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Outerwear, Style On Trial

This coat is totally ‘armless

sleeveless coat

This coat isn’t a crime of fashion: or not in our book, anyway.

Actually, it’s quite nice: we love the colour, like the slim, unfussy shape… nope, no issues with THIS coat. Well, other than the lack of arms, obviously. This coat, you see, is totally armless (GEDDIT). It’s not particularly a sartorial issue, you understand, because as we say, its appearance is perfectly inoffensive. So we guess our main question with this one is whether or not you’d pay £89 for a piece of winter outerwear, which would require you to buy/wear other items in order for it to fulfil its purpose AS outerwear.

This isn’t a new concept, obviously. We submit into evidence the humble body-warmer, which is also sleeveless, and which is generally teamed with a chunky sweater or fleece in order to render it serviceable. Bodywarmers are causal, country-side attire, however. They can get away with it. This coat is more of a “city slicker” shape. It would look odd with a hoodie or super-chunky sweater underneath… we reckon your best bet would be a pair of long leather gloves, which could make for an interesting look, but even the longest ones tend to only reach just above the elbow, so you could be looking at a bit of a cold shoulder. God, we’re so punny today!

What do you think: totally ‘armless, or a bit strange, really?

Style On Trial

Honey, I Shrunk the Fashion Models…

 

oversized white shirt

oversized grey sweater

shirt / sweater

So, the over-sized look is “in”, we guess. And, just in case the giant orange dress from our last post wasn’t enough of a clue about that, ASOS helpfully bring us the type of shirt and sweater that make the model look like’s she’s been the victim of some kind of hilarious “shrinking” experiment, but hasn’t had time to shop for clothes in her new size yet.

We present these more as a ‘Style Trial’ or a simple trend alert than as a fashion crime as such – although we certainly think there are ample opportunities for this particular look to stray into fashion criminal territory. In the shots above, for instance, the items in question aren’t so much “overisized” in a cute-n-comfy kinda way, as they’re oversized in a “they were actually designed for adults, but they’re being worn by children” kinda way. Or a “they got reeeeeaallllly stretched out in the wash, but I’m wearing them anyway,” kinda way.

That makes the effect more comical than casual for us, but we think many of you will disagree, and it’s true that there ARE ways to make this look work. Done right, it should create the same kind of effortless, “I just threw on my boyfriend’s sweater because it was the first thing I could find: I can’t help it if I automatically look amazing in everything!” kind off effect that you’ll also get with a good pair of boyfriend jeans (Note: we said a GOOD pair of boyfriend jeans. Unfortunately, a REALLY good pair of boyfriend jeans is hard to find, and all too often, THEY stray into fashion criminal territory, too). It’s all part of that “I totally don’t care about my appearance, I was just born beautiful” effect that’s so very on trend at the moment, but which so few people can pull off.

Done wrong, however: well, you end up with a ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Fashion Models’ scenario.

What do you think of this look? 

Jeans, Style On Trial

Style Trial | Unusually embellished denim

We realise we’re fighting a losing battle here, but we firmly believe that denim is almost always at its best when its kept nice and simple. We don’t object to a bit of distressing, and it might surprise you to know that we don’t even TOTALLY hate the look of ripped jeans. (Just as long as it’s not taken to ridiculous levels…) What we can’t really bring ourselves to love, however, is THIS kind of thing:

House of Holland ripped jeans

House of Holland ripped jeans, £195

Now, we’ve seen worse, we’ll give you that. Especially from House of Holland. In fact, to be completely honest, these are really quite restrained from House of Holland. They’re also veering dangerously close to ‘subtle clown costume’ territory, and that’s certainly enough to trigger our fashion crime radar, although whether it’s enough to actually get them arrested is up to you.

Also up on trial today are these £535 pearl-embellished boyfriend jeans:

pearl studded jeans

Tu Es Mon Tresor pearl studded jeans, £535

For us, the main appeal of boyfriend jeans is that they create a “not trying too hard” look. Stitching hundreds of pearls onto your legs would definitely count as trying quite hard, as we think it kinda ruins the simplicity of the look, but if you disagree (and plenty of people obviously DO), these ones are selling out fast despite the high price tag, so you better grab ’em fast.

