Getting to work with Free People

The Miranda Midi Dress ($148) is a fantastic work option for those in creative fields.

It’s not always easy working in an office environment when your preferred outfits lean towards the boho side. I am often challenged via email to make Anthropologie and Free People work for work — and today, it’s challenge accepted for Free People! (I recently did an Anthropologie work post here, and will do another one soon!)

Of course, nearly nothing at Free People will work for conservative office environments. I think that’s pretty much a given with their often low-cut, generously embellished and revealing leanings. However, if you’re in the artistic or creative fields, or have a loose office dress code, Free People can absolutely be worn to your office.

Take the Miranda Midi Dress ($148) above. It would be perfect for a photographer, or a designer of any kind, or someone who works in a creative office. You can easily style it with pumps or flats if tall boots aren’t your thing, and such a pretty print needs hardly any accessories.

Inside, more work ideas for the boho (and its cross-section of prep) in all of us…

For the creative girl
Let’s say you work in the publishing industry, or for a home or clothing designer, as an artist or perhaps in some role that allows lots of creative expression in your work looks. (A friend of mine who works for a huge flea market immediately comes to mind.) Work dress is as much about fun for you as it is about inspiring your day-to-day creativity.

Here are some ideas for making Free People items work-ready.

The Everlasting Love Tunic ($128) has a very cute tie-neck and buttons all the way down the front.
It would look great over leggings (these chenille ones would make for fun pattern play!)
or corduroys or tights paired with tall boots.

The Stars Dress ($128) would look perfect on someone petite, perhaps belted.

This Mara Hoffman Crepe Tie Back Dress ($268) is already in my closet and I’ll be wearing it during NYFW. 
I love the styling here with clunky black boots, though these more open suede boots get my vote.
For office wear, I’d pair this dress with a simple lightweight jacket.

The Maya Sweatshirt ($168) has an open back, so a cami is required, but over jeans or a cute skirt
(like this Anthropologie skirt perhaps?) this top could be a real eye-catcher and team inspiration!

Here’s another item I own and love. The Cross My Heart in Lace Tunic ($108)
works well over a simple slip for length, with a stone choker and tall boots.
Very easy to wear a cardigan over this dress too!

For the modern girl
City life seems to call for a uniform of black, white and grey, but that doesn’t mean your workwear has to be boring! Here are some ideas from Free People that land on the more preppy side..

Cute, modern stripes make the Falling For You Dress ($128) adorably perfect for work.
My ideal would be to pair this with tights, tall boots and a super cute hat.

I love this Midnight Tee ($58) outfit pretty much as it is, what with cute skirt and hat (maybe some brogues too),
but I also imagine it’d look great over vegan leather leggings paired with booties.

I think the Hot Child Mini Dress ($168) is a wonderful day to night option —
just throw a sweater over it for work with some killer pumps.
The Sheila Shirt Dress ($148): belt it, pair it with a blazer and wedge pumps, and off to work you go!

The Steal My Sunshine Mini Dress ($128) is chic, but it needs some help to be work-appropriate.
I’d wear this flowy blouse underneath it, add some tights, and feminine loafers.

Want more Free People? I picked out some of my favorite coats yesterday…

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