Safari Chic with Chico’s

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I love Chico's for their smart, stylish, liveable fashion.  Clothes that work with and not against your shape, have smart technology that accomplishes things like keeping you cool, wrinkle-free, and free of stains; and clothes that go from the office to dinner to weekend and do incredibly well on travel.  This season, Chico's has a gorgeous collection called Safari Chic and I asked a few of my stylish friends here in Washington DC to join me in styling our favorite Safari Chic pieces from Chico's! Scroll down to see all of their looks as well!

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Wardrobe Oxygen in a tiger print belted dress from Chico's Safari Chic collection

Dress: Travelers Classic Animal-Print Dress c/o Chico's (2) | Boots: Ros Hommerson (old; similar) | Belt: Reversible Obi Belt c/o Chico's (L) | Earrings: Bamboo hoops c/o Chico's (sold out; other hoops I own and love) | Bracelet: Bamboo bangle c/o Chico's (similar concept) | Tiger ring: c/o Chico's (sold out)

Wardrobe Oxygen in a tiger print belted dress from Chico's Safari Chic collection

As soon as I saw this tiger-print dress from the Chico's Safari Chic collection I had to try it.  I've had a lot of luck with Chico's Travelers Collection in the past (check out my Chico's Travelers Capsule Wardrobe).  It's the kind of fabric that can dress up and down, is stretchy without clinging, takes up no space in a suitcase, is wrinkle-resistant, and machine washable.  This dress does not disappoint.  Without the belt, it is more of a shift (I chose a size 2 which in Chico's sizing is a 12/14) but not in a boxy way, more like an, “I skim the bust and hips and go right past that tummy” sort of way.  If I didn't wear the belt, I'd likely have my tailor shorten it right to the knee.  However, I really loved the effect of the dress with my black heeled knee-high boots and Chico's Reversible Obi Belt

Reviewing Chico's jewelry collection, its quality, longevity, and price by Wardrobe Oxygen

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To finish off the look, I chose some of Chico's iconic jewelry.  They make some of the best costume jewelry; I have pieces a decade old that still look like new.  Unfortunately, the pieces I am wearing are sold out; a good example to get their jewelry while you can for it sells out quickly!  I also have these hoops and wear them all the time; this bracelet has a similar finish to the one I am wearing.  Above I made a carousel of my favorite jewelry currently available at Chico's!

Tanvi, Angelica in the City, Wardrobe Oxygen, and Simply Sylvia wearing the Chico's Safari Chic Collection in 2020

My friends also picked some fabulous pieces from the Chico's Safari Chic collection.  From left to right this is Tanvi, Angelica, myself, and Sylvia.  Sylvia thought Wild Days, the rooftop bar and music venue at Eaton House on K Street in Washington DC would be the perfect place for the photoshoot.  I thank her for coordinating this shoot before the venue was open.  The plants and all the wood and wicker really brought out the vibe of the fashion.  Thank you to Alex Moonrise who was the photographer; it was my first time working with him and he was so nice and had a great eye. 

Tanvi, Angelica in the City, Wardrobe Oxygen, and Simply Sylvia wearing the Chico's Safari Chic Collection in 2020

From left to right:
Tanvi is wearing the Silky Soft Utility Shirt and Brigitte Pants under the Floral Faux-Suede Trench Coat.  She styled this look with the Wide Brown Horn-Inspired Cuff.
Angelica is wearing the Button-Front Cardigan tucked into the Printed Pleated Skirt. She styled her look with the Brown Horn-Inspired Bib Necklace and Wide Brown Horn-Inspired Cuff.
Sylvia is wearing the Chico's Satin Utility Jacket over the Silky Soft Utility Shirt and Brigitte Back-Slit Ankle Pants.  She cinched the look with the Faux Tortoiseshell Buckle Belt

Shop Our Looks from the Chico's Safari Chic Collection:


  1. Terrylee
    February 22, 2020 / 8:45 am

    You look fabulous in that dress styled with the belt and boots! I agree with the comment that you should be the Chico’s model for that dress!

