Office Style: Meet April

Office Style: Meet April

Hello Hello, it’s me!

Your position at Free People…

I’m the Editorial Assistant for our Brand Marketing team! I also head all things creative for FPMovement on social.   

How does your job influence your personal style?

I would say my lifestyle influences my personal style more than my job. I definitely get inspired by the women around the office, though — there are some pretty wicked outfits that stroll the halls.

What is your personal style?

A little bit of everything. I think the best way to describe my style these days is Sporty Spice meets Mountain Chic meets Hype Beast, HA!

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

My go-to rule is comfort. I don’t believe in not mixing colors, or prints, no matter what season it is! I really just wake up and whatever I feel best in is what I wear. It’s the worst feeling when you walk out of the house and don’t feel comfortable… then it is just on your mind all day and you’re miserable. I don’t care about what people think… if I own it, people can feel that no matter how out of place the outfit may be. 

Favorite part about your job?

Seeing creative ideas come to life…

Most challenging part of your job?

 Currently, balance!

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

On A Boat Sweater Dress

Joan Wedge Boot

Oh So Cozy Plaid Pullover

Miami Jumpsuit

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

My Levi’s and my puffy! <3

 

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Office Style: Meet Kristina

Office Style: Meet Kristina

Kristina… “Winona Ryder in the 90s meets Spinelli from recess…”

Your position at Free People…

Designer – Day Dresses.

How does your job influence your personal style?

I try to stay true to my personal aesthetic no matter what but, working in fashion, being around it almost every day, you are definitely influenced by what you look to for inspiration, subconsciously or not. So sometimes, when I see things I like, I’ll try to find versions of it on Etsy or elsewhere.

What is your personal style?

“Winona Ryder in the 90s meets Spinelli from recess”. But honestly, I don’t buy clothes all that often, and when I do it’s picking up random things I see and I know I’ll really love. Anyone I know will tell you I’m almost always in black. Usually either high-waisted skinny jeans and a band tee or some kind of crop top if I’m at work or out for the night. Sometimes a dress, if I’m going somewhere cute. I probably almost always have a choker on and a lot of silver jewelry because I feel naked without it.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

I can’t wear anything that I don’t feel comfortable in.

Favorite part about your job?

Mocking! We make a lot of our designs by hand to show in meetings and it’s definitely the most fun. Sketching is a close second but, with mocking, you get to make your design exactly what you want it to be in every aspect, from fabric to fit to trims to color or print — it’s the best way to see what’s in your head come to life.

Most challenging part of your job?

Having too many ideas and not enough time to make them happen! haha

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Dolman Moto Jacket 

Modern Femme Vegan Mini

Top Peak Hiker Boot 

Vegan Leather Lattice Skinny Pant

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

My leather jacket. I’m pretty sure it’s child-sized so it fits cropped and the sleeves are short, but it’s perfect. I bought it at a vintage store in New Hope probably 3 years ago and I wear it almost every day when the weather is right, so it’s super broken in. It has a bunch of my favorite pins on it and I’d be so sad if I lost it.

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Office Style: Meet Kirby

Office Style: Meet Kirby

“I would say my style exists somewhere between 30’s film star and 90’s boy…”

Your position at Free People…

Stylist.

How does your job influence your personal style?

It has influenced me in so many ways — from the people I work with to the endless product that comes through the studio (and the fact I’m on my feet all day). I’ve simultaneously become more experimental and more refined. Being a stylist, you are exposed to so much product and so many trends and sometimes work a few seasons ahead… I feel like my eye gets sharper every day.

What is your personal style?

I would say my style exists somewhere between 30’s film star and 90’s boy. I’ve been through a lot of phases and I like to cater to my whims. I also like to work within contrasts, bordering between fantasy and function. I see getting dressed more as getting dressed up. My closet is like a dress-up chest. There is an occasion for everything.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

Always dress for yourself. Never try to be something that you aren’t. You should wear the clothes, the clothes should never wear you.

Favorite part about your job?

The people! The studio is a crazy family.

Most challenging part of your job?

Time management.

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Spectrum Sock Boot

501 Levis

Furry Bomber

Cafe De Flore Bag

Gidget Sweater Mini Dress 

Destination Unknown Coat

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

My leather jacket. I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it’s falling apart. I always have it with me. It’s like a part of my DNA. It has a lot of good stories to tell.

