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16 Brands Like Eileen Fisher to Shop for Timeless, Elevated Basics

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Quiet luxury’s a new buzzword, but it’s an enduringly classic look if you consider one brand we love: Eileen Fisher. Fisher started the brand in the ‘80s after a trip to Japan in which she’d admired a kimono; today wearers both old and new are clamoring for the brand’s minimalist clothes, like a cap-sleeve Merino turtleneck ($228) or a washable ponte wide-leg pant $198). As The Wall Street Journal put it recently, “Once gently jibed for its earth-grandmother spirit, the classic brand is a hit with Gen Z fans, now in thrall to its sustainable minimalism.”

What Makes Brands Like Eileen Fisher So Great?

When searching for similar brands, we’ve looked to the high points of what made us love Eileen Fisher in the first place. Here are the key points we’ve sought out in other brands, done so well first and foremost at Eileen Fisher. 

  • Muted palette: black, beige and grey pieces are endlessly mix-and-matchable
  • Modest coverage: high necklines, short sleeves instead of spaghetti straps and medium- to high-rise pants (later for you, low-rise trousers) mean wearers will never feel overly exposed
  • Just say no to patterns: tiny florals and wild graphic prints might have their place, but it’s not at this quietly elegant brand
  • Generous proportions: boxy tops, barrel-shaped pants, column dresses and other non-restrictive designs
  • Responsible production: regenerative farming practices, a resale program for formerly owned pieces, damaged clothes being made into one-of-a-kind wall hangings, acoustic panels and decorative objects.
  • Female-founded and run

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Top Linen Selection

1. Everlane

Everlane

  • What We Like: use recycled wool, upcycled 1 million pounds of textiles and fishing nets
  • What We Don’t Like: sizes sell out on hot pieces

Everlane’s philosophy is to make beautiful essential pieces without traditional markups. The brand’s neutral-toned tops, dresses and accessories are well-priced and blend right in with every wardrobe, whether you’re working in a bank or retail. The linen collection is especially versatile, with camp tops ($78; $55) popover tops ($88; $66) and a tweedy draped trouser ($138; $104) we’ll wear well into fall.

Great Inclusive Sizing

2.   Pari Passu

Pari Passu

  • What We Like: sizing takes into account body shape, minimalist pieces
  • What We Don’t Like: no abbreviated lengths for shorter customers

When the designer Shanna Goldstone consulted on Melissa McCarthy’s fashion start-up, she was confounded to discover that plus-size women didn’t have a range of simple and classic apparel that wasn’t full of garish color and pattern. (And that wasn’t just full of elastic pants.) She innovated this line, with good-looking blazers like the Debi Herringbone Stretch Ponte Blazer ($368), that organizes sizes into body shapes (bottom heavy, thick waist, hourglass) plus seven sizes (14 to 24). The line is very chic—our favorites include the Tace Tie Maxi shirtdress ($248) and the going-out top Tammy Satin Button-Up Shirt ($168).

3.   Frank & Eileen

Frank & EIleen

  • What We Like: Italian-milled fabrics are high quality and responsibly sourced, female founder
  • What We Don’t Like: skimpy selection above size 12

Known for the artfully wrinkled button-front shirt (from $218) that’s a staple of luxury hotel gift shops nationwide, this California-based, female-founded company specializes in what you’d wear to take Instagram pics at a farmer’s market. And now with the Travel Sets collection, Frank & Eileen have created no-fuss and flattering top-and-pant sets in triple fleece, named for bougie destinations worldwide. The Carmel set ($406) has a soft collared V-neck and cropped raw edge hem drawstring pants; the Montauk set ($426) includes a funnel-neck capelet top and a patch-pocket tapered-leg pant.

