J’adore Chico’s 10-Pieces/20-Outfits Wardrobe Extravaganza

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Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 1 red shoes

When I first moved to Europe and began working in Switzerland in 2003, one of the first observations I made about the women in the office is that while they were very stylish and put together, they seemed to wear the same clothes. There was one woman, in particular, she was Italian by birth, but had lived in Switzerland for a very long time. She was responsible for PR (public relations) and was not only passionate about marketing in general, but she was quite flamboyant. I arrived in Switzerland in the spring and in my first few weeks, I would see her in bright pink and bright orange suits with a simple blouse and lots of jewelry. I admired her for being “bold enough” to wear the same clothes multiple times in a short time frame.

Then I realized. It is just plain smart. (And honestly, after a while I didn’t even notice!) She was capsule wardrobing way before it was trendy. And in fact, if you read my advice on how to pack for Paris, it is the way most French women approach their wardrobe. Also capsule wardrobes and the absolute best packing approach for traveling – hands down.

Capsule wardrobes are just plain smart and Chico’s has not only mastered the concept, they pride themselves in offering unique fashion finds that help you build that wardrobe, while also offering versatility so it never looks like you’re wearing the same outfit twice! This fall, Chico’s is taking the guesswork out of dressing yourself by offering 10 pieces that you can wear in 20 different ways. (I actually think it could be more!) I’m sharing a sampling of the outfits I created from curating a few pieces from their collection and a few tips on creating a capsule wardrobe.

Chico's 10-piece wardrobe

My Chico’s Wardrobe Selections

You may have followed me on Instagram a while or have seen some of the outfits, I’ve worn on the pages of this blog, so you might be looking at the collection above and think, that doesn’t look like Andi. But even though there are pieces in beautiful shades of magenta and mustard, there are also pieces in navy, black, and grey! You will see in the tips for creating a wardrobe further down, that you have to be you! So when I made my collection choices I selected:

  • The Bateau-Neck Sweater in Heather Grey
  • The Ruffle-Front Shirt in White
  • The Sophia-Slim Ankle Pants in Black
  • The Petite Denim Jacket

I choose these pieces because I know I will wear them and after receiving them and wearing there are a couple more pieces I will be selecting to add to my wardrobe. Most specifically the ankle pants in navy as I absolutely love these pants! With those 4 pieces, I was able to create X outfits.

To spice things up a bit I added some jewelry. Picking out the jewelry was actually harder than the clothes since Chico’s has a great collection! I rarely wear jewelry and don’t have a lot, but what I do have I would consider “classics,” so when choosing pieces for my outfits I went with pearls.

“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” – Coco Chanel

My selections were:

  • A single-strand necklace
  • Linear earrings
  • A Starburst pin

Here’s how my outfits came together.

Outfit #1: Everything at once!

Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 1

I chose pieces that could be layered altogether depending on the weather and/or the occasion. So this outfit combines the denim jacket on top of the Bateau-Neck sweater on top of the Ruffle-front shirt over the Sophia-Slim ankle pants. I’ve also got the single-strand (faux) pearl necklace and Starburst pin on. This is perfect for colder weather or a day or presenting in the office (I would take off the jacket). I could also easily wear this in Paris for a day of activities that moves into dinner.

Outfit #2: taking off a layer (and adding color!)

Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 2

Just because I like a monochromatic color palette doesn’t mean I can’t be fun. I added a huge pop of bright red with these shoes that I paired with the Bateau-Neck sweater on top of the Ruffle-front shirt over the Sophia-Slim ankle pants. That red is drawing a lot of attention, so I kept the single-strand (faux) pearl necklace on to add some texture to my top half. The other thing I will do with this combo is drop the necklace and add my red glasses! No one ever called me boring!

Outfit #3: taking off a layer

Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 3

There is nothing more French (and therefore classic, in my book) than a white shirt. The ruffle-front adds a nice design and instant flare. Paired with the Sophia-Slim ankle pants it is ultra-classic. I kept the necklace on but if I was feeling it was all too fussy, I would drop that stick with the blouse and pants and feel very comfortable in this for work, for Paris, for travel – these pants are incredibly comfortable – and more!

Outfit #3.5

Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 3.5

I threw the Bateau-Neck sweater back over my shoulders – I often get cold in conference rooms, in planes and restaurants, so I always like to have something I can add to combat a chill!

