This is why we prefer dresses.

      As our officers parade the mean streets of the Internet’s retail sites, in search of fashion crimes to arrest, there are some types of clothing which are more likely than others to set our radar pinging. We could trawl dress or outerwear sections all day, for instance, and rarely see anything too unusual. Hit up the trousers section, however (Or the jumpsuits section, if there is one – oh lord, the things we’ve seen in jumpsuit sections!) and often we’ll end up having to call in reinforcements. It’s THAT bad. We’ve no idea why it is that trousers, jeans and jumpsuits seem to be that bit more likely to be crimes of fashion, but it’s true. Here are some recent…


      Crimes Against Denim from Cheap Monday

      [Buy them here] Imagine, if you will, that you’re wearing your very favourite pair of black skinny jeans. OK, they’re starting to look a little bit grey and worn, but that’s OK, because it just makes them look even better. Some people actually PAY to buy brand new jeans that look like they’ve been worn to death, but you’re no fashion victim, so you’ve worn yours in the old-fashioned way: by actually, you know, wearing them. Some people still do that, apparently. But we digress. There you are, wearing your favourite jeans, when – horror of horrors! – you spill a can of white paint ALL OVER THEM. (Don’t ask us what you were doing painting in your favourite jeans:…

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      Please make it stop.

      This is a joke, right? Please, someone tell us this is a joke: we’re not sure we can handle the idea of a world in which people will willingly hand over £116 in order to wear jeans that look like they’re only just managing to hold themselves together. Seriously, if you really MUST make yourself look like this, at least rip up an old pair of jeans you no longer have any use for: it still won’t look good, but at least it won’t feel like taking your money and throwing it down the drain. In comparison to the above, that whole ’70s-revival’ we’ve been talking about is actually starting to sound pretty good. Oh no, sorry, our mistake: it’s…

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      Crime of Fashion? Suspender jeans

      It’s our first arrest of 2015, and we really hope this one hasn’t set the tone for the year, because we just don’t think our officers could cope with more than one pair of “suspender” jeans. Actually, it’s hard enough to believe there’s a demand for this pair. They’re $450 for one thing (And that’s the sale price, by the way – they WERE $750), and also, well, LOOK AT THEM. This fashion crime is particularly amusing to us, because one of our very first arrests (We can’t seem to locate it in the archive, and that’s probably a good thing, trust us…) involved a pair of jeans not unlike these in concept, but which were clearly a bad DIY…


      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, £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,…


      Crime of Fashion? Ripped knee jeans take over

      Ripped jeans have been around since… well, probably since the first person who ripped their jeans by accident and thought, “Hey, this doesn’t look half bad! Kind of edgy and fashion-forward, in fact: I’ll keep wearing these, by God!” There is, however, more than one way for jeans to be distressed (There’s more than one way for The Fashion Police to be distressed, too, actually: this blog is proof of that!), and we’re sure you can’t have failed to notice that the current most popular way looks like this: All jeans: Topshop One very narrow, very precise slit, cut right across the knee of each leg, while the rest of the denim remains untouched. They’re ripped-knee jeans, and they’re everywhere:…


      The Worst Denim of 2013

      Good morning Fashion Police officers! With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, we expect those of you with some time-off booked for this week will be feeling pretty de-mob happy by now: we know we are! Rather than get to work hunting down brand new crimes of fashion, then, we figured we’d leave that until next year, and continue our look back through the 2013 archives instead. Today, it’s the turn of our old friend – and occasional foe – denim. The one fabric we should be able to depend on when we don’t know what else to wear, denim can be a very, very good thing indeed. However, it can also be very, very bad, and those are the times…


      Jailed Jeans: some recent denim arrests

      For many of us, jeans are a wardrobe staple: the kind of item that forms the basis of tons of great outfits, and which requires very little thought to style. For others, however, jeans are a one-way ticket straight to Fashion Police jail: here are some denim disasters which caught the attention of our officers recently… Shield jeans, £135 Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it some kind of denim-clad superhero, out to save the world from ugly jeans – presumably by wearing them herself? All of these options would make much more sense than the truth, which is that this is simply a pair of jeans with super-wide legs, roughly hemmed down the sides to create…


      Crime of Fashion? ASOS busted knee jeans

      ASOS busted knee jeans, £32 When we asked you for your thoughts on boyfriend jeans earlier this week, a couple of you commented that while you don’t mind the style of them, you’re not so keen on deliberately distressed denim. We’d have to concur with that: while we don’t mind a little bit of distressing on a casual pair of jeans, we definitely wouldn’t want to pay a lot of money for a look we can easily achieve just by rummaging around in the back of the closet until we find that old pair of jeans that have seen better days, but which we keep around just in case we decide to do a bit of DIY or gardening in…


      Style Trial | Boyfriend jeans

      While the skinny still reigns supreme in the world of denim, this year skintight styles have found themselves a rival in the saggy, baggy shape of boyfriend jeans: Boyfriend jeans available at Shopbop Boyfriend jeans, of course, aren’t a new thing, so we very much doubt you’ll need us to tell you that they are exactly what they sound like: not your ACTUAL boyfriend’s jeans, but simply jeans that are designed to LOOK like they belong to your boyfriend. The idea is to create that , “Gosh, aren’t I cute, just wandering around in my boyfriend’s clothes!” look, so the jeans in question are intentionally oversized, slouchy and often (although not always) a little more distressed than regular jeans tend…


