Beat The Heat 🌞 – Sale Edition

Susan B. wears a Chico's jersey midi dress. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Styles for sweltering days…

If it’s 🔥 HOT HOT HOT 🔥 where you live, you may find a dress to be the most comfortable option. No, I don’t usually wear dresses, but this one (gifted) has me rethinking my stance. It’s SO comfortable especially in the heat, and gets a thumbs up from le Monsieur. And for a limited time, it’s 40% off! (Use code 23705.)

Hat | Necklace | Dress | Bracelet | Bracelet |
Sandals (similar) | Reading

I’m wearing a 0P in the dress. It’s available in sizes 00 (0/2) to 4 (20/22) and in for colors.

Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age wears a silk ruana and turquoise jewelry.

Ruana | Top | Necklace | Bracelet | Bracelet |
Ring | Pants | Sandals

(Disclosure: this post is not sponsored; all items above except hat, book and sandals were gifted by Chico’s.)

This gossamer-weight silk ruana (gifted) is the perfect thing to throw on for your next Zoom cocktail party, or (knock wood) a warm-weather vacation. The pants are also really lightweight, stretchy and comfortable in the heat. They’re a pull-on style, and washable. (And they’re also available in a shorter “capri” style and shorts too.)

I’m wearing a regular size 0 in the pants, and a 00 in the top.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen these outfits already. I’ve partnered with Chico’s for an instagram campaign. It’s been a good opportunity to get reacquainted with the brand, and although not everything is to my taste, I’ve found several pieces that are new favorites and that I’ve been wearing on repeat. (Those girlfriend jeans from Tuesday’s post especially!)

The 40% off promotion ends on Saturday.

More Breezy Summer Styles on Sale

Banana Republic – Last Call Sale, up to 75% off

Chico’s40% off purchase with code 23705 and extra 10% off with code 21721

Eileen Fisher – end of season sale, extra 40% off

J.Crewextra 72% off sale styles with code SALETIME

J.Jillextra 50% off sale styles (lots of nice linen pieces here!)

Madewellextra 30% off sale, code WHATADEAL

Talbot’s30% off new arrivals,

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  1. I read a lot of blogs and even tho I like the outfits your modeling in todays post, it feels like you guys are all commercials for Chico’s.
    I’d like to see more diversity in your posts. maybe some more reasonably priced pieces. I always am impressed when I see women in outfits put together with some imagination, and savvy shopping…

    1. Hi Diane, you can see all of my prior outfit posts here: You’ll find a variety of brands and price points. Aside from these recently gifted pieces in today’s post, almost everything I show in outfit posts are items I’ve purchased for my own wardrobe.

  2. I love a good sale. I had not shopped Chico’s for years until I saw that beautiful gold jacket (which I now own!) I do wear dresses in the summer, mostly from Land’s End because they are so comfortable and easy to wear. I have a couple of bright colored ones that were perfect for Italy, and a black one (I now know that it is not my color) that I wore in Paris.

  3. You look fabulous in the dress! Was wondering what type of sweater you might style with it as indoor air conditioning can be freezing(if we ever get to shop/dine-in). I know you haven’t been doing long cardigans, but I see to remember you had a white or cream that looked so good on you. Or maybe even a fitted denim jacket? Love the colors you are now wearing-you just glow!

    1. Thanks, Jill! I’d definitely wear a denim jacket with it, and yes, I still have my ivory duster cardigan which would work too.

  4. I bought this dress during one of their flash sales. It was a great price! Mine is in black and a perfect piece to layer my fiber art pieces over…year round. I love it!

  5. I recently purchased the Chico’s long shorts you have above and found them to fit well and are very comfortable to wear. I’m in my mid-seventies and would not wear them out other than in a very informal setting, but that’s just my taste.If you wear shorts out, then you might love these. However, I do wear them at home almost every day here is south Florida and they are perfect for the very warm weather here.

  6. While my style is closer to yours than to the Chico’s aesthetic, they actually have excellent basics. Their pants particularly are really good. Chico’s gets high marks for having a true “look,” but it isn’t mine. They are such statements, yet are mass marketed to the point where you can sit in a restaurant and spot it across the room.

  7. Susan,
    You look amazing in that orange dress! For so long you have kept your arms hidden. I for one think you have lovely slim arms and they look nice and toned as well. Such a youthfull look.
    I’d rather feel comfortable in the heat (I bare my arms without much thought really) than cover up and sweat. When you feel good you look good I reckon.
    Great blog.
    Susan, New Zealand

  8. Chico’s clothing has always looked way too costumey for my taste. The fabric and embellishment often make the item look cheap. Chico’s clothing screams from across a crowded room. Not my style.

    1. While I agree that some seasonal items can be a bit too over-the-top for my style, I have been impressed lately with many of their basics. They’re well made, washable and reasonably priced.

  9. Hi Susan, you always look so good. You have a great eye, know what works best for you, and like to toss in a bit of a trend or twist…and it works! I’m more of a Zara shopper, but, I would wear your fabulous orange dress and short kimono in a minute. My arms are not as good as yours, so I would toss a white tee under the dress.
    When we chat about stores, like Chico’s, I often think what if someone like Jenna Lyons, former Creative Director of J.Crew did a micro-collection for Chico’s, what it would look like??

    excellent post. Before we moved to Cuenca, Ecuador I lived in Woodland Hills – as you say hot-hot-hot!