Outfit #4: Simple basics

Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 4

This outfit just screams “me.” I like simple, classic and comfortable and I would travel in this, work in this, walk in this – all the things. I want this outfit in a few more colors and life would be complete!

Outfit #4.5

Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 4.5

Once again, combatting any potential chills, I’d have that denim jacket on hand. The Starburst pin also adds interest to the outfit, then again, so would the red shoes!

Chico's 10-Pieces-20-Outfits Wardrobe - Outfit 1 red shoes

I loved how everything fit and how comfortable it felt. As I mentioned before, I will be picking a few more pieces from this collection to complete my wardrobe and if you are looking for versatile, easy to wear clothing to build a wardrobe for work, for play, or for travel, I highly recommend you check out the collection from Chico’s! I have a lot of travel blogging friends that have written about the rule of 3 for packing. Basically, it comes down to trying to wear each item you pack in 3 different ways. As you can see from the outfits above that isn’t hard to do. I only used 4 of the 10 pieces!

My tips for building a capsule wardrobe

Build a wardrobe that fits your life

Be realistic and practical about selecting your capsule wardrobe. Be true to your needs. Don’t try to be aspirational, your wardrobe should reflect your day to day environment, you should be able to reach into your closet and feel comfortable with wearing any piece in there. And those pieces should feel comfortable! Simplifying your decision-making process reduces stress!

Start with a favorite piece

Got a pair of pants or jeans that you love, a blazer or tee that you can’t live without? Start your capsule with that! Build around that favorite piece, it will be a lot easier to create your wardrobe, more fun to wear execute on your capsule strategy and you will likely be more successful with this concept. If you don’t have a favorite piece find one! Might I suggest something from Chico’s?

Plan your outfits

Once you have selected pieces to make up your capsule wardrobe, try planning a few outfits. Try putting together outfits for a few days.

Make sure that every piece works

If you invest the time and effort to create a capsule wardrobe you will actually have less to choose, which is not a bad thing, but everything needs to work. If you have a piece that only works with part of your collection, that you only wear once in a while, then it isn’t pulling its weight and you should consider getting rid of it or swapping it for something else. Trends come and go and so does the money you spent on that trend!

Forget about imposter syndrome

Everyone has seen the perfectly dressed influencers on Instagram sporting their magnificent wardrobes. You might tend to feel a little jealous or unworthy, may feel intimidated or unworthy, but don’t! Be inspired! Feel challenged to find a capsule wardrobe that works for you! You do you! If you feel like your choices are underwhelming, consider adding some “sparkle.” I’m not big on jewelry and my Chico’s choices are in the grey/black/white palette so to add some character, I chose some pieces that felt a little larger than life (at least for me). People may not necessarily remark about my outfit (other than I look put together and sharp) but they will remember my broach or the fact that I wore earrings and that’s enough to get a wow! And you know me, I say throw a scarf over anything!

Welcome to easy street!

Once you’ve created your capsule wardrobe, you don’t need extra time to get ready. You don’t need extra time to pack a suitcase. You won’t be spending money on shopping. You’ll naturally have more time to do other things with your time and your life.

You’re welcome!

How about you? Have you tried creating a wardrobe from a few great pieces? Have you gone full-on capsule? Do you capsule when you travel? Lastly, if you have to pick 3 or 4 pieces from Chico’s new collection to start a wardrobe, what would you choose? Do tell!

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31 Comments

  1. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    October 23, 2019

    The ruana wrap is so pretty! Thank you for sharing

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  2. Annemarie
    October 23, 2019

    OMG, I love those fall colours in the collection.Especially that ruana wrap looks so comfy and stylish. Can be totally worn at work, too. (Plus, more oftne than not, it’s cold in the office rooms.^^)

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  3. Miranda
    October 23, 2019

    Love your style and how you mixed up all of the pieces! Definitely something I struggle with

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  4. Samantha Botes
    October 23, 2019

    Hi there!
    I have never heard of a ‘capsule wardrobe’ before but I love it! My wardrobe is do dreary at the moment this is something I must look into.
    My favourite piece is the white shirt with the Bateau-neck sweater! Thank for you this great advice 🙂

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  5. Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    October 24, 2019

    Wow! Those outfits are fabulous and you look stunning on them! Love how you do your mix ups!

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  6. Anna
    October 24, 2019

    Hi Andi,

    Just a quick note here… loved your post! I’m a long time Chico’s customer. I love their style and fit for a mature customer. I’m Anna behind Intrepid Scout.

