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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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Cross Your T's Top

Cross Your T's Top

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

I ordered this in grapevine heather and almost didn't even remove it from the bag due to the fabric. It's a basic purple knit, but with tiny little embedded specks of black. It's clearly intentional, but I didn't like it...at first glance it almost looks like fabric defects and does not make for a very pretty appearance. The fit was true to size.

on January 10, 2019

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Wonderstretch Pants

Wonderstretch Pants

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

These pants are an interesting step above leggings which seem to be all that is out there for pants. They are stylish and fit generously but aren't really "pants" like they used to be a decade ago. I'll wear them for casual wear.

from Sierra Nevada on January 04, 2019

Dotted Line Cuffed Top

Dotted Line Cuffed Top

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

Lovely shirt with slightly heavier fabric than I would have thought considering the pictures. Sleeves are adorable and fabric is soft. Fits loose but not boxy. Would have been a perfect winter blouse, but just didn't look good on me.

on January 04, 2019

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Good Vibes Top

Good Vibes Top

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

This is a beautiful sweater with gorgeous knit detail and a pretty sheen. It is lighter in weight than I expected which is a good thing. The fit is very nice and true to size, just loose enough. The knit is lightweight with a nice drape. It has a high quality look, better then the photo coveys IMO. My only reservation is the price is high, but it is a lovely sweater if you're ok with that.

on January 03, 2019

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Easy Day to Night Top

Easy Day to Night Top

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

Beautiful blouse. Very flattering, easy fit. A little expensive, but a high quality piece.

on January 03, 2019

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Perfect Layer

Perfect Layer

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

I own three of these shirts now and the style of this shirt is a true favorite of mine. It's a little longer which I prefer and I have a longer torso but not too long. It is flattering and I wear it alone in the summer and under a cute cardigan in winter.

on December 29, 2018

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Wonderstretch Pants

Wonderstretch Pants

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

Perfect color!! Perfect fit!! Perfect pants!!

on December 26, 2018

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Wonderstretch Pants

Wonderstretch Pants

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

These pants are awesome!! The fit is flattering. They are easy to clean and dress from day to night activities!!

on December 26, 2018

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Wonderstretch Pants

Wonderstretch Pants

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

I just love these pants!!! The fit is flattering and the length is just right!!! I wish they made more colors!!!

on December 26, 2018

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Wonderstretch Skirt

Wonderstretch Skirt

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

This skirt is a no-brainer to buy. Comfy, perfect fit, great to dress up or down.

on December 26, 2018

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Four-Way Cardy

Four-Way Cardy

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

This is a nice little summer sweater. It’s lightweight and the linen fabric is textured, giving it some personality. It can be worn open, tied, buttoned on the inside or outside. I bought the white, and it’s a lovely white, not too harsh. NIC ZOE always have quality clothing and this is no exception. I will wear it for many years to come I’m sure.

from Milwaukee on December 26, 2018

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Plus Size 4-Way Cardy

Plus Size 4-Way Cardy

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

Love it. I have bought this in 6 different colors

on December 14, 2018

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All Year Jacket

All Year Jacket

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

This is very soft and flattering. I'm tall and gangly and I wish the sleeves were longer. The main reason I'm not keeping it is that as nice as it is, I can't justify spending almost $150 on this. I wish it were a lower price point.

on December 12, 2018

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Perfect Pant Side Zip Ankle

Perfect Pant Side Zip Ankle

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars

The trouser bottom / leg is not as tapered as it appears in the picture. They are neither wide leg nor "slim cropped" - fell somewhere in between and made me look matronly. Returning.

on December 03, 2018

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Promenade Top

Promenade Top

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

I really like this top, and bought it in black and white to go under jackets. Am at the age where I don't want to wear a top like this without a jacket, but the top is very flattering and hides any additional bumps or lumps at the waist. I would say it runs true to size.

on November 29, 2018

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Every Occasion Mock Twist Dress

Every Occasion Mock Twist Dress

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

Love the dress BUT it is NOT a long sleeve. It has 3/4 sleeves.

on November 28, 2018

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Perfect Ponte Pant

Perfect Ponte Pant

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I really wanted these pants to work. The quality is excellent but the waist band even in my right size kept slipping down just as I walked around my room, I'm very straight built so they might be better with curves.

on November 25, 2018

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Wonderstretch Pants

Wonderstretch Pants

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

These are the nicest and most comfortable work pants, they do not stretch out, even after an 11 hr day. Luv them and own almost every color. They wash great and will purchase them again and again.

from FL on November 14, 2018

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Wonder Stretch Pant

Wonder Stretch Pant

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Loved the fit although the 30 inch inseam was quite long on my 5'6" frame. But I didn't like the material. It was stiff and "cold" (ie not comfortable). Sadly, I returned.

on October 25, 2018

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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

So cute - a lightweight versatile cardigan. I bought an SM, my usual size. But am returning to size-up for a roomier fit.

on October 23, 2018

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Perfect Layer

Perfect Layer

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

The 8-10 fits more like a 6-8, but it's very long.

from San Antonio on October 12, 2018

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New Ponte Flirt Skirt

New Ponte Flirt Skirt

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

I bought three black ponte pencil skirts in hopes of finding one I liked for work and this was the winner (and the most expensive in the group). You can't tell in the pictures, but it's made up of panels (vertical and horizontal) that I found very flattering. I'm 5-4 and usually wear 12 or 14 skirts and dresses depending on the brand and style. The Large fit nicely. The ponte fabric is a nice weight and has a bit of stretch, though as I've found the downside with the fabric is it is a bit wrinkled and stretched at the end of the day. The elastic in the waist is thick and stiff so it holds it shape, but it's finished oddly. It's not sewn down on the bottom, so it kind of flaps on the inside. Didn't impact the fit or comfort the first time I wore it, in fact I didn't notice until I took it off. I don't know how it will hold up in the wash. It seems well made.

on October 10, 2018

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Perfect Layer

Perfect Layer

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

I've only tried on this shirt - but I love the fit and weight of the material. I plan to wear to work with pull-on leggings from Anne Taylor and a jacket. looks a causal-professional and fits really well. For reference I'm 5'7" and 140lbs and a medium fits perfectly.

on October 10, 2018

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Feel Good Wrap Top

Feel Good Wrap Top

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

Love the way this shirt looks on! It has a beautiful drape and neckline.

on October 05, 2018

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Batiste Flirt Skirt

Batiste Flirt Skirt

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars

I find this skirt extremely cheap-looking and stiff. The fabric is flimsy. Sorry, Zappos.

on October 04, 2018

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