November, 2013

Christmas Party Outfits | Topshop

Today we’re continuing our look at Christmas party outfits from some of our favourite high street retailers, so if you’re looking for some party outfit inspiration, read on… Topshop is a GREAT shopping destination for very trendy pieces aimed at the late teens/early twenties set – think sequined shorts, playsuits, that kind of thing. (And no, we’re not saying everyone in that age group likes/wears those particular items, just that that’s the demographic Topshop mainly caters to!). It’s not generally thought of as a source of classic style, but we’ve actually been really impressed by some of this season’s offerings, and didn’t have any trouble tracking down some Christmas party outfits which DON’T include shresses, hotpants or, God forbid, that…

Festive fashion with Kotur’s $450 tinsel clutch bag

Kotur ‘Margo’, $450 Is anyone else seeing a clump of gold tinsel with some Christmas bells thrown in, a bit like the kind of home-made decorations you might have made as a kid – or maybe even now, depending on your decorating style? If you answered “yes” to that, you may well be in the minority: apparently at least some people out there are seeing a $450 designer clutch bag, which they’re just desperate to get their hands on – this appeared in Net-a-Porter’s “new in” section this morning, but is already sold out at the the time of writing. Of course, it could be that NAP only ever had a couple of these in stock, but even so, that’s…

Introducing the Sleeping-Bag Skirt

Comme des Garcons sleeping bag skirt, £160 Feeling the chill this winter? Feeling, er, a little bit sleepy into the bargain? This Comme des Garcons skirt will solve both of those problems with one, stripey, blow, but you better be quick: having been reduced from the original £319 to the bargain price of £160, there’s now only one of these left, in a size medium. Who’ll be the lucky lady to gets to wear this? If it’s you, please promise to come back and tell us how – and where – you wore it? Buy it here

Four Quick Christmas Party Outfits | River Island

So, by this point in the year we’re guessing you’re either one of those people who’s spending every free second obsessing over all-things Christmas – including Christmas party outfits – or you just never want to hear the ‘C’ word ever again. If you’re in the latter camp, well, we sympathise, but unfortunately we can’t help you, because with December just a few days away it’s time to either a) head for the hills or b) prepare to answer the question, “So, have you done your Christmas shopping yet?” at least a dozen times per day. Speaking of Christmas shopping… if you haven’t had time to think about shopping for yourself, let alone for anyone else, over the next couple…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Fashion Lovers

  Christmas Gift Ideas for Fashion Lovers Looking for Christmas gift ideas for the fashionista in your life? Or maybe just for yourself? Stay stylish, and call The Fashion Police… In this quick gift guide we’ve selected style-inspired gifts from a range of price points, although we’ve done our best to keep things relatively affordable, and well under £100. When it comes to finding Christmas gift ideas for women who love fashion, it’s all in the details. You don’t have ignore the usual suspects – our guide contains things like sweaters, gloves and nightwear, all of which are fairly standard gifts – you just have to make sure they have that added touch of style to set them apart. In…

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Underneath the LBD (And a chance to win a £1000 shopping spree with Ann Summers and Love2Shop)

The Fashion Police have always believed that the right (or wrong) lingerie can make or break an outfit: there’s just no point in splashing out on the perfect dress if you’re going to ruin it with the wrong “underpinnings”, so today we’re teaming up with Ann Summers to bring you some of our favourite bras to wear with a little black dress as part of your Christmas party outfit. We’re also offering the chance to win a £1,000 shopping spree by entering Ann Summers’ blogger competition, so read on for more information…   ♥ The Dress: 1950s Trudy party dress, £95. 20th Century Foxy ♥ The Bra: ‘Aurelia’ balconette bra, £40, Ann Summers The cut of this dress makes finding a…

