Zapponian Spotlight: Francesca S. Shares Her Style Tips

Squinting our way through the bright Las Vegas sunshine, coffees in hand, Francesca Simmons sits down with me to discuss her recent style evolution. Francesca came to Zappos as a summer intern from Scripps College in Claremont, California. Almost two year later, Francesca is now a full-time employee, managing her own portfolio for the Clothing Content team. We take a seat near as much shade as we could find on the Zappos rooftop café.

Has your personal style changed much from when you first interned?

 “Oh yes. Lately I’ve been focusing on classic, timeless pieces.”

She emphasizes pieces.

“Updating my wardrobe to express a more ‘adult’ look has been a creative challenge. Now that I’m out of college, I try not to buy impulsively anymore; if I’m missing a key piece in my wardrobe, I take the time to make sure that I’ll use it more than once before making a purchase.”

What are some of your favorite pieces?

She laughs, takes a sip of coffee, then replies, “This is going to sound totally weird, but green bottoms.”

We share a chuckle as she explains, “Green, for me, is a unique neutral that can also add a pop of color to my look. Plus, I can wear green bottoms pretty much all year. Chambray shirts are another favorite. They’re so easy to layer, dress up or dress down.”

Francesca always (genuinely always) shows up to work looking stylish. Even on her “I just do not care today” days, she looks fabulous, so I was dying to know, how she styles her ensembles.

She thought about my question for a second, and then explained, “No matter what I’m wearing, I try and include at least one uniquely textured piece, or a pop of color. Lately I’ve been incorporating sequins in unexpected looks, like daywear.”

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2. Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel

3. Sanctuary Boyfriend Shirt


Is there a specific source that you use for inspiration?

We’re now getting into the weird, ambiguous world of inspiration, and Francesca smiles at me once again, before blurting out, “Mindy Kaling! I really like how she plays with prints. It’s mind-boggling how she puts her outfits together, truly.”

After returning from our bunny trail of Mindy Kaling Googling, I remember Francesca’s Rebecca Minkoff bag sitting on our table.

 “So where did you find this stunning bag?” I ask.

“That’s actually my tax bag!” she laughs, “If I happen to have a little money to throw around, like a tax refund, I like to invest in something I’ll use a lot, like a quality handbag. I spend very little on trendy items, but I don’t mind splurging for well made, classic pieces that stand the test of time.”

Francesca goes on to explain cost-per-wear, a personal policy that she tries to follow when shopping. “Preferably, the cost-per-wear I’m looking for is about $3. After all is said and done, I would like to see myself wear an item enough times that I average about $3 spent per day. That really paints a clear picture for me when I can’t decide whether or not to commit to a new purchase.”

The mid-day sun is beating down on us by the end of the interview, and as we walk back, across the rooftop café, I feel inspired to go home and pick apart my wardrobe. Maybe we don’t need to sink dollar after dollar into department stores…unique style and a smidge of creative thinking can take your look a long way without opening up your wallet.

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Fresh Picks: Jackets

Just seeing all these reports of snow throughout most of the country is making us feel rather chilly! Although our winters here in the western coast isn’t quite as drastic as our Midwest and East Coast friends, it doesn’t mean we can’t get into the bundling up trend with the best jacket trends this season.

Below is a sampling of some of our favorite women’s jackets—from refined peacoats to edgy moto jackets to oversized blazers. These styles are perfect for the rest of the winter days and transition well into spring!women's jackets, blank NYC, Blank Denim, Jack by BB Dakota, BB Dakota, Sanctuary Clothing, BB Dakota, Sam Edelman, moto jackets, peacoats, blazers,

1. Sanctuary Snug Blanket

2. Jack by BB Dakota Melton Jacket

3. BB Dakota Merlyn Jacket

4. Blank NYC Natural Vegan Leather Jacket

5. Sam Edelman Wide Collar Packable Jacket

6. BB Dakota Meryl Jacket

7. Levi’s® Washed Cotton Four-Pocket Fashion Field Jacket

8. Sam Edelman Crackle Moto Jacket

9. Free People Casual Friday Blazer


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Fresh Picks: Black & White

Life is full of grey areas. Who pays on a blind date? Are socks with sandals ever acceptable? But when it comes to one of the season’s most striking trends, it’s all about the definitive black and white. These two polar opposites have always made quite the incredible duo, and this season, this trend is certainly making everyone take notice.

