Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fall Fashion 2009: L.L.Bean

If L.L.Bean knows anything, it's sweaters and outerwear. And fall is the time for sweaters and outerwear! Let's see what L.L.Bean has to offer this season.

Pima Cotton Flannel Nightshirt and Pajama Set

So, last Christmas I mentioned that I got my mother a Brooks Brothers pajama set. Except they were a summer set (They were cute! And on sale!). This time, I've got the right season. I bought her this lovely PJ set from L.L.Bean and had it monogrammed. It's already arrived and it's so soft and cuddly! That blue is a great color, too.

Freeport Fair Isle Cardigan

Bean's Kingfield Sweater

I also mentioned last Christmas that I'm of Scandinavian ancestry (Norwegian), so I love most things Nordic-inspired (though Fair Isle is in Scotland, the fair isle knitting technique produces a similar aesthetic as traditional Norwegian knitwear). And I especially love knitwear featuring the selburose, which is likely the most recognizable pattern.

Lined Berber Hoodie

I want to reach out and touch this jacket.

Kennebunkport Wool Belted Coat

Simple, yet stylish.

Lined Allagash Shirt Jac, Buffalo Plaid

This is a great, rugged, casual shirt. It's warm without being bulky since it's lined with insulation.

Flannel Lined Adirondack Barn Coat

I couldn't find this on the website, but I thought it was a nice casual jacket.

UPDATE: All this talk about my Norwegian-ness and I can't believe I forgot to post L.L.Bean's most famous sweater of all! Luckily, reader Kurt was on top of things and reminded me. So, here it is!

Bean's Norwegian Sweater


Also, all this knitwear also reminded me of my favorite Norwegian retailer Dale of Norway, which is the best source for authentic Norwegian knitwear. I have been planning an Olympic fashion post (as in Beijing in 2008, Ralph Lauren is the official designer for the 2010 US team) and since Dale of Norway is the official outfitter of the Norwegian Olympic team, expect an Olympics post closer to the opening ceremonies in February. I love the Olympics so I'm very excited about it!


  1. LL Bean sweaters are LEGENDARY. I still have two of my parents Norwegians and a Fair Isle from when they were cavorting around Georgetown back in the 80's. Just as warm and classy today as the day they came out. Shame Bean didnt re-issue their Norwegian, maybe next year.

  2. Thank you for reminding me. I was going to cover the Norwegian, but it completely slipped my mind. I could have sworn I got an e-mail from L.L.Bean highlighting it for this fall, but I can't seem to find it now. Anyway, I will update this post pronto.

  3. Actually a fellow Larry of mine, of Tabor Academy vintage(gets seriously cold down there), was sporting a very nice sweater from Dales around campus a few days ago. While I cant personally comment on them my friend had nothing but praise for it. He said he got it 3 years ago for Christmas and has had no complaints since.