Our Warm Weather Collection has arrived. I’m thrilled to share these pieces with you - garments centered around warm climates, with pieces designed for ultimate comfort and simplicity. Lightweight linens, crisp cottons, and shapes rooted in nature that drape effortlessly on the body.
This collection completes our transition to a totally seasonless company. Our three core collections (Signature, Cold Weather, and Warm Weather) will be available year round to customers. This encourages more intentional shopping, lets customers save for pieces they love, and allows women time to build relationships with garments that work well in their lives. Most importantly, however, it lets us produce better work. We are able to make generational updates over time rather than starting from scratch each season, in turn developing the best products possible.
In that vein, the design of this collection was a bit different than that of collections past. It was more of a compilation of old favorites rather than a big, original concept. Usually collections I design have a narrative to them, a kind of beginning and end. Designing with more of a focus on individual product strength felt different and difficult at first. It was a bit cold, and I wasn’t sure how proud I’d be of the finished product without the kind of arc and storyline that collections in the past have had. As I got deeper into the process, though, I realized how much better I felt about each individual piece in the collection. Because it wasn’t narrative-based, there was no need for filler content and no impetus to fit a product into a certain mold to fit with the storyline. Instead, each product was held to an exceedingly high standard on its own, and had to be a decidedly strong asset to remain in the collection.
There was a renewed sense of freedom in designing this way, and rather than the collection as a whole following a narrative, I feel like each product has a narrative of its own. They have their own stories, and over time those will develop and evolve like living things - and that is pretty powerful.
I wanted to publish release notes with this launch to help walk long-time customers and new ones through the fabrics and styles, providing a better understanding of differences and changes. Particularly since this collection contains so many iterations of past favorites - this is the full scoop on what’s changed, what hasn’t, and why.
Cotton Canvas: This is the cotton canvas found in our Cold Weather Collection. It’s very similar to our original cotton canvas back from 2015 (but better color retention). It will ultimately replace all of our cotton twill. We’re offering it in five colors - you’ve seen the “Natural,” “Khaki,” and “Black,” but we’re adding “Clay” and “Dark Navy.” The Clay color is one of my favorite mustardy shades, and - while it’s in the same arena as Khaki - the two shades together offer more options for different skin tones (the ability to choose between a more monochrome or contrasting look). The Dark Navy is just a classic that I think a lot of folks (particularly those with lighter hair/features) will love. This is the canvas we wear-tested as a team earlier this year - it is truly bulletproof. There is just a bit of canvas in this collection, in a few pairs of shorts.
Cotton Poplin: A smooth, lightweight cotton. This is a new addition to the collection. In comparison to the Cotton Voile of SS16, this is much more opaque and a bit heavier. It’s more of a shirting fabric, with a very crisp, neat feel. The “Chalk” colorway is a brighter white than our other ivories, while still being neutral in tone. It’s not too cool, but definitely a punchier, brighter white than anything we’ve offered before. “Stone” is a really dynamic color, a grayish brown with green undertones - an excellent neutral.
Linen Gauze: A new fabric this season - we had so many requests for grays! Our current Midweight Linen isn’t available in a yarn-dyed (yarn dyeing is what gives some grays that beautiful, variegated look) gray that I was happy with, but I found this linen gauze that came in two beautiful grays. I’ll keep searching for a gray for Signature, but for now I am very pleased with these. This fabric is crinkled and textured, which gives it a bit of inherent stretch and lots of interest. It’s meant to be crinkly and organic looking - pressing will stretch out the garment and significantly change the silhouette. The “Smoke” colorway is a really beautiful soft light gray - very neutral in tone - and the “Charcoal” is a rich dark gray that’s a bit warm.
Midweight Linen: Our long-time favorite Signature linen, in some styles especially appropriate for warmer weather. The only change here is that we are transitioning from photographing our linen neatly pressed to leaving it rumpled. All of the linen garments in WWC were photographed straight out of the tumble dryer, and that’s also how they’ll arrive when they ship. We’ll likely do the same for Signature when we re-shoot it this summer. This is more likely how customers are actually wearing their linen, and it’s certainly the look I prefer. Plus it saves energy, time, and steam! They can of course still be pressed for a neat, crisp look if that’s your vibe.
Silk Crepe: Our classic, wonderfully soft silk crepe. The same silk from our Signature Collection, but used for more Warm Weather geared styles. We’ve eliminated our “Nude” colorway and replaced it with a soft “Ivory.” We’ll be doing the same for Signature with the next generation launching this summer! Originally, when we had a bridal collection, we felt that an “Ivory” silk in other collections would be redundant, but since we’ve eliminated The White Collection, that’s no longer an issue. It’s a creamy color almost identical in color to our “Ivory” Midweight Linen.
