How To Style 3 Leather Jackets

Photo Credit: Nathan Kula

A leather jacket is a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. It’s a versatile, timeless piece that goes with almost all outfits. We handpicked our three favorite leather jackets online, including one vegan leather jacket, and created a styling story of looks we love. Read More

Style File: Assistant Designer – Beach

Have you ever looked at a girl and thought, “there’s someone who knows what fashion is?” This week’s Style File is one of those girls. She’s not scared of an Avant Garde print or dressing head-to-toe in monochromatic tomato red. Her styling is spot on, the way one images a top fashion editor being styled. Although she always looks relaxed and comfortable, you just know that she’s into fashion. The sweater she throws on is perfectly nubby, and oh, that insanely cool necklace she’s wearing? It’s the logo for her friends’ young fashion line that is blowing up in the UK right now. Her style is flawless with great attention to detail. Look close and you’ll see a dreamy braid hidden in her waves. This girl knows how to dress herself.

Get the red look with our Easy Days Off the Shoulder Sweater, Five Pocket Seemed Legging, and Vegan Docs

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Try a vintage-inspired floral dress like the Floral Shirt Tail Pucker Dress

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Load on the rings, you can never have enough!

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Office Style: Lou

This week’s office style is dedicated to one of my favorite FP girls: Lou. The awesome thing about Lou is that she’s rough and she’s edgy, but she never loses a touch of sexiness. The look is for a girl who’s on the run and active. She doesn’t have the time to be high maintenance, and can’t stand things that will restrict the adventure. She loves to steal items from her man – bulky tees and grungy tanks never looked better. Pants and shorts are her go-to, and there’s nothing like a good pair of boots or sneakers. Once in a while, she’ll mix it up on you and throw in that feminine touch to remind you that, after all, she is a lady.

There’s nothing like a good pair of faded sneakers, get the look with our Muddy Waters Sneaker.

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The Love Bug Thermal and Buckle Ankle Back Boots paired with skinnies make a great laid back Lou look.

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Nothin like some good elbow patches…

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The FP Skinny Vegan Leather Pant from our original Vegan Collection

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I’m seeing a trend with our Buckle Ankle Back Boots

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Lou loves motorcycle jackets! Get the look with our Vegan Leather Jacket.

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Love the jumpsuit paired back to sneakers. Get the look with our Linen Striped Romper and Bowie Wedged Sneaker.

Vegan Leather: Blogger Picks

We were so excited about the arrival of our new vegan leather items, that we decided to each pick our favorite and show you guys how we’d style it!

Naomi:

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Top Pick: Embellished Vegan Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Pictured with: The Destroyer Tee and the Neon Tide Layering Necklace which hits the site next week!

I’ve had my eye on this jacket for a while now. I remember when I first sent it to a shoot forever ago. I hadn’t even seen it yet, but the merchandisers suggested it for the shoot, and the instant it got delivered to my desk I knew this was a rare and awesome piece. You can never go wrong with a leather jacket, and with this one, the detailing is just amazing! It’s tough yet boho and ethnic – the perfect throw on for any outfit.

Jemma:

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I always love the attitude that leather brings to your look, it gives that certain edge that has some kind of sex appeal about it.

Vegan leather gives you the same effect but gives you a peaceful mind too. My vegan leather pick is the smocked vegan leather dress; it’s sexy with a deep V but the smocking gives it that cute edge and that’s exactly how I like to dress. I’ve teamed it with a printed kimono and some studded loafers (look for this pair online next week!) to give it some extra jazz!

Julia:

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I already own a vegan leather jacket, so my current top pick is the vegan leather bustier.  It’s so edgy and cool – I love the stitching detail. I think it would look pretty rad over the cropped striped pullover with high waisted jeans in cooler weather, and in spring/summer I’d wear it all the time under loose tops like the desert dream tank.

Pictured with the chelsea beaded bracelet – necklace and tank coming next week!

Check out our vegan leather collection and let me know – which piece is your favorite?

New Free People Vegan Leather has Arrived!

I have a lot of Free People in my closet, but one of the best FP purchases I’ve ever made was hands down my vegan leather jacket. It looks like real leather (in fact, most people think it is), its comfy, fits well, goes with everything and is still in great shape, despite being worn quite frequently. I was thrilled to hear that we’d be continuing with vegan leather, and some new product just arrived on our site that is to die for! We’ve got something for every girl – a new hooded vegan leather jacket, a smocked vegan leather dress, new vegan leather shorts in a washed pink color, a vegan leather bustier, and old favorites like the pleated vegan leather skirt are back. Check out some styling inspiration from our store girls below, and then play it cool and check out the new vegan leather on our website!

From left: toughen up a slip with the washed vegan leather short and fedora; throw on the double breasted vegan leather jacket over the lace stripes maxi dress; wear the cap sleeve gypsy lace dress in cold weather with tights, a cami and the same vegan leather jacket in gray; try an unexpected pairing with an airy blouse and vegan leather shorts.

