Outerwear, Style On Trial

Style Trial | Pink coats

pink coats: fashion trend for winter 2013

We’ve already talked about pink as a colour trend in general for winter 2013, but there’s one area in which all of that pink is really going to dominate: outerwear.

For some, the pink coats will come as a welcome relief from all of the grey, black and navy that retailers usually try bombard us with as the weather gets colder. Why do fashion designers think that when the weather’s gloomy, we’re going to want our clothes to be gloomy, too? We will never know. What we DO know, however, is that they’ve recently had a change of heart: last winter saw an infusion of pastel coloured coats into the outerwear market, and this season the trend continues, but with just the one shade – baby pink.

The good news here is that baby/powder pink is much more wearable than it’s sister shades, ‘Pepto Pink’ and ‘Barbie Pink’, and while those colours will be represented this winter too, many of the coats on offer are pale enough to force us to screw up our eyes, squint at the screen and wonder, “Is that pink… or is it just beige?” The paler the pink, the easier it is to wear it, and to pass it off as just another neutral, but at the same time, there’s no denying that the BRIGHTER the pink, the more fun it’ll be to wear, too. If you like pink, that is.

And if you DON’T like pink? Well, chances are you’re getting some serious Elle Woods vibes from all of this, and muttering about how you wouldn’t be caught dead in such a stereotypically “girlie” colour. Happily, of course, you don’t actually HAVE to: there will be plenty of other colours for your coats, so you’ll still be able to find something to suit you, we’re sure.

Here’s a small selection of pink coats: don’t forget to tell us what you think of them!

Zara pink coat

Zara, £179

Ted Baker pink coat

Ted Baker, £299

pink coat by Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha, $1,465

Rochas pink coat

Rochas, $1870

Club Monaco

Club Monaco, $329

pink wool coat

Stills, £530

pink coat by Red Valnetino

Red Valentino, £544

Zara, $139

Zara, $139

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 | Fluffy knitwear

fluffy green cardigan

green cardigan, £38

fluffy knitwear from Topshop

Fluffy sleeveless top, £50

fluffy blue sweater

Fluffy blue sweater, £34

Fluffy knitwear is everywhere for autumn, and you can colour us happy, because if we can find a way to be warm, AND feel ever-so-slightly glamorous, we’re going to take it. And if we can find a way to do it without having to spend an absolute fortune in the process, we’re DEFINITELY going to do it.

Topshop have a great selection of fluffy knitwear at the moment, and you’ll find cardigans, sweaters, tanks and tees, all with that fuzzy-wuzzy feel. Just looking at them makes us want to curl up on the sofa with a mug of hot coffee and a really good book. Just take our advice, and either invest in a lint roller or wear them with fabrics like silk or similar, so all that fluff will just slide off, rather than clinging to your clothes, and making you look like a crazy cat lady. No offence to crazy cat ladies.

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Wanted!

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

pointed-slingbacks

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?

Crimes of Fashion

The Emperor’s New strass tulle jumpsuit

Well, looky here, everyone: it seems our old friend the Emperor has gotten herself a simply FABULOUS new jumpuit! Can you see it?

see through jumpsuit with strass crystals

This cost the Emperor no less than £2375, so it MUST be good, mustn’t it? And if you have any doubts that it’s good, let us quell them by pointing out that IT’S DESIGNER. Every good fashion victim knows that DESIGNER = GOOD, so it’s just a shame that this particular piece of art could only ever be worn (at least in the manner shown above) in the privacy of your own home, because if you’re going to spend that much money on a tulle jumpsuit, you’re going to want people to see it, aren’t you? The visible seams! The visible underwear! All of those tiny strass crystals:

Well, if you’re going to go to the trouble of putting tiny crystals all over an item of clothing, it may as well be a totally sheer jumpsuit, no?

Oh, and just in case it isn’t obvious, yes, all of the above is sarcasm. We’re as mystified as ever by the existence of garments like this one. Who buys them? For what purpose? And even if you DID have a spare £2375 down the back of the couch, would this be the best possible use for it, do you think? Couldn’t you find/make something similar, if you really, really needed it (WHY?) for much less than that? Which, we guess, brings us right back to the question of why, in the wide world, you would ever, ever need such an item? To wear over something else? To wear UNDER something else? WHAT?

