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Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

We’ve all been there: when daycare emergency and work deadline collide. Our designer and mom, Christina, found herself at home sans computer and the clock was ticking. So she set up a workstation at home the old school way: with markers, watercolors and colored pencils. Her 5-year old daughter, Stella, followed her lead and the creating began. The result? Mommy and me floral designs.

Christina’s design has been interpreted for the Chico’s Summer Collection. And her daughter’s took a prominent spot on the fridge – and a few photocopies have made their way to numerous Chico’s offices. We think little Stella might have a future in fashion.


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72 Responses

  1. Suzann Morin

    I wish you would come up with a way you could take designs sent from us (your customers) where it could be put on a Chico labelled shirt. We could pick the colors of the shirts and lay out. I have grandsons and know these would make great gifts for the mother’s.
    Please respond to my suggestion.

  2. Diana

    I wish your shirts were a little shorter.. Put a idea in the window were 3 basic itema can mix into 5. Robin at Polaris help me do that.

    1. I agree – I am 5′ 9″ and I prefer my tops to cover the tummy, however, not to go below the crotch and a lot of my favorite tops are too long and not an attractive length for me.

      1. Barbara

        I agree. I’m also 5’9” and some tops feel like maternity wear. A perfect length is to the top of the hip. I’d also like to see the END of longer in the back styles.

        1. Jean

          I am 5’8” and thought I was the only one who had an issue with the too long tops. I tried the petite but often the sleeves were an odd length. I love the idea that talented customers could submit design ideas .

  3. Pam

    This is beautiful! I love the clean lines of the garment, no cut outs, extra straps, buttons, ties, glitter or ruffles. The printed design is clean and colorful! It reminds of cotton tops you carried years ago. Hurray! More, please.

  4. Wally

    First of all, congratulations1 And, thank you for sharing your talent wit we shoppers. So many unique pieces. Wiil these designs come to fruition. If so, please notify –


    Thank you for taking the time for a response.

  5. Maggie

    I feel that the style are overwhelming
    But then again we are bold enough to be creative. Chicos has change so much and the product became poor in quality. We want to see more. Design has been repeated throughout the years . What happen to our uniqueness women’s need to feel good and also look good. We do not need to be like everyone else , lets go back from the beginning and get that inspiration
    Back . Chico’s its an amazing place and will love to see heads turn as we walk by any Chico’s. Let put our heads together and figure out our ladies listen many has stop shopping why . Because is not for them
    People are getting older not younger,
    There’s so many store out there for young .people we don’t need to attract young we need to attract the middle age like me and others that need to feel good. And beautiful

    1. Beth

      I am a very long time CHICOS’s shopper and I couldn’t agree more.
      Although I am “75” I look and feel younger. I am sick of the rayon fibers in clothes. They wrinkle very bad and as a frequent traveler they don’t work very well. I used to buy many things at a time and now even when they have a 50% off it is difficult to find something I like.

    2. Connie

      Need quality that lasts, stop changing good things that work in fabrics on basic pieces, like with the Bridgett crops/pants where Chico’s started using a different fabric that is stiff, hot against the skin & also wrinkles & bags at knees. The older Bridgett crops/pants (2-3 years ago that my friends & I loved) were soft, didn’t wrinkle, felt fab against skin & were flattering. In addition the newer fabric on these crops/pants changed the size women wore, need to size up due to the stiffness & lack of true stretch of the newer fabric compared to the older versions. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
      Disagree on length of tops with some ladies, I believe the issue is tunics as opposed to regular tops, regular tops such as camis etc. are too short, I’m only 5’7” but need another 1/12-2” in length. Most of the tunics are too damn long, with too much fabric & I’m not into altering anything unless I’m completely in love. I also feel that necklines could drop an inch or 1&1/2” to help elongate, it helps with slimming the silhouette. I personally do not like some of the prints (including the above artists print) FOR CLOTHING, even though I love the art work but that print on a short, boxy top screams granny in clothing. Looks as if someone choose this top that has a vision issue, not flattering. While I am a proud grandma, I can still look youthful in my dress & don’t want to wear anything that looks granny like. I like quality bamboo rayon mixed in fabrics as it’s soft, comfy & perfect for summer or for those that live in hot or humid climates, detest most polyester as it’s hot as hell & usually looks cheap, poly mixed with other fabrics is okay if done right. Can’t stand chunky jewlerey but do notice Chico’s has other options that are more delicate available now as well, belts are usually nice from Chico’s. In addition I’d like to see half sizes in jackets & tops as I’m usually in between sizes or please offer the option of a tall in tops for those that are long waisted, taller or just want more coverage in the tummy area. Thank you!

