The final series in our blogger picks for grunge comes from Claire Geist of DeLune Blog. She’s a little pixie redhead who you wouldn’t normally think of as a grunge girl. Because of this, she brought an interpretation to the trend that was fun to see. It felt fresh and very downtown. The ditzy print of the Floral Shirt Tail Pucker Dress came alive when she paired it with the Vegan 3 Eye Gibson Shoe and ankle socks. The result was grunge but she brought an elegant and feminine twist to the table.
Being surrounded by amazing fashion all day at work, it can be a little overwhelming at times. I’ll often find myself up in our studio, browsing through the racks, or in meetings, staring longingly at all the upcoming designs and samples hanging on the walls, wishing I could own them all. With Chanukah upon us and Christmas in just a few days, Jemma, Naomi and I each narrowed it down to a few select items that are on our wishlist this year.
Glitter Mesh Longsleeve Layering Top in Gold – I’ve had my eye on this top for a bit. I love how it’s a regular crew neck tee, but it’s sheer and glittery. I want to juxtapose it’s sparkleyness with some sportswear-ish styling. Since it’s sheer, you can take advantage of that and layer a tank bra or racerback underneath. My inspiration comes from here and here.
Perfume Amulet Necklace – I love the hammered nail form of this necklace. I want to layer it on with mixed metals and necklaces of varying length – something like this. It’s also made from recycled metal which is always a feel good plus.
Lora Cutout Wedges – I’m such a wedge girl – they’re so much more stable and comfortable than regular heels. I can’t get enough of the sweet pattern and ethnic feel of these babies. The stripe up the back and triangle cutouts make them a must have. It’s nice how they’re statement shoes, yet pretty neutral at the same time. I would definitely style them with skinnies to let them shine, but I think you could wear any range of styles on top.
Throughout the holidays I like to feel comfortable with a bit of sass! The items I’ve chosen make for the day but also can be carried into the evening.
I like to live in jeans a lot and the new vintage washed straight leg thrift jeans are a new move away from my usual skinny jean I opt for. I’d team them with the vegan leather button down shirt to give them an edge and for extra comfort I’d throw this unique fashion sweater kimono over the top. Come the evening I’d put on these Jazzy studded loafers and I’m ready to go to the local bar.
My holiday wishlist is all about comfort with an edge.
Vegan 3 Eye Gibson Shoe – I’ve been wanting a pair of doc martens for a while now, and I think I’ve found “the one.” These would go with absolutely everything, and I love that the oxford style as opposed to boots.
We The Free Reverse It Kachow Thermal – Two shirts in one, need I say more?! I love the wash on this thermal and it’s incredibly soft and easy – idea for Christmas morning, or a casual night out.
Tanner Shoulder Bag – This bag reminds me of an older FP bag that I have had for a while now, and have loved to bits – literally. I can no longer justify using it as my carry-on every time I travel, so I think this is a perfect replacement. I like bags that are brown or neutral in color so they go with everything!
I think Natalie’s favorite part of grunge was the leather (and vegan leather). She went right to our vegan leather pants, and was quick to toss on the vegan vest. She paired the tough girl material with softer slouchier layers. Her take was very earthy. She stuck to the origins of Free People style, and paired it with these updated grunge pieces. In the following look she’s wearing our vegan vest along with the Crinkled Sheer Printed Jumpsuit and Double Shanghai Necklace in silver.
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 off – I just have to post the phenomenon that was the cold shoulder denim shirt today. Everywhere you turned it was like there were clones wandering the building. Each girl styled it differently, just going to show how much of a personal thing style can be – even when you’re all wearing the same item.
Our assistant stylist changed it up by layering the Dotty Lace Tee underneath.
It’s not cold shoulder, but everywhere I turned there was chambray today, so I had to include this one. Below, more double – or should I say “triple” – vision. We’re all rocking the Boucle Textured Jacket (pssst… it’s on sale)
And now, a few more fashion moments that caught my eye this week..
Not sure how to wear the sheer NR Glamourai Pant? I think this might be the perfect example.
I’ve noticed this look (pumps and anklet) on Ashley Olsen, and when I saw our intimates buyer sporting it, I think I got a bit too excited.
You all saw our December Catalog last week. Its pages are full of western-inspired apparel, but what you may not have noticed is that we’re also showing some pretty awesome jewels to go along with it. These pieces combine Native American influences with leather-clad, tobacco spittin’ cowboys to form what we now think of as western jewelry. To get the right feel, it’s about rough organic elements with a sort of practicality to them. The pieces combine tarnished metals and statement leather with hints of turquoise and ivory. Did I mention that these would make great gift items for a special someone? Which is your favorite western-inspired piece?
Giving someone a gift that they really love is one of the best things about the holidays – it’s such a great feeling to see a smile light up their face as they open it. When it comes to holiday shopping though, I’m terrible at it – I get overwhelmed by the holiday crowds and never seem to find that special something that I’m looking for. With that in mind, I thought I’d put together these holiday gift guides with the hope that they can help you too – I must say, even if you don’t know if the girl you’re shopping for is a Candy, Meadow, Lou or Ginger, you really can’t go wrong with any of these items!
Let’s meet the lucky lady who won this year’s win your wishlist contest! Get to know a bit about her and why she picked the items that she won :)
Jessica, Sandy Hook Connecticut
What do you love most about the holiday season?
I love to give presents! I always know it’s a great present for a girlfriend if I want it too : ). I also can’t forget about all of the magical decorations and lights!
What are your favorite activities this time of year?
I like to listen to Christmas music and bake festive treats! Cuddling by the fireplace is a favorite also.
How would you describe your style? And, what Free People girl are you?
My style tends to fluctuate with how I feel that day, week or month! I’m probably a mix of boho gypsy and rocker hippie child at the moment haha. I love statement accessories and anything that looks unique. I’m definitely a Meadow girl.
What is your favorite fashion trend this season?
I LOVE feathers, I’m also loving how 60s and 70s style is back!
What is your motto?
It’s hard for me to choose just one! But if I had to wrap them all up into a ball I would say: to seek happiness with whatever you do, always be kind because you never know what someone else is going through, and have a sense of humor because no one gets out alive :)
1. New Romantics Sequin Button Down – As soon as I saw this in the catalog it went right on my wish list! I love a little sparkle and the copper sequins go so wonderfully with the off-white/ivory color of this shirt.
2. Roaring Bead Collar – This necklace is such a great statement. It will dress up just about anything you put on and I can just imagine it for a night out!
3. Lace Curtain Top – I had to get this because I love lace! This top is much more beautiful in person and hangs on the body so well. I might have to wait for warmer weather to wear this one though!
4. Victorian Romance Fringe Top – Talk about summer of ’69 this top is upscale Woodstock at it’s finest!
5. Sunset Beach Hoodie – I love over-sized clothing almost as much as I love hoods! So this pullover was perfect for me; can’t wait to wear it to the beach.
6. Le Deux Velvet Tunic – The perfect New Years Eve dress. The material and pattern of this dress are to die for. This is truly a unique piece!
7. Fp One Love in Florals Boxer – These are just so adorable. They will have so many uses; Pj’s, summer shorts, I could pair them with a sweater and leggings. Endless options :)!