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5 Alternatives to Dresses for New Year’s Eve

We love dresses. And, chances are, you probably love dresses too – or like them, at least. 

Sometimes, though, no matter how much you like something, you just feel like a change. Here are five things to wear on New Year’s Eve – and not a dress in sight!

tuxedo jacket

A tuxedo jacket

A menswear-inspired tuxedo jacket is dressy enough for just about anything, and makes a really nice alternative to a dress. Wear with tailored trousers if you want to keep it classic, or over leather/sequinned leggings for a more contemporary look.

black jumpsuit

A jumpsuit

We never thought we’d see the day when we’d be actually recommending you wear a jumpsuit, but jumpsuits have come a long way from the days when they were mostly denim and/or so baggy you could probably parachute in them if you really had to. We’d willingly wear this one from ASOS, which would look fantastic with a pair of killer heels, some simple jewellery and a bold red lip.


red culottes

Culottes have been trendy for a while now, but don’t let that put you off: they offer all the comfort of your favourite pair of loose trousers, but all the style of a skirt or dress: and, OK, the ones shown are technically a jumpsuit, so there’s a little bit of crossover with the previous option, but you’ll also find them on their own, ready to be paired with a sparkly top, or other evening-appropriate item.

Dress shorts

dress shorts

Yes, you heard us: dress shorts. It’s time to ditch the idea that shorts are only for summer, only for casual wear, or only for the under 20s. If we had legs like this girl, we’d wear short-shorts all the time, and nothing you could say would stop us, but even if you don’t have long, model legs, shorts can can be a surprisingly dressy option, as long as you go for a pair that are tailored, and wear something not-too-revealing on top. Yes, you’ll need a bit of extra confidence if you’re not used to showing of your legs, but if ever there was a time to try something new, the start of a new year is definitely that time…

Fancy Pants

Boden party trousers

Finally, there’s no shortage of dressy trousers on the market for those who don’t want to wear either a dress OR any of the above. We love Boden’s party trousers, which come in three different colours. 


6 of the Best… Little Black Dresses

little black dresses

Where would we be without the little black* dress?

It’s chic, it’s easy to wear, you can dress it up or down as required and there’s pretty much one for every taste. With the Christmas party season well under way, the little black dress is about to get a serious workout, so here are six of our current favourites from the UK high street…

01. Rare London bustier midi dress, £55

Tulle skirts have never been trendier, but they also have a classic glamour to them that’s hard to beat. This one is just £55, and will make you feel like a movie star: or a ballerina, as the case may be…

02. Ted Baker bardot neckline bodycon dress, $195

Simple and elegant, this bodycon dress by Ted Baker is the kind of dress you can wear many different ways, without anyone realising its exactly the same dress.

03. Chi Chi London jacquard midi dress, £62.99

If you love dresses, you probably already love Chi Chi London, but if you haven’t heard of them, this is THE brand for special occasions. This jacquard midi dress is black with a touch of gold, to make it a little more interesting. A fitted bodice and full skirt complete the retro-inspired look: just add red lipstick and a great pair of heels and you’re good to go.

04. Lipsy embellished prom dress, £68

From a midi-length dress to a midi one: Lipsy’s embellished prom dress has a sweetheart neckline without the hassle of going strapless.

05. Coast ‘Kimbly’ bow cocktail dress, £49

If you DO want to go with a strapless option, however, Coast’s ‘Kimbly’ cocktail dress is down to just £49 on sale: there are still some sizes left, but you don’t want to wait too long to grab one!

06. Gaynor Maxi dress by TNFC, £80

Finally, for those times when full-on glamour is the only way to go, TNFC’s sequin maxi dress makes us want to invent an excuse to wear it. Any excuse’ll do…

*Or navy, or red, or green, or blue, or whatever your signature colour happens to be.

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts for the Fashion Blogger in your life

Christmas gift guide for fashion lovers

OK, ‘fess up? Who still hasn’t finished their Christmas shopping?

Well, worry not: thanks to express shipping and the good ol’ internet, there’s still time to pull this thing off, so here are some suggestions for what to buy the fashion blogger in your life…

01. Absolutely anything by Kate Spade

Fashion bloggers love Kate Spade: partly because the stuff is super-cute, of course, but also (mostly) because it looks good on Instagram, let’s face it. John Lewis has an awesome selection of Kate Spade stuff – take your pick!

02. Ban.do stationery

Another one for the “looks good on Instagram”set, Ban.do makes cute stationery, often with slogans which fashion bloggers just can’t resist – and we speak from personal experience, here. This pen set is available at ASOS, and would make a nice stocking filler or Secret Santa gift.

Speaking of ASOS…

03. An ASOS Premier Subscription

An ASOS premier subscription costs £9.95, and gets the recipient free next-day-delivery for a year – absolutely essential for those last minute outfits they just can’t live without.

04. A Michael Kors watch

If you’re feeling particularly extravagant (or just need to score some major Brownie points), the statement watch is always a safe bet: Shopbop’s selection has something for everyone.

05. A Starbucks gift card 

Help her get her Pumpkin Spice Latte fix – and also provide her with a handy prop for outfit photos, with a Starbucks gift card and /or travel mug. It might seem impersonal, but for some of us, there’s no greater gift than coffee. Except maybe wine and shoes…

06. A subscription to Vogue magazine

It’s the fashion bible, and even if she doesn’t have time to read it, it will – once again – make a hady backdrop for all of those flatlays on Instagram…

What’s that we hear you say? You don’t actually know any fashion bloggers? Don’t worry: these will all work for just about anyone with an interest in style and an Instagram account!