Great Non-Binding Dresses

4.   COS

COS

  • What We Like: great way with draping, value pricing
  • What We Don’t Like: no petite sizing

Short for “collections of style,” this  brand is part of the H&M group and distinguishes itself from its more fast-fashion sibling with pieces that look more profesh and skew toward the minimal, for example this maxi shirt dress ($175) and the sleeveless pleated maxi dress ($135) we’re seeing layered over a T-shirt. Stated responsibility initiatives include using only organic or recycled denim and manufacturing so that pieces can be passed on, easily repaired and recycled.

Robust Petites Selection

5.   Quince

Quince

  • What We Like: pants come in shorter inseams, factory-direct pricing
  • What We Don’t Like: washable silk blouses can look tired after washing

Direct-to-consumer brand Quince is known for its wide selection of washable linen (I wear this Euro linen set ($60) to bed and to run errands) and silk (this tank dress earned a rave review). What’s less well known is that it has a number of petite-friendly sizes, such as the stretch crepe pleated ankle pants ($60) with a 25-inch inseam and the performance tech wide-leg pants ($50) with a 24-inch inseam.

Outstanding Jumpsuits

6.   Amour Vert

Amour Vert

  • What We Like: ReArmour marketplace re-sells pieces, collection has lots of easy jersey separates
  • What We Don’t Like: washable silk jumpsuit doesn’t come in solid color

Creative eco-consciousness is the philosophy at this San Francisco-based company that uses deadstock fabric, plants a tree for every T-shirt sold and hosts an online re-sale marketplace for its designs. Besides this brand’s eco bona fides, the wide collection of jumpsuits reminded us of Eileen Fisher. Standouts are the Bijou Denim Jumpsuit ($230) with its forgiving short sleeves and the Fantasia Jumpsuit ($250; $125) made of Tencel, a popular sustainable fiber made from eucalyptus trees that’s softer than silk and cooler than linen.

Sophisticated Separates

7.   Cuyana

Cuyana

  • What We Like: leather goods and apparel, donations of pre-owned pieces to women in need
  • What We Don’t Like: hot-weather silk pieces can be too bare

Founded by two women in 2013, this brand’s ethos is that buying fewer pieces of higher quality is the most ethical consumerism. We’re in agreement, especially with these elegant pieces at this high-but-not-punishing price point. Pieces are classic, but with a nod to current cuts, such as the balletcore-inspired French Terry Wrap Top ($128). Another piece you’ll find yourself reaching for first in your closet is the Silk Pocket Front Cropped Shirt ($228). And, pro travel tip—the System Flap Bag ($128) is the perfect size to fold up your travel itinerary in and stash your passport.

Exceptional Knitwear

8.   Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne

  • What We Like: responsibly produced and recycled cashmere, XXS to 3X sizing
  • What We Don’t Like: some shapes may look too boxy on petites

Jenni Kayne’s California chic empire includes furniture, personal care products and shoes, all ready to take their closeup in a Nancy Meyers film. But the real star of the show—and something her design team has perfected—is the gorgeous sweater assortment. From the oversize cotton fisherman sweater ($375) to a bestselling cashmere cocoon cardigan ($445) in ten neutrals, these investment pieces will elevate any outfit from meh to quiet luxury.

Uber-Comfortable Separates

9.   Able

Able

  • What We Like: prioritizes safe, equitable, female-led production, value-priced
  • What We Don’t Like: some snug shirring on sundresses

This Nashville-based brand is staffed by 93 percent women, and working conditions both in Nashville and globally are their stated priority. We appreciate the flattering, simple designs of the Addie Ruched Dress ($148), as well as the sizing from XXS to 3X. Layering? The Micah Drapey Blazer ($158; $126) is just the lightweight jacket, in viscose and modal, you’ll warm up to.

Fab Euro Style

10.   Sezane

Sezane

  • What We Like: responsible wool production, pieces with flair
  • What We Don’t Like: prints can be overwhelming

French girl capsule collections are all the rage on Pinterest, and this is the high street brand based in Paris that popularized the craze. Sezane is beloved by clients not only for its preponderance of sustainably sourced natural fibers, recycled packaging and factories that have been audited to align with the company’s ethics, but also for its range of fashions. We’re seeing Eileen Fisher vibes in the elastic-waist Loulou Knit Trousers ($180) and the minimalist Charly Sweater ($160).

