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25% off at Dorothy Perkins – but only until midnight!

OK, Cinderella, you have until midnight to fill up your baskets and run off with your handsome prince – by which we mean your new dress, shoes, or whatever it is you’ve chosen to buy. Yup, the store that just keeps on giving is having yet ANOTHER sale: this time Dorothy Perkins are offering 25% off just about everything, so whether you’re shopping for a Christmas party outfit, searching for stocking fillers, or just giving yourself a bit of a treat, now’s the time to do it. And if you’re spoilt for choice, here are some suggestions to help you on your way:

Angela Western styleankle boots

‘Angela’ western style ankle boots

No, they’re never going to be mistaken for Chloe, but then again, they’re not going to cost you £600 either, are they? (Actually, they’ll cost you £29.25 on sale, which sounds like a pretty good deal to us, given that you’ll wear them all winter long: and possibly all spring and summer too, if your climate is anything like ours…)

Chi Chi London dress

Chi Chi London embroidered dress

Honestly? Unless you’re getting married real soon, or have the kind of lifestyle we at The Fashion Police can only dream of, we can’t even imagine why you’d need this dress. With that said, it’s currently £29.99 on sale, and that might just be reason enough, don’t you think?

Finally, and still in the ‘fantasy shopping’ section…

Little Mistress tulle midi skirt

Little Mistress tulle midi skirt

What can we say: we like tulle skirts, and we cannot lie. This style is actually still pretty much on trend right now, so we don’t feel too guilty for showing you this one, but even if it wasn’t, if you’re going to buy yourself the kind of skirt you’re probably not going to find yourself wearing every day (or even every week), you might as well do it while it’s on sale, huh?

Fashion Police

The Black Friday sales start today!

Shopbop Black Friday week sale

With Black Friday almost upon us, we hope you’ve been saving our cash (and not, say, doing what WE did, which was to buy a bunch of stuff at full price last week, minutes before we remembered it would all probably be on sale just a few days later: d’oh!) and figuring out what to spend it on! Just to help you along, Shopbop’s big Black Friday week sale starts today, and will run until next Tuesday. This is a tiered discount sale, meaning that the more you spend, the more you save – so if you have friends or family who also have some serious Shopbop sale shopping to do, it could be worth joining forces, and taking advantage of the larger discounts. The most sensible thing to do would probably be to use it as excuse to get all of the Christmas shopping out of the way, and save some money on it: but then again, when have we ever been sensible? Exactly.

As for the rest of the sales, well, there are really too many of them to list right now, but luckily help is at hand, in the shape of Woznow – a fashion aggregator which basically lists almost every single item currently on sale in the UK. This is a site you can get lost on for hours, but you’ll hopefully end up with a few bargains to show for it: oh, and it’s not just for Black Friday, either, so make sure you bookmark sales at Woznow, and keep checking back to find out if that dress/coat/pair of shoes you’re after is finally on sale!

Now go forth and shop, fashion force!

Crimes of Fashion

Christmas comes early at ASOS

Christmas jumper

It’s hard to believe it sometimes, but this blog has been running for over a decade now, and while you probably wouldn’t think that would be long enough to see any major changes in the world  of fashion, we’ve definitely seen a few.

Take Christmas jumpers, for instance. Back when we first started policing the world of fashion, the Christmas jumper was rarely seem outside the world of ugly sweater parties. Wearing one would’ve been seen as the ultimate crime of festive fashion, and every December, our cells would fill out with sweaters depicting giant snowmen, scary Santas and other things more commonly seen on small children than grown adults.

Now, though? How the times have changed. Now Christmas sweaters start filling the stores in around October, and people will happily wear them, without even a hint of irony. Some of them are just as bad as the ones from the ugly sweater parties of old. Some are even quite nice, in a “If we absolutely HAD to wear a holiday sweater, then this is the one we’d choose,” kinda way.

Then there’s this one.

