Sharing my latest Sezane find and some tips for Americans shopping this chic French label.
When I’m cutting back on spending but still need to update things I become even more selective about where I buy, and this shop is usually where I go first. I know I’ll get the best and most stylish bang for my buck at Sezane, and how fun that my parcel comes all the way from France (at least one of us gets to)! I discovered this brand years ago, and while it’s taken me a few tries to get the European to American sizing right, consider me a loyal customer for life.
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One of the very few non-necessity purchases I’ve made for myself this fall is this blouse. I have been searching for a Victorian-style blouse and all of the other options I was eyeing were more expensive and didn’t tick every box like this one did. I wanted a ruffled collar tall enough to buffer between my skin and my favorite wool-blend blazers; cuffs that would peek out from beneath sweaters, jackets or other layering pieces; statement sleeves but in a soft enough material that they will neatly lay beneath layering pieces without adding bulk, and lots of unique details – it’s all about the details! I got more than I had hoped for in this blouse, which has all of that and Swiss dots, which are among my most beloved design details. The material is downy soft, lightweight, and airy but substantial, and made of organic cotton. I would say 7.5/10 items I buy now are made out of organic/GOTS/Greenguard Gold/etc. materials unless the option simply doesn’t exist to fill my need. What these labels mean is that the materials used are produced without toxic harmful chemicals, which is a big deal as most chemicals can linger for decades or more on an item even after its been cleaned and aired out, and do cause health issues long-term. I love that Sezane prioritizes quality in their manufacturing process as well as quality in their craftsmanship of each item, and customer service. I’m not sure if it’s with every purchase, but the last few clothing items I’ve ordered have come with a gift, a canvas bag of sorts; two zip pouches that I use every day (one I gave to my mom), and this time a beautiful plaid tote! It’s these little extra details that not only make me excited about my order but also excited to go back and shop for more.
I actually bought a near identical blouse last year from the same brand but sold it – pieces from this brand do tend to hold most of their value currently – after not wearing it for a few months. I found that the space between my shoulders when measured across the back was just too narrow, which made movement a little restricted and I didn’t wear the blouse as much as I’d wanted. This is something to be aware of when browsing European fashion, it runs slightly smaller and it’s a good idea to read the size charts carefully before making your purchase. I am normally a size 2/XS in tops by American designers and I sized up to a 4 in this blouse. Similarly, when shopping overseas retailers be sure to set your country to USA if it allows. This should automatically convert everything into USD and US sizing.
Scroll to the end to shop my beautiful French blouse, as well as the rest of the items from this look!