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No muss. No-fuss. No drama. That’s pretty much my life’s motto. And except for a few years in the late ’80s where there was excessive use of Aquanet and blue eye shadow, that’s pretty much my fashion and beauty style as well. I think I was doing the “capsule wardrobe” way before it was a thing because I just don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about my hair, make-up or clothing!
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I’ve always gravitated towards one or two colors in my closet, those colors have changed depending on the circumstances. In San Francisco that meant a lot of black and grey with the occasional navy thrown in, but in Arizona black is just not that smart and in the last 2 years, I have moved to blue with red, white and grey accents.
What has stuck is my minimalist approach. A method that is even more important to me when it comes to travel. Which I do a fair share of. My packing and planning method involves pairing outfits that can mix or match without a lot of effort. And I absolutely hate to iron, so my clothes have to travel well too. So, when Chico’s reached out to try out their Summer Travel Collection, I said, “yes please!”
My selections arrived just in time for 2 consecutive trips and I couldn’t have been more pleased when everything arrived and everything fit! I went with my usual shades of blue and white but also picked out pants that are an olive-green color called vetiver, a plant that grows in Spain, India, and a few other spots in the world (and also happened to be the scent of the bath products in the hotel I stayed in on one of my trips – small world!). What I loved about the Mix and Match Collection is that there was a nice palette to choose from and I didn’t have to worry about a mismatch! So, my sateen slim crops in vetiver went with the 4 shirts I selected, which also went with the navy-blue crops I got too. Huge bonus that Chico’s carries petite sizes as regular crops just look like highwater pants on shorties like me!
So when I got to Billings with a jam-packed itinerary all I had to do was grab a top and grab a pair of pants, and voila! I was made in the shade! During my 36 hours in Billings, I walked around the historic downtown, visited murals and street art, took in a couple of coffee shops and restaurants, headed to a national monument and a farmer’s market, and was comfortable and cute the whole time!
I was also quite comfortable in the airport while I waited for connecting flights and on the plane. The fabrics breathe well and move with me whether I am sitting on the plane, walking through the airport, or standing and waiting for my luggage. I didn’t wrinkle either. Total bonus!
Flexibility, style, and minimal care are things I look for when selecting clothes not only for travel but for life in general. The last thing I want to do when I’m in a new location is to worry about what to wear. I want to be able to just grab something in my hotel closet and go! And I do not want to iron!
It’s funny when Mr. Misadventures and I were in San Francisco, I ironed a lot and I sucked at it. The hubby is far better at it and I would do anything to get him to do the ironing! He even ironed his jeans which I thought was crazy. Then when we lived in the RV for 18 months, we didn’t even bring an iron and although we have one in our home now, I try my best not to use it. For my clothing selections, I look for fabrics that can be folded or washed and hung without ironing and so far, I’ve been pretty successful.
To Chico’s Summer Travel Collection, I say, “Bienvenue to my closet!”
Here’s what I brought Billings:
- Petite Sateen Slim Crops in Vetiver
- Petite Sateen Slim Crops in Kings Navy
- Lace Sleeve Top in Alabaster
- Petite Linen notched button pullover in Sunshine Yellow
- Half-button Denim Shirt in Medium Wanderlust
- Blue Sunglasses
After my quick trip to Billings, and a business trip to Raleigh (I wore the Vetiver petite sateen slim crops and denim shirt to the office one day, but no photos, it was my first week on the new job and I didn’t want *that* kind of attention, but I loved the fact that my travel-wear could easily turn into office-wear!) I did a little staycation at one of my favorite Phoenix-area resorts, Mountain Shadows. For this lovely mid-century modern lady, I dressed up my crop pants with fancier shoes and went with the blue tops and sunglasses. It was the perfect resort-wear!
Here’s what I brought for my staycation:
- Petite Sateen Slim Crops in Kings Navy
- Petite Linen notched button pullover in Coastal Blue
- Solid Textured top in Coastal Blue
- Blue Sunglasses
The Chico’s Summer Travel Collection has lots of colors and patterns to choose from and they all pretty much go with each other, so even if you aren’t a clothing minimalist like me, and more a fashionista, you will find plenty of pieces for your wardrobe. Plus, accessories like hats, scarves, and sunglasses. Got to have those sunglasses in the summer!
So from urban trekking in Billings to business travel and office time in Raleigh and a staycation in Phoenix, Chico’s Summer Travel Collection fit the bill to a T (or tee!). After 3 trips I am convinced that I need to continue mixing and matching from this collection to build out my wardrobe for my next trips!
How about you? Have you tried Chico’s clothing? Have you seen their travel collection? Do tell! How do you like to select clothes for your travel? Do share!
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