I know L.L. Bean has a bad reputation for selling mom clothes and hunting gear, but I’m here to set the record straight. I love L.L. Bean. Granted, I’d probably never buy a pair of jeans or a going-out outfit from them, but they have always been a go-to for several of my cold weather staples and urban outdoor adventure gear. For example, this year my L.L. Bean wishlist consists of the following classic Bean items:
Rubber Moc Bean Boots ($69). The ultimate L.L. Bean staple… I’ve just got to get this in my closet!
Outdoor Travel Vest ($79). I’m not sure I could get away with wearing this when not fishing or hunting, but I don’t care! It just makes me want to cozy up by a campfire and drink some hot chocolate (with Kahlua of course).
If you still think these classics are too mom-like or outdoorsy, check out these pretties from the L.L. Bean Signature line. I had no idea L.L. Bean was getting so fancy. I love it!
Heritage Metallic Tote ($189). Just like everything else L.L. Bean makes, I’m sure this simple chic tote would last forever.
Donegal Tweed Dress ($225). Can you say classic?
Stow Wool Ankle Boot ($189). Classic with a modern twist.
Alright, last but not least (and I know I’m verging on L.L. Bean overload here) I want to share these amazing photos I found in the Life photo archives of the early years of L.L. Bean (the man and the store). All were taken by George Strock at the factory in Freeport, Maine in 1941.
Well, that’s all I’ve got. I hope I shattered some stereotypes today!