September, 2013

Roundup | Heart-print on the high-street

Heart-print dress: £8, Primark Thanks largely to Burberry Prorsum, whose autumn/winter collection this year included a whole lotta hearts, heart-print is BIG right now. We’re pretty happy about this, we must admit: hear-print is basically the slightly cuter cousin of the polka dot – it’s fun, it’s sweet, and it comes in so many different forms that it would probably be difficult not to find at least something we liked. On the flip-side, this print is super-sweet and super-girlie,and for some people it’ll be SO sweet it’ll give them a toothache just to look at it. Keep it small, and stick it on a classic, button-down shirt and it won’t be too hard to wear, but put large hearts on…

Bettie Page dress

Dress of the Day | Bettie Page Big Bow Pencil Dress

Bettie Page Big Bow Pencil Dress, $142 It’s no secret that The Fashion Police love Bettie Page. In fact, we rarely see a BP dress we don’t instantly want to snap up, take home, and cherish forever. Or something like that, anyway. Some dresses, however, are even more irresistible than others, and the Big Bow pencil dress is one of those dresses. This is a retro-style dress that’s simple and classy enough to not look costumey, and which won’t look totally out of place in a contemporary setting. The “big bow” of the name is the stand-out feature here, but the pencil dress it’s attached to is also beautifully tailored, and we love the little buttons at the back of…

Fashion Crime Friday | House of Holland Maribou Sweat Skirt and Other Crimes of Fashion

As another working week draws to a close, we invite you to pour yourself a coffee, grab yourself a donut, and cast a quick eye over the following Style Suspects. These items are all suspected of committing crimes of fashion: but which items are innocent, and which are guilty? Let’s find out… Suspect #1 : House of Holland Maribou Sweat Skirt, £120 This is one of those occasions when our job as Fashion Police is made even easier by the fact that we can tell the suspect is guilty just by reading the product description. Seriously: maribou sweat skirt? That sounds like a skirt made out of a sweatshirt – maybe with some maribou trim, perhaps! – and yup, that’s exactly…

High Street Halloween Costumes | Flapper Girl Costume

Our High Street Halloween series focuses on helping you create Halloween costumes using clothes you can buy on the high street – and which you’ll have a much better chance of wearing again than you would with a store-bought costume. Today’s post is about that costume party classic, the Flapper Girl costume. Flapper wig | headband |dress | cigarette holder | necklace How to find  a Flapper Girl Costume on the High Street Ah, the flapper girl costume! It’s an all-time favourite for women who want to look glamorous rather than scary, and it’s a really easy costume to put together, too. Of course, you’ll find no end of flapper girl costumes in fancy dress stores, but why spend your money on a costume…

Dress of the Day | Emilia Wickstead Paloma Swarovski faux pearl-embellished jacquard dress

Emilia Wickstead ‘Paloma’ dress, $4,130 This is one of those cases where, as soon as we laid eyes on the dress in question, we knew it was going to be an expensive one. You don’t need to be a Fashion Police detective to know that, obviously: you just need to see the word “Swarovski” in the product description. Despite that small – or rather, large – fact, we also knew as soon as we laid eyes on this dress that it would very quickly sell out. There’s always someone willing to spend a small fortune on a dress like this, and at the time of writing, two of the four available sizes are already gone. We’re guessing Net-a-Porter probably has…

Mom jeans go two-tone at Topshop

Well, looks like Topshop are still trying to make “mom” jeans happen: [Get them here] (Disclaimer: last time we talked about “mom” jeans, some ACTUAL moms got offended and thought we were trying to imply they didn’t know how to dress themselves. There was a lot of “I’m a mom, and I would NEVER wear these: YOU SUCK FOR SAYING THAT, Fashion Police!” Just for the avoidance of doubt, let the record show that “mom jeans” is a term used to describe a particular style of jeans: ones with a high waist, a tapered leg, and often in some kind of dated wash, like acid wash, for instance. No moms were harmed in the making of these jeans, we promise!)…

Review | La Redoute X Courrèges A-Line Dress

We were really impressed by the look of the recent La Redoute X Courrèges line so when a 30% off discount code dropped into our inbox last week (Use code 8245), we decided now would be a good time to put that iconic 60s-style mini dress to the test. Here’s how we got on: SUSPECT: La Redoute x Courreges 60s style A-line mini dress PRICE: £119 (TAke 30% off with code 8245) OFFICER’S COMMENTS: I loved this dress from the moment I laid eyes on it: it’s an iconic, Courreges design, in that classic 60s shape, with a high neck and A-line shape. It’s totally different from my usual style, but I decided to take the plunge anyway, and ordered it in…