Now, to be fair, this one might not even BE a Christmas sweater, for all we know. There’s nothing in the product listing to suggest it is one, and it doesn’t have the usual suspects (Santa or snowmen) on the front, either. With all of that said in its defence, however, as soon as we laid eyes on it, we were instantly reminded of the Christmas craft projects we used to do in school, when we were little kids: you know, the ones where you’d make paper chains out of cardboard, or Christmas crackers out of toilet rolls: that kind of thing? This, then, is a child’s craft project of a Christmas sweater to us: and if this is what the future of festive fashion looks like, we’re probably just going to hibernate right through until January…

Wanted!

25% off almost everything at Dorothy Perkins

If there was a prize for the brand with the most sales and discount codes, we reckon Dorothy Perkins would win it, no problem. Barely a week seems to go by without another offer (not that we’re complaining, you understand!), and this week is no exception, with 25% off almost everything on the site. Here’s what we’d buy…

pink full skirtpink satin full skirt – currently £31.50

We rarely find a full skirt we don’t love, and while the black version of this skirt would probably be the more practical option, this pink version is a lot more fun.

black 'Bethany' court shoes

black ‘Bethany’ court shoes – now £28.80

If you’re looking for something to wear with that skirt, meanwhile, these black ‘Bethany’ court shoes have a touch of the Manolo Blahnik about them, thanks to the square brooch on the toe: thankfully they don’t have the designer price-tag, though, even when they’re not on sale! (Oh, and they’re also available in burgundy!)

grey snowflake jumpergrey snowflake jumper – currently £25.50

Christmas jumper season is now upon us, which is either good news or bad news, depending on your point of view. For those of you who aren’t into the “dress like a toddler” trend, and who don’t therefore want to walk around with Santa Claus, or a cartoon reindeer, emblazoned on your chest, this grey snowflake jumper is a slightly more subtle way to give a nod to the festive season.

metallic rib bodycon dressmetallic rib bodycon dress

Finally, this metallic rib bodycon dress is another way to add some subtle sparkle to your winter ensembles. This is actually from the ‘Tall’ range, but it’s knee-length on the model, which means it should hit just below the knee on the rest of us, which is a good length for a bodycon style dress. We love the simple shape of this one, which will look as good with tights and boots as it will with a pair of heels.

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Surprise! It’s another Shopbop sale!

Sound the Shopbop sale claxon, officesr! Another flash sale has started, which means you have just three days to claim up to 40% off selected items. Want to see what we’d buy? Well, you’re in luck, because today we’ve done the sale shopping, so you don’t have to. (Er, you DO have to if you actually want to buy the clothes, though, OK? We’re not doing THAT for you, too…)

Purple knit mini dress

Carven knit mini dress

First up, this knit dress by Carven, which has a simple shape, great colour (who needs black or navy when you can have this glorious purple instead, right?), and – wonder of wonders – long sleeves. We don’t know about you, but we’ve had enough of knit dresses which force us to throw a cardigan over the top, thanks to the three-quarter or elbow length sleeves: if it’s cold enough to need a knit dress, it’s too cold for bare arms, fashion designers!

Schutz ankle boots

Schutz tan ankle boots

Next, say hello to these tan ankle boots by Schutz, and then try telling us they’re NOT an autumn/winter essential? You can’t do it, can you? Even the COLOUR is called ‘Autumn’, for goodness sake, and we’d wear these aaaalll season long.

Looking for something a little fancier in the footwear department? Enter Casadei, and their amazing ‘Blade’ heels:

Casadei slingback pumps

Casadei slingback pumps

OK, so even with 40% off, these still aren’t cheap, we’re not gonna lie. That discount, however, brings the price down from $750 to $450, which is quite a reduction. So, if you’re a shoe lover with a mind to making an investment, we’re pretty sure you won’t regret this one: those heels are a true classic.

