When you think of embroidery, your mind may immediately go to the Ukrainian-inspired dresses that have their place in the summer but don’t really translate well into other seasons. There is a different kind of embroidery, though, that can be found on any piece and in any season. Found on anything from jackets and jeans to hats and shoes, there is almost a randomness about this kind of embroidery that adds an unexpected interest to a piece of clothing, as well as a uniqueness and a sense of importance - an embroidered item just stands out.
In this age of awareness about international labor conditions, pollution and the health of the earth, many people are asking questions about fast fashion and where their clothes have been made. Though fast fashion still has a strong hold on the industry as a whole, more and more people are turning to sustainable fashion sources like high-end secondhand shops, vintage sellers and locally handmade clothing. This fact coupled with an obsession over customized goods creates the perfect climate for artisanal disciplines like embroidery to take hold.
If you do a little digging (or if you're handy with a needle and thread), you'll start seeing embroidery on everything! I searched our Roseville store and in just a day I found several lovely embroidered pieces as well as a couple of serious gems.
Are you into embroidery? If you have some pieces you’re proud of, post them on Instagram and tag us @freestyleclothingexchange for a chance to be featured on our page!
It seems that corsets are making an appearance in 2016 street style in an interesting new way.
Though it was first used as a sort of chauvinistic restrictive shapewear garment and then exclusively as a seductive boudoir staple, the corset has evolved into an empowering in-your-face ornamental accessory that speaks to boldness, strength and femininity; in essence, the corset used to be about men, but now it is all about women.
The modern corset is out in the open; more a riff on a belt than on underwear. It’s meant to be seen as a fashion accessory, not as a sex appeal statement. As far as implementing it into your outfit it is still a serious statement, though, and I tend to doubt that the corset trend will be for everyone - It seems like it might be a love it or hate it kind of thing. Can you get behind the message of the current corset, and would you work one into your wardrobe?
Here is some inspiration on how to give the trend a try!
Photo credits: vogue.com, dailymail
It’s one of the easiest fall trends to get behind, and one of the most comfortable! Making the silky silhouettes work for you can be as simple as pairing them with your current wardrobe staples, or you can go all the way and wear a full pajama set! Just be mindful of the accessories you pair with your pajama suit - try it with heels and a bold lip instead of flip flops and undone hair so that you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed!
photo credits: Who what wear, instyle, refinery29, bloglovin, vanessajackman.blogspot.au
What do you think? Are you going to give it a try in the upcoming season?
Gone is the golden age of travel - the days when high prices made air travel exclusive. It used to be that no one less affluent than the upper-middle class could afford to fly, and those who flew made an occasion of it by dressing their best. It may not be the norm any longer, but dressing up to travel will set you apart and prove your superior style - there have even been stories of airlines choosing the best dressed in coach to upgrade to first class!
Of course you’ll need to consider a certain number of comfortable and practical elements in your travel outfit, but you certainly don’t have to pair your undone hair, worn out sweats and a tiny tank with socks and flip flops to be comfortable on a plane. Here are some great ideas of elements to add to your airport looks that will mix fashion with function, keeping you comfortable and chic.
When it comes to footwear, ditch the stilettos for a day. You’ll be on your feet finding your gate, possibly rushing to catch connecting flights, and often your ankles will swell at 30,000 feet in the air, so comfort should certainly be a factor when choosing your shoes.
And don’t forget that you’ll have to remove and replace your shoes at security, so don’t choose your most intricate pair of lace-up boots, or you may miss your flight just trying to get them back on!
Some great chic options include open toed mules, pull-on boots, menswear inspired loafers, slides, or the ever-current sneaker.
Air travel puts you through a huge variety of temperatures, so layering up with easily removable elements is key to keep you climate-controlled. A chunky scarf is basically a wearable blanket, and can be bunched up to support your head and neck for a nap, spread out to cover your shoulders or lap, or just worn as an extra layer to keep your body heat in.
What could be more perfect for travel than a cargo element? A vest like this will add a current fashion piece to your look and give you an extra layer for the changing temperatures as well as enough pockets to keep everything you need at your fingertips! Win-win-win.
A crossbody is a must when you’re traveling because it’s a hands-free storage option to keep your essentials close at hand. As a bonus, a crossbody bag is perfect for your destination as well, so carrying it on the plane means it’s one less thing for you to pack.
To keep you comfortable, grab a longline knit cardigan that won’t wrinkle when you curl up in it. Choose one in a lightweight fabric so that it doesn’t add too much bulk to your outfit.
Black is a great color for travel - and for everyday wear - because it hides wrinkles, camouflages stains, slims your figure and it looks great on every skin tone. If you go for an all-black look, choose a few beautiful accessories to show off - they will really stand out against the neutral outfit.
