I first discovered Free People when I was about seventeen. At that point in time, I'm not even sure if Free People stores existed or not because there wasn't a store near my house, but the Bloomingdales at my mall sold some Free People items. I remember my Mom bought me a few things. I loved them because they were so different. Since I attended a private boarding high school where the majority of the students dressed preppy (and I was anything but preppy), I especially appreciated the bohemian, carefree, and somewhat whimsical feel of the clothing. At the beginning of my time in high school, I wore the plaid skirts and the collared shirts, but sometime around junior/senior year I had my fashion revolution, which I think was partly inspired by Mary-Kate Olsen. I was anti-prep. Instead, I was into shopping for vintage clothes on Ebay, going to my local consignment shop to find one of kind items, and loving Free People, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters. I liked the idea of combining unique patterns and different colors, and laced through it all, you could usually find a bohemian vibe in my outfits. Sometimes I think I went a bit over the top, but what fun is fashion if you can't play around with it? Ohhh, I wish I had those old photos with me so I could scan them and show them to you guys.
Then I went off to college and my love for Free People really blossomed (Ironically, the owner of Free People was an alum of my university). At that point in time, I would say that the majority of my clothes were from Free People. I was obsessed. After graduating college, I went off to work in Spain which had a huge influence on my personal style. I really embraced the Euro-style and backed off from the bohemian threads a bit. There's still a part of me that will always be a little bohemian, but now I think my style is a bit more urban & sophisticated (well, sophisticated for me) which, in my case, I can only attribute to living in the city (urban) and getting older (sophisticated).
Now when I visit Free People or browse their shop online, it's hit or miss for me. Either nothing catches my eye, or EVERYTHING catches my eye. This Spring I've been falling hard for many of their pieces. There are some things that I've been admiring for a month or so now. Sounds a little obsessive, right? But, as we all know, Free People ain't cheap! So I really take my time thinking about whether I really "need" a piece or not, no matter how much I love it.
I thought it might be helpful for me to post my favorite items here, and you guys can help me choose which ones I need in my wardrobe! While I used to be attracted to the most unique items in the store, now I'm on the hunt for things that I can wear multiple ways and pieces that I can wear for years and won't tire of them!
So, here's the roundup...
Comfy & Casual Lounge/Layering Sets:
Dresses, Tunics, Rompers:
...Or Bali Blue?
Cardigans & Vests:
(All photos taken from Free People website)
So, tell me.....What do I need? And, what can I pass on?