      1. Dianne M. Pomeroy

        My problem is that I take different sizes and because of a surgeon’s not giving a darn I look like I am 15 months pregnant with triplets. I am 88 years old and don’t think that is quite possible. LOL But at Chico’s I can buy Traveler’s pants in a size 2, their tank tops in a size 4, and most blouses in a size 3. However I need the blouses longer to go down to my thighs to cover the preggy look. The tanks, which are worn under the tops, could be shorter. The pants, even petites, are still a bit too long for a 5 ft. tall person. My point is that they cannot please everybody when it comes to length, etc. Some would like longer (like me) and some would like shorter. My only wish for Chico’s is that they would have a seamstress in their stores to handle minor alterations, such as shortening hems, etc. I sometimes have a bag full of clothes that need altering that I never seem to get to a seamstress. I have a bag around here somewhere with roughly 12 pairs of slacks that I can’t even find since we packed up a lot of my house and moved things around when I thought I was going to sell and move. Don’t know where the agent put everything. Now THAT is a dilemna!!!!! Bring on a seamstress r even someone to do the measuring in each store to be sent to a central sewing department so you can help us incompetents out!!!! PLEASE???????

  6. Marilyn

    This is in response to Maggie’s comments on 7/1…..TOTALLY agree with you. When I worked, I had over 100 Chico’s jackets, then I sold them at retirement. Now getting back into going outside again, I stopped into a store and was appalled at the quality of the material and the shortness of most of the pants, and the lack of the old Chico’s UNIQUENESS!! Now I hunt the higher end consignment shops for the old Chico’s jackets. I recently was able to purchase a long, white, heavier jacket that will go wonderfully with tights, but couldn’t even find a pair of black pants that were decent. Shame!

  7. Marj

    I would like more of the polyester long pants–some with cargo–you don’t seem to have many of those any more. Several years ago you had different colors in the long polyester pants, and they were absolutely wonderful. I need brown right now, and I can’t find them. I agree with the ladies who are saying to go back to we who are middle age or at least think we are. That’s what keeps us looking young!

  8. I agree with previous comments regarding Chicos no longer making quality garments
    Also, ordering a larger size as Chicos suggest does not allow for a mature figure– if I order larger to fit through bust– garment isn’t even suitable for tailoring to fit the rest of me
    Have stopped shopping Chicos since their clothes are no longer a unique purchase
    Such a shame because their prices remain .

  9. Nelda Pattillo

    I have been shopping Chico’s since it first started in Sanibel and Captive Islands! It was always a joy to find the unique styles every summer there! I love the new bold look! Even though I’m in my 70s now, style is still important!!😇

  10. margo katz

    I have missed a few of your past fabrics. The tank tops that I still have are much nicer which are 98%cotton and 2%spandex’ Since I have so many everyone asks where did I get mine. They are much nicer than what you show at present. The slub tank just doesn’t cut it. I also miss the jeans without the feathers. The feathers are ridiculous. You also do not show the beautiful soft fabric you used to carry in the jeans. I have been a Chicos customer for years and love your clothes however I am missing your softer fabrics. Thank you for also showing large clip earrings. Not all of us have pierced ears.

