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What online retailers can learn from Fever London’s ‘Perfect Fit’ campaign

Fever London’s five ‘Perfect Fit’ models Every time the “real women” Vs “anorexic models” (we hate both of those terms, but they’re the ones that tend to be bandied about…) comes up, we find ourselves thinking that what the fashion world REALLY needs isn’t plus-sized models instead of super-skinny ones: it’s a RANGE of models, of various different sizes and heights, so we can better imagine what the clothing would look like on US, whatever size or shape we happen to be. Well, this month Fever London have done just that. They recently ran a Facebook contest, with the aim of finding five “real” women to model the brand’s clothes, with each model showcasing a different size. The five ‘Perfect…

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10 New Year Style Resolutions for a Stylish 2014

OK: hands up if you made some style-related New Year’s resolutions this year? Now put your other hand up if those resolutions were something along the lines of, “clear out the closet” or “invest in quality pieces, rather than buying vast quantities of fast fashion”. How many of you currently have both hands in the air right now? We’re going to guess that quite a few people are kicking of 2014 with the intention to clean out their closets, pare down their clothing collections, and invest more wisely in their wardrobes for the coming year. Those are great resolutions, and we’ll probably be trying to keep some of them ourselves (more on that later), but if you’re looking for some other ways…

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Five US fashion brands we’d love to see in the UK

What do J. Crew, Banana Republic and Forever 21 all have in common (other than the fact that they all sell clothes, obviously)? They’re all US-based brands… which operate UK-based websites, allowing those of us here in dear old Blighty to shop from them without paying extortionate shipping and customs fees. Note that this is not the same thing as simply offering international shipping options, which many brands do these days: it means that these stores all have UK versions of their websites, with the items priced in pounds Sterling, and shipped from UK warehouses. True, the product range isn’t always as wide as on the US versions of their sites, but we’re willing to forgive that given the other…

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Fashion words and phrases we love to hate

Many long years ago (well, in 2009. Which is long enough to count as “vintage”, according to some eBay sellers we could mention…), we wrote a post on the five fashion phrases we hated at the time. Looking back on that post now, all we can think is, “Why did we stop at five?” There are so many annoying and over-used words and phrases in the world of fashion, and lots of new ones have been coined since 2009, so we figured it was time to update the list and give you some new fashion words to hate. In order to do this, we consulted The Oracle: or, as you might know it, “Twitter“. Here are the fashion words and…

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Three So-Called Wardrobe Essentials you *DON’T* have to own

[Image: M&Co] We’ve all seen those lists of so-called “wardrobe essentials”, right? They’re the items we’re told every woman should own – and they’re always full of things we don’t want, don’t need, and don’t think every other woman in the entire world wants or needs either. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. We do agree with some of the items that always seem to crop up on those lists, but there are three in particular that we always take issue with. Here are the three “wardrobe essentials” we DON’T think you all need to own. Feel free to add your suggestions, too…

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Why Dressing Up Is Not a Crime of Fashion

[Image: Next]  “Ooh, what are you all dressed up for?” “Got a job interview or something?” “Lookit you, all fancy!” If you’re  even remotely interested in fashion, then chances are you like to have a little bit of fun with your outfits, and wear something other than the standard-issued jeans or sweats from time to time. And if you do that, then you’re probably pretty familiar with the phrases above – or ones just like them. These days, you see, anything other than the most casual of clothing is considered “dressy”. Decided to wear a skirt today rather than jeans? You must have either a date, or a job interview! Thrown on an old cotton sundress, because it was too hot…

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‘Women should be slim for their men but not Size Zero’ says a founder of London Fashion Week

The Chief of Police writes… Yesterday morning, I received a press release which I’m still not totally convinced wasn’t supposed to be a joke – or deliberately controversial at the very least. “Women should be slim for their men but not Size Zero’ says a founder of London Fashion Week,” begins the release (issued by Hillgrove PR), before going on to quote Achilleas Constantinou, “Founder of London Fashion Week and Ariella Couture”, who has some, er, interesting views on women. “Being a healthy, acceptable weight for one’s partner is a consideration that all women, particularly followers of fashion should consider,” says Constantinou, who’d like to see “size 0″ models banned from the runway. “An ideal weight is the goal. An ideal weight for health…

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Thylane Loubry Blondeau: is a 10-year-old too young to model adult fashion?

