Since I published my An Honest Review of Sezane post, way back in the Great Year of 2018, I’ve had many questions regarding updates and new products. And, since that post, I have ordered a ton of Sezane products. Many of these I have kept and cherished for years — and many, unfortunately, were returned.
As a whole, Sezane is a gorgeous, high-quality, sustainable brand to order from. Their packaging is nothing but luxe, with intricately detailed boxes, perfectly presented clothing spritzed with perfume, and not a scant of plastic in sight. Their quality tends to be high, especially for the price. There is a reason I’ve ordered from them so many times in the past few years.
As my blog has changed — and, let’s be honest, my personal style, and well, me — I thought it best to provide a Part 2 to this ever-popular Try on Trial. Whether you are a seasoned Sezane lover, or just discovering this beautiful French brand for the first time, I hope this post will help you find the best fit for your body.
Before we Begin: Some Essential Information
MY SIZING // For reference, I am 5’5″, 34D, with a ‘straight’ body type — i.e. while my hips and chest are relatively proportioned, my waist is a little thicker to be considered hourglass.
In clothes, I generally wear a US Size 6-8, UK Size 10-12. In the US, I tend to almost always buy a size 6, in the UK it can vary. This translates to me wearing a S-M in most clothes, falling somewhere awkwardly in the middle
As a general rule, for me, I tend to order one size up from whatever the model is wearing. This trick doesn’t always work, but in general, it helps me choose the right sizing.
SEZANE SIZING // I am almost always a Size S / Size 38 / Size 6 US in Sezane. After much trial and error, I can tell you that Sezane run big. Once in a great while, I want something more oversized and so order a Medium. But for the most part, even the Size S/Size 6 can be too big for me. Something to keep in mind!
MATERIALS // You will find that the material/price ratio can vary wildly. Some of the silk items are cheaper than the polyester. Make sure to check the ‘details’ section of the product listing to see its material. This is how you find the best quality on Sezane.
AN HONEST REVIEW OF SEZANE, PART 2
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SIZE ORDERED: SMALL
HOW IT FIT: SLIGHTLY OVERSIZED (IN A GOOD WAY)
Please don’t hate me for telling you to buy a $55 tee shirt (over $60 with tax, I KNOW I’M SORRY). But Sezane’s Conrad Tee* may be the best fitting tee shirt of all time. It has a light-yet-weighty feel to it (does that even make sense?). And when tucked into jeans, makes you look like a 70’s French Lady icon like Francoise Hardy. This is one of those you-buy-it-and-keep-forever kind of items, perfect for capsule wardrobes and when you don’t want to faff with many tee shirts. I’m debating getting in other colors (when I have a spare $60 for a tee, I need to calm down). Do yourself a favor and get this tee immediately.
SIZE ORDERED: 6 US / 38 FR
HOW IT FIT: TRUE TO SIZE, SLIGHTLY FITTED
If your dream is to feel like an exquisitely dressed French power-woman ready to conquer the world, then by all means, buy this shirt.* When I first put it on, I wasn’t entirely sold, as the high-quality cotton is a little stiff, like a men’s work shirt would be (although this one is textured, and much nicer). And my wardrobe is now almost entirely silk mumus. But when Nick saw me, he went, “Oh, that’s the one.” And if your quarantined-together husband takes notice, friends, you keep the damn shirt. It is cut a little longer, but I didn’t find this troublesome when tucking into jeans. It’s a great shirt, and harkening back to earlier comments, the quality is insane for the price.
SIZE ORDERED: MEDIUM
HOW IT FIT: RUNS SMALL — ORDER 1-2 SIZES UP
I may be the only person alive who doesn’t love Sezane’s super soft, fuzzy mohair blend in their sweaters. It’s a very distinctly Sezane feel and look, which I know most rave about. But to me? Somewhere between ‘itchy’ and ‘fitted,’ most of the time. Once in a while (with the Gaspard, for example*), I had much better luck. When I saw the Willy (tee hee), I knew I had to order it. The button detailing is so chic, elevating this from simply ‘sweater’ to ‘dressier sweater.’
However, unlike every other Sezane item, this one runs small. Even though I ordered one size up from my usual, I found the Willy Jumper much to fitted for my liking. I think this would look great on some petite, waif-like lady. But, if you’re like me and as far from this description as you can get, I’d choose something else instead.