If you can solve this mystery, please do, so we can update our case files accordingly. Until then, we’ll file this one under Daylight Robbery and hope the Emperor comes to her senses soon…

Buy it here 

Fashion Trends

Next Autumn/Winter 2013 preview

Next Autumn Winter 2013

Next Autumn Winter 2013

We feel like we should have called this post “Mad for Plaid” or something similarly cheesy: that IS what almost all of these photos have in common, after all.

Next aren’t the only brand to be embracing plaid for Winter 2013: in fact, most of the brands we’ve previewed so far have included the print in some form or another, and that’s not surprising – it’s yet another one of those so-called “trends” that are actually not trends at all, because they crop up at the same time every year.

While Next aren’t the only ones touting plaid as an important part of the upcoming season, however, they do seem particularly enthusiastic about it, putting it on shirts, trousers, skirts and even tights. This season’s plaid is the grungy, outdoorsy type, rathwr than the preppy, tartan variety of last season: think lumberjack shirts and cabins in the woods, as opposed to cashmere sweaters and strings of pearls.

What do you think of it, though? Take a look at the gallery below to see some more…

Gallery: Next Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection

Crimes of Fashion, Shoes

Gnome shoes, by Irregular Choice

gnome-heeled shoes

gnome holding up shoes

gnome shoes

We’re used to Irregular Choice using quirky/crazy/delete-as-appropriate embellishments on their footwear – that poor crushed bunny from last season springs to mind – but gnomes? Aren’t there some kind of gnome-labour laws to stop people forcing the little guys to support their body weight on their heads all day long? Because there should be. It’s not The Fashion Police this gnome needs: it’s a union rep, to make sure gets a fair wage for his day’s work, regular breaks, and maybe some health insurance into the bargain. He’s going to need it.

OK, we jest: we’re sure no gnomes were harmed in the creation of these shoes. Or we hope not, anyway. Given that you won’t be committing an ACTUAL crime by wearing them, then, what we want to know is whether you think you’d be committing a FASHION crime by doing it. Would you be happy to walk around balanced on a couple of tiny gnomes, or are these guys just too “quirky” for their own good?

Now for the question we never would’ve imagined ourselves ever having to ask:

Do you think gnomes and shoes are a good combination, or are they a crime of fashion?

Fashion Polls & Debates

Red trousers on men: fashion crime?

What do you think when you see a man in red trousers? That he’s brave? Stylish? Cute? Original?

Or do you simply think the man in question must be gay… or an idiot?

men in red trousers

[Pants: ASOS]

According to a recent poll by researchers You Gov, most people will have one of the latter reactions to the sight of a man in red pants. How do they know this? Because they conducted a poll on it, obviously, asking members of the British public to share the first word that springs to mind when presented with a man in red trousers. Here’s how the British public responded:

what do you think of men in red trousers

So, most people who see a pair of red pants will think “red”, then. Not much gets past the British public, does it?

In second and third place, however, are the words “gay” and “idiot”. “Bright” and “brave” come in 4th and 5th respectively, before things take a much more negative turn, with “yuk”, “odd”, “prat” and “clown” all ranking highly. Nice.

The conclusion? Most people aren’t huge fans of red pants on men. (As for how they feel about red pants on WOMEN, meanwhile, we just don’t know. Perhaps there’ll be another poll soon to give us the answer to that. In the meantime, you might want to think carefully before wearing those red jeans you bought when they were the height of fashion last year…)

So, what do we think about this? Well, while there’s no doubt in our minds that the clothes we wear send out certain messages about us (And many people use clothing to manipulate the messages they want to send) we’re just not convinced that wearing a certain item of clothing tells you anything at all about someone’s sexual orientation, or level of intelligence. In fact, while we all have our own opinions about various items of clothing, and we’re not (And shouldn’t be) afraid to express them, those opinions revolve purely around aesthetics and personal taste: it seems pretty harsh to brand someone an “idiot” just because of their choice of pants, and as far as we’re concerned, the only thing red pants tell you about a man is that…he likes red pants.

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What do you think about this? Are you surprised to find that some people have such strong reactions to this particular item of clothing, or do you agree with them?

What do you think of men in red pants?

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

Buy here

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

Buy here

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

Buy it

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

Buy here

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?

Fashion Trends

Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter 2013

Marks and Spencer Winter 2013 preview

We’re not going to lie to you: the second we finished uploading these photos, we headed straight over to the Marks & Spencer website to see if any of this stuff was available yet. Specifically, we were looking for the coats. Oh, those coats! At a time when most high street outerwear collections have been uninspiring to say the least, we think M&S have really pulled through, with a selection of luxe-look, vintage-inspired styles which are just packet full of good, old-fashioned glamour.