From the popular black and white striped top to a mod-inpsired black and white dress, there are plenty of fresh ways to play with this timeless color combo.

Below are just some of our recent favorites:

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1. Jack by BB Dakota Clarence Stripe Solid Ponte Dress

2. MINKPINK Be Scene Dress

3. Sam Edelman Pleated Dress

4. kensie Blurry Stripe Dress

5. BCBGeneration Wizard Heeled Oxfords

6. BCBGeneration The Stuck On You Clutch

7. Sanctuary Ace Utility Pant

8. French Connection Romeo Knits Top

9. kensie Stamped Stilettos Top

10. Jessica Simpson Brynn Pumps


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Fresh Picks: Fall Plaids

There are few classic patterns that seem to just keep getting better with time. One of those eternally cool patterns is plaid. This fall favorite is popping up all over the place, from shirt dresses to leggings.

Below is a sampling of some of our favorite plaid pieces:

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1. Sanctuary Plaid Baseball Top

2. Free People “Catch Up With Me” Top

3. Sam Edelman Plaid Button-Down Top

4. Free People Modern Victorian Plaid Jacket

5. Herschel Supply Co. “Parker” in Grey Plaid

6. Sanctuary “Nevermind” Tunic Dress

7. Dirty Laundry “Ravenous” Rain Boot

8. BCBGeneration Plaid Maxi Skirt

9. Sanctuary Plaid Grease Legging

10. Brigitte Bailey “Cora” Plaid Pencil Skirt

11. Sam Edelman Plaid Pant


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Fresh Picks: Autumnal Green

There are a lot of things to love about the color green. For one, it’s the color of cash. It reminds us of trees and grass. And for fall, the darker spectrum of green adds a certain level of richness and sophistication to your wardrobe. 

Below are a few of our favorite autumn-inspired green pieces:

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1. French Connection “Whisper Ruth” Dress in Pine

2. Brigitte Bailey “Demri” Dress in Cypress

3.  Lucky Brand “Karma” Tote in Hunter

4. Free People “Gatsby” Top in Evergreen

5. Brigitte Bailey Modal Pullover Sweater in Loden

6. French Connection “Polly Plains” Top in Pine

7. Sanctuary “Civilian” Jean in Fatigue

8. French Connection “Valentine” Pencil Skirt in Pine

9. Levi’s® Juniors Boyfriend Chinos in Destructed Army Green


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On Our Favorites: White Hot & Sporty

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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Sanctuary Mesh Crew Tee- This sporty remix of the classic white tee is every bit as versatile!

DV by Dolce Vita “Zippy” Sandals- Part gladiator, part mini platform sandal, 100% stunning!

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Fresh Picked: Beach House Vibes

You don’t need to spend your summers in the Hamptons or on a yacht to rock that effortlessly chic beach house look! Hit the nearest boardwalk or pier in these nautically-inclined pieces that make us all wish for an endless summer.

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1. Townsen “Captain” Top

2. Wildfox Reversible Beach Bag

3. Vix Sofia “Naya” Chemise Cover Up Dress

4. Alternative Apparel Pop Slub “Mulholland” Top

5. Betsey Johnson Vintage Terry Wrap

6. Soludos Classic Woven Sandal

7. Sanctuary Beach Sweater

8. Free People “Nickel and Dimes” Pullover Sweater

9. Sanctuary New Beach Comber Pant


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Fresh Picks: Pattern Play

Prints & patterns are such a great way to set a focal point for your entire look. Whether you go bold with bright, in-your-face prints or more subtle like a toned-down floral, they’re a great way to add in some personality to an outfit.

Below are a few of our favorite prints to play with this summer:

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1. French Connection “Holiday Poppy” Silk Dress

2. Sam Edeman “Adora” Slides in Olive Camo

3. Herschel Supply Co. “Little America” Backpack in Black Floral

4. KAS New York “Anthovia” High Low Dress

5. kensie Streaked Spots Dress

6. Chaser “Neon Lips” Tee

7. Sanctuary “Island” Maxi Dress

8. Foley & Corinna Plated Mini Crossbody in Island Watersnake

9. Maaji “Spearmint Boho” Cover-Up Pant