This is Thylane Loubry Blondeau. She’s ten years old, and she appeared in a deliberately-provocative editorial in French Vogue last December, which appeared to be intended to play with the idea of “dress up”, and perhaps to satirize the fashion industry’s obsession with youth. The images in question, however, have caused something of a stir, with some people arguing that, however knowingly it was done, the sexualization of ten year old girls in this way just isn’t cool. (We’ve no idea why this outrage is all happening NOW, when the photos in question were published several months ago, but for some reason it is…) Thylane herself now has a Tumblr dedicated to her  photos, (the owner recently changed the name…

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Skin Colour is Not a Fashion Statement (And no, we won’t “get a tan…”)

Amber writes… “Get a tan!” “She’s too pale!” “Urgh, she really needs some sun!” These are all comments I’ve read recently on various fashion and celebrity websites – and sometimes right here on The Fashion Police. They probably sound pretty familiar to anyone with pale skin who’s ever been on vacation and returned home to a slew of comments along the lines of, “You don’t have much of a tan!”, always uttered in a vaguely accusing manner, as if the pale-skinned person has somehow failed to live up to some agreed standard of skin colour. As a pale skinned person myself (I’m more pale blue than I am white: my natural skin colour is similar to Nicola Roberts’ in the…

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In Praise of Jeggings. No, really.

(L-R: Citizens of Humanity, Goldsign) OK, we’re just going to come out and say this, even although we know it’ll probably be controversial: We don’t hate jeggings. OK, sure, when they first came out, we made fun of the name, we admit it. And we did have our concerns that jeggings would be used simply as an excuse for people to try and circumvent the Leggings Are Not Pants Rule. (Just to be clear, this climbdown on jeggings doesn’t change our minds about leggings and their status as pants. Leggings are not pants, never have been, never will be. Not while The Fashion Police have breath in our bodies, anyway.) But look at the two examples above. Admit it, you…

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Modelling is Hard: Zombie Edition

Before you ask, we’re not talking issue with what this model is wearing, which is pretty inofensive: we’re just concerned for her. The vacant stare, the slumped-over posture: this model is a zombie, isn’t she? Someone has zombified her! Jeez Louise, modelling really IS hard, isn’t it? Seriously, though: why does the fashion world do this? Why does it persist in taking pretty girls and forcing them to pose in ridiculous, awkward stances, with facial expresions that resemble those of The Undead? (No offence to the girl in question, here, by the way: it’s not her, it’s the way the shoot has been styled.) Isn’t fashion supposed to be aspirational? Is everyone reading this secretly aspiring to be a zombie?…

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Down With Airbrushing! Ann Taylor’s incredible shrinking model

We’ve said before that we think Photoshop can be equally, if not more, damaging to women than the use of slimline models (after all, slim people do exist; Photoshopped ones don’t), so props to Jezebel for catching Ann Taylor red-handed in the act of Photoshopping this model almost out of existence. The image on the left is the thumbnail that was shown on the Ann Taylor website earlier this week. The image on the right, meanwhile, is what you’d have seen if you’d clicked on that thumbnail – watch the already-slim model achieve a shape that probably doesn’t exist in nature before your very eyes, folks! Ann Taylor have now removed the image from their site, but it still begs…

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“All Women Should Be Size 14″, says the Daily Mail. Say what?

Amber McNaught writes… This morning, against my better judgement, I followed a link from Twitter to this article on the Daily Mail website. And was instantly hit with the shocking information that “ALL” women in the world should be a UK dress size 14, according to UK Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone. Sorry, but what? ALL women in the world should be exactly the same size? And that size should be the apparently randomly-chosen size 14? (Roughly equivalent to a US 12, although obviously it depends very much on the manufacturer) Rubbish. The idea that there is just one “right” size to be; a “one size fits all”, which is healthy for ALL women, regardless of their height, age and body type is…

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Guest Post: The Right Way to Wear Leggings

Sara Bimmel writes… We’re on the cusp of spring (FINALLY!), and that means leggings and tights will soon start to crop up everywhere. I know they’re fair-weather winter wear, too, but spring is the season when they’ll actually feel comfortable and won’t result in goosebumps all over your legs. I often have trouble figuring out what to pair with leggings that will look classy instead of ’80s, so I put together this set to show my thoughts. You can see that there are a few common themes: 1) Prints with solids. Generally speaking, if your leggings have a lot going on, don’t pair them with a Hawaiian shirt, and vice versa. You can see that both the shoes and the…

