Sézane recently launched their new collection for autumn/fall 2021 and I admit that seeing these pieces has me missing this time of the year, as it’s now spring here in Sydney! I decided to purchase a few new pieces, whilst also trying to ensure I’m aligning new purchases with my wardrobe wish-list. The items I’ve picked up from Sézane from their autumn/fall 2021 collection are pieces which, for me, represent wardrobe essentials. Core pieces which I rely upon to build a great foundation for creating a variety of outfits and promote ease with styling.
Today I wanted to share some of the details about each of these pieces – the design, fabric, fit and styling options. I will also be sharing a try-on and review video over on my YouTube channel this evening. I will link that video at the end of this article, in case you’d like to see how the pieces look and the different outfit combinations I was able to create. Hopefully this article will be helpful for anyone who has been considering purchasing these pieces from Sézane, or for anyone who may simply be curious about this French clothing & accessories brand.
If I had to describe my latest purchase from Sézane in one word it would be… surprising. There are some pieces here which turned out to be better than I initially expected and there’s also one piece which I am really disappointed in. One item is from Sézane’s “essentials” range and the other four items have been released within the last month for autumn/fall.
The colour palette
The colour palette for these items is neutral inspired with black, white, cream and navy blue. I’m focusing on building up the amount of wardrobe basics that I have in neutral colours, as I find these increase the versatility of my wardrobe and ease with styling different outfits.
Le Parisien jeans
Design – Part of Sézane’s essentials range, the le Parisien denim jeans are a high-waisted design with a slight flare. The most striking design element with these jeans is the double button detail on the mid-front at the waistline. I found this to be quite unusual to manage in terms of putting on the jeans at first, as I’m used to either a zip or one vertical row of buttons to do up my jeans. What I love about these jeans is that they have a slightly 70’s vibe to them – and they’re something different from the skinny and straight leg jeans in my wardrobe.
Fabric – 99% cotton and 1% elastane – even though these are mainly raw cotton jeans, because the style is relaxed, they don’t feel too tight in terms of the fabric. I feel that this fabric would be very well suited to autumn, winter and spring – it doesn’t feel too heavy or thick.
Fit – I purchased these in size 34 and I feel these are true to size for me. As these jeans don’t have belt loops on the waist, you might want to ensure you check your waist measurements online for these jeans prior to ordering, to be certain of the right fit for you. Additionally, as they’re high-waisted with a flare at the bottom, I found there’s room to move from the thighs down…. the waist is the most important sizing component to get right if you’re going to order these online.
Styling – I feel the le Parisien jeans are a beautiful option for dressing up or down. Due to the flared nature of the legs, these jeans would work particularly well when paired with boots or heels, to emphasize the shape. I also feel that wearing these jeans with a pair of sneakers adds a relaxed and casual vibe, so these jeans can easily be dressed down.
Design – The Jacob jumper is part of Sézane’s autumn/fall collection and it caught my eye as soon as it was released online. This is a long-sleeved jumper with a slight mock or turtleneck neckline. Sézane have this jumper available in navy, camel and green colourways as well. It features ribbing on the sleeve cuffs and hemline and the neckline doesn’t come up too high. An interesting design detail which attracted me to the Jacob jumper is the four buttons on the left-hand shoulder. These buttons are black and have a gold-coloured trim on the edge.
Fabric – 100% merino wool and the inner band for the buttons is 100% polyester. There’s no itchy sensation with this fabric, it feels very soft to the touch. I’m quite particular when it comes to fabrics, especially for knitwear. What surprised me about the Jacob jumper is how the merino wool feels so light yet it’s quite warm when you wear it.
Fit – I purchased the Jacob jumper is a size XXS and I would say this is true to size for me. This is a classic fit jumper so it’s not too fitted and not too relaxed. The length is suitable for tucking into a skirt, trousers or jeans.
Styling – This is a jumper which I feel is truly versatile. It would be perfect for styling for work with a pair of smart trousers or a skirt. It can also easily switch into your off-duty style repertoire for the weekend and be paired with jeans. I feel this is an absolute wardrobe essential for autumn/fall and winter. It’s light enough to be worn during autumn/fall and then would function very well as a layering piece under a jacket or coat during winter.
Design – The Lukas trousers are a pair of high-waisted, belted, wide-leg jeans which are part of Sézane’s autumn/fall collection. I’ve noticed they have now sold out quite quickly in terms of various sizes online, so they seem to be a popular style. Featuring a removable belt, faux side pockets and one functional pocket on the back. There’s a defined seam down the front of each leg and cuffs on the leg hems. There’s also a two-button detail on the waist which you can see if you remove the belt.
Fabric – Main fabric is 100% cotton and the lining is 80% polyester/20% cotton. I believe the lining referred to on the composition tag relates to the pocket lining. The fabric is similar to the le Parisien jeans, so I believe these are a good option for the cooler seasons.
