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Earlier today, I ran across a post on one of my favorite blog websites, Hello Giggles. The post was called “19 Reasons Why You Miss Getting the Delia*s Catalog” and it provided all the exciting memories that the title promises! I don’t know about you, but when I was in high school I practically ran to the mailbox every day, or rather, the days I didn’t have a current catalog, in the hope that my Delia*s catalog would be in it. I remember so many of the pages were dog-eared with all of the items that I wanted, which I also circled with colored pens just so they’d be sure to stand out when I casually left the catalog on the kitchen table. Getting the merchandise in the mail was even more exciting, obviously, and one of my favorite purchases was a “floor length” black skirt with a drawstring at the waist and a pair of burgundy platform shoes with velcro closures that I totally LOVED (see picture below but imagine them in dark red). The skirt had pockets in front and was a light, cool cotton. Unfortunately, while I loved the clothes I got from that catalog, the problem I always found with the bottoms from Delia’s was that they were too short for my 5’7″ frame. The skirt swept the floor on the model in the catalog and her shoes, which were the ones I bought, poked out slightly as the fabric puddled nicely around them. It looked comfy but still feminine and cute and I wanted to emulate that look. The skirt ended up hitting at my ankle and it looked ridiculous with the shoes, well, with any shoes really, aside from flip flops which weren’t the “style” in the 90′s without a platform sole. Thankfully, my stepmother had a sewing machine and she was able to add a strip of fabric to the bottom of the skirt to make it the desired length and I was able to wear it, but the new fabric didn’t match everything after that so it became tedious to plan outfits with it.
But, as usual, I am getting lost in my own rambling thoughts. The point here is, the post on Hello Giggles brought back some serious memories and when I saw that my mall had an actual store a few years ago, I almost jumped up and down in delight. Unfortunately, the new stores in person and online don’t quite hold the same quirky and wholesome appeal that the old catalogs did, but they still have some cute things. However, my location in Boca Raton was closed so now the only remaining locations in my area are in Wellington and Fort Lauderdale, however, I think that my days of wearing clothes from Delia*s are behind me anyway, but thanks to Peggy Wang over at Hello Giggles for bringing back all of the reasons why so many girls loved getting that Delia*s catalog in the mail.