On my first visit there a few years ago, I fell in love with Sanibel Island, Florida. Since that time, its cute specialty stores, unique restaurants, and its glorious shell-filled beaches have drawn me back again and again. From my standpoint, this southern location is not only a perfect vacation paradise, it is a shopper’s paradise as well. That’s why my heart skipped a beat when I learned that one of my favorite stores originated on this cozy island.
Chico’s, a retailer that caters to women, describes its history on its website. According to company information, “Chico’s was founded in 1983 as a small boutique selling Mexican folk art and cotton sweaters on Sanibel Island in Florida. Our friendly environment and unique styles connected with customers in a special way that quickly evolved into over 600 Chico’s boutiques nationwide, a monthly catalog, and round-the-clock shopping at chicos.com.”
So, a clothing store that originated in one of the most beautiful places in Florida now offers merchandise to those across the country; this fact should make every woman feel lucky. Why? Because Chico’s sells clothing and accessories that match the vibe of southern Florida perfectly, minus any indication of being designed for the senior citizen set.
Take their accessories, for example. Bold and beautiful, their pieces would be perfect for any strong woman looking to make a style statement. From printed ponchos, to light-weight scarves, they have it all.
For instance, their Coral Beauty Peri Poncho, available for approximately $80.00, would be an awesome addition to any summer wardrobe. Its semi-sheer design, coupled with the beauty of the coral print, would look gorgeous with white leggings or even light pink skinny jeans.
Another must-have accessory would be their Summer Essential Belt for $35.00. It’s black with a variety of beads, and it crosses in the front. This makes it perfect for defining the waistline. Pair it with a white button down shirt, and any color capris, and you are ready for a day of shopping or a casual day at the office.
In addition, you MUST check out Chico’s jewelry selection. Right now they have buy one piece and receive a second item for 50% off. How can you go wrong? Style PLUS savings! My favorite is the Fairuza bracelet that comes in either silver or gold. To me, it is like a wave of molten metal, and for only $39.00 you can afford this style splurge.
Finally, the Cocoa-Bean Wide brim Hat reminds me of Audrey Hepburn…classic and somehow hot! For only $35.00, you can keep the sun off your face while looking cool.
Chico’s is definitely a store you need to check out. In summary, it is one company that offers hot (and affordable) accessories. Visit one of the stores close to you, or take the time to check out their website. You won’t be sorry!