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Office Style: Meet Elena

Office Style: Meet Elena

 “I’ve always been a total tomboy at heart…”

Your position at Free People…

Copywriter.
How does your job influence your personal style?
 
A large part of my job is to bring our clothes to life for the customer – whether it’s creating a story around pieces for emails or marketing or describing a product in detail on the site. It’s made me aware of the in’s and outs of every style and made me waaay more picky when it comes to what I want in my closet. Now I think about the whole package – from fit, to how I can style it, all the way down to the fabrication.
What is your personal style?
 
I’ve always been a total tomboy at heart. I love men’s street style. I envy their trends and fits and am constantly experimenting with how I can incorporate them into my look, even if it’s just through embracing their attitude. I feel most confident when I’m rocking something that celebrates my femme side while adding in those cool, boyish elements. If I’m feeling a skin-tight, plunging bodysuit – I’ll throw on slouchy cropped flares. If I’m wearing a sequin mini dress, I have to put on worn-in sneakers or add an oversized denim jacket. I’m also super inspired by skate culture and that plays into most of my outfits in one way or another.
Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?
 
My #1 style rule is to only dress for yourself. When you hold back by wearing something for a certain person or situation that goes outside of who you really are, you’re going to end up regretting it every time and wishing you just stuck with your own unique vibe. The older I get, the more I realize that with authenticity and confidence, you really can rock anything you want- and the right people will always be drawn to that.
Favorite part about your job?
 
Coming up with new, creative ways to think about a product and constantly challenging myself to get others just as hype about Free People as I am. I love keeping myself inspired and seeing how I can help us grow and evolve as a brand through my words and concepts. Plus, it also feels like a total win when I can come up with a fresh pun to throw on a subject line or email (I’m becoming really good at dad jokes, tbh).
Most challenging part of your job?
 
The dreaded WRITER’S BLOCK. It happens when you least expect it, or before I’ve had at least two cups of coffee. It’s also hard to stay focused when you have tight deadlines. We’re all super close and have a great time at the office — it’s a great energy but thank god for headphones! 😊 When I have Frank Ocean or The 1975 blaring, you know i’m in the zone.
What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?
One thing in your closet you could not live without?
 
I have this pair of oversized black overalls that I got from a thrift store in Philly. I could run around in them forever. I can pair them with anything from a tiny crop top to a huge sweatshirt and they’d make me feel *fire*. Anyone who knows me has seen me in them at least once – or 300 times.
Plus my Vans. I’m SUCH a sneaker girl. You’ll most likely catch me wearing them to my wedding.
Oh, and big gold hoops. Can’t leave home without ‘em.

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Office Style: Meet Alyssa

Office Style: Meet Alyssa

Wear things that make you happy…”

Your position at Free People…

Web Merchandiser

How does your job influence your personal style?

When I’m coming to work I’m dressing for comfort, some days I’m running all over the office & others I’m sitting at the computer for hours on end, either way I like to be comfy & cozy.

 

 

What is your personal style?

When I’m working @ FP – it’s comfort.

When I’m DJing – it’s sequined & bright.

When I’m going out – it’s easy, boxy tee’s or oversized tanks mixed with tiny shorts or mini dresses always paired back to a punchy fun accessory or shoe or bright color to add interest.

100% of the time it’s based off mood, sometimes a girly side of me strikes at times and you’ll find me in a dress or something embroidered. Lately I’ve been obsessed with anything red & purple (esp. lilac). I’m famous for always wearing XXL t-shirts as dresses, pants are the enemy (but it’s all good – I’m only 5’2!) ……..and I’m warming up to the idea of pants for this fall only *IF* they are widelegs!

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

Wear things that make you happy – and don’t be afraid to change up your vibe when the mood strikes – it keeps your overall wardrobe eclectic ! 

 

 

Favorite part about your job?

Taking all the pieces and putting them together in a creative & cohesive way, finding inspiration & story telling through our product. I also love that every day feels fast-paced and different from the day before it. I’m naturally a high energy person so this works for me!

Most challenging part of your job?

I’m multi-tasking about 90% of the time, sometimes it’s hard to keep your brain straight and stay organized, most of the time, there are *too* many things happening at once, it definitely gets overwhelming.