Christmas gift guide for fashion bloggers

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5 Style Mistakes Not to Make at the Office Christmas Party

5 style mistakes to avoid at the office Christmas party

Ah, the office Christmas party! A time to connect with your colleagues over canapes and cocktails, celebrate the end of another working year, and maybe get to know them a little better, away from the stress and formality of the office.

The office Christmas party, however, can also be a sartorial minefield for those who secretly quite like having a dress code to stick to, and don’t have a clue what to wear when their trusty tailored dress or trouser suit is off limits. To help you along, here are 5 style mistakes to avoid at the office Christmas party…

01. Dressing like you’re going to the club afterwards

Even if you ARE going to the club afterwards, it’s not a great idea to break out that bodycon mini dress in front of your boss – and your boss’s boss. And your boss’s boss’s boss. And so on an so forth. You might not be at the office, but you WILL be back in the office after the holidays, and you’ll be seeing all the same people who are now seeing your cleavage in all its unrestrained glory. You don’t have to be quite as buttoned-up as you would be in a totally professional setting, but it IS a good idea to still try to present a professional image – so if you’d wear it to the club, maybe stash it in your bag and change into AFTER the office party.

02. Dressing like you’re at the office

If your office party is just a few drinks around the photocopier at the end of the working day, then you’re obviously not going to have much of an option here, but if the Christmas party is taking place off the premises, and you’ll be going home to change first, don’t just turn up in something you’d wear to work. You might think it’s the safest – and therefore best – option, but while it will at least ensure you don’t make mistake number one, it will ALSO make you look like a bit of a party pooper, who resents being forced to have fun. Even if you ARE reluctant attendee at the office bash, and are just waiting it out until you can make your exit without causing offence, it’s a good idea to keep those thoughts to yourself, and try to at least LOOK like you’re joining in. So put your game face on – and your party clothes, too.

03. Wearing the same thing every year

We all know that person who has just the one party outfit, and who rolls it out every year, and to every special event. We’re not saying you have to maintain a closet full of sequins, or invest a lot of money in clothes you’ll hardly ever wear, but if your little black dress has started to become a standing joke, and your colleagues are taking bets on whether or not you’ll manage to get one more year out of it, it might be time for a refresh.

04. Wearing something totally over the top

The office party is a good opportunity to let your colleagues get to know the ‘real’ you, as opposed to the work version of yourself which you present Monday – Friday. It’s NOT, however, an opportunity to show off and make yourself the centre of attention, so even if you think it’ll be hilarious to turn up dressed as Santa Claus, or wearing a sweater that plays Jingle Bells, try to resist…

05. Not making an effort

At the opposite end of the scale are those people who REALLY can’t be bothered, and who don’t mind showing it. Even if you’d rather be somewhere else, try to remember that your employer has made the effort to do something nice: it’s only fair that you ALSO make an effort, and leave the sweatpants at home…

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What to Wear on Christmas Morning : cute loungewear and sleepwear options

Most of us will put a bit of thought into what we wear on Christmas day – but we’d argue that what you wear in Christmas morning is just as important. Well, no one wants to look back at photos of themselves in a ratty old dressing gown or worn out pair of PJs, so here are some smart-but-comfortable options for a stylish morning with zero effort required: any time is a good time to invest in some new nightwear/loungewear, and the best thing about these pieces is that because they’re not “Christmas” themed, you can wear them all year round…


chritmas morning outfit

joggers / sweatshirt / slippers

We never thought we’d see the day when we’d be calling jogging pants “stylish”, but joggers have come a long way, and these cashmere ones from Topshop will add a luxury touch to your loungewear: in fact, you probably won’t want to take them off, and hey – that’s OK, too. Well, it IS Christmas, after all…

loungewear outfit for Christmas morning

leggings / cardigan / cami / slippers

A cosy cable-knit cardi (Which will be a useful addition to your wardrobe for other occasions, too), a comfy pair of leggings, and snuggly slippers : because you CAN be comfortable and stylish at the same time…

nightwear set

pyjamas / dressing gown / slippers

Because sometimes you just don’t want to get dressed. And you shouldn’t have to.

loungewear outfit

socks / PJ bottoms / hoodie 

Finally, a loungewear look so cosy we wish we were wearing it right now…

Oh, and if you’re wondering why you should even care about what you wear around the house or to bed, the answer is you shouldn’t… if you don’t want to. But taking the time to find clothes that make you feel good – even if no one will see them but yourself – is a really easy way to feel a little better about yourself, so it’s worth that extra bit of effort: promise.


6 Christmas Jumpers We Don’t Totally Hate

Here at The Fashion Police, we’re not fans of Christmas jumpers. 