Finally, this coat ISN’T in the sale, but we had to show it to you anyway, because…

Anya Hindmarch Oversized egg coat

Anya Hindmarch Oversized Egg Coat

… yes, that IS an egg on the pocket. And on the other pocket. Of a $2,750 coat. We’re just going to leave that to sink in, while we go mix ourselves a stiff drink…

Fashion Police

25% off at Boden & what to buy

Boden discount codes

Boden discount codes are amongst the most sought-after on the internet (and here at Fashion Police HQ especially), so a 25% off sale is reason to rejoice, indeed. This one is also reason to get your skates on (not literally, we hasten to add) because this one is a sale of diminishing returns: the 25% off is only valid until this Thursday, then it decreases to 15% off until Saturday 29th, and then 10% on the final day – Sunday 30th. So if you want to get the item you want, AND the full discount, you’re probably going to want to get it NOW: because just think how much you’re going to hate yourself when you wait until Sunday, only to realise you’re only getting 10% off, and everything’s sold out, anyway. Well played, Boden, well played…

As for what to buy with that super-special discount, meanwhile, may we recommend this little lot?

Boden Marisa dress

Boden Marisa dress

We’ve had our eye on this for a while now: it’s very ‘Jackie O’ inspired, with that boatneck top and knee-length skirt, and as an added bonus, it has sleeves – yay! This would make a great workwear dress, but it could easily be dressed up for evening, too. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, meanwhile…

Boden boatneck ruched dress

Boatneck ruched dress

You just can’t go wrong with a simple black jersey dress – and although we’ve described this one as more laid back than the previous one, it’s ALSO very much a dress up / dress down piece: wear with tights and boots for a casual look, or heels and jewels for evening.

Finally…

Boden 'Lovely' jumper

Boden ‘Lovely’ jumper

We’ve been seeing this slogan sweater all over Instagram lately, so we’re not surprised to find that there aren’t many sizes available, but you might just get lucky and find yours, AND get that 25% discount. See you on Instagram, if you do…

Wanted!

15% off at H&M – here’s what to buy

H&M is becoming a dangerous addiction these days: not only is the autumn/winter collection particularly covetable, there’s also been a steady stream of discount codes and sales which have made a spot of internet shopping hard to resist. Right now, the brand is offering 15% off, plus free delivery on all orders over £75: and if you’re wondering what to buy to get that discount, don’t worry: The Fashion Police are here to help…

pink wool coat

Pink wool blend coat

This coat has been doing the rounds on Instagram lately, and it’s not hard to see why: it’s the perfect, baby-pink colour, but in a slouchy, over-sized shape that means you’re not going to look too ‘Elle Woods’ in it. Pink coats were huge a couple of winters ago, but there’s still plenty of them around, and if this one is anything to go by, it’s a trend we hope to see continue.

lilac tuxedo jacket

Lilac tuxedo jackets

Tuxedo jackets are a great alternative to cocktail dresses (or can even be worn WITH cocktail dresses) for evening wear, and they’ll also easily dress up a pair of jeans, too. This one comes in both black and this more unusual lilac shade – and if you want the head-to-toe look, you can also buy the matching pants!

luxury loungewearSilk nightshirt and cashmere blend dressing gown

On the subject of evening wear, here’s some of a different sort. We don’t know about you, but the long, dark nights make us more interested in curling up on the sofa than hitting the town, so we’re loving this silk nightshirt and cashmere-blend dressing gown, neither of which we’d have assumed came from H&M, if we hadn’t found them on the brand’s website. These will bring a touch of luxury to your loungewear, and could also make a great Christmas gift, if you’re feeling generous!

The 15% off offer is valid until October 23rd: just enter code 6085 at checkout. Happy shopping!

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Shop the Shopbop October Sale!

Shopbop October sale
You might have been thinking Halloween was the biggest event October had to offer, but actually, no: it’s the Shopbop October sale. Which DOES still allow you to dress up, now we come to think of it: just in a slightly different way.

