The Fit Guide
We always say: If the fleece fits, you’ll want to wear it (again and again). That’s why our focus on fit is kind of an obsession around here. We want every woman, of every size and shape, to find her perfect fit in a Dudley Stephens fleece (or two...or more!). Here, Dudley devotees talk details when it comes to sizing in our styles.
Risk Management Professional, construction industry / Mom of twin boys / @phomkeo
How do you Dudley? I am in my Dudleys 3 out of 4 seasons: to work 5 days a week (with my cardigan readily available during the summer), to the park, soccer practice and playdates, and out with friends for dinner and drinks. I once ran a Spartan race at Fenway Park in my Navy Park Slope! My all-time favorite moment in my Dudley (Terry Boatneck Ice Blue) was meeting Rep. Ayanna Pressley as I waited to present to the Boston Employment Commission at Boston City Hall. I wear Dudleys so often that my peers have called me Dudley (and I will answer to it)!
Favorite DS colors: Red, Black, Island Coral
What’s your desert island Dudley? My Heather Grey Park Slope in Terry Fleece.
What size do you wear in DS? In the Park Slope I wear an XS for the perfect put-together look with dress pants or jeans. In the Cobble Hill I wear a S, and I do need to have this style hemmed up to the pocket line (for a petite person, a too-long article of clothing can look frumpy). The Cobble Hill is perfect over skinny jeans and patterned leggings. In the Brighton Boatneck, I wear both XS and S. I love the Brighton Boatneck fitted in XS when I am at work with dress pants, pencil skirts or jeans, and in S for spring and summer nights when I want to throw it over a t-shirt and shorts or a dress.
How do you think this particular style runs? The Park Slope runs large for me, so I get one size down, and the hem line is perfect at my hip. For extra room in Park Slope I have purchased S during the winter seasons for a little extra length layered over heat gear during ski season. For me, the Cobble Hill is true to size.
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? Mostly skinny jeans. I love wearing my Brighton Boatneck over a collared shirt.
Any other DS fit tips? For someone with my body type, the Park Slope and Brighton Boatneck in XS offer a fitted and clean look; the S lends extra room over a tank top, t-shirts or a button down. In the Cobble Hill a S, hemmed 1-1.5” (at pocket line), provides the perfect rear coverage.
Mom / Blogger @lemonstripes / Content Marketing Consultant
How do you Dudley? I work from home full-time and always get chilly while sitting at my desk. I live in my Dudley Stephens Park Slope and Cobble Hill turtlenecks with leggings when I'm working alone. And in the summer I keep a Bedford Blanket Scarf on my chair for when the AC kicks up. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I wear my DS fleeces more than anything else in my closet. I basically live in them for everything from errand-running to school pick-up to work.
Favorite DS colors: I helped to launch the Ice Blue when it first came out, so that will always hold a special place in my heart. My other favorites are Natural Blush and Camel. And you can't go wrong with Black or Navy! When people ask me which one to buy if they're only getting one, I always recommend those, because they can go with anything.
What’s your desert island Dudley? The Cobble Hill in Navy Terry Fleece.
What size do you wear in DS? I wear XS in Cobble Hill because I like it to look like more of a slim fit, and S in everything else.
How do you think this particular style runs? The Park Slope fleece runs short, so if you have a long torso, keep that in mind. And I've found in the Vello fleece products, the sleeves are tighter because the fabric is thicker.
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? I wear my Cobble Hills with leggings and Park Slopes with jeans and skirts (here are some of my favorite ways to style it).
Any other DS fit tips? Keep in mind that when you're wearing fleece it's bulkier than cotton or other thinner fabrics, so it will look bulky if you size up.
Health & Human Services Professional / Influencer @sarah_rose_stuart
How do you Dudley? Everywhere! I wear them from work to weekend lounging.
Favorite DS colors: Navy, Off-White, Camel, & Ice Blue
What’s your desert island Dudley? That's a tough one. I’d say it’s a tie between my Park Slope Turtlenecks in Navy and Off-White.
What size do you wear in DS? A small for a tailored but comfy fit is perfect.