Betty Draper Halloween Costumes

High Street Halloween Costumes | Betty Draper fancy dress

We don’t know about you, but when it comes to Halloween costumes, we’re just not down with the idea of spending lots of money on something we’re only ever going to wear once. After all, why spend your money on custom made Halloween costumes when you can spend the SAME money on ACTUAL clothes which you can wear for Halloween… but then keep on wearing for other stuff too. In this series, we provide some ideas for Halloween costumes using clothes you can find on the high street, and then keep right on wearing after the party. In other words, these are the Halloween costumes that are really just an excuse to go shopping: as if you need one. We’re…

Crime of Fashion? Gareth Pugh raised neck dress

Gareth Pugh dress, $2670 We couldn’t decide whether this dress was more amusing from the front or from the back, so we’re submitting both photos into evidence and letting you decide for yourselves. Now, don’t get us wrong, we like a high neck on a dress. Or a coat. Or a sweater. Or anything with a neck, basically. The clue to making this work, however, lies in the word “neck”. You have to be able to see, not just the neck of the dress/coat/sweater/whatever, but the neck of the person wearing it. It has to be seen to exist. If the neck of the dress is so high that it makes the wearer look, well, NECKLESS, then Fashion Police, we…

APB | Flash Sale at Tara Starlet

Would all officers please copy… One of our favourite retro-inspired labels, Tara Starlet, is currently offering 40% off all full-priced items, in a flash sale which is set to end at midnight tonight. We love Tara Starlet for their 40s and 50s style pieces, most of which translate easily to a more contemporary setting too – i.e., you don’t have to worry about looking like you’re in costume when you wear them. This discount brings some of the higher-priced pieces down a slightly more affordable price-point, and although much of the stock available at the moment has a distinctly spring/summer flavour, we’re sure we don’t need to tell you that buying out-of-season is a great way to grab a bargain,…

Trend Trial | Windowpane check

Windowpane check dress: French Connection We’ve already spoken about tartan/plaid as a trend for autumn (again), but it’s not the only checked print to be popping up this season: we’re also going to be seeing a lot of windowpane check, which, according to the internets is: [a pattern] of very wide checks, often in white or other light colors on top of a darker background. The name comes from the fact that the pattern does indeed look like a series of windowpanes So, exactly what it sounds like, in other words. Most of the windowpane check we’re seeing right now is of the “black on white/cream” variety, which we like, purely because it’s nice to see some lighter colours being…

Style Trial | Three Floor scalloped dress

Three Floor scalloped dress, £128 ASOS describe this item as a “fancy dress”, and while we guess that’s technically true – well, it IS pretty fancy – it also totally had us thinking it was supposed to LITERALLY be fancy dress. As in, “a Halloween costume”. Maybe a cartoon dinosaur of some kind, say? As it turns out, however, this isn’t a costume, and it’s not a dinosaur suit either (although if you want to wear it as one, we promise not to tell.) Actually, it’s a dress designed by London label Three Floor, who, ASOS inform us, are “inspired by the effortless style of fashion insiders, from models to bloggers.” So now you know, folks: IT’S THE BLOGGER’S FAULT….

Crimes of Fashion | Roundup

We’ll get straight to the point: we’ve never been fans of the use of harnesses in fashion (harnesses are for horses, not humans. Or that’s our motto, anyway…), but a HARNESS HAT surely has to be one of the most pointless items ever: [Buy it] It’s a hat, and yet it performs none of the usual functions a hat should perform: it won’t keep your head warm, shade your eyes from the sun, hide your hair on a bad hair day… It just… exists. And OK, sure, there are lots of accessories which have no ACTUAL function: necklaces, for instance. Or brooches. Their purpose is purely aesthetic, their only job to look good. Does this harness hat look good, thus…

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Dress of the Day | ‘Renesmee’ black lace prom dress

‘Renesmee’ black lace prom dress, £59 OK, so before we go any further with this one, we’re all going to have to somehow find a way to get past the fact that this dress is named after the baby in Twilight. Unless, of course, there’s some other ‘Renesmee’ out there who’s well-enough known to have a dress named after her, and… we doubt it somehow. Why is this dress named after a character from a vampire novel? Well, it does have a vaguely gothic feel to it, thanks to the scalloped lace and black fabric. We can’t say that “vampire baby” was the FIRST thing that came to mind when we found it, true, but if you’re looking for something…