No, not even when they’re being worn “ironically”. Yes, it’s OK that you hate us for it, because seriously: who WOULDN’T want to wear a hilariously ugly sweater with a cartoon picture of Santa Claus stuck on the front? Er, we wouldn’t. And, more to the point, we wouldn’t want to waste our money on something we’d just be wearing for the sake of “joining in”, so assuming that we absolutely HAD to wear a Christmas jumper, here are some of the jumpers we’d choose…

6 stylish Christmas jumpers

01. H&M ‘Honey It’s Cold Outside’ jumper

We’re fond of a good ol’ slogan sweater, and although the slogan on this one is definitely Christmas appropriate, it’s not so specific that you couldn’t go on wearing it all winter long. Because, let’s face it, it’s ALWAYS cold outside at this time of year, isn’t it?*

(*In the northern hemisphere. Yes, we know it’s summer in Australia…)

02. Dorothy Perkins glitter bow jumper

Now THIS one we’d consider wearing all year round. Well, we DO love a bow – and a sequin bow is even better.

03. Boden ’25’ jumper

Boden can always be relied on to bring a touch of class to the Christmas jumper party, and this one is so subtle we almost missed the reference altogether. (It’s December 25th, obviously. But you knew that, of course.)

04. George sequin snowflake jumper

We know that all of our selections so far have been grey or beige, by the way. We know… we just don’t care, because if that’s what it takes to get us into one of these things, then that’s what it takes.

05. Collectif Chrissie Deer Jumper

Just for you, here’s one that isn’t grey or beige: it isn’t baggy or oversized either, like so many Christmas jumpers are, so that naturally makes it our favourite.

06. Oasis Stag jumper

We’re not sure this one even counts as a Christmas jumper, but hey: it’s sparkly, it’s wintry and we’d wear it – so we’re counting it.


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Sales season has officially started…

sales season

Attention, Fashion Force!

Black Friday might still be a few days away, but the sales won’t wait, and there are already tons of bargains to be had. You don’t have to be in the US to take advantage of the discounts either, because while Black Friday and Cyber Monday used to be associated with the Thanksgiving holidays, they’ve recently spread to the UK, too, with many international retailers jumping aboard the bandwagon, and claiming Black Friday as their own. (Yeah, we know it’s weird, but if it means we get a discount on that coat we’ve been eyeing, we’re not going to complain…)

One of the first brands to get sales season underway is Shopbop, whose sale started today, offering savings of up to 25% on all full-price and sale items: can’t say fairer than that, can you? Sale details are below: just click here to visit the site, and enter the code GOBIG15 at checkout to claim your discount!


Shirts & Tops

5 Tops to Wear With Leggings

When we talked about what to wear with leggings, we mentioned that the number one rule to bear in mind is that whatever you wear, it ideally has to cover your crotch. 

Sounds simple enough, right? Well, yes, it does: but sometimes the simplest items of clothing can be the hardest to find, so, with that in mind, we’ve sent our officers out to comb the world of fashion and identify some tops to wear with leggings, to keep you on the straight and narrow…

Topshop neat-fit chambray shirt

01. Topshop neat-fit chambray shirt

Longline shirts are always great tops to wear with leggings, and the humble chambray is something of a modern classic. Topshop’s neat fit chambray isn’t too baggy, but is cut long enough to cover the crotch: wear with boots or ballet flats for a classic, casual look.

mulberry tunic top

03. Dorothy Perkins mulberry tunic

When you’re looking for tops to wear with leggings, anything described using the word “tunic” is usually a safe bet. Tunics are basically mini dresses in “top” form, so they’re almost always going to be long enough to wear with leggings. This one by Dorothy Perkins is a great colour for autumn/winter: add a camel coat and plaid scarf for an extra cosy look.

Boden cashmere sweater

03. Boden relaxed v-neck

Words like “relaxed”, “slouchy” or “boyfriend fit” are also good indicators that a top will be suitable to wear with leggings: when you’re wearing something as skintight as leggings on your bottom half, you want to go for something a bit less form-fitting on top. Soft cashmere is always a good decision, and will help add a touch of luxury to your casual looks: Boden’s v-neck sweater would look particularly good with leather-look leggings and heeled ankle boots.

Oasis cami top

04. Oasis dip-back cami

Although leggings generally work best as casual wear, you can dress them up if you want to – particularly if the leggings in question are leather-look, velvet, or have a slight sheen to them. This cami top from Oasis is cut fairly long, so should just cover the crotch: wear it with a black blazer and a pair of killer heels.


05. H&M fine knit dress

OK, so this is technically a dress, not a top. It’s short enough to give the same kind of effect as the tunic top above, though, so we won’t tell if you don’t…

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What to Wear to a Job Interview

What to wear to a job interview

Working out what to wear to a job interview used to be a whole lot easier. 

Back in the days when many jobs came with set dress codes, there tended to be a much bigger divide between what people wore to work (typically suits or other, similarly tailored pieces), and what they wore in their free time. Now, however, as more and more people enter creative fields, and workplaces become more relaxed, working out what to wear to a job interview – and even what to wear once you’ve got the job – can be a bit of a minefield.

There are obviously still plenty of jobs which have easy-to-work-our dress codes, or even uniforms. This article isn’t for people in those kind of jobs, though. This article is for people interviewing for the type of positions where they just don’t know what they should be wearing. We can’t tell you EXACTLY what to wear to a job interview, obviously – that’s going to vary from job to job, and what works for one role might be completely inappropriate for another. But here are some basic guidelines that should help you decide what to wear…

Try to find out what people already working for the company wear

The quickest and most reliable way to work out what’s considered appropriate dress for the company you’re interviewing with is to see for yourself. What do the people who work there wear? If you know someone who already works for the company, this will be really easy for. If you don’t, however, just ask. For some reason, a lot of people don’t feel they should ask what to wear to a job interview, but there’s really nothing wrong with doing just that: no one expects you to be a mind readers, or to just automatically know what the company culture is like, so a simple, “Can I ask what your dress code is?”, directed to the person inviting you to the interview, should be enough to give you all the information you need.