And ARE they available yet? Well, some of them are. Certain items, however, such as the powder blue coat (which is such a refreshing change from the usual dull winter colours) is already starting to sell out in some sizes, however, so if you do see something you like from this collection, you might want to buy it sooner rather than later. Yes, even although it’s still only August. Well, summer IS the best time to buy coats, after all, and sometimes it’s the ONLY time to buy them before they sell out completely. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

Take a look at the collection below, and don’t forget to tell us what you think of it!

Gallery: Marks & Spencer Winter 2013 Collection

Fashion Trends

ASOS Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection

ASOS Autumn Winter 2013 collection

A few things jump out at us about the ASOS Autumn/Winter 2-13 collection:

1. Leather. Lots of it. Mostly on skirts and dresses, but there’s plenty of other leather to be found, too. We’re loving some of the dresses, and we particularly like the full leather skirt: a great way to put a modern spin on a classic item.

2. Wet-look fabrics. High shine, high impact… high likelihood of getting you arrested for committing crimes of fashion? We’ll see.

3.Grunge-inspired plaid. Every single year. Every. Single. Year.

4. Orange. We’d make a lame “orange ya glad” joke here, but we just bet ya ain’t – glad, that is. Well, it’s a tough colour to wear for many of us, but if you can make it work, it can have a whole lot of impact, so it really just depends on whether or not you can pull it off: or THINK you can.

5. THIS ITEM:

patterned jumpsuit

We’ve been staring at this for a very long time now, and we’re still no closer to being able to imagine anyone looking good in it, but if you think you can prove us wrong, go for it.

Some of these items are actually starting to filter onto the ASOS website already (Damn those retailers and their eagerness to put an end to summer and get us all into our winter duds ASAP!), while the rest will be available at some point in the coming weeks. Now that you know what you’re going to be dealing with from ASOS this winter, however, we need to know how you feel about this collection. Are you excited to wear any of this, or do you think it should all proceed directly to Fashion Police jail, without passing ‘Go’ or collection $200? Tell us in the comments sections – but take a look at this first:

GALLERY: ASOS Autumn/Winter 2013

[All items: ASOS]
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DOTD | Oasis ‘Kora’ ruffle pencil dress

Oasis ruffle pencil dress

Oasis ‘Kora’ dress, £65

We’re big fans of neutrals for winter, and that’s going to work out pretty well for us this year, because if the fashion pundits are to be believed, pale neutrals are going to be, like, SO this season. Or something.

Pale colours might seem counter-intuitive at the muddiest, rainiest time of year, but assuming you can keep them (reasonably) clean, they make for a nice change from all of  the dull winter colours many people tend to cling to once autumn rolls around, and an all-white (or beige, or gold, or pale pink) outfit can also have a luxurious feel which darker colours sometimes lack: probably because the delicate, easy-to-ruin colours tell the world, “Hey, I don’t have to work for a living, I just lie around on a chaise all day, keeping my clothes clean!” Or that’s how it seems to us, anyway.

In terms of this particular dress, well, Oasis have been killing it in the dress department lately, and this is no exception. We like how the clean, unfussy lines are enlivened only by the ruffles on the sleeves, with their touch of black: a minimalist style which needs just a pair of killer heels to make it perfect.

Buy it here

Fashion Trends

River Island Autumn/Winter 2013

winter 2013 fashion from River Island

Well, this is … confusing. We just can’t make up our minds what River Island’s winter 2013 fashion collection is all about.

There’s an outdoor/woodsy/grungy vibe from the plaid, and the fur, and the beanies.

There’s a mod/60s vibe from the shift dresses and tall boots.

There’s a 50s vibe from the midi-length full skirts and dresses.

There’s a vintage/30s feel to the long pink dress.

There’s a really quite perplexing green metallic blouse, which wouldn’t look out of place on Crystal Carrington, circa 1985.

