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The Fashion Police’s Favourite Phone Cases

6 of the best iphonecases

In an age when it seems no one is without their phones for more than a few minutes (Hey, can YOU remember what humans used to look like WITHOUT a phone clutched in one hand? No, us neither…) there’s no quicker pick-me-up than a new phone case. Plus, they look good in all those mirror selfies you post to Instagram, don’t lie…

When it comes to phone cases, our favourite brand would have to be Kate Spade, whose fun, quirky cases take some beating. If you prefer your phone cases more on the sophisticated side, however, new brand Richmond & Fitch have a range of rather more elegant cases, in a range of different colours. (One for every outfit? Just us?)

Finally, for selfie addicts, Snaplight’s  vanity phone cases are exactly what they sound like, with a built-in backlight to provide you with an extra source of lighting for your selfies. Oh, and there’s also a built-in rechargeable battery, for all of those times when Pokemon Go has drained your battery yet again, but you just HAVE to upload something to your Instagram story. Because how will the world keep turning if you don’t?

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Fashion Police Hit List: What to buy this week

Greetings, fashion force: here’s what we’d buy this week, if we only had the cash…

Schutz cady Lee sandals in light wood

// SCHUTZ Cadey Lee Sandals in light wood

We’ve never been believers in the idea that there are certain items of clothing that EVERYONE should own, but if we were, we’d probably put a pair of a neutral, single-strap sandals on that list. Yes, we could definitely live without them: but would we really WANT to, we ask ourselves?

Topshop bird print robe// TOPSHOP BIRD PRINT ROBE

OK, so this does look a little bit like something Dumbledore might wear to bed, but that’s all part of the charm, really. We firmly believe in the feel-good factor of feeling stylish even when you’re just lounging around at home, and this robe is definitely a cut above those hideous adult onesies everyone was wearing a couple of years ago, at least.

Oasis butterfly skater dress// OASIS LONG BUTTERFLY SKATER DRESS

One of the things we love most about Oasis is the way they release some of their dresses in two different lengths: so this one, for instance, is a available in both short and long – and if you’ve ever come across a dress you love, only to realise it would only just skim your butt-cheeks, you’ll understand just how refreshing it is to finally have a choice. Oh, and the dress isn’t bad either…

Warehouse flare cuff jumper// WAREHOUSE FLARE CUFF JUMPER

Cosy jumpers are one of those items that fall into the “necessary, but not very interesting” category, so it’s nice to find one with just a little bit of a twist – in this case the flared cuffs. The rest of the shape is super-simple, which will make it a great basic for your autumn/winter wardrobe. And by “yours”, we obviously mean “ours”…

And finally…

J Crew ruffled popover shirt

// J CREW RUFFLED POPOVER SHIRT

We’ll never say ‘no’ to a polka dot shirt: just throw it on with jeans, and instantly look like you made a little bit of an effort – even when you blatantly didn’t…

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5 Things To Buy This Week

Week going  little slowly? 

Not to worry: here are five things to brighten it up, from the super-simple basics to the slightly more special: enjoy!

stripe bardot top

01. Vero Moda stripe bardot top

Can you ever have too many stripe tops? Don’t think so. What about bardot tops: can you have too many of those? Nuh-uh: or not the last we heard, anyway. This is a stripe bardot top, and it’s only £22: it’s impossible for us not to love it.

anchor print t-shirt

02. Oasis embroidered anchor t-shirt

Because if there’s something else we can’t get enough of, it’s anchor print. This is a cute way to make a plain white t-shirt a little more interesting, and if you’re a fan of the nautical look, it might be hard to say ‘no’ to.

red dress

03. Warehouse’s cross-back red dress

When it comes to making a statement, there’s nothing quite like a bright red dress. Warehouse’s cross-back dress is super-simple, but add a pair of killer heels and it’s the kind of thing that’ll turn heads – in a good way, we hope. Need shoes to wear with it? No problem…

Kurt Geiger Gabriella

04. Kurt Geiger ‘Gabriella’ sandals

Kurt Geiger’s ‘Gabriella’ sandals are a stunning black bow sandal, with just a touch of red on the insole and platform. They’ll go with far more than just that dress, but you’ll have to be quick, because these are on sale, and starting to sell out. Apologies in advance if your size isn’t available…

Finally, and because one dress just isn’t enough, really…

Ted Baker bird print dress

05. Ted Baker ‘Zaldana’ bird print dress

We kinda saved the best for last with Ted Baker’s ‘Flight of the Orient’ bird-print dress, which is all kinds of awesome. It’s pricey, true, but we reckon this one’s definitely worth it, with the classic shape and full skirt brightened up with that beautiful bird print.