And if all else fails, well, what if you just so happened to be walking past the office when people were arriving or leaving for work? It happens, right? We’re obviously not suggesting you cut two holes in a newspaper and behave like a stalker, but there’s no harm in just walking past, is there?

Dress more smartly than you think you need to

Once you have a rough idea of the kind of thing people wear, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Now, you don’t need to go all-out here and wear a three-piece suit (especially not if you’re interviewing with a company that’s super-casual: you’ll just look and feel horribly out of place), but you do want to be just a little smarter than you’d usually dress. So, if you’ve done your research and found out that people at this company tend to wear ripped jeans and sweaters, say, you’re going to want to wear smart jeans (dark wash, no rips or tears, no fading) with a dressier top or blouse. If people wear casual dresses, wear a slightly more formal dress, with maybe a blazer over the top say. Your goal here is to look like you’ve made an effort, while still looking like you’ll fit in with the rest of the team. Speaking of which…

Don’t be too over-the-top

Having a strong sense of personal style is all well and good, and many people place a great deal of importance on their right to wear what they want, and express their personality and creativity through their clothing. That’s awesome, of course, but the thing is, work isn’t the place to do that: and a job interview REALLY isn’t the place to do it. Because the person interviewing you isn’t interested in how creative you can be with clothing (unless you’re interviewing for a job in fashion obviously, in which case you don’t need this post anyway, do you?) All they care about is how well you’ll be able to do the job, and – as much as you might not want to hear it – how well you’ll fit in with everyone else.

A lot of people take immediate exception to the idea that they should try to “fit in” anywhere – workplaces included. If you want to make a success of your chosen career, though – or just not to end up getting fired – you DO have to make certain compromises, and you do have to make the effort to get along with the people you work with. You might not think that what you wear has any bearing on how well you can do your job, or how you’ll get along with your colleagues, and you’re absolutely right : what you wear has absolutely nothing do with either of those things. None of that, however, changes the fact that your interviewer will judge you on what they can see of you at the interview: and if your chosen outfit makes them feel that you might not be a good fit for the rest of the team, you’ll have less of a chance of being invited back.


Don’t overlook the obvious

There are some tips relating to what to wear to a job interview that seem too obvious to even mention them here. You all know not to wear too much makeup, don’t you? (Some makeup is fine, obviously: just try not to look like you fell head-first into the MAC counter on your way to the interview) Or to turn up looking like you’re going clubbing afterwards? You know to comb your hair, and brush your teeth, and give your clothes a quick going-over with a lint roller: of COURSE you do.

While we don’t want to patronise you by implying you need us to tell you about any of these things, though, the fact is that if you speak to anyone who conducts interviews on a regular basis, you’ll quickly discover that so many people DON’T know these things: or choose to overlook them. So don’t be one of those people, is what we’re saying. The most important thing when working out what to wear to a job interview is to demonstrate that you’re taking it seriously, and have respect for the person interviewing you, and the company you work for. So dress with the same amount of care you would for any other important event – and good luck!

Crimes of Fashion

How to save money on high fashion items

You COULD spend $282 on this paint-spattered shirt:

paint pattered shirt

OR you could just spatter paint over an existing shirt for free. (Or for the cost of the paint, if you don’t have it. It probably won’t cost you almost $300, though.)

Similarly, you COULD spend £795 on this KitKat inspired clutch bag:

Kit Kat clutch bag

OR you could just buy a REAL Kit Kat and carry that around with you instead. You won’t be able to carry your stuff in it, true, but you can’t carry a whole lot of stuff in a clutch bag either, and you can’t eat one either – which you can do with the real Kit Kat.

You COULD pay $430 for this extra-long-sleeved sweater:

long-sleeved sweater

OR you could simply take an old sweater you no longer wear much, and stretch the sleeves out as far as you possibly can – you know, like you sometimes did when you were a little kid? YOur mum may have yelled at you back then for ruining a perfectly good sweater, but now she’ll just be relieved you didn’t spend $430 on an attempt to look edgy…

You COULD spend $755 on this dress:

high fashion dress

The dress is just the check print bit over the top, by the way: don’t be getting carried away and thinking you’d get the blouse and skirt too for that price. You’ll have to buy those separately. So you COULD buy a “dress” and THEN buy some other clothes to wear UNDER your new dress (You could argue here that a dress which requires the purchase of additional items in order to make it wearable isn’t a great deal, but as our detractors are always telling us, if you think that, then you obviously don’t know anything about fashion, do you?), OR you could once again take an existing dress (or raid your fabric box, if you have one), cut it unto shreds, them basically just throw them at yourself and hope they stick. Same effect, vastly different price-point. Sorted.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick guide to saving money on high fashion – until next time, Fashion Force!

