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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > LL Bean Catalog ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 10/21/10 9:20 AM

So either I'm old and LL Bean has become cool to me or they have changed their image from outdoorsy preppy to a grownup JCrew.

Seriously, some of this stuff is really cute.

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Date: 10/21/10 9:44 AM

i really like those plaid pants, not sure if i could wear them.

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Date: 10/21/10 10:31 AM

When has LL Bean not been "what to wear?" HAHAHHAa...anyway in cold climates up North where the Geese are on the fly.....

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Date: 10/21/10 10:39 AM

I'm up north too where the geese fly and it's frigid too but I LL Bean has always been uber preppy outdoorsy with their down vests and turtlenecks and duck shoes. Not that there's anything wrong with that style but they just seem to be diverging from that and going for a younger look...at least IMO.

Like I said though, it could also be that I'm getting older and have become their demographic

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Date: 10/21/10 10:54 AM

Does anybody remember that in the late 90s early 2000s LLBean had a division for women that they called Freeport? It had its own catalog and was pretty modern with an emphasis on career clothing and accessories. Actually, they carried outside brands as well. I was teaching at the time and seemed to be getting most of my wardrobe from them as they also had really versatile, interchangeable knits sort of like the JJill Wearever concept. I'm still wearing a lot of the stuff I bought from Freeport.

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Date: 10/21/10 11:01 AM

They *have* changed to add some urban spice to the mix. Skinny jeans, boots with heels, a softer color palette. Less apres ski and more weekend getaway. Have to love those shearling lined barn boots for $299.00 (not).

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Date: 10/21/10 11:04 AM

OK, I'm a guy but I LOVE those looks and they are WAY hipper than anything I have ever seen in the LL Bean catalogue, which was, frankly, looking awfully dowdy the last time I looked. The mens clothes were dull as dishwater and cut like the stuff you'd find at Walmart.

Obviously they're trying to update their image. Judging by that link they're doing an excellent job.

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Date: 10/21/10 11:08 AM

I've always bought basic tees and turtlenecks from LLBean, especially since Lands End went to he**, their fabrics are excellent and most styles allow room for my C/D cup without having to buy huge in the shoulders.

But I got that "new look" LLBean catalog yesterday full of tall people with no thighs and tossed it immediately in the recycle bin. I just can't picture clothes on me when the models are so not me.

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Date: 10/21/10 11:27 AM

I love the full lenght bias cut block color wool skirt. I can't wear one that long but it is so pretty. It kinda makes wool look sexy.

Anyone seen any fabric like that? I'd love to make a similar skirt.

And I'm glad I'm not the only one who found this new LL Bean intriguing.

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Date: 10/21/10 12:34 PM

Usually with LL Bean, I always look through the catalogue and think, hmm, nice basics, but know I'll look like my mom in them. (She's definitely a LL Bean and Lands End kinda lady - nothing wrong with it, I just don't want to dress at 25 like my 59 yo mom.)

I like the new look. I poked around a bit and it looks like these hipper clothes are the LL Bean Signature line - so an addition to their current offerings, and not a replacement of them. The site describes it as "new collection with an updated fit and style." It's nice that they're adding to their core business, instead of changing it entirely like JCrew did (I used to shop there, and could afford it in high school if I spent wisely, and now can't even afford to look at JCrew stuff). Good way to add new customers while keeping their base.
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