Office Style: Print Me Up

Nothing injects personality into a look quite like a good print. It’s that powerful punch, the touch of wow that makes getting dressed so fun. Whether vintage-inspired, futuristic, or simply bohemian, we love the statement of  bold and bright patterns for spring. Read More

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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Thursday Poll: Tribal Prints

It’s no secret that as a brand, Free People has a little infatuation with tribal prints. Right now there are a whole slew of them on our website – popping up in fun and creative ways. I would happily add any of these to my closet, but which is your favorite way to rock ethnic prints? Bathing suit, head band, shorts….you tell us!

(p.s. if you like this trend you should definitely check out our Urban Safari feature in accessories right now!)

Swim: Davia Underwire Bandeau

Outwear: Embellished Vegan Leather Motorcyle Jacket

Intimates: Embroidered Bustier Top

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Headwear: Geo Print Turban

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Footwear: Hacienda Lace Up Boot

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Bottoms: High Waist Print Short

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Bags: Printed Clutch

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Style File: Senior Graphic Designer

I’ve always thought that our Senior Graphic Designer has amazing style, but for some reason I was under the impression that she was one of those who aren’t a big fan of having their photo taken. I’ve since discovered that I was wrong, and so to make up for lack of showcasing this woman’s amazing style, I decided to feature her as this week’s Style File.

One great aspect to our Graphic Designer’s fashion is her keen eye for texture and pattern. She understands pieces, and how to show off their interesting features. For example, she’ll layer a fun color underneath to show off a top layer’s loose knit, or she’ll call attention to a bold, retro-inspired pattern by stacking it up with basics. Either way, she’s great at creating a balance so that her looks never look like too much.

I’m also a HUGE fan of this woman’s ring collection. She has a great assortment of chunky knuckle decoration full of cute animals and edgy cuts. She’s not afraid to pile on the rings, and will often pair them back to a sweet choker.

Equally as impressive, is her awesome shoe collection. She’s a big heel girl, and her shoes always have attitude. The good sturdy heel gives her look a nicely confident spin.

Overall, her wardrobe of fun pieces is gutsy and playful. It never gets boring seeing what this girl is going to wear to the office.

The Polka Dot Blouse pops perfectly with her bright red booties

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Get the look with a large gauge knit like this and the a fun colored buttondown like our Sheer Buttondown Tunic in Mint Julep.

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Here she updates the poncho by wearing it in a totally modern way layered over a basic button up and shorts.

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Try a great choker with a collared shirt to get the look. The Tribal Triangle Collar is a great option to do it with at an easy price .

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Office Style

Winter has most definitely hit here in Philadelphia. We’re snuggling up in sweaters, jackets, and lush vests here at the office. I noticed a lot of café au lait hues mixed in amongst the stripes and fun patterns that we’re falling for.

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Decked out in FP wearing the Fairisle Pullover (similar one here) and Brit Boot

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She made this necklace! Sweet, right? I love how it plays together with the other textures of her outfit.

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Thursday Poll: Volume and Print

The Free People girl is not one to shy away from a statement. She’s bold, she takes up a lot of room, and she’s not afraid of color. She likes to push the limits, and that’s exactly why we have the most amazing collection of printed voluminous pants on the site right now. These pieces flip the rules on their head, and draw attention to the bottom half of an outfit. A few, with their flower child bohemian vibe, live in the Nouveau Boho trend while others are funky and psychedelic. We’re loving the can’t-miss-it look. Which statement, printed bottoms do you like best? Read More

Style File:Designer

This lovely lady with romantic style is a designer here at Free People. Beautiful wrap dresses and flowing chiffon paired with her head of fiery red curls give off an almost Victorian feeling. She puts an updated twist on the classically beautiful elements with leather leggings, boho wedges, and playful nail art. A master of prints, you’ll often catch this designer in a statement pattern that is to die.

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Some Halloween fun :)

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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.

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Lay the shirt flat with the collar folded up.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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

Vintage Missoni now available in Vintage Loves!

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When you think about fashion with amazing prints and patterns, surely there is one name that springs immediately to mind. Missoni. Founded in Italy by designers Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, the brand has been known throughout the years for their use of bold patterns, mixed fabrics and kaleidoscopic colors. Our Vintage Loves line has just launched a collection of Vintage Missoni pieces and I was completely blown away when I saw them.  The pieces are pricey but they are fashion treasures, and the colors and patterns are at the very least some pretty amazing eye candy.

Plus, they’re modeled by one of our beautiful home office ladies which provides some awesome styling ideas for how to wear these pieces in a modern way.

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Shop the Vintage Loves Missoni lookbook.

Click on top three images for sources.

work is love made visible

sometimes artwork is a lot more complex than it might appear at first glance, and that is certainly the case with these paintings by mark warren jacques.  don’t get me wrong, i love the colors and patterns and imagery he creates but even just knowing the titles to these pieces gives them a much more meaningful context.

“work is love made visible”

“i wasn’t there when you made it but i feel like i’m there when i’m lookin at it.”

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“you and me and our perpetual emotion”

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“suddenly we meet”

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“a daydream / spacing out”

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“the things i think, they dangle from me like this.”

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“smile in the morning, everyday is a beautiful day.”

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“tonight we are the moon, glowing in the light of the sun, and woman you are my shelter, happy for the warmth of my fire.”

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“the feeling of forgetting”

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“falling into love”

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“this is all i know”

go see more here!



bird’s eye view

i am absolutely terrified of flying, but at the same time i am completely fascinated with looking down at the ground from an airplane. i have literally spent entire flights back and forth between philly and california watching the ground below and occasionally taking pictures. where i’m going with this…is that i think that’s why i’m so drawn to these photos by this series of photos by alex maclean called “patterns.”

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it would be so cool to be a bird…

check out his website here.