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Fashion Police Glossary: “Meggings” – male leggings

A couple of weeks ago, it was brought to our attention that is currently trying to encourage men to wear leggings: and no, we don’t mean “under trousers, when it’s really cold” or “under shorts, for long-distance running”, we mean every day. As fashion items.

Now, in the spirit of equal opportunity, The Fashion Police would have to say we can see no reason why men shouldn’t wear leggings if they so desire. If men DO want to wear leggings, however, we think they should abide by the same basic “rule” we ask women to observe. Yes, we’re talking about the Leggings Are Not Pants rule. Guys, this applies to you, too. Please don’t wear them as pants. It’s just too much information, trust us.

Of course, trust ASOS to have a solution to this issue. Here’s their suggestion for getting around the TMI issue created by “meggings”:

Ah, the metrosexual male! He’s like a little lost lamb there, isn’t it?

Is this the look you’re aiming for, men? Ladies, do you want to rip this guys clothes off? (And if so, is it just because you want to replace them with something other than meggings?) Click here to buy some meggings of your very own.

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Fashion Police Glossary: the Shacket(t)

debenhams navy dual shackett jacket

Rocha John Rocha Navy dual shackett jacket, £65 at Debenhams

Nope, not a “sheer jacket”, as per the usual pattern of Fashion Police terminology, but a jacket that shares elements in common with a shirt. A shirt-jacket. A shacket, see?

Shacket: A cross between a shirt and a jacket, similar to the apparel of a builder’s.

With us so far? Because this is where things began to get confusing over at Fashion Police HQ…

River Island’s brown (really?) chiffon (perhaps…) flower (so that’s what they are!) shackett (hmmph): £39.99, available here, and also in white.

Ignoring everything that’s wrong with the description of this piece (not to mention the spelling of “shackett”) can anyone inform us which parts of it resemble a shirt? It all looks suspiciously jacket-shaped to us…

The shacket got its first foothold in 2009, championed by Topman as the must-buy season update from their AW09 menswear collection. Its crossover into womenswear doesn’t yet seem to have taken a firm grip, with many designers and stores prefering to stick to the far less confusing “lightweight jacket” and “heavyweight shirt” rather than throw yet another dubious fash-pack term into the already heady mix.

The Fashion Police insist that the term “shacket” be allowed to fade back into the ether, and that all sh— affix compound words be run past them in the future.

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Glossary: UK and American English fashion terminology explained

You say tomAYto, we say tomAHto… readers, let’s just call the whole thing off, OK?

OK, so maybe not. There are so many differences between UK and American English when it comes to fashion, though, that it can get mighty confusing sometimes, so we’ve rounded up some of the most commonly confused terms below, to try and shed some light on things. Of course, just to make things even MORE confusing than they already were, there are regional differences in terminology in both countries, and the word you use for a certain item can depend, not only on what part of the world you’re from, but where exactly you live, what kind of upbringing you had, and what your family and friends call it. Oh, and some terms can make their way across the Atlantic in either direction, too:  we can think of quite a few US phrases which have become reasonably common here in the UK, probably because we’re so used to hearing them on American TV shows.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, then (and we haven’t even started on the differences in terminology in other parts of the world) so feel free to drop us a comment with any words we’ve missed, and we’ll add them to the list!

UK: Jumper
US: Sweater

UK: Pinafore
US: Jumper

UK: Trousers
US: Pants

UK: Pants
US: Panties/underwear

UK: Tights
US: pantyhose/hose/stockings (although opaque tights are still referred to as “tights”)

UK: Trainers
US: Sneakers

UK: Court shoes
US: Pumps

UK: Waistcoat
US: Vest

UK: Vest
US: Tank top

UK: Wellington boots/wellies
US: Rain boots

UK: Braces
US: Suspenders

UK: Suspenders
US: garters/garter belt

UK: Tracksuit bottoms
US: Sweatpants

UK: Shirt (a garment with a collar that buttons up the front)
US: Shirt (can refer to any item worn on the top of the body)

UK: Bag
US: Purse/Bag (in the UK a “purse” is used to keep coins and other currency in, and is never used to refer to a larger bag)

And, just to completely lower the tone:

UK: Bum bag
US: Fanny pack

Any you’d like to add?

