I got my first ever pair of LL Bean boots after getting advice from you and Tommy, and after reading your guide. I ended up getting the 10" brown/brown unlined version in size 9 (I'm usually a size 10-10.5), which still leaves enough room for thick wool socks when it gets cold. Not having the thinsulate means I can wear it in inclement weather that is not cold. A great buy! Thanks for the help.
There’s a bunch of sales going on that are ending tonight (probably around midnight EST) that are worth knowing about. So, in case you missed them, here’s a quick round-up:
- Lands’ End: Various menswear items are marked down, including their tailored-fit suit jacket and trousers, which puts the price of a full suit at $170. Get free shipping with a $50 purchase using code FALLCOLORS and PIN number 8383.
- L.L.Bean: Their sale is 10% off all merchandise — including sale and their Signature line. Also, they have free shipping. I’m fairly certain this needed to be activated through their promo e-mail though.
- Ralph Lauren & Rugby: It’s been discussed before (and thisfits has some recommendations), but you can use RLGIVE2011 and MATCH2011 to get 25% off.
- Yoox: Not a huge sale, but you get automatic free shipping with a $200 purchase and another 15% off using code vogueweekend@yoox.
- Brooks Brothers: All of their sweaters are on sale for 25% off.
I'm in the market for some rain/snow boots. I live in North central Indiana, where the weather is very similar to Chicago. I'm leaning towards 8" Bean boots. Any suggestions? If I do get Bean boots, would you advise me to get the ones with a lining or not? If so which one (thinsulate, shearling, wool)?
The new fall-winter L.L.Bean Signature collection has appeared online today and there’s a few items that look interesting, but also one glaring disappointment.
Negatives first: the suit jackets all still have functioning “surgeon” buttons on the sleeves. I hate to rehash how this makes alterations for sleeve length costly or impossible, but it’s something I was hoping LLBS would have dropped by now. So, I’m not going to go over these items at all.
Still, the one awesome development is the introduction of Goodyear-welted footwear. They have a pair of saddles and captoes, but the most intriguing offering is the captoe military boot. At under $200, it’s a somewhat cheaper alternative to perhaps other more expensive dress boot options. The only downside I can see is the leather sole might be troublesome in ice and rain:
The other thing I’m a fan of are their trouser options. There’s corduroy, whip cord and this wool pair in forest green. I feel like the corduroy and wool pairs, which are both on sale right now, aren’t terribly priced, but they might need tapering for some of you. The whip cord seems priced a bit high, especially when you’re comparing them to what places like Howard Yount offer for about $20 more.
As far as tops go, they do have the expected plaid shirting, but I think the sweaters are much more interesting. This 100-percent lambswool sweater is on sale right now for $40, and I might just pick one up: