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.)
So, let’s get down to it! I’ve got 8 looks in store for you today, featuring 8 Elizabeth Suzann pieces — 4 from the Signature Collection, and 4 from the Cold Weather Collection.
1 | Florence Pant in Fawn Wool
Wearing: Florence Pants (size small, regular length), Vintage Tall Boots (similar, similar), Sweater (similar)
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
Wearing: Clyde Trench (size extra small, gifted), Sweater (similar), Jeans, Boots
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
Wearing: Reece Dress (size small), Scarf, Vintage Tall Boots (similar, similar)
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
Wearing: Clyde Vest (size extra small, gifted), Sweater (similar), Sweatpants, Slippers
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
Wearing: Artist Dress (size OS, gifted), Sweater (wearing size L), Boots, Earrings
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
Wearing: Artist Smock (size OS, gifted), Jeans, Boots, Earrings
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
Wearing: Andy Pants (size small, regular length, gifted), Sweater (similar), Heels, Clutch (similar)
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
Wearing: Georgia Dress (size OS), Asawa Tie Belt (size OSM), Earrings, Heels, Bag
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?
They are all very elegant pieces! I love the wool dress, and those neutral s look so chique on you!
Such a beautiful post :) When it comes to oil stains – Fairy washing up liquid works wonders! My partner is into working on vintage cars, so dealing with oil on clothes is a regular occurrence for me. I just rub a little into the stain before putting it into the machine, use my normal wash cycle and it comes out really well.
These are all beautiful pieces, Caroline, and I love how you styled them all! I have the Andy pants in moss silk and I love them…the fit is everything! I haven’t had any weird spots that couldn’t come out but my cat put a small hook in one leg that I’m still crying about :(. This post has convinced me that I need to add the Florence pants and the Reece dress in wool (the texture looks amazing) to my Christmas list…hopefully I’ll get one of them haha!
I love the way you photographed everything (and the clothes are beautiful too!) – just a beautifully styled shoot.
I’m drooling over the Georgia dress with the belt! Gorgeous and timeless! And I agree, loose, untucked sweaters are much more cozy!
Sarah Winton says
You’re so good at styling. I love all the pieces but the Reece Dress is definitely my favourite!
love the monochrome looks and elizabeth suzann. i dream of someday investing in one of her pieces (although howwww to choose – that vest, the pants, the trench!). i’ve been so lucky in completing my wardbrode and i think its entirely due to my “only secondhand” experiment. i’ve expanded my style and found so many great things, it sure takes patience but i’ve found it extremely rewarding and financially great for me at this time in my life. some more thoughts on that here: https://tps-steph.blogspot.com/2019/08/0045-summer-surviving-thriving.html
WEndy guojiao says
Great post! I just love every look. I happened to read this just before heading to work, and look 5 inspired me to match a black sweater with a fat floral silk dress. Now I feel chic;)
Jennette Wilfong says
Any tips on avoiding static cling with silk in the colder weather months?
Your ebullience is refreshing!!
Hi Caroline! I love how you styled these pieces. I am a big fan of Elizabeth Suzanne. I have invested in quite a few pieces over the course of a few years. I bought some beautiful rust colored silk florence pants last year and I was disappointed to see that the fabric is super worn out at this point especially in the seating area. I realized this is also true for a couple of other silk pants that I have had for longer. I was wondering if you have ever had that problem with the silk ES pieces? I can’t bring myself to buy another pair of pants if that is going to happen and I absolutely loved them!
Hi Georgia! Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that! I don’t have any of their silk pants, except for the white ones in this post, but they are new, so they won’t help with this particular issue. However, I do have a few other silk pieces (in black) and they are wearing very well so far. My oldest ES silk piece is the Georgia tee (I believe I got it in 2015). It’s been worn regularly, washed and dried regularly, and I even have started sleeping in it too — and it’s holding up exceptionally well. Hm. Perhaps the different colors wear differently? Or perhaps they changed their silk fabric? I would recommend reaching out to them about this though — their customer service is great and I bet they can offer some insight or a solution. :)
Thank you for your response! I also had the same experience with some tops, they are all perfect even after a few years. The oldest piece I have is a silk dress that did show some wear but I was able to salvage. I did reach out to ES and they offered a few tips for future purchases which I will try on the newest ones I have. They seem to be fine. I don’t know if I just overdid it but they are so versatile and comfortable that I cant help coming back to them all the time! I’ll keep an eye out for how it goes for you and those andy trousers I was pining for.
Dawn liquid dish soap is the best for removing oil stains…even one that are not new. Dawn is what they use for wild birds that have been covered in crude oil. Just put a small amount on the stain with your finger and let it sit. Then rinse. If it is still there once the fabric dries, repeat. I have tried this in some really nasty stains, including a huge one on a red silk blouse.