Fashion Polls & Debates

Is It Offensive? | Tesco removes “Geek” slogan clothing following complaint

Are they offensive? Tesco’s ‘Geek Sleep’ pyjamas In what has to be one of the stranger editions of our sporadic “Is it Offensive?” series, today we ask you to cast your eyes over the slogan shirt above, and answer the question: is it offensive?  At least one person out there thinks it is: and because of this, Tesco have pulled similarly printed items from its children’s range. The clothes in question all featured animals in glasses, accompanied by the words “nerd” or “geek”. You might think this is just the latest step in the ongoing trend-ification of the word “geek”, but Aneliese Whittaker, from Surrey, would disagree with you. Anelise’s 18-month old son, Logan, wears glasses due to cataracts, and his…

Do larger mannequins make you feel better about your figure?

Debenhams old-style mannequins, sized 8 – 10 Last week, Debenhams introduced size 16 mannequins (For reference, a UK size 16 is roughly equivalent to a US 12) into its stores, saying that size 16 is the “average” size of women in the UK, and the new mannequins are therefore more representative of its customers. Previously, clothes were displayed on models sized 8-10, which, says Debenhams, is unhelpful to shoppers in the store. “The average British woman is a size 16, but the high street has been showing them clothing on a mannequin that is three sizes smaller – until now,” said Debenhams director Ed Watson. “Having worked on this project for three years, we hope that it will help people…

How much of your wardrobe do you actually use?

[Image: A|Wear] In the same survey that brought us the news that people tend to be happiest with their style when they reach the age of 33, comes the revelation that a lot of us aren’t actually wearing all – or even most – of the clothes we own. According to the study commissioned by Marks & Spencer, 38% of Brits admit to only liking and wearing 50% of the clothes they own: and, to be honest, the only thing surprising about this is that the figure isn’t higher. Not making full use of the clothes at your disposal, you see, is a common complaint, which we hear regularly from both readers and friends. It seems true to say that…

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You’ll be happiest with your style when you’re 33, survey says

Marks & Spencer In your teens or twenties? Feeling like you’ve yet to develop your own style, or that nothing you wear really suits you? Don’t worry: just give it a few years and it’ll all work itself out, because according to a new survey by Marks and Spencer, most Brits don’t really feel comfortable with their style until they hit the age of 33, while 24 is the age at which we feel the least stylish. Does this sound familiar to anyone? We tend to take these surveys with a very generous pinch of salt, but although we could quibble with the exactness of the ages quoted, the general principle does make a lot of sense. For many people,…

POLL: How often do you shop for clothes?

We thought we’d start the week with a little bit of a “getting to know you” session, so this morning we’re asking the question: how often do you shop for clothes? (Or shoes, or accessories, or anything else that falls under the general banner of “fashion”, basically….( [Shirt: Wildfox] Reading fashion magazines and blogs, it’s very easy to come to the conclusion that everyone is shopping CONSTANTLY. How else do all those bloggers manage to have a new outfit to show off every day of the week? And how do you explain the fact that certain stores seem to sell out of new items instantly (Topshop and Zara, we’re looking at you…) if there aren’t legions of women, all with…

What are your wardrobe essentials?

Your closet goes on fire, and all your clothes are lost. Which wardrobe essentials would you buy to replace them in a hurry? Imagine your closet went on fire. It’s OK: no one gets hurt, and the closet itself escapes pretty much unscathed, but… your clothes are all gone. Yes, all of them. You now find yourself in the unusual position of having to buy yourself an entire new wardrobe – or at least enough to get by on for a few weeks – in a hurry. The question is, what would you buy? We all love to drool over pretty dresses and beautiful shoes, and to indulge in the fashion trends we love (while completely ignoring the ones we…

matchy matchy look

Style Trial: The Matchy-Matchy Look

Do you pride yourself on perfectly coordinated outfits, or do you think the “matchy matchy” look is a crime of a fashion? The Fashion Police pose the question: Can you be too matchy matchy? Matching your shoes to your bag, your bag to your dress, your dress to your lipstick, your lipstick to your nails… Go back a couple of decades or so, and no one would have batted an eyelid (coated in matching eye shadow, naturally) at any of this. In fact, not so long ago, being coordinated was seen as a GOOD thing: it was what stylish people did, and you’d no more clash the colours of your clothing than you’d go out in a pair of shoes…

Do you return clothes you’ve already worn?

According to a survey by PromotionalCodes.org.uk, 56% of shoppers have tried to return an item of clothing they’ve already worn: i.e. they wore the item without removing the label, and then returned it a few days later for a full refund – a bit like using clothing stores as their own personal lending library. Now,we’re always a little sceptical about studies like this. This one used a sample of 520 people, which is probably not representative of everyone in the UK. We know some people do happily admit to doing this kind of thing, though, so today we thought we’d do a quick survey of our own, and ask: would YOU? Now, in asking this question, we’re hoping the percentage who answer “yes”…

Do You Wear White Before Memorial Day?

Can you wear white before Memorial Day? This is a question that comes up around this time every year, as people start digging out their summer wardrobes and desperately waiting for it to be warm enough to actually wear them. Which brings us to the question: can you wear white before Memorial Day? White tends to form a large part of many summer wardrobes, but some of you may have been raised with the old rule that you shouldn’t wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. So, can you? Dress: La Redoute First things first: if you’re from anywhere other than the US, you may not have a clue what we’re talking about here. Memorial Day is celebrated…

How much would you pay for…the perfect jeans?

