Fall Fashion Preview At Eileen Fisher (Hint: Color!)

Shapes And Colors Of Fall At Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher fall color Poppy

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a fall fashion show at my local Eileen Fisher boutique. It’s a great opportunity to see the clothes in motion, and to get some styling ideas.

Shown above:
leftdress (Plus option) | jacket | shoes
rightjacket | tank | skirt

Those who have followed this blog for any amount of time know that I’m a big fan of Eileen Fisher clothing. For the most part the pieces are easy to style, flattering, often washable and wear well. The “system” pieces especially are fabulous for travel. Yes, they can be on the pricey side, but there’s enough consistency across the collections from year to year that you can build up a wardrobe over time.

And I also appreciate the company’s “Vision 2020” initiative, to produce everything with the goal of environmental sustainability and ethical labor and manufacturing processes.

I get that the Eileen Fisher aesthetic doesn’t appeal to everyone and that’s fine. Not every piece from every collection rings my chimes either, but it helps to think of some of these outfits as a beginning rather than a finished look. There’s a lot to like in this fall collection, including some superb colors. That red above is Poppy, and it’s a gorgeous, clear, bright warm red. Depending on your coloring, you may find it easier to wear than blueish reds (I do).

Fans of purple, a couple of options for you….

Eileen Fisher fall colors purple

On the left, Sea Lavender, which is a soft, almost heathered hue. On the right, Dark Night, a deep, bluish purple (or purplish blue, depending on your viewpoint.) Love this one too!

leftscarf | top | pants | shoes
rightscarf | top | pants | shoes

And on the warmer side, two more fabulous fall colors that weren’t included in the show, Cinnabar and Caper.

But the neutrals are still there too. Lots of lighter neutrals this season (Maple Oat, Sea Salt, Almond, Pewter)….

Eileen Fisher fall light neutrals
leftvest | shirt | jeans
middlecoat | top | jeans | shoes
rightscarf | top | skirt | shoes

Black, charcoal and Clove (a dark, slightly purplish-brown) play a major role in this collection…

Eileen fisher fall colors charcoal
leftdress (Plus option) | bag | pants | shoes (not sure where the hats are from, not EF)
rightserape | top | pants | shoes

Eileen Fisher fall textures
leftjacket | top | skirt | boots
rightsweater | pants | boots

Some notes in general about this collection:

  • there seems to be an emphasis on the more classic EF shapes and “Icons” (revisited designs from past collections). This is good news if you’re looking for more timeless, non-trendy pieces.
  • less volume on the bottom, and a renewed emphasis on slimmer shapes (slim pants, pencil skirts). This gets a big thumbs-up from me, as I favor a long-over-lean silhouette.
  • voluminous pieces are balanced with narrower or more fitted ones within an outfit. (Nice change from the Volume All Over looks from the last couple of seasons…)
  • two words: wool crepe. LOVE this lighter weight fabric, which spans seasons and has lovely drape and movement.
  • a bootcut jean has been added to the denim offerings.
  • and yes, color. While there are usually a few colors offered in each season’s collection, I think you’ll find these colors overall are very wearable and seasonless.

What do you think of this collection? Which is your favorite piece, and how would you wear it?

Eileen Fisher fall 2016 fashion show

A note about links used for items above: I’ve linked to whichever source seems to have the most color and size options available online.

These and more from the Eileen Fisher fall collection:

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  1. Cathy D.
    August 25, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Thanks for this update. I too love a long-over-lean look, the Dark Night color looks just about perfect for me, and I’ll be on the lookout for wool crepe. What pieces is it used for?

    Susan. I never even tried Eileen Fisher until I discovered your blog. Now I don’t know what I would do without her clothing. I add a few pieces each season and have become addicted.

    • Linda S.
      September 15, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      I, too, am EF addicted! But I just retired and in having to find that balance. I purchased the icon cashmere tunic and I’m still trying to figure out how to style it…or even do I need it? At $398 it’s one of the most expensive items in my closet.