Is it all things to all people, or is it just a bit of mish-mash of styles and looks? We think this requires further investigation, so let’s take a look at the evidence…

Gallery: Winter 2013 fashion from River Island

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DOTD | Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Halton draped metallic jacquard dress

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Halston dress

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Halton draped metallic jacquard dress, $765

You know those questions people sometimes ask you? The ones about “If you had to pick just one store/brand to shop in for the rest of your life, which would it be?” We hate those questions. Seriously, who could possibly answer that? For one thing, our style might change in the course of a lifetime, and we’re pretty sure we won’t be wearing the same things as 90 year old we did as 25 year olds. Well, not EXACTLY the same, anyway. Then there are seasonal and lifestyle factors to take into account, too. What if you chose a store/brand that didn’t do swimswear, for instance? Or which did fabulous party wear, but left you totally unequipped for a walk in the park, say. Conclusion: it’s just not possible or advisable to stick to one brand for everything, or for the rest of your life.

Other than with dresses, of course.

When it comes to dresses, we’re fairly sure Vivienne Westwood could keep us happily clothed forever. We’d never get tired of her wonderful creations, and we’re confident we’d find something to suit almost every occasion,

This dress, for instance, would be our winter cocktail party dress. The metallic jacquard has a sumptuous, Christmassy feel to it, the cut is tailored to perfection, exactly as we would expect from Dame Viv, and it’s unusual enough to feel special, but classic enough to stand the test of time.

It’s also $765, but then again, this IS a fantasy, after all…

Buy here

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Primark Autumn Winter 2013 Preview

Primark Autumn.Winter 2013

Primark Autumn Winter 2013

OK: it’s August. We’re still enjoying the summer, but as reluctant as we are to even think about it, Autumn will soon be drawing in, which means it’s time for us to start taking a look at the Autumn/Winter collections and passing judgement upon them.

As always, we’re kicking off with a look at the new season looks from Primark, who are already selling some of these items (although not all of them) in stores. This is, needless to say, a very small selection of what the brand will have to offer (Primark is to fast fashion what McDonald’s is to fast food, after all, and their selections are changing constantly), but it gives you a small taster of what you can expect, which seems to be lots of dark clothing (Surprise, surprise!), lots of plaid (Even more of a surprise!), and a small, but very welcome, smattering of lighter, brighter pieces, such as the pale pink outerwear.

Perhaps it’s because the summer has been a particularly nice one (Now, that actually IS a surprise!), or perhaps it’s just the way this collection has been shot, but this collection seems very dark and dreary to us, and not exactly the kind of thing that’s guaranteed to have us running to our nearest store to buy some of it.

That said, when the winter gets under way, we may find ourselves changing our minds on that one. For now, though, we’ll turn the evidence over to you, in the form of the gallery below. Your task is to take a look at the evidence and deliver your verdict: what do you think of the Primark Autumn Winter 2013 collection? Does it leave you feeling inspired for the upcoming season?

Gallery: Primark Autumn Winter 2013 Collection

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DOTD | Mary Katrantzou Babelonia metallic jacquard dress

Mary Katrantzou jacquard floral print dress

Mary Katrantzou Babelonia metallic jacquard dress, $4710

At just under $5000, this dress is going to be strictly fantasy-league for most of us, which is probably why Net-a-Porter still have all sizes in stock, despite it having been available for almost a week now. High price aside, the print on this is just spectacular with its tree motif in metallic jacquard, and a simple shape to allow the print to stand out. Speaking of the shape, we’ve already talked about full skirts, and how they’ll be a big trend this fall, but frankly, we don’t think you can go wrong with this kind of shape, and that’s a good thing, because if you’re spending $5k on a dress, you REALLY don’t want to get it “wrong”, do you?

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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….

Buy here

Fashion Trends

Pink is the new black. Apparently.

Every season has its colour. Emerald, for instance, was nominated the Panetone colour of 2013, but this winter pink is the colour to watch out for. Or so say the fashion powers-that-be, anyway: the Autumn/Winter runways were full of the colour, so it’s only fair to assume the high street will be following suit, and that soon we won’t be able to walk into a store without feeling like we’re on the set of Legally Blonde.

We’re probably going to be reading a lot of “pretty in pink” headlines on press releases, too. Awesome.

pink isthe colour of winter 2013

The good news is that you don’t have to be Elle Woods to get in on this look. This season’s pink is the dusky, subtle variety, as opposed to the pepto-pink we COULD have ended up with, and that makes it much easier to wear without feeling like a walking caricature of a “girlie girl”. Close shave there, huh? You don’t have to go head-to-toe Barbie on us, either: this is a colour that can be best in small doses, and if you’d rather have a larger dose if it, there’ll be a lot of pale pink outerwear to keep you happy.