How do you think this particular style runs? I think all run true-to-size, so I think it’s more about your own shape and the length of the DS style. For example my hips are bigger than my top so I can size up in the Cobble Hill for a not-so-clingy fit. I also find the Terry Fleece feels a bit looser because the fabric isn’t so thick, which makes for easier layering.
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? The best part of styling DS is the versatility of the cut. It’s a fabric you usually only see in casual wear but the cut elevates it to dress up or down—and be comfy no matter what.
Any other DS fit tips?
I like to wash them inside out and air dry (they dry super fast) to preserve the great fit. I have super long arms and the sleeves are just long enough—so I can’t afford any shrinkage.
Certified Nurse Midwife / Nurse Practitioner/ Influencer @_happygocurly_
How do you Dudley? I don’t limit it to a particular occasion—I wear my #dsgoods from walking the dog to attending a dinner party! It just depends if I am going casual or dressy. I always feel my best when I don my Dudleys. I feel classy and put-together
Favorite DS colors: Off white, Navy, White, Bubble Gum Pink
What’s your desert island Dudley? Navy Park Slope
How do you think this particular style runs? I believe all of the tops run smaller if you have a bigger bust or are broader. I can wear a small, but feel it is a little narrow across the chest. I do wear a small in the Jay Jogger.
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? I like to have the option to tuck in as well as to layer them with button-downs. I love pairing my Park Slopes with the Dudley Jay Jogger or jeans (white and dark). When I want to wear leggings I will wear my Cobble Hill or my Prospect Pullover.
Any other DS fit tips? I highly recommend if you are broader on top to go up one size, especially if you want to layer.
Founder, Wit & Whimsy
How do you Dudley? At home! My Dudley Stephens tops are my favorite cozy tops for working from home.
Favorite DS colors: Off White and Navy
What’s your desert island Dudley? The Park Slope!
What size do you wear in DS? I size up in DS to a Large given my larger chest.
How do you think this particular style runs? I'm grateful the Large size fits across the board for me in the styles I own.
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? I love styling the Park Slope with comfy leggings. It's my ideal WFH outfit in cooler months! And I love the Brighton Boatneck in Navy with denim shorts and white jeans.
Any other DS fit tips? Size up for a roomier, comfier fit or if you have a bigger bust!
Blogger at AmbitiouslyCierra.com / Full-Time Non-Profit Professional
How do you Dudley? How don’t I!? I find every opportunity to dress a Dudley up or down! My office is business casual, so I love being able to layer the Park Slope over a dress for a look that is both comfy and put together. Another one of my favorite ways to Dudley is to pair one (any style works!) with leggings to run errands or lounge around my home. It looks chicer than throwing on a hoodie—with all the comfort of one!
Favorite DS colors: My favorite is the pink, hands down (pink is my neutral), but I also like the classic look of the navy.
What’s your desert island Dudley? I would never part with my pink Park Slope. It’s the perfect length (right above the hip!), I love that I can snuggle into the turtleneck, and the brightness of the color is usually a great contrast on chilly days.
What size do you wear in DS? I wear an XL, which helps provide a polished look that is fitted, but not tight! I still have the option to tuck in or layer over dresses with ease.
How do you think this particular style runs? The Park Slope is true to size! I have broader shoulders and a larger bust so it is a little more fitted in those areas. If you are looking for a more relaxed fit, then I would recommend sizing up.
When it comes to the Cobble Hill, I have to admit that as a curvier woman, I was initially worried about a style that falls below the hips. I was pleasantly surprised to know that it fits my hips just fine! It is also the perfect legging length in that it covers my bottom. I have broader shoulders and a larger bust so it is a little more fitted in those areas. If you are looking for a more relaxed fit, then I would recommend sizing up. Otherwise, I would call this style true to size!
The Brighton Boatneck is also true to size, a very similar fit to the Cobble Hill with the comfort of an open neck. I think my regular size is perfect, but if you have broader shoulders and a larger bust then you might want to size up for a looser fit.
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? I love the Park Slope layered over a dress or tucked into a skirt! For a fun, mixed-fabric look, tuck your Park Slope into a leather skirt.
I wear my Cobble Hill over leggings with Bean Boots, and the Brighton Boatneck pairs well with shorts or tucked into a skirt.
