Shopping Hits and Misses: ELOQUII Edition

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ELOQUII Fall 2017 clothing review by wardrobe oxygenI’ve been doing a lot of shopping from ELOQUII this year, plus they have sent me some things. ELOQUII for me is hit or miss, sometimes it fits as though it was custom made, sometimes I need to be 4” taller to make things work, sometimes (especially with their pants) I don’t have enough hip or thigh. But for those pieces that fit like a dream and stop people in their tracks and get worn over and over and over… that’s why I keep returning to ELOQUII.

Some of you have said you find ELOQUII too trendy. Shopping ELOQUII is like shopping a department store – you need to scroll and scroll and use your imagination. While they may style a blouse with a sequined skirt and statement earrings and platform heels and a funky clutch, that same blouse may be quite lovely with work trousers and flats. Brands style pieces to evoke an idea or feeling but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to wear a piece. I’ve found many ELOQUII pieces that are great for a casual weekend, for a conservative workplace, dinner with grandparents, and more. Below I review pieces from their recent collection and whether they were hits or misses on my 5’3” size 14 figure:

ELOQUII review: fall 2017 sequined sheath dress

V-neck Sequin Sheath Dress (14)

Right now this dress is sold out online. I am not surprised (and expect it to come back in stock). As soon as I saw it show up on my Twitter feed I reached out to ELOQUII and asked if I could have the dress for an upcoming event. And it’s the bomb. Does using that phrase make me old? I don’t care, I love this dress and I feel like a freaking bombshell in it. No photos… yet. But this weekend I am wearing it to an evening event with strappy black heels and lots of mascara and I cant wait. For my 5’3” self I needed to hide a safety pin in the bodice to close the neckline a bit, but it’s completely invisible and everything else seems to hit at the right point. The dress ends just below my knee caps. It has a back zipper but the fabric is stretchy and I was able to pull it over my head no problem. I’ll likely be wearing it New Year’s Eve too and looking for other occasions to rock it! HIT!

ELOQUII review: Tiered Ruffle Sweater

Tiered Ruffle Sweater in Blush (14/16)

I really wanted the wrap sweater in blush but at the time it was sold out so ELOQUII sent me this one instead. It’s not itchy, it’s not bulky, but it’s thick enough to give some warmth, be opaque, and not cling. Since I’m short this sweater is long, like goes past my bum long, but that makes it’s easy to tuck in. It has a straight hem and is a straighter cut like a sweater that should end mid-hip, so leaving it untucked on my short frame looks odd. I think it also has to do with the sleeves which are really voluminous. But by folding the hem under or tucking in, it looks more balanced. I don’t adore this sweater, but I know I’ll wear it on weekends with grey jeans and some Adidas or glam it up with coated jeans or faux leather pants and heels. So it’s not at all a miss, but not the biggest hit.

ELOQUII Review: Brocade Blazer

Brocade Two Button Blazer (14)

I tried a brocade suit from ELOQUII before and it was a bit of a fail but I decided to try again and ELOQUII gifted this blazer to me.  I'm not sure how I feel about this blazer.  It's a bit long on me, and I feel like it needs longer vents in back, but that may because I am petite.  It fits better than the brocade blazer from this spring It's super pretty in person, but I wish the silhouette was a bit more… badass.  This one is very classically cut and designed which if not styled correctly can end up looking Golden Girls.  But I like enough to try and see if I can make it look cool (outfit post in the future).  I'm thinking black coated jeans, a black low-neck camisole, some high heels, and a subtle smoky eye. So not a fail, and I think I can turn it into a complete hit.

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Velvet Wrap Dress in Wine (14)

I really really wanted this dress in blue but it was sold out in my size so I got the red, thinking it was a god autumnal color and also great for the holidays. The dress is gorgeous; it’s a stretch velvet but not crushed and it doesn’t look cheap. Sadly this is one of those pieces where I need to be taller to make it work.

eloquii velvet wrap dress reviewA safety pin at the bust won’t cut it, the waistband is at the wrong point and the whole thing is just too long. I also don’t like that the hole for the wrap tie is so large, a portion of my skin was showing. I recently borrowed a Melissa McCarthy Seven7 wrap dress from Gwynnie Bee and was uber impressed how they sewed in a little placket to cover this hole so no matter what there wasn’t skin showing. I think this is a good idea for any wrap dress but especially for plus sizes and curvy women as we often rely on wrap dresses’ ability to cinch here and let out there to work with our hard-to-fit figures. However, I may be in the minority in having this issue with the skin showing as this dress gets rave reviews online and from people I know in real life who own this dress. So if you’re taller, consider this dress but for me it was a fail.

