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Dressing Room Diaries – June Collection at Chico’s

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Happy Friday ladies. I’ve been shopping around to replace my white jeans that got stained in the laundry last week, and stopped into Chico’s because they make some terrific options. If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25.

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For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and long 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.

Chico’s sizing can seem confusing but it’s actually quite simple. 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, which are fewer and far between these days. Chico’s sizes are 000(0/XS),  (0/2– XS), 0 (4/6 S), 1 (8/10-M), 2 (12-14)-L, 3 (16/18-XL) 4 (20/22-XXL which allows the larger woman to shop without needing a special plus-size department. Chico’s also carries many garments in petite and some in tall.

linen sweater and white jeans from chico's
WEARING /  LINEN BLEND V-NECK PULLOVER IN SIZE  4-6   /  NO-STAIN WHITE ANKLE JEANS IN SIZE 6 LEATHER SANDALS

If I say that Chico’s was a vibrant explosion of color and pattern, that would be an understatement. I gravitated to the whimsical jewelry, because I am a bit of of a crow, and they have plenty! These earrings seem to be sold out but they almost came home with me and they’re not even my style!

MORE WHIMSICAL EARRINGS AT CHICO’S

I loved the feel and weight of this linen-blend pullover. It’s substantial enough to come out of the wash not looking like a shriveled rag but cool enough for warm days. It also comes in bright pink color. I sort of love the elbow sleeves because they’re full but soft rather than stiff and puffy. When it’s hot, tight things just aren’t comfortable.

These white jeans are a great fit with Chico’s no-stain technology. They’re made to repel stains, but nothing can hold up to a long hot wash in the machine with deep colors that bleed on everything.

woman showing novelty print and shorts from chico's
WEARING / COASTAL ANIMAL PRINT TOP IN SIZE 4-6  /  SO SLIMMING 10″ BRIGITTE SHORTS IN SIZE 4

I had them strip this animal print top right off the mannequin for me. I love the soft aqua, blue, and white animal print. The seashore colors just feel cool, no matter the shape. The back is longer so it covers your backside while the front has a tie that gives it some shaping.

I’m wearing it with the Brigitte 10″ shorts that come in 5 colors here, 7 other colors here, a neutral stripe here, a blue and white stripe here, and two gingham prints here, Wow, that’s a ton of options for this super comfy, flattering short which is a best-seller year after year. Brigitte is also made in a 7″ version here, and several 13″ versions here and here.

MORE SO-SLIMMING BRIGITTE SHORTS

woman wearing with tee an jeans from chico's
WEARING /  LASER-CUT EYELET SLUB TEE IN SIZE 8/10  /  CHAIN TRIM PULL-ON JEGGING

This eyelet tee is a cotton/modal blend that will feel cool on hot days. It also comes in black or deep berry. The laser-cut details on the gentle balloon shape, and 3/4 sleeve gives it a touch of a romantic, feminine vibe that I juxtaposed with a pair of pull-on jeans. I think this top would look great over slim jeans or cotton pants and also could tuck in for some waist definition.

jennifer from a well styled life showing blue shorts and tank from chico's june collection
WEARING /  SCOOP MICROFIBER TANK TOP IN REGATTA BLUE IN SIZE 8/10  /  PULL-ON SHORTS SIZE 4  /  NO-IRON LINEN PAISLEY SHIRT IN SIZE 4

Chico’s makes these microfiber layering tanks in fresh new shades every season. They color-match many other pieces in each collection but they’re also great to collect in your most flattering colors. Bra strap friendly, perfect to toss in a suitcase, and easy to wear on its own.

These shorts are a denim fabric in the richest regatta blue that just happens to match the tank. They are a cotton blend with spandex so comfy for activities that require bending and moving. They also polish up with a coordinated shirt. The 11″ inseam offers lots of coverage, but you could easily fold the hem up to get the most flattering length for your leg.

This no-iron linen shirt is one of the many patterns and solid color linen shirts at Chico’s this season. Many women just can’t get past the wrinkles that are an inherent characteristic of linen. Chico’s has a no-iron technology that really does help. Does it totally remove the wrinkles? Of course not, that fabric would be called polyester 🙂 This shirt is paisley in various shades of blue with white that can be styled either buttoned and tucked, tied in the front, or worn open as a third layer.

woman wearing black bloiuse and white jeans from june collection at chico's
WEARING / EMBROIDERED CHIFFON BLOUSE IN SIZE 8/10  /  BOYFRIEND ANKLE  JEANS IN SIZE 4

These boyfriend ankle jeans are meant to be loose and roomy. The sales gal told me they are a best seller, but it’s my first time trying them on. I unfolded the hem to make them full length. They’re a roomier, more slouchy fit than most of the girlfriend styles I’ve tried so you might be able to size down. What I love about these is they don’t cling to my calf and have to be straightened or smoothed down when I stand up.

This embroidered, chiffon blouse is a fun juxtaposition with these boyfriend jeans. The embroidery has a delicate vibe, so along with the sheer fabric, it feels feminine and could be dressed up or down.

WEARING /  NO-IRON LINEN SHIRT IN SIZE8/10  / SO SLIMMING BEADED HEM CROP JEANS IN SIZE 4 

Another no-iron linen shirt, this time in calypso coral. It comes in 12 gorgeous colors and has a slight shirttail hemline that helps your legs look longer. I love that it’s only 28.5″ long so it doesn’t overwhelm when worn untucked and is a reasonable length for petite ladies. The 3/4 sleeves are another plus in my book because I don’t have to fold the cuffs back.

The beaded hem crops have a 24″ inseam so are almost ankle length on me. The wash is very pale which I love for the summer. Be sure you pair these with cute sandals or espadrilles because beading at the ankle draws attention to your feet.

WEARING /  LINEN BUTTON FRONT TUNIC CARDIGAN IN SIZE 8/10  /  EMBROIDERED HEM ANKLE JEGGINGS IN SIZE 4

This knit linen tunic can be worn open as a cardigan or closed as I’m showing. The high side slit helps it work over jeans, jeggings, or leggings. It also comes in four other colors and has a matching linen layering tank here. It’s 100% linen so a great option for hot days.

The embroidered jeggings are a lighter-weight fabric than many jeans and have plenty of stretch. The inseams are as follows: 26.5″ in regular, 29.5″ in tall, and 24.5″ in petite, which to my mind make them cropped. I prefer my pants closer to the ankle so I’m wearing the regular. I see these dressed up with a feather-weight white tunic and low-heeled silver sandals for a causal dinner out.

WEARING /  BUTTON DETAIL V-NECK TEE SIZE 4/6 FRAY- HEM JDENIM SKIRT WITH SLIT SIZE 4

I discovered something unusual about my taste. I don’t care for frayed hems on my jeans, but I love it on this denim skirt and went home with this entire outfit 🙂 It comes in this lighter coral reef wash and a deeper venus indigo wash. It also comes in white denim which was sold out in my size so I ordered it. The tee is a big winner in my book. It’s 100% cotton, has a v-neckline with some buttons running along the neckline for interest plus the sleeves are elbow length! I am so tired of having short sleeves end at my bustline, this is a welcome change. It comes in 8 colors, I bought 3 of them :).

WEARING /  DENIM SKIRT  /  CLASSIC POPLIN  SHIRT STRAW HAT  /  SIMILAR BELT SIMILAR WICKER BAG  /  LIFESTRIDE ESPADRILLES

I wore my new denim skirt the following day and can report it was super comfy and kept me cool on a 100-degree day of lunch followed by shopping at an outdoor mall.

Are you a fan of denim skirts?

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

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