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What to Wear In Vegas

what to wear in vegas

Wondering what to wear in Vegas? Amber writes…

So, lately I’ve noticed quite a few people have been arriving at the site looking for info on what to wear in Las Vegas, and it just so happens I can help with that, having just returned from a quick trip there last month. This was our second time in Vegas, although at a different time of year, so my first tip is all about the seasons…

When are you going? 

A lot of people think of Las Vegas as a permanently hot place, but it actually gets pretty cool in winter, so your first task is to check the weather for the dates you’ll be travelling, as you would with any other destination. We visited in late September, which meant stifling daytime temperatures, which turned cooler in the evening, although still warm enough to walk around in short sleeves. In December, meanwhile, it was cold enough for me to need a coat during the day, and a thick sweater underneath it at night: don’t be seduced into thinking it’ll always be hot!

Pack light layers, even in the summer

This might seem like crazy advice, because in the height of summer, Vegas feels like the hottest place on earth. The reason I’m advising that you bring some light layers, however? Air con. The air con in the hotels and casinos is normally set to “freeze your ass off”: I’d walk in from the Strip feeling like I was about to expire from the hear, and within a few minutes I’d be shivering with cold – I actually had goosebumps walking around some of the casinos, because it was SO COLD. I also had to bundle up in our hotel room: we could adjust the air con, but it never seemed to be warm enough for me, so if you tend to feel the cold, you’re going to want to carry a cardigan or light sweater – yes, even when it’s 100 degrees outside. Which brings me to my next point.

Bring a medium/large bag that’s easy to carry

If you want to do Vegas properly, you’re probably going to spend most of your time out and about, and that means you’ll have to take anything you’ll need for the day (including that sweater) with you. Bring a bag that’s large enough to carry your daily essentials, so you don’t have to keep returning to your hotel, and make sure it’s a bag that’s easy to carry. My small cross-body bag was fine for the first hour or so, but really started to dig into my shoulder after a while – I prefer to be hands-free when I’m out exploring, but a wider strap would probably have been more comfortable. Speaking of comfort…

Comfortable shoes are a daytime essential

The first time I went to Las Vegas, I imagined it would be all-glamour, all the time, and that all I’d need would be a selection of my best party dresses and skyscraper heels. If you’re going out clubbing, you’ll need that kind of stuff for evening, sure, but during the day you’re going to walk MILES. Even just walking around your hotel will involve a fair bit of walking, and if you want to see the strip, prepare for sore feet. Or don’t: pack your most comfortable shoes, and wear them during the day – save the heels for the evenings! Having said that…

Vegas isn’t a dressy town

Or not for the most part, anyway. Obviously there are plenty of clubs and bars where you’ll be able to get dressed up to the nines and not feel out of place, but as you walk around town, and go in and out of the hotels and casinos, you won’t see many people dressed up – other than the occasional bride, that is. Most people, in fact, will be dressed like tourists, and with an emphasis on comfort – shorts, tees, sneakers, etc. You don’t have to dress like that if you don’t want to, but for sightseeing and exploring, you don’t have to be too fancy.

With that said…

Vegas is a town where anything goes, (Literally, I mean: walking down Fremont street, we passed a man wearing nothing but a thong, and no one was giving him a second glance. It’s that kind of town.) which makes it a great place to experiment a little and wear whatever you want to wear, without worrying about looking out of place. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I hasten to add.) You really can’t BE out of place in Vegas, so wear what you want, and have fun – that’s why you’re there, after all!

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Style Lessons We Learned from Dita Von Teese

Style lessons we learned from Dita Von Teese

A few weeks ago we brought you some style lessons we learned from Audrey Hepburn, so today we’re turning the spotlight on another of our favourites: here are some style lessons we learned from Dita Von Teese

Red  lipstick isn’t optional

Have you ever seen Dita without bright red lips? We doubt it. Dita knows that red lips can totally transform your look, and will instantly create the impression that you’ve made a serious effort with your appearance – even when you haven’t. They say there’s a red that suits everyone: we’re not sure that’s true, but it would be fun to find out.

Grooming is everything

This is not a woman you’ll ever see with chipped nail polish or messy hair. Impeccable grooming can seem impossible to maintain when you have a busy life (and when you DON’T have a team of makeup artists and hair stylists on hand), but paying attention to detail can make the difference between looking fantastic and just looking OK. NOT paying attention to detail, meanwhile, is an easy way to ruin an otherwise great look, so if you can spare the extra time, it’ll be worth it.

Heels with everything

OK, so this is one lesson we’re sure you won’t want to hear, but we couldn’t ignore the fact that Dita Von Teese is rarely spotted without her stilettos! With that said, not everyone can wear heels, or even WANTS to, so if you’re in the anti-heels brigade, the lesson we’d take from this one is that shoes can make or break your outfit. They don’t necessarily have to be high shoes, just make sure they’re the RIGHT shoes for your outfit – and also that they’re in perfect shape, too. The cobbler is your best friend in this respect, and a little bit of polish goes a long way!

You don’t have to fake tan

One of the things that makes Dita Von Teese stand out from so many other celebrities is her refusal to hit the bottle – the fake tan bottle, that is. Instead, Dita embraces and even plays up her pale skin, refusing to change it to suit other’s people’s sense of aesthetics. Whatever your skin colour, remember that you don’t have to change it for anyone: your skin looks exactly the way it’s supposed to, and while there’s nothing wrong with using fake tan if you want to, you should never feel pressured to change your skin colour – it’s perfect the way it is.