ELOQUII Review: Harper Embroidered Bootie

Harper Block Heel Bootie in Embroidered

I love the embroidered boot trend, and was psyched to see ELOQUII embrace it. I have feet that are a bit wide; I have to do wide for sandals and strappy shoes but can usually do medium for boots. However, a lot of boots are too tight on my ankles and I can’t zip them up. ELOQUII’s boots are wide width, so I figured they’d also be wider in the ankle. Sadly I was wrong. These boots fit amazing in the foot, comfy but not too roomy. The embroidery looks exactly as it does online, the shoe looks great. However, I couldn’t zip them up so back they went. Fail.

ELOQUII Review: Two-tone Velvet Wrap Dress

Two-Tone Velvet Wrap Dress (14)

No idea what I was smoking when I ordered this dress. But I did because it looked pretty. Like the other velvet dress it’s just too long for my short body. But also there’s no way you can wear a bra with this dress.

eloquii velvet wrap dress reviewSide boob, cleavage, back of bra, straps, essentially the whole bra is on display no matter how low-cut or strapless or whatever. And well, plus size women usually need to wear a bra. And the way it hung on me, it couldn’t even work with a top under it. It looked like a bathrobe that got transformed into a dress, and not in a cool Project Runway challenge sort of way. Too bad, the colors are even more gorgeous in person. Fail.

ELOQUII Review: Sequin Pull-on Pant

Sequin Pull-On Pant (14)

I love the jogger trend but with my big calves they always end up looking like ill-fitting regular pants on me. I figured if the joggers were made by ELOQUII they’d have room for my calves and if too long could sort of puddle at the bottom like harem pants. I’d wear with a black drapey camisole, maybe a tux jacket. Well yes there was room for my calves and probably a whole baby cow in those pants.

eloquii sequin pantThey were soooo big, I could almost pull them up over my breasts and make them a jumpsuit. And even so the legs were too long. The whole thing was comical. Too bad because the pants are really gorgeous in person, small sequins that don’t look cheap or cheesy and don’t shed and nice details. If you’re taller, size down. Otherwise, fail.

ELOQUII Review: Silky Kimono Wrap Top

Silky Kimono Wrap Top in Black (14)

I saw this blouse in the ELOQUII store in Pentagon City and HAD to have it. ELOQUII was kind enough to gift it to me. I love having a dressy blouse like this in the closet. Pair with wide-leg pants and heels for an evening event, with skinny jeans and boots for a night out. This top is clearly made for a taller person but I just don’t care. I wore it last weekend with skinny dark jeans and black pointed toe pumps and a clutch for dinner out. It’s long, like a tunic on me and I need to safety pin the neck and have good posture but I freaking love it.

eloquii kimono topIt’s soft and silky with gorgeous lustre. It feels like you’re wearing an elegant piece of lingerie, and I felt very cool in the outfit. And when I by chance spill a bit of your dinner on it, you have a couple seconds to blot it off before it leaves a stain. Heard it from a friend, I’m never the type to spill all over myself at every meal, never oh no not me. But in case you are, it’s both soft, expensive looking, and a bit stain resistant! I saw the Smoky Cream in person and it’s utterly gorgeous to the point I was torn which color to get. It looks expensive and is opaque. If you’re taller than I, this is a good buy. Win!

ELOQUII Review: Denim Faux Wrap Jumpsuit

Denim Faux Wrap Jumpsuit (14)

I saw this cropped jumpsuit and thought just maybe, on me it may be full length? So I ordered it. And I am so so glad I did! This jumpsuit is a wardrobe fave. I’ve been wearing the heck out of it and I’ve only had it a bit over a month. I wore it to work, I wore it to a conference, I wore it to a concert, I wear it hanging around the house, I wore it to Target and four women stopped me to ask me where I got it.

eloquii review denim jumpsuitIt’s not quite full length but a slightly cropped length I think looks best with a flat shoe (I’ve been wearing with my Bella Vita gold sandals but need a replacement for fall… maybe the Rothy's I just ordered…). The fabric is light, but doesn’t really wrinkle. It looks super expensive. It holds up looking great all day. It has deep pockets. It looks like live in an airy NYC loft and use Vintner’s Daughter and wear aviator-shaped fake glasses and are BFFs with beauty editors. But I sort of Allie it up with the gold sandals and really big gold earrings and red lipstick. But I think it’s versatile, it’s comfortable, it definitely needs a Zipper Genie, but it’s a big time win.

