Ask the Fashion Police

Ask TFP | Why are you so pale?

For this edition of Ask The Fashion Police, we’re once again delving into our search referrers to answer the questions people ask Google about fashion and style. We’re also delving into the kinda, sorta-related world of social etiquette, which is awesome, because we could talk about etiquette aaaalll day, seriously. So let’s dive right in, shall we? Here are some of the burning questions on our reader’s minds lately…

is it rude to ask people why they're pale?

 

Is it rude to ask why people are pale?

Yes, it’s rude to ask someone why they’re pale: their skin colour is none of your business, and it’s not something they have any control over, either (unless, for some reason, they’re wearing pure white foundation, in which case we’d be curious too…). Instead of asking them why they’re pale, try asking yourself why it bothers you. You wouldn’t ask someone why their skin was dark (At least, we hope you wouldn’t), so don’t ask people to justify their pale skin, either: regardless of the intent behind the question, you’re likely to make the person feel uncomfortable, and that’s ALWAYS rude.

For more of our thoughts on people who want pale people to tan, go here.

Is it a fashion crime to wear knee high boots in summer in the UK?

Not if the weather makes knee-high boots the most appropriate thing to wear: and let’s face it, with the type of “summers” we tend to get here in the UK, they very often are. Increasingly these days, so-called “seasonal” dressing is starting to become a thing of the past. Our cold, wet summers, combined with the occasional unseasonably warm March or September means that it’s no longer unusual to see people wearing boots, or even coats, during the months when we’d normally expect to be in sun-dresses or shorts. Our rule of thumb is to dress for the weather you have, not the weather you think you SHOULD have. Context is everything. Yes, you’ll look pretty silly in knee-high boots at the beach, on a boiling hot day, but on a chilly day in July, they might seem perfectly appropriate.

Is it weird to repeat outfits in college?

No, it’s not in the least bit weird to repeat outfits: in college, or anywhere else. It’s just what people do in real life. If anything, it’s even LESS weird in college, because, well, you’re in college. You’re probably broke. No one expects you to be wearing a different outfit every day, so as long as your clothes are clean, and not falling apart, repeat away.

Can I wear a midi dress if I have a big stomach?

Yes you can: “midi” refers to the length of the dress, and length has no bearing whatsoever on the size of your stomach. If you want to draw attention away from your stomach, though, you can always try a skater-style midi, which will disguise the stomach more than a bodycon one: although, honestly, if you feel confident, there’s really nothing stopping you wearing any shape you like.

For more advice on how to wear midi dresses, go here.

Why are celebrities shoes always too big?

It’s because they’re not actually THEIR shoes. Many, if not most, of the clothes and shoes you see on the red carpet are borrowed: they’re sent to the celebrity by a representative of the designer who made them, so the celebrity will wear them to an event, and thus give the designer some publicity. Quite often, the shoes which are sent to celebrities are samples, and they’re sent in whichever size is available, which may well be too big, or too small. This is unfortunate, because it makes the celebrity look like they bought the wrong size of shoe, when actually they just borrowed them, and will be sending them back in the morning. Honestly, if we had to walk the red carpet, we think we’d rather wear our own, cheap shoes which fit us, than borrowed designer ones we could’t walk in, but each to their own.

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