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Fashion Police Glossary: The Foot Snatcher

The Foot Snatcher is a dangerous fashion criminal who gets his (or possibly her) kicks from depriving other people of theirs: in other words, the Foot Snatcher steals feet, so run, don’t walk – if you still can, that is!

Poor Kelly Clarkson, above, was a victim of the Foot Snatcher back in May 2009. As you can see, the Snatcher showed no mercy here and left Kelly’s pants trailing inches beyond where her feet would be, if she actually had any. It’s amazing she didn’t trip over those things!

The Foot Snatcher prefers to target celebrities, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can consider ourselves safe:

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Fashion Police Glossary: Fashion Victim

FASHION VICTIM: A fashion victim is someone who rigidly follows fashion, even it means dressing in clothes that don’t suit her, or just look plain ridiculous. Fashion Victims often look like they’ve been “victimised” by various fashion trends or brands, as in the image above, in which poor Daniella Westbrook took a sound beating from the Burberry stick.

Fashion Victims are the people the glossy magazines aim all of those “How are YOU going to wear this season’s sheer harem jumpsuit?” articles at. The rest of us would simply shrug and say, “Er, we’re NOT going to wear them. Because they’re sheer, harem jumpsuits, you know?” The Fashion Victim, on the other hand, takes the advice to heart. She wears the jumpsuit because she has to be seen to be “bang on trend” – a phrase developed by, and for, fashion victims.

At the centre of the Fashion Victim’s belief system is the idea that anything made by a designer label is automatically good. The Fashion Victim believes this to be true because she actually has no real style of her own: she simply follows the herd and wears what she’s supposed to, and, in the absence of any kind of critical faculty, is forced to depend on designer labels as a sign of good taste. The Fashion Victim uses highly visible logos to demonstrate how “fashionable” she is. This is because she tends to confuse “money” with “style”.

It’s also why the Fashion Victim loves Louis Vuitton:

And is happy to provide free advertising to designer brands:

(Shouldn’t THEY be paying YOU to walk around with an advert on your chest? No?)

Things Fashion Victims Say:

“But it’s DESIGNER!”
“This look was on ALL of the runways this season, so it MUST be good!”
“You just don’t understaaaaaand!”
“That’s SO last season!”

Of course, it’s possible to follow fashion – or even to love logos – without being a victim of it. That’s when true style comes into play…

Crimes of Fashion, Fashion Police Glossary, Shirts & Tops

Fashion Police Glossary: The Shrop – a sheer top

A "Shrop" by Alexander Wang

 Is this a sweatshirt or is it lingerie?  Can we call it a shrop (sheer-top)?

The existence of the “shrop” begs many questions. If it’s a sweatshirt, why is it see-through?  If it’s lingerie, why does it have thick sweatshirt sleeves?  In case your arms get cold?  The sheer section is silk, and therefore the entire garment is dry clean only.  Not exactly conducive to gym wear, dry clean only items, are they?  Another thing not conducive to gym wear (or lingerie for that matter) is the price tag.  Be grateful it is in the sale and is reduced to $298.  It formerly cost $425.

What do you think though readers?  Is this just the job for your next workout?  Or can you see yourself lounging around the bedroom in it?  If so, you can buy it here.

Adult Onesie, Crimes of Fashion, Fashion Police Glossary

Fashion Police Glossary: The Dress-Like-a-Toddler Trend

The Dress Like a Toddler Trend is a fashion movement which, although not particularly widespread, has still proved to be popular with some people. Some people who feel that adults should dress like toddlers, that is.

A large part of the Dress Like a Toddler Trend involves the wearing of adult onesies:

These guys think they look really cute, quirky, and, like, totally adorable. They don’t have girlfriends.

If they were in the comfort of their own home, it might be OK. (Unless, of course, they were hoping to get lucky that night, if you know what we mean). We’re not saying you can’t ever choose comfort over style, you see: we’re just saying that when you’re wearing the same clothes as your 11-month-old, you might want to reconsider…

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Fashion Police Glossary, Sock Horror!