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[Guest Post] Politics and fashion don’t mix – how Samantha Cameron ruined my favourite dress

Gemma Cartwright writes… It was love at first sight. Last Spring, Marks & Spencer released a ‘modern reinterpretation’ of a vintage frock that seemed to come straight out of my dreams. It was a grey tea dress with cream polka dots and a fan detail on the shoulder (very Phillip Lim). It was chic, simple and fitted perfectly. It was £55, limited edition, and I managed to grab one of the last ones in the country in my size. Then Myleene Klass wore it. This tainted it a bit for me, because she is much thinner and seemed to be able to wear them damn thing without it creasing, but I still loved the dress and I still loved wearing…

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Five Fashion Phrases We Hate: feel free to add your own

The fashion world, like any other industry, is full of its own little phrases and buzzwords: in fact, there are so many of them that we had to start developing a glossary. Of course, some of these terms are great, while others… aren’t. Some even start off sounding great, but gradually become irritating through sheer repetition. Here are five of the phrases that we currently wish we could send to jail*. Feel free to add your own in the comments box!

Guest Post: Dress You Up in My (‘80s) Love

This guest post was written by Karen Buscemi. Karen writes…  With the prominence of the ‘80s resurgence on the fall runways, I’m thankful I had the good sense to save one key piece from that decade which will be relevant come September: my fingerless Madonna gloves, purchased specifically to wear to the Like a Virgin Tour, circa 1986. You’ve probably witnessed trends you once loved and wore enthusiastically – then later cringed at when revisiting old photos of yourselves – come back into fashion. When harem pants reappeared this spring, I swore I would never allow that style to touch my body again. The same went for padded shoulders. I had nightmarish flashbacks of my childhood, remembering my family doubled…

Guest Post: Fashionable Dating

This guest post was written by Emma Jane, who writes… "As the great Coco Chanel once said ‘I don’t do fashion. I am fashion’ This little quote got me thinking about the world of fashion, and how it relates to me personally. I think that a person’s sense of style, the clothes they wear, and the way they shop can tell you a lot about them. It’s true that our sense of style is a major reflection of who we are. I always seem to notice that bright and happy people are always dressed super cute, and fun. And people who are really confident and outgoing, often make very bold fashion choices too. Which made me wonder, just how much…

A short rant about online shopping…

By Chief of Police, Amber… I love online shopping. Love it. I love it because … well, because I’m lazy, basically, and when you’re as lazy as I am, what’s not to love about having new clothes and shoes delivered right to your door, all on the click of a mouse? Well, I’ll tell you what’s not to love about it: not actually being able to buy anything, because the online stores you frequent seem to sell out of everything in your size almost instantly, that’s what. And this situation has really started to infuriate me.

The Fashion Police’s New Year’s Style Resolutions

As 2008 draws to a close, it’s time for us all to sit back, take stock, and decide just what exactly we want to do with this shiny new year that’s just around the corner. Now, The Fashion Police would be the first to admit that in the final months of 2008, we got a little bit… spendy. And clearly it’s our job to obsess over clothes and accessories, so we do have a little bit of an excuse, but sometimes things can get a little out of hand, so we’re taking a few moments before slipping into our party dresses to make some fashion-related New Year’s Resolutions. Feel free to share yours with us in the comments!

The Fashion Police give thanks…

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Now, we know many of our US readers will be too busy enjoying the holiday to be fretting over crimes of fashion, but for those of you who’ve found the time to check in with The Fashion Police, we thought we’d give some thanks of our own. Fashion-related thanks, natch. So, right now The Fashion Police are thankful for: 1. The fact that Crocs seem to be losing popularity. It’s not happening quite quickly enough for us, of course, but our eyeballs aren’t being assaulted by Crocs quite as often as they were last year, and if that’s not a reason to be thankful, we don’t know what is. 2. Skinny jeans People have been predicting their…

Fashion Crimes of Winter – a list

When it comes to fashion seasons, we’re inclined to think summer is the worst for flushing out the fashion criminals. Too-short shorts, underwear-as-outerwear, Crocs – they all seem to be more prevalent than usual during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean winter is a fashion crime-free zone. Far from it, in fact. Here’s a short, and totally subjective list of what we consider to be the worst fashion crimes commonly spotted in winter. Feel free to add to it… 1. Holiday themed clothing and accessories Yes, we know you’re looking forward to Christmas. So are we. Christmas is fun! But holiday sweaters, novelty socks and Christmas tree earrings? Not so much, really.  The first two belong on children and…

