Newest Review: ... found that the pictures show a true representation of the colours. Sizing for Esprit starts at XS (for extra small) and goes up to 3XL al... more
Member Name: cyberem78
Date: 07/12/12, updated on 07/12/12 (186 review reads)
Advantages: Great quality clothing.
Disadvantages: Sizes are on the small side.
I first discovered Esprit when visiting a family member. There was an Esprit store on the high street and because I had never heard of the brand I went inside to have a look. I was impressed by the clean, smart look of the clothing and the quality of the designs and fabrics. I ended up getting a pair of black leggings. These were standard leggings except they were inspribed with the Esprit logo near the waist band. I have had these leggings for many years which any woman will probably know is quite exceptional since most leggings either stretch out of shape or are so thin they get holes in them very quickly. I was so happy with my leggings though that I started to shop online with Esprit.
Esprit make a whole range of clothing for women, men and children. I only have experience of their womenswear collection though. In this section they have everything including vest tops to jumpers and from shorts to jeans. They do casual wear and more formal clothing. They also make dresses, skirts and have accessories like hats, scarves and belts.
The Esprit website is well designed and it's easy to search through the menus to find what you are looking for. Almost all of the items are shown as how they are worn by models (in picture or catwalk video) as well as flat pictures of the items and also close up pictures so you can really see the texture of the clothes. I find the presentation of the clothing ranges to be excellent. A lot of the items have the same style but in multiple colours and all of the colour options are shown in complete detail. I have found that the pictures show a true representation of the colours.
Sizing for Esprit starts at XS (for extra small) and goes up to 3XL although most items only go up to XXL (extra extra large). I have always been put off by sizing charts of this nature but the brand have a size chart which shows the measurements these sizes equate to. The size range for the brand is quite small. XXL equates to about a size 16 although size equivalents are given in chest size because this is a European brand. I am a size 14 and always take a XL (even though according to their size chart I should only be a medium) and I feel a bit strange about this since it sounds like a massive size! A lot of the clothing on the website is marked as being from a range called EDC and in my experience the overall size of the EDC range is on the small side of whatever size you normally are. So basically expect items to be on the small size and consider 'sizing up' as I do.
The Esprit range tend to have their logo somewhere on the item. On many items I have this logo is that of a cherub and it is attached to the item of clothing in a little button form. This is a very cute and stylish mark and distinguishes the range although it is not on every item and tends not to be on sportswear. The EDC line also carry this cherub button logo but they also have a red tag with their initials on which usually is attached to the bottom hem of any item. I sometimes feel the EDC logo is a little misplaced on some of the items as it stands out quite a lot. It makes their range look quite casual even when the item looks more stylish.
The first time I purchased from the website I bought several t-shirts and because I didn't know the sizes were smaller than usual I ended up sending them back. Since then I have bought several items from the brand. I tend to love their range of long sleeved t-shirts and jumpers. I am in my thirties and everything Esprit make tends to appeal to me. I would say they are a brand that is suited to women who are over 25. The style is quite 'grown up'. I really like the clean lines and chic style of the clothes they sell. They are easy to wear and make you look great. The clothes actually look expensive and very well designed. Even if I buy a simple casual top I know there is going to be some great detailing on it like special buttons or the material will look unique.
The price range for Esprit is reasonable although it's a little more than I'd pay on the high street. A plain short sleeved t-shirt for example could start at around £12 and go up to around £40 depending on shape and material. As far as basics go there is so much to choose from and I love to look around the website to find that special top which I know will make me feel individual and extra special.
I've never had any problems with the service from Esprit. They process orders very quickly and provide free delivery and returns which is excellent, considering most clothing brands now charge around £4 for delivery. One thing that does irritate me is the availability of items. A lot of items tend to sell out quickly.
Esprit is one of my favourite places to shop though as I know that the quality and appearance of the clothing will be top notch.
Summary: Great looking clothes that are comfortable to wear and make you feel great.
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