Or, of course, you COULD simply ignore this trend altogether, if you so wish: there are no laws against it. While pink is a shade that many people love, it’s also a colour that some people look down on, especially in the workplace, where it can be seen as too “girlie” and frivolous. Can a colour be a fashion crime? Do you think wearing the so-called colour of the season might make people take you less seriously, or do you reckon it’s JUST a colour, with no associations at all?

Finally, what do you think of this trend in general? Will you be wearing pink this winter, or will you just stick to whatever colours you usually wear, whether they happen to be “in fashion” or not?

Image: Topshop sweater, Ted Baker jacket, Blugirl skirt, Topshop shorts, satchel and shoes

Crimes of Fashion

Rabbits, pigeons and antelope: our weekly fashion crime roundup

This week’s look inside the Fashion Police jail is a relatively short one: the summer sales have somewhat curtailed the activities of the usual fashion criminals, but don’t worry, we’re sure the winter collections will be along soon to make up for it. We do have a few suspects to parade before you today, though, and we’re kicking off with this one:

bunny sweater

Bunny sweater, $235

This would be totally adorable… on a toddler. You all know how we feel about dressing like a toddler, right? You should also probably know how we feel about items of clothing which require their wearer to pose in a certain way in order to properly showcase the look: in this case, even if you want to accept the idea of adults dressing like children, do you REALLY want to have to walk around with your hands above your head all the time, so people can see the bunny ears on your $235 sweater? Thought not.

Meanwhile, over at Nasty Gal, just in case you missed last week’s memo about “nipple shirts“, this model is helpfully demonstrating just why we hate shirts designed to draw attention to The Girls in this particular manner:

model in shirt with lemon detail

Nipple shirt, $38

Stay classy, Nasty Gal.

Meanwhile, this is inspired by pigeons, apparently:

pigeon fashion

We particularly like the shoes.

Now that we’ve shown you clothing inspired by rabbits and pigeons, we think it’s only fair that some other animal gets its turn in the spotlight: maybe an antelope, say?

antelope print pants

Roberto Cavalli pants, £567

Honestly, we don’t expect much from Roberto Cavalli. We think this is a new low, though, because £567 for a pair of antelope-print pants? It makes the pigeon outfit seem almost reasonable, doesn’t it?

Well, does it? Which of these fashion crimes is the worst, do you think? Tell us in the comments…

Crimes of Fashion

What are the UK’s most-hated fashion trends?

If you’re a regular Fashion Police reader, we’re sure you know by now what types of things WE deem to be crimes of fashion. What about the rest of the country, though? What do THEY hate to see people wear? Well, thanks to a survey carried out by Debenhams, we can now find out the answer to that question. They surveyed over 1,500 of their customers (OK, so not QUITE enough to give us the views of the entire country) in an online poll, and asked them what they considered to be the biggest fashion faux pas ever. And the answer?

socks with sandals

Image: ASOS

It’s our old friend – or foe, rather – SOCKS WITH SANDALS!

Well, we can’t say we’re surprised. We recently declared socks with sandals to be one of the biggest style crimes of the summer, and we stand by that assessment. As for the rest of the Top 10, meanwhile, it ran as follows:

1. Socks and sandals
2. Platforms for men
3. Low slung trousers
4. Velour tracksuits
5. Harems
6. Crop tops
7. Bum bags (Fanny packs)
8. Shell suit
9. Trucker hats
10. Scrunchies

The only one of these we were really surprised by was number 2: platforms for men. Is that really a thing now? We know SOME men wear platforms, of course, but we wouldn’t have thought it was enough of a trend to have made it into a “worst fashion trends” list. Maybe we haven’t been associating with the right kind of men? Or maybe we have? Who knows.

The same could be said for shell suits and bum bags (“fanny packs”, if you’re American): sure, they’re horrible, but they haven’t been in widespread use since the 80s, as far as we’re aware, so we wouldn’t have considered them to be a huge threat. Looks like we might have to reconsider that assessment, though, if this list is anything to go by.

Low slung trousers? A fashion crime if they’re SO low slung they create a “builder’s butt” (or if they’re simply the wrong cut for the person wearing them), but some people can definitely get away with them. And as for crop tops, we have to admit to quite liking them, when they’re styled well. As with most things, they don’t suit everyone, but we think they’re perfect with high waisted skirts, so we’re not prepared to dismiss them as crimes of fashion completely.

What do you make of this list? Any surprises? Any omissions? What would YOU have votes the biggest fashion crime ever?