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As far as wardrobe staples go, a large structured canvas tote bag is top-tier — especially when used as a beach bag.
The difference between this kind of heavy-duty canvas tote bag and the flimsy ones you always seem to have (but never know where they came from) is that it’s both wildly practical and a timeless accessory. The most iconic of the large canvas tote bag is the L.L.Bean Boat and Tote. With its signature colored seams and handles and endless monogram options, the L.L.Bean tote is as if the Kennedys and a Nancy Meyers movie had a baby. That baby, of course, is the coastal grandmother aesthetic.
The L.L.Bean Boat and Tote has been popping off on TikTok, as the salty smell of beach season is in the air, and everyone’s manifesting “New England Summer” vibes. And because TikTok is TikTok, it found an affordable alternative to the L.L.Bean tote on Amazon that is very similar and much cheaper.
While the L.L.Bean tote starts at $39.95, the DALIX 22-Inch Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag (Zippered) is just $13.99.
22-Inch Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag (Zippered), $13.99
Available in 10 colors, the DALIX Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag is great if you’re looking for that classic Red (Taylor’s Version) energy on a budget. Like the L.L.Bean one, it features a secure zip top and thick base. Unlike the L.L.Bean Boat and Tote, this one comes with an exterior pocket to store small accessories like keys, headphones and random sticks of gum.
The Amazon canvas tote currently holds a 4.7 out of 5 stars rating based on nearly 5,000 reviews. FWIW, a ton of reviewers have specifically compared both this and the L.L.Bean Boat and Tote.
“For the price, you can’t beat these bags,” wrote one Amazon shopper who owns several of them. “They are perfect for toting things to the beach, market, overnight trips, etc..” They then go on to explain that the canvas is lighter than the more expensive L.L. Bean tote, but it’s still durable enough for every use.
DALIX Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag
FWIW, monogramming is not available with the DALIX Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag. Still, plenty of Amazon users bought the less expensive bags and chose to monogram them on their own. In fact, TikTok user @chi.yo.riii even bought them for her bridesmaids, sewing their initials on with pearl patches she bought off Etsy.
OK, cool. Now that you’re successfully briefed on the DALIX Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag, do you know what would go great with it? An invite to Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July party. It’s time to manifest, besties.
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