      Mom jeans go two-tone at Topshop

      Well, looks like Topshop are still trying to make “mom” jeans happen: [Get them here] (Disclaimer: last time we talked about “mom” jeans, some ACTUAL moms got offended and thought we were trying to imply they didn’t know how to dress themselves. There was a lot of “I’m a mom, and I would NEVER wear these: YOU SUCK FOR SAYING THAT, Fashion Police!” Just for the avoidance of doubt, let the record show that “mom jeans” is a term used to describe a particular style of jeans: ones with a high waist, a tapered leg, and often in some kind of dated wash, like acid wash, for instance. No moms were harmed in the making of these jeans, we promise!)…

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      Stuck-Together-Clothes Crimes: Phillip Lim pants with attached sweater

      Phillip Lim jeans, $595 Just in case you hadn’t realised, the 90s grunge look is currently going through a bit of a revival, and with it comes that “look, I’ve casually tied a sweater around my waist!” look showcased in the image above. Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with tying a sweater (Or, better yet, a lumberjack shirt…) around your waist. In fact, sometimes it’s the most convenient way to carry such an item at times when it all-of-a-sudden becomes too warm to wear it, but you want to keep your hands free for something else. It happens. We wouldn’t describe it as the cutting edge of style, exactly, but… it happens. And now it’s “trendy”, which means that…

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      Style SOS: Which shoes to wear with skinny jeans?

      The post ‘What shoes to wear with skinny jeans‘ has been moved to our sister site, – please click here to read it! All shoes: Shopbop No one likes the “cankles” effect, and wearing shoes designed to chop the leg in half at the ankle are a really easy way to create cankles where they don’t exist. This becomes even more of an issue with jeans which hug the ankles anyway, which is why so many people have trouble working out which shoes will look good with skinny jeans, and which ones will create the dreaded “golf club” effect. ShoeperWoman helps solve that dilemma with some skinny jeans styling suggestions. If you’re looking for some posts to read here…

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      DYDDD: Do You Do Double Denim?

      Officers, it’s time to re-open the double denim debate: Both outfits: ZARA In the past, we’ve always dismissed double denim as an automatic crime of fashion. After a couple of failed attempts at becoming “trendy”, however, this year the Texas Tuxedo (or Canadian Tuxedo, depending where you come from) has actually started to gain a foothold on the world of fashion, and is starting to be seen here, there and, well, everywhere, basically. The two looks above were styled by the people at Zara (Well, we say “styled”: it’s actually not that hard to throw on a pair of jeans and a denim shirt, but hey…), but they’re far from the only brand currently pushing double denim as the casual…


      Trend Trial: Dungarees

      DUNGAREES: the word alone is enough to strike fear into a Fashion Police’ officer’s beating heart. We’ve made no secret of our dislike of the bib overall – or “dungas” as Vogue likes to call them. To us, they’re a really easy way to look like an overgrown toddler, or alternatively, like a farm boy, and while we have nothing against either toddlers or farm boys, we’d rather leave that particular look to them, thanks very much. With dungarees – sorry, “dungas” – being touted as one of the big fashion trends of the year, however, and the stores we love slowly starting to fill up with denim overalls, we figured it was time to re-visit that opinion, and ask…


      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…

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      Ombre jeans at ASOS: Crime of Fashion?

      Late last week, The Fashion Police spotted these ombre jeans over at ASOS. We’re pretty sure they’re a crime of fashion, but what do YOU think? Let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we? Ombre jeans: a crime of fashion? The ombre trend has been around for a while now. It started out with hair, and seemed like a great excuse for everyone to give up hair dye and just let their roots grow out in the name of fashion. Then it spread to clothes. We’ve seen ombre applied to just about every item you can think of, and this definitely isn’t the worst pair of ombre jeans we’ve seen. We do think they could be one of the…

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      Gimme 5: Polka dot print jeans

      Five pairs of polka dot print jeans, coming up… Polka dot print jeans have been around for a couple of seasons now (and, of course, polka dots are a print that never really die…) but while last year’s look was all bold, black and white dots, this year the trend has taken a slightly more subtle turn: think faded denim, faded dots, and a smaller, more subtle print. This is mostly being applied to blue jeans rather than coloured ones, although you’ll find polka dots on all kinds of denim, if you look hard enough. If you’re looking for the kind of dot print jeans described above, however, you don’t have to worry, because we’ve done the looking for you….

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      Can’t decide between skinny jeans and wide-leg jeans?

