For those of you who don’t know what Francesca’s is, it’s a chain boutique. They have over 670 stores around 48 states and they sell clothing, jewelry, accessories, and little knick knacks as well. Although it is a large chain store, every store is meant to feel like a small town boutique with a unique and fun experience. I’ve worked at Francesca’s for a year now and I thought I would share some of my inside scoops on the store from an employee!
What It’s Like To Work At Francesca’s
Francesca’s is an amazing place to work if you love people. I have loved every second of working for this company over the past year. They really care about their staff and they give back to us all the time. From upper management to my main bosses in the boutiques I’ve worked in, they have all been great to me.
Now, this job isn’t as easy as working at other clothing stores (to my knowledge). We do a ton of training with how to engage and connect with all of our customers to make sure that they have an amazing experience every time they come into the store. Sometimes this is kind of weird and uncomfortable (especially for someone who can be super strange and awkward like me), but it honestly makes you a better associate and a better person as well. We are taught to be kind of pushy with getting to know you and that’s something I don’t always enjoy because I know there are lots of people out there who just don’t want to be bothered when they shop and we understand that, but we still try our best to make conversation and help you with anything you need. It’s a fine line that takes time to learn when not to cross it, but like I said, we do a ton of training to teach us about it.
Another thing I’m not a fan of is the fact that we wear the stores jewelry when we work. This is a cool idea to showcase what it looks like on and bring attention to it, but then it’s like buying a used piece of jewelry. We clean it everyday after we wear it, but it still bothers me a little knowing I wore something someone just bought.
Something a lot of people don’t believe about working at Francesca’s is most of the associates won’t lie to you ever. If you ask for their opinion on what you tried on, they’ll tell you exactly what they think (or at least I will). They also will help you figure out how to save the most money or help you find an affordable option. We are taught that our guest is 110% our priority and they need to be happy. That doesn’t mean we talk you into spending $300 on stuff you don’t want. We don’t judge you for only shopping the clearance rack or asking us how much your bill will be and then changing your mind when it’s too much. We want you to love what you got and be happy that you bought it for what you wanted to spend.
Something really cool about the store is they get new shipment in everyday so there is always new stuff coming in! This is cool for clothing, but sometimes they ship us 10 mugs that say Gangster Napper and we all look at each other like “what is happening?”
Overall, I love my job at Francesca’s and I try my best to do the best job I can while working there. I know some days I come into work and it’s hard for me to talk to people or I look like I’m half asleep, but you have to understand everyday is different and some days you just aren’t on your game, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try my best to do my job.
What Are The Best Deals?
Honestly, I get asked this a lot by people who love to shop at our store and I don’t mind telling people because I want everyone to get a good deal on the stuff they buy. Some people never shop at Francesca’s because they say its expensive, but they don’t realize that their stuff is on sale ALL THE TIME!
The best deal I’ve ever seen them do on clothing was if you bought 3 or more items, they all dropped down to $20! This is an AMAZING DEAL!! If you bought all $48 dresses, you would save over 58% on your entire purchase…. thats crazy!
The best deal overall is definitely their friends and family sale. This is where everything in the entire store is BOGO (buy one, get one) 60% off. This is especially great for what we consider “gift” items. This is things like coffee mugs, trinket dishes, wall art, box signs, random rubber dinosaurs (don’t ask me why we sell some of the stuff we sell). This stuff almost NEVER goes on sale so it’s a great time to stock up on it for little gifts to keep around or for more stuff in your room that you don’t need, but want.
Other sales that are great are when they have sales like $20 white dresses or $25 fashion tops. They change it up all the time, but these sales cover a wide range of clothing and they can bring the price down over 30% sometimes. If you’re confused about if something you like is include in the sale, just ask someone!
On top of this, jewelry is almost always BOGO 50% and clothing, jewelry, accessories, and shoes have the same deal a lot too. This is a sale that occurs a lot that’s a pretty good deal that you can usually wait around for if you have something coming up and need an outfit. Also sometimes you can include clearance items in the BOGO and save even more money so watch out for that as well!
The deals we run that you should stay away from…. obviously no sales… This is a rarity in our stores and I really hate when people come in during this time and spend money because WE HAVE SALES 95% OF THE TIME! Just wait a little bit and come back when a new sale comes around! The BOGO 40% off sale is not my favorite. I know its only a 10% difference from the other sale but, it’s the lowest sale we do and if you can wait, the BOGO 50% will come back around.
What Are Some Of My Favorite Pieces?
