DUBGEE by Whoopi Review

Have you heard of DUBGEE, a new clothing line by Whoopi Goldberg? The concept is great – clothing for everyone.  No number sizes, from XS to 3X, clothing that is comfortable and made so you won't feel bad about anything in your closet. Quality, comfort, versatility, and timeless.  I loved this idea, and I am always on the hunt for new clothing lines that have a great size range and provide comfort and quality along with style.  DUBGEE is available at Neiman Marcus, Amazon, Ashley Stewart, and will eventually be at Macy's.  Seeing that Amazon had some of the collection and was offering free Prime shipping and returns, I decided to order a few pieces to do a DUBGEE by Whoopi review.

Heads up: Neiman Marcus has the same exact pieces but they are $100 more than at Amazon. And Ashley Stewart's prices are cheaper than Amazon but they only carry 1X-3X. If you like this brand, shop around for the best price.

The selection is slim pickings on Amazon.  Lacking a size chart anywhere but figuring the cut of these pieces and the usual size I wear in clothing, I figured I was a size Large in DUBGEE.  There were three things available in Large on Amazon at the time of my order. Since one was a sweatshirt and I didn't really feel that would give a good example of DUBGEE, I ordered what has been the signature piece in all marketing – the long button front belted tunic, as well as the cocoon dress.  They arrived quickly, shipped in traditional Amazon fashion (which means a box too big, plastic bags that look as though they were reused, and some air pillows to fill the void). 

DUBGEE by Whoopi Long Button Front Belted Tunic
Size Large

The print of the tunic is black with ivory.  It is a 100% polyester fabric that feels like a heavier challis or a lightweight poly crepe.  This is definitely opaque. The sleeves have a button cuff, the button is shaped like a flower.  It has a notch neckline with the same flower-shaped dark wood buttons down the front, and a self-belt held in place with two sturdy knit thread belt loops. There are on-seam pockets.

A woman wearing a black and white vertically striped belted shirtdress that hits middle of the calf length, one hand in pocket. This is for a DUBGEE by Whoopi review of the clothing line

I thought this would be cute as a dress, maybe over leggings with flats or Birkenstocks, possibly open like a jacket or trench over a black tank dress.  I was surprised to find I didn't like the print in person.  I love graphic prints, especially black with white or other neutrals.  This felt very… aggressive.  Not versatile.  This isn't a print you can easily dress up.  I found the belt to be placed quite high on the body.  While I have a large bust I am short waisted and the belt was right at the bottom of my ribcage.  I also wished the belt was a bit longer so I could be more creative with it; the current length all you can do is knot it. The slits are a good height to be worn as a dress or a tunic over pants and to have it work when walking and sitting.

The thing that surprised me the most was that this was way too small in the bust.  The buttons gape, even when I readjust the piece to have the fabric all in front.  In general, this piece ran very straight, not having a shape to accommodate curves. While it has full sleeves, the opening to the sleeve was a hair snug, restricting movement.  I wonder if other sizes are cut differently to allow for curves and comfortable movement?

This tunic retails for $158 (it's $69 at Ashley Stewart and for some reason, at Neiman Marcus, it's $248). I don't see anything remarkable about this piece that justifies the cost except that it is machine washable and able to go in the dryer.  Such fabric is usually the type that will shrink and shred when in the machine. I didn't wash it to test how it fares.

DUBGEE by Whoopi Long Cocoon Dress
Size Large

I love architectural details in clothing, and the shape of this white cotton dress appealed to me.  I saw it with chunky jewelry, my silver or white Birkenstocks, or maybe switch it up by belting it.  The fabric is 100% cotton with a visible texture/weave that makes it almost look like linen.  The 3/4 sleeves have a built-in cuff.  There are no pockets.

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen standing in an ankle-length loose cotton dress with elbow length sleeves. This is for a DUBGEE by Whoopi review of the clothing line

This dress is sheerer than the paper gown I donned when getting my pap smear. Under this dress, I am wearing a t-shirt bra that is only a hint darker than my skin, and a pair of gray-blue underwear.  But I really didn't need to tell you that since it's so visible just in natural light. There is no way this could be worn without a slip, which would not only ruin the breezy aspect of the dress, but also ruin the silhouette. I also found it weird to have seams in the back to essentially point to the bottom of my ass.  I don't think most people, especially those who are interested in a brand like this, would want an arrow pointing to their rear. 

AlisoN Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen standing in a sheer white ankle-length dress, face away from the camera

But the weirdest thing I found was that the sleeves were snug.  This is an issue I find with many designers who only offer straight sizes – they don't seem to realize that not all women have twigs for arms. I would think a brand that is created to make fashion work even if you have a fluctuating figure would have more generous arms on the clothing. 

Alison Gary in an ankle-length thin cotton dress standing in profile looking out of a window for a DUBGEE by Whoopi review of the clothing line

This dress retails for $128 on Amazon (it's $79 at Ashley Stewart and $298 at Neiman Marcus).  Considering it is made in Vietnam and doesn't claim to be sustainable, ethical, or doing anything to benefit the world I find the price ridiculous.  You can find exactly the same dress for a fraction of the price from a random seller on Amazon that ships from China.  

