With fast fashion rapidly taking over the clothing industry, Gil Rodriguez offers an alternative. Slow fashion. This womenswear brand is designed to provide the essentials. Basic, quality, timeless pieces that will last a lifetime in your closet and work for any occasion. In this Gil Rodriguez review, we’re going to look at some of the brand’s best-selling pieces, as well as the story of Eliana Gil Rodriguez (the woman behind the brand), and how she went from a part-time employee at American Apparel to the founder of a sustainable fashion brand with a difference. We don’t know about you, but we love a “rags to riches” kinda story!
According to her website, “Eliana Gil Rodriguez is a Venezuelan-born, Canadian-raised creative, model and entrepreneur.”
She began her life in fashion working for American Apparel part-time when she was just 15 years old and worked her way up over the next 10 years to eventually become the brand’s head advertising director and womenswear designer.
Since leaving American Apparel, Eliana dabbled with studies in political science, modeling, consulting, and acting. But she always held onto a dream of starting her own label one day. In 2018, this dream was realized when Eliana launched Gil Rodriguez, her namesake clothing brand.
Gil Rodriguez was born as an “exercise in slow fashion.” Garments are made at home in Los Angeles using sustainable practices and ensuring workers earn a fair wage.
Items are simple, understated, and timeless: “classic silhouettes that will flatter for years to come.” In an interview with Vogue, Eliana stated her goal for Gil Rodriguez “is to have something that people can really count on and come back to.”
And looking at the simple collections available at Gil Rodriguez, it appears this goal has been achieved.
Starting out with just six lines (a bodysuit, unitard, T-shirt, tank, leggings, and a swimsuit), Gil Rodriguez now offers a larger catalog, but with no less emphasis on timeless style, high-quality pieces, and a price point that enables customers to buy more than one item.
Now we know a little more about Gil Rodriguez and where the brand came from, let’s take a look at what really matters… The clothes!
As previously mentioned, Gil Rodriguez’s clothing is “slow fashion.” Built to be a direct contradiction to today’s fast-fashion culture that we’re all too familiar with.
But does slow fashion automatically mean higher quality? In our Gil Rodriguez review, we intend to find out.
The Gil Rodriguez bodysuit collection is one of the earliest offerings from this slow fashion brand. Designed to offer a timeless, flattering silhouette, you’ll find a generous collection of Gil Rodriguez bodysuits to suit your personal style.
Although Gil Rodriguez bodysuits now include a range of sleeve lengths and neck shapes, the original El Tigre Bodysuit remains a bestseller… And for obvious reasons.
This classic scoop-neck bodysuit features a thong design (no VPLs here!) and short cap sleeves that work to take you effortlessly from the boardroom to Pilates without skipping a beat.
As with most of the Gil Rodriguez collection, the suit is 100% made in the USA and uses only locally sourced, high-end cotton, spandex, and jersey to ensure the bodysuit will last and feels incredibly soft to the touch.
We looked at the El Tigre Bodysuit in sage, but it’s also available in black, chocolate, ash grey, tomato (red), emerald, lapis (blue), baby blue, tangerine. Rose beige, and white.
You can also pick It up in a long-sleeve design that’s as effortlessly elegant and attractive as the short-sleeve original.
Dresses weren’t among the original collection, but it should come as no surprise that Gil Rodriguez dresses have quickly become a staple of this elegant brand.
Available in mostly midi or mini skirt lengths, the Gil Rodriguez dresses offer a familiar, understated look with a slim silhouette that works for pretty much any occasion.
If you prefer something a little less figure-hugging, the Montecito linen dress in Black or Sky might be the perfect option. These dresses would be perfect for a date on the tennis court, or simply to help you cool down on a hot summer day.
Again, Gil Rodriguez dresses are made in the USA with the highest-quality materials and a “true to size” recommendation.
We did like the addition of an instruction “size up/down if you’re between sizes,” as this massively helps ensure you get the perfect fit, particularly as there are no Gil Rodriguez reviews permitted on the website to help you find your size.
