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      Faces in Places: Anna Sui suede mini dress

      Can you see it? Can you see the face on this Anna Sui suede mini dress? Because we can see a face on this dress: and it’s not a happy face either. In fact, it’s a grump, annoyed face – a face that clearly says, “For crying out loud: why am I attached to a stupid suede mini dress? Why wouldn’t I have been a vintage Dior ballgown? Or something Taylor Swift might wear? Instead I’m stuck here with birds for eyes, and a really big nose…” Now can you see it? OK, OK, bad Photoshop is bad, we get it. But you see the face now, right? And now that you’ve seen it, you can’t UN-see it. That’s the…

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      Dresses can be fashion crimes too

      [Buy it here] Last week we mentioned that, when it comes to fashion crimes, trousers seem to commit more than their fair share of them. Well, let the record show that dresses aren’t totally innocent either. Take the dress above, for instance. Now, we’re going to bet that a lot of you will like this. It has that whole, “Look, I’m naked under this meagre smattering of lace!” look going on, and people seem to LOVE that for some reason. We don’t, needless to say – we’ve actually had nightmares in which we’re out in public wearing just a meagre smattering of lace – but it’s not the top half of the dress we want to talk about today: it’s…

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      Guess What It Is

      Anyone feel like hazarding a guess at what this is? Without cheating by scrolling down the page for the answer, we mean? Is it a sleeping bag? A tent? Some kind of Ikea lampshade cover? Because it totally looks like an Ikea lampshade cover, don’t you think? It isn’t, though. Although we’d possibly like it better if it was. No, this colourful item is, in fact… [Buy it] ..a designer dress! Which will cost you £1,172.53. One. Thousand. One. Hundred. And Seventy Two. Pounds. And fifty-three pence. Nope, it doesn’t get any easier to believe the more you say it. Quite the opposite, in fact. What people choose to spend their money on is their business, obviously, but we have…

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      The Ugliest Dresses of 2014

      We hope all our officers are having a happy holiday season, and taking the opportunity to rest up and get ready for a super-stylish new year. Right now, though, it’s still 2014, and we’re continuing our look back at some of the biggest fashion fails of the year – in our opinion, at least. This time we’re looking at some of the ugliest dresses of the year, and, as with our last roundup, these are all items from our archive , which means you’re unlikely to be still be able to buy most of them – unless you’re very unlucky. Here are some of our least favourite dresses of the year:  Meadham Kirchhoff rubber apron dress 2013 brought us one of…

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      We’re, like, totally obsessed with this orange Valentino dress

      Valentino orange silk dress, $3,700 We’ve always hated it when people use the word “brave” to describe someone’s fashion choices. Not only is it something of a back-handed compliment to give someone, (“Oh, that’s such a BRAVE choice!” is generally fashion-speak for, “Wow, what a hot mess!”) it also leaves you with no way to describe things that are ACTUALLY “brave”. If wearing clothes is “brave”, how do you describe someone who runs into a burning building to rescue a kitten, for instance? You’d have no words, would you? (See also: people who use the word “OBSESSED” when what they actually mean is “I glanced at this, and I quite like it, but I’ll have forgotten all about it by the…

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      When Maxi Dresses Go Wrong

      The maxi dress. It’s a summer staple for many people: throw one on with a pair of sandals and a floppy sunhat, and you’re all set for a day by the pool, a trip to the beach, a leisurely day’s sightseeing… you can fill in the rest of this list yourself, we’re sure. Not only is the maxi dress a lightweight alternative to shorts, sundresses or all of those other summer options, it can also be very forgiving to the figure: unless, of course, it looks like this: Black maxi dress, $24 We have a grudging respect for this dress. It’s just so unapologetic, isn’t it? The girl who wears this dress isn’t going to fuss around, adding silly layers…

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      Style Trial | Zara eye print dress: a fashion blogger favourite…

      very year, Zara manages to create an item of clothing which is snapped up and worn by absolutely everyone. And by “absolutely everyone”, we mean “by fashion bloggers”. Fashion bloggers often seem to exist in their own little trend microcosm, don’t they? For instance, we don’t recall seeing anyone wearing THAT Zara skort (which was LAST year’s fashion blogger ‘must have’) in “real” life, but every fashion blogger on the internet seemed to have one, and so it is with this eyeball-print dress. This dress is currently sold out online, but if you’re lucky you may be able to find one in store, and if not, there’s always eBay, where you’ll find tons of them, all selling for double the price…

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      Would you wear… Peacocks’ £1.99 lace dress?