Finally:

marc by marc jacobs cartoon jeans

Marc by Marc Jacobs cartoon jeans, £370

We’re guessing many of you will be too young to remember the late 80s/early 90s (lucky you!), but there was a trend during that time for “cartoon jeans”, which, as the name suggests, had giant, tacky cartoon figures stuck to them. (In a plasticy, applique material, which would gradually start to peel off with each wash: nice!). The Flintstones were popular, we seem to recall. Anyway, they looked almost exactly like these Marc by Marc Jacobs creations, and were also worn with high-top sneakers, complete with giant, puffy tongues, which had to stick straight up in the air, as in the image above. We’d hoped those times were gone for good. We were wrong.

What do you think, fashion force? These items are all On Trial: are they guilty or innocent? 
Style On Trial, Trousers/Pants

Trends on Trial | Baggy Trousers

This season, ZARA is carrying a lot of stuff like this:

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

ZARA autumn 2014 trouaers

All items: ZARA

And, OK, they’re not all “baggy”. Not exactly. Some are just stretchy. And have obviously been victimized by our old enemy, The Foot Snatcher.  Others, meanwhile, look a lot like sleepwear, or yoga pants, or some other kind of “not necessarily intended to be worn as a fashion statement… or as outdoor clothes” garments.

These ARE meant to be worn out of doors, and they’re quite a departure from the usual round of super-skinny jeans and leggings-as-pants which have reigned supreme over the fashion world for years now, so we naturally want to know what you think of them. To take the case for the defence first, we guess you could argue that:

♦  They look REALLY comfortable.

♦  Er, that’s pretty much it, really.

So, does the comfort factor make you want to don a 70s-inspired turtleneck-n-flares combo? Will foot-snatcher-style palazzo pants be replacing the skinny jeans in your wardrobe this season? One thing we can tell you is that, whether you like it or not, you probably haven’t seen the last of these styles: flares in particular seem to be making something of a comeback this season, and while all of the trousers shown above were found at Zara, they’re far from the only culprit, and we’ve been noticing a growing trend for baggy trousers at many of our other usual haunts too.

What do you think, Fashion Police jurors? Are you so grateful to have an alternative to skinnies that you don’t mind looking like your feet have been snatched, or are these outfits a step too far in the opposite direction? Leave us a comment and let us know if you think these are crimes of fashion, or innocent of all charges…

Handbags, Style On Trial

Anya Hindmarch’s cereal packet and laundry detergent clutch bags

cereal packet clutch bagss

[Buy them here]

“Wait a minute,” you’re probably thinking. Why are The Fashion Police showing me photos of cereal packets? This isn’t a breakfast blog! This isn’t what I signed up for! Where are the fashion crimes?”

Guys, you’re looking at them. Or not, depending on your point of view. These, you see, are no cereal packets. They’re clutch bags – and expensive ones, too – which are just designed to LOOK like cereal packets. So, basically, for the price of just £995, you can look like you’re walking around carrying a box of Corn Flakes. OR… and bear with us here… for the price of an ACTUAL box of Corn Flakes, you really CAN walk around carrying a box of Corn Flakes. You wouldn’t, though, would you? Because that would be silly. Important question coming up: why would it be silly to carry a box of Corn Flakes around with you, but totally cool and fashion-forward to spend almost £1,000 in order to create exactly the same effect? Questions like this are the reason The Fashion Police exist…

Don’t have a spare £1,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Just not a big fan of Frosties? That’s OK: how about one of these, instead?

Anya Hindmarch clutch bags

[buy them here]

Also by Anya Hindmarch, these bags have the benefit of being both a little cheaper (£595, as opposed to £995), and a little less literal, so there’ll be much less chance of people think you’re actually wandering around clutching a box of Daz? Does this make them better or worse, we wonder? More of a fashion crime, or less of a fashion crime? Are they, for that matter, a fashion crime AT ALL? Would you buy one of these clutch bags, readers? And if so, how much would you be willing to pay for them?

