Reformation is one of my favorite brands and for many reasons. Between the beautiful pieces, prints and silhouettes, it’s a no brainer. But also, their eco-friendly and sustainable mission.
Reformation aims to make sustainable clothing and are part of the movement toward more transparency in their production of eco-friendly apparel. Launched by founder Yael Aflalo who initially sold vintage pieces that were retailored for a modern fit. Eventually, she began creating her own designs. Reformation is also designed and shipped out of Los Angeles.
Plus, Reformation makes some of my most loved items in my closet. Their pieces are designed with an effortless yet flattering silhouette in mind for the feminine figure.
From beautiful tops. to dresses that have become their signature Reformation pieces, and even denim, outerwear, bags and shoes, there’s a lot that Reformation offers to shop. You can quickly fill your entire closet up with their collection.
Shopping Reformation is mostly done online as they don’t have many brick and mortar stores. Plus, the stores don’t have a TON of items I’ve found. My experience is that their sizing can be a little tricky as the fits run small. And there are some silhouettes I just know won’t work for me. Here’s my big sizing review so you can get the right fit when you order.
Reformation Sizing Review
I have found that Reformation runs a bit on the small side. I am usually most comfortable in my larger size. A good portion of my closet is Madewell, Abercrombie, Pistola Denim, and Sezane. I’m 5’5″ and about 140lbs, 32DD chest.
I’m usually a small or size 4 in Madewell, a 27/28 and size small in most of Pistola. And for Abercrombie, I’m a 27 or 28 and small or medium. Just depends on fit and fabrics. As for Sezane I’m always going up at least one size.
I find that Reformation runs small so I tend to be in my larger size (6, 28 or mediums). I’d say this is more similar in fit to Sezane and Abercrombie.
My body type is definitely a bit more curvy as I have a larger bust and a butt and thighs. Because of this, I feel like I am almost always more comfortable in Reformation in my larger size. Their pieces tend to be tight fitting in the chest and bodice which is usually why I end up sizing up in brands.
Reformation Size Guide
Whenever I shop Reformation dresses, I keep in mind the silhouette, fabric and fit. If something has a super tight fitting bodice, I will definitely size up. Or is in a fabric that doesn’t have any give like a silk or polyester.
For example, in the Provence dress, I’m a medium. In the Belgium linen dress, I take a 6. These are more body hugging and don’t provide a lot of give.
The Crimini dress which is a popular style, also fit in my larger size. Personally, this is my least favorite dress they make as it doesn’t have a great shape to it. I would skip it and try something more exciting!
For the wrap dresses, I tend to do better in my regular size, so a 4 or small. I think the wrap dress fit allows you some flexibility. I take a small in the Winslow wrap dress.
When it comes to the knit dresses like the Rou knit dress, Allison or Kaila, I find a small usually works for me. If it’s a more fitted body, I’ll likely size up to a medium. This line tends to run more true to size in my opinion.
Reformation is also known for its wedding dresses from bridesmaid dresses, bridal events and even honeymoon looks. There’s an entire section on their site with curated pieces to shop for these events. While a casual bride may actually want to choose one of these for their wedding or elopement, they do have a fantastic selection for all your bridal event needs.
You can read my full Reformation dress sizing guide here.
When it comes to Reformation skirts, I am almost always more comfortable in my larger size. While I keep fabric and silhouette in mind, it’s usually a safe bet to go with my larger clothing size to accomodate my thighs and butt.
I also find that the mini skirts are very mini. So keep this in mind when shopping for a mini skirt (or even a mini dress) as they are quite short. I prefer the midis and maxis over the minis.
Two of my favorite cotton tees in my closet are Reformation tees. Sizing for Reformation tees is pretty standard and maybe just runs slightly small. I usually end up in a medium which is my larger size. But can still fit into a small.
If you’re unsure, I recommend sizing up to your larger size. You’ll usually be on the safe side. I usually have a rule of thumb of if it’s super tight on the model, I’ll go with my larger size. If it’s a bit more relaxed, I may try my regular size as well. With free shipping and returns, this really is just an easier way to get a good fit.
The classic crew tee is a closet staple (below). I took a medium in this tee and it fits perfectly. But you can see it’s roomy so it’s really just a preference. A small would’ve likely fit, but I preferred the look of the medium.