The sale is on now, and runs for three days: you’ll find all of the details above, and if you’re looking for some shopping inspiration, here’s some to get you started…

Rag and Bone jeans

Rag & Bone/Jean

Canada Goose

Canada Goose 

Shopbop saleJonathan Simkhai

CosabellaCosabella

sale shoesAquazurra

SorelSorel

KAte Spade New TorkKate Spade New York

Celebrity Fashion

Are skinny jeans over?

Are skinny jeans over?

Jeans: Topshop

We’ve been hearing rumours about the death of the skinny jean for quite some time now, but is it true, we wonder? Are skinny jeans over? Let’s take a look at some evidence…

Exhibit A: Jennifer Aniston wearing boot cut jeans and a classic white shirt in New York last month. Boot. Cut. Jeans. We haven’t see those since… well, since Friends wasn’t just re-runs, let’s put it that way. Is Jen bringing the bootcut back? Well, the jury’s still out on this one: Jennifer Aniston, after all, has always stuck to a pretty classic style, and she’s been wearing more or less the same things for years now (no criticism, by the way, just fact), so we wouldn’t say she’s exactly got her finger on the pulse of fashion. Here’s some more evidence to consider, though:

Kate Bosworth, also pictured in New York last moth, wearing a pair of cropped flares – and not a skinny jean in sight. Hmmm. Between the bandanna and the flares, this is definitely much more of a “summer 2016” look: as is this one…

More cropped flares, this time on Emily Blunt, who’s also opted for a plain white t-shirt to wear with her wide legged jeans.

Finally:

Mom jeans. Well, they had to make an appearance sooner or later, didn’t they? Mom jeans have actually been around for quite some time now, and while we’ve been waiting (and hoping) for them to have had their moment, and then quietly retire from the style spotlight, it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon.

Conclusion?

Well, we wouldn’t quite start ringing the death knell for skinny jeans quite yet, because we think they’ll probably be sticking around for a while, at least. They no longer reign supreme, however, and it seems there are a whole host of other styles just waiting in the wings to take their place. Which could be either a good thing or a bad one, depending on your point of view…

Wanted!

The Fashion Police’s Favourite Phone Cases

6 of the best iphonecases

In an age when it seems no one is without their phones for more than a few minutes (Hey, can YOU remember what humans used to look like WITHOUT a phone clutched in one hand? No, us neither…) there’s no quicker pick-me-up than a new phone case. Plus, they look good in all those mirror selfies you post to Instagram, don’t lie…

When it comes to phone cases, our favourite brand would have to be Kate Spade, whose fun, quirky cases take some beating. If you prefer your phone cases more on the sophisticated side, however, new brand Richmond & Fitch have a range of rather more elegant cases, in a range of different colours. (One for every outfit? Just us?)

Finally, for selfie addicts, Snaplight’s  vanity phone cases are exactly what they sound like, with a built-in backlight to provide you with an extra source of lighting for your selfies. Oh, and there’s also a built-in rechargeable battery, for all of those times when Pokemon Go has drained your battery yet again, but you just HAVE to upload something to your Instagram story. Because how will the world keep turning if you don’t?

Crimes of Fashion, Jeans

Forget frayed jeans: feathers are where it’s at now

feathered jeans by Michael Kors collection

Feathered jeans by Michael Kors collection

For a long time now, fashion designers have been having a real problem with jeans, the problem being this: how to mess them up?

The thing is, for most people, jeans are a wardrobe staple. They’re classics. They’re worn by everyone, from the super-fashionable, to the not-even-remotely-fashionable – and everyone in between, too. Now, the problem for Fashion People (Who deserve to have their name written in caps, because they’re not like Other People, obviously), is that they don’t want to look like the not-even-remotely-fashionable people. Hell, they don’t even want to look like the somewhere-in-between people, either: which can be somewhat tricky when you’re wearing jeans – the uniform of Almost Everybody. Fashion People, after all, wouldn’t ever want to be accused of just wearing “jeans and a nice top”, for instance: so what are the poor things to do?

