Chicos Clothing – What Not to Wear? Most Liked Hot Conversation

I was watching What Not to Wear and as they were going through the ladies clothes, they kept pulling out items I recognized from Chicos and threw them all away.  They only tossed them after many negative comments.  They never mentioned Chicos but it was evident the travel line was the first to go, follwed by several  multicolered tops.   Did any one else see this?   I have shopped at Chicos because their clothes fit me.  This women had lost a lot of weight and I am guessing alot of these where her fat clothes. Maybe when I slim down I will toss all of my chico stuff also.

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  1. Hawk Lady Hawk Lady says

    I just went to Chicos online and didn’t see what everyone is talking about – guess you have to be there. When I was in my 20s everything looked nice, now, not so much. I also looked at White House Black Market and didn’t see that much difference between the two. For me, I’ll just keep muddling along buying what catches my eye.

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  2. Generic Image Blondie M. says

    I am 60, 5’6″ tall, blonde and curvy, In traditional sizes, I wear size 12. I am considered individualistic and fashion forward by my friends, and I always choose clothing that is flattering to my shape and colours that are vibrant, although I use black and chocolate brown as my winter neutrals, and white, sand shades & cream in summer. I need clothes for a professional environment that look stylish and appropriate for the occasion at hand. Nor do I want to dress like my daughters… or “too old” on the other hand! I enjoy Chico’s clothing because there is a wide selection of styles and their colours coordinate well season after season. Sometimes, they offer lots I like; other times, not so much, so I just ignore that collection. I don’t want to be a slave to fashion. But I REALLY like the fit of Chico’s jeans and pants; a size 2 or 2.5 fits my full hips and smaller waist perfectly.  I really enjoy some of their tops and jackets as well, and have some special favourites that I’ve enjoyed wearing for a long time and still get many compliments on them. I have a couple of “Travelers” pants and capris that are favourites. I think the trick with the Travelers line is not to wear it top to bottom and avoid the “over-matched” look.  Although WHBM is designed for younger women, I’ve incorporated a few pieces into my wardrobe just for fun. Also (esp. when travelling) some of the Chico’s costume jewelry & accessories can really spark up a simple outfit. Usually I wait for sales and shop online (or on eBay with reliable sellers) but occasionally I will spring for something full price if I know it’s going to be great for me. I’m not married to their brand, but I find some of their pieces are really fun and can add some zing to my wardrobe, which is what we all need sometime=:) Actually it’s simple: if it doesn’t fit properly, or make you look and feel great ,or is poor quality,  then don’t buy it! We all need a session in front of a full-length mirror periodically, but to say that all one store’s clothing is garbage is just not so! Chico’s online also has a great 90 day return policy and I have never had any problems with them at all. Actually, I live in Canada, where we don’t have Chico’s, and I have received many positive remarks from friends and from my man when I’m wearing clothing that doesn’t look the same as everyone else in the room=:) As my Mom once told me, the best thing a woman can wear is CONFIDENCE! Those TV shows are FUN to watch, though!

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  3. Generic Image Anonymous says

    I love chicos clothing.Iam only 5 feet tall and nothing fits .please chicos make some petite size clothing.I AM SURE THERE ARE LOTS OF WOMEN WHO HAVE THIS PROBLEM.AGE APPROPIATE CLOTHING FOR PETITE FIGURES ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND

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    • SassySenior SassySenior says

      This is not really a pro or con Chico’s – but a vignette of how our shopping choices play out in life. On Sunday, I attended the Memorial Service of my best friend’s Mother. She was in her late 80s, a tiny delightful ball of fire who, until a few months ago, worked 2 days a week in an antique shop and was married to the love of her life for 67 years. He was at the service in his Sunday best. Each of their three daughters had written favorite memories of their Mom for the pastor to read. In different ways, Chicos was mentioned by all three as integral to their remembrances of their always fashionable Size 0 Mom.

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  4. Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

    I usually love the show – but Stacy London always pisses me off when she says “slacks without a zipper are not real slacks.”