Don’t forget your sunglasses and headphones! If your outfit is fairly casual or lacks unique pieces before you add accessories, try and use them to make a statement!
Here’s hoping you enjoy your travels, and stay chic doing it!
It may be hard to believe, but fall is right around the corner. We're into the latter part of the year, and we've got to start planning for the weather to change. It's fun to start grabbing for those characteristic cool-weather pieces in your closet, but don't stow away your summer favorites just yet! The best way to make the transition is by mixing the pieces from the current and the upcoming season, and picking the right pieces from both ends of the spectrum is the key to a successfully styled outfit.
[photo credits: fashionmagazine.com,babble.com,hustleandhalcyon.com,blog.ae,zkkoo.com,justaprettystyle.com,prismboutique.com]
Add a long sleeved element to your denim skirt ensemble and it's instantly transformed into transitional wear.
Swap your sandals for ankle boots! Just the addition of closed-toed shoes can give your outfit the feel of fall without forcing you to get too covered up.
Layering is key, but keep some skin exposed so that your pieces don't swallow your figure, and to keep that last hint of summer alive and well! I love this little hack of layering with your summer dresses to keep them fresh for fall!
Trade your denim shorts for a pair of mom jeans and your summer crop tops, tanks and tees will make the seasonal transition seamlessly.
Get out there and pair those pieces! Some other ideas for items that you can easily add to your summer outfits include opaque tights, wide-brimmed hats, blazers, scarves, vests, light jackets and all manner of knits, tunics and anything in a classic fall hue like rust, mustard yellow, olive or taupe.
Another tip - use this guide to transitional basics to help you choose the pieces you bring in to sell in the current season to FreeStyle. These are the types of pieces we are buying!
How do you mix and match your summer and fall pieces? Post your seasonal transition outfits on Instagram and tag us @freestyleclothingexchange for a chance to be featured on our page!
When you're building a back to school wardrobe, it's vital to have a few staples that can be styled with any outfit to carry you through the season. Here are a few pieces that are sure to elevate your school style!
A STATEMENT JACKET
A statement jacket like this gold quilted bomber will elevate even the most basic outfits. Wear it over a sundress, or a crop top and high waisted jeans like we've shown here. You can have a jacket like this on repeat with different looks underneath and it becomes your signature for the season!
A CUTE CAP
A cap is the perfect accessory - style it with something unexpected like a more formal outfit and your whole look will feel more dressed down and school appropriate. And then, of course, for a day when you don't feel like washing your hair, a cap is your best friend! Freshen up your ends with some dry shampoo or a quick curl, and use your cap to cover up the roots. Who doesn't want to be ready for the day in five minutes flat?!
For a look that feels very "now", sprinkle some current trends like this lace-up top into your wardrobe. You'll be able to pair them with last year's basics and breathe some new life into them!
A LEATHER BACKPACK
This year, try carrying your school essentials in a vintage or designer backpack - there's no easier way to elevate anything you're wearing than by accessorizing with real quality pieces!
Come fill out your wardrobe for the upcoming school year at FreeStyle - we have great options for each of these staples at our stores, including NEW caps and lace-up tops stocked at all locations! And don't forget, the outfits and items you see pictured here are on hold in the Featured Items of the week at the front of the Roseville Square store. Happy shopping!
Our Fall Lookbooks have hit the stores, and we are so excited about them! We curated looks from secondhand items in our stores and focused on editorial back-to-school style.
We are so proud to be a secondhand store that provides you ethical, sustainable clothing and also values the current trends in the modern fashion world. Here are the hot trends we highlighted for Fall!
Come in and grab a lookbook to see more exclusive photos and the breakdowns of each trend!
Raw, frayed edges are the big trend right now in denim. You can pay big bucks to purchase jeans that are pre-frayed, but why would you - it's one of the most therapeutic and beginner-friendly projects that you can do yourself! Here are two ways to fray your own jeans:
Method 1 - Let them out
what you need:
a pair of jeans (you could use a new pair, but old jeans you'd like to update are perfect for this)
a seam ripper (you can find these at any craft store, or even Wal-Mart)
Start by finding the hem stitching on the front side of the jeans. Rip out a few of the stitches with the seam ripper and then flip the hem over to the backside. You'll have loosened enough of the hem that you can run the seam ripper through the seam between the layers of fabric - be sure to keep the garment flat so that you can be sure you're cutting through just the thread and not the denim.
Once you've cut several stitches with the seam ripper, you'll be able to pull the fabric apart with your hands. You should be able to hand-rip it now by holding the bottom side of the hem in one hand and the folded portion of the hem in your other hand and pulling them apart. When you pull the fabric apart, you'll get about 4-5 stitches open before the thread will catch again. Keep alternating between hand-ripping and then cutting the visible thread with the seam ripper until you get all the way around the hem.