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  1. I have mixed feelings on Eloquii. When the store opened in Pentagon City I was excited. But going there is deflating. Ifeel like there is so much extra fabric on everything. Everything seems like it’s for tall people.

  2. I got the ruffle sleeve sweater in grey and love it. I really love the oversized vibe of it. It’ll definitely go great for casual jeans and adidas days. Can’t wait to rock mine. Awesome review. 🙂

  3. At 5’2″and a size 18, Eloquii has been mostly a miss for me. Everything is too big, though I have a wrap sweater of theirs that looks fine as long as I wear a tank underneath it. I’ve been burned so many times, I am not inclined to try again until they decide to cater more to petites. I’m sticking with eShakti for now.

  4. Do you know whether Eloquii will add any more petite items? I have the same problem that many of their dresses are way too long/fall at the wrong place (5’2″ here). Sometime back in late winter/early spring, someone from Eloquii reached out to ask if I had any suggestions for them, and I recommended more petites, but I haven’t seen any more on the website.

    1. They’re trying a couple new fits and seem to have more petite jackets but when I spoke to them they’re not selling as many small sizes or petites as the rest. Like you I’d love more petites but I guess we’re the minority? 🙁

  5. I think the Kimono top looks better as you’ve styled it. The skirt and short boots in the first photo is too busy for me.

    I wonder about switching up the belt on the jumpsuit. I think most of us own a lot of things that go with that blue denim color, you could keep that going for days with different add-ons.

    It’s too bad about the bra problem on the strappy wrap dress because apart from that it looks nice on you. The contrasting colors work well.

    1. The colors are gorgeous, the fabric is gorgeous, I was really hoping it would work. And good idea about the jumpsuit, it has the little threads to keep a wide belt in place and would look awesome with a variety of different kinds of belts!

  6. I’ve had mixed results there, too. Last year I bought a bright yellow tie-neck overcoat that I love. I returned a dress that was apparently made for someone really, really tall. The bust line was closer to my waist. So far this year, I have bought a cardigan. It’s just okay, but I’m keeping it because I like the color. I went to the Pentagon City store a couple weeks ago but found a lot of the merchandise disappointing. I might continue to check the Eloquii website from time to time, but I’ve had much more consistent results from Violeta.

  7. Oh Eloquii. I’ve placed three different orders with them (three sweaters and two dresses) and all of the pieces just haven’t been quite right. I’m 5’10” so it’s not a height issue. They just seem to not hit at the right places–the waist is strange, the neckline doesn’t lie right. I recently bought the Slit Front Fit and Flare Dress and the cutout highlighted my cleavage in such a strange way. I was hoping it would be work appropriate but the slit was too far down and gaped too much. And yet, it wouldn’t be something I’d reach for if I was wanting to wear something sexy for a night out with the bf. It just did strange things. I want to like them and I will keep trying because I love the idea of their clothes, but it’s been disappointing so far.

    1. I feel the same way, but I’ve only placed one order (a bunch of different pieces, but no dresses) so I will try again a time or two, but happy to know I am not the only one.
      I loved the asymmetrical top and it got rave reviews, so I thought why not, but it is so short it looks empire waist and maternity not peplum and waist cinching. oh well.

      1. Yeah, the reviews are tough because people don’t often share their height and you don’t know their personal style and if they like that sort of look or not. I find the most success with their dresses, the more tailored ones are great with my frame and rarely can I find a shirtdress or tailored dress at other retailers to fit!

    2. My misses help tailor my shopping. I steer clear from the pants (usually) and anything that doesn’t have some sort of waist. Shirtdresses, button-front tops, wrap and surplice styles… those work well for me at ELOQUII. But they keep changing, adding fits and styles that I keep trying because when something is a hit, often it’s a mega super duper hit!

  8. That last line about Vinter’s Daughter was absolutely priceless. That kind of writing is why, even though we are different sizes and tastes, I love your blog

  9. I have to admit when I read your review of the brocade blazer and said you wanted to “badass” it up, I immediately pictured it with your gray jeans, concert tee and booties. I think I may know your wardrobe better than my own!

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