You’ve seen her during Chico’s Facebook Lives, dishing on the details and inspiration that make each of our collections unique. Now, Melly, our Head of Design, is sharing her most-wanted pieces, trends, colors and more each month for her Most Wanted series.
For those of you who are new to Most Wanted, Melly’s official title is VP of Design at Chico’s, and she is a veteran in the retail world. She was also a senior instructor at Parsons School of Design in New York.
This is the second in a series. Check out her picks from last month here.
Read on to discover what Melly loves for March. And be sure to come back next month to InsideChic and see what made her April list.
WHAT ONE FASHION TREND MUST OUR READERS GET THIS MONTH?
A statement sleeve top like our blouson sleeve shirt, updated with embroidered trim on the sleeves. I own our statement shirt in white and wear it so often…I’m delighted to own the black version, it is also available in envy green, too!
WHAT COLOR IS GREAT FOR MARCH TO MAKE WARDROBES POP?
Fresh Greens…like our new Envy Green! It’s also perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
WHAT PRODUCT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS MONTH?
Our new Eyelet Anglais AKA Eyelet Embroidered Tops!
WHAT IS YOUR MOST WANTED PRINT RIGHT NOW?
Our new colorful journey print, hand-painted by Rosalind, one of our in-house artists.
A DAY IN THE LIFE…
Wondering what Melly does all day? Weekend or weekday, by the hour, here’s a behind the scenes look at her typical schedule.
WEEKDAYS IN FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
8 am Head to the office, coffee in hand. This is after 20 mins. of morning yoga, in Zenergy leggings and slub tee, a shower and change of clothes (usually a Chico’s poplin dress with a multi strand necklace). I make a green juice and a boiled egg for breakfast!
9 am Catch up on weekly sales and business.
10 am Work with the Trend and Concept Team, review color, print and concepts, spend time dreaming with the team on where we will take our customer for the new season and in which colors.
11 am Review the latest jewelry ideas with the Accessory Design Team, translate their ideas onto the new summer shoe collection, I’m so excited to see our customers reaction…jewelry for your feet!
NOON Pop into a fitting, see the latest styles on our fit model.
1 pm Break for lunch…usually a salad with grilled chicken or homemade soup from our campus Café, sit outside in the courtyard and enjoy lunch and sunshine.
1:30 pm Sketch review with the Woven Tops Design Team. We review the new proposed styles, trims and prints for the new season and get excited about new product!
3 pm Sketch review with the Denim Team, review new washes, new decorative details and leg shapes for the new season.
4:30 pm Grab a cup of tea, and a sweet treat! Then I review any issues we may have with the Design Team; help resolve problems and give advice.
5:30 pm Spend the rest of the day catching up on daily business emails!
WEEKENDS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK
8 am Grab coffee and breakfast with my hubby, throw the ball for my little terrier, pull on Chico’s demi boot jeans, a slub tee and cowboy boots, head to the barn to feed.
9 am Hug my horse; help clean stalls.
10 am Groom, saddle up and warm up my horse.
11 am Train with my horse for 1 hour—mix of slow and moderate speeds, maneuvers, and poles.
NOON Cool down, more grooming. My horse loves a shoulder/neck massage! Perhaps a bath for him if it’s warm enough or a vacuum if its chilly!!
1 pm Grab a quick lunch, a sandwich and a cup of tea with my horse trainer, catch up on all things horsey!
1:30 pm Groom, saddle and exercise a couple of the riding school ponies.
3 pm Head home to the garden, plant and weed, gather herbs and veggies for dinner.
4:30 pm Grab a recipe book and browse, start prepping garden veggies, put the kettle on…more tea!
5:30 pm Don an apron and start experimenting in the kitchen!
EVEN MORE MELLY…
Shop the complete list of Melly’s Most Wanted items here.