Believe it or not, it was a bathing suit that put Gil Rodriguez and Gil Rodriguez swim on the map. The Caracas One-Piece Swimsuit was one of the first things Eliana designed and has remained a staple piece in the Gil Rodriguez collection…
Going a long way to show how the brand is achieving its goals of creating high-quality pieces that won’t go out of fashion.
The Caracas Swimsuit is “made with the finest Italian materials” in the USA, and we love that the swimsuit is so adjustable… Meaning “larger busts or taller frames” can also find a perfect fit.
Today, the Gil Rodriguez swimwear collection is more than one line. You’ll also find a gorgeous catalog of bikinis here, all following the same two-tone color scheme of the original item. From a personal perspective, we loved the Isla Margarita bikinis.
Mostly because the straps are so versatile, allowing multiple looks to be achieved with the same outfit (and avoid those pesky tan lines with ease).
As Eliana told Vogue in 2018, her clothing line is designed to suit her needs and preferences and those of her friends. Making this a true made-by-women-for-women brand.
And, as she told Vogue “I just want to be comfortable all the time,” it should come as no surprise that the Gil Rodriguez bottoms’ collection is mostly comprised of leggings, sweats, and loose pants that are super-soft and wearable.
If you’re looking for that classic Gil Rodriguez style, you’re probably going to be after the original Benton Legging. These bottoms provide full-leg coverage with a super-high, flattering waist and comfortable elastic waistband.
Like the rest of the collection, you can trust the Gil Rodriguez Benton leggings to be made in the USA with the highest-quality “forgiving” materials.
But even the Benton has had a bit of an upgrade recently. Now, for those of us in cooler climates, Gil Rodriguez also offers a Thermal Benton Legging: perfect for outdoor activities all year round.
For something a little more casual, the Beachwood Sweatpant is an excellent addition to any closet. The description claims this design is “inspired by the (ever elusive) perfect pair of no-frills vintage sweats) with a “boyish” cut that’s “subtly tailored to flatter the feminine figure.”
If you want something a bit more extravagant, try the super-soft Velour Beachwood Sweatpant.
In addition to pants, leggings, and sweats, Gil Rodriguez also offers a flattering collection of skirts and shorts that are perfect for the hot LA weather.
We were particularly impressed to find a pair of linen shorts with pockets, and some gorgeously cute tennis skirts that we’d be perfectly happy wearing on or off the court.
Finally, it’s worth noting that there’s also a selection of Gil Rodriguez jeans available in the collection! Of course, Gil Rodriguez jeans are inspired by vintage and built to last here in the USA.
If you didn’t think Gil Rodriguez’s slow fashion could be any more gorgeous, wait until you see the Gil Rodriguez kids’ collection!
With tiny versions of many Gil Rodriguez best-sellers, you’ll find mini El Tigre Bodysuits, Benton Leggings. Via Olympia Unitards, Sweatshirts, and Sweatpants in the Gil Rodriguez kids’ range.
What we love about this is the unisex appeal. When so many fast-fashion brands seem determined to sexualize kids, this range is wonderfully effortless and understated.
Instead, it has a focus on providing kids with comfortable, quality clothing they can tear around in, whether they’re aspiring baseballers or ballet dancers.
You won’t find any Gil Rodriguez reviews from customers on the company’s website, as this would distract from the clean, minimalist look the brand is going for.
But what surprised us a little is that none of the Gil Rodriguez stockists we could find seemed to provide space for reviews either.
What’s more, Gil Rodriguez doesn’t seem to have a Trustpilot, BBB, or any other review-site presence for us to check for real-life customer reviews.
Undeterred, we turned to Instagram to find Gil Rodriguez’s reviews. Here, Gil Rodriguez boasts an impressive 27.6K followers with respectable engagement.
Turning to the images Gil Rodriguez has been tagged in, we see a plethora of beautiful women wearing Gil Rodriguez tanks, sweats, shorts, and the famous Gil Rodriguez bodysuit.
These images validate the idea that Gil Rodriguez really does provide flattering items that look great on real people (although there’s definitely an absence of any curvier women!).