Suggested alternative: I could wax lyrical about the Leontine Jumper* (Size M), which I wear all the time. It’s a cotton knit, as opposed to that itchy mohair knit, and really is the ideal ‘oversized but elegant’ top to throw on.
SIZE ORDERED: SMALL
HOW IT FIT: TRUE TO SEZANE SIZING / A LITTLE FITTED
KEPT/RETURNED?: NEARLY KEPT
So, remember what I said about my disdain for Sezane’s fuzzy-sweater material? Well, I kind of lied. Because when it comes to the Gaspard Jumper*, I am in love. The one thing I noticed in these photos is that it’s very easy to see which Sezane items fit best, based on how good the photos are. I think these ones came out great, because the Gaspard fits so well. And if you are into Capsule Wardrobes (like me), you will love that the Gaspard Jumper can be worn not one, but three different ways: as a cardigan, buttons in front, buttons in back. Talk about versatility heaven.
The only reason I did not keep this sweater is because I paid for all these myself, and I really could not justify another brown sweater (hello, I like Autumn and neutrals). But as this is in their classic collection, I may order this again down the road when money is less tight.
SCOTT TRENCH IN CAMEL*https://bit.ly/3E1VpIa
SIZE ORDERED: 6 US / 38 FR
HOW IT FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
NOTE: COLOR IS DARKER THAN APPEARS ONLINE
Is it possible to be deeply disappointed by a trench coat? I honestly think it is, because oh man, did the Scott Trench* let me down. I wish I could even tell you why — it just didn’t look good on me. I had been lusting after this trench for a year, and even featured it on my Autumn Capsule Wishlist. I was planning on buying this and never looking at another trench coat again. And I will say — the quality of it is exceptional. The detailing sharp, the material thick and rich. It felt like putting on a $1,000 trench coat. But sadly, when It sat on my frame, I just looked squat. You can see this from the photos, it just didn’t suit me, at all.
I won’t even tell you not to buy this one, because I’ve seen it on other people and it looks phenomenal. Is it too long on my 5’5″ frame, or is my middle too thick for its shape? Only the Sezane Gods can say. I’d say give it a try, because it may look great on you.
Suggested Alternative: I’ve heard amazing things about the Will Jacket. If you’re looking for something less heavy, more throw-on-and-go, I’d definitely get this one!
RETURNED/KEPT? KEPT, BUT THEN SOLD.
I have mixed feelings about this bag. On the one hand, I mean, look at it. Everything from the buckle, to the wide strap (comfy), to the roomy interior (enough to fit a camera!), is leather bag perfection. However, like many smooth leather bags, in the few months I have owned this, the leather has started to scratch very badly. It’s not so noticeable unless you’re staring at it, but I worry about its longevity. The other thing to keep in mind is that it is long — as in, when not in crossbody form, it hits far too low on my frame, as I like my bags to hit at my upper hip. Considering the strap is not adjustable, I would stay far away from this if you’re petite.
Update & Suggested Alternative: after having this bag for a while, I ended up selling it, as the length just drove me mad. Instead, I would get the Milo Bag*. The shape is classic, the suede buttery, and the straps are adjustable.
BONUS ITEM — MY WEDDING DRESS: SEZANE’S AGNÈS DRESS
Photography by the best wedding photographer in the biz, Anna Elizabeth Photo
SIZE ORDERED: 6 US / 38 FR
You may be shocked to learn that, indeed, my wedding dress was from Sezane. I spoke openly about my quest to find a budget wedding dress — our money was little, and I couldn’t justify spending copious amounts on a one-day-only dress. Well, let me just say: the road to finding my ‘budget wedding dress’ was NOT easy. It was, quite honestly, the most stressful part of wedding planning. I won’t go into that much detail here. But let me just say: even if you find a budget wedding dress, alterations can cost you hundreds of dollars. And if you have a figure that, generally, doesn’t suit dresses (like me), you will struggle to find a budget wedding dress.
About a week (yes, you read that right, a week) before the wedding, Sezane launched the Agnes dress*, and I snapped it up. And it was as close to my dream ‘casual-but-not’ affordable wedding dress as I could conjure. I didn’t have time for alterations, sadly, so it did gape for me at the back. But it was barely noticeable, and as I
got drunker had more fun and let loose, I stopped caring about it.
Moral of the story: Sezane clothing feels fancy and, for the most part, fits impeccably. And you can find an affordable wedding dress from the least expected places.
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