May, 2013

denim fringe shorts

Rihanna for River Island and other crimes of fashion: our weekly roundup

So, the second phase of the Rihanna for River Island collection is now available in stores and online. Most of you weren’t particularly impressed by the first drop, and we’d be pretty surprised if the latest release changed your mind, because… Skirt and top, River Island Yeah. These exist. As for WHY they exist, well, your guess is as good as ours. River Island aren’t describing them as “beach cover-ups”, however, so we have to assume they’re supposed to be worn exactly as shown. And that some people WILL try to wear them exactly as shown. Anyone else think Rihanna’s just messin’ with us here? There’s also the small matter of this: Shorts, £50 You’ll probably remember that shorts-with-attached-shirts were…

Throwback Thursday: High Tide Heels

If you use Instagram at all, you’re probably familiar with Throwback Thursday: the internet meme in which people post old photos, so they can look back and remember how cute/embarrassing they once were. Well, here at The Fashion Police we have an entire archive full of old photos of fashion crimes which many of you may not have seen, so we thought it might be fun to take part in Throwback Thursday by re-visiting some of the Fashion Crimes of the past. Like this one, for instance: This isn’t technically a crime of fashion, because these aren’t technically shoes. So, to answer the obvious questions: 1. No, they’re not real. 2. No, you can’t buy them. These ‘High Tide Heels’,…

fringe dress

Style Trial: ASOS Dip Dye Fringe Dress

ASOS dip-dye fringe dress, £45 Well, it’s certainly different and it’s definitely dramatic, we have to give it that. Is it “different” and “dramatic” in a good way, though, or in an “OMG, call The Fashion Police!” kinda way? That, Fashion Force, is the question before you today. Under normal circumstances, we’d have looked at the words “dip-dye” and “fringe” in the product description of this dress, and have instantly assumed it was a crime of fashion. We’ve never met a dip-dye item we didn’t dislike, you see, and we’re not too keen on fringes, either… especially not when they appear to be growing out of the model’s back. Still, there’s no denying that this kind of look is popular…

Style S.O.S: What to Wear for Graduation

Earlier this week, a question about what to wear for graduation dropped into our Ask.fm suggestion box. The question specifically asked about what to wear to someone else’s graduation ceremony (in this case, a sister’s), but we figured there are probably quite a few people wondering what to wear to their OWN graduation around this time of year, and the advice is similar for both graduate and family members, so we thought we’d roll it into one article and ask: What to wear for graduation? If you’re the graduate… …your graduation robes will mostly cover whatever you’re wearing underneath them. That doesn’t mean you should roll up in an adult onesie or sweatpants, however. Instead…   1. Check for a…

selection of summer dresses from Oasis

High Street Hero: Summer dresses from Oasis

It’s been a while since we last nominated a High Street Hero, and today’s nominee isn’t ONE item, but many: basically, it’s the entire collection of summer dresses from Oasis… Summer dresses are one of the more fun fashion items out there: quirky prints, bright colours and interesting shapes abound, all helping to make summer our favourite style season. Everyone else may be obsessed with Fall, but give us a fabulous summer dress and a great pair of shoes and we’ll be far happier than we ever in the coats, boots and layers which we’re forced into in the colder months of the year. Summer dresses are also one of the easiest items to actually wear. They’re basically a complete…

style dilemma

Got a style dilemma?

Got a style dilemma or a burning fashion question you need answered? Now you can submit your Fashion Police queries quickly, easily and anonymously (if you so desire) over at our ASK.fm profile. We’ll be sharing the most interesting and frequently asked questions here on the blog, so you can get some extra input and other opinions from our Style Squad, a.k.a. you, our readers. What are you waiting for? Click here to submit your question… P.S. Our profile has only been live for 24 hours, and we’ve added what we thought was a clear disclaimer to it, but already we’re getting questions about Joan Rivers and the E! Network TV show of the same name, so maybe this is…

black extreme flare pants

Gareth Pugh pants, and other crimes of fashion

Our first three style suspects in this week’s roundup all come from the same source: ASOS.com. Now, we should point out here that we LOVE ASOS. Seriously, it’s one of our favourite online shopping destinations, for lots of different reasons (Mainly the huge selection of midi dresses, though. Seriously, if you share our love of skirts that are at least a little longer than the usual butt-cheek level found from some many brands, head over to ASOS and type the word “midi” into the search function…). So, yes, we’re big ASOS fans. But this: Crochet swing dress, £60 And this: Mesh dress, £25 And finally, THIS… cape dress, £50 … all get a serious dose of side-eye from us. The…

floral print fashion

Five Fabulous Floral Prints

Love it or hate it, you just can’t escape it at this time of year: yes, we’re talking about floral print, THE ubiquitous summer print. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you wearing florals during the rest of the year too, if you wish, but the Spring/Summer season is the time when flowers are applied to everything: dresses, shoes, skirts, tops… if you can name it, it’s probably had a floral print applied to it at some point. For those who love them, florals epitomise everything that’s good about summer. Not only are they seasonally-appropriate, they’re also fresh, fun and feminine, and come in so many different colours and patterns that it’s usually easy enough to find something that’s to…

harem shorts with one leg longer than the other

Puzzling Pants: Help us solve these trouser mysteries…

Some of them are straight-up ugly, and some are just plain… strange. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the most puzzling pants Yoox.com currently has to offer: your assistance in helping us solve the mystery of why these exist and who’s actually buying them would be very much appreciated… Guess by Marciano harem shorts, £120 We’ve always said that if an item of clothing looks like a ready-made wardrobe malfunction it’s probably a crime of fashion. These shorts make the model look like she’s got some unfortunate kind of “clothing tucked into knickers” thing going on, which, apart from LOOKING bad, must just be SO uncomfortable. Wouldn’t it feel odd, walking around with one trouser leg hiked up to…

