We realize, as bitchy fashion bloggers, that a retail chain like Chico’s can easily inspire plenty of snarky jokes for anyone who wants to go there. But real people buy their real wardrobes at places like Chico’s all over the world, and like practically any fashion chain, there are real finds to be had among their racks. We’re not trying to be all holier-than-thou about it. We’ve certainly made plenty of Payless Shoes cracks over the years. But when it comes to real-world fashion advice, we only caution anyone to approach retail chain wares with a discerning eye for quality and potential longevity. This isn’t just random unasked-for advice. We’re going somewhere with this.
See, bearing in mind that Chico’s is a perfectly reasonable place to find a cute look, and also bearing in mind that there isn’t anyone better suited for a fashion event with a HowBoldAreYou hashtag than Miss Tracee, we find all of this rather disappointing:
This is neither bold nor stylish, we’re sorry to say. And if it’s meant to represent the Chico’s brand, it’s a rather poor attempt. Hence the preamble about the relative quality of retail chain clothing. We think people who regularly buy and wear the stuff could do a better job of representing the Chico’s brand than what you’re seeing here. The next time a retail chain wants a celebrity to appear at a company event, they should have a store manager or buyer make selections for her.
Styled by Karla Welch
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]