Maven Style: Free People Writer's Round

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Local singer/songwriter, Tiffany Thompson, asked me to help style her for an in-store writer's round at Free People, on a toasty Sunday afternoon in Clarendon, VA. Alongside local singer/songwriter, Amanda Lee, and my good friend and photographer, Erica Baker, we perused through the racks and shelves searching for the right looks.

Understanding her preference for darker colors; nice fitting tops - nothing too tight or super loose; and a fun/sophisticated touch like a great belt or leather crop jacket- I went to work. In the colorful boho-themed fitting rooms, she tried on 10 looks during a break in her music set.

Taking into account functionality (versatile enough to allow movement) and aesthetic, I challenged Tiffany's normal go-to look. Fortunately, she was game and chose a contrasting duo of cream denim with rose red floral details with a black, sleeveless lace top layered over a black bandeau. A little self conscious at first, she walked back out, and finished the show barefoot with gusto. Wearing this look for a show or a night out on the town, you could finish it with red strappy heels, silver grey strappy stillettos or black/nude tone wedges. Some great arm swag, rings, and a subtle smoky eye - you're all set.

Free People appeals to the woman in her mid-20's and evokes images of "femininity, courage, and spirit." Perfect for "a girl who likes to keep busy and push life to its limits, with traveling and hanging out and everything in between." in a nutshell. Beautiful afternoon. Fun clothes. Awesome music. Many thanks to Free People Clarendon for hosting us! (Photos by Erica Baker)