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Office Style: American vs. British

In line with our catalog theme this month, I thought I would do some fun vs. themed office styles. Our home office has a surprisingly bountiful population of Brits who’ve crossed the big pond to work for Free People. They all have great style, so I thought that for this week I would do British vs. American style. I love them both, but tell us, which do you relate to more??

The Brits:

Welsh sisters! Both wearing an FP intimates top. Shop the updated version here.


The Hand Crochet Maxi Dress layered over an old FP beach style.




The Americans:


Get the look with our Destroyer Tee, FP High Waisted Printed Shorts, Eloise Platforms, and Sheer Tights


Liking the poncho? We have a great selection here.


The American Rebel Tee gone good girl



The Tattered Flag Scarf puts the Americana cherry atop this look.



The FP Skinny Cords in dusty rose look great with this muted and soft look.


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Holly Cromer -January 12, 2012, 6:42PM

I love that furry jacket on the British choices, but otherwise I’m totally into the American choices especially the American Rebel gone good girl outfit.

Anonymous -January 12, 2012, 6:48PM

Love the style of both, but I’m totaly in love with the American style.

Gabrielle -January 12, 2012, 6:56PM

gotta say i love the brits more!much more avant garde than the americans.

Anonymous -January 12, 2012, 7:14PM


tiffany -January 12, 2012, 8:05PM

American! it has that grungy kind of feel. love it.

ash -January 12, 2012, 11:31PM

BRITS of course x

Mary R. -January 12, 2012, 11:46PM

Hmm, sorry Americans, I think overall the Brits have it! (Love you all tho!)

Bel -January 12, 2012, 11:53PM

Tottaly brits!

emma -January 13, 2012, 12:02AM

They’re both pretty similar in this post actually! I was ready to vote for the Brits, because American style has lately been all about grunge and tribal, where as Brits normally dress a bit more “granny-chic”. But the styles above just scream FreePeople to me. :P

amanda -January 13, 2012, 12:11AM

The American style wins out for me. The American outfits appear to be better thought out. Some of the British styles look a little too effortless

kk -January 13, 2012, 12:31AM

I am American, but I do like the way the Brits are dressing here. :) And btw, I love seeing FP style clothes on women of more average size!

Anonymous -January 13, 2012, 12:32AM

I have absolutely no preference to either one socially but as far as the Office style….. America all the way! Everything is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye…..the fit is better, color, comfort, combinations… America

paige -January 13, 2012, 1:45AM

love the way the Brits mix dresses, prints, and patterns! keep those layers comin’

Sheryl -January 13, 2012, 2:04AM

Wow! I love the Brits’ fun, glam sensibility! I understand that it is part of the US consciousness, but I feel like the American gals are a bit too shabby-grunge and underdressed, since this is “office” wear. Save for the lady layering a long-tailed grey sweater over a white tee with pink cords and distressed Blundstone-type booties! Love that look.

ladysadie -January 13, 2012, 2:06AM

the Brits. The dramatic sleeves on the dress with the foxes are gorgeous- OH, and is that a very useful pocket I spy….?!!! Love the crochet maxi dress with the hair scarf too- it would also be awesome with a 40’s hat.

Arthur and Betty -January 13, 2012, 5:28AM

Us British! I don’t need to explain myself….we are just always ahead and bang on trend!….haha xx

Abi -January 13, 2012, 9:55AM

Hurrah for the British!!!!! What classy ladies!

Roxanne -January 13, 2012, 10:37AM

i am canadian and have to vote for the Brits. ;) but i do want to add that i would include the last ‘american’ outfit with the dusty rose cords.

sarah -January 13, 2012, 11:42AM

Eeeek! I love this post. All the girls are fab. I wish I could work in an awesome environment such as yours. sg

Ari1 -January 13, 2012, 11:58AM

american girls! totally know how to wear clothes and show off their bodies

Anonymous -January 13, 2012, 12:23PM

I’m going with America! Just that “free” vibe I get from their clothes is just so inspiring– it’s what Free People is all about! The Brits colors seem so drab– yet they still look really chic. I love the American rustic vibe overall though… the paired layers upon layers of different fabrics and textiles just screams fashion free of rules and regulations.

Karla -January 13, 2012, 12:51PM

As a Brit living in the USA, I have to admit that the Brits have a certain class of style that is timeless. We also have that quirky eccentric side to us that comes out in the fashion. What I love about Free People is that it mixes styles from all over the world, not just American fashion and that’s why I love it!!!!!

jill -January 13, 2012, 12:55PM


kate -January 13, 2012, 1:36PM

loved pieces from both! but def loving all the boho vibes coming from the american collectionn :) loving all the hippy-esqe trends xx

Mr.Pig Daddy -January 13, 2012, 2:10PM

Brits Rule!!

Gracie -January 13, 2012, 5:07PM

I’m British but i have to say the Americans have got alot more style, totally effortless!

anonymous -January 15, 2012, 1:17AM

The Americans look so much happier… their attitude makes their style that much better!

Remington -January 20, 2012, 4:34PM

I love the white fur coat on the brit in the top photo! is it free people?

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