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Natasha Pullover

Baring It Cami

Grace Embellished Jumpsuit

Pretty In Stripes Pullover

High Rise Bandit Denim Shorts

The Rex Pant

Hole In My Heart Sweatshirt

Gigi Slip On Loafer

8 Greens

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

I have this XXL black tee shirt that has a giant eagle on it & says Las Vegas (kind of a random pairing ), I can’t remember where I got it but I’ve had it for as long as I can remember, it’s my favorite because it’s the PERFECT ‘kind of big’ and I’m from Vegas so it feels like home  – recently when I was packing for a trip and realized that *every* time I pack for a trip – this tee comes with me, sometimes to wear out as a dress, sometimes to sleep, sometimes to wear on the plane. It just always comes along with me. So I guess I can’t live without it.

 

 

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Be You!! Our August Catalog Sweepstakes

Be You!! Our August Catalog Sweepstakes

Welcome the Fall season with a chance to win $1,000 in YOUR Free People favorites… In honor of our August catalog, we’ve partnered with Who What Wear to give YOU the chance to win $1,000 of your favorite FP product, curated by YOU for YOU! Contest runs between now and midnight Thursday, 8/21. Enter here and don’t miss out on your chance to win!

 
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Office Style: Meet Claire

Office Style: Meet Claire

My favorite ‘styling trick’ is cutting everything I own…”

Your position at Free People…

 Accessories Sample Coordinator 😊

How does your job influence your personal style?

Being surrounded by accessories every day definitely makes me amp up my accessorizing game. I have ignored the old saying, “Before you leave the house take one thing off.” I now just add another (oh well).

What is your personal style?

It honestly depends on my #mood. But here are a few of my go-to looks… If I wake up late, rompers and jumpsuits are my saviors. They make you appear like you have your life together and that you didn’t sleep through seven alarms. My closet is also filled with oversized T-shirts, courtesy of my Dad, that are an easy fit as a dress or knotted up with some jorts. Also, I have a growing collection of culottes but most of them were just wide leg pants that were too long… (See next question.)

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

My favorite “styling trick” is cutting everything I own. Because I am a shorty and need to chop basically everything I own in half. I also never brush my hair… not sure if you consider that a trick or just pure laziness. 😊

Favorite part about your job?

I have a few… Getting to work with passionate, unique people. Collaborating with so many different teams. The buyers present us with their buys for the coming months, we then are passed the physical sample, studio shoots it on model and then, voila! It appears online for all the freeps to buy. I love touching new product and getting it out there for our customers.

Most challenging part of your job?

Trying not to buy everything… But also staying organized. The pile of accessories and things to do can build up fast. Making lists is vital for me and also super satisfying when I can check something off! 

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

The real question is: what isn’t in my cart? I’ll “shorten” the list to what I realistically think I will buy.

Jan Jumpsuit

Easy Breezy Pant

Over The Moon Culottes 

Juno Shearling Coat

Make Me Romper

Velvet High Top Sneaker

Charming Hoop Earring Set

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

 These are not really IN my closet but a pair of gold hoops that my mom gave me. I actually snagged them when I visited home one weekend but they are my all-time favorite earrings and I would be super bummed if I lost them.

 

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Office Style: Meet Melissa

Office Style: Meet Melissa

“I try to find a balance between having fun and letting my personality shine through…”

Your position at Free People…

Assistant Graphic Designer

How does your job influence your personal style?

How could it not? I’m surrounded by such creative people who express themselves not only through their work, but through their clothing, too. My closet has grown an embarrassing amount since starting here just over two years ago.

What is your personal style?

I try to find a balance between having fun and letting my personality shine through, but being put together at the same time. My go to outfit would be a floral dress, sneakers and an oversized denim jacket, plus I’ll throw on my “Melissa” necklace to really make the outfit really feel “me.”

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

My collection of rompers, dresses and sets save me a good 20 minutes of sleep each morning. They’re so easy to throw on, add a fun shoe and maybe an accessory or two, and head out the door feeling put together. I’m also a big proponent of outfit repeating – if you love something, why only wear it once?

Favorite part about your job?

I’m a very rule oriented person, so this kind of goes entirely against my personality, but I love how we have no rules when it comes to design and branding. We are always pushing ourselves to find creative, new ways of doing things and representing the brand. We have no brand book, no set fonts, no colors, and so we get to constantly reinvent and evolve our aesthetic, which I think is a really unique opportunity.

Most challenging part of your job?

Not spend all of my money on clothes? No, just kidding! Probably the short timelines in terms of executing creatives. I think people would be surprised to learn how quickly our turn around is for things like our homepage and emails. It’s a challenge, but it’s incredibly rewarding to see it all go live!

