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Who’s zooming who?

  Is Tory Burch really just Chico’s with an attitude?  You decide.

Tory Burch, $174. (on sale at Nordstrom)

Chico’s, $89.

Tory Burch, $495.

Chico’s, $79.20.

Tory Burch, $325.

Chico’s, $119.

While I recognize that there are some differences in styling and materials, the overall aesthetic sometimes seems strikingly close.

Can you guess which of the two retailers offers this unfortunate top?

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28 Comments

  1. April 13, 2010 / 1:42 pm

    This post made me giggle. I have issues with Tory Burch, so I love it when others knock her off. And I am guessing that last shirt is TB, not Chicos.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  2. April 13, 2010 / 2:09 pm

    Ha! I tend to like Tory Burch. I may never see her in the same way again.

  3. April 13, 2010 / 2:10 pm

    Ha! While I occasionally see a TB piece I might buy at a really good sale (50-70%, something nautical, for example), I generally think it’s something I’ll leave for The Sopranos’ Carmella to pick up. We don’t have chico’s here, but I get the point and I’m giggling, with Glamorous above. . .

  4. April 13, 2010 / 2:16 pm

    Chicos! LOL!
    I do like Tory Burch…saw some great clothes by her at Holt Renfrew…seemed very cruise line Florida holiday to me not very westcoast weather wear….

  5. Northmoon
    April 13, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    I’d love to see that last piece on a model with some real boobs. Total target fixation!

  6. April 13, 2010 / 2:31 pm

    I like some Tory Birch, and I’ve knocked her off. The last one I bet is hers. Deer in the headlights. LOL

  7. April 13, 2010 / 2:59 pm

    Tory Burch fresh when her first collections came out. I’m afraid that now she is just passe. We’ve seen the whole 60s-70s shtick already.

  8. April 13, 2010 / 3:14 pm

    NancyK got there first, but the print placement on the last one (Tory?) is tragic. Headlights, indeed!!

  9. April 13, 2010 / 3:21 pm

    I’m guessing the last pic is Tory Burch. Not a big fan and think her things are too expensive for what they are. Personally, Chico’s is one of my favorite stores. I don’t love everything they do but I think they keep the woman over 40 in mind.

  10. April 13, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    Fun post, good eye!

    Tory Burch is not my taste; I have not found them very well-made when I’ve examined them- badly finished seams and cheap findings.

    That last piece is TB, I’m sure. Have Chico’s abandoned that rayon ethnic print patchwork stuff?

  11. April 13, 2010 / 4:43 pm

    Not for me, that’s for sure.

  12. April 13, 2010 / 4:52 pm

    Yes, TB is Chico’s with an attitude. I loved materfamilias Carmella Soprano comment!

  13. April 13, 2010 / 8:14 pm

    Well spotted and I bet the last top is hers!

  14. April 13, 2010 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve never checked out the clothes because I couldn’t get past the loafers with the big gaudy logos.

    When it comes to someone who started by designed shoes and bags and then graduated into women’s clothes, give me Kate Spade any day.

  15. metscan
    April 13, 2010 / 3:16 pm

    Naturally I don´t know these labels at all. Both look uninteresting. I should see them in person to give my final verdict.

  16. April 13, 2010 / 10:39 pm

    I have never understood the appeal f Tory Burch. It’s unflattering and ugly for the most part. If it makes the 20 yr old skinny models look like crap, then who exactly would look good in it?

    The first tim I saw any Tory Burch the word “Boca” immediately sprang to mind. There’s something very “Golden Girls” about it.

    Blech

  17. La Belette Rouge
    April 13, 2010 / 3:46 pm

    I do think Chicos is copy-catting a little bit. And like LPC I am going to have to work hard to get your comparison out of my mind as I love Tory.;-)

  18. Couture Allure Vintage Fashion
    April 13, 2010 / 5:00 pm

    Most unfortunate placement of the print. Who let that one slip by????? LOL!

  19. April 14, 2010 / 1:45 am

    TB has always made me think of middle-aged swingers dropping their keys in a bowl circa 1977 –not just I because of the prints, but because of the feel of the fabric.

    I’m actually mysteriously drawn to a lot of 70s-era color schemes, so I should be more inclined to give her stuff the proverbial benefit. But…nooooo. If I *had* to choose between the two vendors I’d take Chicos!

  20. April 14, 2010 / 2:11 am

    Vix – YES!! It’s that whole “Ice Storm meets Pacific Palisades” vibe!

    I do really like some of TB’s shoes and bags, but some of the clothing really conjures for me an image of rich 70’s housewives playing tennis in the morning and spending the afternoon poolside with with a pitcher of screwdrivers (and the neighbor’s nineteen year old son in a speedo, but that’s a story for another time).

  21. Frugal Scholar
    April 13, 2010 / 8:51 pm

    Chico’s stuff is made like junk and I’ve heard that Tory is too. At least Chico’s is a little cheaper. For Tory’s prep look, you can just get stuff at LL Bean. She even made some very expensive knockoffs of Minnetonka mocs!

    PS You can view the Tory top with the ill-conceived print on a model on the TB website.

  22. Sher
    April 14, 2010 / 1:12 am

    I’m guessing that the last picture is TB. The cut seems exactly the same as the top photo.

  23. Karen Karlsen
    April 15, 2010 / 4:20 am

    Great post! I am sort of over Tory, but you can get great inspired bys as you have shown.

    Tory quality is not worth the price, IMO.

  24. April 16, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    Turqoise nipples! Great picture. I’m guessing Tory Burch?

  25. April 19, 2010 / 3:41 am

    Oh dear God…

    Elegance is refusal, whether you are a classic or boho type. And I’m craving some leadpipe grey.

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