What To Wear

Heart print pieces for Valentine’s Day

heart-print clothes for Valentine;s day

Valentine’s day: whether you love it or hate it, you just can’t avoid it – not even here at TFP, we’re sorry to say.

(Actually, you probably could: you could head out into the wilderness, or travel to some far-distant land, where no one cares about pink hearts and other romantic cliques. We’re willing to be that even there you’d bump into at least one person who’d ask if you got any cards, or what your plans are for the “big day”.

Are you picking up on the fact that we’re not huge fans of Valentine’s Day? That’s good: we were worried we weren’t making it quite clear enough.

Here’s the thing, though – our shameful secret, if you will: we might not be big fans of Valentine’s day itself (or, more truthfully, of the hysteria that generally surrounds it), but we DO have a bit of a soft spot for heart print clothes. And shoes. And accessories. And, oh, what the hell – we’ve even included a heart-shaped dish in this list, because why not? It’ll look good on Instagram. You’ll thank us later.

Now, we don’t normally go in for “themed” dressing, and the only kind of holiday we’re remotely interested in dressing for is the type that involves us lying on the beach for most of the day, and then getting all dressed up for dinner in the evening. But soft pinks and shades of blush, combined with rose gold and maybe a bit of red? That gets our vote, especially at the end of a long, dark winter, when even your hard-hearted Fashion Police are able to be won over by a bit of romance…

pink heart cardigan; heart-front pumps; gold watch; heart print scarf; green shoulder bag; heart pattern sweater; heart flats; heart dish ; heart and arrow earrings

Tips & Tricks

Why buying duplicates can be a sound shopping strategy

Why you should buy duplicates of the clothes you love the most

Ever had an item of clothing you love so much that you end up being too scared to wear it, in case something happens to it? 

Er, please tell us we’re not the only ones who do that? Sometimes particular favourites end up being consigned to the “do not wear” pile much earlier than they really need to be, purely because we know that, left to our own devices, we’d wear them so often we’d wear them right out – and can you imagine how awful it would be to no longer have that favourite sweater, or perfectly-fitting pair of jeans? Exactly.

The trouble with THAT theory, obviously (and we’re sure you’ve spotted it already), is that if you’re avoiding wearing something just so you don’t wear it out, it’s basically the SAME as not having it. And what’s the point of having beautiful clothes if you’re not going to wear them? The answer to the dilemma?

Shopping in duplicate.

It’s a very obvious answer, but it’s a technique that a lot of people don’t use, purely because of the cost. No matter how much you love something, after all, it can feel wasteful to buy more than one of it, and it’s not always financially feasible, either. If you CAN afford to double-up on certain items, though, it can be a really useful thing to do, because it gives you the freedom to wear that treasured item as often as you like, safe in the knowledge that you have another one tucked away, just waiting for that fateful day when you spill an entire glass of red wine down the first one, and it won’t come out, no matter how many Pinterest-approved techniques you try.

Of course, not all clothing is worth buying duplicates of. Here are some that are…

Things it’s worth buying more than one of:

  • Jeans that fit perfectly.  We all know how hard it is to find the perfect pair of jeans, right? Well, when you DO find them, for the love of God, don’t just buy one pair: if you can afford to, buy a backup – because you’ll probably never find THAT good a fit ever again.
  • Frequently-worn basics. It’s not much fun to stock up on t-shirts, to be honest, but at the same time, it’s ALSO not much fun to go to your closet and discover a huge stain on your favourite white tee – and then not be able to replace it, because although you’d THINK this kind of thing would be easy to find, sometimes there’s just no replacing a favourite, is there?Also, you can NEVER have too many Breton stripes. NEVER.
  • Ballet flats –  maybe it’s just us, but we seem to be on a permanent search for ballet flats that are just the right shape and colour. When we do find them, we seem to go through them fast, so having a second pair in reserve is a good way to cut down the number of shopping searches we have to embark upon each year.

