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Drool. Although not actually Anthropologie, there is a store that’s keeping me delighted as Fall approaches. That store? Free People, who is ever more embracing a grown-up point of view that never crosses the line into dowdy or boring. Could it be that Anthro is having a midlife crisis of sorts and pretending to be younger than it is, whilst Free People continues confidently and boldly moving forward into self-assured, individual style?
Whatever the reasons, I don’t really care. All I know is that FP’s last two catalogues are getting me excited about clothing again. I’m not going to pretend like Free People is as wearable as I’d like — some of their stuff is certainly head-scratching and they purport to appeal to 18-to-28-year-olds, but a lot of their stuff is very pleasing right now and can easily be tweaked to take the boho flower child factor down a bit and make them city chic or better yet, preppy chic, my absolute favorite style. I’m putting together an outfit ideas post featuring FP to prove it.
In the meantime, let’s pore over some delightful eye candy, shall we? Starting with the Pavlo Dress ($128), above, which comes in three colors and has tights delight written all over it to me. From fabulous boots to perfect dresses, there is a whole lot to love.
Although a little crazy, how wonderful is this outfit? The Time Traveler Top ($68) shown here could easily be worn over jeans or a cute skirt for a simpler, chic look. Although part of me wishes I was brave enough to pull off this outfit as-is!
When I was a kid, embroidery was a very popular denim trend, and I’m delighted to see it back in-style as an adult. Some of the interpretations have been too juvenile for me but Free People has done an excellent job with their selections, like the Jackie Embroidered Skinny Jeans ($128), shown in white above but also available in two denim washes.
If you like the embroidered trend as much as I do, I also recommend checking out FP’s Kelly Embroidered Baby Bootcut Jeans ($128) which features two floral embroideries, the beautiful Embroidered Bird Jean ($128), the light wash Eva Embroider Flare (now $70), the Bird of Paradise Scallywag Skinnies (now $130) that are especially gorgeous in black, the lovely Farrah Embroidered Flare ($138), the ultra-cute Kate Skirt ($118) which I may need in both washes and the Knock Out Ankle Boot (now $70, because not everything embroidered needs to be jeans.
I’m so very in love with the Wanderlust Dress ($228), shown here with the Retro Moto Belt ($48). Although a little more oversized than I’d like this dress and the catalogue shot setting take me back to happy, dog-ear times of Anthro days yore. I adore it!
Below, more of my favorite looks from Free People’s latest…
and the Charlie Hi Top Converse ($60).
More August Free People favorites in the boutique below. What’s on your FP wishlist right now?