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

As another working week draws to a close, we invite you to pour yourself a coffee, grab yourself a donut, and cast a quick eye over the following Style Suspects. These items are all suspected of committing crimes of fashion: but which items are innocent, and which are guilty? Let’s find out…

House of Holland Maribou Sweat Skirt

Suspect #1 : House of Holland Maribou Sweat Skirt, £120

This is one of those occasions when our job as Fashion Police is made even easier by the fact that we can tell the suspect is guilty just by reading the product description. Seriously: maribou sweat skirt? That sounds like a skirt made out of a sweatshirt – maybe with some maribou trim, perhaps! – and yup, that’s exactly what it is. Now, we’re not totally opposed to skirts made out of sweatshirt fabric. Doesn’t sound like the kind of thing we’d LOVE, but we guess in the right hands it could be  cute, in a comfy-casual kinda way. This skirt, however, looks like it’s been crafted from an ACTUAL sweatshirt, and therein lies the problem. It also looks like it was once fully maribou-d up, but then someone came along and plucked it. That’s another problem right there.

(We’d also be interested to hear your thoughts on the ankle socks/stiletto combination.)

Suspect # 2: Topshop cat face leggings, £28

Topshop cat face leggings

There’s just no way to avoid being dubbed a “crazy cat lady” in these, is there? And, you know, we love cats as much as the next person, but there’s something about these that’s just plain creepy. We think it’s the eyes on the thighs. Eyes and thighs just don’t mix, do they?

Suspect #3: Junya Wantanabe patchwork jeans, £525

patchwork jeans

Things We Learned from Fashion: never throw out your old jeans. Just slap on some patches, and sell them for £500: sorted!

And finally…

Suspect # 4: This entire outfit

spotted outfit

It’s like Cruella de Vil meets the Dress Like a Toddler trend. That can’t be good. Can it?

So! The evidence is now before you, ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury: now it’s up to you decide which of these items – if any – are guilty of committing crimes of fashion. Over to you!


  • September 27, 2013


    I don’t get it! Why would you pay that much for patched jeans? I saw some at a vintage store for $30 USD… No, I didn’t buy them, but still. Ridiculous price tag up there!

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  • September 27, 2013


    I do not understand why anyone would pay money for designer patches rather than going to the thrift and craft store and making your own unique! designer! ugly pants. They will still be ugly, but at least they would be cheap.

    The cat face leggings: if worn as leggings, those eyes would be peeking out from under the top. Maybe a long, jungle green top with fringe around the hem? LOL But the temptation to wear them as pants, so everyone could see the whole pattern, would be too much with these, making them a couple of fashion crimes.

    The other two are guilty of total ugliness.

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  • September 28, 2013


    Look #1: Oh no! My cat crawled into the dryer and I turned it on!

    Look #2: Don’t get me started on the pussy jokes….

    Look #3: I had those pants in 8th grade. Horrifying.

    Look #4: Designer cow costume.

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  • September 29, 2013


    The Cruella De Vil outfit seams (sorry) like the perfect candidate for a wear-or-die challenge

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