During the Stone Age, dressing for distress was all the rage, because cave people knew tattered threads would make them less likely to be courted by a handsome triceratops. Dress for success with today's Groupon: for $75, you get $150 worth of apparel at Blue Bee in Santa Barbara.
Blue Bee and its sister stores, Blue Bee Men's and Blue Bee Jeans, all festoon fashion seekers in classic pieces and duds from up-and-coming designers. Having been the shop stop for a bevy of celebrities, including Heidi Klum, Madonna, Halle Berry and Jessica Simpson, Blue Bee keeps clotheshorses fully adorned with couture wearables from lines such as Alice + Olivia, Alexander Wang, Kill City, and Paige Premium Denim. Ladies can slip into a Sara Kimono long-sleeved top ($88) or Luke racerback top ($78) from Capote. Guys can gear up for a casual date or judicial hearing with tees and long-sleeved shirts ($38–82) by Drifter.
Ella Moss drapes bodies in light and flowing tunics, skirts, dresses, and tops ($85–$138), and Creative Reaction, Nyovee and Hugh Simms accessorize guys with ties ($58+), kicks ($70+), and snazzy belts ($138+). Blue Bee also offers a glinty selection of baubles from lines such as Tiger Lily and Happy Socks, as well as a bundle of handbags, belts, and other accessories to complement any outfit or occasion.
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