If you watched my latest Sezane haul over on my YouTube channel, I unboxed my latest order and shared my first impressions in a try-on. I picked up 3 knitwear pieces, and one feminine floral skirt – I know, I know, even I was confused by that last item! But I place the blame squarely on the beauty that is Sezane’s website imagery. It totally sucked me in! Thankfully they offer free returns to Australia (and lots of other countries) so you can try things out in the comfort of your own home. Aaaand I’m always happy to dish the dirt on how I find the pieces when trying them on so you don’t make the same purchasing mistakes yourself 😉
Sezane can be a bit hit and miss for me. When the pieces work, they are *chef’s kiss* outstanding. But when they don’t? They can leave me feeling frumpy and disappointed. Of course that’s to be expected. Not everything is going to cater to all body shapes – particularly if you’re petite like me where lengths and proportions make things a bit trickier.
I’ve finally made up my mind on some of the items that I ordered a few weeks ago so I thought I’d share with you the items that I’m sticking with, and the ones that are going back.
Let’s start with arguably the most random (!) piece of the lot – this midi skirt in a vintage blue floral print. I really loved how the Tammie Skirt looked on the website, as you can see from the imagery I’ve included above. It’s a lovely muted print that would be great for the transitional season, seeing as though it’s now Autumn in my part of the world.
While the cut is quite nice, sadly, I found the fabric to be unflattering. It’s a bit too thin for my liking, and given the cut is fitted around the mid-section, it’s pretty unforgiving around my belly (which has changed a lot since giving birth!) and does little to conceal my lumps and bumps. I tried the skirt on before having a quick bite to eat, so I can only imagine how the skirt looks with a food baby! That said, there are lots of good things to say about the skirt – the print is lovely, the split isn’t too high, the length is surprisingly not too long on me either – but sadly it’s gone back.
Look familiar?! Yeah. Thought so. 🤪 I couldn’t resist when this colour was restocked. I’ve managed to get so much wear out of my ecru/navy one that I wanted to give this a go too. It should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan. I totally dig the style. And this colour? It’s so me! I’ve waxed lyrical about the Leontine style as I have it in the ecru version. It has loads of styling versatility with the henley-style buttons on the neckline.
Another plus is that it’s a low maintenance knit. Most of the knits in my wardrobe are cashmere or merino wool so this easy care, heavyweight cotton is a nice change.
My main issue in considering whether or not to keep or return was whether it would be overkill to have two colours in the same style top. I consider the Leontine to be a statement knit in my wardrobe and I’m not really one of have different colours of the same style statement piece. I ummed and ahhed about this one a lot but ultimately I’ve made an exception to the rule and the navy one will be sticking around for a little while longer. Size wise, I wear an XS.
You might recall that I purchased (and ultimately returned) the black version of this top a couple of months ago. I thought the top was beautiful (and delightfully comfy and stretchy!) but I found the scoop neckline to be a tad low for my everyday. I returned the items in my last order with a bit of haste after posting my initial knitwear haul and had I hung onto the piece a couple of days longer, I would have tried it on backwards, as a few of you suggested. The old ‘wear-it-backwards’ trick is something that I do a fair bit with particular tops in my wardrobe so I’m annoyed that the idea didn’t occur to me when I tried the top on the first time!
So I took advantage and ordered a navy version of this top and surprise, surprise, I LOVE how it looks backwards. The higher boat neckline is totally my jam and I like that I have the option to wear it the right way round (ha!) when I want something different and dressier for a date night. I would definitely recommend this top backwards and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m hanging onto this piece!
And last (and probably least in the circumstances…), is the Gaspard knit in Gold/Ecru. To put it simply, the imagery on the Sezane website was totally misleading! Granted, the colour is described as ‘gold,’ so I probably should have known better, but I didn’t anticipate the colour to be so metallic in person. The Gaspard knit is one of Sezane’s signature knit styles, in light of its versatility. As you can see in the photos, it can be worn as a cardigan, as a jumper, and then you can do all sorts of fancy things with the buttons to wear it as a henley style, as a scarf, beanie, whatever tickles your fancy (okay, probably not a beanie 🤪).
I already own this style in the navy and I’ve found it to be a really oversized piece. I have this in the size XXS works and while it fits well, it’s still a tad long on the arms. I was hoping this knit would be my ‘stripier-and-dressier’ Gaspard knit but unfortunately I’m not huge on the metallic stripes, so sadly, it’s going back. It’s worthwhile noting that the gold colour is still not coming through in my photos – it’s pretty metallic in person!
I hope my try-on was helpful for any of you who have these pieces on your radar. Sezane pieces are a little on the pricier side, but I’ve taken comfort in the fact that they offer easy delivery and free returns from Australia. The friendly returns policy has made it much easier for me to test out their pieces (and add a few to my wardrobe!).
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
P.S. See my other Sezane posts here!