    Reply
  7. Marie, Mamma's Cooking
    October 24, 2019

    What great advice! I have pieces that I know would go together, so this list is even helpful to clean out my closet of things I don’t wear and that don’t fit in the capsule wardrobe. Thank you!

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  8. Renee | The Good Hearted Woman
    October 24, 2019

    Fashion has always been a struggle for me, so I really appreciate your advice. Also, that sunburst pin is a great accent piece!

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  9. Amanda
    October 25, 2019

    I love that ruffled shirt!

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  10. Shayla Marie
    October 25, 2019

    I love these pieces and your style! Those red shoes are super cool!

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  11. Nicole Hinrichs
    October 25, 2019

    I’m loving the layered look! Great style tips, thank you!

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  12. julie stine
    October 25, 2019

    Love this post Andi. You look fabulous! I will look into the Bateau sweater and pants. It all looks so good on you.

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  13. Becki
    October 25, 2019

    I’m loving that jacket, and twinned with those deep red trousers would look great for an autumn city break around Europe. I try and pack by outfits while I’m travelling, but being more of a sporty girl, I always tend to have a bit of a scruffy look about me. It’s fine for places like Asia, but I stand out like a sore thumb in cities. I really should pay mor attention to what I’m wearing, keeping it practical, but need a few statement stylish items that work well like you have here.

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  14. Christa
    October 25, 2019

    I love all of these looks! Having a capsule wardrobe is such a great idea. Having fewer items but with a higher quality can really make your style sophisticated and effortless.

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  15. Ann
    October 26, 2019

    I love your sence of styling, I really do 🙂
    Maybe it would be easier to travel more lightly if I planned my outfits ahead of departure 😛

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  16. Leah
    October 26, 2019

    Lovely post! I love having a capsule wardrobe. While I could definitely still scale back, I am pretty minimal a when it comes to my closet, and it has made life so much simpler. I love your outfit ideas here!

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  17. Dani
    October 26, 2019

    Okay, confession – I had no idea what a capsule wardrobe was before reading this! Haha. The more you know eh. Gorgeous clothes 😀

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  18. Bliss Eatts
    October 26, 2019

    What a great idea. It is really very simple, but effective. I’m going to work on my Autumn and Winter one now.

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  19. Claire
    October 26, 2019

    I love the red shoes and the ruffle shirt! Having a handful of main pieces you can mix and match is such a smart idea, I really believe in minimalism and not hoarding more stuff than you need. You look different and cute in all of these photos with just a few items. My backpacking life is similar, so it’s fun to see this philosophy translated to every day.

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  20. Lenai
    October 26, 2019

    I love the idea and is very minimalist I say. 🙂 Simple yet effective.

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  21. Hazel
    October 26, 2019

    Some great ideas here, Andi. Having a few key pieces is vital for mixing and matching.

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  22. Cynthia Nicoletti
    October 26, 2019

    Such nice outfits love the way they look on you.

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  23. Vanessa Shields
    October 26, 2019

    I had never heard of the term capsule wardrobe before but I love the idea! It really does look like several different outfits! With traveling it really does make sense. 😁

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  24. Brianna Simmons
    October 26, 2019

    I’m all about simplicity and versatility when it comes to clothes, everything looks great on you!

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  25. Kez
    October 26, 2019

    I didn’t realise there was a name for this, but I’ve been doing it my whole life!

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  26. Merryl
    October 26, 2019

    Oooo so many cool ideas here. I am constantly struggling with this and your blog has been such help ❤️

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  27. Mayi
    October 27, 2019

    Great post as always. I love the outfits and the minimalist approach. You definitely know how to put an outfit together. Love the idea of adding a colourful item like the shoes, should try that!

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  28. Josy A
    October 27, 2019

    These are SUCH good tips. I have been meaning to get better at having a capsule style wardrobe, but I have not quite managed to nail it yet. I can see it would be fantastic for travel!

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  29. Kay
    October 27, 2019

    Every outfit looks AMAZING!!! And definitely fit for the fashionable streets of Paris!

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  30. tina
    October 29, 2019

    Never though about it before, but I do the same thing. Maybe its a European thing? Great tips on building a capsule wardrobe 🙂

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  31. Shafinah
    November 20, 2019

    Super digging that brooch and that denim jacket!

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