Things it’s NOT worth doubling up on:

  • Trend pieces. No matter how amazing you think it is NOW, chances are you won’t feel the same way a few years from now, which is when you’d be needing your back up: resist!
  • Anything that’s easily replaced. We said it’s a good idea to stock up on basics, but that’s only the case if your “basics” aren’t always readily available – i.e. you’ve found a particular type of tank top, say, that’s out-of-this world amazing, but it’s from a brand that might not keep on making it. If, on the other hand, you love a particular Gap t-shirt, say, or something else the brand has been making forever, buying duplicates means you’ll just spend money needlessly, and clog up your wardrobe with items you could very easily replace if you really needed to. The idea is to use this technique to REDUCE the amount of shopping you do, not simply to turn into a hoarder by buying tons of things you can easily get from Target.
  • Clothes you don’t wear very often. As with the trend pieces, that evening dress you just bought might make you feel like a million dollars, but unless you’re going to be wearing it every other week, it’s not worth duplicating, because even if something DID happen to it, you probably wouldn’t miss it that much, anyway.
Fashion Police

How Much Is Your Wardrobe Worth?

Have you ever wondered how much your wardrobe is worth?

I hadn’t, actually: I’m not sure if that’s unusual, but it’s just not something that ever really entered my head. My wardrobe was built up over a number of years after all (many, many years, in some cases – there are a few items in there that are older than I’d really like to think about right now!), so it’s not like I went out and dropped a wad of cash on it, after all. This week, though, River Island added a wardrobe calculator to their website, so I thought I might as well give it a go:

wardrobe calculator

WHOA.  Did NOT expect that.

Now, to be fair:

a) I have no idea how they calculated what the “average wardrobe” is worth, or how accurate that figure may or may not be.

b) I also have no idea how accurate my OWN figure is, because I couldn’t be bothered going and counting every item I owned, so I estimated most if it. Everything in the list is split into “high street” and “designer”, but prices can vary wildly within each of those brackets, so, without knowing the exact value of each item, it would be impossible to get a truly accurate figure.

c) As a full-time fashion blogger, I not only have a much larger wardrobe than people in many other professions, I also get sent a lot of items for “free”, so even if the figure generated WAS accurate, it wouldn’t mean I’d actually SPENT that much – heaven forbid!

With that said, this little exercise was definitely a bit of a wake-up call for me. I’ve been on a bit of a mission to simplify and downsize my wardrobe for a while now, and this could be just the extra push I needed to continue with that. I’m not sure that’s quite the effect River Island were hoping to have, but that’s the one it had – on me, at least. If you’d like to find out how much YOUR wardrobe is worth, meanwhile, you’ll find the wardrobe calculator here.

Fashion Police

Trend Alert: Cute Collars for Spring

spring trend: cute collars on knitwear and dresses

Well, it’s been a very long winter here in the frozen north, but at last the spring/summer collections are starting to appear in our favourite stores. It’s still too cold to actually WEAR any of the items, you understand, but isn’t it nice to be able to just look at them, and to know that a time is coming when we’ll be able to get dressed without having to add a dozen layers over the top of that pretty dress, totally defeating the purpose of wearing it in the first place? Exactly.

Today our style sleuths have been doing some digging, and we’ve uncovered an incoming spring trend – cute collars. Whether they’re on knitwear, dresses or tops, cute collars are all over the spring collections. The ones in our collage are all from Oasis, but you’re going to be seeing this style popping up in other places too, so keep an eye out for them – assuming, of course, that you actually like them.

If you do, this look is a really way to instantly make a simple piece of knitwear stand out: the sweaters in the image above, for instance, would’ve been nice, but fairly basic, if it weren’t for the floral and animal print additions to the necklines. The florals add a fresh, spring-like touch, the animals are cute and quirky, and the other patterns on offer – well, they just help make the overall effect that little bit more interesting.

Regardless of the colour or style of the collar itself, this is a very preppy kind of look, and it’s probably not one that will work for absolutely everyone: high necklines can look somewhat frumpy without careful styling, but if you like a very polished, pulled-together kind of look, this is an easy way to achieve it, without spending too much money.

