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Inside Chic’s Best of 2016

From an exclusive interview with the amazing woman who founded Chico’s, to a chat with an iconic fashion writer, to words of wisdom from a yoga guru, to a local’s favorite Miami finds, we got to meet a lot of fabulous people this year. Here, we’ve collected a few of our favorite stories for you. We hope you enjoy! 

Helene Gralnick

“It was our intention to make our customer feel as good as humanly possible and make ourselves feel as good as humanly possible. Helene Gralnick, one of the Chico’s founders, (along with her husband Marvin,) sparkles, shines, and charms effortlessly. She lights up every room she walks into. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Helene, learning what drove her to start Chico’s, and her thoughts on its evolution, while on location at the first ever Chico’s shop in Sanibel Island, FL this summer. Learn more about the artisanal roots behind your favorite store (we hope!) here.


William Norwich

Currently the editor for fashion and interior design at Phaidon Press, William Norwich has an eye (a sparkling eye, in fact) for fashion, design and style. Over the course of his career, he has written and edited for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, and New York magazine to name a few. He’s just published his second novel, My Mrs. Brown, a lovely fairy tale about a modest Rhode Island widow who falls in love with an Oscar de la Renta suit. The opposite of a Cinderella story, the book is all about how clothes aren’t about transformation, but can make the woman into her best self. We couldn’t agree more. Read more about William and his wonderful book here.


Glenda Harrison

Glenda Harrison is the influencer behind the fabulous blog “So What To Twenty“. We met her at the B@M conference earlier this year, where she was a guest speaker. We couldn’t wait to learn more about why she does what she does, where she gets her great style, and what makes her tick. Read more about Glenda and her blog here.


Colleen Saidman Yee

Colleen Saidman Yee is one of the most radiant people we’ve ever spent time with. Her joie de vivre is evident in everything she does. A world-renowned yoga instructor and owner of the popular Yoga Shanti studios, she spends much of her time traveling the world, learning and teaching. We thought she was a lovely embodiment of our Zenergy line, which is all about living life to the fullest, from morning ’til night. Here she shares her words of wisdom on taking care of yourself, why yoga is more than poses, and why we need to reframe the conversation on aging.


 Chic City Guide: Local Leticia Herrera’s Miami

With the advent of winter comes dreams of a warm weather getaway. We love ours with a little culture to boot, making Miami one of our preferred destinations. Leticia Herrera, the owner of one of Miami’s chicest restaurants, Casa Tua, and the star of our December swim story, shares her notes on the Magic City, where art and leisure go to play. (Our bags are already packed.) We’re sharing her ideas on what the locals really do in Miami. Read more about Leticia’s Miami here.

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48 Responses

  1. Marcia

    i enjoy reading Inside Chic. But … why are you not selling the Travelers Skirts (slightly below the knee). It is so practicable – during the day, evening, formal. Please bring back the BLACK TRAVELERS SKIRTS. So many of my friends want them. I have one and i have to wear it sparingly.

    1. Becky Diacou

      Hello Helene
      I absolutely love Chico’s. In fact my entire wardrobe is yours. I traveled a lot for my job and your Traveler line was the best! But I would like to see the traveler camp shirt return. Especially for the summer line. Also would love to see the pencil traveler skirt return in brown and navy. I am truly a CHICO’S GIRL. 😘

  2. Ann see

    Please bring back So Slimming Briggett e crops. They fit perfectly and such a classy length. I would buy them in multiples again.

  3. I agree With the other poster who requested a sexy mid calf skirt which looks hot daytime sightseeing with a tee and belt, and leather loafer and transforms in the evening with a jewel sandal and gorgeous white shirt or knit and some statement earrings. I recently returned from a holiday in Rajasthan and found the two skirts I took were fabulous. Comfortable , packed well , photographed well Like to see one from Chicos. Thanks.

  4. Judie Updike

    My friend and I browsed a Chico store today and were terribly disappointed in the styles and fabrics. We both have many pieces from Chico’s, have shopped there for years in several different states and always loved the classic pieces. There were styles that we wore in the 60’s, polyester, Sgt. Pepper’s jacket, and cut out shoulders. Ewwww.

  5. Roberta Keltner

    I own several of the Katrina Tees that have the Rounded tails instead of cut staight across tails. This style is so much more flattering to many body types but ,expecially Shorter height . I would like to see more tunic type tops with the more rounds Tails .


    I used to shop Chico’s almost exclusively but now I can’t find anything I like. Everything is too big, bulky and the jewelry has become too big and “clunky”. I am a senior adult, petite and live in FL so I need short sleeves, like dressy-classy dresses and casual wear. Any sign of the buyers bringing in more of my style of clothes?