Or follow fashion

This is a lesson we also learned from Audrey Hepburn, but one thing a lot of stylish women have in common is their refusal to follow fashion. Instead, they stick to the clothes they know suit them best – even if that means wearing something totally outwith the “norm”, or sticking to the same kind of styles over and over again. Fashion can be fun, and it’s fine to experiment – but if you know what you like, you don’t have to change it just to keep up with trends!

Crimes of Fashion, Shoes

Gucci Horsebit-detailed goat hair slippers

scrolldown fug

We seriously thought this was a joke at first. It looks like one, right? Smartly-dressed woman: maybe not everyone’s style, but she looks like she’s made a bit of effort with a classic jeans/blazer/scarf combo. Then you scroll down the page and…

goat hair slippers

NO. No, no, NO. Goathair slippers should not be a thing. Seriously: leave the hair to the goats, people, because this looks absolutely ridiculous AND costs £1,230. When we first laid eyes on them, the fact that they were described as “slippers” made us think they were one of those “hilarious” animal-themed house slippers people like to wear. You know the ones that make you look like you stuffed your foot inside a teddy bear, or a monkey, or whatever? Yeah, we hate those too, and will never understand want to dress up as toddlers at home, but the key to that sentence is the phrase “AT HOME”. At least those things aren’t actually designed to be worn out on the street: these, however, ARE, and if you’re wondering what on EARTH you’d ever wear with them, Net-a-Porter suggest “floaty skirts and dresses”. Which we actually fully support, if only because it would be absolutely hilarious to see people walking around in a floaty dress and a pair of slippers that look like they’re still alive.

If you think the slippers are a little bit too much, however, maybe the clogs will be more to your liking?

Gucci clogs

Or maybe not.

Gucci aren’t the only brand making incomprehensibly furry shoes this season, though: nope, Maison Martin Margiela are it too, with these grey faux fur mules:

faux fur mules

We wouldn’t have expected any less of them, really. These are ‘just’ $1,360 at Shopbop, if anyone’s interested: and, if you are interested, you can rest assured that there’s plenty more where those came from.

Fashion Police

It’s Shopbop Sale time again!

Shopbop sale

It’s our favourite time of year, folks! No, we’re not talking about Autumn – don’t worry, you won’t get any photos of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes here – we’re talking about something even better: the Shopbop sale.

The latest Friends and Family event kicked off today, and will run until Friday, giving you the chance to save 25% on your favourite brands. All you have to do is enter the code INTHEFAM25 at checkout – do check here first to see the list of brand, exclusions, though, as well as the terms and conditions: we don’t want you setting your heart on something and getting all the way to the checkout, only to discover that the discount doesn’t apply. We’ve been there, and we never want to go there again.

Soooo, what are you still doing here? Shouldn’t you be shopping?

Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Alice & Olivia Vs Chi Chi London

style stealer: Alice & Olivia vs Chi Chi London

OK, so one is a dress and one is a top + skirt combo, but if you’re looking for the same look on a budget (and we’ve no idea why you wouldn’t be, really…) you could do worse than compare Alice + Olivia’s ‘Justina’ skirt (£550) and matching top  (£225), with Chi Chi London’s Bobbie dress, which represents quite a saving, at just £65.

These two outfits have a similar, but not identical look: if we’re being honest, we’d have to say the Alice + Olivia skirt has the edge on looks, with the gold embroidery making much more of an impact than on the Chi Chi London dress. Then again, the dress is that little bit more subtle, and a whole lot more wearable, given that the top half doesn’t leave any of the skin of your torso exposed, like the Alice + Olivia crop top. (You could, of course, wear the Alice & Olivia skirt with a different top, if the exposed skin really bothered you, but it might not have quite the same effect.)

Counsel for the Alice & Olivia combo might well argue that it’s better value as you can wear both skirt and top with other items, which you can’t really do with a dress. In this case, though, the price makes all the difference: yes, you get two items, but it’s not exactly two-for-the-price of one, is it? No, it’s more like two for the price of almost 12 Chi Chi London dresses: which is what you’d get for the price of the skirt and top on the left.

Case closed? It is for us, but just in case you need any more convincing, take a look at some Chi Chi dress on their website here, featuring some of our favourite Chi Chi London dresses (or check them out in action here and here).

Crimes of Fashion

Crimes of Fashion Roundup

knitted flares and matching top

ASOS are using the never-ending 70s-revival (can you still call it a “revival” if it’s been going on forever? Because we’re starting to think that if this 70s nonsense goes on any longer, it’ll stop being a ’70s revival’ and just be ‘what people wear now’. We really hope that day never comes, but ever pair of knitted flares makes it seem all the more likely…) as an excuse for all manner of fashion crimes. This isn’t even the worst example we’ve seen, but an all-beige knitted “costume” doesn’t seem like a good idea for anyone, really, does it?

floral print blouse and trousers

[Outfit: ZARA]

You can cop all the attitude you like, missy: this is a great example of why head-to-toe floral print is rarely a good idea. Actually, this and the outfit before it pretty much prove that head-to-toe ANYTHING is rarely a good idea. Like, Florence Welch could probably pull this off, but… that’s about it.