Fashion Crime Friday | The Emperor’s New Pencil Skirt

We can only assume the recent dip in temperature has sent our hardened fashion criminals running for cover, because this week we have just one solitary style suspect to confront you with on this Fashion Crime Friday. Given that many of you are probably too busy shopping the Black Friday sales right now to pay much attention to your police duties, that’s probably just as well. Here’s this week’s suspect: contrast pencil skirt, $25 This is available at Shopbop, but is only $25, which is unusually cheap for them. Actually, $25 would be pretty cheap for most brands when it comes to pencil skirts, and this low pricing is possibly your first clue, style sleuths, telling you that all is…

Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop | The Verdict

The Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop collection launched online this morning, and we’re now considering declaring a State of Style Emergency. Seriously: this isn’t a brand we’d have expected to come up with anything even remotely “ordinary”, but given that this is a high street collection, aimed at the people who wander into Topshop during their lunch hour, we have to admit that some of it surprised even our more hardened officers. For instance: A red PVC frill playsuit (£150) and matching red PVC shorts (£100). We’re just going to say it: these look more like the kind of thing you’d see in a more, er, specialist store than Topshop. Are people buying these to wear in the bedroom? Because we really…

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Cold-Weather Fashion Crimes

Winter fashion can be tricky, but that’s no excuse to be a fashion criminal. Check out our list of winter fashion crimes to avoid, and don’t get into trouble with The Fashion Police!

TFP’s favourite online fashion websites right now

As a style-obsessed police squad, we spent a lot of time looking at online fashion. You’ll find a comprehensive list of online fashion stores in the UK  at our UK store directory, but here’s a (highly biased) list of our favourite online stores right now, in no particular order… Our favourite online fashion websites… for now Topshop Best for: Fluffy sweaters and amazing shoes We go through phases with Topshop. Sometimes the selection is a little too self-consciously fashion-forward for its own good, but right now the store has a fabulous selection of beautiful, cosy knitwear, and some wonderful shoes and boots. The pointed-toe ‘Gwenda’ pumps are the perfect, classic court shoe, and are available in a range of colours, updated…

How to Wear a Full Skirt

The current trend for full skirts has The Fashion Police jumping for joy: with their dramatic silhouette and retro-inspired feel, this is one trend we can definitely get behind. Although full skirts have been around for a long time,  however, they can be tricky to wear without feeling like you just stepped out of a 1950s costume drama. Here are our tips on how to wear a full skirt…   Full skirt: ASOS How to Wear a Full Skirt | Choosing your skirt Length Many of the full skirts we’re seeing in stores right now are midi length, for that full-on, retro effect. This can be a great look, if you get it right, but that much fabric,and that much…

How to dress up your winter coat

Winter coats: Collectif Remember Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, and her amazing selection of outerwear? At this time of year, we often wonder why more people don’t take a leaf out of Blair’s book and turn their trusty winter coats into outfits all on their own, as opposed to simply the warm covering you use to HIDE the outfit underneath. We’re not suggestion you go all-out like Blair, of course, but when you spend so much time in a particular item of clothing, a few small touches can go a long way to making that drab winter coat look a little more glamorous. We’re talking about little things like… Switching out the buttons Many coats come with perfectly serviceable, but not…

Fashion Crime Friday | Stretch Tulle Jumpsuit

We begin this week’s Fashion Crime Friday roundup with an awesome outfit for any male readers out there – or perhaps a great Christmas gift ideas for the man in your life? Buy it here According to the product description, what you’re looking at here is a “transparent black stretch tulle jumpsuit with asymmetrical gathered top and swarovski pearl embellished slits”. So now you know. And we know what you’re thinking: that’s all very well and good, but won’t the poor guy get cold wandering around like that? Worry not, dear reader: Feather coat Sorted. What about us women, though, we hear you cry? How can we ever hope to compete with style like this? Well, it won’t be easy,…

“Tail Trousers” by Doriane Van Overeem: exactly what they sound like

“Tail Trousers” by Doriane Van Overeem, $585 We were going to keep these for our regularly scheduled “Fashion Crime Friday” post, but they’re just so mind-blowingly awesome we thought they deserved a Fashion Police Crime File all to themselves. These suspects go by the name of “tail pants”. They’re pants with… tails. But you got that, didn’t you? The “tails” in question are simply the legs of the pants themselves, which have been extended far (far, far…) below the ankle, or even the foot, and which continue on, trailing along the floor behind you in what Opening Ceremony describe as a “regal” fashion. Which is certainly ONE way to describe these, we have to give them that. Our first concern…

Do larger mannequins make you feel better about your figure?

