parabola top

Silk Crepe

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  • Description

    The Parabola, aptly named by one of our brilliant sewers for the curved hip panels on each side, features slim, long sleeves and a high boat neck that are sleek and interesting. Parabola-shaped inset panels at the sides provide body, shape, and swing that move with you. This top wears as a nontraditional A-line, evolved from our archived Lara Series; the neck and sleeves are the same as the Lara you remember, but from the waist down, the design diverges with curiosity. I find this edit to add comfort and relief from restriction, and I love the suggestion of shape it provides, appearing dramatic and avant-garde.

    I love this billowy top paired with slim trousers or denim for a sleek look, but I'm also very into wide-leg pants to really accentuate the silhouette.

    Cut from our luscious, washed silk crepe de Chine that drapes and moves like liquid. Feels like butter with a muted, ultra-soft finish and a barely-there sheen visible only with motion. A touch of elegance, but also a hardworking fabric that can be washed and worn with ease.

    Love this style? It comes in other fabrics and colors and as a top! Shop the Parabola Series!

  • Material & Care

    Fabric: Silk Crepe

    Fiber Content: 100% Silk

    Description: A washed silk crepe de Chine that drapes and moves like liquid. It has a muted, ultra-soft feel with a barely-there sheen visible only with movement. This is an extremely high quality and medium-weight crepe that was custom developed just for us—meant to be worn, not coddled. All of our silk is garment-washed, so it has a lustrous yet matte finish and is totally machine washable.

    Care: Machine washable. Wash on gentle cycle with cool water. Tumble dry on medium heat. Hems, necklines, and sleeves will wrinkle. Press with steam to shape, and they'll return to crisp edges.

    *Silk is a natural fiber and will fade and wear over time, which we love. If you prefer your garments to not show as much wear, hand wash and do not tumble dry.

    Click here to learn more about our Silk Crepe!

  • Sizing & Fit

    Intended to have a relaxed, oversized fit. Slimmer through the waist with a swing in the hips. Drop sleeves are slim but not tight and slightly cropped. Size down for a slimmer look.

    BODY MEASUREMENTS
    BUST WAIST HIP
    XXS 29" 23" 33"
    XS 30" - 31" 24" - 25" 34" - 35"
    S 32" - 33" 26" - 27" 36" - 37"
    M 34.5" - 36" 28.5" - 30" 38.5" - 40"
    L 37.5" - 39" 31.5" - 33" 41.5" - 43"
    XL 41" - 43" 35" - 37" 45" - 47"
    2XL 45.5" - 48" 39" - 41.5" 49" - 51.5"
    3XL 50.5" - 53" 44" - 46.5" 54" - 56.5"
    4XL 55.5" - 58" 49" - 51.5" 59" - 61.5"

     

    GARMENT MEASUREMENTS*
    SIZE CHEST SWEEP SLEEVE OPENING BICEP LENGTH
    (HIGH SHOULDER TO HEM)
    XXS 19" 23.75" 4.75" 6.75" 22"
    XS 19.75" 24.5" 5" 7" 22.25"
    S 20.75" 25.5" 5.25" 7.5" 22.75"
    M 22" 26.75" 5.5" 7.75" 23.25"
    L 23.75" 28.25" 6" 8.25" 23.75"
    XL 25" 30" 6.25" 8.75" 24.5"
    XXL 26" 31.75" 6.5" 9.25" 25"
    3XL 27.25" 33.5" 6.75 9.75" 25.5"
    4XL 28.5" 36" 7" 10" 26"

     

    *Garment measurements were taken flat, so double where necessary. All measurements are approximate, +/- a tolerance that is to be expected with handmade clothing.

    Visit our Sizing Guide for more information on how to measure yourself, select your size, and best use our garment measurements! Feel free to email us at support@elizabethsuzann.com for a sizing recommendation as well. We are always here to help!

  • Shipping & Returns

    Your ES garment is cut, sewn, washed, dried, and packed up for you all in our Nashville warehouse. We encourage you to read a couple of our favorite blog posts on pricing and Liz’s entrepreneurial story while you wait!

    Once your garment arrives, we hope it becomes the most trusted piece in your wardrobe. If you’d like return for store credit or exchange for another size/style, that’s no problem. Return shipping is on us. Email support@elizabethsuzann.com to begin the process!

