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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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10 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.

  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 .

  6. PHYLLIS E. GARRETT

    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??

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