ivory Silk
White silk pants. I don’t know what I was thinking. Oh wait! I was thinking holiday event SHOW STOPPER. I’m planning to wear this exact outfit to a few holiday events we’ve got coming up, and I’m so thrilled to have something dramatic and different. As Liz puts it, the Andy Pant “evokes just the right amount of 90s business-suit drama but is tapered and balanced enough to feel modern.”
(One quick note: They aren’t see through, but you do need to wear underwear that matches your skin tone.)
8 | The Georgia Dress in Black Silk with the Asawa Tie Belt
I have a vivid memory of going to get dinner with my friend Michelle (you know, my friend who introduced me to Elizabeth Suzann) and she showed up wearing this Georgia dress looking stunning. I remember thinking she looked so modern and cool, I just loved it.
Here’s the thing — this took place in 2013. Six years ago, almost seven. Just to give you a reference, in 2013 my wardrobe was mostly a rainbow of brightly colored J.Crew skinny jeans. Remember that moment in fashion? When jeans weren’t blue anymore, but kelly green and poppy red and cobalt blue?
Fashion changes so fast, and while I enjoy a good trend, I really love seeing something stand the test of time. I don’t have a single pair of those colorful jeans anymore, but you know what I do have? This dress. And it looks as modern and cool as ever.
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And there you have it!
Now I’d love to hear from you! Which item from today’s post was your favorite? Are you feeling the loose layers as much as I am these days? Do you have any Elizabeth Suzann pieces in your wardrobe? Which one is your favorite, and how do you style it for the fall and winter?