DIY: Fancy Collars

Shirts seem to be a trend everyone is diving into right now, including me.  That preppy school girl is becoming cool again but there seems to be a twist. I’m seeing people buttoning their shirts right up to the top so the collar becomes a feature (see blog post here) and they’re not scared to get adventurous with it either. So here we’ve made our very own DIY where we’ve made the collar a little more decorative!

What you will need;

Measure the length of the collar and cut trim to size

Sew the trim around the collar


 Then style as you wish, we love it under cropped sweaters


And here’s a little idea to jazz a shirt up a little for holiday season; buy some iron diamond, decorate the edges and shine on!


Rings worn in photos are the asymmetric stone ring and the crystal wave ring

Trendspotting: Fancy Collars

Shirts have become a fashion focus with an emphasis on the collar. Styled individuals are wearing their shirts buttoned up – right up! But it doesn’t stop there…
Decorating the collar is key in creating a quirky new take on this trend whether it is with a necklace or actually customizing the shirt collar itself.
Right now we love this collar necklace as it allows you to create a quirky collar twist with almost anything!

Are you all collared up??

Oh… and stay tuned for a DIY next week


items: Miles of lace dress,  La bourse Plaid button down, Cropped cardigan, Stella collar

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.


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


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


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


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?

Trend: Borrowed from the Boys

This fall we’re all about borrowing from the boys –  giving menswear style blazers, sweaters, shirts and denim a cool girl attitude. We had some fun in the studio last week shooting this video starring our production assistant and stylist intern!

Song is “With You” by Seapony.
Items featured:

Look one: Slouchy Velvet Blazer, Skinny Jeans, Long Sleeve Fishnet Top, Tribal Pendant.

Look two: Wide Stripes Pullover, Crafted Cuff Thermal, Floral Pant.

Look three: Boy Blue Denim Shirt, Kate and Johnny Dress, Floral Tights. Also Pictured – Ski and Hike Backpack.

Look Four: Raer Donna Wideleg Overalls, Freedom Baseball Tee.

Shop all styles Borrowed from the Boys.

Fall Fashion from our Favorite Bloggers!

I caught up with some of our favorite fashion bloggers to ask them what trends they are most excited about this fall! Up first, the lovely Liz of Late Afternoon.


What trend are you most excited about for fall?
This fall, I’m really excited for lots of colors, cropped knits, and wide leg denim.

Your must have Free People item?
The Super 70’s Cord is perfect for fall!

What is your favorite fall activity?
Carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin pie!

I could definitely see Liz rocking our color blocking trend, couldn’t you?


What trend are YOU most excited about for Fall?

NYFW: Hair Inspiration

New York Fashion Week is over, and while I don’t really consider myself to be the most fashionable person, I still like to check out the shows online and follow some of the behind the scenes coverage on tumblr. And beyond just the fashion inspiration, I found myself saving so many photos of hair styles! I doubt I’d be able to tame my mess of hair to look like any of these but it’s still great inspiration… Read More

Store Style: The Extreme Vintage Flares

One of our favorite fashion trends going into fall is the wideleg pant. We have several wideleg styles right now, including one of my personal favorites, the extreme vintage flares (and their new cousin, the extreme corduroy flare!). These jeans can be a little intimidating if you don’t now how to style them, and luckily our store girls are here to help out with just that! They always have great styling ideas, and these photos demonstrate our love for another trend as well – the crop top! In particular, one of our newest, cutest ones – the thermal love crop top. We love pairing wideleg bottoms with cropped tops, adding extra layers over top or underneath as the weather gets cooler.

From San Jose: The extreme vintage flares worn with the thermal love crop top, arizona blanket wrap and jenoah floppy brim hat.

From Burlington, MA: the extreme vintage flares worn with the stripe cowl neck sweater.


From Pittsburgh: the extreme vintage flares worn with the cannaregio mesh top and tribal triangle collar.


From Costa Mesa, CA: the extreme vintage flares worn with the vivaldi voile and lace slip and thermal love crop top.


From Bucktown, IL: the extreme vintage flares worn with the shrunken stripe pullover, ancient stone pendant and eagle gem bib necklace.


From San Vincente, CA: the extreme vintage flares worn with the crochet fringe tunic, the we the free lou flannel cuff thermal and ancient stone pendant.


From Natick, MA: the extreme vintage flares worn with the rialto bridge crop top and colorblock cardigan.


From Studio City, CA: left; the extreme vintage flares worn with the open stitch pullover, right; the extreme vintage flares worn with the thermal love crop top and dursoduro maxi cardigan.


From Towson, MD: again, the extreme vintage flares worn with the vivaldi voile and lace slip and thermal love crop top!

shop all wideleg denim and wideleg bottoms.

Thursday Poll: Cropped Bralletes!

