Like anyone who came of age in the ’90s, my early fashion years were shaped by one very special place: Delia’s.
Back then it was still a catalog, and I can’t tell you how many hours I spent poring over it from front to back cover. Entire playdates would be spent staring at the latest Delia’s catalog to arrive by mail; first we’d go through and pick our favorite item on each page, before going back and analyzing the various models (my favorite was a very Liv Tyler-looking girl) and then taking scissors to paper and making a mood board collage. The only problem with Delia’s was that my mom wouldn’t let me order anything from it until I turned 13. Though the wait was excruciating, it meant that my very first order was a big deal.
To this day, I remember exactly what I got: Two muscle tees–one in heather gray, the other in heather blue, a pack of those metal coil bracelets, and then, my very favorite, a tank top that had a photorealistic image of clouds on the front. But like most things from Delia’s, what looked amazing in the catalog didn’t always hold up so well in real life, and after a year or two of heavy wardrobe rotation, the tank started to rip and my mom convinced me to just let it go.
I wouldn’t say I regret the decision to allow my ultimate Delia’s order to get away, but I do think about (way more than anyone should ever think about any item of clothing). And then I saw this tee from Local Heroes and I felt as if I was 12 again and had just spent the afternoon lying on my floor flipping through the latest Delia’s catalog while Jewel and Alanis Morissette played on the radio (the real radio, not the Spotify version). This time I’m hoping I don’t wear it out so quickly–but just to be safe, I’m picking up two. And you can, too–they’re for sale right here! Put in your order, and then let me know what your Delia’s dream item was in the comments below. –REBECCA WILLA DAVIS