I never really thought of swiping at BEBE, since this mass market chain shop is no place for those kinds of shenanigans. But no, that would just sound incredibly snobby, an affectation I’ve clearly mastered …. *scoffs* … In all seriousness in 2014 I’m having more trouble finding purchase worthy goods at moderate to expensive chains that carry snooty labels. Offline or online you get what I’m saying. Places like Vince and Theory I don’t bother with. Why? Because the basics are produced masterfully in quality fabrics, but again the patterns are so easy to replicate there’s no way I could swipe.
Couture labels nowadays carry the most amazing things of course. Thing’s you’ll find on the runways of Chanel, or Dior (two couture brands that are noteworthy). But who actually shops at those places besides the wives of Oil tycoons from Texas or Dubai? Let’s just stop one second and talk about those nylon (or whatever high end material it is) trousers with pockets at Dior? You know the cargo ones? I can’t handle how great they are.
Anyhow I recently found a piece that I was super excited about, in the least expected of places. This is my first BEBE piece since like, 7th grade or so. It’s derivative of 90′s and 00′s Galliano, and I can still remember this sheer + nude compensated lace dress Kate Moss wore to some event that had me on my knees. It was a lace patchwork of sorts that, if you could imagine, was both racy and ethereal in one frock.
For a more casual approach I paired with a Madewell military jacket. I can’t wait to write more on this piece, as I’ve wearing this number all summer long. Short sleeved and maliciously designed again it proves Madewell is a force to be reckoned with, and not just in their jewelry department, which seems to be embellished research from Pinterest and unknown designers from Etsy.
Ironically this favorite dress of mine which I feel shouldn’t even go on sale is now on sale at their chain stores. I got this when it was at $125 but it should be like half that now. Come to think of it it is not so ironic. People who could easily buy this won’t because they fear shopping at Bebe like it’s Walmart. People who don’t buy this dress may not recognize it’s value, and that’s more of a lack of fashion history and the derivative design of this dress than anything else. It doesn’t matter to me I dress to either stop traffic, to get checked out, or to get compliments. It’s really that simple.