Trendspotting: Fancy Collars

Shirts have become a fashion focus with an emphasis on the collar. Styled individuals are wearing their shirts buttoned up – right up! But it doesn’t stop there…
Decorating the collar is key in creating a quirky new take on this trend whether it is with a necklace or actually customizing the shirt collar itself.
Right now we love this collar necklace as it allows you to create a quirky collar twist with almost anything!

Are you all collared up??

Oh… and stay tuned for a DIY next week


items: Miles of lace dress,  La bourse Plaid button down, Cropped cardigan, Stella collar

Come Again Darkness

I came across these scarves on green eyed monster and I loved the story behind them so much – for anyone out there who, like me, suffers from seasonal depression, here’s a little ray of light :)











“I am always bewildered by the arrival of early autumn darkness. I travel around in my normal routines confused for weeks. This year I felt I needed to try harder to understand the transition. Was there some way I could prepare? Without even knowing it I found I was using my camera as a tool to dissect the final hours of illumination. I became fixated on capturing a momentary blanket of light, of all tones and colors, which I could hold and pull up around me when all I see is black. I wanted to feel the light. I needed to see the light. And now I feel ready. Come darkness, here we are again.”

more here.

Office Style

I think the word for this week’s office style is eclectic – a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Outfits were right on trend, with a bit of something unexpected thrown in.

This outfit takes me off to dream land. What a great interpretation of the all white trend.

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Glitter Lita’s – what a fun way to spice this outfit up! Get the same effect with these bad boys here.

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What an amazing print.

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A great dressed down look for fall.


Dress twins!

Picnik collage

The one-eared feather look – so cool and carefree. Reminds me of our feather beaded shoulder duster.

Thursday Poll: Which Sweater is Better?

In the switch from Spring to Summer I gave away a bunch of sweaters to make room in my dresser drawers. I’m now beginning to regret that decision as cooler air moves in and I’m getting bored with my current options. I’ve been looking around for pieces to fill the void, and The Weather Pattern: Fairisle and Nordic collection on the Free People website has some great options built in there. I’m loving these patterns and chunky knits.

Which sweater do you think is better?

The Arizona Blanket Wrap

Cropped Fairisle Pullover

Fairisle Border Wrap

fairisle border wrap

Fairisle V-Neck Pullover

fairisle v-neck pullover

Heavy Knit Pieced Sweater

heavy knit pieced sweater

Store Style for Fall

A great batch of photos from our various store gals showing looks they love for fall!

Love this look of the extreme velvet flares worn with the 2-pocket sheer crop top over the glitter mesh layering top.

The americana sweater jumper looks so cute with the printed thermal cropped bralette, fringe and feather hair clip and textured tall sock.


I love how she dressed up the velvet overalls with the pretty gini lace top and leopard clutch.


Everything about this look rocks! The lace bell bottom, the lovebug thermal layered over the floral burnout henley, the chainmail bib necklace and the hair!


Perfect fall look: the gypsy lover maxi skirt, graphic henley, slouchy velvet blazer and brit boot (and Dillinger!).


We love layering with the maxi robe! Pictured is the moon duster maxi worn over the swiss dot seamless slip with a scarf.


A great boho look: the extreme vintage flare, pleated lace trim crop top and zigzag print turban.


Or for a chillier day, the extreme vintage flare with the cannaregio mesh top, floral woven pullover and velvet turban.


You can wear a sleeveless dress in fall! Just add a layering top like the dotted lace tee underneath! Looks extra cute with the knitted ranger hat.


You can never have too many layers! The lovebug thermal, crochet back plaid button-down, denim shirt, margarita texture scarf, vegan leather shorts, floral tight and hacienda lace-up boot.


The color of this cashmere shrug cardigan is gorgeous! Looks lovely with the extreme velvet flares.


This is such a cute grunge look! The lace bell bottoms, graphic muscle tee and plaid button-down.


And last but not least, give your bodycon a little twist by adding a pop of color underneath! Pictured: the fp spun velvet leaf dress, seamless slip, brit boot and boucle textured jacket (my new love – i just bought it!).

You all look amazing ladies!

This Weekend’s Store Events!

Get cozy at Free People Seattle! Enjoy hot cocoa and apple cider while you shop all day Friday and Saturday (10am – 8pm)! With every “cozy” purchase made you will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift card or special one-of-a-kind gift basket :)

Check out their facebook page for more info and to RSVP!