My Little Pony t-shirt

Andrea Crews attempts to make My Little Pony fashionable

(There’s more where these came from…) This week, the Dress Like a Toddler Trend looks set to claim yet more victims, as these Andrea Crews x My Little Pony sweaters go on sale at Colette. Now, we have to be honest: our My Little Pony-mad (Applejack was our favourite, we seem to recall) six-year-old selves would’ve absolutely LOVED these sweaters. Seriously. Unfortunately, though, our six-year-old selves wouldn’t have been able to make our pocket money stretch to the $300+ each one of them costs, and even if we could have, we’d have found ourselves drowning in them, because these sweaters are designed for adults. Rich adults, presumably. So, what do you reckon? Does your My Little Pony collection still line…

Usolved Mysteries | Finger Gloves

So, we’re all familiar with the concept of fingerless gloves, yes? They’re exactly what they sound like – gloves without fingers – and they’re designed to be worn by: a) 80s Madonna b) People with cold hands who need to be able to use their fingers: to type in a freezing office, say, or to perform some kind of manual, outdoor task on a very cold day. Fingerless gloves aren’t a mystery. They’re not exactly STYLISH, sure, but they fall into that category of “things that don’t really need to be stylish, because they have a purely practical use, and as long as they fulfil that use, who cares what they look like?” That’s fingerLESS gloves, though. Today, we’re here…

Three Fashion Fails

Happy Monday, trainee Fashion Police Officers! Let’s start the week the way we intend to go on: by apprehending some serious fashion crimes, starting off with this one by BCBGMaxAzria: (Buy here) It’s $448. Isn’t that a little bit much for a Halloween costume? And hey, isn’t it still September, anyway? It was last time we checked, so unless we’ve somehow managed to sleep right through the remainder of the month, plus the entirety of October… oh God, that’s totally what’s happened, isn’t it? The Wicked Witch pictured above must have cast some terrible spell, and sent us to sleep so she could go about her business, wearing this leg-window dress with its sheer, pleated panels. We knew we shouldn’t…

Dress of the Day | Lanvin techno silk butterfly jacquard dress

Lanvin butterfly jacquard dress, £3515 Ignore the distracting pose from the model. (To be fair, WE’D probably want to twirl in this dress too, so we can’t really blame her…) And the even MORE distracting price tag. Also ignore the tacky gold necklace. And, OK, the shoes. In fact, let’s make this easy: just ignore EVERYTHING except the dress. The beautiful, full-skirted jacquard dress (Yes, we’re liking jacquard at the moment. We’d promise to try to find a dress that ISN’T jacquard for our next Dress of the Day selection, but let’s face it: we probably won’t.) with its bold, black-and-white floral design, and its perfectly-fitted bodice. It’s expensive, but at least it LOOKS it, unlike some dresses we could…

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Dress of the Day |Warehouse zip-waist jacquard dress

Warehouse gold jacquard mini dress, £60 This dress fails the “fingertip test” for shortness*: if you look at the model’s hands, you’ll see the skirt doesn’t quite reach the end of her fingertips – quelle horreur!  Now, we wouldn’t normally go for something quite that short (Although, to be fair, the model IS 5’10”, so it probably wouldn’t be quite that short on everyone), but on this dress, we think the length totally works. Our basic rule with short skirts is that they need to be worn with a high neck, and a shape that isn’t too tight. This 60s-inspired shift dress fits the bill in both of those respects: it’s not loose, but it’s not skin-tight either, and the…

Neoprene / scuba: fashion’s new favourite fabric

Neoprene: you’re probably more used to seeing it on wetsuits than on regular suits – which is why it’s often referred to as “scuba” on the pages of fashion websites. Over the past few seasons, though, neoprene has gone mainstream, and can currently be found on skirts, dresses, blazers and pants just about everywhere. It’s not “new” in the strict sense of the word, of course: there are plenty of examples of designers using neoprene fabric in the past, but there’s definitely a lot more of it around right now, much to our joy. And what’s so great about neoprene – or scuba, if you prefer? Well… Neoprene/scuba skater skirts from River Island 1. Neoprene is hard-wearing There’s a good…