This post is sponsored by Elizabeth Suzann, a clothing label based on a philosophy of mindful, careful consumption.
Ta da! Here I am, very pregnant. It’s just a thing about me right now. Like having garlic breath or a good hair day, it’s something I carry around, mostly for better and sometimes for worse and you might not even know it unless you’ve seen me up close in personal. I’ve learned to manage or mask or flaunt my expanding belly depending on my mood or the side of the bed I climb out on. I try my best to take good care. At nearly 32 weeks, I’m trying very hard to stay comfortable. Staying
comfortable sane in the third trimester depends an awful lot on heating pads and warm baths and nightly demands for massages, but it also depends a fair bit on a supportive wardrobe.
Elizabeth Suzann launched their Cold Weather Collection earlier this fall. Like their Signature Collection, the intention was create a stock of basics that customers could come to depend on. Or, as designer Elizabeth Pape would put it: “to build a foundational collection of timeless wardrobe staples.” Instead of the typical model of fashion designers releasing seasonal collections that get replaced year in and year out, Elizabeth is hopeful that the designs of the Cold Weather collection will stay steadfast. It’s filled with long sleeves and thicker fabrics. As always, construction and comfort and a commitment to making clothes for a diverse group of customers are paramount.
No, these aren’t maternity clothes, but they’ve been very comfortable indeed for this pregnant woman. Here are three pieces I’ve been enjoying from their Cold Weather collection:
The Ida Trench is an oversized trench for days when you need deep pockets. (And isn’t that every day?) It comes in black, natural, and khaki-colored cotton canvas. (I’m wearing the khaki color in size XS in these shots.)
When Elizabeth designed the jacket she had in mind someone taking the jacket on a trip to the public library. I heartily agree that it’s the perfect library-going coat. The pockets are cut in the same generous u-shape found in the Signature Collection’s Clyde Pant and they’re just right for stowing a good book or three.
Underneath the trench, I’m wearing the Eva Dress made from raw silk broadcloth. The high boat neck is so elegant and the full cut of the dress makes it incredibly comfortable for a growing belly.
Best of all, it’s a dress that can be dressed up or dressed down. I’m planning to pair it with tights now that the weather is getting chillier. (I’m wearing the black Eva dress in size XS in these shots.)
All of the pieces in the collection are made with the same incredible attention to detail and quality that are the hallmarks of every Elizabeth Suzann piece I’ve had the good fortune to touch. I especially love the double shoulder seam on the Ida Trench.
Off to the library I go.
With a trusty pair of maternity jeans or leggings, the Long Sleeve Harper Tunic is my new very favorite thing to wear. It’s cut from the same nubby raw silk broadcloth as the Eva dress shown above. I love that it’s roomy enough to fit over my pregnant belly right this minute but that like the dress, I have every confidence it will drape just as beautifully and forgivingly in the months after this little one makes his or her debut. (Bonus: It’s long enough to cover my bum, but loose enough that I’ll be able to pull it up for nursing.) Also: A pocket!
I’m wearing the eggshell Long Sleeve Harper Tunic in the OS minus size.
The shawl collar on the Ida Trench can be work folded down or pulled up for a more structural effect.
Head to Elizabeth Suzann to take a look at the entire Cold Weather Collection. (For folks looking for an extra layer of warmth this time of year, they also just launched new knits in collaboration with Kordal New York.)
Because every Elizabeth Suzann piece is made to order in their Nashville studio, please allow 3-4 weeks for these pieces to ship. Elizabeth Suzann ships free, worldwide.
And here’s a helpful heads up: If you plan to place your orders this week, your dollars will stretch even further. Starting on Black Friday (11/25) and running through Cyber Monday (11/28), Elizabeth Suzann is offering a special discount to customers seeking to build a more intentional wardrobe and they’re running a simultaneous charity match to benefit the American Refugee Committee. Here’s what you need to know:
+ $20 off purchases of $250 or more with code TAKE20
+ $50 off purchases of $500 or more with code TAKE50
+ $100 off purchases of $750 or more with code TAKE100
+ $150 off purchases of $1000 or more with code TAKE150
For the curious: My hat is made by Brookes Boswell; my clogs are from Bryr; my bag is by Utility Canvas.
This post is sponsored by Elizabeth Suzann. All opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.
Photographs by Whitney Kidder for Reading My Tea Leaves.