Andy Trouser in Midweight Linen: A riff on the Nadeen from SS16, we also released this style in our online sample sale. Both the Nadeen and the sample sale Andy ran large, so we sized down. A previous XS would be a current S, and so on.
Bel Skirt in Midweight Linen, Linen Gauze, and Cotton Poplin: Our simple skirt from SS16! No pattern or sizing changes here, just new fabrics. The Midweight Linen and Cotton Poplin tend to stand away from the body, whereas the Linen Gauze feels a bit more fitted because of the texture.
Clyde Billow Skirt in Midweight Linen: A warm weather version of our CWC Clyde Billow Skirt! We took sizing feedback into consideration here, it was running fairly large so we sized down a full size - a CWC XS would be a current S. We also lengthened the pattern by a few inches for more of a midi look. We’ll update the CWC pattern when we relaunch that collection! The feel in linen is similar to that of the raw silk - not as structured as the cotton canvas.
Clyde Dress in Midweight Linen: This is a riff on the Sienna Dress from SS15, but you may also recognize it from our online sample sale in January of this year. It runs larger than the Sienna, but we sized down slightly from the sample sale version. An XS from the sample sale would be a current S, and so on.
Clyde Jumpsuit in Midweight Linen: Another amalgamation of a few pieces. This was originally our Keaton Jumpsuit from SS15, but also released it during our online sample sale. From the Keaton, we eliminated the snap closure, thinned out the straps, and changed it to a scoop rather than v-neckline. It runs slightly larger than the original Keaton. If you have a sample sale jumpsuit, we’ve improved the pattern since then as well. We removed some gapping from the center front neck, widened and shortened the shoulder straps back a bit, and sized down. An XS from the sample sale would be a current S.
Clyde Trench in Midweight Linen: Such a fun twist - this has a different name but it’s really the Ida from the CWC. I should have named that piece the Clyde Trench from the get-go - I’ll change that as well when we relaunch CWC! The pattern is the same except for sizing. We got a lot of feedback that this was running really, really large, so we sized down two full sizes. Which means an XS from the CWC would be a M in WWC. It is still really generous and the linen is not as restricting as the canvas (the model is very tall and is wearing a S, and she’s still got lots of room). If you previously wore a L or XL and are worried the new sizes won’t work, shoot us an email - we can still make one for you from the old pattern. We’ve got sizing updates coming this year, but we can take care of this piece in the meantime. :) Those sizing changes don’t apply to the CWC Trench yet - that will be updated when we relaunch CWC!
Clyde Jacket in Midweight Linen: The shorter, jacket version of the Clyde Trench! The same sizing changes noted above apply here! The pockets are a bit higher and shallower to allow for the shorter length, but overall this is the same pattern as the Trench.
Clyde Work Pant in Midweight Linen: The warm weather companion to our best selling Signature Pant. I debated putting this in Signature, but for some reason the Clyde in linen just feels warm weather to me. No pattern changes have been made - it should fit the same as your current preferred size in cotton twill! The linen is softer and stretchier, so that may affect your decision a bit. Please note: There were too many SKUS to put all colors in one product listing, so we had to split the Clyde Work Pant into two listings! Here are the Flax and Ivory, and here are the Black and Navy.
Clyde Work Short in Midweight Linen and Cotton Canvas: A shorts version of our Clyde Work Pant. Waist and hips should fit identically to our current Clyde pattern, however the thigh opening is much roomier to create a better silhouette (the thin Clyde thigh would have been a bit too Bermuda-short-ish). You should be able to safely order your preferred Clyde size for the same fit in waist/hip. Consider that the linen is softer and stretchier than cotton!
Clyde Vest in Midweight Linen: Ah - I know lots of ya’ll will be happy about this one. This is the return of the super popular Keaton Duster from SS16. It’s had a name change (because it really is more of a vest than duster), and it has the Clyde pocket instead of an angled pocket. We released a wool version of this during our online sample sale, and it was super popular! We changed the sizing from OS to XS-XL - a previous OS would be equivalent to a M now.
Florence Short in Midweight Linen, Cotton Canvas, and Silk Crepe: A short version of our Florence Pant! The same fit as our full length pant. You should be able to safely order your preferred Florence size!
Georgia Dress in Linen Gauze: Our warm weather version of the old stand-by. This is the same pattern as our Signature Georgia, but with a slight change to the neckline. We brought it in and tightened it up slightly based on feedback that it felt a little too open. We’ll change this in the Signature Collection when we relaunch later this summer!