    She’s a stylist. As such she dresses perfect Hollywood bodies. Even into their 60′s and 70′s – most of these women find ways to avoid weight gain, abdominal discomfort – who know, maybe that’s where we get the expression “no brains no pain.” 

    Stacy doesn’t get “us.” On a certain body type Chico’s clothing is lovely and stylish – not every item they offer – but enough.

    For those of us with scar tissue or other reasons for discomfort – Chico’s is a lifesaver. I have actually thought about contacting them and explaining my unique situation to see how they’d “style” me.

    Now that I’ve read your post – I want to explain the facts of life to Stacy more than ever! She tries so hard to make women feel good about themselves, and one thoughtless comment about pants without zippers kills it for many Vibrant women.

    I just don’t think she knows any better – we’re not just tired old slugs too lazy to deal with zippers. When I wear zippered pants I’m either uncomfortable, or wearing a size so large its completely unflattering.

    Stacy’s next comment would be “get the larger size and bring them to a good tailor.” Tried it – failed . And it cost me a bundle.

    Maybe we should get the folks at Vibrant Nation to back us and contact Stacy – it’s time to educate her!

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    • Generic Image holly says

      I agree Stacy is high style and does not really dress for the work aday world.  I need to bend at work lift carry and at times sit on the floor.  To me REAL pants need to stay with me and there are times when elastic IS a REAL PANT AS IS AN ELASTIC WAIST

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      • Generic Image holly says

        Me too. I sit and elastic keeps my rear covered and me comfortable so I can focus on work not my appearance

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  5. Generic Image MaryLorraine says

    Funny this thread has come up again. Now that ColdwaterCreek has crashed because someone made a decision to ruin it, I guess the look is on again to find clothes that flatter. I have a huge problem withChico’s and their vanity sizing. The first time I looked at their site I closed it because I thought it was just for the skinny. Just recently I looked at their stuff. Eh. And still that sizing. Why do this? So, if you are an XL you can wear, what a 6 in their phony sizing? Thank goodness I have a closet full of the way it used to be at CC!

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  6. Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

    Try Chico’s Mary Lorraine – Chico’s has a variety of clothes that are flattering, comfortable and they look professional. Not everything – you have to find your style within the store. They’ve helped me enormously – to stay current and feel put together. And if you catch a good sale it can be awesome! The sizes try to make us less self- conscious – I find it helpful albeit sometimes a little confusing. It’s not hard to get past that – and the benefits are worth it. And that from a confirmed cynic.

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  7. Sarah Sarah says

    There are very few women IMHO that can pull off the HUGE belt buckles with all the fancy loops that Chicos seems so popular for.
    A belt with a tunic can be good but if you have a big butt with ample thighs all that extra bling just brings more attention to the bottom half of your body….so goes if you are short like me. The stuff is too big.
    A belt is an accessory. That means it is not the focal point of the outfit. It is too bring more to the main attraction not be THE attraction.
    I am short and an up and down figure. I do have big boobs…way to big for my size and I must be very careful what I put near them or they become the focal point of my look and that is just not good. Sure I like them to be noticed but since I am short and some would say bordering on skinny for my size and age a belt (and I do so like them) can be thick and wraps tightly under my boobs (like those spandex stretchy kind) but not alot of bling. I can even where something like that to my job as an elementary school teacher. It accents but does not make my boobs an advertisement for you know what.
    It is classy. So big honkin bling slung across my hips is just not going to get it.
    I feel only a tallish woman without alot of meat on the bottom part can get away with a lot of bling around her hips and waist. Now if they are toned to the hilt as like a body builder, sure, since she will most likely have a waist line I haven’t seen since my twenties in myself and I walk and lift free weights every single day…well sure. But I never had a waist and I don’t have one now.
    So that is my opinion…and with this caveat….there are a few that can actually pull it off especially when they have a sense of putting clothes together that is an art in itself OK, I’ll go for that…but I said someone that has that extra sense about clothes. And sadly most of us just don’t have that. So stick to the essentials and use “accessories” as an accent not the whole table.
    From the road,
    In which I have seen, large scarf over large boobs and a smallish face and a over weight frame (doesn’t work), with a thick belt (doesn’t work), with riding boots with alot of hardware (doesn’t work), and hipster glasses that hide the face (doesn’t work), and a gazzilion little rings on the fingers (doesn’t work). Oh yes, and leggings, in colors not black…does not work. Less is more in my opinion. And green or blue or purple finger nail polish. Sorry, does not work unless you are a teenager and I would even say well, maybe. Since it is usually chipped.