Tips & Tricks

6 Fitting Room Mistakes Most Women Make

Shopping for new clothes should be fun, but anyone who’s ever set foot in a harshly-lit fitting room will probably beg to differ. 

As awkward an experience as it can be however, making sure your clothes fit properly is one of the best things you can do if you don’t want to be branded a fashion criminal, so here are some fitting room mistakes most women make – but which you don’t have to…

mistakes most women make in the fitting room - and how to avoid them

01. Assuming they know their size

For some reason, a lot of women work out what size they are sometime around their twenties, and then rigidly try to stick to that size, through weight fluctuations, pregnancies, and all of the other changes in diet and lifestyle that can lead to a change in shape/size. Alternatively, we look at the size chart on a website, work out what size SHOULD fit… and then wear it anyway, regardless of whether or not it’s the best fit it could be. The answer? Don’t just assume that you know your size, or that it’ll stay the same forever. Don’t assume you’ll be the same size in every brand, and every garment. Try everything on, even if looks like it fits on the hanger: you just never know!

02. Thinking that if they can zip it up, it fits

Many people assume that “can I get it on?” is the only question they need to ask themselves in relation to fit – so if they can zip it up, they’ll buy it, even if a larger size might have worked better for them. Instead of relying on the “zip” rule, really ask yourself if the garment looks good: and if it doesn’t, go and try a larger size.

03. Settling for a fit that’s just good enough

Be honest: how many times have you tried something on, and even although it didn’t fit perfectly, have decided that the fit is good enough, and have worn it anyway? Because it’s so hard to find a perfect fit off the rack, many people settle for good enough, rather than spending even more time searching for that elusive perfect fit. It’s true to say you might never find true perfection, no matter how hard you search, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle: instead, find yourself a good tailor (many department stores will offer alterations as part of their service) and we promise it’ll be worth whatever you have to pay.

04. Only taking one size into the fitting room

We all know sizes differ from brand to brand, but they can also vary widely within a single brand: so just because you have one thing from Brand X in a certain size, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you’ll wear that size in everything else you buy from them. Always take more than one item into the fitting room: you might be surprised to find out which one fits best.

05. Not moving around when trying clothing on

Why do we always try clothing on by standing face-on to the mirror, in a rigid pose, normally either with our hands on our hips or beside our sides? We don’t normally adopt those kind of poses in real life, so when trying clothes on, you want to try to see what they’ll look like in “normal” situations, rather than just in the fitting room. Walk around, sit down, check out what it looks like from the back – that’s how people will see it when you wear it, after all.

06. Caring about the size on the label

Finally, one of the biggest fitting room mistakes people make is caring about the size on the label. Our simple advice here? Don’t. Vanity sizing is rife in the fashion industry, and sizes differ so much from brand to brand that the number on the label is pretty much meaningless. So buy the size that fits you, and ignore the number – you’ll be happier AND better dressed as a result.

What To Wear

5 Effortlessly Stylish Minimal Outfits to Wear This Week

Well, it’s Monday again, which means you have a whole week’s worth of outfits to plan. 

Never fear, though: The Fashion Police are here to help you decide what to wear this week! Here are some effortless ensembles to get you from Mon – Fri with ease: as for the weekend, well, we’ll leave that one up to you!

knit midi dress and ankle boots

Knit dress and ankle boots

A knitted rollneck dress is such an easy thing to wear, but it always looks good, and can be dressy or casual as required. Don’t be put off by the pale colour of Zara’s knit midi dress: it’ll make a refreshing change from all of the dull colours people tend to wear at this time of year, but of course, if you’re really worried, it also comes in black. For an easy shortcut to style, pair your dress with the same, or a similarly coloured pair of boots, as show (just) in the image above: don’t worry, it won’t look too matchy-matchy, it’ll just create that “effortless” look we’re always putting so much, well, effort, into creating…

black dress, black tights

Head-to-toe black

All-black: a look favoured by fashion editors, and anyone else who favours no-fuss style that’s suitable for just about any occasion. Some might class it as “boring”, but the person in head-to-toe black will always stand out in a crowded room, and these looks can be some of the most memorable. The key to making this one work is to make sure every item fits perfectly, and to try mixing textures: in this photo, for instance, Banana Republic’s black shift dress and tights are paired with a pair of shiny patent shoes, which help add  a bit of interest to the look.