Dresses, Wanted!

TFP Pick of the Day: The Perfect Stripe Dress for Winter

stripe knitted dress

Staying styling AND staying warm aren’t necessarily one and the same thing at this time of year: in fact, all too often we end up forgetting about style altogether, and just layering on as many items of clothing as it takes to keep out the chill.

The answer? Knitted dresses.

They’re easy to wear (just as easy as jeans or leggings: maybe even easier, in fact, because you don’t need to find a top to wear with them), warm, but when you find one that works for you, you’ll look like you made a bit of an effort, even when you didn’t. Which is why we love this navy stripe dress by Sugarhill Boutique. The navy and white stripe gives this a classic/nautical feel, which will be effortlessly stylish with absolutely no fuss, while the little heart appliqués on the collar are a cute little touch. If it’s not quite warm enough for you, a silk slip underneath will keep you warm AND stop the dress catching on the tights you’re probably going to have to wear with it for now: when spring rolls around, though, bare legs and a simple pair of flats will look just as good.

If you haven’t heard of Sugarhill Boutique, they’re a good brand to check out for cute knits and sweet floral dresses. We love this slogan sweater:

'Happy' slogan sweater

And we’re also fans of this heart-print dress, which is another one of those items that’s really easy to just throw on with tights and boots in the winter, and a pair of sandals during the warmer months:

Betsey heart print dress

Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of light weekend reading, don’t forget to check out Forever Amber, for personal style and lifestyle topics, and ShoeperWoman, for all the shoes you could ever need! Have a great weekend…

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Fashion Police Picks of the Day: Cute nightwear from New Look

inexpemsiove nightwear from New Look

All items: New Look

One of the new year’s resolutions we forgot to tell you about was to dress better ALL the time: not just when other people are going to see what we’re wearing.

We’re sure most of you don’t mind investing in a new dress every now and then, for instance: or a pair of jeans, smart top, or whatever else makes up the “public” part of your problem. How many of you, though, have a drawer full of greying undies to wear underneath those cute new clothes? Or a ratty old dressing gown hanging on the back of the bathroom door? We’re pretty sure more than a few of you are looking a little bit guilty right now (And you shouldn’t, by the way, because we’re right there with you on that one: well, it’s not nearly as much fun to shop for new pyjamas as for a pretty new dress, is it?), so this post is for you.

Refreshing your lingerie and nightwear collection every now and then is an easy way to give your confidence a bit of boost, and feel that little bit better about yourself: which is what fashion is all about, after all, isn’t it? At the same time, though, we totally hear you when you say you don’t exactly feel like breaking the bank over pjs and lingerie, which is why all of the items in the collection above are from New Look – and all are priced between £7-£14.99. We’re actually big fans of New Look for lingerie and loungewear: they’re one of those budget fashion chains which a lot of people look down on, but they have a surprisingly nice selection of nightwear in stock right now – and like we see, it’s all very affordable, too.

While you’re there, check out the lingerie, too: we don’t think you’ll be disappointed…

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Fashion Police Picks of the Day: Black and white stripes at Boden

Boden Maggie Ottoman dress

Boden Maggie Ottoman dress, £89.50

The Boden spring / summer 2016 collection hit the website earlier this week, and there’s a whole lot of stripes going on. There are other colours and patterns too, you understand – in fact, all of the items we’re about to show you come in a selection of other colours – but it’s the black and white stripes that jumped right out of the page at us, and those items are the ones we’ve selected for our Picks of the Day.