Unfold the hem to reveal the raw edge, and pull out the remaining threads. Now all you have to do is wash and iron your garment to enhance the fray and flatten out the hems, and you are done! You should have added a couple of inches to the length of your jeans once this is done. Here are the finished products - A pair of skinny jeans and a denim skirt. The skirt had way more area to cover, and the work only took me about 20 minutes!
Method 2 - Cut them off
what you need:
a pair of jeans (again, old or new... your preference)
a pair of scissors
chalk or a marker
a ruler or measuring tape (optional)
I'm only 5'2", so regular jeans never fit me right. Pretty much my only option is to wear them with heels (or hover magically) if I don't want to drag the bottom 2 inches through the mud. Obviously, I'm crazy about the cutoff trend - it gives me the option to turn any jeans into the perfect length for me without having to touch a sewing machine!
I am not a precise person, so my method of measuring includes as little work as possible. I cuff one leg to the length I'd like the pants to end up, and I mark that line with a marker or with chalk on the inside of the pants. If you'd like, you can measure the amount of fabric you'll be cutting off by starting your tape measure at the bottom of the hem and measuring up to the folded cuff.
Cut the first leg at the mark or measurement, and then fold the jeans exactly in half and cut off the second leg to match the first.
Next it's time to fray the edges. If you throw the jeans in the washing machine, the edges will start to fray naturally. If you'd rather not wait, you can get them started on your own with the sharp edge of a pair of scissors. Run the scissors flat along the cut edge in order to pull out some of the horizontal-running fibers holding the fabric together so that the vertical fibers can hang loose - this becomes your fringe. It's easier to distress denim this way if it doesn't have any stretch, but if you've got stretch denim just keep working with the scissors - the result will be the same in the end.
Here is the finished product - frayed cropped flares!
I hope you enjoy distressing your denim at home - if you need inspiration or some jeans to get you started, drop by your nearest FreeStyle!
When you think of summer, there are plenty of images that may come to your mind: beach scenes, cool drinks to sip, amusement park days, watermelons… honestly there is just way too much goodness to go into! But the image that comes to my mind when I think of summer always involves me in a gorgeous flowing embroidered number. It almost feels like a new tradition, getting to break out your embroidery in the summer. The trend was ignited by Ukranian designer Vita Kin, who began making ready-to-wear versions of the traditional tops and dresses and selling them on an international scale. She calls it “a bohemian eccentricity in a very luxe execution”. If you don’t have an embroidered piece in your closet, now is the time to get one - and wear it every day until jacket season!
You have no excuse not to - there’s an option for you in every color and at pretty much every price point, and we have pieces here in the store made by everyone from Free People to Forever 21! Stop by and find a favorite to put into your summer rotation.
Also, we have an announcement! All the clothing featured in our blog and Instagram posts from now on will be on hold in the front of the store at the Roseville Square location. We will hold them for a week after we post them, so if you like what you’re seeing, swing by and check it out! Ask at the front counter to see the featured items of the week. We can’t wait to see you!
On days when it’s all you can do to keep from melting away, it’s tempting to wear clothes to the office that you’d usually only consider wearing on the beach. It’s a struggle to put together outfits that are both summer and work appropriate, but don’t despair! Here are a few outfit ideas that will keep you looking professional on even the hottest summer days.
If you have a favorite pair of comfortable, breathable pants to wear in the summer, wear them again and again! Keep an arsenal of sleeveless tops on hand in lightweight fabrics to mix up your outfits, and no one will know you’re wearing the same bottoms on repeat.
Whether it’s a button front skirt, high waisted dark wash, or your favorite white skinnies, tailored denim is very in and it’s perfect for the office.
Joggers are big right now in any context, so why not try and incorporate them into a professional outfit? Style them with heels and a structured top to keep the ensemble work appropriate.
A shirtdress is a classic favorite that’s always professional and heat-friendly, and as a bonus: it looks great with any shoe!
Shorts are a tricky piece of clothing to wear in a professional setting, so they have to be carefully styled. Be sure to choose a pair with a long inseam and dress them up by pairing them with classic professional silhouettes and heels.
Say it with me: “AIR FLOW”. For days when you feel like putting on pants will make you die a little inside, reach for a midi skirt! It will give you more freedom of movement than a pencil skirt and will keep you looking professional and feeling fresh.
This pant/skirt hybrid is an obvious choice for a hot day. Wear them high on your waist and pair with heels for the illusion of mile-long legs!
After you’ve identified these summer-friendly silhouettes, check your tags! During the hottest part of the year, try to choose fabrics that are breathable and lightweight - the majority of widely available mass-produced clothing is made of synthetic materials that trap in sweat and will have you feeling sticky and miserable. Get clothing made of cotton or linen - the natural fibers will breathe to keep you cool.
Enjoy your workdays and your summer nights!