Rated 4 out of 5 by RainCityShopper Great fit & style; workmanship not so much
I am delighted with the way this fits and looks, but the bottom stitching is unraveling after only two washings air-dried. Despite this, I plan to order more when colors matching my wardrobe are available (e.g. heather gray/black) because of the look, feel and fit.
Fabric - did feel rough on arrival but softened with one washing.
Shrinking - none so far.
Size - the misses size is a flattering length for me, a petite person.
September 21, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by DBLWethshopper Love the shirts, disappointed in wear
Have enjoyed 4 of the French sailor shirts in various colors, but have just returned 2 of them due to small holes forming in the front! Returned the navy/cream and 2-tone blue stripe. Other writers have indicated the same problem. Took advantage of LL Bean's 100% guarantee and return policy, as the shirts were purchased in the past 2 years, so definitely should have held up better. But as I love the style and fit, plan to take a chance on them again and reorder.
September 13, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by NJLLBeanShopper732 ordered 4 - 2 developed holes in the front & elbow
I ordered 4 of these sweaters to wear at my office job in the summer. I ordered one each of the following: navy/cream, spruce/ navy, grey/white, & pink/navy. The navy/cream developed a hole in the front last week. I thought maybe my dogs got it and it was a fluke so I ordered a replacement. I'm wearing the pink/navy right now at my desk job and noticed this sweater has developed a hole in the right elbow! Not the quality I expected from LL Bean. I'm very disappointed in the longevity of these sweaters.
September 13, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by amyqofu wears out quickly
I have 2 of these shirts. While I have owned them for quite a while, I don't wear them frequently. Perhaps 3-4 times a summer. I wash them in cold water, and do not put them in the dryer. I was disappointed to notice that they both have small holes in the front. I think that they should have held up better.
September 11, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by WPshopper Poor quality fabric in Azure/Light Grey version
I just received this top which I bought on the sale in the Azure/Light Grey Heather color. I own several of Bean's French Sailor's shirts in different versions that I have enjoyed wearing over the years. My old shirts are all of good quality medium weight soft fabric and solid construction. I am very disappointed in this shirt. The fabric has a bad odor to it for starters. It is thinner and cheesier than my old shirts, but worse than that, the fabric is scratchy! Definitely NOT up to LL Bean standards. It is going back. Beware when you order this shirt.
August 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by squarefootgardner Much better than their old ones
I bought this in the tomatoey red with white stripes. (It is more of a Campbell soup color than shown on my laptop screen.) What a useful shirt! It goes with so many colors. It is simple, clean cut and comfortable. It has become more go-to traveling shirt - I've now traveled with it on 3 continents. I've worn it to formal meetings and on the trail. It fits in a more flattering way than the French sailor shirt I bought 3 years ago. That one was little blocky. This one seems slightly more fitted. Nicely made. Washes well. Good product.
August 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by katfish holy cow! Just like the old days!
I have never gotten rid of a French Sailor shirt. One is over 20 years old. They LAST.
Or they did until maybe 5 years ago. I quit buying them after one arrived with a saggy neckline and unacceptable shrinkage after one wash.
I am 5'3" and a large. I got the blue/cobalt one in the hopes that it would be ok. Nice clean neckline a longer fit (love that). After a delicate wash and delicate dry, it was EXACTLY like it was when I took it out of the bag.
The fabric is a bit rough when new, but a wash took care of that. Substantial fabric. Very happy!
August 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by EmmasGG Love the French Sailor's Shirt
I discovered the French Sailor's Shirt last year and now have 5 of them. I love the colors, the fit and the weight. I find that it is something I can wear year round.
August 16, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bopurr So Disappointed!
I've been wearing these tops since I went to college near Freeport, Maine over forty years ago! Just received my newest French Sailor's shirt in awesome aqua/white. Alas, the fabric is scratchy and rough---not the soft Peruvian cotton like my light blue/white French Sailor's top.
I'm returning it. Please bring these back in soft cotton fabric, not rough, scratchy material. I have skin sensitivity issues and have always counted on LL Bean for all cotton clothing that feels good.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by lesleyg Still a winner
For several years I have owned multiples of the French Sailor's Shirt. Each year LL Bean introduces new colors. I already had purchased two new ones earlier this season and today am going back for another. These tops are a staple of my spring/summer and early fall wardrobe. They are not only flattering and comfortable, but they also look great with slacks, jeans and skirts. I am so glad they're available in petite and I can order with confidence that the fit will be consistent. These tops also wash like a dream. LOVE!
August 7, 2016