I know some of us are still rocking our pandemic loungewear sets, but others (cough — TMEI, you know who you are 😉 — cough) are decidedly over it and dying for some dressy sets. I’m a proud owner of a casual Madewell set (hoodie, shorts) and wasn’t quite sure dressy sets were for me.
6 Free People Matching Sets That Aren’t Loungewear
I was recently drawn to the wide array of Free People sets this year that looked secretly comfy and decided to give them a shot. Here’s the scoop on 6 Free People “dressy” sets…
1. The Free People Set That’s Festival Ready
Clearly mama was feeling herself in this Free People Secret Garden Set. All that’s missing are a pair of Vegan Leather Sandals and a flower crown and I’d be Coachella ready….or ready to watch Beychella again on Netflix from my couch (let’s be real). The tiered skirt is lightweight and flowy, and the crop top has trumpet sleeves and a ruffled hemline adding to the “frolicking in the fields” feel. I like it because it’s not constricting and shows just a sliver of stomach. It’s definitely a set you can dress up or down.
Fit: This set is TTS (I am wearing a large). The top is maybe a smidge loose on me (I’m a 40C, broad-shouldered) but I prefer my clothing on the looser side.
2. The Free People Set That Needed to Come with Instructions
When I tell you this Free People Aloha Set took multiple attempts to get the on top right — not a great sign. The Free People model looks cool; I look like I just had extensive surgery and left with a fancy set of bandages. The skirt is cute, the color is fab., but not for me.
Fit: When you figure out how to properly wear it, it’s TTS (I’m wearing a large).
3. The Free People Set to Channel Your Inner Angelina Jolie
This Free People Jannine Set feels a bit more forgiving except for one caveat that I’ll get to in a sec — and no, it’s not the fact that it needs to be steamed. The pull-on skirt has twist-front detailing that helps to mask any loose skin or post-baby pooch (I tend to carry my weight on my stomach because I’m short-waisted, so I appreciate this detail). The skirt also has a fabulous slit that instantly made me think of the 2012 Oscars when Angelia Jolie wore that black gown with the high slit. The Jannine Set gives great leg. My only issue is with the top. Love the cap sleeve and twist-front detail, but the neckline opening is so deep! I don’t think it’s a non-starter, but it needs a snap closure added or a very cute bralette worn underneath.
Fit: TTS (I’m wearing a large).
4. The Hilarious Fail Set
I was furious trying on this Good Vibes Set. No good vibes here. The only nice thing I can say is the shorts are soft and have pockets. The top was nonsensical, gaping holes in weird places, a front-tie that wouldn’t stay tied….and then I looked online and realized I wasn’t wearing it correctly. It should be worn with buttons down the back, BUT OF COURSE. Honestly, it is probably cute when worn properly, but I was over it.
Fit: TTS? I’m wearing a Large. Do with that what you will.
5. The Back in Black Set
This Free People Morningside Set is ready to go back…back to restaurants, back to travel, back to pre-pandemic life. It’s an easy, well-made, super-soft black set. The top and skirt have smocked waistbands and the crop top allows for a little skin to peep through. The top has an opening in the back, so again, cute bralette time!
Fit: TTS (I’m wearing a large).
6. The Free People Set That’s Actually a Thong Bodysuit
I’m not sure how I missed the memo that the Free People Emmi Florals Set is actually a bodysuit and pants, but alas. Not just a bodysuit, a thong bodysuit. Y’all, we need to stop doing this to ourselves. I’m convinced the panty line controversy is just a scheme cooked up by Big Thong to get us to buy underpants with less fabric for more money. We deserve better than floss. When I run for office one of my platforms is going to be the normalization of panty lines. You know, the important stuff affecting everyday Americans. I love the floral pattern, the pants are comfy and the top of the bodysuit is cute, but it’s also way too big (besides the thong situation). If this were a keeper, I’d exchange for a smaller size.
Fit: If between sizes, size down. I’m wearing a large and I should have purchased a medium.
Am I ready to ditch my loungewear sets in favor of dressier sets? Never. But I’m definitely not opposed to dressier sets, especially the Free People Secret Garden Set and the Free People Jannine Set. And if you’re looking for something a bit more loungey, try any of the gorgeous FP sets that Amy recently found here.
Ready, get “set”, go!