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Farm Rio Review – What is Farm Rio?!

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dress: Farm Rio, shoes: Journee, pearl necklace: Loren Stewart, gold pendant necklace: Monica Vinader, chain bracelet: Monica Vinader, gold bangle: Julie Vos

Farm Rio is a Brazilian clothing line that is so darn delightful I had to do a post on it! But before getting into my Farm Rio review, I want to start by addressing the elephant in the room. Many of you are looking at the bold vacay prints and styles and asking yourself, “Where am I gonna wear this outside of a tropical resort?” My answer: lots of places!

Farm Rio is more than vacation wear. You can wear it to brunch, BBQs, a pool party, happy hour, or any beach event. I recently wore a Farm Rio dress to a wine bar, and everyone was complimenting me, which is what happens whenever I wear any Farm Rio piece.

Although Farm Rio is the epitome of summer with their bright colors and tropical patterns, they do make pieces that work year-round. I wore one of their dresses for a fresh holiday look in December, and often wear their puffer jackets to add a pop of print and color to a monochrome look.

Still, many people struggle to find the right Farm Rio pieces for them, which is why I wanted to put together an official Farm Rio review. They make some of the most treasured pieces ever, but they also make items that are too bold, stiff, or itchy.

Farm Rio Review: What To Get

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dress: Farm Rio, shoes: INC (similar here), hoops: Julie Vos, rings: Aurate

Farm Rio’s pieces have always been beautiful, but years ago, many of their garments were stiff, itchy, and/or ill-fitting — you really had to know what to get. These days, Farm Rio is still bold and beautiful, but they are seriously honing in on designs that flatter the body and the fabrics are feeling great! As of today, here is what you should absolutely get when shopping Farm Rio:

  • Dresses, dresses, and more dresses: They have so many beautifully printed dresses with a fabulous fit or a refreshing flow to them.

  • Puffer Jackets: I am OBSESSED with their puffer jackets. It appears they only sell them in winter, so when you see one you like GET IT. I have two and wear them constantly. I can’t go anywhere without being stopped by someone complimenting my jacket. For winter 2024, their jackets ran two sizes too big. I wore a size xxs in their puffer jackets as a size 4/6 woman.

  • Graphic Tees: Their graphic tees are fun and on-trend for that oversized look.

Farm Rio Review: What To Skip

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Their shorts always look so cute! But sadly they just don’t fit right.

This line isn’t the best for super curvy or busty women. The lack of stretch in the dresses is an issue for voluptuous bodies and even the slightly more stretchy graphic tees are not flattering for curves because they have high necks. (High necks can add weight if you are busty.) Overall, I also recommend skipping their:

  • Shorts: Unfortunately, I have yet to put on a Farm Rio short that is comfortable or flattering. I look forward to the day they make a fun short set that works!
  • Wool-based pieces, like sweaters: They just never feel great on my skin.

Where to Buy Farm Rio

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dress: Farm Rio, hoops: Jenny Bird, necklace: Monica Vinader, chain bracelet: Monica Vinader, bangle: Julie Vos

You can order Farm Rio online through its own website. In the US, they offer free shipping on purchases over $50 and free returns and exchanges, which has been a seamless experience for me and my clients every time. Plus, the packaging is so darn charming and thoughtful.

They also have physical US stores in NYC, Miami, and Venice, CA, as well as internationally in Europe and Brazil.

A growing number of retailers also carry Farm Rio, such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Saks 5th AvenueShopBop, and Net-A-Porter. A lot of those stores have unique collaborations with the brand so they often offer different, exclusive designs. Farm Rio also regularly partners with brands like Adidas and Sézane.

Farm Rio Review: My Favorite Pieces Right Now

Below are all my favorite pieces from Farm Rio right now. I will add more fabulous garments — and their sizing info — as I come across them for myself and my clients.

Green Macaw Scarf Lenzing™ Ecovero™ Viscose Shirt

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Farm Rio $185

Available at Farm Rio and Nordstrom.

Sizing: Runs true to size. Available in XXS-XL.

Material: 100% viscose

White Natureza Organic Cotton Maxi Dress

farm rio review
dress: Farm Rio, shoes: FitFlop, hoops: Jenny Bird, necklace: Monica Vinader, chain bracelet: Monica Vinader, bangle: Julie Vos

This is such an amazing and unique “everyday dress.” It’s a MUST for summer errands, and those “I-don’t-actually-want-to-get-dressed-today” days.

Available at Farm Rio.

Sizing: Runs very large, order 1-2 sizes down. Available in XXS-XL.

Material: 100% cotton

Pink Leopard Forest Midi Dress

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Farm Rio $248

The dress is cotton and soft. The back straps are stretchy and comfortable and the bust has boning so it stays up!

