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Dorian Lightbown, the Creative Director & designer behind NIC+ZOE, has always had a passion for knitwear. Even as a little girl, she didn’t just play with dolls—she styled and outfitted them. After attending Pratt and RISD as a young woman, she moved to Paris, which remains one of her favorite sources of design inspiration to this day. Then after over 20 years of bringing her ideas to life as a knitwear designer, she followed her entrepreneurial spirit and launched her own company in 2005.

Affectionately named after her two favorite people—her children, Nicholas & Zoë— the company is both a family business and a brand built upon feel-good fabrics. From finding the softest yarns in Shanghai to discovering new color palates in Italy, Dorian travels the world for the creative inspiration and technological innovations that help her seasonally reinvent knitwear. Her visionary approach to hand selecting textiles, designing prints, artisanally mixing colors and creating new stitching techniques ensures every design is unique. Each season, Dorian delivers a uniquely colored collection including sweaters, skirts, jackets, tops, dresses and pants, in both knits and wovens. It’s for women who wrap themselves in self-expression and wear their beauty from the inside, out—women like her daughter, Zoë, women like her industry mentors and, most of all, women like you.

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Summer Fling Skirt

Summer Fling Skirt

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  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

Fabric very flimsy and wrinkles easily

on March 21, 2019

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Comfort Cozy Top (Reversible)

Comfort Cozy Top (Reversible)

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  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Would prefere all cotton. This material is a bit rough. But the style is nice. Runs Large

on March 20, 2019

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Plus Size Perfect Side Zip Ankle Pants

Plus Size Perfect Side Zip Ankle Pants

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  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars

The fit was a little big for me. I should have got the crop because the ankle pants are long and they look like nurse pants.

on March 15, 2019

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Destination Cinched Tank

Destination Cinched Tank

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

This top runs on the wide side and fans out under the arm holes. I sized down from a S to XS and the fit was much better, still relaxed, but not sloppy. I also tried a SP but it was too short. The top arrived twisted -it is meant to be worn like a crinkled fabric. It looks great with skinny jeans, or worn as a layer piece under a cardigan or a jacket. It will be great for travel. Like it so much I purchased in two colors.

from Florida on March 15, 2019

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Perfect Layer

Perfect Layer

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

This is a lovely flattering top. Not too thin, not too thick. I'm 5'8" and it comes to the top of legs

on March 08, 2019

Open Arm Tank Top

Open Arm Tank Top

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  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Arm holes on this top are cut small. For some reason in color black they are a tiny bit larger. So returning the paper white and keeping the black. If I size up to a Medium the fit is too boxy. I find this to be an issue with many N+Z arm holes. I'm going to try to find it in size M Petite because this would be a great core piece for travel.

from Florida on March 06, 2019

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Easy Day to Night Top

Easy Day to Night Top

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

This is a nice good quality blouse. I was not sure if I would like the 100% Polyester material. It does actually feel nice and has a flattering drape to it. My big disappointment were the armholes. Way to low. I would have to to take them in to have it look nice. Considering that the material is polyester plus I would have to take it to the seamstress, I could not justify the price. Sadly, I sent it back. For sizing reference: I am 5'6", 117 lb, 32DD. I did order the XS. Other than the arm issue it fit fine.

on March 01, 2019

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Plus Size Wonder Stretch Pant

Plus Size Wonder Stretch Pant

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

These do run large. I normally wear an 18w or 20w (I'm between an 18 and 20 in Loft sizes and 18 or 20 in Lucky Brand jeans for comparison). I ordered an 18W and they were too large for me. I've reordered a 16W and and 18 non-plus to see which is the better fit. Other than that, these were nice - stretchy but not unshapely, lightweight but not so thin that they show every lump and bump in lighter colors.

on February 22, 2019

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Four-Way Cardy

Four-Way Cardy

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Perfect lightweight shrug to pair with a dress or lightweight top or blouse. I've had a difficult time finding a shrug like this one so happy to have found it on here. I'm also buying it in black. I highly recommend!