The abundance of stripes, you see, is a very good thing, as far as we’re concerned. There’s just something about bold stripes that manages to be both classic and contemporary at the same time, and although many people refuse to wear horizontal stripes, thinking they’ll make them look larger than they are, we’re here to tell you to set aside that fear and give them a go: you might just be pleasantly surprised. The Maggie Ottoman dress shown above, for instance, will actually make your waist look smaller, thanks to the stripe pattern: and the fit and flare shape is one that flatters many different figures. It’s not the only stripe item to have caught our eye, however: we also love this structured top:

Boden Maggie Ottoman top

This is the kind of thing you can throw on with a pair of jeans or cropped pants for easy, effortless style, which will allow you to look like you made an effort, even when you didn’t.

stripe midi skirt

Finally, the Maggie Ottoman midi skirt uses that same, distinctive stripe pattern, and attaches it to a full skirt, with pleats at the waistband. It’ll be as easy to wear as it is on the eye, and there’s even a pair of stripe shoes to wear with it, should you happen to be a fan of the matchy-matchy look.

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Fashion Police Picks of the Day 04.01.16

In this new series, we’ll be bringing you a selection of our favourite items, available to buy now, on the UK high street. Starting with…

Topshop Baxter jeans in mid-blue

Topshop Baxter jeans in mid-blue, £40

Topshop’s ‘Baxter’ jeans are the perfect skinny jeans for people who don’t really like skinny jeans. By that, we mean they’re definitely skinny, but they’re not skin-tight, so they won’t create that “sausage-casing” look that’s become so familiar over the last few years. It’s been increasingly hard lately to find skinny jeans that aren’t super-skinny, and sometimes it feels like there’s no middle-ground between the legging look and boyfriend jeans – which can also be hard to pull off. These jeans, however, are everything you need: we just wish they’d stock them in more washes!

pink coat

Pink double-breasted coat, £85

Pink coats were big in winter 2013, but they still look just as cute now, and this one comes in the kind of classic shape that will continue to look good for years. Oh, and it would look good over those jeans, too…

black rib dress

Miss Selfridge black rib dress, £35

It can be hard to find dresses that are casual enough for everyday wear, but smart enough to make you look like you’ve made the effort, but we think this little Miss Selfridge number checks all the right boxes. It’ll look good with boots and tights for a causal, daytime look, but won’t look sloppy if you decide you want to dress it up a little.

midi skirt

Eva Franco ‘Epoque’ midi skirt, £168

Finally, it’s no secret that The Fashion Police are fans of a good midi skirt, and this one by Eva Franco is a very good midi skirt, as far as we’re concerned. Sure, it’s on the pricey side (As you’ll probably know as soon as we tell you we found it at Athropologie…), but it’s unusual enough to turn heads anywhere you wear it – and we love the sweater shown here, too.

Skirts, Wanted!

Wanted! Balenciaga mint leather pencil skirt

Time for a little bit of fantasy shopping to kick off this Monday morning. Because if we could just have this Balenciaga leather pencil skirt, we promise we’d never complain about Mondays ever again. Or about anything, really…

Balenciago leather pencil skirt

It’s funny, because for the most part, leather skirts fall into the “love to look at them, don’t love to wear them” category for us. Sure, they look fantastic (or they CAN do, if they’re done right), but it can be hard to get the perfect fit, then you have to worry about them ruching around the hips when you walk, bulging uncomfotably when you try to sit down in them… Of course, most of those issues will be solved if you can just make sure you get the perfect fit, but honestly, we’d be willing to overlook a lot with this particular skirt. The mint green leather, the nipped-in waist, the chunky belt. It’s a perfect “wear now, wear later” piece… so it’s just a shame it’s £1,495, isn’t it?

Also on our Most Wanted list on this fine Monday morning: the Givenchy Antigona bag, in a colour Net-a-Porter are calling “pastel pink”, but which we call… well, NOT pastel pink, by any means:

Givenchy Antigona satchel

We’re gonna call it “creamy neutral”. Yes, it’s a thing. Whatever you want to call it, though, it looks like a pretty useful neutral, and yes, we know: the ‘Antigona’ is so much of an “It” bag that everyone and their uncle seems to have one now. ‘It’ bags become popular for a reason, though, and snobbery is never stylish, so if you like something and you’re not wearing just because it’s popular, that makes you just as much of a fashion criminal as the people who wear things because they ARE popular. There’s more than one way to be a fashion criminal, folks…

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Wanted! Spots and stripes at Stefanel

spots-and-stripes

There’s nothing quite like spots when it comes to making an ordinary item of clothing seem a little more special. Except maybe stripes, that is. Spots and stripes, stripes and spots: we wouldn’t want to choose between them. so we’ll just declare both of them to be our favourite prints, and leave it at that, shall we?