Stop by Free People Pittsburgh this Friday through Sunday for our Fall Student Appreciation! You’re back in school and the weather is getting cold. Come into Free People and enjoy 15% off with your student ID!! And join us Saturday for Halloween costume ideas and treats!

Check out their facebook page for more info and to RSVP.



Lastly, Free People Wicker Park is hosting a Trunk Show with local jewelry designer Dallas Maynard on Saturday 10/22!
Dallas will be in the store selling her pieces from 11am to 9pm.
There will be fall inspired beverages and hors d’oeuvres and live music from Rebekah & Charity from 5-8pm.

All guests who make an in-store purchase and “like” Free People Wicker Park on Facebook on Saturday, October 22nd, will be entered in a raffle to win a Free People gift card!!

In addition, any customer attending the event who “likes” Dallas Maynard Jewelry on Facebook on the same day, will be entered in a raffle to win a piece of jewelry from the Dallas Maynard Collection!

Winners will be announced on Facebook on Monday, Oct. 24th.

Visit their facebook page for more info and to RSVP.

Desktop: Blogger

1. WXPN festival media pass

2. Tea FP Naomi brought back for me from Hong Kong

3. String I dyed with onion skins

4. Quilted fabric from India, left over from today’s DIY.

5. Our latest book club read – Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

6. Tiny creatures from Uncommon Objects in Austin

7. Dried flowers make me happy

8. Wine cork from a trip to Napa

9. Sentimental memories…

10. My little Buddha watches over me at work

11. I can’t write unless I’m listening to music!

DIY Personalized Denim Shirt

I’ve been really into the menswear trend lately – I love taking pieces borrowed from a boy and giving them a feminine twist. Then I saw this photo on tumblr and inspiration struck! I knew my next DIY project would be customizing an old denim shirt by adding a pop of colorful pattern.

What you need: collared button-down shirt of your choice, pretty fabric of your choice (try old clothing you don’t wear anymore or thrift stores!), scissors, needle, thread and safety pins.


Lay the shirt flat with the collar folded up.


Place the fabric on the shirt, and you can either mark on the shirt where you want the fabric to cover, or you can cut a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than that area – this is what I did. I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut too small of a piece, and i figured I could just trim the edges later on, which ended up working perfectly.


Use safety pins to attach the fabric to the shirt so it doesn’t move around as you sew.


Start sewing! Sew along the seams at the top and shoulders of the shirt, and then straight across the back.


Once the fabric was sewn to the shirt, I went around the edges with my scissors and trimmed the excess fabric.

And that’s all there is to it! I’m pretty stoked about my “new” shirt!



We have some shirts online right now that would be great for this!

Details: Rings & Things

DIY Newspaper Nails

– paint your nails with base coat of choice (a light color will work best)

– once dry, soak nails in alcohol

– press piece of newspaper to nails one at a time, and remove

– paint with clear top coat





Halloween nails! I love the idea of skulls on your nails :)




Check out our selection of rings.

Blogger Meetup: Elsa of Styleabaad


On Friday I met up with Elsa of the blog Styleabaad for coffee. She chose the spot – Last Drop café on 13th and Pine. I live in Old City and rarely come over this way, but I was completely charmed by this coffee shop! I love cafés that feel homey and unique, the kind that makes you want to bring a book and get cozy and stay a while.

I first met Elsa when I posted a photo of her on our blog, not realizing she was currently living right here in philly! It just so happened that same day she was at the Free People home office visiting her friend, our Art Director. Small world, huh? We decided to meet up and talk about blogging, fashion, philly and more.


Elsa is fascinating – she is from Sweden, and has been living in Philly for three years now with her husband. She loves to write and travels often – the last 12 years she has been traveling to India, where she has spent time in an Ashram and also worked various jobs including backup dancer in Bollywood films. In addition to her blog, she is working on a novel about her travels – I for one would love to read it! She also had some really interesting perspectives on fashion in Philly vs. fashion in Sweden, and what it was like to move here as a foreigner. Stay tuned because she agreed to write a guest post about it for our blog :)

I also couldn’t get over how cute she looked with her blue hat, backpack and kate spade bike!



I had to get a closeup of her awesome nail polish too – what a cool idea!



Get the look: Ankle Crop Jean, Floral Buttondown, Pierre Slip On, Ski & Hike Backpack, Knitted Ranger Hat.