Style On Trial

Style Trial | Moschino’s Sponge Bob collection

Moschino Sponge Bob Collection Fall 2014

Moschino Sponge Bob Collection Fall 2014
Moschino Sponge Bob Collection Fall 2014

All items available here

Ever since Jeremy Scott took over at Moschino, the brand has descended into a strictly novely-wear line.  Earlier this year there was the ‘fast food’ collection, and now, for Fall 2014, we have a Spongebob-inspired range, including sweaters, bags, visors and more. Of the items shown above, the sweater is £429, the bag is £580 and the visor is a snip, at “just” £151. They’re all available to order now at Louisa Via Roma: our question is, WILL YOU order them?

Of course, the people who love this stuff argue that it’s humorous, irreverent and fun, and it’s true that even Moschino themselves poke fun at the fact that they’re able to sell this stuff for such extortionate prices:

Moschino t-shirt

[Buy it here]

It’s funny, sure, but it’s also £141, and bearing in mind that it IS just a t-shirt, and most of that price comes from the fact that it’s OMGDESIGNER, the joke may well be on you if you decide to buy it at that price.

Those who DON’T go for this novelty approach to dressing, however, simply wonder if it’s really necessary to wear a Spongebob t-shirt in order to prove they have a sense of humour. There must be other ways to inject a bit of fun into your outfit choices, after all? A way that doesn’t involve spending almost £600 to carry around a bag which people will think you stole from your little sister.

If you’re not into Spongebob, however, there are some other options out there. Like this, for instance:

Moschino dress

It’s only £5,178. Any takers?

What do you think of this latest collection? Crime of fashion, or a fun way to show your love of Spongebob AND your love of Moschino?

Skirts, Style On Trial

Style Trial | The Mullet Mini Skirt

high-low skirt red mini skirt with high-low hem

ASOS Volume Skater Skirt With Extreme Dip Back, £38

If you thought (or maybe even hoped…) high-low skirts were, like, SO last season, think again. Last week, ASOS released this red, mini version of the mullet skirt, and ever since, we’ve been scratching our heads and wondering why it reminds us so much of a rooster. (Probably the fact that it has a tail, we guess. Should a skirt ever have a tail? That’s what we’re here to find out.)

Also available in black, this is a “Mini Mullet”, although, if you want to be totally accurate, it’s really a REVERSE mullet: rather than being business in front, party in back, we think the party is is pretty up-front here, with a skirt so short the slightest breeze could cause a wardrobe malfunction. Still, on the plus side, unlike some mini skirts, you at least won’t have to worry about bending over in it: although the “tail” of the skirt isn’t exactly “long” either, it is at least longer than the front, providing enough coverage to let you feel like you’re wearing more than just a long top.

What do you think of the Mini Mullet, ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury? We’ll be the first to admit that, having never really got on board with the longer version from last summer, we’re not really loving the shorter version either. High-low skirts always struck us as being what we call a Fashion Flash-In-the-Pan: one of those items you’ll be able to look back on in years to come and instantly say, “Oh yeah, summer of 2013, right? There’s not necessarily anything WRONG with that, of course, especially if you’re someone who prides themselves on being up-to-the-minute with trends, but we’ve personally never been into spending money on items we’ll only wear for one season, so they were never high on our lust list.

With that said, at least the long versions had a certain floaty, hippie-like appeal to them, which is missing from this “red rooster” skirt. What do you think: would you wear it?

Style On Trial, Trousers/Pants

Even ASOS think these trousers are an awkward length: would you wear them?

ASOS awkward length trousers

ASOS awkward length trousers, £35

When these trousers first appeared on the ASOS website yesterday, the product description called them “awkward length trousers”: in fact, they’re still described that way in the Google search:

awkward

Awkward.

Since then, however, they’ve changed the description, and now simply describe them as “cropped trousers in tropical Hawaiian print”. Which is a little less… awkward. Well, we guess it doesn’t make great business sense to describe your own products as “awkward”, although there’s no doubt that this is a length many people would agree is, indeed, somewhat difficult to wear. Why? Well, it’s a length that hits right at the widest part of the calf, thus drawing the eye straight to it: if you have short legs already, they’ll look even shorter, and if you’re at all self-conscious about your calves, then having all eyes on them might not make you feel exactly comfortable.

