Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Quincy Apparel, stylish work pieces with a smart approach to sizing.
“What if there were clothes that were boardroom-appropriate but still allowed the young, on-the-go professional woman to feel as stylish and authentic at work as she did in her downtime? And, what if those clothes actually fit well and didn’t break the bank?” Those were the questions that led two Harvard Business School graduates, Alex Nelson and Christina Wallace, to launch their own line, Quincy Apparel. The online-only brand (which offers free shipping and free returns) gives everyone a quiz to find your perfect size* — and offers a second size for free when you order from them.
The brand sent me a few samples to study the quality — it’s the little details I fell in love with, like the silky soft (and often vibrantly colored) linings, the inside pocket on the blazer, and the well-sewn darts and modern fits. I also like that the brand ignores traditional American sizes 00-16 and instead offers sizes based on measurements — Quincy pant size 25 has a 25″ natural waist, for example.
I’m lusting after the entire collection, but I particularly love some of the more unique pieces, such as this great silk Fiona blouse, in a very of-the-moment polka dot. Not only does the brand promise the silk isn’t sheer or shiny (hooray!), they’ve added a hidden snap to fix the gaping problem. The blouse is $118, and you order by bust size (it’s also available in a nice dark plum). Note that the bow is removable.
I think the ponte Ansley dress may be my favorite piece in the collection — I love the slight pleating below the empire waist, the pockets, the crew neckline, the three-quarter sleeves, and the hidden zipper in the back. The dress is $138, available in both black and berry (and you can order by bust size as well as length).
The boucle Emma jacket has just the right amount of sparkle (both gold and silver) — you can wear it to the office but it would also fit the bill for my beloved “festive blazer” category. It has a luxurious, silky gray/blue lining, and the trim is a dark navy velvet. It’s $258 (and you order by bust size and length). (And, look how cute the Ansley dress looks with it!)
I’m also a fan of their Riley blazer, a cobalt blue blazer made from a very comfortable (and lux) 4-way stretch fabric. I love the navy grosgrain trim, the silky plum lining (visible below on the rolled up sleeves) and the notch color. The blazer is $228, but there’s actually a matching pencil skirt, cigarette pant, and solid navy sheath dress (pictured at the very top of this post) designed to go with the blazer.
While all of the above pieces are fun and trendy, their basic suiting collection is also a real find — these are all of the pieces in the Elliot line (prices range from $128-$228). Expect silky soft lining, nice black matte wool (on par with $500 blazers, IMHO) and a generally great fit.
They’ll be releasing a limited edition holiday collection in a few weeks — sign up for the newsletter for first access to the holiday collection, as well as for exclusive friends & family sales in December.
Readers, have you taken the Quincy quiz? What fit problems have you most commonly had with clothes in general?
* N.B. — they only carry sizes up to a size 14 (or bust size DD) — but you can e-mail [email protected] to be the first to know when they expand the collection!