One of the hardest learned style lessons for me has been to build a wardrobe for the life I really live rather than the lifestyle I envision for myself. Can you relate? I think one of the obstacles to me embracing this concept has been that the clothes for office and cocktail parties are so much more appealing than the ones for casual days at home. But that’s where Frank & Eileen steps in. At Frank & Eileen I’ve found fashions that feel comfortable and casual enough for a day at home, but also have the elevated vibe I so desire.
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Frank & Eileen is a certified woman-owned, woman-led business born in 2009 when former engineer Audrey McLoghlin sought to reinvent the button-up for women —a category previously focused solely on men. From day one, Frank & Eileen has partnered exclusively with ethical and sustainable manufacturers to craft pieces using the finest raw materials found in nature.
So yes, I pay a little more for Frank & Eileen garments because they are indeed responsibly sourced and made in factories where employees are treated like family and earn a livable wage. For instance, they built a life-size, two-story, fully-stocked dollhouse in their headquarters for new mothers to breastfeed, pump, or simply spend time with their babies, preventing work and life from being at odds with one another.
I’ve been saying for several years that I want to invest more in slow fashion and build a wardrobe that endures rather than one that’s disposable. At some point I have to put my money where my mouth is. And the truth is that sustainability, ethics and quality cost a little more. But with every order I’ve placed with Frank & Eileen, I’ve also discovered that I am getting what I’m paying for: high quality, enduring classics and unparalleled customer service.
Frank & Eileen are passionate about helping women build wardrobes that endure. That’s why they craft their pieces using the finest raw materials found in nature. Sure enough, when I put on this incredibly luxurious cotton sweater, yarn-dyed in Italy and knitted by artisans in sunny California, I knew it would be in my closet for years to come. the Monterey cotton rollneck sweater also comes in a rich camel and a classic navy. It runs true to the Frank & Eileen size charts; I’m wearing a large.
I’m wearing the Monterey cotton rollneck sweater with the merlot Wicklow Italian chinos for an easy, everyday look. These super soft Italian performance twill chinos are 97% cotton and 3% elastane for a gentle stretch. They have a 9″ rise and a 25.5″ inseam, and I’m wearing a TTS 10. They come in so many great colors for year round enjoyment. For a longer inseam check out the Blackrock utility pant. Those are on my radar.
For a slightly more elevated look, but one that still fits my casual lifestyle, I paired the Eileen flannel shirt with the black East Galway denim jeans. The flannel shirt is the softest, most comfortable button-up shirt I’ve ever put on my body. Truly, I can live in this thing! I’m wearing a size medium.
And the East Galway full length gaucho jeans are an equally comfortable and classy match for that flannel shirt. Frank & Eileen’s Italian dream denim consists of 81% Cotton, 11% Lyocell, 6% EME and 2% Elastane for an amazing softness and stretch. These jeans have a front rise of 10.5″ and an inseam of 32″, so they work nicely on my 5’8″ frame with a 2″ heel boot.
Finally, for a slightly dressier look that works for my casual outings, I wore the full length gaucho jeans with my Joedy superfine white button-up shirt and the black Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat.
Isn’t this black English peacoat darling? It comes in several other great colors including a cranberry that I’m really crushing on. This jacket is so versatile. It satisfies that craving I have for a classic completer piece, but with soft, 100% cotton triple fleece fabric I can really live in and a relaxed style that truly works for my life.
I can easily wear this Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat with more casual jeans, joggers and chinos. It doesn’t so much dress an outfit up as it does pull it together and add a little polish. That’s just the kind of completer pieces I need to be investing in during this stage of life.
Thanks so much for joining me here today. I encourage you to check out more of Frank & Eileen’s offerings at their website. But I’ve gathered some of my favorites in the shopping widget below. You can click through those to shop them or to check out other things at Frank & Eileen. They have so many great casual clothes that are perfect for celebrating the holidays at home.
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How can we be women who give thanks regardless of the circumstances? We’ll become more grateful and thanksgivings will flow from our lips when we learn better to appropriate the grace of God. The more grace we have been extended, the more grateful we are.
But sometimes we lose sight of how much amazing grace we have been given. As we begin this Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., let’s focus on the greatest blessing we have…our salvation. If you have been saved by grace through the blood of Christ, you have received more than you can even imagine. And daily we are shown glimpses of that grace as God forgives our sins and keeps us in right relationship with Himself…all through the intercession of Christ our Lord.
For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:15-18