Cropped bralletes are everywhere. I think just about every girl has one in her wardrobe nowadays, and I don’t know that this was so typical 10, 15, 20, 30….years ago. With fashion being cyclical, it’s tough to find things that are unique to our decade. Of course, bras have always been around, but the way we’re wearing these pieces feels entirely new. They’re useful to have. You can layer them under tanks with big armholes, t-shirts with back cutouts, or anything with a droopy neckline for that pop of something pretty, edgy, ethnic – whatever you want that pop to be.

So what do you want that pop to be? Let us know!

Sexy Lace

Edgy Print

Romantic Shade and Texture

new Romantics Woven Bustier

Flirty and Innocent

zinke lace crop bralette

Funky Ethnic Design

chevron seamless halter bra

Boho Floral

love you more bustier


i’m so excited about today’s guest DIY! it comes from halligan norris smith, who i met through fp jemma and is an amazingly talented and crafty lady! we posted some photos from her beautiful wedding a little while back, and they definitely give you a taste of her creative aesthetic…so when she said she wanted to do a DIY for our blog i knew it would be awesome!

i’m sure you’ve all seen the foxtail trend that seemed to take over the blog world last summer… well in a spin on that trend, remember the phenomenon that was rabbits feet? i had a few of the so-called good luck charms when i was little.  but thanks to the crafty genius of halligan, you can make your own faux rabbit’s foot in just a few easy steps and have an adorable keychain or accessory to wear this summer!

needle and thread
glue – such as E6000

faux fur
wire or looped head pins
bead caps
embroidery thread
tin foil


Step 1: Download and print out template from our flickr page. Cut out your outline.


Step 2: Trace paper template shape onto the back of two pieces of faux fur.


Step 3: Cut out both shapes.


Step 4: Place both fur sides together and do a simple blanket stitch around the outside, leaving about 1 1/4″ open for stuffing.


Step 5: Turn rabbit’s foot fur side out.  Then take your tin foil, roll it up and squeeze enough to fit vertically inside the pouch.  Then, use polyfill to fill any remaining open space.


Step 6: Slightly curl lips of opening, line with glue, and pinch closed with a clothespin.


Step 7: Trim extra fur from around tip of you rabbit’s foot form.


Step 8: Use embroidery thread to wrap tip of rabbits foot, tie off and glue string ends.


Step 9: Sew 3 bead “toenails” onto base of rabbit’s foot.


Step 10: Use a curled head pin or curl wire to form loop. Put loop through bead cap and put glue onto wire before inserting into top of rabbit’s foot.


Step 11: String chain into loop.


All done! Use them as keychains, hang from your car’s rearview mirror as a good luck charm, or clip them to your bag or belt loops for a super cute accessory :)


images by the talented jess roberts, and be sure to check out halligan’s website here. thank you so much ladies!

top two images via fashiontoast and minkpink.

in the mix

it’s a miserable day in philly and after thawing my car out of a block of ice i am stealing the energy and warmth of these behind the scenes pictures from our latest special shoot.  the shoot was for the mixed print trend on our website right now – we love how fresh this trend feels going into spring. to get the amazing special shots our team went to the home of our creative director, which they turned into a bohemian lounge full of rich prints and bold colors. looking at these photos (taken by our talented videographer) my breath was taken away…they look like they’re in a caravan on their way to a festival… with puppies of course :)













shop the mixed print trend here!

p.s. don’t you just want to curl up in some blankets with a book and a warm puppy now?

inspired by…easy rider

our team drew inspiration for the attitude and styling of our december catalog from the classic sixties film easy rider, starring peter fonda and dennis hopper as bikers traveling the american southwest in search of freedom.  the film explores the counterculture of the 1960s and alternative lifestyles that rose out of it, and in its optimistic, ambitious beginning and tragic end, seems to mirror the counterculture movement itself.

the american southwest, with its vast open landscape, represents an unexplored frontier full of possibilities.  it is this essence that has drawn so many to “go west” in search of freedom and a new life, and what drew our team to the dramatic beauty of utah. the expansive desert, massive rock formations and majestic canyons, the southwestern US landscape is some of the only land in the country that looks untouched by man. the only backdrop suitable for the themes of exploration, independence and of course, freedom.



to capture the attitude and style of easy rider our team used hard-edged denim, leather and suede to toughen up girly lace and crochet. denim on denim, paisley scarves, western shirts, suede hats, biker boots, fringe and that amazing red leather jacket ooze with the easy rider spirit. oversized utility bags complete the look of a girl gone wandering, seeking adventure and captivated by the beauty that unfolds before her eyes.


for more feminine inspiration there’s sixties icon marianne faithfull in the film the girl on a motorcycle, in which she plays a woman who leaves her husband and takes off on her bike to visit her lover, her motorcycle representing freedom and escape.


this trend has left me longing to take a motorcycle ride up the california coast with the sun on my face and wind in my hair…

shop easy rider here.