Standout Wrap Pieces

11.   Modern Citizen

Modern Citizen

  • What We Like: eco-conscious collection, sizes from XS to 3X
  • What We Don’t Like: uninspired accessory collection compared to standout clothes

The dress is not dead—we’re all just looking for machine-washable, work-appropriate and flattering designs. Modern Citizen has cracked the code with their jersey dresses, especially the wrap-front Fei Organic Cotton Tie-Front Midi Dress ($135) and the Noa Organic T-Shirt Wrap Dress ($135). Still not ready to commit to dresses? The Jude Cropped Wrap Blouse ($85) provides the same stylish and modest look to wear with your high-waist trousers.

Flattering Necklines

12.   Boden

Boden

  • What We Like: many midi dresses, publishes ethical supply chain
  • What We Don’t Like: a few too many patterns

While at first glance this British brand might not look like Eileen Fisher, it’s low-key got some of the same attributes we love. First and foremost, non-revealing dresses and separates that make us look polished while still remaining comfortable. For example, the viscose-elastane Clean Midi Pop Over Dress ($190) is as though our favorite popover top grew into a whole dress, and the Thea Jersey Dress ($120) has long sleeves, a jewel neckline and, brace yourself, hidden pockets. (Plus, both are available in regular and petite sizes.)

Perfect Slouchy Blazers

13.   Anine Bing

Anine Bing

  • What We Like: organic cotton, non-toxic methods fabricating silks, ponte and vegan leather
  • What We Don’t Like: sizes only go up to 14

From a humble beginning in the eponymous former model’s Los Angeles garage in 2012 to today’s international luxury brand, Anine Bing is synonymous with taste, restraint and Euro chic. The pieces are never too revealing, but instead depend on the allure of quality fabrics and classic silhouettes, usually with a big je ne c’est quoi of slouch. The all-season wool blazers like the classic blazer ($550) and oversize button-front tops including the Tio Shirt ($200) are pieces you’ll treasure forever.

Inventive Designs

14.   Toteme

Toteme

  • What We Like: Scandi-chic, artful seams and fabric cuts
  • What We Don’t Like: colors are sometimes muddy

This Stockholm-based brand seeks to loosen up traditional workwear by simplifying its lines, elevating the materials used and turning it all out in a tight neutral palette of earth tones. Standouts in the line show moments of idiosyncratic tailoring, like the Self-Tie Polo ($330) and the cashmere cape-vest ($900; $459).

Top Splurge

15. The Row

The Row

  • What We Like: expert cut and tailoring, heirloom piece quality
  • What We Don’t Like: high prices

Put it this way: When our ship comes in, we’re jumping aboard and our first destination will be the Row, a brand started in 2006 by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as a result of a quest to find the perfect T-shirt. Today, the brand’s super-expensive, beautifully tailored collections are coveted by Quiet Luxurians everywhere. Witness these superb examples of minimalism for less than a G-note: the Maritza Layered Maxi Dress ($890) and the Raya V-Neck Knit Top ($590).

For Lounging Separates

16.   Cozy Earth

Cozy Earth

  • What We Like: proprietary supply chain, interchangeable pieces
  • What We Don’t Like: needs jazzing up to not appear to be pajamas

This Salt Lake City-based outfit touts its ethical manufacturing and eco-friendly viscose, and what we love is that this line is full of loungewear separates of the sort you can don on day one of vacay then wear constantly, even on the plane ride home. Modal Wide Leg Pants ($160; $112) are super-soft (and the 25 percent poly in the fabric blend helps it machine wash like a champ), and the matching modal T-shirt ($95; $67) has the perfect shallow V-neck and small side slits that elevate it from all the other T-shirts in your collection.


dana dickey

Senior Editor

Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...

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