poncho and skinny jeans

Chunky knit, skinny jeans

Nothing says “model off-duty” quite like a chunky knit paired with a pair of skinny jeans. For this look, Joules have paired their Tessa cable-knit poncho with the kind of mid-blue jeans that are always cropping up on “items every woman should own” lists – and with good reason, too. The blue and grey mix is one you can’t go wrong with: just add ankle boots, and you’re good to go!

colourful cropped trousers and black sweater

Colourful crops

We love these mustard yellow ankle-length trousers from ASOS: it’s a colour a lot of people shy away from, but paired with a simple black sweater and a pair of high-heeled pumps, it’s one of those minimal look which has tons of impact. Wearing just one or two colours is a really easy way to simplify your look and create a very “grown up” kind of feel – there’s a reason why so many of the women most often described as “stylish” are so often seen wearing just a couple of colours at most!

waterfall cardigan and leather pants

Waterfall cardigan and leather pants

Don’t fear the leather pants! Once the sole province of ageing rockers, you’ll now find them all over Pinterest -most usually paired with chunky knits, or the ubiquitous camel coat. We’ve already shown you a camel coat today, so here’s a pair of skinny leather pants paired with a grey waterfall cardigan instead: we’d personally switch the peep toe boots for regular ones, though – it’s just a little too chilly for bare toes!

five effortlessly minimal outfits to wear right now

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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…

Style Basics

Classic Capsule Wardrobe for Spring 2016

capsule wardrobe for spring

One of our most popular posts of all time was the capsule wardrobe we created for spring 2014

We still get questions about the items in that capsule to this day, and as most of them have long-since sold out, we figured it was time for an update. We’re definitely not trying to re-create the wheel with this post: as the nautical style is such a spring classic, and so popular amongst our visitors, we’ve simply updated and refined our original spring capsule wardrobe, using items available to buy right now. So you’ll find a lot of stripes, a lot of red, white and blue, and, above all, a selection of items which should easily mix and match to create effortless spring style that you don’t have to think too much about.

This capsule wardrobe is actually a little smaller than the original one: partly because not all of the same items were available, but also because we firmly believe you don’t have to own a huge amount of clothing in order to look stylish. In fact, sometimes the opposite is true, and the less you own, the easier it is to create combinations that work. As with any capsule wardrobe – or any WARDROBE, period – the key here is to buy the best quality you can afford, and to pay close attention to fit and fabric.

Inside our spring capsule wardrobe:

trench // blazer //  bag // floral dress // stripe dress //

red trousers // blue jeans // stripe skirt // print skirt // red flats // gold wedges 

blue cardigan // cream cardigan // breton top 

white t-shirt // navy top

(Please note that while all items were available at the time of writing, the nature of retail is such that items do sell out, so apologies if any are no longer available at the time of writing. We hope they provide you with the necessary inspiration to find something similar, though!)

And here are some outfits you can create using these items:

How to make the most of a very small wardrobe: spring capsule wardrobe

What To Wear

Essential Items to Help You Stay Stylish This Winter

Looking stylish is tough in the winter: in fact, when you’re faced with freezing temperatures and streets filled with ice and slush, it can be tempting to give up altogether, and simply retreat into layer upon layer of winter woolies – no matter WHAT they look like. 

