rennes

3.22.2010

what's up l.l.bean?






So, Mom, I have to apologize to you, and I have a confession to make. I know growing up I've given you and Dad such a hard time about only wearing L.L. Bean and Landsend. In fact, I'm sure I've even given you a hard time about it in the past month. It's just always been a running joke for me. So naturally, for most of my life I've wanted nothing, repeat nothing to do with L.L. Bean. (Except when I was about nine, then I wanted all the brightly colored kids parkas with triangle reflectors on the butt, yes, you know what I'm talking about.)

About two years ago I was given a pair of their wicked good slippers. (Yes I am from Massachusetts, but that's what they're called). I thought, okay, these are really comfy. I can wear these. Then, I was given a pair of rain boots with polka dots on them, and then I thought, hey, these aren't so bad either. Then when I went home last weekend to visit, I bought myself a barn coat and now I have the same coat as my Mom. Now, you can imagine how weird it is for me to seeing all the hype about the new L.L. Bean signature collection and new Lands End stuff popping up all over the web. And I have to admit it. A lot of the stuff is really cute. So Mom, Dad, I guess you know style better than me after all. And no, I'm not being sarcastic.

13 comments:

Emily said...

Oh lovely! I've always been forced into Lands End, and I'm happy that this developed routine has started picking up in fashion, ha ha. I'm dying for the first red sweater posted- from which of the two sites is it from? :)

Bekväm said...

I know it's crazy! I can't believe everywhere I've seen it!

I had a mini love affair with a corduroy jacket I got from them...When I was 13 or so. Then I realized(to my horror)that my great Aunt had the same one, after that I don't think I ever wore it again...Haha. I am totally digging on their new collection though, especially the ballet flats.

Elizabeth said...

Hahaha this made me laugh so hard, I could easily say the same thing to my parents. I love love LOVE the Lands End Canvas Collection, its so well priced too!

Arlie said...

oh my goodnessss! thank you for opening my eyes. hehe, I have always cringed at the thought of L.L.Bean.

EvaForeva said...

Oh yea, that red sweater would look awesome on you. On the other hand you can probably knit one like that too :-)

schorlemädchen said...

what a cute cute jumper...love the colour...

Rūta said...

We never had that brand here, but those things looks really cute!

My parents were dressing me different in childhood. No cartoon prints, no sparkles, no pink, no bows, no leggings, no shoulder pads. It was economically hard times here in Lithuania – we were a young country – not much for the style choices. Everybody looked the same while I had only clothes made by my grandmother from pictures in journals or things that my mother got – she was working in sewing industry and they were making clothes for the really big names. But as a kid I wasn’t feeling good for looking so different.
Now I do understand that this is one of those things that formed my sense of style the way it is now and taught me to search for a different look. And the best thing is that when I look to my old pictures, I never think „it was crazy!“. I doubt that I will be able to see same thing in nowadays photos after some time.
So sarcastic or not, but parents have bigger influence for your style then we realize.

Susan said...

maine style is the best!
http://goldenwoodishere.blogspot.com/2010/02/maine-style.html

Linzo said...

Uh, huuuullo! That little read sailor top is CUUUTE.

erin / atlantic treefox said...

i love this! i have been thrifting so much now for my new shop & everything i find that i love is liz claibourne. i used to make fun of mom for loving liz claibourne so much. i'm eating my words too now.

rennes le château said...

Emily - Yes, I was forced in too, hehe! I very much want the red sweater too, it's probably what I'd pick if I allowed myself to splurge on one thing. It's on the l.l. bean signature collection website.

Hannah - Haha! Yes, to be a twin with your great Aunt, that could be a scary scary thing! I forget at what point I started "backing off" from the clothing, probably around the same age! And of course, we love the ballet flats :)

Elizabeth - Yes! I guess all of our parents will be laughing at us now :)

Arlie - Yes! I used to cringe to, but maybe now, not so much!

Jenya - Knitting! Yes, I probably should try to knit one, but I've never tried to make up a knitting pattern, it seems like it would be so different than trying to make another kind of pattern. Maybe if it's on sale later I can just buy it.

schorlemädchen- thank you! it's such a happy red color!

Rūta - Thank you so much for sharing that, I found it really interesting and insightful, and made me think more about why we turn out the way we do, and how much our upbringings do influence that. And, it made me think twice about fashion in general and what role it plays in our world. Thank you again.

Susan - yes - maine is the best! I haven't been up there for a few years, maybe I'll get to go again soon!

Linzo - I know, right? I was super surprised when I stumbled across that beauty!

Erin- Haha! Yes, that's the thing - I see so much of liz claibourne, landsend, etc, at the thrift store that I probably will just go there to find things instead of ordering new ones! life is funny like that :)

Anne said...

Haha, great post, and I love the sweater too!

rennes le château said...

Anne - :) Thank you! I think I might have to get it, hehe...maybe you will too!