Fashion Police Glossary: Sock Horror – a hosiery-related horror

(Our post earlier today about Christian Dior’s $500 socks reminded us to continue updating our Fashion Police Glossary, explaining some of the terms used on the blog. We resume today, then, with the definition of a SOCK HORROR.)

A SOCK HORROR, it goes almost without saying, is some kind of sartorial disaster involving socks, tights, or some other form of hosiery.

It could be that the socks are kinda ugly, like Bebaroque’s fringed thigh-highs:

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Fashion Police Glossary: Skapris – the alliance of skirts and capris

Skirt + Capri = Skapri

Now, we’re not saying these are a crime of fashion, exactly. They’re sportswear, after all, and we can kinda see how you’d prefer to have your ladybits covered while wearing tight capri pants, even if it does mean involving yourself in the shady world of stuck together clothes.

No comment on the item of clothing itself, then, but, in the interests of keeping our Glossary up-to-date, we thought it was worth noting that a new word has entered the fashion lexicon, and that word is “Skapri”. As you can see above, a “skapri” is what you get when you stick a skirt to a pair of capri pants: cunning, no?

Well, we guess it’s only appropriate that stuck-together-clothes have a name made up of stuck-together-words, isn’t it?

If you want to buy the item in question, it’s by Nike and it’s available from their website, here.

Fashion Police Glossary, Opinion

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!

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Fashion Police Glossary: Shell suits


When we posted about the UK's Worst Fashion Crimes yesterday, a couple of you said you weren't sure what "shell suits" were – and, of course, you wouldn't as these were mostly a British phenomenon, with the US being mercifully spared the worst of it, as far as we're aware.

The Shell Suit came to fashion prominence in- when else? – the 80s and is so far one of the few trends from that decade that has yet to be revived by over-enthusiastic fashion designers. This is something we're really, really glad about, because as the image above shows, Shell Suits were nylon-coated track pants and zip up tops, usually designed in the most garish colours possible (this one is actually quite tame) – well, it was the 80s, after all.

(Note: the image above is actually fancy dress costume, which tells you all you need to know about shell suits. The suit itself is an accurate representation of what they looked like, though.)

Although technically "leisure wear", shell suits were worn for more or less everything during the 80s, ideally with neon mismatched socks and, if you were female, a pony tail placed right on the very top of your head. Sometimes as ysterday's survey indicated, they were tucked into socks. No matter where you went, you'd see gangs of people walking around in nylon suits: they were like the Crocs of the 80s, and they were almost breathtaking in their ugliest, but, like Crocs, that didn't stop lots of people buying and wearing them.

It's been a long time now since shell suits were a common sight on the streets of Britain, and long may it remain that way. We can only assume thaht their presence in the "Top 10 Fashin Crimes" list is an indication of how deep the scars left by these items still run. Try not to have nightmares, folks…

Crimes of Fashion, Fashion Police Glossary, Shoes

Fashion Police Glossary: Bandals (a cross between boots and sandals)


They say you learn something every day, and today The Fashion Police learned that the strange boot/sandal hybrids we've been seeing so much of in the fashion world recently actually have a name. They're called bandals. (Boot/sandals. You see what they did there?)

Yes, the same fashion writers (or at least, we'd assume it was the same ones) who brought us the terms "jeggings" and "shants" have done it again, cunningly mashing two words together, in roughly the same way Office must have mashed a boot and flip-flop together to create these 'Harp' thong booties. Sorry, we mean bandals.

So now you know, folks. Now you know.

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Fashion Police Glossary: Daylight Robbery

Cropped-jersey-trousers Continuing in our occasional series in which we provide definitions of some of the terms used here at The Fashion Police, we bring you the very embodiment of the term “Daylight Robbery“, in the shape of the cropped jersey trousers you see to the left.

Daylight Robbery offences are distinct from crimes of fashion in that the items concerned are not always ugly (although some are, of course). Take these trousers. No, they’re not the most exciting items in the world – they’re a little saggy and sad looking, but they’re the kind of thing you might wear around the house if you just wanted to be comfortable and relax.