      Last week, UK fashion chain Peacocks rather cleverly managed to drum up some publicity for themselves by selling a dress for the bargain price of just £1.99 – about $3.30, for those of you in the U.S. The dress is shown above: it was a little lace number, available in mint or lilac, and, predictably enough, it sold out so quickly it managed to crash the brand’s website. Not to worry, though: Peacocks have announced plans to repeat the experiment in the future, with other low-priced dresses to come. Our question is: what do you think of them? For those of you worried about the ethics of buying clothes which are cheaper than your morning cappuccino, you can relax a…

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      Dress of the Day has moved!

      ASOS pleated cami dress, £38 You might have noticed that our Dress of the Day column has been more like “Dress of the Every So Often” lately. It’s not that we haven’t been spotting dresses we love: far from it, in fact –  the current spring/summer collections have provided us with some of the best DOTD fodder we’ve seen in years, it’s just that we’ve been so busy with our other police work that we haven’t had time to write up reports on them all for you. Rather than have you miss out on all of those wonderful dresses, then, as of this week, Dress of the Day will be moving to Twitter, Facebook and Google +, and if you…

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      REAL vs STEAL | Mint lace dresses by Dolce & Gabbana and RoseGal

      L-R: Dresses by Dolce & Gabbana and RoseGal Today’s edition of “Real Vs Steal” features a very literal interpretation of that phrase: the lower-priced dress isn’t simply “inspired by” its designer counterpart – it’s such an exact copy of it that it could be said to be literally “stealing” the designer style. The designer dress in question is this mint beauty by Dolce & Gabbana. Our sister site ShoeperWoman featured this dress earlier this week, and we instantly fell in love with it. As it costs a bank-breaking £1,885, however, we resigned ourself to the fact that we’d never get to wear anything remotely like it – until Fashion Police informer, Claudia, emailed us the link to the RoseGal copy,…

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      Dress of the Day | ASOS SALON Organza Floral Prom Dress

      ASOS SALON Organza Floral Prom Dress, £85 We make no apology for featuring ASOS as our Dress of the Day so soon after the last time: yet again, the brand has released a fantastic summer collection, which seems designed to appeal to those of us who love retro-inspired fashion, midi dresses and, of course, jacquard fabrics. ASOS released quite a few floral jacquard dresses last year, and it’s possible we ended up buying them all. Whoops. This season, they’ve done it again: whether WE “do it again” remains to be seen, but we think there’s a pretty good chance – especially if this dress happens to go on sale at any point. We can’t afford it, and we’ve nowhere to wear…

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      Closet Confidential | Boden ‘Nancy’ dress in blue Riviera print: review

      Closet Confidential offers you a peek inside the Fashion Police closet, seeing what we’ve been buying, what we’ve been returning, and – most importantly – what we thought of it. Today, Chief of Police Amber takes a look at Boden’s ‘Nancy’ dress in ‘blue Riviera’ print, which you may remember as a former Dress of the Day candidate… Boden ‘Nancy’ dress in blue ‘Riviera’ print, £89 I pre-ordered this dress as soon as it appeared on the Boden summer preview site. I was totally won over by the pretty landscape print, as well as by the 50s-inspired wide neckline and full skirt. The dress finally arrived last week, and here’s what you need to know about it: Shipping As I…

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      Dress of the Day | Definitions Check Blosson Print Dress

      Definitions Check Blossom Print Dress, £59 This dress is so pretty that when we first came across it we assumed it must be too expensive to even think about buying. As it turns out, however, it’s a pretty reasonably £59 from Very, who we’ve now made a mental note to check out more often. We really like the two-tone blossom print on this dress: the shades of pink, lilac and yellow all work together really well, while the fitted bodice and flirty skirt will make it the kind of thing you could dress up with heels for an evening out, or wear with a casual jacket and sandals on a spring day. As for the rest of the summer collection…

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      Dress(es) of the Day | ASOS Skater dress with floral embroidery

      ASOS skater dress, £75 It’s a little bit shorter (OK, make that a BIG bit shorter… ) than the dresses we normally feature in this slot, but for those of you who like your hems mini-length, we think this is a cute little dress for summer. From the slightly higher-priced ASOS Collection line, the intricate embroidery on the hem and bodice help account for the more-expensive-than-we’d-expect-from-ASOS price tag, but at £75 it’s not extortionate either. The beautiful, cobalt blue colour, meanwhile, is really striking, and provides a nice backdrop for the different colours in the embroidered sections. If this is just a little too short for you, however, here’s a longer option, in a similar style: ASOS Premium Midi Skater…

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      Dress of the Day | Oasis swallow-print skater dress (in two lengths!)