Any other DS fit tips? I find that Dudley is pretty true-to-size, but when in doubt, size up. You won’t regret a cozier fit, especially since you will be living in your Dudley as soon as it arrives.
It’s also important to note that I have a pretty average torso length, which helps the Park Slope and Brighton Boatneck end at what I think is the perfect location. Quick style tip: Your Dudley is more versatile than you may think. Don’t be afraid to experiment! One of my favorite looks was monochromatic, with my pink Park Slope tucked into a midi-pleated skirt!
Assistant / Blogger, @simply_elsa
How do you Dudley? Where don’t I Dudley?! I love to wear my Dudleys while we are by the water in Bay Head—they are perfect for that Summer breeze! No matter what we end up doing, they are the perfect layer.
Favorite DS colors: Navy and Natural Blush! I have the Brighton Boatneck, Park Slope and Cobble Hill in these colors and reach for them time and time again.
What’s your desert island Dudley? The Cobble Hill! I love it so much, plus it has pockets which is a major win.
What size do you wear in DS? I am an XXL in all my Dudleys! I find that this size works well with my body and larger chest. When it comes to fit, I find the Park Slope and Cobble Hill Styles to have a looser fit, and Brighton Boatneck is a slimmer, more feminine fit.
In the boatneck, I would size up if you would like to tuck it in, but I prefer the untucked, layered look in this style. In the Park Slope and Cobble Hill, my regular size allows me to tuck or untuck as I please—which I absolutely love!
How do you think this particular style runs? I find the Brighton Boatneck generally runs true to size but is a more fitted silhouette in general. In the Brighton, I would size up one if you are between sizes, or have a larger chest or longer torso. The Cobble Hill definitely runs true to size! I love my normal size here, it is not too fitted but I still get that clean, structured look.
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? I love to pair my DS goods with a crisp pair of white jeans with a fun accessory like a scarf or headband, or over a fun patterned dress. I think the silhouettes are so polished that they elevate any easy look! I refuse to travel without one because they can pull anything together at the last minute.
Any other DS fit tips? If you have a larger chest or broader shoulders, I would size up one, but if you prefer that classic, clean Dudley look, I would go with your regular size!
Mom of soon-to-be 3 boys, Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer @dudley_stephens
How do you Dudley? I created our styles along with my sister and Mom based on our desire for comfortable clothing that can be worn anywhere, every day—and they have delivered (and then some). I wear our pieces to work for the brand every day, of course, but I also wear them during my downtime to chase my boys around. And currently I’m expecting and appreciating our pieces even more for their easygoing versatility!
Favorite DS Colors: So hard to choose but usually gravitate to Green, Cobalt and Marigold
Desert Island Dudley: The Brighton Boatneck
What size do you typically wear in DS?
I usually wear a medium in both the Park Slope and Cobble Hill Turtlenecks. This allows me to layer a button down under my Park Slope to dress it up a little more for meetings. The Cobble Hill in medium is a comfortable and relaxed fit, so I can wear it with leggings to drop the kids off at school or with skinny jeans to last me throughout the day.
Early in my pregnancy I found that my typical size was pretty forgiving, especially in looser fits like our ponchos and dresses. In the later months, however, I do size up in our turtlenecks and the Prospect Pullover. I found they are wearable right up until the last weeks of pregnancy—and then much appreciated in that “fourth trimester” after the baby arrives, when sleepless nights and unpredictable days mean comfort is key!
How do you think this particular style runs? Our Cobble Hill and Park Slope turtlenecks are typically true to size, but for later-month maternity—or even if you’re just looking for a roomier fit—I recommend sizing up and sticking with the Cobble Hill (later in pregnancy, the bump outgrows the shorter Park Slope).
What’s your favorite thing to pair DS styles with? For me, the easiest mom/expecting mom uniform in the colder months is a Cobble Hill Turtleneck with leggings while at home, or a comfortable pair of maternity skinny jeans while out and about.
Any other DS fit tips? For expecting moms looking at our pieces, I would say consider the full span of your pregnancy. If you’re heading into cooler months later in your pregnancy, you may want to stock up early in one size up so you have your choice of fleece fabrics and colors!
Don’t forget the post labor “fourth trimester” when you’ll want to live in your DS Fleece while snuggling with your newborn.