What Is Tartan?

Whenever I used to hear the word “tartan”, an image of a beautiful piece of plaid clothing would appear in my head, but then I would get a bit confused. Does tartan mean plaid? Is tartan a type of plaid? Is plaid a type of tartan? Today I want to shed a little bit of light on tartan, in case any of you happen to be in the same boat. As with any historical subject, there may be some discrepancies – please let us know if you have any tartan facts to share! :) Read More

Style File: Assistant Designer (Lou)

This week’s StyleFile is an effortless beauty who’s style has a laid back California beach vibe. I don’t know if it’s her long, wavy blonde locks, the colorful friendship bracelets, or the heart tattoo on her wrist that scream Cali, but it’s definitely there. She wears a lot of stellar grunge pieces – ripped and splattered jeans, a slouchy knit hat, baggy tees, and kicks. She’ll then mix it up with an awesome Native American inspired necklace or poncho. There’s no doubt, she looks like your quintessential American girl – active and full of life. Her vivacity can’t be restricted with pompous or tailored clothing – she has no time for that.

These jeans are perfectly slouchy and distressed. Get the look with a grungy graphic tee, hat, and Converses.

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This photo makes me want Summer. And colorful bracelets

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She takes the formality out of a cable knit sweater with fringe layering

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In this cold Winter weather, everyone needs a good throw on poncho to stay warm.

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She loves her Native American accessories just as much as the rest of us at Free People. Some great variations are on our website right now here, here, and here.

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Thursday Poll: Mad About Plaid

Plaid is totally in right now (okay, it’s pretty much always in), and we have tons of it on our site. It’s the perfect print as we’re moving into fall since it has a warmer, cozy feel. Which plaid piece will you be getting for your wardrobe?

The Savana Printed Maxi Skirt

Oversized Motorcycle Jacket

Fit N Flare Circle Dress

Fit n Flare Circle Dress

Flannel Button Down Tunic

Flannel Buttondown Tunic

FP One Plaid Crop Top

FP One Plaid Crop Top

September Catalog Sneak Peek!

Looking through our September catalog you can feel Fall emanating from its pages.  Cozy knits and texture, plaid and lots of layers – all things that I can’t wait to wrap myself up in as the temperature drops.  Shot at a beautiful old mill in New Tripoli PA by Yelena Yemchuk, the book features models Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Martha Hunt. Here’s a sneak peek…I can almost smell the crisp chilly air and hear the crunch of leaves beneath my feet…

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Guess who else makes a special appearance?!

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…Toby!!

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The September catalog drops Tuesday September 6th.

Behind the scenes photos by Thomas Northcut except last two, by Jemma.