Debenhams old-style mannequins, sized 8 – 10 Last week, Debenhams introduced size 16 mannequins (For reference, a UK size 16 is roughly equivalent to a US 12) into its stores, saying that size 16 is the “average” size of women in the UK, and the new mannequins are therefore more representative of its customers. Previously, clothes were displayed on models sized 8-10, which, says Debenhams, is unhelpful to shoppers in the store. “The average British woman is a size 16, but the high street has been showing them clothing on a mannequin that is three sizes smaller – until now,” said Debenhams director Ed Watson. “Having worked on this project for three years, we hope that it will help people…

Dress of the Day | Oasis winter butterfly shift dress

Oasis winter butterfly dress, £55 Summer prints on winter dresses has been something of a theme this year. You’ve probably heard the term “winter floral” (It refers to floral prints… which you wear in winter. Because OF COURSE…) being bandied around, and now Oasis have continued in the same general direction with their winter butterfly shift dress. Although butterflies – and butterfly prints – are something we generally associate with the warmer months of the year, the black background on this print makes it seem more winter appropriate, although there’s obviously no reason you wouldn’t be able to wear it at any other time of year, too. The shape is one Oasis have done a lot of this year: it’s…

Fancy Pants | Trousers get all dressed up

L-R: ASOS trousers in floral jacquard | Banana Republic Camden fit gold skinny ankle pants | J Crew Collection cafe capri pants Something strange is going on in the world of trousers. And it’s probably J Crew’s fault. It’s been happening for a while, actually. It’s almost as if trousers are tired of being the boring old backbone of many an outfit: now they want to be the STAR. They don’t want to be black, or grey, or navy, or any other dull, block colour. No, trousers want to shine: literally. Brocade. Jacquard. High-shine gold and silver. Tile print. Embroidery. You name it, trousers are ON IT – or ITS on THEM, rather. This new breed of trouser is bold, colourful, and nothing like your…

Dress of the Day | Lindybop ‘Serena’ red chiffon dress

Lindybop ‘Serena’ dress, £59 Every so often our daily style sleuthing leads us to the kind of dress that makes our officers stop in their tracks and declare the search for a worthy Dress of the Day to be over. Lindybop’s ‘Serena’ is one of those dresses. Available in red or black, and priced at £59, this is the perfect party dress. A sweetheart bodice overlaid with chiffon, and a wide black waistband to help create an “hourglass” effect, combine to give ‘Serena’ the kind of classic style that never goes out of fashion. Add a full skirt, and you end up with the kind of dress that would make you feel like the star of an old Hollywood movie:…

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The Christmas Sweater gets trendy. Sort of.

Santa sleep tee, Topshop Once upon a time, Christmas sweaters were the kind of items that were worn just once a year (Christmas Day itself), and normally out of a sense of obligation: well, if someone had gone to the trouble of knitting one for you, the least you could do was to wear the thing for a few hours, huh? Now, however, things have changed for the Christmas sweater. Once the inspiration behind many an “Ugly Sweater” party, Christmas sweaters have now taken their place in our stores, and in our closets, and are being worn un-ironically, and by people who generally consider themselves to be “fashionable”. It may only be the middle of November, but we’ve already seen…

How much of your wardrobe do you actually use?

[Image: A|Wear] In the same survey that brought us the news that people tend to be happiest with their style when they reach the age of 33, comes the revelation that a lot of us aren’t actually wearing all – or even most – of the clothes we own. According to the study commissioned by Marks & Spencer, 38% of Brits admit to only liking and wearing 50% of the clothes they own: and, to be honest, the only thing surprising about this is that the figure isn’t higher. Not making full use of the clothes at your disposal, you see, is a common complaint, which we hear regularly from both readers and friends. It seems true to say that…