Rated 5 out of 5
by JustinT Absolutely Perfect (after a few exchanges)
Okay, so at first I ordered three of the traditional fit in a medium regular. I am 5'11 and 150lbs, so I'm pretty slim. I have long arms and a small torso, so I've always had the problem of small shirts fitting well on the torso, but being too short in the arms, so when buying non-tailored shirts, I almost always get mediums.
Well, the traditional fit chamois in medium regular was RIDICULOUSLY big. So baggy, when you tucked it in, it was actually comical looking--not the sharp look I wanted. Unless you have a HUGE girth, don't even bother with the traditional fit. So next I tried the Signature 1933 Slim fit in Medium regular. Close, but no cigar. It was definitely slimmer, but it still was baggy. Then, knowing from the previous shirts that these really are the best quality shirts (fitting problems aside) available, I gave them one more chance. Signature 1933 Small Tall. I knew the arms would be the perfect length, but I was still worried about the rest of the shirt. I just got them today. OH MY GOODNESS! Can it be? These shirts are PERFECT. I mean actually perfect. L.L. Bean quality material with a sharp, Pendleton fit. These shirts flatter my slim figure without hugging tightly at all. Couldn't be happier. I'm going to wear nothing else this winter :D
December 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JaneA9 Signature 1933 Chamois, Blue Plaid
This is a great shirt. The blue plaid is beautiful, and the buttons and classic pocket style really make it special. I love the fabric and the slimmer cut (compared to the "Traditional Fit" chamois shirt). I find this signature line to be truer in its sizing than the traditional fit chamois shirts. The traditional fit chamois shirt is cut MUCH larger: arms are significantly wider, the shirt-tails are MUCH longer and the entire garment is really quite oversized. I just wish that the signature line chamois shirts were as wonderfully thick as the traditional line.
December 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Prionnsias Excellent shadow plaid hombre shirt.
This is an excellent shirt in a spectacular colour. It is very rare to find a shadow plaid (AKA hombre) shirt at all much less available in a long size. The pockets are perfectly matched, flapped and two in number, the buttons big, black and shiny. The seams are felled. All as it should be. Well worth the price of admission. I am looking forward to the cold weather so I can sport this about.
November 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Garnt So classic. SO SOFT. And a bit tight in the arms.
The 1933 Chamois is true to the classic look. At 6'3' and 185lbs, I first ordered the Medium Tall in Dark Gold. Loved the fit through the chest and waist, but the arms were a bit too constricting, making it hard to throw on a sweater underneath the shirt on cold days. Decided to send it back and get a Large regular. Though it doesn't have the same tailored fit around my chest and waist, the arms are much more comfortable. I can tell LL Bean is looking for the perfect tailored fit, but this one is a bit off the mark-- well on their way though!
As far as everything else goes, a great shirt. Made of heavy, soft, brushed cotton, and doesn't seem to pill at all. The Dark Gold color will go great with your fall wardrobe. The large brown buttons make great accents when wearing other browns or leather too. Money shirt, would recommend it if you can find the fit you prefer.
November 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Whynotnickname As in the days of od
If you are looking for the type of LL Bean chamois available in the late 1970s or earlier, this is it. Yes it is a slimmer and slightly shorter cut than the old shirts (although the sleeve length is correct), but the fabric and buttons are like the old shirts. I am 5'10", 158 LBS and the medium is a great fit. The shirt I've had for a year now still looks perfect. I machine wash, but never use the dryer for this shirt. Line drying or drying on a hanger results in a wrinkle free shirt.
I am not a fan of the modern LL Bean chamois shirts -- the fabric is too puffy, is napped inside and out, and pills over time like synthetic fleece. The buttons are too small, too. In the Signature shirts, the nap is on the outside and wears well without any pilling.
November 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by xokensie1 Great shirt and warm
This shirt is fantastic. It has the warmth for Maine and the style that I need. It washes great. The sizing is perfect, I got a XL for reference in the regular LL Bean Chamois I would need Large.
October 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by FoamHeart His Favorite Shirt!
My Pop is 90 years young and now with Alzheimer?s. I noticed that BOTH the arms had holes in them. Then today I realized they were completely worn thru not torn, between the cuffs and the elbow. I was going to throw it away as he has other shirts in his closet he has yet to even wear.
My, what a mistake I made. Seems it?s his favorite shirt! I should have realized, I think he may sleep in it.