Available at Farm Rio and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 100% cotton

Off-White Flowerful Birds Long Sleeve Mini Dress

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Farm Rio $210

Available at Farm Rio and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sizing: Runs large. XXS-XL

Material: 100% cotton

Lee Floral Sleeveless Maxi Dress

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dress: Farm Rio, hoops: Julie Vos, shoes: Journee

This maxi dress is super soft! So soft that you don’t need to wear a bra or pasties to protect your nipples. It’s the most amazing bathing suit coverup as well as the most delightful house dress. I wear this around my house whenever I don’t want to get dressed. It’s an essential piece for a summer wardrobe or vacay capsule collection. And just look at how cute the flower details on the straps are!

Available at Farm Rio.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1 size down. Available in XXS-XL

Material: 54% cotton, 46% viscose

White Organic Cotton T-Shirt

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Farm Rio $78

This thick, high-quality graphic tee will look great tucked into cut-off shorts or wide-leg anything. You can see how I styled it with wide-leg pants, here.

Available at Farm Rio

Sizing: Runs super large, order 2 sizes down. Available in XXS-XL.

Material: 100% cotton

Aura Cream Lenzing™ Ecovero™ Euroflax™ Maxi Dress

farm rio review
dress: Farm Rio, shoes: Journee, pearl necklace: Loren Stewart, gold pendant necklace: Monica Vinader, chain bracelet: Monica Vinader, gold bangle: Julie Vos

This stunning dress has pockets! It’s so darn comfortable and feels great on the body, but if you’re going to wear it all day without a bra or bikini top, you may want to wear pasties as it can irritate sensitive nipples.

Available at Farm Rio.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1 size down. Available in XXS-XL

Material: 55% linen, 45% viscose

Off-White Maia Lenzing™ Ecovero™ Euroflax™ Jumpsuit 

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Farm Rio $230

A bold jumpsuit with pockets! Same advice as above, though: You will also want to wear pasties with this jumpsuit if you are not going to wear a strapless bra or bikini top with it.

Available at Farm Rio and Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: Runs slightly large. You could probably order 1 size down. Available in XXS-XL.

Material: 55% linen, 45% viscose

Blue Wonderful Bouquet Mini Dress

farm rio review
dress: Farm Rio, shoes: INC (similar here), hoops: Julie Vos, rings: Aurate

This is such a great dress for spring and summer parties, whether you’re going to a wedding or a garden party. It is also just casual enough for normal dinners out. Another perk: the fabric is super soft  — the softest of any Farm Rio garment I have ever tried.

Available at Farm Rio, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: True to size. Available in XXS-XL

Material: 55% cotton, 45% viscose

The History of Farm Rio

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In case you’re wondering about the brand after seeing all of these fabulous dresses and vibrant prints, let me share some of its history with you… Farm Rio was launched in 1997 as a 40-square-foot booth at a local fashion market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Co-founder Katia Barros was an accountant who wanted to create clothes that embodied the vibrancy and creative spirit of Rio, so she teamed up with her friend Marcello Bastos to launch a collection. Though Farm Rio became popular throughout Brazil early on, it’s only recently become available in the U.S. According to Vogue, the company considered expanding abroad in 2010, but decided to develop an online presence in Brazil instead. It wasn’t until 2016 that Farm Rio brought its designs to the US via a partnership with Anthropologie. Finally, in 2019, it launched its US retail website and opened its flagship store in NYC.

And on top of all of the delightful prints and patterns that first drew my attention, Farm Rio has also been topping the lists of sustainable fashion companies, and recently became a certified B-Corp — you know I love to see that! They’ve partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every purchase made, with the goal of helping with reforestation efforts in the Amazon rainforest and other places. “Nature has always been our home and we’re passionate about taking impactful steps to ensure it will keep inspiring new generations with all its power and diversity,” Barros said in an interview with Forbes. They’ve also been trying to use more sustainable fibers in their clothes and they’ve partnered with an indigenous group in Brazil, the Yawanawa, to support their handicraft tradition.

Photos by Dayley Photography

Best of Farm Rio From Years Past

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dress: Farm Rio (available preowned here, here & here), earrings: Nordstrom, bangles: similar here, stacking rings: Aurate, sandals: Steve Madden

I originally wrote this post a few years ago when I first discovered the brand. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

 

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sunglasses: Blenders Eyewear, earrings: Nordstrom, chain necklace: Baublebar, dress: Farm Rio (available preowned here and here), sandals: Fit Flop

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6 Responses

  1. Janice Smith says:

    I love this brand. Happy that you’re highlighting it. My only concert is the inconsistency with sizing.

    1. Hi Janice! Do you mean the inconsistency in sizing between the structured garments and the chunky sweaters? Or inconsistency between the each garment?

  2. Patti Hasz says:

    Hi!
    You looked great in the photos!
    I also love Farm Rio.
    What should I be looking for as far as the fabrics with the most comfort and fit?
    I’ve been looking into buying one of their oversized dresses made out of the viscose material vs cotton because I’m ordering online and won’t be able to try it on.
    The last one fit really large.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Patti! With Farm Rio, it is a bit of trial and error situation unfortunately, but worth the research. Order both and return what you don’t like. They have excellent customer service and their returns are easy! I just did a couple complicated returns and they were amazing.

      1. Patti Hasz says:

        Thanks for your response. Thats a great idea!
        I’ll give that a shot. 🙂

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