In case you didn’t know, Sézane has a section on their site dedicated to their Essentials (which is now called The Top 30), which are basically French closet staples. These are styles that they bring back season after season in classic and updated colors. If you are looking to build a versatile French inspired closet, then these are definitely pieces to consider! I loved my first round of Sézane Essentials so much that I decided to add a few more pieces to my closet specifically for fall and winter! Side note – Sézane does switch up their Essentials pieces every so often. The items below are pieces that have been on the list in the past and also happen to be my favorites. So without further ado, here is my Sézane Essentials Review Part 2!
Sézane Essentials Review
Sézane Sizing Guide
Before I jump into the review I wanted to mention my size and a quick note on Sézane sizing. By this point I’ve ordered A TON of Sézane pieces so I have a really good idea of their sizing. I would say that I’ve found most pieces run true to size. (side note – make sure you are shopping the US site where sizes are marked 2/4/6 etc. instead of the French sizes 32/34/36). I’m a size Small or 4 in tops, size 6 in bottoms and dresses, and size 4 in outerwear. You can check out my measurements below for reference.
My Measurements: 33-28-38, 5’8″, 125lbs, 30D
You’ll notice that a lot of the models wear the pieces loose and slightly oversized. So I think in general, Sézane pieces are slightly oversized. If you are truly in between sizes you can most likely get away with sizing down in a lot of pieces – but I think if you want the true “Sézane Look” you’ll want to take your usual size. Sézane does have sizing notes on a lot of their pieces where they mention if you can size up or down depending on the fit.
On my YouTube channel I go into depth on sizing and fit for all the Sézane pieces I have. So if you really want details you should check out my YouTube videos!
I can’t say no to a striped sweater and I loved that the Léontine Jumper had camel colored stripes and a cute button detail down the front. It looked super relaxed and comfortable as well.
I’m wearing the size small and it’s an oversized fit. I like the extra room though and I think that’s part of why it has such cool, laidback look to it. I wouldn’t size down because I feel like the sleeves and length of the sweater would be too short.
This is probably my favorite sweater from Sézane because it’s so versatile. It’s 100% cotton and there’s a heaviness to it that feels really good. It also helps it to drape nicely. I can wear it pretty much all year round because it isn’t too hot. I love it so much that I just bought it in the navy stripe!
The Léontine Dress is a new release this fall – and I’m loving it! It feels exactly like the sweater but in dress form. I just can’t get enough of the Léontine!
The Gaspard Cardigan is another Sézane piece that is a must-have. It’s been a closet staple on Sézane’s site for as long as I can remember. It’s also a very versatile sweater because it can be work as a cardigan, or worn backward with the buttons in the back. It also comes in a TON of colors. I’m wearing a size small which is my usual size.
The Lucas Jumper is a merino wool/cotton/polyamide blend sweater with a beaded rib knit and large buttons down the placket. This is a newer addition to my closet and I’m really loving it! It has a thicker, heavier feel than my striped Leontine sweater. It’s also warmer because it’s a cotton/wool blend. It currently comes in several colors.
The Basile Cardigan is an updated take on their previous Achille Cardigan (which is no longer available). The Basile is definitely more fitted and less voluminous than the Achille. Personally, I like the Achille Cardigan better on me. But the Basile is more of a typical oversized cardigan and probably works better for most body types.
Below you can see the (old) Achille Cardigan. I do have the Basile but haven’t taken photos with it yet! You can see it in my Sézane Sweater YouTube video.
The Angie Cardigan is one of the newer additions to my closet. It’s a soft and fuzzy sweater without being too heavy. The details are beautiful – I love the balloon sleeves, openwork knit, and crochet details. You can wear this open like a cardigan but I love it buttoned all the way up! I’m wearing a size small and I wouldn’t size down because this fits a little bit tighter than some of the other Sézane sweaters I have – like the Gaspard Jumper.
The James Jumper is a 100% merino wool cable knit sweater with functional buttons on one shoulder. It comes in other colors and a striped version. I’m wearing the size small and would say it has an oversized fit. I think you could get away with sizing down in this sweater unless you are going for the oversized look. It does make a great sweater for layering because you can unbutton the shoulder to let your shirt peak out more.
I actually picked up the Betty Cardigan this summer to use as a light layer in the cold air conditioning. However, it is a 100% merino wool knit so it’s definitely appropriate for fall and winter. It’s also available in A LOT of colors so you can pick one up for every season!
I’m wearing the size small so I think it runs true to size. I don’t feel like I need to size up or down. It’s a slightly cropped, boxy fit with some structure to it.
You can see how I styled it for summer below. I only buttoned one button (to allow for some air circulation) and I didn’t wear anything underneath. I’m happy to report that it’s not itchy! But for fall and winter I would definitely add an undershirt.
Sézane calls the Johnson Coat their “signature coat” because it’s a classic wool coat. It’s midi length with a straight cut and double breasted closure. I’m wearing the size 4 which is my usual size in tops. Sizing notes suggest to size down if in between sizes but I would take your normal size or size up. If I were to order it again I think I might take the size 6. I think it’s always better to have a little extra room in winter coats to account for layers and sweaters. This colorway that I have is currently sold out and I think it’s the only one that was 100% wool. The other colors are a mix of wool and polyamide.
I’ve found this coat to be pretty warm. I wore it during the winter months when it was really cold. It does have a deep V neck though so a scarf is needed if you want to keep your neck warm.
I just got the Scott Trench after lusting after it for years! It’s a classic trench coat with really nice details. My favorite is the buttoned slit in the back! That’s something that none of my other trench coats have. I’m wearing the size 4 which is my usual size. If you are in-between sizes I would take your larger size. I’m actually kind of wishing I had taken the size 6 for a more oversized fit because I think coats should be on the looser side.
Ordering from Sézane
When you order from Sézane the items ship directly from France! I’ve ordered from Sézane dozens of times and have only had an issue with packages once or twice (and that was the fault of FedEx – not Sézane). Most of the time, my orders arrive within a couple days of ordering! Shipping is REALLY FAST – at least to the US – I can’t speak for other countires. If you order at least $200 shipping is also free. Returns are also free so there’s no harm in ordering several sizes or items to see what works best and then returning what doesn’t work. I would just check with Customs rules regarding orders from other countries. I’ve never been charged an extra fee ordering from Sézane – but my orders are usually around $500. From what I’ve read, as long as your order is under $800 you won’t be charged fees.
Sézane Essentials Review: Knitwear
Check out my Sézane Essentials Review on my YouTube channel for a closer look at some of these winter staple pieces! I also have many more Sézane Try On videos featuring even more Sézane pieces!