This season, Stefanel have created a fabulous collection of spots and stripes: here are some of our most wanted items…

01. Longline stripe cardigan, £150

The nautical look never goes out of style: this longline stripe cardigan uses the classic red, white and blue colourway to create a fun cover-up that’ll look good over jeans, leggings, and anything else you choose to pair it with.

02. Long-sleeve polka dot sweater, £160

Two different dotty patterns, making an ordinary long-sleeve sweater a little less ordinary: just add jeans…

03. Short-sleeve polka dot sweater, £140

As above, but with shorter sleeves: simples!

04. Cropped jacket, £290

Just because it’s spring, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to pack the outerwear away. We love this cropped jacket, which has bracelet-length sleeves, and a 60s-inspired shape. Channel Audrey Hepburn with cropped trousers, pointed flats, and over-sized sunglasses.

05. Silk spotted dress, £160

From the dress section, this silk striped dress would be the perfect piece to throw in your suitcase for a summer vacation: lightweight, easy to wear, and always in style.

06. Polka dot puffa jacket, £160

Puffa jackets are rarely stylish, and, let’s face it, they’re not really designed to be: their aim is to keep you warm, and not much else. We think this one bucks the trend: it’ll still be warm enough for chilly spring mornings, but the close-fitting style and fun polka print will make it look less like a sleeping back, and more like the kind of thing you might actually choose to wear.

You can see more Stefanel dresses here.

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Wanted! Six Spring Pieces from Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins spring fashion

Everyone has their favourite fashion season, and our would most definitely be spring. Particularly THIS spring. We’re totally in love with all of the pretty pastel colours, the big skirts, the polka dots and the stripes this season has seen fit to bestow upon us, and every day seems to bring new items to add to our WANTED! list. We’re particularly impressed with the current spring collection at Dorothy Perkins: here are six of our favourite things, which we’re hoping you’ll go and buy, so we don’t have to…

01. The baby blue sweater, £18

It’s still sweater weather, and probably will be for a while yet. Baby blue has been one of the big colour trends of the season, and we love the way it seems to brighten everything up. This one will look good with everything from jeans to pencil skirts, and is only £18.

02. The mint pencil dress, £32

Mint green has been popular for a couple of years now, and we’re not complaining: it’s one of our favourite shades, and a nice, fresh colour for spring. You can’t quite see from the image, but this mint pencil dress is overlaid with bonded lace, which makes it that little bit more special.

03. The full skirt, £28

This skirt is available in lilac, navy and white. We’re showing you the lilac version because it’s the most unusual of the three (and because we’re obsessed with pastels, let’s face it…), but we’d happily wear all of them. Just not at the same time, obviously.

04. The polka dot pencil skirt, £18

Polka dots never really go out of fashion, and neither do pencil skirts: there are lots of both around right now, and this high-waisted skirt is a nice combination of the two.

05. The pink bag, £18

We couldn’t really do a spring roundup without including something pink: it’s the trend that just won’t quit, and this pink bowler bag is a cute way to get in on in without looking like you’ve been “Barbie’d”.

06. The pastel biker jacket, £49

A little bit more mint to finish off our list. The pastel shade updates the classic moto jacket nicely: it’s not real leather, but you wouldn’t expect it to be at that price, and it’ll be a great way to keep warm in those chilly April winds, while still getting into the spirit of the season.

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Matalan’s summer 2014 collection is awesome

Matalan spring summer 2014

Matalan spring/summer 2014

Anyone else hate the fact that, by the middle of February, the stores are all full of spring/summer clothes, but there’s still so much winter left to go that you can’t actually wear any of it?

Us too.

