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If you own anything from L.L. Bean, you know it’s made to last. Not just in the literal sense of the word, but also figuratively, because these pieces are so classic they’ll never go out of style. Take a look at the brand’s most iconic items and you’ll see that not much has changed about them since you first bought them years ago. It’s that combination of timeless designs and thoughtful production that makes L.L. Bean the iconic brand that it is.
Now’s the time to stock up on workhorse pieces that’ll last a lifetime. Also check out their outdoor equipment, like camping and fishing gear, paddling and more, because nearly everything at L.L. Bean is up to 50 percent off. It’s really easy to navigate the sale, too; you can search by size, color, price and percentage off. Here’s what we’re buying:
You can’t go wrong with a timeless favorite. L.L. Bean’s zip-top tote is customizable right down to size and monogram, and right now the Skylight color is on sale. Its handles can hold up to 500 pounds—not that you’ll be carrying a load that heavy, but it’s always good to know your goods are secure. The bottom is reinforced, too. This nautical tote works at the office, the beach or just walking around town. It’s the bag you’ll love forever.
More than 1,600 reviewers vouch for it, too: “The quality of the Boat and Tote Bags is second to none,” writes a happy shopper. “I absolutely love these bags, and I own several, and I’ve given several as gifts. I’m a teacher, and they make perfect book bags.”
Is there anything more elegant than linen? Correct answer: no. This relaxed top keeps the sun off your shoulders while paired with your favorite pants for dinner outside. The more you wear it, throw it in your bag or tie it around your shoulders, the softer it will get. We love that you can pop it in the wash to keep it fresh without the expensive dry-cleaning bill that your other linen items require.
“I may live in Montana, but a striped linen hoodie is just the ticket for summer wear,” says a five-star reviewer. “It fits well — ample sizing, but nicely shaped and the colors inspire a trip to the shore for summer fun and relaxing adventures.”
Shop it: Women's Premium Washable Linen Hoodie, $40 (was $70), llbean.com
Brooks is the authority on running shoes that truly support your feet — and these are breathable, waterproof, lightweight and tough enough for any terrain.
“Brooks are my new favorite,” writes a seasoned pro. “These trail runners are a complete game-changer. I’ve had a knee surgery in the past, and continue to have knee problems, so I can't hike in heavier hiking shoes. But these trail runners are the most lightweight and comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. No breaking-in required. Second time wearing them, I hiked Katahdin. Muddiest trail, but these kept my feet comfortable and dry all day.”
Shop it: Women's Brooks Cascadia 13 Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoes, $120 (was $160), llbean.com
This best-selling weekender will go with you on all the road trips you have planned this summer in lieu of flight cancellations. It’s so tough, one reviewer says it can handle anything you throw at it.
“This bag has been through too many international flights to count. In addition to the bag’s ultimate test (those bag-eating airline conveyor belts), this has been to five years of summer camp,” they write. “This bag has received the roughest handling that can possibly be thrown at a bag and has remained virtually unscathed.”
Shop it: Adventure Duffle, Small, $40 (was $50), llbean.com
If you don’t already own a classic cardigan you love, you’ve probably been meaning to get one. This is on sale in two colors and made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent cashmere for plenty of ease with a boost of comfort.
“Finally,” writes a happy shopper. “I have been waiting for this sweater all my life. It is beautiful and comfy. It is thin enough to be a little dressy, but thick enough to be warm. I like the softness, the length of the arms (I cuffed mine) and the sweater itself. I have washed it once, in the machine, and it came out beautifully. I think now I need it in every color.”
Shop it: Cotton/Cashmere Cardigan, $42 (was $50), llbean.com
These linen slacks will give the sweats you’ve been living in a run for their money and a much-needed day off. They’re comfy and flattering, roomy and breezy. “I am very heat sensitive and am delighted to have found linen,” writes a five-star reviewer. “These pants fit me perfectly and are as light as air.”
Shop it: Premium Washable Linen Pull-On Pants, $35 (was $69), llbean.com
Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to hit the trail in a fresh new tent or just want to set up camp in the backyard for a change of scenery, this affordable option is great. It’s roomy enough to sleep a group of four with room to spare, and is so simple you’ll be able to pitch it in about five minutes.
One reviewer showed off a glamping setup with two twin beds and a side table in the tent, while another raved that it’s the best tent on the market. “Who orders two of the same tent? I do!,” says the happy camper. “My husband and I ordered this tent, camped in it for almost four straight months, and were so highly satisfied with it that I just ordered another! Now we can take the grandchildren camping too. The tent goes up so quickly, is roomy, tall enough for a 6-footer to stand up in it, never leaked in four months of camping, goes down quickly and packs away easily in the storage bag it comes in. Ordering the second tent was a no brainer. We didn't even consider looking at others.”
Shop it: Bigelow Easy-Pitch 6-Person Folding Tent, $229 (was $299), llbean.com
Half-off alert! One of our favorite current trends is classic pajamas as real clothes. This lightweight polka dot cotton top is part-pajama shirt, part-everyday shirt.
One reviewer says it’s now a go-to summer top: “I love these shirts! I bought one print and one plaid shirt and they are great for summer,” says the fan. “They are lightweight, loose-fitting, cool, comfortable and nice-looking. They wash and dry well without wrinkling.”
Shop it: Women’s Textured Cotton Popover Shirt, $25 (was $50), llbean.com
Allow us to introduce you to the cozy slipper of your dreams. If you thought you couldn’t wear shearling all year round, think again. These have all the breathability you need without sacrificing comfort.
“The rubber sole is not overly hard, giving support on different types of flooring while still being sturdy enough to pop outside on the deck to water the plants or let the dogs out. The shearling feels like a dream as soon as I slip them on, staying cool in the summer and cozy warm in cooler weather,” writes a five-star reviewer. “The band has totally adapted to my foot and is so comfortable; not tight or pinchy at all. Even the stitching on the sides looks bright white and brand new. For the price, these slippers are amazing.”
Shop it: Women's Wicked Good Slipper One-Band Slide, $35 (was $69), llbean.com
With a 30-quart capacity, this lightweight cooler will feed a crowd on your next day trip. It’s also great for toting to work. In three colors.
“‘Perfect!’ That's what my wife said,” reports a shopper. “She likes to meal plan her lunches, so she takes 2 to 3 days worth on her first day of work. This cooler gives her plenty of room. We also use it when we go shopping to keep food cool until we get home. It's a good size, well made and gets the job done at a great price. Everything we expect from an L.L. Bean product!”
Shop it: Softpack Cooler, Picnic Plus, $25 (was $50), llbean.com
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