Forget the l.b.d. (for now) – this spring we love little white dresses like the fitted with daisies dress, paired with vegan leather jackets!

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On my wishlist: the embellished vegan leather motorcycle jacket.

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Such a cute look! Pair the high waisted textured short with tights, a cute tank and vegan leather jacket.

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A more summery look with the washed vegan leather short, crochet bell sleeve top, sheer maxi bed jacket and sandals.

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Get this cool urban look with the fp one pacific trails pant, imagine me graphic tee, floppy hat and vegan leather jacket.

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How freaking cool is the vegan leather bustier?!?

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It looks awesome over a slip, like the delphine mesh skirt!

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Here the  vegan leather bustier is worn over the flock dot house slip, with the ruffle legging and tomorrow today shirt. Adorable!

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Super cute in the crochet short, stripe boy tee and vegan leather buttondown.

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Love this boho look with the washed vegan leather short, diamond crochet tunic, tights, the caballero ankle boot and some cute flower hair accessories (coming soon!).

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You can’t go wrong with the flock dot house slip, tights and embellished vegan leather motorcycle jacket!

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The long sleeved embellished party dress and double breasted vegan leather jacket.

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And last but not least, stop traffic in the amazing vegan-leather trimmed cage shift dress, western buttondown and embellished vegan leather motorcycle jacket.

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Shop the Vegan Leather collection!

2011: A Look Back

Our catalog team traveled around the world…

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…and us bloggers got to go to our shoot with Sasha Pivovarova in NYC – definitely a highlight of the year!

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We worked with so many beautiful models…

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We debuted FP Spun and Vegan Leather, and launched a special line of Limited Edition Dresses! We celebrated with pop-up shops in NY and LA, where Jade Castrinos performed at our store.

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We fell hard for extreme flares, monochromatic dressing, birkenstocks, turbans, sweater dressing, fancy collars, western boots, friendship bracelets and bright nails, flatforms, mixed prints, color pops, polka dots and more…

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We were influenced by decades past…

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…and by trends like mod and grunge.

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We brought you festival coverage from Pitchfork and Outside Lands

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We shot our July catalog with Alexandra Valenti and the Happen-Ins, and we had such a great time we went back and threw a party to celebrate the catalog release! We also threw a party at our 5th ave store for Fashion’s Night Out and had a blast.

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We made so many lovely blogger friends!

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Many crafts were made, and we held our first crafting events in Cambridge and NYC!

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And, some new furry faces popped up in the office :)

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2011 was a good year :) Here’s to making the next one even better!

Happy New Year!

xoxo

Free People

Blogger Picks: Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty

Second up on our blogger interpretation of FP grunge: Natalie Suarez

(First Photo: the O-Town Muscle Tank, M2F Cutoff Denim Vest, and Rocker Vegan Leather Pants; Second Photo: the O-Town Muscle Tank and Velvet Biker Shorts)

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.

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After the day of styling and photographing (see her other looks here and here), Natalie decided on some top picks for grunge. Her five must haves are: the Sheer Buttondown Tunic, Caldra Pullover in licorice, Academy Bodysuit, Denim Cuttoffs in Indigo, and the Rocker Vegan Leather Pant.

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We also had Natalie fill out a questionnaire. So in case you were wondering about the blogger’s eyesight, favorite fashion icon, and everything in-between – here you go:

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Trend direction from our seniors

Our December book has just dropped and fashion trends have twisted from a high-spirited, festive way of dressing to a much cleaner, cooler 80’s and 90’s vibe.

We’re pretty excited about the styling going into the New Year. we’re feeling cool and boy-like with an edge…a soft attitude that isn’t too overpowering.

 For you to get a clearer understanding of our trend direction we asked three of our seniors to define what they are chasing after this month!

Sophie

“I’m absolutely dying over our easy throw-on, slouchy sweaters. Super cool but laid back patterns and texture that go with anything and will see you through to spring…”

 the shot I love best in the book is the black and white fairisle sweater with denim cut offs against the wall with the braid… that shot is like heaven for me”

 

 Cotton Fairisle pullover Amoudi stripe pullover denim cutoff short palazzo pant

 

Kristal

“My favorite trend of the Dec book is the whole late 80’s/ early90’s Babe vibe it has. The Crop muscle knit paired with the extreme flare is outrageous and the shortie-short shorts and high slits are out of sight.. The Hair is soooo good for this look too! Everyone has a care-free total babe in them somewhere!”

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Sheer button down shirt Classic denim jacket o town muscle tee extreme textured knit flare

Ana

“I’m very excited about the variety of bottoms in the January catalog. From high-waisted shorts to long and full pants, there is a great look for everyone. I personally plan on adding the denim and vegan leather shorts to my wardrobe and am excited knowing about all the other versions we have in the works”

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