This post won’t help you with that, we’re afraid, but it might just brighten up your Monday morning every so slightly. See, last week when our officers were conducting important research for our Valentine’s post, they couldn’t help but notice that Matalan’s spring/summer collection is all kinds of awesome. It’s also all kinds of affordable, which is even better news, because if we can get ourselves a closet full of cute clothes without having to re-mortgage the house to pay for it, then so much the better.

Here are just a few of the items we’ve earmarked from the summer preview: these aren’t all available on site yet (although some of them are), but they will be very soon, so keep checking back if something catches your eye.

01. SKIRTS

stylish skirts

Fashion has been all about the skirt lately, and for once, fashion and The Fashion Police are on the same page with this one. We love our dresses, but skirts are that bit more versatile, because you can constantly change the look of them just by changing your top. These skirts (and particularly the mesh-insert midis, which are very similar to something Topshop was charging £50 last season) are much more fashion-forward than we’ve come to expect from a budget brand like Matalan, and although that sheer section has been done to death, it’s not going anywhere, and these are a pretty cheap way to try on the trend.

02. COATS

cute coats

OK, so they’re mostly shades of pink and navy, but seriously, how many colours do you need? These will be perfect for springtime – especially if it’s anything like as rainy as we’ve come to expect it to be.

03. BASICS

wardrobe basics

They may not be the most exciting purchases you ever make, but we all need things like basic shirts and knits, and these ones are priced at between £3 – £6, which isn’t too shabby at all. Also, that’s a bicycle print on the first t-shirt: love it.

04. Swimwear

bikini tops

We would’ve totally guessed these cost more than £8 each. We would’ve been wrong, though.

There’s plenty more where that little lot came from, but as we say, not all of it is available in-store or online quite yet – which is probably a good thing, because we’d look pretty silly prancing around in a bikini in the snow. Roll on springtime…

Skirts, Wanted!

Wanted! River Island navy polka dot pencil skirt

River Island polka dot pencil skirt

River Island polka dot pencil skirt, £22

Got £22 and the need to pep up your closet with a little something new? Maybe something with a fun print and an easy-to-wear shape? Well, our officers tracked down this little River Island tube skirt a couple of weeks ago, and we figured it was time to share it with the rest of you: it’s cheap, it’s cheerful, and it’s the kind of skirt you’ll be able to wear in lots of different ways. Our old friends at ASOS, for instance, have gone for a sporty kinda look, with sneakers and a crop top:

polk dot skirt

[see it here]

Although we’re not big fans of either sneakers or pattern-mixing (although, if patterns absolutely MUST be mixed, spots and stripes are one of the easiest two patterns to do it with), we actually don’t hate this nearly as much as you might expect of us, and although we’re smart enough not to attempt to pull it off ourselves, we think it’s kinda cute. You know, on OTHER people.

As for us, we’d probably go for a slightly dressier option:

what to wear with a polka dot skirt

skirt // shoes // top // belt // nail polish // lipstick  // bracelet

Oh, who are we kidding with the “probably”? We’ll ALWAYS go for the dressier option, and we’re sure you all know that by now. With this look, we’ve kept the crop top, which we think works well with a high-waisted skirt, but we’ve gone for a slightly longer version than ASOS chose, so you don’t have to expose too much of your midriff if you don’t want to. If you are worried about flashing too much flesh in a crop top, though, you can always a) wear a longer top – duh! or b) fill in some of the gap with a wide waist belt.

Or you could always go for the trendier option, with ankle boots and slouchy sweater:

casual polka dot outfit

skirt // boots // bag // necklace // sweater // watch

As always, though, this is just how WE’D wear this skirt: we’d love to hear how you’d wear it, too, so feel free to drop us a comment!

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Wanted! Boden’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. All of it.

Thank the Fashion Gods for Boden. At a time when it feels like half the world is either shivering in sub-zero temperatures, or being blown to bits by gale-force winds, their spring/summer 2014 collection, which launched online this week, is a breath of fresh air – and a reminder that better days are (hopefully) coming.

