One Item, Two Ways: L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

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I'm so excited to tell you that I am starting a new series here on Celebrating This Life and it's one that is very close to my heart. We all know about cost-per-wear and getting the best value out of an item so that's exactly what I am here to show you, how to style this L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby right now, and in a few weeks when fall officially arrives!


We are entering the tricky summer to fall transitional season. I think this is actually the toughest seasonal transition because it is so hard to dress for! If we wear jeans on too warm a day, or too light a shirt on a chilly day, you will be uncomfortable. Making matters worse is that in one day it can be cold, then warm, cool, than hot and back to cold in less than 24 hours! My secret to styling this tricky season is layering. I'm going to show you how I styled this for a warmer day and a cooler evening.

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One Item, Two Ways: L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

One Item, Two Ways: L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

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One Item, Two Ways: L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

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Last weekend it was beautifully sunny but you could start to feel summer slowly slipping away. We were out driving our vintage car and stopped at one of my favourite local lakes. A white t-shirt, cut off jean shorts, tortoise sunnies and boat shoes would have been a great outfit for August, but in September another layer was needed. The soft cotton rugby is a great light layer as it keeps chills at bay, and you don't overheat. I have a few thicker sweaters and unfortunately this time of year, even October and some of November, they are too thick and I overheat in them. I can really only use them in the winter months and I'm not a fan of that because I like to be able to use each clothing item in all four seasons! It's the most effective way to get your cost per wear down, and prevent your closet from overflowing. 

The soft cotton rugby (I also have the navy one, last seen here) is my new go to sweater because I know I can get the cost per wear down into the pennies, it is unbelievably soft and I can comfortably wear it this month when we will be still experiencing summer like weather. 

One Item, Two Ways: L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

But before you know it, the cooler air will settle in and the leaves will start to change their colours...

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and we are going to have to say goodbye to shorts and start dressing for much cooler weather.

One Item, Two Ways: L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

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One Item, Two Ways: L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

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Which you all know is something I am very much looking forward to! #IWishItWasAlwaysFall
A day after our warm weekend weather, everything changed and a cool front set in (told you, September is a weird weather month). I styled my soft cotton rugby with a long sleeve white oxford, jeans, a headband (thanks to the wind!) warm socks and my L.L.Bean boots. I can't think of a more comfortable outfit for running around town or spending time outdoors.

I love the pink, or sea rose, stripes in this shirt. I love pink and find myself reaching for it whenever I am shopping. It's such a happy colour and I think when you wear it, it lights up your face! I knew this particular shade would be perfect because it is just the softest berry and that shade of pink works in all four seasons but I have to say I especially love it in fall. It has such a warm feel to it and it matches with so many popular fall colours like browns and navys.

Back to the cost per wear, I know I can get a lot more outfits out of this sweater, lazy weekends I'll pair it with leggings, yoga pants or fitted jogging pants, casual days in the office I'll wear jeans and flats with collar shirt, weekend adventures outdoors I'll layer this with a cotton long sleeve shirt and a quilted coat to keep chills at bay and these last few summer like weekends I'll be wearing it draped over my shoulders wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

So have I convinced you that you need to add the soft cotton rugby to your wardrobe? Of course I have! You can shop via the links below. And if you have any comments on this new column or would like to suggest an item for our next round, please feel free to leave your comments below!

Late Summer Outfit: Soft Cotton Rugby c/o | Shoes | Shorts | Sunnies

Early Fall Outfit: Soft Cotton Rugby c/o | Jeans | Boots | Socks | Button Down | Headband