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    • Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

      Sarah, I shop at Chico’s ALL the time – and I have never bought a belt – I don’t use them anymore. I think there’s a wide variety within Chico’s – many of their clothes are worthless to me – but many are awesome for me. I’m not into a lot of bling or scarves. I stick to necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I find clothing that is simple, flattering and does not emphasize the areas I want to minimize. It drapes without being like a big bay window curtain. Not everything I try on is right for me. When it’s not – I leave it for the next person.

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  8. Generic Image holly says

    Stacy is so into bashing and new wardrobes ( that is the name of the show after all)  she tosses EVERYTHING.  I love my Chicos and Carolyn Strauss.I love most everything I have. I would not buy it if not.  She could probably be allowed to have a hayday in my jammie drawer.  I like worn (out)Tee Shirts best!

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    • Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

      I’m with you, Holly. If Stacey tried to touch my slacks with no zipper (she has said that slacks aren’t slacks without a zipper) she’d find herself up against a brick wall! I enjoy the show – but Stacey lives in the stylist/fashionista world, not the practical, everyday, my entire life is not dedicated to the upkeep of my wardrobe world. Pants without zippers DO count, you can’t just buy ANYTHING and have it tailored to fit, buying all cotton is just asking for trouble – throw that iron away, we don’t ALL go to the dry cleaner every day! Those are just a few things that need to be said to Stacey – but she’s good TV!

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  9. Sarah Sarah says

    I have gone into schools that EVERYONE that teaches wears the scarfs, other schools they all wear the long dresses, other schools wear the tunics and boots, its like some sort of military uniform and I have to admit that I see the uniform and I comply. Why? Well, to get anything done one must fit in to a certain point. After that certain point, not me.
    I do not wear a slather of cloth around my neck. I look like a cow about to be led to the milking room. That being said, I will take that same long scarf and drape it like a sarong around my upper body.
    Like it, and it keeps me warm. So many classrooms are cold as anything these days. Look at the kids! So many styles! From sparkle tennis shoes to frills to tees over blouses that say something about something to all the glitter in the braids.
    And what is good TV. Please. Robin, what in the world is someone telling us to throw all our very expensive and now “no longer” in style????Help me with that one.
    Sounds like you want to make a few bucks on our clothing….are you the fashion police for this Stacy person and anyway, who is she anyway?….gotta love it if you are (her fashion police).
    From the road,

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    • Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

      Oh hell no, Sarah, I’m not making money on anybody’s clothes. I’ve just observed that there are times when I walk into Chico’s and think “nothing here could possibly work for me!” and then I dig a little further and find things that are perfect for me in every way. I am someone who likes to wear all black. When I see some of those colorful and wildly patterned jackets it’s a huge turnoff. When I read what some women say about Chico’s I think they are having a similar first reaction – for some reason. And maybe Chico’s could help them with their clothing angst if they just hang in and persevere a bit more. If they have no clothing angst – they should totally ignore what i’m saying. I would. This website is all about women helping women reduce their frustrations. If I can do that – that’s awesome. If I don’t need to do that – even better!

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  10. Generic Image art4soul says

    Did you ever notice the ads for the Chico clothing line on television? The women they use for the ads are all tall and thin. The women can carry off all the clothing and accessories that Sarah talked about above. I am also petite and find the clothing line impossible to wear. The clothes just hang on me. Also, everyone over 50 who wears the clothing line look a like. I can spot the clothes on the women when I am out and about. It isn’t for me. I will take Talbots, Nordstroms, and Kasper clothing anytime over Chicos. As far as Stacy goes I think it is over kill on the make overs. Does anyone who is made over really continue with all the stuff they are told to do by Stacy? Or, do the people eventually go back to the way they were before the make over?

