06 /30
Bye Bye bebe

I remember cashing my first pay check after college thinking, “Wow, I can afford some cute clothes at Bebe now.” Oh, how times change. Nowadays I subscribe to Bebe’s emails just to get notified of their newest selection of cheap and tacky designs.

For example, I got this email a few days ago from Bebe. It’s a bold guide of “what to wear” the entire 4th of July Weekend.

Bebe 4th+of+July
I admit, the white dress is cute with a blazer for dinner and drinks.

But the black “dress” looks more like a tank the Real Housewives of OC would wear to Pilates. I’d never “hit the dance floor” with a rhinestone “Bebe” across my chest.


Bebe+dress grandmas+blanket

The Sunday dress looks like a throw blanket my grandma could sew. Stripes are great, BUT the “Downtown Fireworks” dress is all WRONG. Bad color combo, bad design, unflattering and it’s $79.


                  Cute                   Isn’t this a shirt?                Ew                       Tacky 

So why am I bagging on Bebe? Because 90% of the clothes I bought there in the past fell apart, lost buttons or had bad zippers that broke after the first few times I wore them. Plus, their designs are poor (for the most part) and their cute clothes are NOT worth the prices they charge. I said bye to Bebe years ago, but maybe you’ve had better luck shopping there.

Do you have any stores you liked in the past, but you’re just so OVER now? icon wink

Have a great 4th of July Weekend!

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  • Lost.in.Idaho

    I used to always buy Lucky brand jeans, but after a while I noticed you don’t get what you pay for. $80 for a pair of jeans that wear and fall apart after less than a year? No thanks.

    For slacks, I have always loved Haggar. Their black label slacks look good, lay right, and go with everything.

    …almost ashamed to admit, but I went through a CK phase back in the late 90′s… don’t ask…

  • fifi

    lol this post made me laugh! i agree!! have a great 4th Dale!!

  • r.alsharif

    You were sooooo right about the dresses! The black one looks like a stretched out tank :P I never really liked Bebe’s dresses. I do however LOVE BCBG and Karen Millen, check them out I really think you’ll like them! :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13104430834127197725 Bobbi

    I’ve only found a handful of things I liked at BeBe and I think I only bought one thing of theirs.

  • marialε

    Well, i don’t, but surely my taste has change.., that dress of Bebe.. i don’t like at all!
    My Fashion Bug

  • DSK Steph

    Thanks for stopping by Dale! I hope you have a great 4th weekend! -Steph :D

  • A Daily Mishmash

    Express. I still swear that there was a time in the late 90s/early 2000s when it was good (I still wear some of the dresses I got then) but then they got all business casual with their “design studio” stuff…

  • Holly

    omg i used to LOVE bebe. it’s amazing how my view of that brand has changed SO drastically in just the past few years. i used to think it was expensive, but that the designs and quality matched. but i have to think that their overall look has changed since then because everything just seems expensive and really really ugly or cheapy looking.

    is it just our perception or maybe HAVE really changed?!?!??!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12304596718908705463 Jay

    yup, the white dress does it for me. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09950764761626950473 A Heel in Mint

    I agree..they are way too expensive and they can look tacky. I do like some of their clothes but I am not a bebe fan. Being a Merchandiser I think they are way overpriced.

    Heel in Mint

  • Emma

    I have only purchased shoes at Bebe and have had success so far (knock on wood lol) I completely agree with you on that tank top/dress? It looks silly lol. They are Definitely overpriced for their clothing.

  • FleurLapin

    Abercrombie, American Eagle, Hollister etc. It used to be so in during high school. Now I look back and makes me cringe. Haha

  • Mrs. Julius

    I would only buy dresses at the Bebe outlets….but i feel the same…some stuff are cute but most are really cheap looking. And yes, i would never wear anything with a logo across my chest…it’s sooo tacky. lol


  • audrey marie

    i used to LOVE arden b. now i cant remember the last time i even walked into one of their stores!!

    although i did dig up an old skirt from there that i currently love again.

  • http://www.fashionaddictgirl.com Fashion Addict

    I’ve never bought from Bebe although there were some times when I passed by their store and like a few things, but I don’t know I guess it’s not enough of my style. But I do like the white dress, I think it’s really cute.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, we all have things that we liked/loved in the past, but if its not the right fit for you, eventually you will realize its not worth the “price” that you spent. I am glad that you’ve gotten over “BEBE”! Have fun this weekend!

  • coutureaholic

    I love this post! I went through a BEBE phase too while I was in college… don’t know what I was thinking. I’d like to add to that list… Arden B, and armani exchange haha.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07987569230654072345 the nyanzi report

    an honest opinion – that’s what i love about this post.

    if anyone from their team is reading this, then they should take heed and take actions to resolve these issues.

  • Monia

    I would save the white dress, is cute!
    Monia, Rome

  • Tanvi

    I like this post. I haven’t shopped at bebe but have never liked their stuff to begin with. I cannot think of a store I dislike now … but I have stopped shopping at Forever 21, H&M etc. simply ‘coz their stuff wld never last and then every second person is wearing it.

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

  • district5

    Orsay…but taste is changing. Today I would never go there ;)


  • Sada

    So funny…and true! Hadn’t thought about it til reading this (awesomely honest) post! It’s no wonder I haven’t featured any bebe dresses on my blog! Yes, I have a LONG list of stores I wouldn’t step into any longer..mainly a quality issue. GREAT post!

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  • http://theonlyfashionprincess.blogspot.com http://theonlyfashionprincess.blogspot.com

    love the white dress!

  • Erin

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  • Erin

    Sorry-misspelled a word!

    You are spot-on with Bebe-there quality seems to have gone wayyyyy down when they lost most of their client base, because people’s tastes had changed. Great post!