        Can’t decide whether to wear skinny jeans or wide-leg jeans? Well, now you don’t have to! With this cunning combination of skinny and wide, you can have the worst of both worlds: skinny from the front, slouchy from the back! They’re the mullet of the denim world, and they’re just £235 at We think we’re going to call them “winny jeans”. WIde/skINNY? No? [Buy them]

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      Topshop try to make mom jeans happen

      “Wow!” we thought when this item first crossed our fashion radar, “Those look like MOM JEANS! It must just be the angle of the photo, though, for surely the pinnacle of modern fashion that is Topshop would not be trying to foist MOM JEANS upon its unsuspecting shoppers?” Buy they ARE mom jeans. Deliberately so. It even says it in the product description, look: As you can see, “acid mom” is a thing now too, apparently. Which is… yeah. So: mom jeans. Now, we know a lot of women who ARE moms take offence at this term, and rightly so. It’s not like moms can’t be stylish, after all. It’s not like becoming a mother means you have to throw…

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      Crime of Fashion: Skinny acid-wash jeans with lattice sides

      There are so many things wrong with these jeans we’re just amazed they’re not being worn with a pair of peep toe boots. Then again, perhaps the stylist figured the crime was such a blatant one, we wouldn’t need the Peep Toe Boot Rule to be able to identify it? Of all of the things that boggle our minds about these jeans, though, the one we keep coming back to right now is how much worse they’d look with blue-tinged, gooseflesh legs peeking out from the “lattice” part. Because how on earth could you wear them at this time of year without freezing your ass – and legs – off? [Buy them]

      How old is too old for skinny jeans?

      Style SOS: How old is too old for skinny jeans?

      This week, a lot of you have been finding The Fashion Police after asking Google the question, “How old is too old for skinny jeans?” It seems a lot of you are suddenly wondering if it’s time to hang up your jeans, so let us try to put you out of your misery and work out just how old IS too old for this particular look, anyway? For us, this question, and, indeed, any other fashion-related question beginning with the phrase “How old is too old for…” can be answered fairly easily: You’re too old for <insert fashion trend here> when it no longer looks good or feels comfortable. It’s a simple and as difficult as that, really. There’s no…

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      Modelling is Hard: Maison Martin Margiela edition

      This outfit is one of those things that just gets stranger, and more confusing, the longer you look at it. At first you think it’s just a simple pair of jeans and a turtleneck sweater, and who could possibly object to that? Then you notice that although the model’s head has been cut off (Not by us, we hasten to add. Our officers are authorised to use force if necessary when arresting fashion criminals  but not THAT much force…), whoever did it has failed to disguise that the turtleneck comes all the way up to her eyes: How can she breathe under there? How can she hear? Or speak? Does her union rep know about any of this? Then you realise…

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      Cheap Monday tries to bring back 90s jeans

      Cheap Monday describe these as “mega 90s jeans“. Now, it might just be us, but The Fashion Police lived through the 90s, and, indeed, wore jeans for much of that decade, and we don’t remember seeing many people walking around like this. Then again, The Fashion Police have never been edgy or “bang on trend”, so that might be why. And, OK, the high waistband is definitely very 90s. One thing’s for sure: if you weren’t a pear shape at the start of that decade, you would have been one by the end of it: or at least, until you took your jeans off, that is. It’s just… we don’t remember 90s jeans being this unflattering, can you? And if…

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      Foot Snatcher Claims more victims at Zara

      Oh, COME ON, Zara. Come on. Look, we know you like your super-long inseams. We know you do. We’ve also heard it said that you do it, not to annoy those of us who are less than 7″ tall (which is the height some of your clothes seem to be cut for), but because you want your customers to be able to hem their pants to the perfect length for them. Well, OK, we see where you’re coming from with that. There’s a lot to be said for having clothes tailored, and maybe if more people did it, we’d have fewer fashion criminals in our cells. The thing is, though, not everyone has the time/money/inclination to have everything altered. Sometimes…

      Ugly jeans by D&G

      Do our thighs look big in this?

      Word to the wise, folks: when even the model looks like the lower half of her body has been stolen from someone else, it’s probably not a flattering look. Actually scratch that: when your jeans are tapered at the ankle, but voluminous in the thigh?  It’s DEFINITELY not a flattering look. Is it a crime of fashion, though? [Buy them | More ugly jeans from The Fashion Police]

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      Chloe tries to bring back 90s jeans

      We’re not ready for a 90s fashion revival. We’re just not. And if you need to know why not, just read this. This is why we were particularly disturbed to see these Chloe jeans as we scrolled through the new arrivals at the Ssense website this morning. “Why, those look like jeans from the 90s!” we thought. “We can just see Monica and Rachel wearing them on the sofa in Central Perk!” And, indeed, this 90s vibe is deliberate on the part of Chloe, with Ssense themselves describing these as “90s jeans”. Uh-oh. We know many of you hate skinny jeans, and despair of the way they’ve overtaken the denim landscape for the best part of the last decade. But…

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      Style Trial: River Island polka dot and stripe ankle grazer jeans

      The Fashion Police love polka dots. We also love stripes. We’re not even averse to the odd bit of pattern-mixing, provided it’s done right. Are these River Island jeans the right way to mix patterns, though? With one spotty leg and one stripey one, they’re either the best of both worlds, or twice as ugly as they need to be, depending on your opinion. What IS your opinion on these? Are they innocent or guilty of committing crimes of fashion? [Click here to buy them]