I love everything about this. Such beautiful pieces. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the trench until I saw it here. Sold.
p.s. Where are your pants from? And have you tried the Elizabeth Suzann Cecilia pant?
Thanks! My pants are old maternity jeans from J.Crew that I cut the bottoms off of. I haven’t tried the Cecilia pant!
Hi Erin, lovely post. I own a few ES pieces and I’m very happy with them. Love the pockets on trench– I have a pair of Clyde pants with the same pockets. I’m commenting to ask about the clogs though– I’ve been planning to purchase a pair of BRYR clogs for a few months now and am wondering if you could comment on the comfort level re: the heel height. Many of the styles they have come only in the high heel option, not the mid heel. A 3″ heel seems impractical for long walks around the city. Have you found them to be comfortable enough to make that work? I live in Brooklyn too, so I need my shoes to work withe me on all the walking. Thanks!
Hi Kelley, I’m sure this really a matter of personal comfort level, for me I’ve found the three-inch heel to be super comfortable because of the platform under the toes. That said, I probably wouldn’t wear these clogs on a day that I knew I was going to be doing a truly huge amount of walking.
I have the same Harper tunic in black. Isn’t it just the best? I talked myself out of the white one because I mostly paint with kids all day, but you have me rethinking it…
Oh sigh – that dress is dreamy. Will keep it tucked in my memory for the day that my mindful wardrobe is more than just secondhand buys!
I just had this weird moment – my sister is in a therapy program right now and is reading Women Who Run With the Wolves. I was thinking I should read it to support her and was in the middle of looking at it on Amazon and deciding whether to order it there or waitlist to get it at my library – when I opened your blog and there you were, with this book in your pocket. It seemed like a crazy coincidence (since it’s not exactly a new or hot book right now).
Since the coincidence was that I saw it on your blog and not somewhere else, I have decided that the universe is sending me a signal to head to my library and renew my card, and save a tree (or a bit of one).
Sending lots of love from Canada in this post-election season.
I love that you’re a role model in our world right now!
The long-sleeve Harper tunic is so lovely. Is it better for special occasions, or would you feel confident wearing the raw silk broadcloth on a typical day with your little one?
While there’s always a risk with white that you might get an errant spaghetti sauce handprint, the shirt itself doesn’t feel too precious to wear everyday. The raw silk is textured and nubby and feels super sturdy (as opposed to a silk shirt that you might worry about getting stained or wet or otherwise damaged!). Hope that helps!
That’s exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for. Thanks for your good help!
Loving the Ida Trench! How warm is it?
It’s made unlined cotton canvas, so while thick and cocoon-like, it’s not an insulated coat for real winter weather.
Women who run with wolves! Women who run with wolves! I can’t say how much I love that book and admire Clarissa’s work and was thrilled to see it in your pocket! It’s also such a great book for these strange times after election. I love love love your Elizabeth Suzann posts. You look stunning!
Hi Erin! You look so effortlessly gorgeous in these shots! I’m definitely saving up for a ES piece of my own. I was just wondering whether you are growing your bangs out? I’m always going back and forth on growing out my own..
Gosh, thanks for your kindness. I’m not really growing out my bangs, I just wear them pretty long and am somewhat lazy about their upkeep!
Thanks for your reply! Sorry I realized that that was a bit of a personal question after I posted! It is the upkeep that is precisely what makes me go back and forth!
Just bought a pair of Bryr Miranda clogs to wear for my wedding! Could not be more excited, even though wearing them in February (in New Hampshire) is and exercise in questionable judgment. But yay! Thank you for pointing me to them!
This tunic looks like I could live in it! Reading the same book currently… I’m not finished yet… Reading with an one and a half year old isn’t always easy 🙂
I can’t believe you are third trimester pregnant and wearing extra small! Feeling a bit like a cow right now. You look just lovely.
Well, what I always say is that shoulders don’t grow; just bellies! The Elizabeth Suzann pieces in particular are cut to be quite roomy, so I’ve been able to keep my regular size and still fit comfortably!
Best.book.ever!! Highly recommend!
Hi Erin, I’m loving that trench! Just curious – how tall you are? I’m quite petite (5’1″) so I’m trying to get an idea how it will fit on me. I’d probably order the XS. Thank you!
Love your outfit. You are one cute preggo lady.
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