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Ask the Fashion Police: Wearing black to weddings, stockings with sandals and other frequently asked style questions

One thing we’ve noticed in the years we’ve been policing the world of fashion is that certain style dilemmas tend to come up time and time again, so we thought we’d take a few minutes to re-visit some of our most frequently asked fashion questions…

Can I wear black to a wedding?

Wearing black to a wedding is no longer the fashion faux-pas it once was, although if you’re really worried about it, you may want to set your mind at rest by asking the bride (or the maid of honour, or someone else connected to the wedding party) whether they’re likely to be offended by it. Chances are, they’re not going to care what you’re wearing, as long as you look like you’ve made a bit of an effort: and as long as you don’t look like you’re trying to upstage the bride (this is why white, cream and most related colours are out). The key to wearing black to a wedding is to make sure your black outfit has a festive feel rather than a funeral one: try using some whimsical or colourful accessories to keep things light.

You’ll find more tips on what to wear to a wedding here.

Can I wear stockings with open toe shoes?

Well, you CAN, of course: luckily The Fashion Police aren’t actually real, so no one will come and arrest you for it. Personally, we feel that sheer hose with open sandals isn’t a great look (many of those who commented on this post seemed to agree with that): sandals are designed to be worn with bare feet, and that’s the way we prefer to wear them too, although this issue is a bit of a hot potato, and you’ll find plenty of people who disagree, and feel that stockings and open shoes is perfectly fine.

Can I boil and eat my Crocs?

We actually thought it was a joke when we started getting this question a lot, but it turns out that a lot of people believe that Crocs are organic, and can therefore be boiled and eaten. While we’d rather eat them than wear them, the official line from Crocs is that no, you can’t eat them. Bummer, huh?

And here are a few of the not-so-frequently-asked questions we’ve had, which we thought we’d answer for your anyway. We’re all heart.

Can I wear Heelys to work?

First up: we REALLY want to know where this person works. We can’t really imagine many jobs in which Heelys would be appropriate wear: in fact, we can’t really imagine many situations AT ALL where Heelys are appropriate wear for adults, but of course, without knowing what your office dress code is, we can’t really give you a definite answer on that one. Oh, what the hell, we’ll give you one anyway: NO.

Can I wear a playsuit to a wedding?

Why, for the love of Gaga, would you want to wear a playsuit to a wedding? Is it a wedding between toddlers? Are YOU a toddler? Then no, you can’t wear a playsuit to a wedding. Or, OK, you probably can – it really depends on the wedding – but for the most parts, weddings require fairly formal dress, and playsuits don’t really fall into that category, do they? (Are there formal playsuits out there? Interesting.)

Can I wear high heels while working in a hospital?

If you’re working on the reception: probably. Maybe. OK, sure. If you’re a nurse, doctor, or other patient-facing person? No, no, no. Imagine us saying “no” a few more times. Did you get that? NO. No heels in the hospital. Save the sexy nurse costume for your Halloween costume. (And maybe not even then, actually.)

Anything to add?

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