Georgia Midi in Linen Gauze: Our warm weather version of the old stand-by. This is the same pattern as our Signature Georgia, but with a slight change to the neckline. We brought it in and tightened it up slightly based on feedback that it felt a little too open. We’ll change this in the Signature Collection when we relaunch later this summer!
Georgia Tee in Linen Gauze: Our warm weather version of the old stand-by. This is the same pattern as our Signature Georgia, but with a slight change to the neckline. We brought it in and tightened it up slightly based on feedback that it felt a little too open. We’ll change this in the Signature Collection when we relaunch later this summer!
Harlow Tunic in Silk Crepe and Cotton Poplin: An updated fit on our collection favorite from SS16. I took in the v at the back so it’s a bit less dramatic and more wearable, and sized down a full size based on feedback that this ran large. If you previously ordered an XS, that is now a S. The Cotton Poplin has more structure and body, and the silk crepe moves like liquid.
Harlow Dress in Silk Crepe and Cotton Poplin: The dress version of our Harlow Tunic. The same fit and sizing changes from above apply. The dress is simply longer and has slightly less volume than the tunic (so it doesn’t overwhelm).
Harper Tunic in Linen Gauze: The warm weather Harper. We opened the armhole just a tad on this, but other than that made no changes to the Signature Pattern. We’ll adjust the armhole in the Signature Collection when we relaunch later this summer! In linen gauze this feels a bit less oversized than our more structured midweight linen, and perhaps will feel less overwhelming to petite frames.
Harper Dress in Linen Gauze: The dress version of the Tunic above! The same pattern changes apply. The only difference between the tunic and dress is length!
Josephine Vented Tunic in Midweight Linen and Silk Crepe: A twist on one of our very first styles from 2013 - if you purchased a Josephine tunic way back then, the sizing is very similar but this piece has a bit more volume (and of course those side slits).
Lara Top in Linen Gauze and Cotton Poplin: A simple but popular piece from our online sample sale. We shortened the sleeves a bit and sized down as it was running large. An XS from the sample sale would be a current S, and so on. The Cotton Poplin has more structure and stands away from the body a bit more, whereas the Linen Gauze feels softer and more fitted.
Linn Tee in Cotton Poplin: Our classic Linn Tee - this is the same exact pattern as the one in the Signature Collection. No changes to sizing or style! In the Cotton Poplin it feels pretty structured, but it’s so lightweight that it’s not too severe.
Long Sleeve Harper Tunic in Linen Gauze: The warm weather collection version of our best-selling CWC piece! In lightweight gauze it’s perfect for transitional weather. We shortened the sleeves just a tad, but other than that made no pattern changes. We’ll adjust those sleeves on the CWC Long Sleeve Harpers when we update that collection later this year!
Long Sleeve Harper Dress in Linen Gauze: The dress version! Same updates as above. You may notice that the “Smoke” colorway looks a bit larger than the “Charcoal” in the product photos - that’s because the “Smoke” didn’t quite shrink up enough during the wash. You can expect the fit to look more like it does on Shayla!
Mara Jumpsuit in Midweight Linen and Silk Crepe: This is a reimagining of our Mara Jumpsuit from 2014. If you own a piece from back then, the sizing has changed slightly. It was running a bit large, so what was previously an XS is now a S. We also eliminated the zipper, changed the scoop back to a v-back so it pulls on over the hips, and attached the waist ties to the back darts rather than having a separate waist tie. The fit, flow, and leg are all identical to the original Mara (it’s the Florence Leg, if that helps with sizing!).
Maxine Crop in Silk Crepe and Cotton Poplin: The very first Maxine we ever made in 2013 was in Silk Crepe, and I’m so glad to have this guy back! This is the same exact pattern as sizing as the Signature Maxine in Raw Silk. The silk feels ultra slinky and romantic, and the cotton feels pretty sturdy (provides nice lift!) and casual.
Petra Crop in Midweight Linen, Linen Gauze, and Cotton Poplin: The same exact style from SS16 - no pattern changes or sizing changes have been made! We got great feedback on the fit of this style, so didn’t mess with it. The Midweight Linen and Cotton Poplin tend to stand away from the body, whereas the Linen Gauze feels a bit more fitted because of the texture.
That about does it, ya’ll. Have more questions? Feel free to ask in the comments, or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are here to help! I hope you love the collection. This launch has felt like such a family affair - thank you for following along and for being a part of this process.