My Top 20!
✨ I figured it would be more valuable to create a shortlist of favorites instead of listing every single shoppable item. These are all perennial items that are generally kept in rotation by brands, though often in rotating colorways. I’ve split the items into everyday and activewear categories, but other than that they’re in no particular order.
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📏 Sizing: I’m 5’1″ and most often fit US size 8-10 clothing, 32DD bras, and 7.5 or 8 shoes.
🧼 Care: Unless otherwise noted, I machine wash cold and line dry everything for laundry.
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🌼 Yes, most of my wardrobe is from Free People. No, they don’t actively sponsor me, their style just fits my “crunchy casual/girly granola” aesthetic and I tend to like the fabrics they use.
👉 For more fun, check out the gallery of my favorite secondhand finds
01 – Free People “Get Obsessed Dress” size S – This super comfortable textured stretchy cotton dress is easy to dress up or down and has a luxuriously full skirt, gloriously giant sleeves, and side pockets. This has a deep keyhole back so I usually pair it with a cute bralette. I have this in orange, black, and taupe.
02 – Free People “Pippa Packable Puffer” jacket, size S – I have this in “coastline” (teal) and “lavender dust” (super pale purple). The dolman cut makes these great to layer over bulky tops. I like that you can fold up the sleeves to either vent yourself a bit when you’re sweaty or just for styling to let some contrasting sleeves peek out.
03 – Columbia “Popo Pack” one size – a basic belt bag in sturdy ripstop nylon. Mine’s in a 90s inspired colorway but it seems to be periodically released in different colors. I usually wear it as a sling bag on the largest width and need to put it down to the smallest width when wearing it as a belt bag. Pictured with Free People “Janice One-piece” (old season item).
04 – Free People “Ziggy Overalls” (I have them in “mineral wash” solid denim, and green railroad stripe) – Classic overalls. I find the railroad stripe fabric slightly thinner, but I have that in an M and an L so I have options for how baggy it is. The regular denim I have in M as the L was too heavy overall for my taste. Plenty of pockets and the hardware on mine seem pretty sturdy. These are pretty long, so if you’re short you will probably want to get these hemmed if you don’t want to have chunky cuffs from multiple folds.
05 – Free People “Bonfire Cardi” size M – Actually a cropped length on me! I like that this has a nice chunky cozy feel from the thick knit, but since it’s cotton I don’t get heat stroke wearing it in California. I have this in both emerald moth (pale green) and spice cake (warm brown).
06 – Samantha Pleet Illuminated Bodysuit size M – A stretch cotton mock neck bodysuit with slight puff sleeves and the coolest print inspired by the unicorn tapestry at The Met. This one dresses up and down easily.
07 – Teva women’s Terra Fi 5 sandals size 8 – Okay, so the women’s version of the Terra Fi 5s don’t seem to be currently available, but AFAIK the Terra line is perennial so it’s worth keeping an eye out! These are one of Teva’s lines that have a rubber sole with more intense tread meant for hiking, rather than the more casual foam soled styles.
08 – Free People “I’m Still Obsessed Dress” size S – The sleeveless version of the “Get Obsessed” dress. This has really deep armholes so it’s a great dress for layering. I like wearing it over a cute sports bra or bralette when it’s warm or over a mock neck or thin sweater when it’s colder. I have this in 4 colors! A muted turquoise (“aqua haze”), bright lilac (“wisteria”), rust (“petrichor”), and black.
09 – We the Free (Free People) “Perfect Tee” size M in Tea Leaves and Sweet Violet – Comfy lightweight cropped tee. It’s got some reverse seam details so you might want to skip this if you don’t like the “is your shirt inside out?” vibe, but I like the visual interest it adds. Haven’t had any issues with the raw hem unraveling and I like that it’s actually cropped on me.
10 – Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans curvy petite size 28 – These are my holy grail mom jean in terms of fit because they make the curvy line in petite sizing. They do run large, you probably want at least 2 sizes down from what you’d expect your size to be from measurements. I bought mine in “sumner wash” which seems to have been renamed “lunar wash”. It’s got more stretch than some of the other washes in this style so it’s comfortable enough I’d wear it on a flight despite the very high rise. Fabric does not bag out as easily compared to most Target/Old Navy denim.
11 – Free People “Oasis Midi Dress” size S – A lightweight cotton dress you can take a nap, do a grocery run, or attend an event in! The ruched bodice creates a very forgiving and flexible fit and the puff sleeves can be worn up or off-the-shoulder. The skirt has two layers for nice fullness and I LOVE the whimsical jingle bell detail on the front ties. I like to wear this with Converse high top sneakers or colorful sandals and a baseball cap for a casual look, or platform combat boots for a little more of a grunge vibe. I have this in black, muted turquoise, mauve, and yellow.