Guest Post: Fashion Crimes in Alternative Clothing Stores

Guest author Anna writes… Being a teenager, I think that the fashion police would probably heavily disagree with most of my fashion choices, especially because I’m one of those crazy 16-year-olds who dress partially to get a rise out of people. I take a lot of pride in my style, though, and even though my clunky black boots, miniskirts, fishnet tights and brightly colored knee-socks won’t be appearing in fashion magazines anytime soon, I take pride in my unique style, and often get compliments. Of course, these compliments tend to be from other wacky teenagers, but whatever. I think that people can pull of most anything if they carry themselves with confidence. Some things, however, no one can pull off….

Guest Post: Anna Sui’s runway collection – wallflowers steer clear!

Nikki Smith writes… I have to admit that after spending a good while on www.vogue.com I was less than inspired, until I came across Anna Sui’s latest eclectic Spring/Summer collection, with her mix of crazy colours, styles and patterns. It was very exciting for me, the non-typical girl who hates wearing what everyone else wears and is usually bored to tears just looking through collections from such so-called fabulous designers who can’t come up with a unique idea between them. Cleverly Miss Sui had even incorporated the colours in various hairstyles of the models. From blue, to pink to red depending on the outfit the model was wearing. Fabulous indeed.

Guest Post: I Refuse to Wear Skinny Jeans

Danielle writes… I hate skinny jeans with an unreasonable passion. When they first came out, I thought to myself, “There is absolutely no way that you will get me into a pair of those. I am having trouble breathing just looking at those pants.” I am a curvy girl. I’ve got so much junk in the trunk, it’s hard to drive the car over a speed bump for fear of jostling everything around back there. You will never see me in a pair of skinny jeans because I look like a clown. Who declared it fashionable for curvy girls to wear skinny jeans and flats? Has anyone noticed that it makes us look like clowns? I’ve done a (I think)…

Guest Post: In praise of Karl Lagerfeld

Andy Wass writes… Like any young professional, I constantly think about my resume – How long was that internship? Did I forget a recommendation? I’m pretty satisfied with my experience and look forward to a future of opportunity. Then I think about Karl Lagerfeld. Not only has he established himself as a hugely iconic and influential designer through his work with Chanel, Fendi and Chloe – he’s an all-around over-achiever, an A-student who does extra credit “for fun.” What’s his secret? Why do I envy him so, yet marvel at each factoid I learn about him? I don’t remember a love-at-first-sight moment, but my fascination with Lagerfeld has been gradual, weird and ever-increasing.

Fashion Gripes: Stock issues at Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge? We need to talk. Remember this dress? It appeared on your website back in March, and we liked it so much we made it a Dress of the Day. But the stock, it was low, and the dress, it sold out, so we never did get our sticky little hands on this object of drop-pocket gorgeousness. Then, this week, the dress came back. You can only imagine our excitement, Miss Selfridge, as we feverishly navigated the site, our breath coming short and sharp as we checked whether it was available in the size we wanted. It was not. Here’s the thing, though, Miss Selfridge. This dress? Is not available in ANY size on your website. At all. So,…

Fashion Confessions…

So, we all have them, don’t we? Those dirty, dark little fashion-related secrets that we hope no one will ever find out about because if they do, we’re in a helluva lot of trouble with The Fashion Police. Well, relax. We have those secrets too. And because it’s almost Easter and we’re feeling in an "I’ll show you mine if you show me yours" kinda mood, we’re going to tell you about them. The deal is that you have to tell us some in return, OK? I confess that I… * Don’t own a single pair of black trousers* Or a white shirt*I have never understood the appeal of Tory Burch’s famous flats *And I look ridiculous in a DVF…

Fashion Gripes: The case of the missing dresses

Question: Why does Topshop’s homepage always seem to feature dresses and other items which never make an appearance in the shop? Look at this gorgeous creation, for instance: it’s right there on the homepage today but when we clicked excitedly onto the "new in" section, hot on the scent of a possible ‘Dress of the Day’, it was nowhere to be found. Just a ploy to keep us checking back to see if it arrives, do you think, or will all these homepage items one day be available to buy?