June, 2013

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Beautiful Bikinis | Swimwear Roundup Part 2

Earlier this week we took a look at some of our favourite one-piece swimsuits, so today we’re redressing the balance by focusing on some beautiful bikinis. Although bikinis can be a little daunting if you’re not totally comfortable about bearing all on the beach, they remain a summer classic, and luckily there are enough different shapes and styles to suit just about everyone. Here are some bikinis we’re currently loving the look of… Gallery: Beautiful bikinis

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Style SOS: Which shoes to wear with skinny jeans?

The post ‘What shoes to wear with skinny jeans‘ has been moved to our sister site, ShoeperWoman.com – please click here to read it! All shoes: Shopbop No one likes the “cankles” effect, and wearing shoes designed to chop the leg in half at the ankle are a really easy way to create cankles where they don’t exist. This becomes even more of an issue with jeans which hug the ankles anyway, which is why so many people have trouble working out which shoes will look good with skinny jeans, and which ones will create the dreaded “golf club” effect. ShoeperWoman helps solve that dilemma with some skinny jeans styling suggestions. If you’re looking for some posts to read here…

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Wanted! Retro-inspired style from Eucalyptus London

Love retro-inspired fashion? Well, you’re probably going to love our latest find, Eucalyptus London. And you’re probably going to hate us for introducing you to them only to reveal that, although they do have their own website, it doesn’t offer online shopping. Boo! Worry not, though: the brand is stocked by a variety of larger retailers, including Modcloth in the US and Atom Retro in the UK, as well as at a variety of other stores and sites, a full list of which can be found at the Eucalyptus website. And with that out of the way, here are some of our favourite pieces from the summer collection… Retro-inspired style… Amy dress, £78 Carla dress, £75 Regina dress, £84 Marina…

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Wonderful one pieces | swimwear roundup

One pieces from M&S and House of Fraser One pieces used to be considered the frumpy older sisters of the sexier, more stylish bikini, but these days one pieces have come into their own, and are once again starting to be seen as a glamorous alternative to the bikini, rather than the last-ditch option for those who aren’t quite brave enough to bare all. Far from being “frumpy”, one pieces can be hugely flattering on just about any figure. The right one piece will hold you in, create curves even if you don’t have any, and allow you to actually go for a swim without worrying about something falling out of your bikini. Oh, and you won’t have to worry…

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High heels are painful, and other common misconceptions about fashion

People say the strangest things. And when it comes to the wonderful world of fashion, sometimes people say things that just aren’t true: or not ALL the time, anyway. We think it’s time to set the record straight on certain matters, so here are some common misconceptions about fashion, and our responses to them… High heels are painful, and no one can actually walk in them For people who don’t wear heels, it’s almost impossible to understand how on EARTH anyone can walk in them. As far as these people are concerned, high heels are just torture devices, and anyone who claims to find them comfortable is outright lying. “I don’t believe she wore those all day,” they say. “She…

Five fashion things you don’t need to worry about

If you read a lot of fashion magazines or blogs, it can be easy to get swept up in some of the trends and ideas they promote: the “fashion things”, as we call them. It’s most often a subconscious thing: we know you’re all far too smart to be sitting there thinking, “Oh, look, this was in a magazine: I better do it!” but sometimes these things creep up on you, and before you know it, you’re thinking you’re the only person alive who doesn’t go out bare-legged in the snow, or take the time to co-ordinate your manicure with your outfit every day, and that this must be the normal, totally unremarkable way to live and dress. Well, get…

Wanted Wednesday: Pretty in Pink (and white)

For today’s Wanted Wednesday we rounded up some pale pink items for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, as the case may be), but then we had to go and ruin it all with something that ISN’T pink: Temperley London silk-organza dress, £1,250 Well, it’s SORT of pink. In a certain light. If you kinda half-close your eyes and squint a bit. It’s also a total fantasy-buy, at £1,250, so let’s quickly move onto something that’s both pink AND slightly more affordable: Topshop ‘Gwenda’ pointed court shoes, £58 We’re big fans of Topshop’s ‘Gwenda’ courts, which are available in a wide range of colours, including this pretty baby pink. This is basically the perfect court shoe shape, with a low vamp…

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Summer Style Crimes to Avoid

Summer is a great time for fashion. Without the need to worry about having to stay warm by layering up in coats, tights and anything else you can throw over that that cute outfit to beat the chill, it can be a great time to experiment with summer style and have fun with fashion. The more relaxed atmosphere and less formal dress styles of summer, however, can also make it that bit easier to commit a style crime without realising. Here are some common summer style crimes, and how to avoid them… 1. Letting it all hang out When it’s hot and humid out, it’s tempting to wear as little as possible in a bid to keep cool. We understand….