Are these reasons not to wear this length, though? Not at all. It may be “awakward”, but it’s no less awkward than the midi skirt, which has been enjoying huge popularity for a while now, and we reckon the same basic “rules” of engagement apply. If you want to make a mid-calf skirt look less awkward, you make sure to wear something fitted on top (we recommend crop tops: not the type that show acres of belly, but the type which sit right on the waistband), and to avoid very clumpy, leg-shortening shoes. The same principles apply to the “awkward length” pant: it may require a bit more thought than you’d give to a regular length, but it’s by no means a lost cause.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll want to actually wear these awkward-length trousers that are currently “on trend” (or so the internet informs us) however. While the loose cut of these makes them very culotte-like, and suggests they might look more or less like a skirt when worn (which we like: all the style of a full skirt, without the worry of weather-related wardrobe malfunctions), the elasticated waist and floral print also suggests that they COULD look a little like harem pants. Which we DON’T like.

What do you think of awkward-length trousers? Crime of fashion, or gold star material?

(Oh, and while ASOS may have changed the product description on this one, they are still selling “awkward” pants in their Tall section, here!)

Dresses, Style On Trial

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

Zara eyeball dress

Every 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 you’d have paid to Zara themselves. (Fashion Police tip: try typing the words “Blogger favourite” or just “blogger” into the eBay search engine for an interesting insight into all of those fashion blogger trends…). Oh, and if you DON’T want to pay double to cover your body in eyeballs (All eyes will be on you: geddit?) SheInside are selling an identical dress for just… £10.

(It may actually be the SAME dress, in all honest. We’re still not clear on whether sites like SheInside, ChicWish etc are actively copying brands like Zara, or whether the clothes are simply being made in the same factory in China, and Zara et al are just adding a bigger mark-up. Either one is possible.)

All of that aside, however, what we really want to know is what you THINK of this dress. You’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of it as the summer rolls on, because although it’s been out for a while now, it shows no sign of diminishing in popularity. Do you like it, though, or do you consider it to be a crime of fashion?

Is this dress innocent or guilty?

 

Celebrity Fashion, Style On Trial

Style Trial | Julianne Moore’s hairy dress (plus more photos from the Cannes Film Festival)

The Cannes Film Festival has been underway for a week now, and has presented us with the usual feast of fashion. Gorgeous gown, elegant coiffures, a flashback to the golden age of glamour: so far, so very stylish.

The Cannes Film Festival has also, however, brought us this dress from Julianne Moore. We need to talk about this dress.

We’ve dubbed it “The Hairy Dress”, because that was what instantly sprang to mind when we first saw the photos. Actually, though, it’s made from feathers: and Chanel feathers, at that.

The gown has a high neck, a short train, and a thick band around the waist to accommodate the pockets. We do love a dress with pockets, we must admit, but do YOU love this dress: that’s what we want to know? We think it has a certain old-fashioned glamour to it, and the colours work wonderfully with Julianne’s skin and hair colour: it’s also very much a statement dress, and the Cannes Film Festival is most definitely the place to make a statement.

What do you think? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Is it a crime of fashion, or should it be awarded a gold star? Cast your vote in the comments section below, and when you’re done with that, click through for a few more photos from Cannes this year!

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Celebrity Fashion, Style On Trial

STYLE TRIAL | Elizabeth Olsen’s See-Through Dress from the Godzilla premiere

Elizabeth Olsen at the ‘Godzilla’ European premiere

OK, so “see-through” is possibly a bit of an exaggeration here. We can only see-through PART of Elizabeth Olsen’s dress here, and given the kind of thing we’re used to seeing on the red carpet these days, that’s no small thing.

With that said, we just don’t think we’re ever going to get fully on board with the “see-through skirt” trend. Because we’re old, presumably (just thought we’d get that out there to save you the trouble..). To us, though, this kind of look will also look like a wardrobe malfunction: as if the poor starlet got dressed, but forgot to put on the petticoat which was supposed to go with the dress. “Elizabeth,” we can almost hear her mother nagging her, “Don’t go out without your petticoat: remember what I’ve told you!”