Fit – I’m undecided on the fit of the Lukas trousers. I purchased these in the size 34 (same as the le Parisien jeans) yet they feel slightly too baggy in the thigh area for my personal preference. I’m not sure whether I would need a smaller size or if this is part of the intended design. One great thing about these jeans is that the waist belt helps you to cinch in and define your waistline, which creates a lovely silhouette.
Style – These jeans would pair wonderfully with a fitted top to provide some balance given they are a wide-leg style. I think that the Lucas jeans also look lovely when paired with a blouse – I tried these on with Sézane’s Chloe blouse in the cutaways in my YouTube video and really liked that outfit combination. Another bonus about the Lukas trousers is that given the high-waisted design and vertical leg seams, they seem to provide a leg lengthening effect which is quite welcome if you’re petite.
Design – Sézane market the Theodora as a t-shirt yet for me if feels more like a top. This three-quarter sleeve, rib-effect top is quite fitted in terms of the style. The tortoiseshell buttons down the front placket add an interesting design element to what is an otherwise quite simple piece. Versatility in terms of styling the neckline is great with this item; you can leave it buttoned up, or undo the buttons to create the desired neckline you prefer. This is another top which I consider to be a wardrobe essential. It’s also going to function easily as a layering piece, under a shirt, blazer or jumper.
Fabric – 97% cotton and 3% elastane. Due to the elastane composition, the Theodora top has quite a bit of stretch to the material. It feels nice against the skin and has a pronounced ribbing effect to the fabric.
Fit – This top is quite fitted and I feel you could even size up in this item. I ordered the size XS and I feel I could possibly size up to the Size S, for a slightly more relaxed fit. If you prefer a more relaxed style of top but would like to purchase this particular one, I’d encourage you to go a size up.
Styling – Due to the fitted nature of this top, I feel it would be perfectly balanced out with a floaty skirt, wide leg trousers or even the le Parisien jeans! This is available in multiple colours, including black, sage green and rosewood pink. I decided to purchase mine in white, as I feel I’d get the most wear out of this especially during spring-time now in Australia.
Design – The Scarlett jumper originally sold out very quickly in the cream colourway when it was first released. I had my eye on this jumper and adored how Sézane had styled it in the photos online. This is a crew neck, kid-mohair knit jumper with delicate pointelle knit detail all over – it’s available in cream, camel and purple colourways. It has slight balloon sleeves and ribbing on the sleeve cuffs and hemline. However, this is the piece which I was extremely disappointed with and it’s one I definitely am returning, due to the fabric.
Fabric The fabric composition is 33% polyamide, 32% wool, 32% kid mohair and 3% elastane. I don’t mind kid-mohair fabricated knitwear and recently purchased the Giulia kid-mohair knit jumper from Sézane which I adore. Yet the fabric of the Scarlett jumper is so uncomfortable and left me with that unpleasant itchy sensation. It’s a knit which I wouldn’t be able to wear on its own – I’d need a layering piece underneath such as a thermal top or a shirt. The fibres in this item shed easily as well, so that’s something to keep in mind if you don’t enjoy carrying a lint remover around with you all day!
Fit – I purchased the Scarlett is the size XXS and found this to be true to size. The fit is quite classic – not too fitted and not too relaxed. It’s a knit which you could use to layer, so you could easily pop a shirt or blouse on underneath and have the collar peeking out over the neckline of the jumper.
Styling – I only created one outfit in my YouTube video try on and review as this knit felt so uncomfortable against my skin. At first glance, this is a knit which I’d love to style with denim jeans and a pair of mules for a casual autumn weekend vibe. Due to the propensity of the fibres shedding with this item onto other pieces of clothing, it’s not a knit which I’d recommend you wear with black jeans or trousers. The fibres would be quite evident as they will stick to trousers, skirts or jeans, as well as any jacket or blazer you might be wearing.
To wrap up, my latest purchases from Sézane were certainly surprising in terms of was I was expecting after placing my order online. I imagined I’d prefer the Lukas trousers over the le Parisien jeans, however the opposite turned out to be the case. I also was very pleased with the quality of the merino wool Jacob jumper and would even consider purchasing this in the navy colourway as well. The Theodora top is a good quality basic transitional piece which I feel I will be able to get quite a lot of wear out of over multiple seasons. As we know, the Scarlett jumper was the item I was most disappointed with however knitwear can be hit & miss when it comes to fabrics, if you’re ordering online. I’m happy I got the chance to try out the Scarlett jumper even if I am returning it – as this was a piece which I had on my mind for quite a while after seeing it when it was first released online.
I hope you have found this review of some of Sézane’s pieces from their autumn/fall 2021 collection to be helpful, particularly if you have been considering purchasing these items. If you have any questions about these pieces or would like to share your thoughts on this article, feel free to leave your comment here below in the comments section. I will provide links to all the pieces and the YouTube video here for you too.