Rated 5 out of 5 by BeansRegular Yet Another Great LLBean Fleece
I cannot believe someone said that this fleece jacket was frumpy. Far from it! I am 5'7" 115lb and athletic and will not wear baggy or frumpy fleece. This wonderful jacket fits me perfectly in the regular XS, so it is true to size.
I now have all of the colors, as I have been adding to them to compliment different outfits. It works just fine in the draped open style, providing just enough warmth to keep the chill away when I keep the thermostat lower in the winter (66). The way I like to wear it the best is with a simple, thin leather belt holding it in a wrapped around style. This is the warmest, works the best under a leather or winter jacket or coat, and looks the most stylish. As others have mentioned, it also works well as a bed jacket or mini-robe--like when you are relaxing but wouldn't be caught dead answering the door in a bath robe.
The pockets to me are the only (slight) drawback. They are set back on the side seams, which may be inconvenient for use as hand pockets, but allows them to be deeper and hold more small items, which is what I use my pockets for anyway. When the fleece is wrapped around my waist with a belt, the pockets are brought more forward also.
The waist gathering does not bother me, as it gives this fleece jacket its feminine shape. It falls at my natural waist and does not create any sort of poofy effect. If you are a more curvy lady who would like to wrap this fleece, it would not look oversized if you went one size up to accommodate hips. The collar can be adjusted wider or more narrow depending on how you want to wear it.
Best part of all is that it is fleeced on both sides, unlike the new thinner fitness fleece, and more like my favorite comfort fleece. Despite this, it is in no way thick or bulky, just warm.
As with my other LLBean fleece, it washes up well--I use a cold water wash for everything now, and hang it to dry after 10 minutes in a low (not hot) dryer. No shrinkage and no pilling in any of them.
I was hoping to see more colors, both traditional (black and cream) and new fall shades (loden, russet, cranberry, deep gold, emerald, cobalt blue). I"m waiting LLBean!! These would surely complement my wardrobe and attract other women to these wonderful cozy fleece jackets.
November 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Janeypearl Cozy but Poor Style
This is so super soft and comfy I really wanted to like this. But, the style is really awful. The pockets are placed way to the back, not convenient. Worse, that gathering in the back does not make this feminine or stylish; instead, it's utterly frumpy and unflattering. I am debating whether to bother returning this. It feels wonderfully cozy, but I'm not sure I'd wear it out of the house.
October 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sensitive Looking for another
Love my blue flyaway fleece...a bit more dressy than a zip up but still cozy.Washes and dries looking great. I have been looking for them to return in your catalog because I would like to have it in black...but sadly haven't seen it return. Please bring it back in more colors.
October 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by octblonde Only one negative issue
I ordered this in the brown and the blue color. I'm debating on returning the blue one - not sure I really like it in that color...but DO love the brown one. I ordered a size small (I'm 5'2" tall, around 125lbs, 38D bust) and it fits great. I like the length of it, and have no issue with the gathering in the back as some others did - I like the way the gathering looks, it falls at a good place on me (I'm kind of short waisted, though), and I like how it gives some shape to the jacket. The fleece is a wonderful weight and so soft - very nice! I'm sure it will be plenty warm for our Southern fall/winter. I'm not a fan of big bulky jackets or coats.
Okay, now to my one negative: I like that the jacket has pockets...BUT, as some other reviewers mentioned, they are in a weird place (far to the sides) and at an awkward angle or something - they're just hard to get your hands into. They should have set them in closer to the front. That's the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5.
August 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by SBcee Please more....in Plus size!
Best item ever, comfy, looks nice, fits well. Only issue I have is please make these in Plus Sizes. I have plenty of friends who would love to own one of these!
July 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by caramelkiss2008 Like getting to wear your favorite blanket
This caught my eye in the catalog because of the style, very feminine
and flattering. I have two of these, the brown and charcoal grey. Neutral so they can go over anything. I've gotten a lot of use out of these. What I like to do to preserve the fleece softness, is just hang dry. I learned the hard way with another LL Bean fleece item that the dryer stiffens up the fabric.
July 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by alwayschilly Best wear-alone or layering piece EVER
I can't think of enough descriptive adjectives to convince you this fleece cardigan is the best piece I have. (Besides the cotton shawl collar flyaway cardigan also offered by LLBean.) I have the fleece ones in each color. I got the Petite XS (I weigh 106 lbs & 5'2"). It is true to size so get the size you would normally wear. I wear this soft & comfortable & warm cardigan alone with my jeans, sweatpants, or dressier pants. I wear it under my coat or a leather jacket as a layering piece when I need more warmth. The shawl collar is a perfect design as you can cross it over your chest to keep the chill away. It then peeks out of your coat/jacket like a scarf! I wear it with my PJs while I sit in bed writing in my daily journal. You will find you want to wear it all the time so get a couple of them!
I am disappointed it doesn't come in my favorite color - Black. Hopefully next season it will.
February 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by grandmarose fleece flyaway
I love my fleece flyaway. It is warm and stylish and it is the right length. I would recomend it.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by PipsGrammy Cold? I always am-this is the best topper ever!
This lovely fleece cardigan has a warm and snuggly soft cowl collar, two pockets and is generously cut and very comfortable.
The princess lines are flattering, and the length keeps you warm yet is not bulky. Lovely enough to wear out to town, but truly an essential part of my daily wear for home and gym.
January 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ORTECH1 Comfortable,Soft,Stylish,True to Size
Bought 1 for myself and 2 for gifts.Good move on my part
January 10, 2013