So tonight I am calling LLBean hoping that this special anniversary shirt was still available to order a replacement and as always LLBean comes thru.
When someone asks me why I buy from LLBean, its times like this, or the wicked slippers my Mom loved, the ease of exchanges and never a question asked, the top quality products and the kind cheerful and professional CSR's that I have to choose a story to relate.
I wish every company was as professional as LLBean.
September 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by downsyterrance great pattern, fit needs major work
my shirt just arrived an hour ago, and i've already been on the phone with LL Bean's stellar customer service for another size.
the timber (camo) fabric pattern is very pretty, the fabric feels great, and the shirt is extremely well constructed.
but what LL Bean lacked four or so years ago when i first purchased a Signature line product still appears to be their achilles' heel, and that's the fit.
i bought a size medium. now i'll say right away that i am taller, and slimmer, (about 6'1" 160lbs), so I give leeway, but I'm still swimming in this shirt. the shoulders are cut correctly, but i'd say the arms are short, and the armholes are a little too wide at the shoulder and tapered, rather than starting with a narrower armhole and reducing taper.
there's too much fabric at the flanks, leaving the back billowy. it's cut pretty straight, rather than being slim towards the waist.
i ordered a small tall in the hopes it'd rectify those fit issues for me without taking too much room out of the chest and shoulders. hopefully it'll work because i do love the look and feel of this piece.
again, all that being said, this shirt is very well constructed, and if they do some rework to the fit, they'd really have something. in addition to twould:
1) extend the opening up the forearm so it's a little easier to roll the sleeves up the forearm.
2) continue the pattern on the interior of the shirt so when i roll the arms i still see the pattern. (personal preference)
3) reinforce the elbows. (i can see what other reviewers meant how the shirt would benefit from a functional standpoint, plus reinforced elbows could look good in this camo pattern)
4) the button placement is just a little conservative for me. i'd change the spacing just a little bit, maybe move the first button down from the collar button a half inch more and use that as your spacing pattern.
March 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ActiveOutdoors1 Camo print!
I had to have this in Camo. Been collecting all colors! They are crazy comfortable, and very hefty! The colors.... Don't get me started!
February 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by pktsqr Recommended, with Reservations
This shirt-jacket a bit of a mixed bag. The quality is obvious, but there are some details that could stand improvement.
Pro: The fit is a reasonable "slim": not too loose, and not comically tight. It looks flattering on my moderately athletic frame (a near-exact Medium/40R, at 5' 11"/185 lbs.)... The construction seems bullet-proof: really solid stitching, with a nice heft to the fabric. (Said fabric is also incredibly soft; my gal is all over me when I wear this thing.) The flaps over the breast pockets have a pleasing angle and add visual interest. And the weight is just about perfect for layering, allowing the garment to work as a serviceable outer layer above roughly 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The overall impression is that this soft, comfortable, and handsome shirt will last a long time.
Con: I purchased the "twilight" color, and found it to be a bit greener than the product images implied. I was expecting a simple light blue, but the shirt is actually more of a turquoise color. While not a bad color by any means, this does limit the range of use somewhat. It will look great in the spring, but seems a little "off" for wear in the fall/early winter. Another misleading aspect of the product imagery is that it shows the shirt tucked in; frankly, this is not a good idea, in real life. The shirt is not cut long enough to stay put, and the thick fabric will look unbalanced when tucked into anything less than traditionally full-cut pants (and if -- like me -- you aren't quite "model-thin" in the midsection, the tailoring will highlight this when tucked). However, my biggest complaint regards the cuffs; namely, that they don't really roll up. A collared shirt of any design should allow rolling to above the elbow, but the 1933 Chamois hardly allows it BELOW. You can barely fold the sleeves once, let alone twice, before the arms become uncomfortably tight and you run out of placket to work with. Forget doing some rugged handyman stuff -- you'll be lucky to be able to do the dishes.
Verdict: I'm a bit disappointed, but I'm keeping it (just getting it was a massive hassle, although through no fault of L.L. Bean or their excellent customer service department). I don't plan to use the item as an actual work shirt, so its failings in that area aren't that big of a deal for me. As a relaxed, comfortable, casual layer, this shirt-jacket works great. But those looking for a truly functional piece for messy, outdoor tasks might wish to try something else.
January 29, 2014