October is one of my favorite months of the year, and this one has been especially fun with a good mix of travel + time in DC. I saw Reese Witherspoon on her Whiskey In A Teacup tour and spent most of the rest of the time being productive and sticking around the house. I finally shot a bedroom tour so stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks!
Since we’re hopefully past our rogue 80 degree days, it’s officially the time of year to wear my favorite things in my closet. One of my all-time favorite fall purchases (and purchases in general) is the LL Bean Sweater Fleece. I literally sold my North Face and Patagonias and now just have two of Sweater Fleeces–I’m convinced that they are the holy grail of pullovers and the only style your wardrobe needs. I ordered my first one three years ago (I think that’s when it became a classic style “revived” from the archives) and wear it constantly. I consistently get a lot of questions about it both from friends and when I post it on social media, so figured I’d share some pics and address style, fit and quality!
Sizing wise, I’m wearing both a medium (in plaid) and large (in gray) and like the fit of both. I wear the medium more with jeans and the large more with leggings, since the latter has a little extra length for coverage. I’m wearing a basic tee under both–they layer really well! Unfortunately the Buffalo Plaid isn’t available this year (mine is a couple years old) but both the men’s and women’s fleeces come in several colors and if your pup needs a sweatshirt this year, you can snag him or her the plaid :)
My new office is casual so I can wear this to work with jeans, and J can get by wearing it over a button down with khakis, too. It’s definitely casual, though so if you’re in a traditional office setting, save it for your nights and weekends. It’s a wonderful layering piece and one I love to fly with since the quarter snaps button down pretty far and make it easier to remove than many other pullovers! If you’re into outdoor activities, many people swear by it for hikes and if going to and from a workout is more your speed, it’s basically a chic yet low key pre- and post-gym layer.
One of my favorite things about the LL Bean Sweater Fleece is that it washes and wears so well, which can be said for nearly everything LL Bean makes. My gray one (which I wear a little more than the plaid and have had a year longer) is still just as warm as when I got it and while the inside fleece has softened some–and it took several washes for that to happen–the exterior looks as good as it did the day I got it.
Let me know if you have any other questions–I’d consider myself a bit of a Sweater Fleece expert at this point :)
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