I have shopped at Francesca’s for many years. One of the main reasons I got a job here was because it’s my favorite clothing store. I love it so much because it really reflects my style, but it also includes so many other styles. They also have tons of outfits for anything from leggings and a t-shirt to prom dresses (only online though), but seriously they have it all.
*little side note, Francesca’s changes out their clothing all the time. Sometimes pieces can be gone in a few weeks and they never restock them so most of these pieces are unavailable for purchase, but that’s part of what I love about the store; every piece is unique and only a few people have what you have.*
This is an oldie, but such a goodie! I bought this a long time ago in hopes of one day wearing it to the Kentucky Derby…needless to say I have never done that, but I have worn it to formal events and fancy dinners (I actually wore it out to dinner when John met all my family for the first time) and I love it. I love the flower detail and how the top is separated from the bottom to give it a little added dimension. I also have on a necklace and earrings from Francesca’s that are hard to see, but I snagged them both on clearance and adore them!
Next is another “fancy” dress I got a few years back for my senior pictures that I love. It’s got a soft, chevron patterned top that is so so comfortable and then the skirt is really thick and sleek. I think its classy and elegant and this dress remains a staple piece in my closet. I added some gold and coral earrings again from Francesca’s and on clearance (clearance jewelry is where it’s at my friends).
Now this is a new favorite of mine I just got about a month ago when the store was having a $20 sleeveless top sale! I adore this top so much I can’t even explain it. It has a giant bow in the back that I’m obsessed with and it makes my boobs look phenomenal! If I stand wrong it can make me look pregnant, but its give and take right? This purse is another favorite of mine from the store. We sell some nice handbags that I think are worth the money. I own 2 large ones like this brown one and a smaller side bag and a little wristlet and I love them all. This brown one has definitely taken the most beatings of them all, but it still looks bomb and works perfect for me. These jeans aren’t from Francesca’s, but we do sell a pair that looks the exact same they’re just dark jean colored. The layered necklace is a new trend at Francesca’s. They have tons of thin, dainty necklaces that are absolutely fabulous that you should definitely check out. Also if you love chokers they are literally drowning in chokers, it’s so crazy I can’t even explain how many chokers I’ve seen since working at Francesca’s.
This is an outfit I would definitely, and probably have, worn to work. This white top was a signiture top for awhile back in the spring that we had in tons of colors and patterns and I only got it in white and I regret it so much. It’s so soft and comfy and I love that it’s a plain shirt, but it’s got a little something extra. My jeans are also from Francesca’s, but I have to say I’m not a huge fan of their jeans. Yes they are super comfy and stretchy, but they are too short for me. I’m 5’8 and I usually buy long length jeans and Francesca’s has a very small size range and no length variation in their jeans so this is the only pair I own. This necklace is kind of heavy, but I love to wear it as a pop of color with white and again… clearance baby.
This dress is made of a material called cupro. It’s so so soft and we sell tons of it! This t-shirt dress used to be another signature that we had in lots of colors and I love it because I can throw it on with some sandals and BOOM I have a whole outfit. The only downside is it hardcore shows when I sweat, which if often. These necklaces are separate, but they came as a pack of 2 and they’re my go-to plain gold necklaces that work for almost everything. This is one of the few pairs of shoes I own from Francesca’s as well. I don’t buy a lot of their shoes because we have to have shoes with backs on them for work so I can’t wear these too often and a lot of their shoes aren’t super practical to be standing in for 4+ hours at a time, but these were so darn cute I had to get them!
Francesca’s also sells a ton of comfy tees and sweaters. This is my favorite sweater to just throw on with some leggings and chill in. Its super soft inside and I bought it wayyyy too big for extra comfort. Francesca’s also has great leggings that go on sale a lot in the fall and winter, but they can be a little see through so be careful!
Finally, we have this bikini. I do also own the bottoms to this, but I didn’t wanna be in a full blown bikini because yikes… but I think this is the first year Francesca’s did swim, but I’m not sure. They did a lot of funky bathing suits, but I only got this one and I loved it so much this summer. In the summer I basically live in bikinis and I beat the crap out of them and this one held up so well. I also love that it was high neck because I burn on my chest all the time and it helps prevent that.
I need to take a moment to explain to you my full appreciation for the hat I’m wearing in this picture… This is probably my all time favorite hat and I got it on sale for $15 and I wear it non stop! It says “Bad Hair Day” on it and has a cute little aztec pattern band in the back and I just love it to death. I also mentioned it in my post about my beach day essentials because I literally don’t go anywhere without this hat.
I’m so greatful to have worked at Francesca’s for this long and all the wonderful people and experiences I’ve had there. I love the clothes, I love the job, I love everything about it and I hope you check out a store or even check them out online! I hope you love it as much as I do!