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? đŸ˜‰

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!  

Photos by Jana Kirn.

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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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Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou

Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou

Maybe you’ve been considering it… Sobriety may not be for everyone, but it might be right for you?

Let me be the first to say… I love partying! Dancing, hanging out with friends, flirting, coming home at 3am exhausted with my lipstick half gone, LOLing at my Instagram story while peeing and brushing my teeth.

What may separate me from man others is what happens next — I wake up with my makeup perfectly removed, IG stories still intact, with no fear of finding that dreaded embarrassing video. I make myself a green smoothie and I’m on my way to a Pilates class before 9.30 am.

So, why is that?

Because I don’t drink.

The thought of it might scare you.

But…maybe this is something you’ve been considering yourself. Sober partying may not be for everyone – but it might be right for you?

I have many girlfriends who have gone out with me and follow suit – and most of them really like it, usually quite surprised at how easy it can be. AND! how much fun they can actually have without booze flowing through their bodies. Some, as a result, have decided to quit drinking – or at least consume very little – while some continue to go out and get wasted.

And I don’t blame them for that. Everything is a choice — you do what feels best or right in that moment.  However, there is also a fear of simply breaking the norm. You simply stick to what you know and how you’ve been raised to live, courtesy of family, culture (television, movies, magazines) and society.

Several years ago, the idea of sobriety seemed impossible. I struggled with it during my last semester in school. I had just started dating someone in the deep house underground party scene. The only thing my heart wanted was to be tequila-tipsy, kissing him in the darkness of a grungy garage, every night of the week.

But, I had to focus — good grades on my final exams and beyond. There was also the potential to do modeling in Milan,  and my agency asked me to be in perfect shape, which demanded both more hours at the gym and a healthy diet. Despite my new love, my mission had always been to move abroad as soon as I graduated.

But I couldn’t. I really couldn’t give up being boozy. It was so important to me. Drinking was the only way of partying in Stockholm, so maybe that rubbed off on me?  My point is that there wasn’t a time when I could picture a life without alcohol. I was young, but my mom nervously made jokes about me becoming an alcoholic. I had a great opportunity right in front of me, but I wasn’t ready to make the sacrifices to achieve it.

I’m a very strong believer in refraining from judgment or telling people how to live their lives. I would never tell anyone that it’s bad to drink, or that they shouldn’t. No, no, that’s not my vibe. It’s an individual — and personal — choice, and whatever you choose is hopefully right for you. What I do is right for me.

So all I intend by this post is to inspire you. To maybe introduce you to a new or scary path and know there are different ways to go. Follow your own gut, and try to push away the fear of being different.

I didn’t make it to Milan that summer, after all. It took me over eight months to finally leave Stockholm. I wasn’t ready to stop drinking and didn’t fight for my dreams. I ended up in Istanbul, but even there I realized that other paths existed…

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Office Style: Meet Emily

Office Style: Meet Emily

“Jerry Seinfeld meets art teacher meets Hanson brother…”

 Your position at Free People…

I’m a stylist! I work mainly on the shoe category right now, but have bounced around from flat styling, to propping out environments for shoots, to assisting on catalog which was such an amazing experience. It’s been rad to get the chance to collaborate with so many different teams and talented coworkers. 

How does your job influence your personal style?

Free People brings in models with such killer personal style — even before I started working here, I would check out the blog for model street stye interviews. I’m lucky enough to come into work and see these babes IRL and take some mental notes. 

What is your personal style?

Jerry Seinfeld meets art teacher meets Hanson brother.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

There are no rules! Wear white after Labor Day, I dare you. I do, however, have some tips:

Don’t be afraid to dive into a new trend. Fashion is meant to be fun and exploratory — play around with new silhouettes and colors, even if they aren’t necessarily “your style.”

A good cuff or tuck can make any outfit 5 times cooler.

Don’t forget to shop the men’s section, especially in thrift shops. Some of my favorite pieces are men’s sweaters, trousers and jackets.

Finally, always dress for yourself and put comfort first, and everything will look effortlessly cool!

Favorite part about your job?

The people, hands down. My coworkers in the studio have become like a second family. ❤ 

Most challenging part of your job?

As a stylist, you have to really utilize both your left and right brain. Sometimes it feels like a game to shoot a certain number of looks in a day, stay organized, and make sure each look feels fresh and cool. Also, trends come and go so quickly so we always have to challenge ourselves to keep up and stay inspired in the studio. I love the challenge, it keeps me on my toes 😉 

What’s in your Freepeople.com shopping cart?

Ibiza Jean

Pop Pop Popper Jogger

Go-Go’s Tee

Love Tempo Sunnies

Jocelyn Dress

We The Free Pleatin’ Sleevin’ Pullover

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

Weirdly enough, socks. I have a huge collection of socks in so many colors (mostly dad-style men’s dress socks). At work, I always have a lot of fun styling FP sheer socks and fishnet crew socks into looks — they are the perfect outfit complement!

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Office Style: Meet Ashley

Office Style: Meet Ashley

“I’m always about comfort, that’s when you feel your best…”

Your position at Free People…
Sample Coordinator for intimates, Movement, swim and beauty.

How does your job influence your personal style?
As a sample coordinator I work with many teams around the office… everyone is so creative, I feel inspired every day. We get to see those trends up close and personal that the teams are excited about before they hit online or stores.

What is your personal style?
My style is pretty simple and classic. You will most likely find me in jeans, a t-shirt and my Birkenstocks! I’m always about comfort — that’s when you feel your best!

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?
I do have a “rule” but, as long as you’re comfortable and confident, you will look beautiful in anything!

Favorite part about your job?
I love working with all the different teams. When buying passes me a sample they are excited about, it’s cool to see how the studio stylist envisions it for web. The transformation of a sample and how it goes from start to finish and through so many teams is really interesting to me.

Most challenging part of your job?
Balancing communication between all the teams can be hard, but it helps me stay focused and organized.

What’s in your Freepeople.com shopping cart?
El Porto Romper
Sand Dollar Tank
On the Run Jumpsuit
Daloa Birkenstock

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?
My Levi’s denim jacket!

 

 

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5 Ways to Wear a Graphic TEE

5 Ways to Wear a Graphic TEE

Tomboy roots in a casual, cool outlook on fashion. Here are 5 ways to wear a graphic…

Revisiting a day spent in NYC with one of our favorite style bloggers, Juliana… and some of our fave graphic tees… Without further ado…

 

 

 

 

 

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