  2. L H Carter
    February 20, 2020 / 9:45 am

    I haven’t commented in awhile, but how you look in that tiger stripe dress propelled me to do so. Chico’s should have you as the model picture on their website. You look ‘mav-a-lus’ as Billy Crystal on SNL would say.

  3. February 19, 2020 / 8:51 pm

    That tiger dress is amazing!! It looks so great on you! Everyone looks great!!

  4. Kerry
    February 19, 2020 / 7:06 pm

    Ooh, I need that belt! Alas it’s sold out in black in a L. Any links to a similar style you’d recommend?

    • February 20, 2020 / 10:46 am

      Oh darn! I have a tan one from ADA Collection that is AMAZING; it’s a bit curved so it really fits beautifully and is quality leather. They have them at Zappos but do note they are one size, I don’t think they would fit over a size 14W and have the right drape etc: I also found one on Etsy that ships free and goes up to a 5X:

  5. February 19, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    You look SMASHING in that dress, Alison! I’ve been impressed with Chico’s lately; they’ve really upped their game.

  6. February 19, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    Alison, you look fabulous in that dress!!!

  7. Amy
    February 19, 2020 / 11:41 am

    My god ladies, y’all are on ! I’ll take your entire outfit, Alison. And yes, I spy those old favorite boots of yours. I just replaced my 20-yr-old boots and I’m ready to dress up the new ones!

    • February 20, 2020 / 10:48 am

      I loooove these boots but gosh they are struggling. Each time I take them off I have flakes of leather stuck to my legs. But I just can’t find any as perfect!

  8. Keri
    February 19, 2020 / 11:40 am

    love all of the looks- each of you truly dressed for yourselves! i need that dress.

    • February 20, 2020 / 10:49 am

      Thanks Keri! It’s a fab dress!

  9. Leu2500
    February 19, 2020 / 10:58 am

    I’ve always given Chico’s a pass because “their” look isn’t “my” look.

    But you & your friends with your four different looks have shown that whatever your style, you can find something for it at Chico’s. Thank you!

    • February 20, 2020 / 10:50 am

      I think Chico’s is one of those brands that is what you make of it. LIke Talbots, Universal Standard, Modcloth, they have a very specific aesthetic they promote in their marketing but their clothes are actually quite versatile and can work with a lot of personal styles. I also think Chico’s is stepping up their style game as of late!

  10. Patricia
    February 19, 2020 / 10:09 am

    In a word “SASSY”!

  11. Joannawnyc
    February 19, 2020 / 9:20 am

    You look amazing! So do your friends. Chico’s has really made great strides.

  12. Valerie
    February 19, 2020 / 9:00 am

    I love the belt so much. What makes it reversible? I went to the Chico’s website and saw it says “reversible” but it appears to be the same color on both sides. Thanks so much!

    • February 19, 2020 / 9:08 am

      One side is suede/nubuck and one is leather. It confused me as well!

  13. Krista
    February 19, 2020 / 8:55 am

    I love everything about this post! You look fabulous; your friends look fabulous. But there is so much more to it than just how great you all look. That group photo features four different women, all uniquely made, all fantastic in their own way.l, all wearing the same brand. Yay for inclusive fashion!

  14. Heather Jacob
    February 19, 2020 / 8:37 am

    I’m not much for animal prints, but dang it looks great on you!

  15. Linda
    February 19, 2020 / 8:26 am

    I haven’t even read the post yet, but I opened my email and there you were. You look like a million bucks in that dress, and better yet, you look like you know it.

  16. February 19, 2020 / 7:31 am

    This was such a fun shoot. Thank you again for asking me to join you fabulous ladies. And I really really liked how you styled the dress and how it looked on you. Such a versatile and ever-green look. P.S. Go curls!


    • February 19, 2020 / 9:09 am

      It was and I had so much fun with you, Tanvi! Thank you for being a part, I love the look you put together!

  17. karen
    February 19, 2020 / 6:58 am

    another great outfit! and love the friends, they really bring the versatility of this collection to life. thanks

  18. Jill H. Johnson
    February 19, 2020 / 6:45 am

    That obi belt looks great on you!

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