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Trend Trial: Boiler Suits

“The boiler suit trend”: now THERE are some words we hoped never to have to write. It’s happened, though. Boiler suits are being deemed a “hot trend” for the summer, which means we find ourselves in the expected position of having to ask you… Boiler suits, ASOS Before we looked at these images, we’d automatically have dismissed boiler suits, not as a crime of fashion, necessarily, but as something we would never want to wear. (Unless we were actually, you know, boiling…) After looking at the images, however… we’re STILL dismissing them as something we’d never, ever want to wear. Especially the denim version, which is just too ‘Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ for words. You are not us, though, and for…

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Cut Out Skirt Crimes: Murmur Neoprene Cut-Out Skirt

We only have one crime of fashion for you this week, but we think you’ll agree, it’s a doozy: Neoprene skirt, £412 This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this kind of crime, and we’re sure it won’t be the last time. What we want to know is where you’d want to wear it, and what with. We normally see pencil skirts, as fairly formal, office-type attire, you see, but we can’t think of many offices where a skirt with suspenders wouldn’t get you dragged in for a little chat about the dress code, so perhaps the full body shot will give us some clues to this one: Well, that certainly answers the “what would you wear with it” question,…

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Trend Trial: PVC Shoes

For many people, PVC shoes are an automatic crime of fashion, no questions asked. Do not pass ‘Go’, do not collect $200, just proceed directly to The Fashion Police jail, and take your stripper heels with you, thanks all the same. In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, but for many people, the words “PVC” and “shoes” in the same sentence will instantly conjure up images of something like this: ABS by Allen Schwartz wedge sandals, £89 / Christian Louboutin high heel sandals, £960 / Valentino leather shoes, £575 / Alexander Wang clear shoes, £630 / Christian Louboutin high-heel shoes, £510 / Christian Louboutin leather shoes, £400 Which we think most of you will agree, is most definitely a crime of fashion….

Wednesday Wants: TFP’s Favourite Fashion, every Wednesday

Wednesday Wants: a random selection of things we want. On Wednesday. Simple. Here are some of the things that caught our eyes this week… ASOS Pencil Dress In Summer Rose Jacquard, £65 This dress is from the ASOS Collection line, which we’ve been loving this season: the pieces are a little higher quality (and therefore have a correspondingly higher price tag) than you may be used to seeing from ASOS, and there are some really stunning items to be found there. We featured the floral jacquard pencil dress from this line a couple of months ago, and can confirm that it’s even more beautiful in real life than it looked in the photos, and the kind of dress we wouldn’t have…


Closet Heroes: Leggings

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…. Leggings: ASOS If you’d told us a few years ago that we’d one day be describing leggings – LEGGINGS – as a “closet hero”, we’d probably have laughed in your face. Actually, though, we weren’t the least bit surprised when they came up in the list of suggestions…

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Why are there so few opportunities to get dressed up?

From our ASK.fm inbox comes this question from someone who shares our love of getting “dressed up”: This isn’t so much a question-and-answer as it is an opportunity for us to indulge in a quick rant on one of our favourite subjects, namely the phenomenon we’ve dubbed The Cult of the Casual. In very simple terms, people today are pretty obsessed with the idea of being “comfy” at all costs: even if it means going to the supermarket in their pyjamas or dressing like a giant bunny rabbit to relax in front of the TV. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be comfortable: in fact, we’d argue that it’s impossible to be truly stylish unless you feel totally…

transparent dress with bikini

Sheer dresses and other puzzling crimes of fashion

We’re not sure whether it’s the better weather, or simply better behaviour in the fashion world, but when we sat down to put together this week’s roundup of Fashion Crimes, we were pleasantly surprised to find that there wasn’t really much we needed to arrest. Move along folks, nothing to see here… Well, actually, that’s not quite true. There’s actually quite a lot to see on this model: “dress”, $65 We’ve always wondered what the purpose of “dresses” that are completely transparent is, and how people are expected to wear them, so we were pleased to see that Karmaloop had cleared that little mystery up for is in the product description of this piece: “This complete netted dress will pair…

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Trend Trial: Barely There Sandals

Barely-there sandals have been one of the biggest shoe trends of the summer so far, and although this style isn’t actually a new one (Jennifer Aniston has always loved them, for instance, and so did Carrie Bradshaw…), it’s certainly seeing an increase in popularity at the moment, and you know what that means, don’t you? Yup, it’s time for a Trend Trial… Trend Trial: Barely There Sandals So, what exactly ARE barely there sandals? Well, the clue is is in the question there – as if there wasn’t enough of a clue in the image. These are exactly what they sound like: shoes designed to be almost invisible on the feet – they’re there, but they’re barely there. Capiche? Most…

Primark online shopping

Primark online shopping now available at ASOS

Whether you love Primark for the easy access it provides to cheap, fast fashion, or hate it for the very same reasons (The chain’s connection to the Bangladesh factory which collapsed earlier this year has led many shoppers to boycott the brand), as it’s the last of the major high street chains to develop an online presence, we thought it was worth noting the fact that you can now buy a selection of Primark clothing at ASOS.com. Primark fans have long bemoaned the lack of an online store to shop from. Until this week, if you wanted to browse the  brand’s wears, your only option was to travel to the nearest store (Difficult if you don’t live in/near the major…

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Style SOS: How to wear pastel shoes

From our ASK.fm question box: Pastels, as we’re sure we don’t need to tell you, are as ubiquitous in Spring/Summer as florals are, and pastel shoes have been a trend for the past couple of years, with mint, lemon and baby blue footwear particularly in evidence. While pastel shoes LOOK cute, summery and easy to wear, however, they can actually be rather tricky to style. Those soft pastel shades may look pretty on the screen, but once you put them on your feet those light colours can look much brighter than you might have expected to. They’re colours that draw the eye right to them, which means they can make your feet look larger than they really are, while overwhelming…