Style File: Associate Buyer – Accessories

This week’s style file is our Associate Buyer for accessories, who traveled to the US from England to work at Free People. Her style is quirky and avant garde. It’s full of color and pattern – often with a theme like neon or turquoise. I love the risks she takes. There’s no fear, and nothing is too outrageous. It is, however, always inspiring.

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Get the look with our Marled Yarn Pullover, 5 Pocket Vintage Wash Skinnies, and Sugar Mountain Ankle Boots

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Color coordinated in turquoise – try it out: Cala Bead Bracelet,  Anasazi Epic Ring, London Blue Ring, Suwannee Ring, or the Hermoso Stone Ring

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Get the look with our Heavy Knit Pieced Sweater in Mayan Blue.

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The skull bracelet is available in FP stores!

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Style File: Assistant Stylist

It was so fun photographing our Assistant Stylist for this week’s Style File. Her carefree spirit just communicates through photographs so well. Living up to her aura, she has some of the best boho pieces around. Getting up close, you notice all of details she piles on, and sneaks in there. There’s no such thing as less is more with her, but she makes it work. She’s a true modern day hippie – loaded with fringe, feathers, and bangles. There’s something about this girl that makes you feel peaceful and smiley.

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Load your wrists up with metal cuffs

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Get the look with our Painted Distress Boots

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The Sheer Buttondown Tab Shirt layered over the Dotted Lace Tee

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The FP Velvet Extreme Wideleg Pants

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The Striped Burnout Top is the ultimate layering piece.

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How cute are the T-Strap Flats? These shoes can be styled so many different ways.

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Blogger Picks: Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge

Grunge has been on our minds. It’s the cool revival of the 90’s with an “I don’t give an F” attitude. Washed and distressed pieces – leather and studs.  We’re channeling Alice Dellal and Kurt Cobain as we layer it on.

Last week we invited some blogger friends down to help us interpret the look. We piled all of our latest cutoff shorts, leather jackets, grunge tees, boots, and washed pieces into a display – letting them go at it: styling and telling us which items they liked best.

First up: Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge

Christina (pictured above in our Long Sleeved Mixed Graphic Baseball Tee, Gilded Santorini Collar, and her own jeans) took on the grunge trend effortlessly.  She looks like one tough chick you wouldn’t want to mess with. Perhaps, because she already has a lot of that come as you are, carelessly sexy look you need to pull it off. The clothes wore so naturally on her, making the trend surprisingly organic and hard feeling at the same time. Below she models in our We the Free Reverse it Kachow Thermal, Denim Cutoff Shorts, and Painted Distress Boot.

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After trying on and experimenting with many items, Christina tells us what her top five picks are for grunge:

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Reverse It Kachow Thermal in Lime, Marakesh Floppy Hat, Destroyed Slouchy Tee in White, Cropped Biker Jacket,  and Vegan Leather Pants

Before she left we asked Christina to fill out a questionnaire for you all. Time to let her speak for herself!

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Shoe Style: Western Boots

If you follow us on twitter, you know that today is a little thing called “Tuesday Shoesday” – a celebration of awesome shoe style :) With that in mind, today I thought I’d highlight some of our newest boots that are right up my alley! We love western style boots right now – they are perfect to take your basic jeans and tee up a notch, adding a little something cool and special to a simple look. The pattern inset boots add some funky print and color, and a little bit of stitching or a buckle adds a unique touch.

The Caballero Ankle Boot worn with FP Skinny Cords.

The Hayden Stitch Boot looks awesome with some colored denim! Also shown is the Sixties Roller Bag.

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The Caballero Tall Boot worn with FP Skinny Cords.

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The Billy Blanket Boot worn with the Rocker Vegan Leather Pant.

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The Hayden Stitch Boot, Billy Blanket Boot, Sugar Mountain Ankle Boot.

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Style File: Assistant Stylist

This week’s Style File is one of our adorable styling assistants. All day long she runs around the web studio making sure that looks get shot, that they look good, and that the process moves along in an organized smooth manner. It’s tough work, but she’s always cheery and relaxed. Having moved here from Austin, TX (jealous? I think so), maybe it’s her southern roots that spark this kind of attitude.

Her style on the other hand, does not remind me Austin. It’s much more sophisticated – tailored even – though, it, like her personality, has a touch of kookiness. It’s a pea coat and lady-like dress paired with…knee highs? You half expect it to be prim and proper from head-to-toe, but then she confuses you like that. It’s great! She doesn’t take herself too seriously but she has great taste in sophisticated pieces. Check it out…

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The perfect breezy day outfit with the Jenoah Floppy Brim Hat!

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The Mesh Dot Ankle Sock peeks out.