      Oasis swallow-print skater dress, £48 Bird-print dresses never seem to go out of style – and nor do skater dresses, for that matter. This swallow-print dress from Oasis, however, managed to grab our attention today for two reasons: 1. The colour. For some reason, bird print dresses generally tend to come in either navy or black, so this bottle green makes a nice change. 2. The fact that it comes in two different lengths. Now, granted, there’s not a HUGE amount of difference between the lengths of the two dresses shown above. Both of them hit a good few inches above the knee, so it’s not like Oasis have provided us with the choice between mini and midi… or even…

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      DOTD | Boden ‘Nancy’ dress in blue Riviera print

      Boden Nancy dress,£89 We realise Boden’s ‘Nancy’ dress isn’t exactly appropriate for the current climate here in the frozen north, but that’s OK: this dress is part of the Boden summer preview, and although you CAN pre-order it now (And if you like it, you probably should, because we don’t see this one sticking around for long…), it’ll be at least eight weeks before you’ll actually own it. Will it be warm enough to wear it by then? Well, probably not, to be completely honest. But it’ll be warm enough ONE day, and that’s good enough for us. The Boden ‘Nancy’ dress comes in three different prints, but this ‘Riviera’ version is the one everyone’s been talking about. Featuring a…

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      DOTD | Collectif ‘Dorothy’ Tulle Floral Swing Dress

      Dorothy Tulle Floral Swing Dress, £150 Well, isn’t this just an absolute dream of a dress? At £150, it’s just a little bit pricier than we’re used to paying for Collectif, but if you visit the site and zoom in on the fabric, you’ll see why: layers of delicate tulle embroidered with pretty little roses, finish off a classic, 50s-style dress, complete with pleated, bardot neckline. This is the kind of dress that would be perfect for a summer wedding, and might even work if you’re one of the bridesmaid’s – or even the bride herself, come to think of it. This has a bit of a “Grace Kelly” vibe to it, and is designed to appeal to lovers of…

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      DOTD | Coast mesh ‘Alberta’ dress

      Coast ‘Alberta’ dress, £135 We have so much love for Coast’s current collection that we could have picked any number of dresses as our Dress of the Day. No, seriously. We’ve picked this ‘Alberta’ dress for a few reasons. One is simply that we love mint green/aqua, and we don’t care who knows it. The other, however, is that is an example of the mesh (or any other sheer fabric) used for good rather than evil in the making of an item of clothing. Remember those Topshop “sweaters” we arrested last week? That’s an example of sheer fabric that’s turned to the Dark Side. This dress, however? This uses layers of sheer mesh to create a diaphanous, glamorous feel, and…

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      DOTD | F&F Oval Spot Print Prom Dress

      F&F Oval Spot Print Prom Dress, £35 Over the past few weeks, we’ve become big fans of Tesco’s F&F range. The prices are low – as you’d probably expect from a supermarket brand – but the quality is high: or, at least, it has been in our experience. We wouldn’t, for instance, have guessed that this particular dress came from the same supermarket we buy our cornflakes and bottles of Pinot Grigio from. It has a wonderful, retro feel to it, and the exaggerated skirt, with its monochrome spot print, has much more of a “wow” factor than we’d normally expect from something that’ll set you back just £35. This is a limited edition piece, and it’s also an online…

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      Dress of the Day | Forever Unique Structured Dress with Bow

      Forever Unique Structured Dress With Bow, £250 It’s been a while since our last Dress of the Day post, which means we should probably think about re-naming it “Dress of the Every-Few-Months” or “Dress of the Whenever-We-Feel-Like-It-Really”. That doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, though, so, in a bid to get back into our regular posting schedule, we bring you this Forever Unique pencil dress, even although we’re pretty sure some of you will hate it. It’s the peplum that’s the issue, isn’t it? It’s just a little bit extravagant – as is the bow, for that matter – which means it definitely won’t be to everyone’s taste. That’s OK, though: nothing actually IS to everyone’s taste, which…

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      The Ugliest Dresses of 2013

      Each year, as December comes to a close, The Fashion Police like to take a look back through the case files, and round up some of the worst fashion crimes of the year just gone. This year, we’re starting off with a look at the dress section of our jailhouse, so sit back, relax (if you can), and take a look at our gallery of the ugliest dresses of 2013! (Note: These products go right back to the start of the year, and many – if not most – are now out of stock.  We’re pretty sure you’ll be able to live with this knowledge, but just in case you can’t, we’ve indicated where each dress came from on the…

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      Spaghetti straps over t-shirts: the 90s revived

