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Dressing Room Diary- New Knits From Chico’s

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This time of year, brands have all their cold-weather clothes marked down and not many new things on the racks. I did have a bit of success at my two local Chico’s, so I have some new knits from Chico’s for you today.

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. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 139 lbs. I have broad shoulders with straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to 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. Chico’s also carries many garments in petite and some in tall. I’ll tell you what I’m wearing in Chico’s sizes so you can understand how things run.

SO SLIMMING BRIGITTE SLIM LEg size 0.5 / 3/4 PAISLEY TOP size 1 / SUEDE LOAFERS / STERLING NECKLACE

These pants are part of that sale. I couldn’t resist trying them on because they have slim legs that are more straight than calf clinging. They’re charcoal gray in a pull-on style which I find really versatile. I’m wearing the regular length and have the hem folded under 1″. They’re 50% off :). I paired them with this 3/4 sleeve paisley top in soft watercolor aqua blues and ivory. This top will be great going forward into spring and summer in a cotton/modal blend.

POPLIN PLEAT SLEEVE STRIPED TOP size 1 / SIDE ZIP PANTS size 0.5 / NECKLACE / LOAFERS

I love the crisp pleats on the sleeves of this striped poplin top. It’s in a classic navy and white striped cotton blend with 3% spandex for a comfortable stretch. It has a slight shirttail hemline (cut up at the side) to help elongate your legs. I paired it with the customer favorite, Brigitte basic pant in navy. These also come in 4 other colors and in tall!

STITCH DETAIL SWEATER size 1 / SINGLE FRAY PULL-ON JEGGING size 0.5 / FAUX LEATHER MOTO JACKET size 1 / MUNRO LOAFERS

This ultra-soft, lightweight knit sweater comes in 4 colors. It has a slight bateau neckline which is flattering on ladies who are wider on the bottom. I paired it with these pull-on jeggings in a sea salt shade that coordinates with the top for a column of color. They are marked way down. I topped this look with a faux leather moto jacket in coffee cream. Chico’s faux leathers are unbelievably soft and supple. There are snaps to keep the collar and lapels down. Or you can wear it all open.

SNAP NECK PONCHO size S/M

This snap-neck poncho is in Chico’s featured new shade, striking teal. It’s a cotton blend that’s kissed with cashmere and spandex, making it soft, lightweight, and a great layering piece.

FLORAL INTARSIA SWEATER size 1 / ANKLE JEANS size 0.5

This floral intarsa sweater is black with the outline of flowers in white, puntuated with bright teal. It’s a tunic length that will go well over jeans, slim pants or leggings. I’m wearing it over straight-leg ankle jeans in the moonglow indigo wash which is 1/2 price and fully stocked in all sizes.

SMOCKED SLEEVE TEE size 0 / DENIM COATIGAN size 00 / ANKLE JEANS ON SALE size 0.5

This tweed cardigan jacket is 2 sizes too small for me, but I was anxious to try it on because it’s a great shape and color. It would be easy to dress up of down. I’m wearing it over a smocked sleeve tee in a faux denim color. It’s a very soft Lyocell blend with a flattering V-neck and full sleeves that have a feminine vibe. Full sleeves are fun so long as they don’t get land your food. These won’t because of their smocked cuff.

DENIM COATIGAN JACKET size 1 / SO SLIMMING GIRLFRIEND ANKLE JEANS size 0.5 / SIMILAR BOOTIES

I was anxious to try this jacket on in my size, so the next day, I went to my other Chicos. Turn’s out, it’s called a denim coatagin, but it is tweed, it is sweaterish and it is as great as I expected. I’m showing it buttoned but I would probably wear it open. I’m wearing it over the deep wash ankle jeans in venus indigo. These are also on sale and fit terrifically.

BIG HEART PULLOVER size 1 / HEART PRINT PULL-ON JEGGINGS ON SALE size 0.5

Are you a fan of seasonal dressing? Chico’s has you covered with lots of Valentine’s Day options. This sweater is a french rose color with black and red hearts. It’s a shorter, petite friendly 25 1/2″ long so doesn’t overpower shorter gals. I paired it with these pull-on jeggings that have the outline of one heart painted on the left leg and a tiny heart on the right cuff. The rolled cuff is tacked up to an inseam of 27″ and also comes in tall.

TWEED KNIT BLAZER size 1 / DEFINE ME STRAIGHT-LEG JEANS ON SALE size 0.5

There were lots of new knit blazers in the store, but only one of these left. It’s a deep indigo blue with fringed edges along the front collar and sleeves. I know the photo is dark so you’ll see it better on the website. It’s double breasred with color-coordinated buttons, in a stretchy cotton blend that has Chanel vibes. It is unlined which keeps it light, and allows it to stretch. I’m wearing a size 1 but could go down to a 0 because of the stretch. It’s super cute and a great piece to dress up or down.

TERRY KNIT MOTO JACKET size 1 / SWEATER / ANKLE JEANS ON SALE size 0.5

This sweater comes in 10 colors; I’m wearing blue horizon. This lightweight sweater is a great layering piece. It’s funny but the website says it has a back zipper, which I did not see. It’s just a pullover. The knit moto jacket is on the short side, so it will pair nicely with wider bottoms or skirts. It has princess seaming which adds some nice shaping and the stretch keeps it comfy.

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