French terry sweatshirts are a classic staple that have recently become popular. They are perfect for the weekend or whenever you need something more casual. We recently had the chance to review two such sweatshirts, one by LL Bean and the other by Lands' End.
LL Bean is amongst America's oldest "heritage brands." Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean in Freeport, Maine the company made a name early on for itself by outfitting hunters seeking a waterproof boot. Since then, the company has come become a staple of American "Ivy" or prep style.
The LL Bean sweatshirt is made of medium weight cotton and falls somewhere in between the elegance of a merino sweater and sweatshirt you would wear to the gym. It can be worn as well with a t-shirt or a collared shirt. The fit for the LL Bean was more true to size, although the neck remained a bit tight when putting on or taking off the sweatshirt.
The Lands' End sweatshirt comes in a slightly different lighter colouring than the LL Bean edition and is made from a slightly lighter cotton than the LL Bean sweatshirt. Although the finishing on the Lands' End sweater is more elegant, with contrast ribbing, and with sides of the sweatshirt being made from a stretchier material, the fit was slightly baggy as compared to the LL Bean sweatshirt.
In the end, we preferred the LL Bean version, for the weight of the cotton and the fit. For those seeking something more stylish, the Lands' End sweatshirt maybe preferred.