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The Free People Multi Stripe Pullover

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Style File: Creative Design Assistant

She’s like a mix between Rachel Zoe and Alexa Chung – a shaggy jacket paired with a retro mini. She holds one of the most coveted positions at a fashion brand, and she’s this week’s inspiring style file. Our Creative Design Assistant (assistant to the Creative Director) knows exactly how to rock her miniature frame. She’s always put together to the t’s, and knows how to pull off classic, cool, and edgy all at the same time. Did I mention how warm and adorable she is?

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Get the look with our Anita Fur Jacket.

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Talk about the perfect relaxed tee look….

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Her adorable baby, Ruby!

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Style File: Associate Buyer

This week’s style file is our one of our adorable associate buyers. I was attracted toward her style because of its effortlessness. Emanating from her attitude and seeping into her style, she walks around exuding an aura that’s casual and full of happiness. It’s never over the top, but always perfectly put together and relaxed. From a rolled up cuff, to a stellar combination of delicate and funky jewelry, it’s evident that there’s a good eye at work here.

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She’s a pro at rocking the Joe Lace Up Over the Knee Boot proving that there are so many ways to wear them and that they always look great.

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These Karen Walker sunnies are so Audrey Hepburn.  The tortoise is amazing!

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Free People’s Zodiac Cuff! I’m thinking this may be a great gift for the holidays.

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Store Style: Best Dressed

We’ve got party dresses on the brain! And with so many great options to choose from, finding that perfect dress is no problem – but picking just one might be! To help, we turned to our stylish New York fp girls to tell us which dresses they love most this season and how they’d style them.

The Miles of Lace Dress is one of our absolute favorites this season – I love how it looks paired with the ruffle leggings!! This dress is incredibly versatile – wear it to something more casual by paring it with a floppy hat, fringe bag, and fur vest. Add some fun accessories like the arrow feather hair clip and a fringe necklace. If you’re going somewhere a bit dressier, try pairing it with a velvet blazer, black platforms and a turban!

The Gold Rush Knit Dress is one of my favorites – I love the colors and the texture.  Dress it down with tights, knee socks and tall boots, with a maxi cardigan or robe like the moon duster maxi over top. Or, go for a dressier look with tights, studded ankle boots, the vegan leather jacket and dripped chain headpiece.

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I love this look! Pair the vegan leather dress with a button down shirt or cardigan and some cute shoes.

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This is such a cute combination! The Crochet and Lace Sweater Dress worn with the Bamboo Stripes Crop Top, Boucle Textured Jacket and Saffi Lace-Up Boot.

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The beautiful Show Pony Dress, worn with tights, boots and accentuated with turquoise rings.

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The Show Pony Dress again, worn with the Almond Suede Wedge, Floppy Hat, Variety Rib Cardigan, Embroidered Midtown Jacket and Ihamana Scarf.

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For a cool rock ‘n’ roll look, pair the Gold Rush Dress with a Plaid Button Down, the Vegan Leather Jacket, Scarf, Darla Platform and Clutch.

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A cute casual look: the FP Beach Mitered Maxi, Margarita Textured Scarf and Denim Jacket.

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Dress up the same maxi by wearing a cute cami over top!

Thanks for all the great styling ideas, ladies!!

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Office Style

Western-inspired looks were everywhere around the office this week. Sprinkled throughout, I picked up on notes of fringe, brass, and hide.  People were tying handkerchiefs around their necks and throwing on boots like the old cattle ranchers. Others interpreted a more feminine side, piling their heads high with braids and showing off lace-up stockings.

my jaw is on the floor – gold-tipped snakeskin cowboy boots…

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Office Style: Another Fall Day

It’s definitely fall. The office was filled with cozy looks to prove it. Sweaters, boots, and jackets were at every turn.

I knew I loved these boots, they give this outfit that special added touch.

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Her knit hat is so cute! And I love the surprise detailing in her tights.

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The Embroidered Midtown Jacket – perfect for fall!

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Her top was so cool. I love how intricate it is in its detailing.

Trend Spotting: Fairisle

Fairisle is one of those words that awakens certain senses… it symbolizes chilly weather, playing in the snow and bundling up by a fire to warm your bones,  crisp air and red cheeks.

I never knew this, but fairisle is named after a small island in northern Scotland. The traditional knitting technique uses multiple colors to create the signature fairisle patterns, and first gained popularity when worn by the Prince of Wales in the early 1920s. Today its one of our favorite patterns for knitwear and we love it in all different forms – sweaters, leggings, socks, bags, you name it – it adds pattern, color and a touch of coziness to a basic outfit.

Here’s how some of us are rocking fairisle in the Free People office!

We love this cropped pullover to pieces! It’s the perfect sweater to throw on over a tank and jeans all fall and winter long.

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I had to get a close-up of these amazing studded ankle boots too!

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We’re dying over the new colors in the Pocono sweater leggings – These have snow day written all over them :)

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Add some color to your outfit with a fairisle bag like the Peruvian ski satchel!

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Lastly, this fairisle tunic is amazing! Just throw it on over some tights and boots, and you’re set!

Are you guys into the Fairisle Trend?