DUBGEE by Whoopi clothing review

DUBGEE by Whoopi Review

“DUBGEE has no race, creed, age or size. It’s meant to make you feel good about how you look and feel.” The concept and the message of DUBGEE by Whoopi are awesome.  Women have bodies that fluctuate, and fashion isn't always forgiving.  Some days we just don't want to be buttoned up, sucked in, and feeling as though we are on display.  I appreciate offering clothing that feels good, has personality, and doesn't focus on the body. But I feel this line misses the mark.  The prices are quite high for mediocre quality and style that isn't revolutionary.  For a brand that is to make you feel good about what is in your closet, I am surprised to find it run so straight and not accommodate curves. While the line is designed in the US, all the pieces are made overseas.  I also find it amazing that in 2019, a brand would have a site with absolutely no information about how the brand came to be, what is the inspiration for pieces, styling tips, or even a size chart. I'd say it's because the line is new, but the brand has been doing promotion all month on social and through new media (see this review on Man Repeller and this article at InStyle from early May).  I appreciate the messages on the sweatshirts and t-shirts, but with the sweatshirts retailing $70-$100 and the t-shirts hovering near $50, I'd love to know that a portion of that money from poly blend made in Vietnam knits is going to something philanthropic.  I may sound like a hater, but in this day and age, a brand like this needs to back up their message with something – sustainability, philanthropy, or at least room for some boobs. 

If you have tried DUBGEE by Whoopi, let me know your thoughts.  Maybe I got bad batches?  Maybe proceeds are changing the world but it's not being marketed enough for me to know? Maybe it fits better in different sizes?  I'd love to hear from you and I'd love to be told that when it comes to this brand, I have it all wrong. 

22 Comments

  1. June 5, 2019 / 4:57 am

    I literally bought the white dress on Ebay a couple of years ago for 7.99 from a random vendor in China. The quality was pis poor but for $8… hey. Everyone wants to lend their name to a “clothing line” no one wants to do the work.

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:11 am

      Yeah, I am really surprised how she said she created this because of what she wanted/found lacking but didn’t put in the effort to have it fit well or be good quality.

  2. Kay
    June 4, 2019 / 10:27 pm

    I’m surprised a celebrity actually lent their name to this. The first looks like a bathrobe and the second like a nightgown missing the nightcap.

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:11 am

      I get the concept, she wants clothing that keeps you covered but is not trendy and not focusing on the body. However, the execution is not good!

  3. Chris
    June 4, 2019 / 7:07 am

    Whoopi,

    I think you are fabulous. Your clothing line? Great concept – lousy execution. Try again.

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:12 am

      I do love Whoopi, but I agree with you. 🙁

  4. Jax
    June 4, 2019 / 12:35 am

    Only you look great. That white dress, however, looks like a uniform a cult would wear.

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:13 am

      LOL I do think in a different fabric with a badass statement necklace or pendant it could look chic!

  5. Jane
    June 3, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    Thanks for trying out the line so we don’t have to! Yuk – what a disappointment. Still love Whoopi.

  6. Tracie Bowman
    June 3, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    I noticed the hospital booties right away and found the outfits almost militaristic in their structure. The white dress reminds me of something seen in a 1900’s asylum. Thanks for reviewing the line.

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:15 am

      She does want them a bit like a uniform, less about style and more about function. However, I don’t quite get the hospital booties detail!

  7. Jennifer
    June 3, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    Great, great post. Thank you for being such a truthful reviewer. It’s why I feel completely comfortable clicking through and buying things you recommend.

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:15 am

      Thank you Jennifer! I do want this to be a resource, and one you can trust!

  8. dmc
    June 3, 2019 / 1:34 pm

    Love you Whoopie…but no to those clothes. I can’t see anyone feeling better about themselves in those!

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:16 am

      I too love Whoopi! I hope this line improves or fades away.

  9. Julie
    June 3, 2019 / 10:26 am

    I don’t comment often, but I needed to tell you that I love your detailed reviews. Thanks.

    • June 6, 2019 / 9:16 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a lot. And I am so glad you like the reviews!

  10. Amber
    June 3, 2019 / 8:52 am

    When I saw the image with all the pieces, I honestly thought “is this a joke?” Not your review, but the line itself. I mean, they’re showing it with hospital booties. The tunic looks like a bathrobe and the dress could maybe, maybe serve as a swimsuit cover-up for extremely conservative dressers. With the weird pricing, limited availability, poor quality, and the lack of information on the website, I’m still not convinced this isn’t some type of stunt.

    • June 3, 2019 / 9:15 am

      If it’s a stunt it’s targeting a community that has felt for decades as though buying clothing is a stunt. I actually find this clothing line offensive, to have such high prices and poor fit and focused on the plus size community and tugging at people’s heartstrings with great messages on made in Taiwan poly blend t-shirts.

      • Amber
        June 3, 2019 / 9:16 am

        Ugh, good point. At this point I’m not sure if it’s better for it to be a “real” clothing line or not.

      • vicki
        June 3, 2019 / 10:46 am

        Easy to see why you’d feel like this. Thanks for providing valuable info.

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