dramatically comfortable

Floaty bits 1

I’m not going to lie; thanks to the sugary, salty, boozy things that have crossed my lips the last couple of weeks, I’m feeling a wee bit bloated and gravitating toward comfortable (but still work appropriate) outfits. Once again it’s Eileen Fisher to the rescue.

Wearing (or similar):

Those are my trusty ponte knit jeans (I recommend sizing up as they seem to run smaller than other EF pants) and open front tropical suiting jacket (still available and on mega sale at NM). I’ve worn this jacket about twice a week on average since purchasing earlier this year. Don’t let the fact that it’s polyester put you off; it looks, feels and drapes like silk. Then, things get interesting. I’d tried on this Eileen Fisher printed silk tunic several times and loved it, but hesitated to purchase as it seemed like exclusively a warm weather piece. But a few weeks ago I saw one of the EF sales associates wearing it over a long sleeve tee and Bingo! It looked great and that was all the reassurance I needed. The frisson between destructed plaid print and soft ethereal fabric and shape feeds my need for a little drama and movement. I love the interest it adds to a basic outfit.

Sunglasses are from Tom Ford…my long-time optometrist was clearing space for new spring inventory and offered me the frames at half off. They fit like a dream and I love how they look.

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The leather cuff is vintage, purchased several years ago. More Hermés “Collier de Chien” cuffs here.

Are there pieces in your wardrobe that you’ve found are more versatile than you originally imagined?

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  1. Lady of Style
    December 27, 2014 / 3:56 am

    Oh yes, stretch trousers and a tunic… currently my preferred or “only” look! I think I better start my New Year’s resolutions today 😉
    You look very stylish though! Your bag and bracelet add a special touch to your outfit.
    Enjoy your sunny weather… putting my down coat and gloves on for another round of shovelling snow…

    Annette | Lady of Style

  2. December 27, 2014 / 4:02 am

    Feeling the same way…I go to weigh in this morning and I am not looking forward to it. I love the silk tunic and your glasses…looks great. I am into EF more and more.

  3. KPL
    December 27, 2014 / 5:42 am

    Love that short over long look. Very elegant and edgy at the same time.

  4. December 27, 2014 / 6:32 am

    WhAt a great way of letting your inner rebel express herself while still looking chic and work-appropriate! Looks as if you must have successfully replaced your tripod.

    • une femme
      December 27, 2014 / 7:06 am

      Frannces, thanks, and yes I did purchase a tripod but it’s going back today. It’s one of those “ball head” kinds and I don’t like it at all. Doesn’t lock sufficiently when the camera is tilted in portrait orientation (poor design!), so I kept having to re-position. >:-/

  5. December 27, 2014 / 7:27 am

    You look fab as always. Love those Tom Ford sunglasses! It’s worth the investment to get a good pair. Lucky you to get these at half off!

  6. Shybiker
    December 27, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Very nice pieces. I like the sunnies, too.

  7. December 27, 2014 / 7:49 am

    You look great – I love every piece and how they work together! Not always a fan of all black but you’ve got enough interest here for a chic and comfy look!

  8. December 27, 2014 / 8:34 am

    Love your black jacket especially with the boots. And I love that tunic with whatever you have on under it. (cami? tee shirt?) I really like that the tunic has a kind of “distressed” look. And you, my dear, do not look “distressed” in the least… just cool and calm and all rocker-chick chic.

    • une femme
      December 27, 2014 / 8:43 am

      Hi Susan, thanks! Forgot to mention the tee underneath…it’s from last year and I can’t find it online. It’s a scoop neck silk tee, 3/4 sleeve. This one has a similar shape and would probably work well underneath the tunic too: http://bit.ly/1CNACm8

  9. December 27, 2014 / 11:40 pm

    Bonjour Susan. You always look so stylish to me… un peu comme une Parisienne. 🙂 I like to linger on the first photo where you introduce your outfit, before I go on and find out about the different pieces. Bloated or not, you look fabulous, ma chère! I hope the Holidays are treating you well. Bonne année 2015 and Happy Blogging! — Véronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  10. December 28, 2014 / 3:14 am

    I’ve been mooning over that plaid tank myself–I’m always a wee bit bloated (i.e. have some tummy).

  11. Dawn Lucy
    December 28, 2014 / 8:54 am

    I think we’re all feeing a bit chunky right now! But you looks totally fabulous. I really need to add some EF to my wardrobe this year.
    Dawn Lucy

  12. December 28, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    Love this, and the subtle plaid is so chic. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday and happy new year to you. xox

  13. December 28, 2014 / 4:29 pm

    You look fabulous. And you have an impeccable ability to edit, which I believe is even more important for those if us who are not tall.

    EF is wonderful any time of year; no more so than when the abundance if sugary-salty goodies are out (around here, too)…

  14. December 28, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    Great print, style, and fabric to your tunic. I frequently discover (through other bloggers) pieces in my closet that are much more versatile than I ever realized. That’s a fun revelation.

  15. December 28, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    Love your look and how you played with layering! Oh! I have eaten a lot too and I try to fit in my tight clothes to stop eating…
    x Nina


  16. December 29, 2014 / 12:34 am

    Your title sums this outfit up perfectly. Dramatically Comfortable, it is.

  17. Jess
    December 29, 2014 / 9:43 am

    Sweets you say! What didn’t I eat 🙂 Love the Holidays, and your outfit is very chic and lovely. I love the flow of the top and the shape of the jacket, I love all black in this way.
    rom the link up,

    please stop by, jess xx


  18. Jan Graham-McMillen
    December 29, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Clever girl … but, so what else is new? As always, a subtle and elegant outfit, but I’m completely knocked out with that beautiful tunic! Sigh. I could look at your cuffs every day. Versatile indeed.
    I ate my weight in salty savories and have been craving cupcakes since I had several during Christmas proper. I share your bloat!
    We’ll be better after the holidays, of course!
    Speaking of that, Happy New Year, kiddo.

  19. December 30, 2014 / 9:08 am

    I love the cuff.. it is definitely an investment! Wishing you a happy and joyous new year!

  20. AL
    December 30, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    If you don’t mind my asking, what size is your jacket? Thanks!

    • une femme
      December 30, 2014 / 4:15 pm

      Hi AL, it’s a 6P.

  21. January 4, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    I feel the same! Holidays are evil. lol!
    Love the black on black on black here.

  22. January 5, 2015 / 11:20 am

    You’d never guess you were feeling bloaty and uncomfortable ‘cos you look fabulously chic and trim. Love the floaty tunic and that killer cuff and I’m thrilled to meet another hipster – you definitely don’t conform to type either! xxx

    • une femme
      January 5, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Aw, you’re too kind. Thank heaven for knit pants. 😀

    • une femme
      January 5, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks CR! It was a very lucky find.

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