We had a lot of love for Boden’s last collection, and this latest one makes us wonder again how on earth we managed to ignore this brand for so long. Basically, if you love classic/preppy style (and we do), with a focus on polka dots and stripes (which we DEFINITELY) do, this is a great collection to check out. Here are just a few of our favourite things from it:

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Statement ankle skimmers, £79

The statement ankle skimmers are available in a range of prints and patterns. The stripe version shown above isn’t online yet, but we’re assured they should be available soon. We’ll just keep hitting the “refresh” button until that happens…

Boden wool Bistro crop

Boden wool bistro crop, £89

The wool bistro crop, on the other hand, IS available now, and it’s a good thing, too, because we think the plaid print could work just as well with our winter wardrobes as they will in summer. (As an aside, we’re not sure if it’s an actual requirement to sit swinging your legs on a sofa when you wear these pants, but the evidence would suggest that it probably is…).

Distracted by the stripey shoes in the above photo? So were we:

Boden pointed slingbacks

Boden pointed slingbacks, £69

They’re the pointed-toe slingbacks, they also come in a wide range of summery prints including polka dots and stripes, and will be a really easy way to inject a bit of fun into a basic outfit. Speaking of basic outfits…

Boden Spring 2014

It doesn’t get more basic than good ol’ pencil skirts, shirts, and stripe sweaters: or how about the classic ‘Audrey’ ponte dress:

Boden Audrey dress

Boden ‘Audrey’ dress, £89

We’ll stop there before we get too carried away, but you can check out the rest of the collection here: don’t forget to tell us what you think of it!

Outerwear, Wanted!

Wanted! Winter coats at Miss Selfridge

Faux fur collar full-skirted coats

Miss Selfridge full-skirted coats, £85

If you’re anything like us, the recent plunge in temperature here in the UK has got us just a little bit obsessed with outerwear. More so than we usually are, even.

The problem with winter coats is that, because they tend to be to pretty expensive, they can end up taking up a huge chunk of your clothing budget, and if you’re dropping that much money on something, you REALLY don’t want to make an expensive mistake. Enter this Miss Selfridge full-skirted coats. Not only are these reasonably affordable at £85 (No, it’s not what you’d call “cheap”, but it’s not easy to find a great coat for a whole lot less), they’re also the kind of thing that will be really easy to wear, all season long. We’re big advocates of brightly coloured coats, as we’ve mentioned, but as fabulous as they are, statement outerwear is probably something you should only consider once you have the basics nailed down – or if it’s a colour you’re really sure you’ll wear with absolutely EVERYTHING.

These coats come in basic black and an autumnal green/brown mix, and while the colours are great winter neutrals, the extravagant faux-fur collars and cuffs really help make them stand out, and give them a bit of a toned-down ‘Doctor Zhivago’ feel, which is always a good thing.

The fit n’ flare shape is a classic (and one of the few styles that looks good on most figures), and the leather (or leather effect, we can’t be sure) waist belts make a nice change from the wool self-tie belts we normally see on this style of coat.

Available in UK sizes 4 – 16, these are available now at Miss Selfridge, who are really impressing us with their outerwear at the moment: if you’re not keen on these ones, and share our appreciation for those brighter colours, their single-breasted coat comes in powder pink, baby blue and bright yellow, and also retails for £85: get it here.

winter coats

Miss Selfridge coats, £85

Skirts, Wanted!

WANTED! Anthropologie bowtie pencil skirt

Anthropologie bowtie pencil skirt

Anthropologie bowtie pencil skirt, £118

We’ve been focusing a lot of full skirts lately (And we’ll have some more of those for you tomorrow, so don’t say we didn’t warn you), so we thought this Anthropologie bowtie pencil skirt might make for a nice change of pace.

This is about as sweet as a skirt gets, with the all-over bow print, and the flared hem, which looks like it would fly out nicely if the model were to spin around in it. (We’re surely not the only ones who’d be spinning around within seconds of slipping this on, are we? )It’s fun, flirty, and very playful, and those aren’t words we’re used to using to describe pencil skirts, so that definitely has to be a good thing. This is the kind of skirt you could wear to a party, but also dress down easily enough with boots, tights and a sweater: sure, it would still stand out, but if you’ve paid £118 for a skirt, you’re probably going to want it to get itself noticed, right?

This one will definitely get noticed, and that’s why it’s earned its place on our WANTED! list. If you want it too, you can find it at Anthropologie, where it’s currently sold out in UK size 6, but still in stock in all other sizes.

