dELiA*s was IT in the 90s & 2000s. So much so, that it’s made a comeback and is living on through a dELiA*s collection at Dolls Kill that is the literal definition of vibe.

Despite it’s mini comeback, the actual storefront (and catalog) are no more (RIP). But the legacy of each of these things has left manyyyy memories of our tween-and-teendom obsessions, particularly our love for sPeAkInG iN MiXeD cApS. Here are 14 reasons we looooved dELiA*s in the 90s & 2000s—and why we miss shopping there and getting the catalog in our mailboxes!

1. You wanted to be this girl

Or at least wanted that vest…which was so much cooler than what Free People sells today.

delia's fall catalog

2. You were too old for Limited Too (RIP) but you still wanted to be trendy

It was the perfect mix of tween and teen, and 100% badass.

delias clothing

3. Every item was named after a girl just like you!

Did they use the list of most popular girls’ names between the years of 2006-2014?) and yet, despite the most unique names, you were dumbfounded to find out your name was used for a pair of baby blue bootcut mid-rise jeans.

delia's jeans

4. The Delia*s Catalog!!!

When the dELiA*s catalogue came in the mail, you did everything in your power to ignore your homework and dog ear everything you wanted for the upcoming season. What better way to spend the afternoon after school than flipping through deliA’s with a Fruit By The Foot?

5. When you wanted to place your order, you had to *fill out an order form*

6. Limited Too introduced us to graphic tees, but dELiA*s expanded on the selection

It took up four whole pages in the catalog!

7. The brand introduced us to printed henleys, flannel sheets with clouds on them and square-cut necklines

delia's printed henley top

8. Paul Frank PJs

The sleepwear of camp girls everywhere.

paul frank pj's
9. Flower Power accessories to the max

delia's accessories
10. The retailer was the best place to find a dress for the middle school dance.

And prom, I guess

delia's catalog formal
11. There is no other brand that would use an *asterisk* rather than an apostrophe. It was just that much cooler.

delias store
12. Glitter pots and blue lipstick

If you wanted to rebel from tweenage angst, dELiA*s had you covered.

delia's glitter
13. In the early ’00s, deliA*s introduced pop culture on the first two and last two pages of the catalog

So with your parents’ permission (or not…), you could go online and read all about O-Town’s new song or take quizzes on how to get your crush to like you.

14. If camo shorts and floral sleeveless button-ups existed today, you’d totally still wear them on a daily basis

delia's catalog floral

Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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