12 – Dr Marten’s “Leona” combat boot, US women’s size 7 – I have these in a now-discontinued color (“bone”, which I wear more frequently) as well as the classic black. I was already used to wearing the classic 1460 boots before I got these, and I found that these had no break-in period. Despite the overall height from the platform, I find these easy to walk in because the actual heel drop is short. I love that the style in general is practical enough to work in utilitarian outfits, but has enough feminine details they also vibe with dresses.
13 – Free People “Hit the Trails” fleece jacket, size XS – This runs really large, even for FP. With the XS the silhouette still gives a cute oversized look but the sleeves are not too long. The zipper option is nice for the side pockets, but I do find that they are shallow enough and angled in a way that you pretty much have to zip them if you don’t want a phone to fall out. Really warm (it’s no bargain bin fleece) but I suspect more prone to pilling/matting than fleece intended as a technical jacket. I don’t baby this, but I also don’t wear it on like, 10 mile hikes.
Hiking / Activewear / Loungewear
Weekly hiking content posted to my Instagram Stories 😊
14 – Athleta “Salutation Rib Jogger” size M petite in “minimalistic grey” (seasonal gray-turquoise colorway) – Substantial weight jogger that I like to wear for lounging, casual outfits, low impact exercise, and hikes. I’ve actually liked these more for hiking than their “trekkie north jogger” because the wide high waistband keeps them up even when there are heavy items in the pockets, whereas the trekkie jogger will sag. I like the matte finish and the ribbed texture on these for visual interest especially when everything else in an outfit has that performance fabric look.
15 – Free People “Hot Shot Onesie” (solid and print) size S – I basically live in these at home when it’s too cold for summery dresses. Perfectly comfortable for loungewear but also cute enough to pop outside in. I find that these do require a sports bra or cami but on the other hand they layer easily. The printed one seems to run slightly shorter than the solid colors, and also stays cuffed more consistently. These have been fine tumble dried on low. I have washed black, lush pine (muted cool toned green) and indigo combo (print).
16 – REI Co-op Sahara Guide Hat (seems to go in and out of stock, but I think this is perennial item) – A vvented sun hat with an adjustable neck strap, packable, and cute for a hiking item!
17 – Merrell Moab Flight trail running sneakers – These are my go-to for hikes or hilly (like I’m talking 20%+ grade sections of sidewalk) neighborhood walks! I can’t say if these are overall a top choice as I’m not familiar with the ecosystem of trail sneakers, but these run TTS and the vibram sole has been great. I was gifted a black pair by Merrell and I liked them enough that I bought an additional pair (pictured) with my own $ to have a colorful option too.
18 – Athleta Aurora Rib Crop Tank size M – A sports bra for low impact activity that’s cute and sturdy! Tends to ride up slightly into a longline bra length rather than a crop tank length, but still works with high waisted bottoms. Nice for when I don’t want to layer a top over a sports bra but don’t want to feel like I forgot a shirt (which is most of the time). Pictured with no. 15 above but I don’t have a good fit picture on me without a jacket yet.
19 – Athleta “Uptempo Hoodie Sweatshirt” (left side of photo)– This is one of my favorite tops! I wear it for hiking and lounging. I’d call it more of a really thick t-shirt fabric than a sweatshirt, although it’s very soft and breathable. Extremely sturdy (I’ve worn it the sleeves over my palms during hikes where I’m using trekking poles and they haven’t pilled at all) but the slight cowl neck and the curved split hem give it a little more of a styled feel.
20 – Patagonia “Women’s Tamangito 20L Backpack”, Tidepool Blue – A well-balanced backpack that comfortably holds a 15″ laptop and the sternum strap is handy when you’re carrying heavier items. I also like that with this print the logo is a little bit more subtle.
Bonus! Accessories I 🧡
Anything from Baggu – The HAPPIEST PRINTS! I have like 10 of their standard size nylon totes in various states of use around the house or as extra bag options in more substantial bags. Love how sturdy these are and that I can hold the standard size with my arm down and it doesn’t scrape on the ground. Their cloth masks and crew socks are also super duper cheerful!
The Woods of Wonder (Etsy) necklaces – handmade polymer clay necklaces in different woodland motifs. I love that they use less shiny chains, so the overall matte effect feels quite earthy.
Colourpop “Jelly Much” eyeshadow – I love these as a one-and-done shadow because they’re so dimensional, or as an eyeshadow base for the Colourpop “Super Shock” or any powder shadows. Considering I have monolids I have been super impressed at the staying power of these. Wearing shade “Hallucinogenius” above with “Bill” matte super shock shadow in the outer half.
Darn Tough and Smartwool Socks – Specifically, lightweight merino blend crew socks (hiking grade or lifestyle grade) from either brand. Pricey for socks, but objectively they are the best socks because they’re soft, warm, breathable, and sturdy. Will definitely last you longer than the random pair of athletic socks you got from Target.