on February 21, 2019

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Under The Sea Jacket

Under The Sea Jacket

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars

Nice jacket but no structure to it. It looked a little dowdy on me.

from NY on February 20, 2019

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Seamed Riding Jacket

Seamed Riding Jacket

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

True to size and cute tailoring but very thin fabric and flairs our more than I was looking for. The description says it isn't lined and I didn't think that would bother me but it does cheapen the jacket. Wasn't quite what I was looking for but if I saw someone wearing it, I would think it's a cute jacket.

on February 20, 2019

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New Beginnings Cardy

New Beginnings Cardy

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Length is great. Can use as a cardigan or tunic. Glad it is medium weight. Great for travel

on February 11, 2019

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Easy Day to Night Top

Easy Day to Night Top

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I ordered this top in black and white. Love them both! I was pleasantly surprised that the white one was not “see through.” Good job Nic & Zoe!

on February 09, 2019

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Easy Day to Night Top

Easy Day to Night Top

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Nice quality. Fits true to size.

on February 09, 2019

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Perfect Ponte Pant

Perfect Ponte Pant

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Love these. Have bought them three times over!

on February 08, 2019

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Wonderstretch Skirt

Wonderstretch Skirt

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

This skirt runs small. I ordered my normal size 2, and although the length was nice, it was too snug in the hips and thighs. The waist fit fine on me, but I was hoping for more of a classic fit, rather than a tighter one.

on February 06, 2019

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Feel Good Wrap Top

Feel Good Wrap Top

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  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

The color is grey and it looks nice. It runs a little large for N&Z. (I usually am between a M & L and for N&Z, L usually fits me. This in L was a little too big and loose. A M would have been a better choice.) There is a button that holds the pieces together at the cleavage, but i was afraid that the button would show.

on January 30, 2019

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New Beginnings Cardy

New Beginnings Cardy

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Basic with a few little things that make it a little nicer than a plain gray cardigan. This should get a lot of wears at work.

on January 28, 2019

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Back At It Cardy

Back At It Cardy

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

I really liked this cardigan. Light to mid-weight. I would have kept it but the sleeves were too short. This is a problem I often have so likely not an issue for everyone. I have another NIC+ZOE cardigan that has longer sleeves so it is not all their cardigans.

on January 28, 2019

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Sneak Peak Top

Sneak Peak Top

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Relaxed fit, great style!

from Central MA on January 25, 2019

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Braided Up Top

Braided Up Top

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Great style, beautiful color! True to size.

from Central MA on January 25, 2019

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Four-Way Cardy

Four-Way Cardy

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Last year I bought this linen-blend cardi last year in white. I liked it so much that I kept wishing I also had it in black. So I went ahead got the black onyx — and also the midnight (which is almost redundant, but sometimes that subtle blue works better than black, and other times I need black.) It's a nice length and I like the way it drapes. It looks great with dresses and I can also wear it with jeans. I'm usually size 14; I tried both large and XL and prefer the L.

from Oakland on January 25, 2019

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The Perfect Pants Modern Slim Ankle

The Perfect Pants Modern Slim Ankle

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  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

I like the fabric of these pants but they did not fit right for me. Strange creases in the crotch area.

on January 24, 2019

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Perfect Layer

Perfect Layer

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Love this shirt since it is perfect to fit under my blazer and it doesn't show my extra bulges (hopefully will get rid of them soon) too badly!

from Denver on January 20, 2019

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Side Stitch Top

Side Stitch Top

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I love this sweater. I'm a fan of Nic + Zoe's styles so when I saw this one, I jumped. I'm 5' 6' and wear a small; the sweater fits well and is very soft. The stitched detailing is cute and I've received several compliments when wearing it. Love the long length too.

from Prescott on January 18, 2019

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