LL Bean Norwegian Sweater

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  1. clarinetplayer

    clarinetplayer Senior member

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    The sweater arrived today. 100% wool. No rayon as the sweaters of old had. This is definitely a sweater for COLD weather--very cold. Wouldn't you know, today is the warmest day that we've had in weeks. (Nearly 60 degrees.) I certainly could have used this sweater last week! This is a sweater for outdoor wear.

    Even though it is 100% wool, the label says "dry clean only".

    I ordered a medium, and it is very roomy. I have a 39 inch chest and a 32 inch waist. I wonder if I could have gotten by with a small?

    A beautiful sweater that will last a long, long time.
     


  2. shasta

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    I called in my order yesterday - can't wait for it to arrive!
     


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    The sweater arrived today. 100% wool. No rayon as the sweaters of old had. This is definitely a sweater for COLD weather--very cold. Wouldn't you know, today is the warmest day that we've had in weeks. (Nearly 60 degrees.) I certainly could have used this sweater last week! This is a sweater for outdoor wear.

    Even though it is 100% wool, the label says "dry clean only".

    I ordered a medium, and it is very roomy. I have a 39 inch chest and a 32 inch waist. I wonder if I could have gotten by with a small?

    A beautiful sweater that will last a long, long time.



    fit pic?

    that would be great
     


  4. modern_leifeng

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    I've read about this sweater on so many different blogs now, for the most part its people nostalgic for their old version and happy to see that LL Bean is making it again and doing so in Norway. I love the idea that this thing is unbelievably warm and that it will last a lifetime.

    What I can't get over is the fact it looks straight out of the early 80s, a really warm sweater is great, but I also have things called jackets that are warm. Perhaps because I didn't have one back then (too young), I can't understand the nostalgia for them. I'd love to see how people under 35 are rocking this sweater, while some things can be taken out of the country (or in this case off the boats), I don't know, just not sure how to pull this off in the city. Plus, it seems like everyone's going to have one of these.
     


  5. obiter dictum

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    This is not true at all. I lived in Norway for 6 years. Every single Norwegian has at least one of these.
    Rubbish. I don't know anyone who has one. Not that I mind the style, just saying.

    Maybe 20 years ago, today no.
     


  6. Connemara

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    I've always wanted one.
     


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    I'd love to see how people under 35 are rocking this sweater, while some things can be taken out of the country (or in this case off the boats), I don't know, just not sure how to pull this off in the city.
    I'll be pairing it with a pink OCBD and khakis or cords. Honour its preppy history.
     


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    I've read about this sweater on so many different blogs now, for the most part its people nostalgic for their old version and happy to see that LL Bean is making it again and doing so in Norway. I love the idea that this thing is unbelievably warm and that it will last a lifetime.

    What I can't get over is the fact it looks straight out of the early 80s, a really warm sweater is great, but I also have things called jackets that are warm. Perhaps because I didn't have one back then (too young), I can't understand the nostalgia for them. I'd love to see how people under 35 are rocking this sweater, while some things can be taken out of the country (or in this case off the boats), I don't know, just not sure how to pull this off in the city. Plus, it seems like everyone's going to have one of these.


    I agree. Good for them, but I wouldn't wear it.
     


  9. whymakemedothis

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    Haha. More importantly, do Swedes or Finns wear them?

    the swedish are a more stylish bunch

    finns dont care for such flimsy laborious knits

    [​IMG]
     


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    the swedish are a more stylish bunch

    finns dont care for such flimsy laborious knits

    [​IMG]


    What is everyone looking at? [​IMG] The guy in the Norwegian sweater?
     


  11. clarinetplayer

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    fit pic?

    that would be great


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    wow if that's the medium it looks great!
     


  13. clarinetplayer

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    wow if that's the medium it looks great!

    Keep in mind that this "medium" is on the "large" side. I tried a small, and it fit well. Actually, the sleeve length and the overall length of the small were perfect. But the overall fit was more like my everyday, indoor, Shetland sweaters, which defeats the purpose, or "science", of the Norwegian sweater. The Norwegian works because it is a bit "baggy"; that is how the warmth is kept, and at the same time, allows complete freedom of movement. Yesterday, I wore it while raking the lawn in a brutal, cold wind, and was completely comfortable.
     


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    For those who haven't yet pulled the trigger on one of these you were apparently wise to do so, and may want to wait until Bean figures out that "100% wool" isn't always a good thing.

    The reviews on LLBean's website on the new 100% wool models are overwhelmingly that the fit is _terrible_ around the waist. Too baggy, saggy, stretches, balloons, etc. LOTS of returns for credit.

    The 80% wool / 20% rayon models made in the 80s didn't have this problem.

    What's really odd to me is that if you look at the catalogues from the 80s they declared "20% Rayon for _strength_." If it was such a feature, wonder why they changed?

    The good news, is that I just snagged a NOS 80/20 on you-know-where-bay for $35.

    The better news, if you haven't ordered a new one from Bean is that there appears to be no shortage of the older ones for sale there.

    Happy hunting.
     


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