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Dressing Room Diaries: Chico’s Early Spring

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Happy Tuesday ladies. I have another dressing room diary for you today, this time at Chico’s. Their February collection has just arrived and it’s full of great pieces.

If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a store and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 138 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and arms so I often buy one size larger on top. I try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me so you can see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.

As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item at no additional cost to you.

Chico’s sizing can seem confusing but it’s actually quite simple and allows the larger woman to shop without needing a special plus-size department. Most brands only go up to a size 12 or 14 and if you’re any larger, you are out of luck unless they happen to make plus sizes. Chico’s sizes are 00 (0/2– XS), 0 ((4/6 S), 1 (8/10-M), 2 (12-14)-L, 3 (16/18-XL) 4 (20/22-XXL. Vanity sizing? Probably but rather than see it as a negative, realize that they are treating women equally, no matter their size.

woman in white jacket and jeans for try on session at chico's
WEARING –  INDIGO HOWLIGHT NECKLACE  –  NO-STAIN WHITE DENIM JACKET  –  MICROFIBER TANK  –  SO-SLIMMING ANKLE JEANS

I snagged this stunning statement necklace the moment I walked in the door. It’ll be great all summer with everything and is surprisingly lightweight. This is their popular microfiber tank in Blue Veil which comes in 11 colors. I’m wearing a 4, which is enormous on me because that’s the only one they had left in the store in this beautiful blue.

The alabaster denim jacket is such a great basic for the summer. It has stretch, is long enough to cover a multitude of tops, and is a no-stain fabric. I don’t know about you, but my white denim is a magnet for dirt and seems to yellow easily so this no-stain fabric is a welcome addition to my closet. I’m wearing a size 1(8/10). The jeans have a blue-on-blue all-over floral print. They sit just below the natural waist so will be high-waisted for those with a shorter torso. I am wearing a 0.5 (6/8).

WEARING-  FLORAL PRINT ANKLE PANTS  –  SUMMER ROMANCE CARDIGAN  –  SUMMER ROMANCE TANK 

These floral pants are super fun! I’m wearing a 0.5 but might have been able to go down a size because I have no hips. I topped them here with this summer romance tank and cardigan. I loved the knit of these, yet the reviews are negative. Go figure…this cardigan is not meant to be warm so read reviews carefully and take everything with a grain of salt. I’m wearing a 0(4/6) in both. They come in lots of pretty colors and I’ve ordered a few.

WEARING –  TANK TOP  –  EMBELLISHED FLORAL PRINT DUSTER  –  FLORAL PRINT ANKLE PANTS

Here are those pants again, this time with a really fabulous duster. I assumed this was reversible but it turns out, it isn’t meant to be. If you snipped the tag out, you could wear it inside out but then you’d be wearing all the gorgeous beading on the inside. Still, why not be creative with your clothes?

It’s truly stunning in person and would be great over so many things…I’m thinking of a coral top and white jeans to start. I’m wearing a 0(4/6) which is a bit snug so it runs true to size and I would be better in the 1(8/10) because it has no stretch. It’s a bit over the top with these floral pants, but again, why not?

WEARING –   FRINGE DENIM SHIRT  –  NAVY EASY STRAIGHT FRONT CARDIGAN  –  DEFINE ME ANKLE JEANS

These are Chico’s newest style of jeans and they’ve got a lot going for them. The define me ankle jeans have a nice high waistband to control the muffin top and side seams that are slightly forward of the side which makes you look slimmer from the front. They have 3% spandex which gives them a bit more stretch than their other styles. The regular inseam is 27″ and the tall is 30″. They run true to size for their other styles. These come in light, medium, and dark wash. The lightest wash is distressed with some rips.

This fringe denim shirt comes in 5 colors, this one is the pale daffodil. The fringe is a small row down the front placket, otherwise, it’s a simple chambray type fabric. I’m wearing a size 1 (8/10) which fits well so it runs true to size. The long cardigan comes in 3 colors, I’m wearing navy in 1 regular.

WEARING –  TANK  –  FLORAL PRINT KIMONO –  STACKED FRAYED HEM CROPS

This floral kimono is unlined and very lightweight. It comes in S/M and M/L. I’m wearing the S/M. The stacked hem girlfriend crops come in 5 soft colors. I’m wearing the pale coral in 0.5 (8/10). They do not come in petite but they are cropped on me so if you’re taller than my 5’4″, you can guestimate how long they will be on you.

WEARING –  NO-IRON STRETCH SATEEN TUNIC  –  SEAMED CREWNECK SWEATER   –  DENIM PULL-ON JEGGINGS IN SMOKEY TAUPE 

These are the same pull-on jeggings I own in brown. They’re a great alternative to jeans with a zip and snap front because they have a smooth front. They come in regular and tall. I’m wearing the smokey taupe in regular which has a 27″ inseam. I topped them with a tunic sweater in coral. The sweater is 28″ long and also comes in a butter color. The tunic top I’m wearing open over the sweater comes in petite and regular. The petite is 29″ long and this regular is 32″ long which is overwhelming on me so I’m showing it open.

WEARING – EMBROIDERED SLEEVE TOP  –  SO-SLIMMING NO-STAIN JEANS

So-slimming white jeans in a no-stain fabric = a really smart idea in my book. They come in regular, petite, and tall, sizes 0(XS)-20(XXL). I’m wearing a regular in 0.5(8-10). This embroidered sleeve top is a Tencel fabric with pretty pleats at the shoulders and intricate embroidery on the sleeves. The cuffs have covered buttons and are really beautiful.

WEARING –  SHIRT SOLD OUT – BEADED JEGGINGS

I’m not sure how I missed this fabulous shirt when it was fully stocked, but I’m sorry I did because it’s fabulous. I sure hope they remake it in white for the summer. These beaded pull-on jeggings are literally flying off the racks. My store had this 00(0/2) which are so small they look and feel like wallpaper on me, but I really wanted to try them on. They come in regular and tall, sizes 0-20. If you like these, I would not wait because these will sell out very fast.

WEARING –  STRIPED SWEATER  TANK  –  STRIPED CARDIGAN  –  PULLON JEGGING IN JADE

This cardigan and vest are both marked down and a really pretty combo in navy and teal. I am wearing a size 1(8/10) in both. The cardigan does not close. It would dress up nicely or down like with these jade-colored pull-on jeggings which I am wearing a regular in 0.5(6/8). The jeggings are also available in tall.

woman doing try on session at chico's in green top and white jeans
WEARING –  EMBELLISHED PEASANT BLOUSE  –  NO-STAIN WHITE JEANS

I’m wearing this embellished peasant blouse in a size 1 (8/10) so contrary to the one review, I think it runs true to size. The embroidery is really pretty with snap closure on the cuff, which my arthritic hands are appreciating these days.

Here are some other finds at Chico’s

Are florals part of your spring wardrobe?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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