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Too much…did I mention my birthday is next week? 😉

Button Up Mini

Outside The Lines Set

Cotton Eyelet Dress

About Last Night Mini Dress

Call it Simple Love Mini

Up and Away Short Set

On The Run Jumpsuit

Bridgette Gingham Mini

Turismo Wrap Dress

Ex Boyfriend Trucker Denim Jacket

Flat Record Hoops

Basic Babe Front Hoops

Marseille Sunglasses

Sol Crossbody Bag

Wink Wink Embellished Sneaker

Pro Leather Ox Sneaker

Mellow Flatform Sandal

Cult Platform Sneaker

Do The Twist Sandal

Vegan Dorian Wedge

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

My converse – I wear them with everything and anything. I have five or six variations of white sneakers and am always looking for more!

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Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou, Part 3

Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou, Part 3

 I felt slightly confused and my future was unsure…

This is the 3rd post in a series from model and friend, Eddie Mitsou Pettersson.

I was living in Istanbul when I turned 19. It was modeling that brought me there…not because the Turkish market is the best for a blonde Swede but, at that time I had few options. During Christmas holiday, most fashion capitals slow down for obvious reasons. My dream was to move to New York but I was so ready to get out of my hometown that I told my agency to send me anywhere, even as a pit stop. So Istanbul it was…

And what a magical city! The Turkish food culture quickly sucked me in — its bounty of fresh local produce inspired me to eat healthy and clean: tahini, dried figs, amazing hummus and grilled vegetables, so much better than I would have expected. It was the first time I had to take care of myself, i.e. making breakfast, lunch and dinner. Luckily, I really liked it — experimenting in the kitchen was new to me and quickly became a hobby. It was a good way to relax after a long day of meeting client after client after client…

My weekdays consisted of shooting editorials and hitting up endless castings. When the weekends rolled in, there were always big dinner parties and shredding at clubs. And so, there were many pre-game drinking competitions being held in our little model flat.

I enjoyed it at the time, but realized it wasn’t propelling me in a good direction. My destructive weekend behavior forced me to press the restart button every Sunday night. I was eating clean, going to the gym on my working days, but my free time was filled with liquor and chocolate bars and Turkish cheese pastries. Oh, the suffering of the morning afters. (Or let me say afternoon, because I rarely woke up before 1pm).

The hard work I was putting in at the gym was really for nothing. I missed out on much of Istanbul’s historical and cultural beauty, too, because most time off was spent in a rusty bunk bed, ice pack on my sweaty forehead. 

One sunny December day, as I was walking around Hagia Sophia, I made the decision. I was going to stay sober, be healthy and 100% vegan (no space for cheese pastries here!) until I made it to New York. What was it worth, to be so good 5 days a week and then ruining it on the last 2. Funnily enough, my walk was in the early morning because I had skipped a promoter’s dinner the night before. How good it felt to walk around in the sun with a clean head!

To be honest, I felt slightly confused — my thoughts were spinning and I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, but I felt that a sober, ultra-clean detox was what I needed. With Jim Morrison’s sexy smoky voice in my ears I sat down with a salted sesame tahini cookie and created a list. A list of what I needed to do in order to make it to NYC and what strategy would look like. His words echoed in my head:

 You’re lost little girl 

You’re lost little girl 

You’re lost 

Tell me who 

Are you? 

 I think that you know what to do 

Impossible? Yes, but it’s true 

I think that you know what to do, yeah 

I’m sure that you know what to do

I saw even more of the city then ever before. I moved out of the model apartment (the norm) and discovered the streets and bars and restaurants and people of Istanbul (the freedom) by myself. I wasn’t a lost little girl any more — I was a focused young woman, now with a goal in sight. My local fruit store salesman taught me more about the importance of a joyful life than any Russian model friend ever had. 

 

+ Check back next week for part four from Eddie, and be sure to read the start of her journey here!  

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FP ME Summer of Love Playlist

FP ME Summer of Love Playlist

A Spotify playlist inspired by the Summer of 1967… 

The iconic summer of 1967 and the photographer who captured it all, Baron Wolman. What better inspiration to fuel our newest Summer of Love collection — shot in San Francisco to commemorate and celebrate 50 years with a little help from our FP Me favorites. To get you in the mood for those endless summer nights (not to mention some killer vintage shopping), we asked our FP Me guests to create a playlist that they would be dancing to all summer long.

+ Check out the full Summer of Love collection here

Photo by Britt Crow, be sure to check out her website.

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