Of course, there are plenty of ways to wear jeans without looking – gasp! – ordinary, and a lot of it comes down to the type of jeans you’re wearing, as opposed to what you wear WITH THEM. (A nice top is a big no-no, though, just so you know…) What some fashion designers decide to do, however, is to shun the “classic” jean altogether, and create something new, and totally different.

Enter the feathered leg jean.

These jeans come at the end of a year in which fashion designers have found it impossible to stop messing with the hems of their jeans. First came the “raw” or let-down hem look, which is basically how your jeans would look if you simply took a pair of scissors and chopped off the hems. (You’ll have to pay way more for this if you let a fashion designer do it for you, though, obviously…) Then came the fringed hem, which is exactly what it sounds like, and looks a bit like you attached a small rug to your hems.

Now we have feathers: and not just on the hems, but all the way up the legs, too.

Where will it end, this constant push to redesign the wheel – we mean the jeans? We’ve no idea: but our officers will keep you posted…

Crimes of Fashion

Fur is back in fashion – and stranger than ever

YSL blue fur coat with exaggerated shoulder pads

A few weeks ago, we wrote about how fur is back in fashion – or, at least, no longer looked down upon by fashion, anyway – and how we’re so not cool with that. It’s bad enough to know that designers are still using real fur, when there are so many alternatives available to them, however, but it’s even worse when they use it to make something like this: almost £17,000 worth of bright blue fox fur, which we’re convinced would’ve looked a whole lot better on its original owners than it does on the kind of coat you’d be too scared to wear in case something happened to it. Oh, and in case people thought you were Cruella De Vil’s smurf-obsessed sister.

Then there’s this:Fendi fur and shearling coat

There are no words. There is, however, this fascinating insight into how the other half life: the half that think nothing of spending £9,000 on something that looks like this. As for The Fashion Police, meanwhile, at least we get a kick out of trying to imagine how our own other halves would react if we announced we’d spent that much money on a coat – and then produced THIS. We’re pretty sure they’d assume it was some kind of spectacularly unfunny practical joke – which, come to think of it, is maybe what Fendi intended all along.

By contrast, these pieces actually seem pretty tame:

fur coats with doll faces

Now, personally we’d rather NOT wear a jacket that has more hair than we have ourselves, but after the two examples above them, we have to conclude that it could be worse, couldn’t it? It could be a whole lot worse…

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our sponsors at Shopbop for some outfit options that WON’T leave you at risk of arrest from The Fashion Police. Or, at least, we HOPE not, anyway…

Crimes of Fashion, Jeans

The New Way to Wear Denim

It looks like denim’s gotten out of control again, fashion force. As if all of those bizarre-looking frayed-hem jeans weren’t bad enough, now our officers also have things like this to content with:

R13 layered distressed jeans

These sold out at Net-a-Porter within a few days, despite the fact that:

a) They cost £630

and

b) They’re a skirt attached to a pair of jeans.

Let’s think about that last point for a minute, shall we? Imagine, if you will, getting dressed in the morning. You pull on your favourite pair of jeans, and add a pair of beat-up white sneakers to wear with them. So far, so good. Basic, but good. Then you look in the mirror. “There’s just something missing here,” you find yourself thinking: so you go to your closet, have a quick rummage, and finally pull out a denim mini skirt, which you put on OVER the top of the jeans. “NOW I’m ready!” you declare triumphantly: except, you don’t, do you? Because, unless you’re the kind of person who prides yourself on wearing strange and possibly uncomfortable clothes (Because, seriously: there’s nothing about denim-skirt-over-denim-jeans that sounds remotely comfortable, is there?), there’s no part of this scenario that makes sense. Not even if it was a NICE pair of jeans, and a NICE denim skirt.

We’re NOT going to be signing up to be alerted when these are back in stock, in other words. And we’re probably not going to rushing out to buy these ones, either:

turn up culottesOn the plus side, at least you wouldn’t have to carry a handbag with these: you could probably fit just about everything you’d need inside those massive turn-ups, huh? On the minus side, however… well, the mugshot pretty much speaks for itself here, doesn’t it? If you have $270 burning a hole in your pocket, and a hankering for a big ol’ hemline, however, you know exactly what to do…

Wanted!