Buy it here

Dresses, Wanted!

Wanted Wednesday | Coast Occasionwear

When we started to put together this week’s Wanted Wednesday post, we had the best of intentions to use a variety of different sources. Unfortunately, though, we didn’t make it past the “new in” section at Coast: whoops. We’re hoping you won’t judge us too harshly, though, because look:

coast 'Lily-Anna' dress in navy

Lily-Anna dress, £180

A fairytale dress if ever we saw one.

Now, Coast is pretty ubiquitous when it comes to special occasions: so much so that we know of more than one bride-to-be who’s had to put “No Coast dresses” on the wedding invitations, for fear the guests would turn up wearing the same dresses as the bridesmaids. Even if you can safely take the bridal party out of the occasion, its usually a safe bet that at least one wedding guest will turn up in a Coast dress, which can sometimes make people a little wary of shopping there, lest they inadvertently end up committing a “same dress” crime. This is a shame, really: Coast is popular for occasionwear because they’re good at it, but if you’re worried about ending up with a dress twin at your next event, try something like this instead:

Coast Meslita fuill midi skirt

Meslita midi skirt, £125

Full skirts are, as we’ve noted, back in fashion for fall 2013, but they’re also classics which never date, which makes them a safe investment. This one is a dead ringer for some of the much more expensive Tibi midi skirts of last season, and it has a tulle under-layer for added drama. This is the kind of thing that works well for a special occasion, and which you can make look totally different by simply changing the top half, shoes and accessories (So you may end up wearing the same skirt as someone else, but you’ll still look different from them), and while it’ll never be exactly “casual”, we think it would look great with a sweater (a fluffy one, perhaps?) for day.

But back to the dresses, and specifically, to this dress:

mint lace dress‘Latia’ mint lace dress, £145

A brighter colour and a shorter, more modern shape made this dress stand out to us, but then again, we rarely meet a green dress we don’t like, so there is that.

Here are some more Wednesday Wants from Coast, for those times when being “overdressed” is the only way to be…

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Outerwear, Wanted!

Wanted Wednesday | H&M Trenchcoat

H&M trenchcoat

H&M trenchcoat, £69.99

At this time of year, as summer fades to fall (or starts to, anyway) trench coats are as ubiquitous as pumpkin spiced lattes and fashion bloggers gushing about how autumn is their favourite season. Why are we showing you this one, then? It’s not as if you need any help tracking down a trench coat right now, is it?

We’re showing you this one, because it’s a little bit special: so much so, in fact, that we were really surprised to find out it was from good ol’ H&M. With its deep yoke and full skirt, this has the look of a much more expensive brand, and while it’s certainly true that the price is a little higher than we’d generally expect from H&M, we’re going to cross all of our fingers and toes, and hope that the quality justifies the price tag. The fact that this is sold out online in beige (it’s still available in some sizes in black, however) gives us reason to believe that hope might not be in vain, but if you’d like to find out for yourself, you can either have a look for it in store, or simply do what we normally do in these situations: bookmark the page, and go back and check it every so often – you might just get lucky.

You also might just look like a female Sherlock Holmes in it if you’re not careful, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide.

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Wanted Wednesday | Classic style staples

Wanted Wednesday from The Fashion Police

For this week’s Wanted Wednesday, we’re taking a look at the Boden Autumn/Winter collection: and no, we’re not being sponsored by them – a quick browse of the website ended up with us being sucked in for long enough to fill up our basket with a bit of a Fantasy Shop, so we figured that was a good enough sign to feature them.

These items may not be the most exciting or stand-out pieces you’ll ever find, but the approaching autumn has us thinking about stocking up on basics, and Boden have those well and truly covered. In fact, in one of those “you must buy your entire winter wardrobe from one store” conundrums, we reckon we could probably hit up their website and walk away with a selection of classic pieces that never go out of style. For instance…

The little black (or red, or green…) dress

Boden Libby dress in black

Boden 'Libby' dress in red and green

Boden ‘Libby’ dress, £69

We don’t for a second believe that every woman “needs” a little black dress, but on a purely personal basis, we wouldn’t like to live without a simple, block-colour dress that can be dressed up or down as required. Boden’s ‘Libby’ is just such a dress, and it comes in a great range of colours, too.

