14 Reasons We Miss Shopping At dELiA’s

Our favorite tween retailer may have closed its doors, but its legacy has left memories of our tween-and-teendom minds, particularly our love for sPeAkInG iN MiXeD cApS:

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 had a girl’s name (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. Two Words: CATALOG SHOPPING. 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

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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