The Instagram posts are helpful, but we’re still searching for Gil Rodriguez reviews from real customers. Just when we were losing hope, we turned to YouTube… Which seems to be the only place Gil Rodriguez reviews are abundant!
A simple search for “Gil Rodriguez Reviews” found us plenty to work with. From “Trends I’m Loving” to unboxing videos and “hauls”, there are plenty of women sampling this designer range on YouTube and offering detailed analysis to help you establish whether the products are worth the money.
If you want to make the most of your Gil Rodriguez shopping spree, it may well be worth signing up for the mailing list and creating an account. Newcomers will receive 15% off their order, plus enjoy other perks such as order tracking
Naturally, you can purchase Gil Rodriguez items on the company website. At the time of writing, Gil Rodriguez doesn’t have any physical stores.
There are also a few authorized Gil Rodriguez stockists. These include:
From The Lobby is one of the only places to find reviews for Gil Rodriguez clothing. Each item has been reviewed by a member of the team, and you’ll be able to find video reviews at the bottom of the product pages.
Gil Rodriguez offers global shipping with costs depending on location and weight. For US customers, you can usually expect your order to arrive within 3-7 business days. International orders normally arrive within 5-12 days.
Gil Rodriguez also offers a 14-day return policy. However, it’s important to note that shipping will not be included in any return, and you will be responsible for paying the return shipping costs as well.
As a luxury designer brand, you’re unlikely to find a Gil Rodriguez discount code very often. But it can be worth signing up to the Gil Rodriguez mailing list and following the brand’s social media for any chance.
That said, although a Gil Rodriguez discount code might be elusive, the Gil Rodriguez SALE is a great place to shop for luxury fashion on a tighter budget.
The best way to get in touch with the Gil Rodriguez customer support team is via email: [email protected] However, the company’s Contact Us page also includes a telephone number and physical address if you need to get in touch.
Like so many these days, I’m exhausted by fast fashion. The idea of having to completely overthrow my closet every few months makes me want to cry. And I’m always on the lookout for signature, timeless pieces that I can wear again and again.
On this, and many other points, Eliana Gil Rodriguez and I agree.
When researching our Gil Rodriguez, we were impressed by how firmly this brand has stuck to its morals. Many brands have promised timeless, unchanging pieces, and then switched up their collection within a few years to suit the demands of the public.
But Gil Rodriguez still maintains that classic silhouette that started it all. And based on how swiftly these products stand out, there’s definitely plenty of demand for simple, wearable items.
What’s more, the made-in-the-USA ethos of Gil Rodriguez is admirable. We love that this allows the board members to keep a close eye on not just the quality of the clothing, but also the working conditions and employee welfare.
This is a refreshing change from factories of old, and we’re always happy to see any brand focus on sustainable, ethical, responsible practices.
Finally… The clothes. Honestly, we can’t fault them. Sure, most of these pieces are quite a bit more than we would usually spend on a tank or pair of leggings. But Gil Rodriguez has hit the mark when it comes to high-quality, fashionable, comfortable items that we can trust to stand the test of time.
There are many brands out there that don’t manage to hit all these targets, and doing so (in our opinion) makes the clothing worth the extra money.
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Yes, Gil Rodriguez ships internationally. Please allow 5-12 business days for your order to arrive. Orders can be delayed due to processing times and customs depending on your country.
Every Gil Rodriguez product page contains a size chart and additional size/fit recommendations to ensure you get the perfect fit. As there’s an absence of Gil Rodriguez reviews online, these recommendations are incredibly helpful.
Gil Rodriguez is based in Los Angeles. Specifically, 3929 Fountain Avenue.
Gil Rodriguez also makes everything locally. They “cut, sew, and knit the vast majority of [their] fabrics here in L.A.” (according to an interview with Covetueur).
If you’ve changed your mind about an order that’s not yet been processed, you can email info:gilrodriguez.com to request the order be canceled.
Once it’s processed, however, you won’t be able to cancel the order and will have to submit a request to return (shipping costs will not be covered).