      We haven’t said much about the 90s-revival that’s been going on in fashion for a while now: mostly because we were hoping that if we ignored it for long enough, it would simply go away. Well, it didn’t go away. And now the stores are full of items of clothing that look like this: Dresses: Miss Selfridge Spagetti-strap dresses over white t-shirts: all you need is a velvet choker and a pair of Doc Martens, and it’ll be like 1995 never ended. GOD. Back then, of course, people wore ACTUAL dresses, over ACTUAL t-shirts, not this “stuck together” nonsense that prevails nowadays. This was all fields then, of course. Onesies were just for babies. Crocs hadn’t been invented. People didn’t…

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      TFP’s Ultimate Party Dresses Roundup

      Today is the last day on which you’ll be able to order something online and have it delivered before Christmas (for many retailers, at least: there are a few who’re offering express delivery later in the week!), so if you’re still looking for party dresses for Christmas day, New Year’s Eve, or anything in between, now’s your last chance! To take some of the hard work out of your search, we’ve rounded up our favourite party dresses from UK high street retailers: we don’t claim to have found something for everyone in this selection, but out of the thirty different dresses on the page, we hope you’ll find something you like. So sit back, take a look, and we hope you…

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      Dress(es) of the Day | Stripe prom dresses from F&F and Topshop

      L-R: F&F, Topshop It’s a double-whammy DOTD for you today as we bring you, not one, but two stripe prom dresses! We discovered the dress on the left of the image first: it’s by Tesco’s F&F line, which we’ve been increasingly impressed with lately. You might remember the “winter” floral scuba dress which cropped up as a DOTD alternative a couple of weeks ago: having now had the opportunity to examine the suspect in person, we can confirm that it’s a lovely dress, and excellent quality for the price, so we have high hopes of this stripe number, too. It’s made from the same scuba fabric, so it should be hard-wearing and crease-free. The design, meanwhile, is one that’s always…

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      Dress of the Day | Oscar de la Renta Two-tone cotton-blend brocade dress

      Oscar de la Renta dress, £2,990 OK, it’s a little bit pink, we’re not denying it. Or a BIG bit pink even. It’s also £3,000 (well, close enough) and completely sold out, so seeing as this one is well and truly in the category of “fantasy shopping”, we may as well indulge ourselves by imagining that: a) We could afford it b) We’d have somewhere to wear it c) We’re the kind of people who could effortlessly pull off two different shades of pink Unfortunately for us, none of the above actually applies, but then again, it doesn’t really need to when you’re fantasy window shopping, so let’s just sit back, relax, and be thankful that it costs nothing to…

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      Five party dresses under £25

      pink strapless prom dress, £20; oriental print dress, £18; silver jacquard dress, £20; red crepe dress, £18 A £20 party dress, which you can pick up at the supermarket, and pay for along with the rest of your groceries? It doesn’t exactly SOUND like the most stylish solution to a Christmas wardrobe crisis, but when we headed over to George at Asda to check out the party dresses, we found quite a few that we wouldn’t kick out of the closet. All of the dresses above are under £25 – in fact, none of them are over £20 – so if you’re hoping to get through the party season while sticking to a budget, don’t overlook the supermarket, is what we’re…

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      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…

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      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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      DOTD | Lela Rose floral print satin dress

      Lela Rose floral print satin dress, £1,440 Floral print is intrinsically connected to spring and summer fashion, for many of us, but there’s really no reason why that should always be the case: there’s no “rule” we can think of preventing the wearing of florals in autumn and winter, and if there were, well, we probably wouldn’t pay much attention to it anyway, so there’s that. Furthermore, winter florals are currently a bit of a “thing” in the fashion world, which means that if you DO worry about being “on trend”, you don’t need to concern yourself about this particular dress. Not that most of us would be worrying, anyway, of course: at £1,440, this is strictly a “fantasy shopping”…

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      Dress of the Day | Collectif ‘Regina’ polka flock dress

      Collectif ‘Regina’ polka flock dress, £55 Collectif’s winter collection recently arrived online, and more than a few of the pieces have already made their way onto The Fashion Police’s ‘WANTED!” list. And also into The Fashion Police’s closet, if we’re going to be completely honest about this. The ‘Regina’ polka flock dress is one of the items currently on that list: although Collectif is technically a “retro reproduction” label, it’s a little less expensive than many similar brands (At £55, this dress is priced similarly to a mid-range high street store), which makes it that little bit more lethal to our bank balances. This dress has tons of old-fashioned glamour, but won’t look out of place in a contemporary setting…