Fashion Police Hit List: What to buy this week

Greetings, fashion force: here’s what we’d buy this week, if we only had the cash…

Schutz cady Lee sandals in light wood

// SCHUTZ Cadey Lee Sandals in light wood

We’ve never been believers in the idea that there are certain items of clothing that EVERYONE should own, but if we were, we’d probably put a pair of a neutral, single-strap sandals on that list. Yes, we could definitely live without them: but would we really WANT to, we ask ourselves?

Topshop bird print robe// TOPSHOP BIRD PRINT ROBE

OK, so this does look a little bit like something Dumbledore might wear to bed, but that’s all part of the charm, really. We firmly believe in the feel-good factor of feeling stylish even when you’re just lounging around at home, and this robe is definitely a cut above those hideous adult onesies everyone was wearing a couple of years ago, at least.

Oasis butterfly skater dress// OASIS LONG BUTTERFLY SKATER DRESS

One of the things we love most about Oasis is the way they release some of their dresses in two different lengths: so this one, for instance, is a available in both short and long – and if you’ve ever come across a dress you love, only to realise it would only just skim your butt-cheeks, you’ll understand just how refreshing it is to finally have a choice. Oh, and the dress isn’t bad either…

Warehouse flare cuff jumper// WAREHOUSE FLARE CUFF JUMPER

Cosy jumpers are one of those items that fall into the “necessary, but not very interesting” category, so it’s nice to find one with just a little bit of a twist – in this case the flared cuffs. The rest of the shape is super-simple, which will make it a great basic for your autumn/winter wardrobe. And by “yours”, we obviously mean “ours”…

And finally…

J Crew ruffled popover shirt

// J CREW RUFFLED POPOVER SHIRT

We’ll never say ‘no’ to a polka dot shirt: just throw it on with jeans, and instantly look like you made a little bit of an effort – even when you blatantly didn’t…

Crimes of Fashion

Cut-out jeans, and other crimes of fashion

jeans with cut-outs at the hip

MOTO cut-out-pocket mom jeans

“Cold-shoulder” tops have been around for a while now, and while they’re not exactly our style, they’re not too hard to understand, either: well, on a hot day, a bare shoulder might just seem like a good idea, no?

These, on the other hand – well, we guess these should really be called “cold hip jeans”: and we’ve no idea why they exist. (Other than the need to be “edgy” and “unexpected”, even if it means walking around with your love-handles on show.) The main issue here, as far as we’re concerned, is that while cold-shoulder tops could be pleasantly cooling on a hot summer’s days, these just look … well, COLD, really. Because if it’s cold enough to wear jeans, would it really be simultaneously so warm that your hips would start to feel sweaty? We doubt it, somehow: and we also doubt anyone really wants to see our own ageing flesh peeking out of a pair of mom jeans, so we’ll leave these to those of you who think you can make them work, and move on to our second suspect of the week:

Jacquemus Wave Pants

Jacquemus Wave Pants

They’re… better than the jeans above them, we’ll give them that. Only in the “at least we wouldn’t freeze in them” sense, though (Can you tell the thought of cold hips in winter is really getting to is): that aside, we’re actually not sure the “cartoon character” look is THAT much better, all things considered. Would you wear these? If you answered “yes” to that, we hope you have a spare $535 burning a hole in your pocket: and hey! Maybe that’s what happened to Topshop’s mom jeans?!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out some of these new styles from our partners at Shopbop, including brands like Jacquemus, Tanya Taylor, Theory, FRAME, Theory and more.

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Crimes of Fashion

Return of the Fur Vest

Is it just us, or does anyone else think this looks like some strange kind of Ewok fetish wear?