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  11. SassySenior SassySenior says

    OK. I am 5’2, 140lbs and my best friend is the same height plus 20 lbs. Hardly tall…or thin. We both shop Chico’s regularly and excepting that we do both wear pants and shirts, our clothing styles are not even near similar.  I don’t buy Chico scarves or belts but use them for basic chino slacks and an occasional trendy jacket. But my taste is so conservative that I am still wearing (and being complimented on) the trendy jacket from 5 years ago. I, too can usually spot Talbots and Kasper and have both in my closet. You can always count on Talbots for core pieces and colors that match Talbot pieces from prior years – a big plus. Kasper can look cheap, but nearly always has something tailored that isn’t trendy – IF only rarely something in non-synthetic fabrics. But I don’t get saying you can spot Nordstrom. My 15 year old Grandaughter shops Nordstroms, as do her near hippy but professional Mom (my sweet daughter), her Mother-in-law and me. Jeans to designer collections and ball gowns in all price ranges – I just don’t get that you see Nordstroms as a recognizable style – they have the same designs I buy at Chicos. And quite frankly, so does Walmart occasionally. I bought a soft pink batiste shirt at Chicos this Spring - $79 but it does look great with my 4-year old Chico pink pants. Then bought a blue one, same cut, same fabric content at Walmart for $9.99. Face facts, ladies. We each tend to develop a style, fit and color range that suits us and out budgets – and we stick to it with only an occasional nod to a small addition that’s trending this year. If you’re still letting ANY retailer or trend set YOUR style, you’re in trouble. The best cure is to get your oldest bestest friend whose style you admire (whether or not it suits you) and ask her to spend the day with you paring down your closet to what works, what fits, and what matches or goes with what…and then fill in a little each Season to stay current and keep the Salvation Army supplied. I donate both clothing and time to my Church’s Women’s Outreach. It’s more fun to help someone who has never had a professional wardrobe dress for her new job than to add to my own wardrobe. For the record, my favorite boiled wool jacket came from Goodwill and I don’t think I’ve ever worn it without getting a compliment. What it’s really about is finding your personal style and fulfilling it however makes you happy. Except for travel wear (which I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole and my best friend lives in), there is no one size, one style, doesn’t wrinkle, fits all. (-:

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  12. Generic Image art4soul says

    Hi Sassy Senior:
    You may have misread my post. I said women wearing Chicos are spot able, not women wearing Nordstroms or Kaspers. I am glad you like the Chicos clothing line. However, I am 5’2″ tall and weigh 115. My experience with the clothes has not been positive for me but glad you have had a positive experience with the line.

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  13. Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

    Hey Sassy Senior, 
    I agree!

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  14. Shannon Ingram Shannon Ingram says

    I travel constantly for business. Chico’s Travelers are the most WONDERFUL clothing for going on the road and not checking a bag. I absolutely love Chico’s – have since I discovered them 20 years ago, thanks to a girlfriend who also traveled a lot. Love the colors, the styles, the jewelry, scarves and lately, the reading glasses! Of course some of their stuff doesn’t look good on me, but the same can be said for Talbot’s, etc. And hell YES, I like the elastic waists. So does my muffin top!  

    Has anyone figured out that style is what we make it, and doesn’t have to be what’s dictated to us by the designers? All of us over 60 are not built like Jane Fonda or Helen Mirren or even Meryl Streep.  Chico’s knows their customer – ME – and the gazillion other menopause thrivers and survivors who choose comfort over tight zippers. I make no excuses for my comfy, vibrant wardrobe from Chico’s and Kohl’s, even Costco. Love my “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” from Nordstrom (and sometimes the Rack). Even my foot doctor-recommended Clark’s shoes, which would no doubt send Stacy into one of her snippy twits. I’ve been large and small in the past 20 years and I’ve never given up Chico’s.  Good thing the only one who will ever get rid of stuff in my closet is yours truly.  

    Cheers to all in our sassy VN community!

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