cut-out-clothes

Cut-Out Crimes: Clothes With Strange Cut-Outs

We’re not sure whether this counts as a true crime of fashion, or simply a minor clothing-related annoyance, but today we want to talk about the phenomenon that is cut-out clothes: [L-R: Miss Selfridge, Rare London, AX Paris, Cheap Monday, Nelly, Oasis] We’ve all been there. There you are, happily browsing the racks at your favourite boutique or department store. You spy a pretty looking dress, or a top in a fabulous fabric, pull it excitedly from the rail, and… … discover the strange cut-out section. If you’re lucky, the strange cut-out will only be at the tip of the shoulder, or the middle of the back: annoying, but not TOO odd looking.  In the spring/summer of 2013, though, it’s…

Closet Heroes: Skinny black pants

Thanks to all of your suggestions on our first Closet Heroes post, we now have a growing list of awesome items to feature. We’ll be doing our best to work our way through as many “hero” items as we can, but today we’re focusing on a suggestion from Fashion Police reader Spiky, which we just so happen to wholeheartedly agree with: skinny black pants. Spiky said: “I work in an office environment, and for me it’s my skinny black pants. I get the Really Skinny trousers from Gap.” It’s definitely true that these trousers can be indispensable for those who have a formal or semi-formal working environment, and need to look smart every day, but skinny black pants can be adapted…

fug shoes

Pencil skinny jeans, and other crimes of fashion

We’ve heard of  “pencil leg” jeans before, but our first style suspect gives whole new meaning to the phrase: pencil skinny jeans, $208 Yup, they’re jeans designed to look like ACTUAL pencils. And they’re $200. Oh, Nasty Gal, please don’t ever change. Just think how dull our Fridays would be without your presence in our weekly fashion crime roundup! Or how dull the WORLD would be without jeans designed to look like pencils! On a more serious note, we’re increasingly amazed by the growing number of so-called “fashion” items which look like they belong in a costume store. These would, like the adult onesies we featured a few weeks ago, make a super-easy Halloween costume, but then again, for $200…

J crew denim mini skirt

Denim Skirts: Crime or Classic?

Last week we addressed the thorny issue of double denim, and whether or not its wearing constitutes a crime of fashion. (Verdict: the jury was divided in the comments section, but our Facebook officers delivered a resounding “GUILTY” verdict.) This week, we turn our attention to another denim-related matter: denim skirts: Denim skirts: Zara Denim skirts are making a comeback this season, and we’d imagine those words will get one of two possible reactions from most of you: either… a) How can denim skirts be making a “comeback”? They’ve never gone anywhere! or b) How can denim skirts be “back” in fashion, when they were never actually IN fashion to start with? Yes, officers, this is one of those items…

vintage style midi dresses

Wanted! Pretty vintage-style midi dresses from Topshop

As our regular readers will know by now, The Fashion Police have  soft spot for midi dresses, and we’re also partial to anything that so much as hints at a vintage-inspired style. Thanks to the release of The Great Gatsby this summer, we can probably expect to see a lot more of this kind of style, and this morning Topshop took delivery of a trio of pretty midis which wouldn’t look out of place at a summer garden party way back when. Or a totally modern event in 2013, for that matter. We love…   Blue chiffon bodice skater dress, £120 Pink chiffon midi dress, £65 Lemon lace midi dress, £95

save or splurge: stripe pencil skirts

Save or Splurge: Stripe pencil skirts

We first reported on the bold stripes trend a few months ago, and now that it’s in full swing, and we’ve been seeing in black and white for the past few weeks, we’ve noticed that one particular item has started to emerge as the leader of this particular look. We refer, of course, to the stripe pencil skirt. Now, there’s no shortage of these skirts to choose from right now, and we’ll get to that in a minute. First of all we need to answer the pressing question: if you were in the market for a stripe pencil skirt, would you save or splurge? Splurge: Robert Rodriguez, £174 | Save: Oasis, £40 Possible Saving: £134 In this particular case, you…

perfume clutch

Bags of Style? Charlotte Olympia’s quirky clutch bags

All clutch bags by Charlotte Olympia Charlotte Olympia may be best known for wacky footwear (ShoeperWoman has blogged about a whole lot of them), but the brand also has an interesting line in clutch bags, ranging from the quirky to the downright cookie. The movie theme is strong in this season’s collection, and you can choose to carry around a clapperboard, a box of popcorn or an issue of Silver Screen magazine. If the movies aren’t your thing, however, you can also choose to cart your phone, lipstick and other essentials inside a giant perfume bottle or, well, a pink poodle. Everyone loves a poodle clutch, right? RIGHT? What do you think? DO you love poodles, popcorn and perfume enough…

green jersey blazer

Closet Heroes: The Jersey Blazer

A closet hero is an item of clothing which, once purchased, quickly becomes indispensable to its owner. Here at TFP, we don’t believe that there are particular items which “every woman” should own: we’re all too different to need or want exactly the same clothes. We do, however, believe that most people have their own closet heroes, and in this regular column, we’ll be sharing some of ours: and hopefully some of yours, too…. Today we’re kicking off with one of our favourite items at this time of year: the jersey blazer. All blazers: Zara Actually, we reckon there’s a convincing case to be made for ALL blazers to be considered as closet heroes, regardless of what they’re made of….