Tops & Blouses
This category is pretty broad. It all depends on the silhouette and fabric. For knit tops that have high spandex content, I am always in my larger size, and sometimes even in a size up if it’s SKIN tight. For example, this top, so tight. So fitted. I took a large.
For blouses that may have some smocking in the back, I take my usual larger size. If they don’t have give at all, try your usual larger size, and a size up.
Jeans & Pants
While I don’t own any jeans and pants from Reformation, I have tried on my fair share. I definitely struggle in this category as I need to size up at least 1-2 sizes.
The majority of their denim is 100% cotton. Which is not my personal favorite. I like at least 1-2% of stretch. If you’re shopping for Reformation denim and it’s 100% cotton, keep this in mind when trying them on. The fit should be snug as they will give and mold to your body.
The Mason pant is a top seller. It’s the perfect pleated trouser and also comes in a crop version. I’d recommend sizing up one size in this style.
I have tried just one pair of shoes from Reformation. I found that they ran a tiny bit small, but mostly true to size. For the price, I don’t know if their shoes are entirely worth it. I was not overly impressed by the quality and comfort for over $200. And their styles aren’t really anything mind blowing. I stick to their clothes!
Reformation Size Chart
Reformation carries regular sizes, petite sizes and also extended sizing. You can check out the Reformation size chart here. But overall, I would always recommend taking your larger size in this brand no matter what.
Reformation Best Sellers And How They Fit
The Crimini dress is a popular style, but my least favorite. I think a lot of people shop it for the price point. It has a straight fit to it making it a not-so-flattering piece out of all the great Reformation dresses that they have. Personally, skip this one if you have remotely any shape to your body. But it does run roughly true to size. If you want something similar in style but a better fit, I’d try the Beauden dress!
I love the Juliette dress and it comes in so many colors and prints. I suggest sizing up to your larger size as its fitted bodice makes it feel more snug.
I absolutely love the Provence dress and opted for my larger size, medium. I could sorta get into the small, but the medium was more comfortable. Which is common feedback on their pieces for me. This piece is stunning. And if you need some chest support as no bra really works with this dress, try boob tape!
This stunning Belgium linen dress is a favorite. The linen is a bit stiff but it’s a great piece. I took my larger size. I have the Dolci dress which is discontinued but they have other similar styles like the Tagliatelle dress. Another great linen dress option is the Christen dress. I take a size 6 in all these styles.
Rou Knit Dress
A great, effortless and comfortable dress. Throw the Rou knit dress on with sneakers or a sandal. I took my usual size small in this thanks to the give of the fabric. If you’re in-between sizes, size up.
This is THE bridesmaids and wedding guest dress. The Nadira dress is the prettiest cut, perfect for events, and so flattering. It comes in a ton of prints and colors.
I love the tie strap details for a little sweetness. Due to the fitted bodice, I prefer my larger size here again. It’s got a loose flowy midi skirt, but if you need the extra room up top, size up.
Bardot Knit Top
Above is a photo of the Bardot top and Emely top. I took a medium in the Bardot. It’s more cottony and not that super spandex tight fit. It’s probably my most worn top in my closet. I absolutely LOVE the Bardot top. It’s the ideal piece that feels elevated and more put-together than wearing a cotton tee.
The Emely top is super tight and spandex like so I took a large in it. I could barely get the small or medium on. It is SNUG. And this is a fabric you may see in their top collection so keep an eye out for it as it runs very small.
Canyon Knit Tank
The perfect fitted tank with a square neck and thick straps. I style the Canyon knit tank a lot with jeans and a blazer or oversized jacket. I took a medium, my larger size.
The Ellora tank top is a classic Reformation piece. It’s a fitted bodice with smocking on the back. It has a square neckline and thick wide straps that you tie in a bow. I took a medium for this top.
Shopping Tips For Reformation
Reformation is easy to shop for as they offer free shipping and free returns. If this is your first time shopping, I encourage you to buy a couple of sizes to truly find your fit. I usually always order 2 sizes when I shop because it is a brand that runs small and you just never know.
Shipping is also very fast and returns are super easy. Making shopping a breeze. You can also shop in store at many of their locations, but I find the selection is pretty limited. There’s definitely much more online.
Reformation does sales twice a year. And they will usually do a clearance where things are final sale. So knowing your size before buying a final sale piece is key.
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