Fendi fur vest

Just us? Oh, come ON: you can totally see this in some kind of adult remake of Return of the Jedi, can’t you? If only it was THAT innocent, though, people: because, the fact is, this ISN’T a costume from a movie (not even a really bad one): it’s a Fendi vest. And it’s £11,000, too. (Well, £11, 450, if you want to be accurate, but we’re guessing that if you were OK with paying £11,000 for a VEST, you’re probably not going to be quibbling over the rest of the price tag, are you? Didn’t think so.)

Once again, we find ourselves amazed: not only that there are apparently enough people in the world who are willing and able to buy something like this for someone at  Louisa Via Roma to think, “Yeah, we totally need to stock that…” but also that fur is suddenly fashionable again. And yeah, we know, we know: it’s been happening for a while now, but even just a few years ago, a vest made from fox, mink and goat fur would have ruffled a few feathers at the very least. Now, though, it seems to be accepted that real fur is back in fashion – and we guess that while designers can convince people to pay £11,000 to look like they’re about to star in some Ewok porn, that’s probably never going to change, is it?

P.S. If you want to rest your eyes after what you’ve just seen, don’t forget to check out our sponsors at Shopbop. Last week’s sale is now over, but there’s still plenty of good stuff in the ‘New In’ section to keep you occupied: and none of it costs £11,000, either. Or, at least, we hope not…)

Fashion Fraud Squad

Real Vs Steal | Balmain blazer on a budget

Balmain blazer dupe at Shopbop

Balmain // Lioness

A Balmain blazer is one of those “if only” items for many of us. The sharp tailoring and immaculate attention to detail is TO. DIE. FOR. Unfortunately, so is the price tag – and we mean that in the literal sense, because we can’t even imagine how rich we’d have to be to drop £1,260 on one item of clothing – no matter how beautiful or well made it is – OR how much trouble we’d get into once our other half realised where this month’s mortgage payment had gone.

So, we love it, but we’re not going to buy it: what’s a girl to do? Well, you could do worse than check out this lower-priced dupe by Lioness, and available at Shopbop in sizes XS- L.  Seen side by side, it’s very, very obvious which is the “real” blazer and which is the “steal”, but then again, pretty much anything’s going to look bad standing next to Balmain, isn’t it? In its favour, the Lioness blazer will set you back just $80 – oh, it’s also available in black and white, both of which should prove versatile enough to work with everything from jeans to dresses. Now we come to think of it, you could actually buy all three – not that we’re saying you SHOULD, you understand – and STILL spend way less than you would on the Balmain version, and that alone makes us willing to at least try this on, and find out what it’s like in “real” life.

If you’re willing to spend a little more, meanwhile, and would rather go for a colour OTHER than those three neutrals, we also love this one by Laveer:

light blue blazer

This is currently reduced to $346 from the original $496 – so, yeah, it’s pricey, but still less than half the price of Balmain, if you’re looking for a way to justify.

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The Fashion Police shop the Shopbop Sale

Shopbop’s final sale started yesterday: here are some things we’d buy, if we weren’t totally broke, and under a solemn promise not to buy anything else this month… (And when you find yourself having to make that promise on the 3rd day of the month, you know you’re in trouble, don’t you?)

AG raw hem legging ankle jeans

AG RAW HEM LEGGING ANKLE JEANS

AG make some of the softest, most comfortable denim we’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. The raw hem on these ones keeps them feeling contemporary, while the length will work as ankle-length on those of you who’re “regular” height, and full-length on petites.

Michael Kors Cindy bag

MICHAEL KORS Cindy dome cross-body bag

For handbags, meanwhile, we can’t go past Michael Kors: a cross-body bag is one of our summer essentials, and this blush coloured one will go with everything – and look super-cute into the bargain.

gingham shorts

Club Monaco gingham shorts

There’s still enough of the summer left for these gingham shorts to get some use – and if the weather doesn’t comply, there’s always next year…

Nicholas Floral Lace Rouleau Ball Dress

Nicholas Floral Lace Rouleau Ball Dress

OK, so this one is, admittedly, still rather pricey, even although it’s on sale, but it was too pretty not to include. We’d personally prefer a longer lining (ideally one the same length as the outer skirt), but we’re having to accept that we’re hopelessly out of step with the rest of the world on this one…

Claudia Summer Rose Printed Midi Dress

BBDakota Claudia Summer Rose Printed Midi Dress

Finally, this BB Dakota floral sundress is one of those easy-to-wear pieces which will get you through the entire summer. Dress it up with heels and a clutch, and wear it to a summer wedding, or throw on a pair of flats and a denim jacket for a casual, but still pulled-together kind of look.