But Elizabeth DID go out without her petticoat. Either that, or Elie Saab, who designed this dress, decided to corners, and missed a bit. It’s a shame, because it’s a stunning dress, which would be even more stunning with an extra layer of fabric under the skirt: sometimes we think designers seem to feel the need to be “edgy” at all costs, and most of the time, “edgy” translates as “you have to be able to see underwear”. It happens so often now that a sheer skirt is in danger of no longer being edgy at all: it’s just becoming the norm. (This is a good thing, actually: if see-through clothes become “the norm”, then presumably NON-sheer clothes will start to seem “edgy” in comparison, and we’ll all get to be fashion-forward, while wearing exactly what we’ve always worn…)

Still, we reckon Elizabeth Olsen is managing to pull this one of, so we’re inclined NOT to arrest her. What do you think?

Style On Trial

Trend Trial | Knee Socks and Over-the-Knee Socks for Spring 2014

knee socks fashion trend

All socks available at ASOS

According to Glamour, knee socks are trending for spring 2014, and we have Taylor Swift to blame for it. She was spotted out and about in New York City last week, wearing a pair of short-shorts with a pair of knee socks, and remarkably, it didn’t look nearly as bad it sounds like it should: you can check out the images here if you don’t believe us.

Can one person start a knee socks trend? Well, probably not. Orla Kiely also featured knee socks in her spring/summer 2014 collection, though, and retailers like ASOS and Topshop are stocking growing collections of both knee socks and their bigger sisters, over-the-knee socks (Also “on trend” this season, apparently), so we think Glamour could be on to something. Which, of course, means we have to ask what you think of the look, and whether or not you’ll be willing to give it a go.

Speaking for ourselves, we can see both pros and cons to this trend.

On the plus side, knee socks/over-the-knee socks have the obvious benefit of keeping your legs warm if you’re wearing a dress or skirt. Given the UK climate, bare legs can be impractical even in springtime, so anything that keeps the goosebumps at bay can seem like a good idea. In the case of the over-the-knee versions, if your skirt or dress covers the top of the socks, they’ll look no different from tights, although in our experience, they can be more comfortable to actually wear, which is another point in their favour.

On the minus side, however, this is a look that requires careful styling. If you’re not careful, knee-high socks can look very juvenile (the “schoolgirl” look…),while over-the-knee socks can look just a little bit too adult, if you get what we’re saying. We’re not keen on any of the looks shown on this page, for instance, but as we said, we didn’t hate the look on Taylor Swift, so we’re torn.

Where do you stand on the knee socks/over-the-knee socks issue? Do you welcome the return of this trend, or do you consider it to be a crime of fashion?

Celebrity Fashion, Style On Trial

Style Trial | Kim Kardashian’s off-white ensemble for the USC Shoah Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala

Kim Kardashian at the USC Shoah Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala

Did you know Kim Kardashian is about to get married? Kim Kardashian is about to get married. And last night she got in some practice by wearing this bridal-inspired all-white ensemble to the the USC Shoah Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala. You can’t see from these photos, but the skirt has a very long train, so she’d have been able to get in some practice walking down the aisle in it for sure.

For us, the most amazing this about this look is that Kim has obviously picked out a facial expression to go with the outfit, and she rigidly maintained it all night as far as we can tell. Seriously, we’ve examined all of the evidence, and we were unable to unearth even a single photo in which her expression was even slightly different. Witness:

OK, there is this one:

But other than that, same expression, all night. How does she do it? WHY does she do it? Is this expression “in” right now? Is smiling a crime of fashion? We hope not, but absolutely nothing would surprise us, seriously.

