Chico’s kinda girl

Photo of Chico's in Hudson, Ohio

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So now on to today’s post…

I have been saying for quite a few years that when I grow up I want to be a Chico’s girl.  As in, I want to dress from the clothing store Chico’s.

For those who don’t live in the US or haven’t passed by a Chico’s in their local mall, here’s a link to their catalog*: http://www.chicos.com/store/browse/catalog.jsp?icid=HP-ShopNewCatalog

I am by no means a fashionista and normally do not hold a brand preference.  I highly prefer comfort over style and matching my body shape over matching the runway.  However, there is something about this store that just grabs my attention.  Perhaps it’s because they use a lot of animal prints and earth tones colors that go so well on me or maybe it’s the chunky, sometimes gypsy-esque jewelry they use (but tone down with basic colors and styles)?  I don’t know which reason I stand by for this magnetic window shopping attraction, but I know that’s what I want to dress like when I grow up.

The big question is…when is that?  When can I feel mature enough to pull off sophisticated clothing?  I used to think that was when I reached the corporate world, but I did the corporate thing for 10 years and I never wanted to waste a good outfit by sitting it inside a cubicle 8 hours a day.  I may be 31, but I’m still more comfortable size-wise in the juniors department because I’ve found the Misses and Women’s clothes don’t hug my curves without making me look frumpy instead of coke-bottle-ish.  So to me, the Juniors section is the girl that I was and Chico’s is the woman I want to be.  But when can I make the big leap?

First and foremost, I’d imagine I can’t do any leaping til I can actually afford to shop at Chico’s (always been a Ross kinda girl).  Hmm…but until I can do so, what should my first step be?  Find more sophisticated shoes besides sneakers to wear?  Stop opting for the easy bun and ponytail on a daily basis?  Get a job where I care to dress up every day?  Baby steps, Tif, baby steps.

Anyone else in this world drawn to a particular store or style they have yet to attempt?

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*The catalog listed on the date this was posted was actually photographed at the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL where I used to live.  We shall have a discussion on Dali another day, but if you are ever in the area, I recommend the museum.  It was cool before they re-did it and from the pics in the catalog, it looks amazing and much brighter now!

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