We’re not sure even Florence could make this one work, though:

fringe poncho

So, it’s a fringed poncho. Honestly, those words alone would set our “fashion crime” claxon ringing, because remember the early noughties, when ponchos were a “thing”, and everyone and their aunt had one? We remember that. We wish we didn’t, but we do, and while we weren’t huge fans of that particular style of poncho, we’re even less enamoured by this one, which looks like the kind of primitive clothing stone-age man might have fashioned for himself. Or which your four year old neice might make if you handed her a Barbie and a pair of scissors (don’t do that, though, folks: scissors and children do not mix!) and asked her to make some “clothes”. We’re willing to accept that our in-built bias against ponchos might be at work here, though. As for this, on the other hand…

soda can dress

It’s a dress that looks like a soda can. We accept no excuses.

POPULAR, Style Basics

Style Lessons We Learned from Audrey Hepburn

It might seem like a total cliché to name Audrey Hepburn as your number one style icon, but the star’s classic style remains popular for a reason…

style lessons we learned from Audrey Hepburn

[This is not Audrey Hepburn. But you get the idea.]

Here are some of the style lessons we’ve learned from Audrey Hepburn…

Simple is almost always best 

When you look back at Audrey Hepburn’s outfits – and particularly at more candid shots featuring her “off duty” style – the main thing you’ll notice is the sheer simplicity of the looks. Hepburn favoured mostly black or neutral colour palettes, and while she wasn’t afraid to throw in a printed dress or colourful skirt, the pieces themselves were always simply cut, with minimal styling. While some would call this “boring”, that simplicity is what helps makes the looks so memorable – and so iconic.

Perfect fit is essential

In saying that simple is best, it’s important to remember that not all clothing items are created equal, and “simple” doesn’t necessarily equal “stylish”. If you’re going to stick to the basics, then, you have to make sure you have the RIGHT basics, and that the fit is impeccable. Many celebrities have their clothing tailored in order to achieve this (yes, even basics like t-shirts and jeans), and the perfect fit can be the difference between a stylish outfit, and one which is simply OK.

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

It’s OK to have a uniform

We’ve talked about this before, but have you ever noticed how the women most frequently cited as “style icons” all have styles which are instantly identifiable? It’s possible to look at a particular dress or top and say, “That’s SO Audrey Hepburn”, and that’s because one of the style secrets Audrey knew well was that once you’ve found a style you love, and that works for you, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to it. In today’s world, uniform dressing tends to be slated as uncreative – we praise the people who are capable of constantly changing, and criticize those who know what they like and wear it, even if it’s not “in fashion”. But whose style do you think will be remembered years from now? Exactly.

Choose a signature item to stand out and be remembered

The oversized black sunglasses Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany’s are one of her “trademark” looks, and she was often photographed wearing oversized glasses off-screen, too. You don’t have to wear bug-eyed glasses if you don’t want to, of course, but a signature piece is an easy way to give your style a personal stamp, and create something that’s very YOU. You could go for red lipstick, say, interesting jewellery or a colour you wear often –

Happy girls are the prettiest girls…

…and the most stylish, too. Perhaps the most important style lesson we can learn from Audrey Hepburn comes from the quote above: whatever you wear, it should make you feel happy, confident, and ready to take on the world. Clothes that make you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious, on the other hand, will NEVER look stylish, no matter how beautiful they look on the hanger, or how “bang on trend” they are. You know those times when you find yourself twisting and turning in front of the mirror, thinking, “Should I wear this?” The answer to that question is always NO: because the fact that you even have to ASK it shows that you’re not going to be comfortable if you do talk yourself into wearing it. That doesn’t mean you’ll look bad in it, necessarily – but it does mean that you’ll probably FEEL bad, and that will come across in your body language, and the way you keep tugging at your skirt or wobbling on shoes you weren’t sure you should wear. Remember that happy girls are the prettiest girls, so wear what makes you happy, and you’ll look a whole lot better as a result.

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

Good Clothes Gone Bad | The Back-Slit Dress

Remember when we talked about when good clothes go bad? Well, here’s another example…

ASOS full-skirted dress

[buy it here]

Now,  in fairness, this one could’ve gone either way. It’s one of those dresses that got an instant, “OMGLOVEIT!” reaction from us, quickly followed by a, “Or DO I?” The shape is amazing, is as the subtle print, which seems just right for the upcoming winter seasons. Dresses with sleeves are still rare enough to make us want to buy every one we see (Seriously, why so many short-sleeved dresses in winter, fashion designers? Don’t you all get cold? Do you really want us to spoil your beautiful designs by layering cardigans and scarves over the top every single time we wear them?), and did we mention how awesome the full-skirt is on this? Awesome, seriously. The shiny fabric and the seams along the bust, however, did give us some pause for thought: and then there was THIS:

dress with back slit

And instantly, a good dress goes bad.

Seriously, why would they do this? Not only does the back stick out from the model’s body, creating an awkward sideways-silhouette, we also have to ask how on earth – or rather WHERE on earth – you’d wear something like this? Super-thick fabric, with a high-neck and long sleeves: that’s going to be pretty warm, right? When we saw it from the front, we thought, “great dress for cold weather” – but then there’s the whole issue of the naked lower back. When is it ever simultaneously so cold that you need long (THICK) sleeves and a high neck, but also so warm that you can happily bare your back to the elements? We have no idea. All we know is that if we owned this, we’d end up having to wear something under it to cover the lower back: which renders that detail totally redundant.

