Rated 1 out of 5 by Renaissancewoman Placket buckles, didn't wash well
I was really looking forward to having a chamois shirt like an older one that I have from a different maker. This one didn't measure up. The fabric was on the thin side for chamois. After one washing, the placket buckled and the fabric developed an uneven nap, almost like pilling. I had purchased the gray heather. Maybe the other colors wash better? Didn't like the pockets either...too bulky. I returned mine and didn't try another. Thank you LLBean for your great return policy. I wasn't stuck with this.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LostCause Nice shirt, not relaxed fit
I love this shirt. It's a nice heavy flannel in a feminine cut and color. I can't comment on how it compares to the old chamois shirts because this is the first chamois shirt I've ordered from LLBean. I'm 5' 5" and 140 lbs, small-chested. I can often fit in either a size S or M. I ordered size S because the fit is described as relaxed. I have the Big Corduroy shirt, which is a relaxed fit, in size S and that shirt is much roomier on me than this one. This shirt fits me perfectly in a size S but I'm going to have to wash it in cold water and air dry it because there is no room for shrinkage. It is roomy enough to layer over a henley but I wouldn't call it a relaxed fit. Next time I'll order size Medium. I ordered the emerald teal. I expected a darker teal based on the online photo, but it's a vibrant green teal. It's pretty, just not what I expected.
December 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Starfishonthebeach No Pockets
I would love this shirt if there were no pockets. They make the shirt too bulky. Have you ever thought of offering a second choice without the pockets?
The shirt is very well made, good warm material and a good fit. I just don't need the pockets.
December 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by HorseGrl No longer deserves to be called a chamois shirt
As a customer with so much New England loyalty to LL Bean and their outstanding customer service, I'm very sad to see the decline of this product.
Growing up in my family you had Bean boots, a Bean bag (the canvas boat tote), and a Bean shirt (a chamois shirt), so I've been wearing these things since I was in first grade and my dad's stained chamois shirt became my art smock.
For decades I relied on my chamois shirt to wear doing barn chores, to keep off a chilly breeze, and be standing by in the back seat of my car.
Unfortunately I have to advise returning customers to stay away from this impostor (unless and until the prior quality is revived, hopefully soon!!) because the material is so light weight and flimsy its more like a normal flannel shirt. LL Bean already sells plenty of great flannel shirts- we don't need to water down the chamois model for that.
Too bad they don't have a men's XXS because the guys still get to enjoy the sturdier material in their version. Here's for equality in product toughness!
December 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by hobbitlady2 ok
My shirt just came today, and I wondered if it might be the men's version (long, large cuffs and buttons far apart). It's a beautiful red, and nice looking shirt. Do wish it were thicker, but it's still thicker than the regular flannel.
November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CanadianJo Love it
Had a chamois shirt years ago and loved it although it was very thick. The new one is wonderful not quite as heavy duty as the mens so more flattering for women. My only complaint is I listened to the other reviews and bought large assuming it would shrink. It shrunk minimally, and as you wear it it eases out again. It looks fine as a jacket shirt but I will buy another one in a Med for a better fit. I have found I am a medium in all of LLBean clothes and should have stuck to it
November 11, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Schoolteach Chamois shirt
I ordered the grey this year. I have 3 from previous years. I can't
believe how much thinner this shirt is. It feels like a cotton shirt.
What happened to the heavier better quality shirts I have from
previous and last year.
October 20, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by lo49 This shirt shrinks!!!
I really wanted this shirt! After reading other reviews saying this shirt shrinks, I ordered it anyway thinking I could keep it from shrinking. I washed it in cold water and hung it to dry instead of using the dryer.
The pretty Plum Tart color faded to a really ugly reddish-purple in the cold water. After it dried, I tried it on and found that the length had shrunk a lot. Unfortunately, I had already thrown away the return label. I am extremely disappointed and will NOT be wearing it.
September 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MTOD Awesome, but the arms are too short!
I have this shirt in the Plum Tart and Soft Blue, and they're both really pretty, soft, and warm. I'm 5'6" 140 36D, and since I wear a M flannel shirt I ordered a L, and it fits great. However, I did have to send back the first shirt I ordered after the sleeves shrank up to an unwearable length in the dryer. Now I hang them to dry, and put them through an air fluff cycle to make them softer. I've said it before about other Bean's flannel shirts, and I really hope they hear me: they need to make their flannel shirts' sleeves longer, because they shrink a LOT. Sleeves can always be rolled up, but you can't shrink your arms!
September 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lovinglife1 Nice fitting and comfortable
I have both versions, mens and womens. What I do like about the womens version is that is is lighter weight(compared to the mens) and you can use it has a shirt rather than a jacket. I purchased both the large and XL. They both fit, but of course the XL is a more baggy look. I like that these shirts fit a womens body and do not look as boxy as the mens. If you want to use this type of shirt as a jacket I would suggest buying the mens version, it is a thicker chamois..you will love it. Both are great depending what you want them for. I will buy more next year if different colors.
June 7, 2014