Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cuddle-up sweater weather

L.L. Bean, $40
What does J. Crew have against chunky sweaters? A few years ago, I used to look forward to their February sales in order to stock up on discounted quality cotton and wool sweaters, sometimes with unique sweater details.

I have a lavender wide-cowled neck one, a cream "fisherman"-like cabled crew neck with long fold-back cuffs, and a green directional rib v-neck with belled sleeves, basically Anthropologie-like shapes without the embellished do-dads. While I appreciate the sleekness of their assortment of cashmere with its slimmer look, but maybe it's just me, but I truly like the feeling of being encircled/swaddled in a comfy sweater. I miss those types. The only suitable substitutes I've found are these examples from Sundance Catalog, L.L. Bean, and such.

Sundance, $98

These sweaters may not be the height in high fashion design but as long as they feel good, come in unique and flattering colors and fit well, showing off the figure, one can be happy.

However, I still miss having uniquely designed sweaters at these price points (during clearance) so
come on J. Crew, I dare you to entice me back. In fact, I double-dare ya!


Antoinette said...

I am mesmerized by the beauty of Anthropologie's clothes, season after season, and I love how many of their clothes fit and flatter. I have a number of clothes in my closet from Anthro, and given how much some of them retailed for, I am surprised at the poor quality of a few of the garments. Two blouses that come to mind have been worn less than 20 times each and I've already had to mend one. The other is wearing out in such a way that I don't think I'll be able to mend it. When it's done, it's done. I am not the only person I know who has had this kind of experience with Anthro clothes.

On the flip side, I bought an LL Bean fisherman-style sweater, 100% cotton, and wore that thing for 5 years, and it really didn't look that different from when I purchased it. I just wish it weren't so darn shapeless, kind of like what's available from LL Bean now!

Who blends the stylishness and fit of Anthropologie with the durability and quality of LL Bean? I'd love some recommendations if you have any, 'cause I'm no knitter and come to think of it, I don't sew knits! LOL

vespabelle said...

Lands End has some pretty nice sweaters. I have several of their cashmere sweaters (the inlaws get us one of these every year.) They're nice basics that go with lots of stuff.