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Crimes of Fashion

Good shoes gone bad, and other crimes of fashion

Topshop half-moon sweater

“Fashion crime” is probably too strong a charge for this Topshop sweater: by which we mean we probably wouldn’t arrest you for wearing it – but we would pull you over and ask you some questions. “WHY?” would be the first one that would spring to mind, really. Why would you need a sweater with a giant cut-out section in one side? And it’s not like it would be a particularly attractive sweater WITHOUT the cut-out either, so again: WHY? Does the cut-out make it better or worse? Are we asking too many questions? OK then, moving on…

Also from Topshop, and also falling into the “probably not a CRIME, exactly, but still plenty puzzling” category, comes these shoes:

Toshop shearling heel mules

Shearling heel mules. Again: WHY? Fur/sheepskin on shoes is something that’s always struck us as spectacularly impractical, not to mention rather unattractive (especially once the shoes in question have survived the typical British winter – or summer, even), but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and we’re still seeing furry soled and heeled shoes popping up everywhere. We despair. Look at these ones, for instance, which will instantly make you look like you’re in fancy dress as one of Chewbacca’s cousins:

furry mules

Or these ones, which come from a school of design we think of as “child’s art project gone badly wrong”:

fur and glitter shoes

This one is a particularly sad example, because these shoes could so easily have been saved, couldn’t they? The fact is, there’s actually a pretty nice shoe looking under the blue pom pom and random red fur “tail” – and sure, it’s a slightly-over-the-top shoe even WITHOUT the fur, but we could live with that. What we couldn’t live with, however, is all that unnecessary fluff – which turns this into a classic case of good shoe gone bad.

[P.S. Don’t forget to check out the New In Section at Shopbop, for lots of summer fashion!]

new in at Shopbop

Lingerie

Pretty in Pink | Loungewear Edit

pink loungewearHere at The Fashion Police, we’re big believers in investing in the basics: most people are happy(ish) to spend money on a dress for a wedding, say, or a pair of evening shoes they’ll hardly ever wear, but when it comes to things like lingerie, activewear and undies, they’ll resent parting with their cash, and go for something cheap n’cheerful, instead. That’s all well and good, of course, and we’re not saying you should take out a second mortgage to re-stock your lingerie drawer, but cheap basics can be a false economy – and even on days when you’re not planning to leave the house, it feels so much better to slip into something that looks as good as it feels to wear it. Here are some of our favourite loungewear looks, all in a pretty pink…

o1. ZOE KARSSEN SILK ROMPER

Add a bit of luxury to your evenings and weekends with this shell pink silk romper: this one’s low in stock, so don’t blame us if it’s gone by the time you get to it!

02. RXMANCE JOGGER SWEATPANTS

Remember when sweatpants were the clothes you didn’t want to be seen in? Now they’re everywhere, being touted as “sports luxe”, or the perfect weekend wear. These baby pink joggers by Rxmance will look good with grey, and are almost too cute to reserve for lounging in.

03. SPLENDID CAPRI STRIPE PJ SET

Because you can never go too far wrong with stripes, can’t you? (On second thoughts, don’t answer that…)

04. SUSANA MONACO LONG SLEEVE DRESS

This might not instantly strike you as “loungewear”, exactly, but there’s nothing more comfortable than a simple jersey dress, and for those of you who like to look like you’ve made a bit of an effort – even when you’re just lazing around at home – there’s nothing easier to wear, either. The best bit? This is the kind of dress you can wear absolutely anywhere, so no need to hide it away at home!