  2. Chris
    August 25, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    I can vouch for how pieces from different collections over the years seamlessly work together. Your selections offer a wide choice of options to mix and match with what I have. I love the poppy red! Thanks for doing so much homework for us and presenting in such an enjoyable way!

  3. Michelle K Smith
    August 25, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    For the people who comment on how expensive Eileen Fisher clothes are, I thought I’d offer my bargain-hunting tips. First, Nordstrom discounts EF earlier and more deeply than any other place you can purchase it (with a few exceptions, such as a $178 dress both Nordstrom and Lord&Taylor carried this season (Hi-Lo Jersey dress) that has been reduced to less than $67 at L&T). Free shipping makes online shopping the way to go, and, as always, if you purchase late in the season, you do well. Second, an incredible amount of EF is available new-with-tags or slightly worn on eBay, for 10 to 50 percent of the original price, often just one season later. Sometimes I’ll purchase another of a dress or top I already have, in a different color, or just as a back up of a favorite. For example, I have two sizes of one jacket so I can wear it over a tank or something heavier (the second jacket was $40). EF clothing also shows up in consignment shops, at 10% to 30% of the original price. Finally, when I first started searching for EF I purchased some items that were probably 10 years old, and I don’t recommend that. They can be very inexpensive ($15, say), and are still in excellent shape, but this is not couture or something to pass down to your granddaughter. EF clothes look great for several seasons, but not forever.

  4. August 27, 2016 / 3:27 am

    Nice post. I need to get my head around Eileen Fischer. I did have a try on in their shop in the Kings Road. Unfortunately the red is too strong for me. I will have another go when I visit Fenwick next week. I have been told that it is cheaper to order from the States. It is even more expensive in the UK.

    • Susan B
      August 27, 2016 / 6:49 am

      You might try the Dark Night or Sea Lavender. I think either of those colors would look smashing on you. 🙂

  5. Kristina
    August 27, 2016 / 7:15 am

    I always love the idea of Eileen Fisher, but so many of the pieces I admire have high necklines. I am slender but busty, and may of her tops just fall straight from the bust and are very unflattering. I wish she’d offer more with a deep v neck.

    • Susan B
      August 27, 2016 / 7:30 am

      Hi Kristina, yes, I have the same issue, not only with EF, but many other lines this season. High necklines seem to be a “thing” right now. This cotton pullover is nice, I’m considering one in the Dark Night color: http://rstyle.me/n/bxzs5drdpn

  6. August 27, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I really like the poppy red! I don’t own/wear a lot of red, but that’s a beautiful shade of red. And I also like all the charcoal and black pieces in the collection. I can see them working for years to come.

  7. August 28, 2016 / 3:23 am

    I saw the poppy red jacket “in person” yesterday and it is gorgeous! I think it’s prettier than in the pictures. I always watch for EF sales in my local stores…I purchased a boiled wool sort of coat two years ago that’s my favorite piece ever.

  8. Laurel
    August 28, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I love the warm reds and will be checking out the pieces at Notdstrom, so thanks! EF had a warm orange/red a few seasons back (Firefly?) and I snapped up tops and accents to punch up my faithful black pieces.

    Glad you got your server issues resolved. Love your blog!

  9. Lane
    August 29, 2016 / 6:02 am

    Whoops– I was one of the deleted! I do love this long line as well. I am not a fan of the asymmetrical pieces as I feel too “dramatic” in them as a tall, long-haired person; they look great on you with your short stylish haircut. I got a warm red EF dress this year, called red brick, I think; not a color I wear a lot but have felt just great in that dress.

  10. Stoddard, Chris
    September 7, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Any sense of how the colors of the light neutrals compare? Sea salt vs oat vs bone vs almond?

    I bought several bone things last year, but I am finding it a bit too cool for my coloring. It’s hard to tell the difference between the other colors on line.

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