Anyway: Kim is wearing a Lanvin skirt, Alexander McQueen shirt and Balmain blazer. Should you wish to re-create this outfit at home, it’s possible, although not necessarily advisable, and you WILL have people constantly asking you where the wedding is. If you must, though, we’d first of all recommend exchanging the satin skirt for a floaty maxi skirt (WITHOUT a train, unless you actually are getting married: most of us don’t want to be dragging our clothes along the sidewalk…), and the high-necked blouse for something a little less severe, like a silk cami. We can’t see what Kim’s wearing on her feet in these photos, and it doesn’t really matter because the skirt will cover your shoes anyway, so all we’ll say is this: PLEASE not Birkenstocks. Because it may only be May, but we’ve already identified our most hated fashion trend of the year…

Kim Kardashian-inspired all-white outfit

New Look blazer, £28, Mago maxi skirt, £20, Rut&Circle cami, £15, Office ‘Jools’ sandals, £65

What do you think of Kim’s look?

Celebrity Fashion, Style On Trial

Style Trial | Eva Green’s Elie Saab black and white mesh jumpsuit

Actress Eva Green wore this unusual black and white jumpsuit to the world premiere of Penny Dreadful in New York last night: we want to know what you think of it?

This is from the Elie Saab Resort 2014 collection, and features a black mesh top, attached to a white jumpsuit with wide sleeves. The trousers, meanwhile, are equally wide, and it would appear poor Eva was the unfortunate victim of that dastardly fashion criminal, The Foot Snatcher, because we can’t see her feet at all. Now we know why the Elie Saab presentation showed this collection in motion: an outfit like this is designed to flow, and we’re guessing it would probably look better with a bit of movement to it, than it does standing still on the red carpet.

Eva kept the rest of her look simple with this, going for a classic smoky eye and slicked-back hair. What do you think of the look, though? Does it get your seal of approval, or would you consider it a crime of fashion?

Elie Saab resport 2014 jumpsuit, as seen on Eva Green

Style On Trial

Would you wear… River Island’s multicoloured feather Mohawk?

River Island feather mohawks

River Island feather mohawk’s, £35

You can always tell festival season is approaching when headgear like this starts to appear on your favourite retail sites, nestled innocently amongst the dresses and shoes you were expecting to see there.

These mohawk hats are from River Island, who we don’t normally associate with “edgy” dressing, but that’s how they’ve described these. They also note that these will help you “ensure your festival style stands out from the crowd,” so at least that provides SOME explanation for their existence. We guess that if we were going to wear something like this, a festival would probably be the place to do it, but the word “edgy” is a good clue that we wouldn’t wear something like this anyway, so we’re not going to feel too sad about not standing out from the crowd.

Would you wear these, though? They’re £35 each, which, although not terribly expensive, is also more than we’d normally pay for what is essentially a “novelty” item, but as we said, we’re not “edgy”, so what would we know?

River Island DO know, though, and they suggest the mohawks would look best if worn with this:

parka

This:

cheetah print vest

and these:

white mom shorts

And that, Fashion Police readers, is why festival season is one of our least favourite times of year, in fashion terms. Why do people feel they have to dress like this, just because they’re going to a festival? Why can’t they just wear the same kind of clothes they’d usually wear, albeit adapted for the mud/weather etc? Why this obsession with looking like a 90s throwback?

Sorry, we got a bit carried away with that one. Tell us: would you wear any of these items – either to a festival, or anywhere else? And if not, what WOULD you wear instead of the feather mohawk and cheetah-print vest?

 

Fashion Trends, Style On Trial

Trend Trial | Co-ordinated separates (co-ords)

Co-ords: co-ordinating separates

Co-ordinated separates – or “matching sets”, as your granny might have called them – are not a new thing. Far from it, in fact.

At a time when the “matchy-matchy” look has been out of fashion forever, and very much looked down upon by the “edgier” dressers out there, the idea of intentionally wearing two items of clothing that are designed to match perfectly seems almost novel. We’re so used to hearing fashionistas extole the virtues of the “unexpected” while sneering at anything too predicable, that the popularity of co-ordinating separates (“co-ords”, if you will) has taken us slightly by surprise. Not that we’re complaining, of course: we’ve always been not-so-secret fans of the idea of matching items, and buying items designed to co-ordinate has a practical purpose, too. Tale the skirts and tops in our image, for instance: not only can you wear each pair of items together (in which case they’ll look pretty much like a dress), you can also wear each item with other pieces, thus allowing you to create multiple outfits out the same two items – much more versatile than an ACTUAL dress would be.

