Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico’s

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's

Do you bring along a friend when you shop for clothes? I did recently when I was shopping at my local Chico’s store for the spring collection. I love having a second set of eyes when I try on clothes. I want someone who is honest and not trying to sell me the outfit. Many times I just stay in the dressing room, try on the clothes and never come out. But I have to come out of the dressing room to model my outfits, when I have my girlfriend tag along.

I was fortunate that I had  fierce 50 sister, Sheila Halter joined me on this shopping trip to Chico’s. I made an immediate connection with Sheila when she joined our over 50 tribe of women,not because we like to look stylish and chic after 50, but because we are both from the interior design industry. Sheila lives in Chattanooga and made the trip to Atlanta to be with me. Sheila also has a blog  Life and style at 60.

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's

The first thing I tried on from Chico’s was the houndstooth leggings with a patchwork tunic underneath the Boyfriend blazer  .

If you’re interested in learning about our group of over midlife fierce 50 women you can join through our Facebook page. And please check out Sheila’s blog or you can find her on Instagram feed here.

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

I have to apologize for some of the photos, the lighting threw off a golden glow over our heads and as you know, I shoot everything on my iPhone. Women were enjoying watching us move around in the store to find a low light area that didn’t make us glowheads.

I switched the leggings and tried on the Paisley print jeans which I liked better with the tunic.

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

I even tried on this necklace with the tunic top.  I love mixing the purple necklace with an all black outfit.

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

Because I loved what the sales associate was wearing, I tried on her outfit too. It reminded me of a Chanel jacket don’t you think? Such a great jacket and I love the top! The top is a lacey blouse with a companion undershirt attached. So pretty!

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

 Jacket/ Top/ Pants

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

I wasn’t the only person in the store trying on the same outfit!

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

I think it’s important for women of all ages to see real women wearing clothes that we may purchase. I think it’s great that Chico’s sales associates wear their clothes since the women who work in the store are over 50ish!

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

Back in the dressing room I tried on this sweater with the wonder lace up details and leggings (Which I couldn’t find on their website to link it for you. You will have to go into a store.Sorry)

I tried on a size 2 which was too big for me because they didn’t have a size 1. Super comfy!

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

I took off the sweater and put on this ruffled denim jacket to see how cute I would look if I purchased it.

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

I loved the denim jacket, but I think I needed to style it differently. Shorter jackets throw me off because they dont hide my flaws, but what do you think?

I finally became brave enough to try on a botanical inspired top that was so soft and comfortable with violet capris but of course I had the wrong heels on!

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

That is why I cropped the photo so you don’t see my shoes! I love editing! Not!!! See that woman behind me? She’s also an interior designer and I spent one hour on how to write the perfect design agreement for clients. I believe all women should support other women because I want them to be as successful as I am. This isn’t a competition amongst interior designers, because her clients are not my clients. In the end, we all win as interior designers because we want everyone to be successful.

It should also be the same way for fashion bloggers, because we should be happy that the brands now reach out to us, but this is a more competitive field. Even at 61, I have a hard time understanding the competition amongst us. I am blessed that I am a nano influencer that brands actually contact me for my opinions on their product. I get tickled when I see an email from a brand that says they want me to try their product. I am also happy when I see many of my over 50 sisters getting contacted by the same brand to review the same product. Progress is slow but it’s coming to the over 50 women!!

Dressing Room Confessions: Girlfriend Shopping at Chico's-Hello I'm 50ish

This post was not sponsored by Chico’s. I actually shop here quite frequently. I want my voice to be authentic and not based on sponsorships. I will only write about brands that appeal to me.  Not all women like Chico’s, because they do not find their fashion style at Chico’s. This is my voice and I want you to appreciate my voice, but you do not have to agree with it.

That’s the beauty of being 50ish. You don’t have to like everything I write, but please take the time to read the bog without posting judgement.

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  1. Jodie
    February 5, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    What a fun trip with you Robin!!
    I think I could echo everything you said!!

    • February 6, 2018 / 7:06 am

      Isn’t it great that we have brands we are loyal to?
      Isn’t it wonderful how we are connecting with other women over 50 who are bloggers and part of our forever fierce community!


  2. February 5, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    It’s so funny—when I shop for clothing, I go solo. In all honesty, I don’t even want my husband going with me although every now and then he’ll come and he, along with my daughter, are the only two people I trust!!

    My favorite brand? Hands down, J.Crew. 98 percent of my clothes are from Crew. It’s my style and I’m very loyal. I also love the rewards they send me for deep discounts.

    Wh n you find a brand you love……👍🏻👍🏻😉

    • February 6, 2018 / 7:10 am


      When I shop alone, I stay in my dressing room. Heaven forbid my husband ever comes shopping with me!!
      Not even when I was looking for the Mother of the Groom gown!!

      Yes, J. Crew is very popular with many women, but someday I will venture into the store where all the young sales clerks pop up their heads for a nanosecond, then go back to helping a younger person who is maxing out her credit card!!


      • February 6, 2018 / 12:46 pm

        Oh man—Robin, that stinks! I know that some of the J. Crew Brick and Mortar stores can be like that. At our local J. Crew at KOP Mall, one of the managers is a woman in her 60’s. Maria. She is incredible and I think by her working there, the sales assistants have a new respect for women of all ages. But I hear you. I had an “issue” with the Tory Burch sales assistants and the saga of my Tory Burch boots from Hell continues!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Raquel
    February 5, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Hello Robin🙋🏻
    The denim jacket with the capris looks sooo lovely.
    My husband enjoys shopping with me… he is so helpful and wonderful company!😊
    I’m petite and wear a size four. My favorite clothing stores are Chico’s,Lord&Taylor,Talbots,Ann Taylor and Chadwick’s. Like my dear husband says,I like shopping for clothes,jewelry and chocolates.😁

    • February 6, 2018 / 7:40 am


      You must have a wonderful husband who enjoys shopping!
      I enjoy shopping at the same stores you do too, but Lord & Taylor doesn’t exist in Atlanta. I loved that store when we lived in New Jersey!


  4. Dona
    February 6, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Robin, these days I do 95% of my shopping at Chico’s online. When I do venture into the Mall with my sister, I head straight for Chico’s and she goes to shop for her grandchildren. The person I loved shopping with was my Mother. She was honest, but gently; “You don’t look comfortable” was her catchphrase for a garment that didn’t flatter me. She would place the clothes back on the hanger as fast as I could try them on. Shopping was our retail therapy and bonding time, she’s been gone 4 years and I miss her terribly. Love your style!

    • February 7, 2018 / 7:58 am


      I am so happy you are a Chico’s girl like me!
      I could probably shop online but my Chico’s store is next to my hair salon so I pop in once a month to see the sales.
      What a wonderful memory you shared with us about your shopping trips with your mother. I love her gentle comments when she didn’t like what you were trying on. She must have been a wonderful nurturing person!

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again here!


  5. Jess
    February 11, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Looks like a fun day! I love that you modeled the outfits for your girlfriend. I really love everything you tried on, especially the plaid pants and the cream jacket. I think you should go for the white denim jacket,as the ruffles are adorable and it looks great. I do love details too and these looks have it. I shop online 98 percent of the time, but if i do shop in a store, its alone as my hubby doesnt have patience for shopping!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    jess xx

  6. HelloIm50ish
    February 15, 2018 / 5:53 am


    I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day!
    Yes, I’m thinking about getting the denim jacket because it has the unique ruffle and lace bottom.
    I just thought it might be a tad short.

    I appreciate your comments!


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