  7. Deborah Seyler

    I am happy (but honestly surprised) to learn that Chico’s was founded and continues to be influenced by women my age. Since virtually all the models in your catalogs and on your website are much younger, I was beginning to feel too old to shop at Chico’s anymore. I also agree with one of the other responders who said Chico’s jewelry has become too big and clunky–too much “statement” and too little “classic.” I would say the same for much of Chico’s clothing these days. It’s like you’re trying too hard. No one can beat the fit, feel, style, and comfort of Chico’s jeans. Go with that and forget all the silly “flower child” and “Beverly Hillbillies” patches, overdone shading, distressing, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I like a little bling, but there is such a thing as too much. The natural, comfortable, chic look Helene, Glenda, and Colleen are all wearing is much more to my liking.

    1. Lori Houdyshell

      I think Chico’s appeal to women, 30 and above. It’s very hard to meet everyone’s likes and dislikes in fashion. The distressed/ripped/patched jeans are very popular with most ages, but few may buy them after the age of 60. It seems we either like them or we don’t. As far as jewelry, bold is an individual taste. What is too large for one might not be for another. They always have pieces to satisfy everyone’s tastes and that will ‘pull’ your outfit together. You are never to old to shop at Chico’s, they will always have something that fits your needs, your style, but more importantly, your mind set and where you are in your life.

    2. Lisa C. Brown

      As Deborah points out, the models on chicos.com are ridiculously young-looking (as they are for talbots.com and j.jill.com…). This store has a clear and demonstrable older demographic and promotes topics such as “Why we need to re-frame the conversation about aging…” The use of models who are clearly younger, nearly ALL with long, flowing hair and without a single gray hair to be seen anywhere is INSULTING(to say the very least) to the clientele. PLEASE tell me How this company is attempting to re-frame the experience of aging??

      1. I totally agree with everything Lisa Brown said…..I use to see so much “to die for” at my SNELLVILLE store. Now I see nothing…..the buyers are catering to the WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET clintel.

  8. Doris S.

    I am 5’6″ and weigh 103. Too thin due to medical issues. I am no longer able to buy 000 slacks in Chico stores and very few of the styles online come in my size. It is very disappointing to go into the store and have nothing that fits me.

  9. Phyllis

    I love Chico’s. I learned about the store on trip to Florida and was hooked. Ever year after that it was a must stop for me while in Florida but soon I was ordering online not I can find wherever I travel and I am still hooked, my closet and jewelry stand has Chico’s, that all I buy, I get compliments on my clothes and am always asked ,where did I find it, Chico’s


    Such beautiful clothes, but online ordering is horrible. Worked on my order for over an hour, finally went to live chat (Jovan) and he got everything straightened out. Probably will not order online ever again.

  11. One of my dreams is to meet Helene Gralnick and Colleen Saidman Yee. I have been inspired by reading your stories of both Helene and Colleen. A light bulb went off with me as I read the recent story of Colleen Saidman about age, the mind thought of yourself, yoga, etc. I woke up! I now how busy you both may be, but I just love my Chico purchases which I sometimes buy a piece at a time and in combination with your great promotions and discounts which help me and I am sure others out there, it would be a pleasure to chat with you. You are much more than a store to me.

  12. Rose Daughety

    I am in my 60’s and Chico’s has been my go to place since my 40’s. Recently purchased two pair of pants that had a little stretch. They were very casual; no dry cleaning. Tried ironing them and could NOT get the wrinkles out because the material did no lie in place. Then the blue and peach paisley tee shirt that looked great on the hanger and seems everyone was buying; I did, once washed was like a box. No shape and very unattractive and embarrassing when I saw my picture. Went back to another company and bought two lovely pants for same I paid at Chico’s. Like them dry cleaned and I look fresh and neat. Cannot take anything back to Chico’s but I spent over $300 for things I will not wear. So Sad.

  13. Recently purchased two pair of casual pants with pockets. Cannot be dry cleaned and ironing them; well they cannot come out straight due to the stretch. At the same time bought the mid blue and salmon paisley knit shirt. It looked great on the hanger. But after washing is was limp (this is a thicker knit) and shapeless. All in all the three pieces cannot be worn and I spent a good bit of money. Will have to go elsewhere to get pants that can be dry cleaned if they cannot be ironed to look good. Very sad on my part

  14. Vivian Chapman

    Please do not quit making the long (tunic) long sleeve no-iron blouses. Also how about some prints,
    Stripes, etc, in tunic. You carry Petit, even O, women but not one Tall (33” or 34”) in pants in the stores or outlets. When you order on line it’s black, grey, white, red, or beige. Tall girls love colors so they will match the pants (like aqua, yellow etc) with the tops that I can wear.
    Thank you
    I love Chico’s
    My grandchildren call me “that is the Chico woman”

  15. elba schmitt

    I find online order is difficult due to no specifics on the merchandise, i.e. size and or price. There are some items I would love to order right now, but I’m unable to find the size.

  16. Jami Vaux

    Happy Anniversary CHICOS!! Loved working for you for 8 years. In my retirement I love to see how well your fashions still wear. Yes my closets are still full of CHICOS.

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