The current trend for co-ords encompasses just about everything. While we’ve focused here on skirts with matching tops, we’re also seeing a lot of trouser + top or trouser + jacket combinations, too. The true fashionista will wear the two items togther, sometimes with slightly alarming consequences: many of the these co-ord poeces make use of very bold or busy patterns, which we think look better in smaller doses. We submit the following into evidence:

co-ords from Zara

[Exhibit A and Exhibit B: Both Zara]

It’s a whole lot of look.  If you stick to smaller /more subtle prints, however, it’s a fairly easy look to pull off, and, as we said above, the mix-n-match aspect of it is pretty appealing.

What do you think of the trend for co-ords? Crime of fashion in the making, or something you’ve been doing all along, fashionable or not?

In the image (clockwise from left):  Warehouse skirt & top // Dorothy Perkins top & skirt // Zara top & skirt // Topshop skirt &  top

 

Shoes, Style On Trial

Style Trial | Irregular Choice ‘Eternal Friend’ unicorn high heels

Last season, Irregular Choice wanted us all to stomp on gnomes. This year, it seems unicorns are in the firing line:

Irregular Choice 'Eternal Friend' unicorn high heels

Irregular Choice 'Eternal Friend' unicorn high heels Irregular Choice 'Eternal Friend' unicorn high heels

Irregular Choice ‘Eternal Friend’ unicorn high heels, £115

Seriously, what is it with this brand and the abuse of mythical creatures?* Surely our “eternal friends” won’t be eternal for much longer if we keep on stomping on them?

From this, you’ll probably gather (correctly, as it happens), that we’re not big fans of the whole “living being as heel of shoe” thing. With that said, though – and we’re bracing ourselves for the backlash here – we’re not huge fans of Irregular Choice in general. Sure, they have their moments of genius: there are some styles we’ve really liked, and at a time when shoe design is all very “samey”, we have to appreciate their creativity, if nothing else. The problem is that some of the time, the designs are just so twee they cross the line from “pleasantly whimsical” to “dress like a toddler”. This, for us, is one of those times – although we somehow doubt ACTUAL toddlers would be wearing high heels.

What do you think of these shoes? Would it make it better or worse if it was a cat holding you up, rather than a unicorn?

Irregular Choice Paw Print

Irregular Choice ‘Paw Print’ heels, £125

What if the “cat” was on your back instead?

Irregular Choice Roar bag

(This one’s sold out, folks: sorry!)

But we’re straying from our original topic, which was unicorn shoes. Let’s add the cat shoes to that, and ask the question: do you think they’re a crime of fashion, or are they so cute they make you want to run right out and buy a pair. Everyone loves unicorns, after all. Right?

(We’re just joking. Unicorns aren’t mythical creatures: they’re totally real, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)

 

Shoes, Style On Trial

Style Trial | White cleated sole shoes

Flicking through the photos of attendees at London Fashion Week (Which, honestly, is much more interesting than the actual runway photos a lot of the time…) we were instantly struck by the fact that everyone (or, OK, ALMOST everyone…) seemed to be wearing the same shoes. These shoes, to be exact:

Choies cleated sole shoes

Choies cleated sole shoes, $119.99

or sometimes these:

river island

River Island white cleated sole shoes, £60

Or any one of many variations on this style, which is white, chunky, and with that distinctive, cleated sole, which at least looks like it’ll have a lot of grip on it. And that’s really the most positive thing we can think to say about it.

Now, make no mistake: these shoes are not designed to be “flattering” in the conventional sense. They’re huge. They’re clunky. They’ll make your feet look like boats: giant, white, rubbery boats. They’re not supposed to appeal to those of us who love classic style, or clothing/shoes that could be described using the words “sophisticated” or “edgy”. No, these shoes are for the fashionistas: the “edgy”, unconventional ones. This probably explains why there were so many pairs of them in evidence at London Fashion Week.