    Read more about our Return Policy here.

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16 Reviews
Reviewed by Fran A.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Beautiful

You can just feel the love and craftsmanship poured into this. Feels silky and perfect. I love ES

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Reviewed by Kate B.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Beautiful, versitile

Love it! Wearing it today. I love the quality of the silk. It is beautiful and comfortable and fills a hole in my wardrobe that I desperately needed to fill!

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Reviewed by Alia M.
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Rated 3 out of 5
Review posted

Wish it was longer

I purchased this top in linen and silk and although the fabric and quality was incredible, both tops were just too darn short. I’m only 5’6” and I only wear high waisted bottoms and I still found this style to be way too cropped. I could see the bottom of my bra when I raised my arms to put my hair in a ponytail. I have several ES pieces that I love, but I had to send the parabola tops back. I would have loved them if only they were longer.

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Elizabeth Suzann

Hi, Alia! We're sorry to hear that this piece was too short for your frame, but we appreciate this feedback! It sounds like the Polly or Petra Tank could be a good alternative for you since they're longer than a tee but shorter than a tunic! Those styles are currently available in Linen Gauze, and we're launching them in Midweight Linen and Silk Crepe later this summer! In the meantime, our Customer Relations Team is available to help if you're unsure about which styles will work best for you! Just email support@elizabethsuzann.com, and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can!

Reviewed by Linda G.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

so elegant

I can never get a silk button down to work on me but always like the look on others. This is the perfect alternative. The ivory is slightly see-through but I don't really mind that. I think in an ideal world the sleeves would be slightly shorter (I'm 5 ft 2), but it's not as if they're too long - just not quite cropped. But this is a minor detail since I'm about to purchase one in another colour!

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Reviewed by Lili C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Chic and versatile

The silk is very well made and the cut of the top allows you to wear it with everything. Very happy with the purchase.

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Reviewed by Monica M.
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I don't recommend this product
Rated 1 out of 5
Review posted

Huge

This is huge and they don’t let you return for refund even if your first order. I was beyond disppointed. Buyer beware. Unless you are trying to hide a pregnancy or look 30 pounds heavier, I would stay away

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Reviewed by Callie K.
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Surprisingly versatile!

I bought this in navy as a second-hand item, more on a whim than anything else, and I am constantly surprised by how much I love this. It goes with both pants and skirts, I wear it tucked and untucked (even with low-/mid-rise pants), or with a cardigan, or sleeves rolled up...it's a super versatile piece for me. The sizing chart would have me as a size S (chest 33", waist 27"), but I got this in XS, and it achieves a perfectly fitted-but-still-swingy look. And it's definitely not too short, even though my torso is on the longer side (I am no Linn tee owner because of this, sadly). So like some of the other reviewers here, I would also recommend sizing down if you don't want it to be super-drapey.

I probably would have never considered this piece had I not stumbled across it by accident. I've always wanted a more upgraded navy long sleeve shirt with an unusual cut, and this checks all the boxes for me!

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Reviewed by Tara
I don't recommend this product
Rated 2 out of 5
Review posted

Beautiful silk, not the right fit

I love ES silk, but the fit of this top was too oversized. Also the drop shoulders were too large on me, and slipped around and didn't stay seated on my shoulders. I might try this in XXS (two sizes down from sizing chart recommendation) just because I'd love to have a long-sleeve silk top, but I'm not feeling too enthused. I wish the shoulder seams were placed at the actual shoulder, so the top wouldn't slip around so much.

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Reviewed by Susan S.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Gorgeous piece!

I love my parabola top. I have to admit to "getting used to it" as most of my life/career I've worn very tailored clothes. What sets this flowy, loose top aside from others is that it is sublimely cut and tailored, and in the silk, drapes and flows beautifully (I can't speak to the linen or cotton version). So it feels super relaxed but doesn't look shlumpy. I ordered a Large but suspect the Medium in this top would have been a bit better (next time!) Love it!

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Reviewed by Adrienne
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Perfect everyday top

I have this top in ivory and wear it at least once or twice a week. It’s very breezy but also elegant. At first I was concerned the sleeves might be a bit too large but now that I’ve work it so many different ways (tucked, untucked, half tucked) I’ve really come around. The seaming on the sides is just magical too.

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