Why’d do you it, ASOS? If you’d just given it a normal, filled-in back, you COULD have had £150 from us. As it is, it’s just another good dress gone bad…

What To Wear

What to Wear to a Funeral

Here’s a subject no one really wants to think about, but which many of us unfortunately have to face at some point – what to wear to a funeral?

what to wear to a funeral

Before we go any further, it’s important to note that most people don’t wonder what to wear to a funeral because they’re hoping to impress anyone: it’s a question we ask purely because we don’t want to risk causing offence. Because funerals are normally formal occasions, working out what to wear to one can feel like a bit of a minefield, so let’s get the basics out of the way first…

You don’t necessarily have to wear black

It used to be the case that black was considered the ONLY appropriate colour to wear to a funeral. These days, that’s not normally the case, and any relatively muted colour will often be acceptable. At some funerals, you might even be asked to wear a certain colour that was the deceased person’s favourite, or to wear something bright to celebrate their life: if you haven’t been specifically asked to do this, however, it’s best to stick to darker shades like black, navy, grey or dark green.

… but you do have to dress respectfully

Colour aside, the most important thing to note when working out what to wear to a funeral is that it’s a sombre occasion, at which you’re expected to dress respectfully. That means not wearing anything too flashy, loud or attention-seeking – you’re not going to a club, and you’re not the centre of attention, so your choice of clothing should reflect that. Very short, tight or revealing clothes, for instance, are out – instead, a good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t wear it to work (assuming you work in an environment which is at least semi-formal), you wouldn’t wear it to a funeral either.

Actually, if you work in an office job, the “would I wear it to work” test is a pretty good one: think skirts, tailored trousers, dark-coloured dresses etc, worn with shoes you can walk in, and makeup/jewellery that isn’t too garish.

Don’t dress too casually 

Again, most funerals are fairly formal occasions, so unless you’ve been asked to dress casually, things like jeans, leggings and sportswear will be too casual: the aim is not to look stuffy or “dressed up”, per se, but simply to show respect. Very casual outfits give the impression that no effort or thought has been made, which will make people think your attitude is as casual as your clothing – not a good impression to make at a funeral.

If in doubt, ask

Of course, different cultures have different traditions when it comes to funeral: we’ve written this article with British traditions in mind, but if you’re not sure what’s expected of you, ask. You obviously won’t want to bother members of the immediate family with questions about what to wear, but you should be able to find someone who’ll be able to tell you if there are any specific customs or requests you should be aware of : better to ask, than to risk offending someone by wearing something inappropriate!


What To Wear

What to Wear With Leggings

Remember when leggings came back into fashion?

What are we saying: of course you don’t – you were probably still being dressed by your mother back then. If you do remember the fashion trends of the early 00s, though, you’ll probably recall that when leggings made their big comeback, most people were completely horrified by them. They remembered the leggings of the 80s, you see – the lurid colours and the camel toes, and the way leggings instantly became the uniform of everyone, everywhere – often to quite horrifying effect. They wouldn’t stick around, we predicted, but we wrong: leggings are still here, they’re probably not going anywhere in a hurry, and they’re STILL being worn in ways that aren’t exactly easy on the eyes, to put it mildly.

what to wear with leggings

They’re also, however, a pretty handy item to have in your closet: they’re comfortable, casual, and they CAN also be cute -if you know how to wear them.

The one rule governing what to wear with leggings…

what to wear with leggings: tips and advice

[Both outfits: H&M]

Always wear a top that covers your crotch

The main thing to remember about leggings is that leggings are not pants and should never be worn as such. Never. No, not even whatever that situation is you’re thinking of: leggings are not pants, period. What this means is that you need to always make sure your top is covering your crotch and butt: it’s as simple as that. In the image above, the top on the left is maybe a little bit shorter than would be ideal, but at least it’s longer than the crop top on the right, which leaves everything on show. Speaking of the outfit on the right, we can learn one other lesson from it:

With that simple rule in mind, you can basically go wild. Here are some suggestions on what to wear with leggings:

what to wear with leggings: sneakers and stripes

Sneakers and stripes

Along similar lines of the “good” outfit above, you just can’t go wrong with a simple, stripe top. Pair with sneakers for a comfy, casual look, that still looks reasonably pulled together.  [Outfit from ASOS]

what to wear with leggings: chambray shirt

The Chambray Shirt

Chambray shirts are hugely popular right now, and almost as much of a wardrobe staple as leggings themselves. Again, this one might look better with some kind of longer length tank layered underneath, to stop that “leggings as pants” look from happening. [Outfit from Zara]

leggings outfit with ballet flats and sweater

Ballet flats and cashmere sweater

Simple and classic – who would’ve thought you’d ever hear us say that about an outfit including leggings, of all things? Actually, the cropped length of this pair, combined with the ballet flats and soft cashmere sweater is very chic, and the silhouette has an almost Audrey-Hepburn-esque feel to it. You REALLY never thought you’d hear us say that, did you? [Outfit from Boden]

blazer and heels

Blazer and heels

Another look that’s become something of a classic, this one works well with leather look leggings – yes, really. Add a silk cami or shirt for a luxe feel, and always remember that leggings aren’t pants!  [Outfit from The Outnet]