Shelly gladiator sandals

Shelly’s gladiator sandals, £75

office

Office ‘Destroyer’ cleated ankle straps, £55

These are just a few examples of some of the cleated styles we’ve been witnessing all over the fashion blogosphere lately: they certainly seem to be popular, but as Fashion Police regulars will know, that doesn’t mean anything to us, which is why we’re putting them up On Trial for you today. As Fashion Police jurors, your job is to look at the evidence before you, and tell us: are these shoes crimes of fashion? Do you want to lock them up and throw the key away? Or are they just what your closet’s been crying out for all this time?

Are they guilty or innocent of committing crimes of fashion?

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Shoes, Style On Trial

Trend Trial | Sensible Sandals as a Fashion Statement

This summer, sandals are getting sensible. And by “sensible”, we’re talking Birkenstock-esque levels of comfort, all worn with the kind of outfits we’re more used to seeing with much more dressy shoes:

zara pencil skirt

sensible sandals at Topshop

primark gingham dress

Images: Zara, Topshop, Primark

 

Now, before we go any further here, we just want to make it crystal clear that we’re not talking about people who wear these shoes because they have foot problems, or because they need to walk miles in the midday sun, and just want to be comfortable while they’re doing it. Nuh-uh. That’s not why the brands showcased above have styled their clothes with chunky, almost orthopaedic looking footwear. They’re not doing it because they want the models to be comfortable: they’re doing it because they think it looks good, and they want YOU to think so to.

So: DO YOU?

Our own natural inclination (and we’re sure this will come as absolutely no surprise whatsoever to those who know us), would have been to pair these particular outfits with slimmer, more delicate shoes. They could be flats, they could be heels, they could be wedges – we could probably think of at least a dozen different shoes we’d have gone for before arriving at these three. (And they’d be comfortable shoes, too:  there ARE comfortable options which DON’T look like this, seriously.) But of course, we’re not edgy, and these looks are – sort of. Wearing flattering shoes is the boring thing to do: wearing these ones is the edgy, unexpected, fashion-forward way – and we predict that it’s something we’ll be seeing a lot more of as the summer progresses.

This may be good news for feet, but is it good news for style? That’s the question before you today, so tell us: what do you think of the trend for “sensible” sandals (as a fashion statement, as opposed to when they’re being worn for purely practical reasons)? Do you like them? Will you be wearing this kind of look this summer? Over to you, jurors…

Skirts, Style On Trial

Style Trial | tulle ballerina skirts

Once the sole province of ballerinas and, well, little girls, tulle skirts have been making their presence known in the fashion world lately, which made us think it was high time to put this trend On Trial…

Topshop ballerina midi skirt

tulle skirt

Raluca Mihalceanu, $297

Topshop ballerina midi skirt, £50

Coast Cordelia skirt

Coast Cordelia skirt, £135

Beloved by fashion bloggers, the voluminous shape, and fancy net fabric both suggest that these skirts are the type of thing you’d wear to only the most formal of occasions. Not so, though: while the skirts on their own have a very “princessy” feel to them, we’re mostly seeing them being worn with casual pieces to tone down the look. Think sweaters and t-shirts on top, with either plain pumps or boots on the feet: a mix of casual and formal, which can either work REALLY well, or make you look like you got dressed in the dark.

It’ll come as no surprise to our regular readers to know that The Fashion Police love tulle skirts for their Grace-Kelly-in-Rear-Window retro appeal, and also for the aforementioned “princess” factor. There’s no denying, however, that this can be a hard look to pull off: unless you live in the type of fashion-forward metropolis in which no one will bat an eye at the sight of someone dressed a little bit like the fairy on top of the Christmas tree, no matter how sloppy your sweater, you’re probably still going to get a lot of those “where are you going, all dressed up?” questions, and possibly a few less polite ones, too.  Regardless of how you wear it, this will probably never be a particularly “casual” look, so if you don’t like feeling “dressed up”, it’s probably not for you.

IS this look for you? What do you think of tulle “ballerina” skirts? Do you share our love for them, or do you consider them to be a crime of fashion?