2. The skinny black pants

skinny pants by Boden

Skinny black pants, £59

One of our Closet Heroes, these skinny black pants have some detailing on the seams to give them a more “urban” feel. Apparently.

3. The Pointed Slingbacks

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Pointed slingbacks, £79

We’re aware that there’s already a fair bit of black in this selection, but these are the kind of shoes it’s hard to go wrong with. Well, if they were good enough for the likes of Audrey Hepburn…

4. A selection of sweaters

Boden knitwear

When you live in a cold climate, you just can’t have too many sweaters/long-sleeved tops. Ideally, we’d want a closet full of every colour and print under the sun (Well, maybe not this print, now we come to think of it…), but these three would do for starters. Then the rest

What do you think of Boden? Ever shopped there?

Wanted!

Wanted Wednesday | Most Wanted Fashion

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for us to show you a completely random selection of fashion items which we want to buy right now… but probably won’t, because they’re mostly hideously expensive. Well, we can dream, can’t we? And seeing as we’re dreaming, we may as well start off with this Roksnada Ilincic dress, which is a snip at just $1,510:

black and green wiggle dress

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It’s not cheap, and we don’t normally go for combinations of black n’ brights, but this dress is so beautifully cut, and so full of film noir-style drama that we’re willing to let it pass.

Here’s something else we don’t normally go for:

polka dot skater dress

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It’s Stuck-Together-Clothes, y’all. We normally have zero tolerance for Stuck Together Clothes, but even although this is a dress pretending to be a skirt and top, and even although we’d PREFER it to be an ACTUAL skirt and top (So much more versatile to be able to wear them both with other items, no?), we’re not even going to pretend we don’t love the full skirt and polka dots, because we do. So there.

Next up is this little Zara necklace, which is £29.99:

Zara flower necklace

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We don’t normally pay much attention to Zara’s jewellery selection – we’re normally too busy wondering just how on earth they managed to persuade all those fashion bloggers to buy THAT skort – but this caught our eye, and we thought it was very pretty, especially for that kind of price-point.

Finally, it’s much too warm to be thinking about coats right now, but when we DO start thinking about coats, we’ll probably be thinking a lot about this stripe one from Oasis, who can do no wrong at the moment, as far as we’re concerned:

monochrome stripe coat

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At £72, this is probably more of an Autumn piece than a Winter one: we doubt it’ll be warm enough to see you through the darkest days of the winter, but it’d make a nice change from the ubiquitous trench coat when September rolls around.

What do you want this Wednesday?

Skirts, Wanted!

Wanted Wednesday | Anthropologie Emeline Tulle Skirt

Anthopologie isn’t a brand we feature nearly often enough here on TFP. It’s not that we don’t like it: far from it, in fact. But as much as we love some of Anthropologie’s products, we often find them just a little bit overpriced, and so, rather than taunt ourselves with things we can’t actually afford, we have a bad habit of ignoring it altogether.

We’re making an exception for the Emeline skirt, though:

Anthropologie Emeline tulle skirt

Anrthropologie ‘Emeline’ tulle skirt, £128

Now, this is tulle. It’s cream. And even although full skirts are very much in fashion this year, it’s definitely not the kind of thing that you’d  find yourself wearing every day, or even every week. Well, not unless you were Carrie Bradshaw, that is. It has that kind of feel about it.

If you’re willing to overlook these small, but important, points, however, we think this skirt could be all kinds of awesome. We probably wouldn’t wear it with THOSE shoes, of course, but we’ve always been complete suckers for items of clothing which could have the word “fairytale” applied to them, and we think this is definitely a “fairytale” skirt. It’s full, it’s flouncy, it’s delicate and diaphanous… we could go on, but we think you get the picture. (Oh, and at £128, it’s not exactly cheap, but not exactly the most expensive item we’ve ever shown you either.)

This would be perfect for a special occasion, but if you want to try to dress it down, it wouldn’t be impossible: hard, yes, but not impossible. We think it would look really cute with a simple sweater and a pair of flats, for instance, and although that still wouldn’t make it “casual”, well, we’ve always reckoned “casual” is over-rated anyway….

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