The perfect jeans: they’re one of the Holy Grails of fashion, and they’re almost as difficult to find, too. In fact, if we were given the choice between a quest for the Grail, and a quest for the perfect jeans, we’d probably choose the former. Well, at least we’d get to see a bit of the world that way: when you’re searching for a new pair of jeans, all you get to see is the inside of a lot of sweaty changing rooms. Given the difficulty of the task at hand, then, today we begin a short series of polls in which we aim to find out just how much you typically spend on those so-called “basics”. Of course, this…

Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic

Can you have too many clothes?

As Vivienne Westwood criticises Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, for having “too many clothes”, The Fashion Police ask: IS there such a thing? Can you have too many clothes, or is it a case of “the more, the merrier”? Becky Bloomwood doesn’t think you can have too many clothes… unless Hugh Dancy says so.  Can you have too many clothes? Vivienne Westwood’s at it again. Last year she criticised Kate Middleton’s eyeliner; this year she says the Duchess of Cambridge has too many clothes, and should wear the same thing over and over in order to help the environment. Guess it must be Fashion Week again, then! “I don’t have any advice to her,” said Westwood, before going on to…

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What are your winter wardrobe essentials?

[Image: Betty Barclay] Last week we talked about the wardrobe essentials that aren’t really essential at all, and reading your responses to that post got us curious: thanks to your comments, we now know which items you CAN live without – but what about the ones you CAN’T live without. In other words: what ARE your wardrobe essentials? Now, in asking this question, we have to first of all acknowledge that there is no “one size fits all” answer to it. As we mentioned in our previous post on this subject, the simple fact is that we’re not all the same (Are you listening to this, fashion designers?), so one woman’s “essential” item can easily be another woman’s crime of…

J Crew and Old Navy polka dot sweaters

Would you pay $100 for an Old Navy sweater

You’ve probably seen an image much like the one above on a whole lot of fashion blogs by now, haven’t you? The story is a simple one: J Crew make an awesome, polka dot cashmere sweater. But it’s cashmere, and, well, it’s J Crew (which is charging the same prices as some designer brands we could mention these days…), so it’s pretty expensive: $268, to be precise. Ouch. Enter Old Navy. They make their own dupe of the coveted polka dot sweater. It isn’t cashmere, but that doesn’t matter, because it’s not $268, either: in fact, it’s a much more reasonable $25. Yay! They make it a few different colours. It’s downright adorable. So it sells out. Boo! Enter eBay:…

Royal Ascot dress code

Royal Ascot bans fascinators and short skirts

In a bid to prevent racegoers dressing like they’re going to a nightclub – or to the circus, depending on your point of view – Royal Ascot organisers have decided to tighten up on the ol’ dresscode. As of this year, female racegoers will have to wear: 1. Hats, as opposed to fascinators. (in the less formal grandstand, hats OR fascinators will be obligatory: they were previously optional-but-recommended.) 2. “Modest” skirts or dresses – i.e. hemlines must be just above the knee or longer. 3. Tops with straps: no strapless tops or dresses allowed. Or else. Men, meanwhile, will be expected to wear waistcoats and ties inside the enclosure (no cravats, you peasants!), and suits and ties in the grandstand….

Can you wear navy and black together?

Fashion “Rules” Revisited: Can you wear navy and black together?

It’s OK, settle down at the back there: we know you don’t think Pippa Middelton‘s fashion sense is ever worth talking about, but it’s OK, this isn’t about Pippa, she’s here purely for the purposes of illustration. And what is Pippa “Perfect Butt” Middleton here to illustrate, we hear you ask? Why, she’s illustrating the wearing of navy and black. Together. In the same outfit. Once considered to be the severest of fashion crimes (Penalty: social death.), this colour combo is one that pops up all the time these days, to the extent that there are probably kids alive today who have NO IDEA this was once considered a crime, imagine. Is it, though? Well, Pippa Middelton obviously doesn’t think…

How often do you wash your jeans?

How often do you wash your jeans?

How often do you wash your jeans, Fashion Police? If it’s more often than once every three months, then prepare for a shock, because a team of brave volunteers in Australia have undertaken a study to prove what The Fashion Police have known for quite some time: that jeans don’t really need to be washed all that often. The project, led by Tullia Jack, as part of her masters thesis, saw 30 men and women wear the same pair of jeans five days per week, for three months, without washing them. And how did the jeans smell by the end? “Not that bad,” apparently. Jack’s groundbreaking conclusion: “You really don’t need to wash clothes as often as you think. Stains come…

Advert featuring a size 8 model banned for glamourising anorexia

Is it offensive? Drop Dead Clothing’s “Anorexic” Model

We seem to be spending a lot of time worrying about whether things are offensive or not lately, but the Advertising Standards Agency will keep banning fashion adverts, so here’s the latest conundrum for our readers to answer: Is this model glamorizing anorexia? The ASA thinks she is: they’ve banned adverts featuring her from appearing on Drop Dead Clothing’s website on the grounds that they’re socially irresponsible as the model is “too thin”. Their statement: “We considered that in combination with the stretched out pose and heavy eye make-up, the model looked underweight in the pictures. We noted that Drop Dead’s target market was young people.We considered that using a noticeably skinny model with visible hip, rib, collar and thigh bones, who wore…