    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

  • Krystal

    this was such a funny post! i’m with ya, those are NOT good looks!!

  • FashionJazz

    ReaLly good post and quite funny : ) I have never bought anything there and after ur post I certainly won’t : )

    Hope u have a lovely wknd

  • Zarna

    i agree – i only like the white dress!

    i do like bebes shoes, but i think they’re overpriced!

  • SewPetiteGal

    LOL – great post! That black “dress” really just looks like a tank top. I used to be WAY into A&F :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15632574268834771930 Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

    I love this post…OMG you’re so right what’s going on with their clothing lately …serious BEBE get your stuff together.

    <3 Marina

  • Linda

    Great post! I’ve heard of Bebe but never actually shopped there! I did get keychain from there once though!



    I have never liked Bebe to be honest, and what you said about this post is so true – I agree! xx

  • MK

    I must say first and last dress are not so bad, but those in the middle are complete disaster just like you said.



  • Jillian

    nice post! bebe never rly appealed to me though haha


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16454697807016901341 Pop Champagne

    lol yeah agree, the whole logo across the chest was big in 98 with tommy hilfiger back in my middle school but now.. not so much!! I think bebe is slowing turning into guess just with less prints!

  • derek

    haha i’m totally with you! i’m not a fan of bebe and never will be!!
    i have relatives that think bebe is like a major designer brand. . . oh jeez

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03113030764223438010 Cindy Whitehead

    Bebe has changed – and not for the better – you hit the nail ,on the head w/this post! (-:

  • Taylor K

    haha I remember having an obsession with Bebe in middle school and the beginning of high school. I thought they were soo cool lol now I have gotten rid of all the clothing I have purchased from them with exception of a tank top i wear to work out in (which the rhinestones have started falling off years ago). Their designs are cheap and I will never purchase again from them!

  • Dirt On The Rocks

    bebe dresses look good on the mannequin or in pictures, but once it’s been washed or used it seems to fall apart.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10378565480144076489 PaulinaMo

    Too funny! You are right on! I have only bought a couple of dresses and the bandage skirts in the last year and only because they were on MEGA sale! Lately I’ve noticed their styling is super tacky! and the cute dresses that they do have and sell for $120+ are worn out, if you go to a party there is a 50% someone else is also wearing it! ha ha ha

    they should hire some of us fashion bloggers to give them a lift ;)


  • B.Inspired

    This is how I am feeling about Bebe as well..I used to love this store when I was in my early 20s..now not so much! I feel the same with Cache too..it used to have really stunning evening wear, now I’m over it as well!


  • jess

    My taste has changed a lot and I think it will still change.

  • Mimi

    bebe is definitely one of them! they used to have such nice clothes, i don’t know why they’re so tacky now. :/

    <3, Mimi

  • Gaby de Modacapital

    I really like the stripes dress! Gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09909569692704637596 Deanna Wagner

    i’m a little embarrassed to say i used to be obsessed with abercrombie and hollister clothes. like whoaa, what was i thinking? cheaply made and the designs seem so hideous now. but i guess it’s a phase most american girls in the suburbs go through.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11116159240551211750 vivalablonda

    I totally agree w you, I love BEBE BEFORE! but I dont know what happen… sudenly it was like WTF? Half of the clothing are like nay and extremely expensive.


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  • Francesca R

    I was luckier than you then! I have a lot of stuff from Bebe and it is still ok! Sorry to hear what happened to you!!

  • Alexa

    Yeeeah I kind of agree with you about Bebe.

  • Oh my Dior!

    omg! this dresses are so awesome! love the colors!


  • Bree

    I agree. I never liked Bebe in the first place and their clothes are quite expensive!

    xoxo, Bree


  • Jessie

    I love the little white dress! I used to really love Arden B dresses but since gaining weight after having my son, I have to bid Arden B goodbye! I haven’t walk inside their store for a while now! :)


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    I’d be happy if you check out my blog and follow if you like. xx


  • Anonymous

    I was wondering if they got new designers or something! In the past year the clothes are looking real cheap and tacky but the prices are still high. I had to bid farewell to Bebe as well but from time to time I stop by the website to see if the Bebe that I knew and LOVED returned…

  • Anonymous

    I really liked Bebe from the late 90′s to early 2000′s. I have a faux persian lamb coat that I still wear that is almost 9 years old. I do agree that most of the clothes in the last 7 years look so cheap. I did have one item that looked beautiful a black and white Asian flower silk kimono dress/tunic but the zipper broke the second time i wore it. To pay $150 to wear something twice is crazy expensive.

    I would rather pay $30 for a cheap item at Forever 21 than 4-5 times that at Bebe and for it to last about the same time.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15994112162655490024 Dale

      Yea I totally have to agree with you the quality and designs have really gone downhill. And it definitely makes more sense to pay $30 for F21 than 4-5 times more when they fall apart so fast :)

      Thanks for your comment

  • Former Bebe Babe

    I bought a beautiful, expensive silk blouse there and wore it like three times. I just noticed that the darts are starting to separate – it is literally coming apart. I am so disappointed. I also have what I thought was a cute white skirt from there in a classy length (not slutty short), started to come apart on me, actual threads coming out of it…and a smoking hot red dress I paid $150 for that is also a piece of garbage. Mind you, these things were the very best of what they had, not ugly patterns – one color, super pretty things to start with. Shame on you Bebe!!!

  • Danielle

    Its not just you…I think bebe has undergone new management in the past several years, as the cloths are not as well made and the designs are a little more on the tacky side…

  • Danielle

    Its not just you…I think bebe has undergone new management in the past several years, as the cloths are not as well made and the designs are a little more on the tacky side…

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