But they’re £255 / $370. Not a huge amount of money in the great scheme of things, but expensive for a pair of cropped jersey pants.

Why is this, do you think? Is it because they’re of superior quality? Well, they’re a nylon/rayon mix, which doesn’t sound particularly luxurious to us. Are they a totally unique design? Again, we’ve seen lots of pairs of pants like this, so no, not really. Was their designer up all night, in a fever of creativity, in order to come up with a piece of wearable art? We doubt it.

Is it just because they’re designed by Rick Owens, then? We think we could be onto something, here. In fact, we strongly suspect the only reason people would consider these to be worth that amount of money, is because of the label inside them. That, readers, is what makes them an act of Daylight Robbery.

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY, then, is defined as the act of charging the earth for something that’s just not worth it, whatever it is. You’ll find more examples in our Daylight Robbery archive

What do you think, though? Would you pay £255 for something like this? Are we missing something?

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses, Fashion Police Glossary

Fashion Police Glossary: “Shress”

Shress Definition: In the language we like to think of as “fashion-speak”, a “shress” is simply a sheer dress. Sheer dress = “shress”. See what they did there?

(See also: “Shants“)

The “shress” first came to the notice of the Fashion Police in the 2007/2008 season, when various designers (Dior, Christopher Kane, etc)  began parading them down their runways. Clearly these designers were (mostly) just having a laugh, but some retailers decided to take the so-called “trend” seriously, and tried to flog the “shresses” to unsuspecting buyers, thus creating an “Emperor’s New Clothes” type scenario in which people would be expected to pay a small fortune for… well, nothing really.

And still it goes on. The Fashion Police have yet to hear of anyone other than Agyness Deyn (who doesn’t really count) actually wearing a “shress” in real life, but some retailers continue to offer them for sale. The one on this page is a particularly good example of the breed, allowing its wearer to essentially walk around naked, having paid £180 for the privilege. We wouldn’t really class it as “not safe for work” because we think the model’s wearing a flesh-coloured thong, but we’re putting it behind a cut, just to be on the safe side.

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What are Jeggings? – a.k.a. jean leggings


Things are getting out of hand in the world of “words invented by fashion writers”, aren’t they? We’ve had “shants” (“sheer pants”, to the uninitiated), “shresses” (sheer dresses) and, of course “treggings” (a cross between trousers and leggings), and now the good folks at* have been at it again, using the terms “jegging” to denote a cross between leggings and jeans.

Why yes, that IS the same thing as “denim leggings”, now you mention it, and actually, they’re not a kick in the ass off a little something we at The Fashion Police like to call “skinny jeans”, either. We have no particular beef with the leggings themselves: we learned to accept leggings a while ago, and as we say, these are too close to skinny jeans for us to have serious issues with them, but we would like to call a halt to the coining of stupid names that’s been going on in fashion-land for a while now.

Seriously, why do denim leggings need to be referred to as “jeggings”? And while we’re on the subject, why are “jeggings” (shudder) singled out for special attention? Where will it all end? Will we be forced to start referring to black leggings as “bleggings”, red ones as “reggings” and those shiny, latex ones that’ve been everywhere lately as “sheggings”? We think that’s the way it’s going, and let us be the first to stick our heads above the parapet and say WE REFUSE. We will call them “leggings” and we don’t care who corrects us. Who’s with us?

* Note: the example was the first we happened to come across of the use of “jegging” but for all we know, they may not be the only ones…

Crimes of Fashion, Fashion Police Glossary, Shoes

Fashion Police Glossary: Impostor Footwear

Impostor_footwearImpostor Footwear: the Fashion Police cells are absolutely full of it, but what is it, we hear you ask?

Impostor Footwear is exactly what the name suggests: shoes, boots and socks that are all pretending to be something they’re not. In other words: impostors. Into this category go the Boots-Pretending-to-Be-Shoes, the Socks-Pretending-to-Be-Boots, and everything in between.

Although some forms of Impostor Footwear can look perfectly fine, the truth is that most Footwear Impostors are also Fashion Criminals, so we’ve included a Rogue’s Gallery of them under the jump, to help you identify the miscreants, should the need arise…

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