When I was in high school, L.L. Bean was *just* about the coolest retailer ever.
And, yes, I am aware of how that sounds.
College visiting trips required a stopover in Freeport to pick up a puffer vest. A new school year meant a brand new backpack. Flannel plaid shirts were de rigeur over black pants and Doc Martens. Sometime after the grunge movement faded, I went to college in California and forgot all about the New England preppy-practical retailer.
But now that I'm back in New York and ostensibly grown up, I'm rediscovering the appeal of some L.L. Bean classics. For example: Duck boots.
As the fall weather has turned to winter, I find myself searching for something weather-worthy and good-looking for strolling around and playground runs with Reese. Not to mention that my parents' country house has a newfound allure for my husband every Sunday (Two words: Redskins and DirecTV) and flats are a little too City Mouse.
Enter duck boots, formally known as Bean Boots. I picked up a pair in the navy and tan combination and I'm so amped to break them in. I'm thinking of pairing them with skinny jeans and thick socks, tights and thick socks, leggings and thick socks (you get the idea...).
Plus, as I get older, I'm seduced by the ancillary benefits of L.L. Bean. Shipping is always free, products have a lifetime guarantee, and everything is made in the U.S.A. But you know...even Angela Chase grew up and apparently joined the CIA.
This time, I'm steering clear of the oversized flannel shirts though. With age comes wisdom.