  11. Karen

    Please pay attention to ladies who don’t want ankle pants. Long pants have been very difficult to find for the last several years. Polyester is HOT! Summer tops and tunics should NEVER be made from polyester! Where are the “camp” shirts you used to do so well? I used to buy a new one every year and it’s been slim pickin’s lately. I generally love the fit of Chico’s pants. As my waist slowly disappears it’s nice to have access to a clothing line that recognizes the needs of gals over 40. Chico’s jeans are the best. THANK YOU for the high-waist jeans. Really, so much more slimming when there isn’t a button making your top bulge out at the point where your tummy rounds out the most.

  12. Shirley

    I am another customer tired of the rayon, polyester and spandex in your clothing. These fabrics are very hot in the summer. What happened to “cotton”?? This fabric is cool and breathes with you! Purchasing cotton fabrics made in the USA would also benefit local farmers.

    1. Dianne M. Pomeroy

      But some of still need these polyester stretchable fabrics and really appreciate that
      Chico’s carries them. That is the main reason I have shopped there for years. You can’t please everyone, but please don’t ask for changes you might like but from what other consumer’s still need. They would not still be carrying things like the wonderful Traveler’s line if people did not need them and buy them. I feel that the demands for change are extremely selfish. If you don’t like the way they are, why don’t you find another store that can satisfy you??? Please LEAVE CHICO’S ALONE AND DON’T ASK THEM TO CHANGE for just a few of you while the majority, LARGE majority of customers, love it just the way it is!!!! And, by the way, cotton is not suitable for everyone when it comes to tank tops and pants. But their new blouses that don’t have to be ironed are wonderful. Try those. I think you will be very happy.

  13. Agnes

    Wish you would bring back the shirt that have the art of stick men on the sleeve, can be anywhere on the shirt, don’t care as long as it’s done in good taste. Still have mine black/white . So old not sure it will fit, but can’t part with it !!!!

  14. Barb cappa

    A am a two year Chico’s shopper. I have a multifaceted addiction- 57 necklaces and way too many tops and pants to count.
    The designers constantly impress me. Only one issue -my upper arms are quite large. I can wear a size 0 but then the upper arms look like “sausage casings”.so I have to buy size 1 and take up extra fabric around the torso to give a fitted waistline look. The boxy look is never flattering to a women’s figure.

  15. Marie Dorsey

    I miss your comfortable cotton tops. I hate polyester. It is not comfortable especially in summer. Your cotten teeshirt in so many colors were so comfortable. I bought them all every year. They washed well and felt soft and cool. They look great!! I want them back. I wear the 3/4 sleeves in the cooler weather. I am very hot natured. I know what I like!!. Please bring them back!!

  16. Megan swoyer

    I love the arty idea but this looks kind of like a coloring book pattern for adults would be nice for something other than apparel. . How about using real artists similar to those that lily Pulitzer uses but with diffeeent look?

  17. Diane

    I love your no iron shirts and blouses but the quality continues to change I have older no iron white blouses and tunics that are heavier weight and no bra line shows through,. They stand up to many washes!. The new fabric, although softer, actually shows signs of wear after two washings. Please bring the quality back.

  18. Suzanne

    Love the Chico’s look. I’m 68 and love the longer diagonal shape tops to go with my zenergy leggings, which are the only ones I will buy.would love more colors in the leggings. At 5’5″ all is perfect especially adding your longer wraps and sweater coverups. Love the girlfriend so slimming pants and won’t buy any others. I’m a total Chicos gal. Love how the sizes are always true and I can order on line and they always fit.

  19. Sharon

    I’m 78 and used to shop at Chico’s all the time. Now when I go into the store I never see anything I like at any price. Why does everything have a huge neckline? Older women want to cover up their necks. I want to find tops and tees with collars and 3/4 length sleeves. The blouses with sleeves and collars are way too long. A 0 fits in the shoulders but is too tight around the bottom. A size 1 is way too big in the chest and shoulders. Oh, and don’t put patch pockets on the chest, the girls have fallen and we don’t want to draw attention to that!

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