The good news is that it IS possible to stay stylish during the winter. Hard, maybe… but possible. Here’s what you need…

4 closet essentials to help you stay stylish this winter

01. Boots that work with dresses and trousers

Footwear is often the biggest stumbling block when it comes to winter style. Bulky boots can make an otherwise awesome outfit look messy, and a pair of that’s too slouchy will ruin the line of dresses and skirts. The trick here is to find yourself a pair of boots that works with everything: for this, we recommend tracking down a great pair of shoe boots (or shoots, or booties, or whatever you want to call them…): because they’re low profile, and designed to hug the foot and ankle, they’ll work with absolutely everything you want to wear with them, and you won’t have to worry about finding the right calf-width or leg height, either. There are tons of different styles out there, too, so there’s bound to be one that works for you.

02. A coat that will go over all of your outfits

Coats can also be tricky to get right, especially if you tend to wear clothes in a variety of different styles. The boyfriend coat that looks amazing over skinny jeans, for instance, won’t look so great with a full skirt, and that brightly coloured peacoat that’s so amazing with black and neutrals is suddenly useless on days when you want to wear something equally bright underneath it. As tempting as it is to build up a coat closet that ensures you have outerwear for every occasion, however, when you’re on a budget, it can be a better idea to simply stick to a neutral colour, and a shape that will fit over ALL your outfits. This can be easier said than done, obviously, and will require some careful analysis of your closet, and the types of clothes you wear most often, but The Fashion Police’s quick guide to coats should be of some help.

03. Thermal underwear

No, it’s not glamourous, but although fashion bloggers might gush about ‘layering’ (Which is simply fashion-speak for ‘wearing one item of clothing over another item of clothing’), “bundling up” isn’t always comfortable, and it doesn’t always look great, either. A better option can be to invest in some thermals: yes, it’s still technically “layering”, but you’ll need fewer layers to stay warm, and when you get to your destination, at least you won’t have to spend ages un-wrapping yourself.

04. Fleece-lined tights

Thick tights don’t sound particularly glamorous either, and, well, that’s because they’re not really. They’re way better than all of the aforementioned “layering”, though, so grab yourself a pair of fleece-lined tights, and continue wearing the same dresses and skirts you wore before the cold snap hit.

Tips & Tricks

Where to find petite clothing on the UK high street

If you’re shorter than average, finding petite clothing can be a bit of a challenge. 

Oh, there are plenty of retailers who stock petite clothing, of course, so it’s not like it’s impossible to find it. The problem is that many of the petite clothing sections tend to be pretty limited: you’ll rarely find the same pieces you find in the “regular” section, and when you do find something you like, it’ll often come in a very limited range of colours and prints, leaving you with very little choice.

Don’t despair, though: finding petite clothing might be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Here are some of our favourite UK fashion retailers with great petite clothing sections:

5 places to find petite clothing on the UK high street

Miss Selfridge

Not only does Miss Selfridge’s regular section go down to a UK size 4, making it suitable for the smaller shopper, the petites section is a particularly good one: in fact, we frequently spot items in the petites section that aren’t available in regular sizes. Their petite clothing section runs from size 4 – 14, and is updated often, so there’s always something new.

New Look

New Look also has an extensive petites section, and a slightly wider sizing range, running from UK 4 – 16. If you don’t find anything in women’s clothing section, however, the teens section is also worth a look: while many teens and children’s sections are unsuitable for women in terms of the cuts and patterns, this selection is more “grown up” than many we’ve come across, and some of the the larger teens styles will also work for petite women.

ASOS

Is there ANYTHING you can’t find at ASOS? Probably not, and while their petite clothing section doesn’t contain all of the same styles you’ll find in ‘regular’, the site also carries plenty of petite clothing from other brands, too, making it a good place to see a lot of different options in the same place. ASOS’s main line also goes down to a UK size 4, so some pieces may be suitable for petites.

Chi Chi London

One of The Fashion Police’s favourite eveningwear brands, Chi Chi London has extensive petite and curve sections, offering many of the same styles they do in ‘regular’.

Topshop

Topshop’s petite section can be a little bit hit and miss, and we really wish they’d start offering their petite jeans in the same range of washes and styles that are available in the regular section, but it’s still better than average, and, as with Arcadia stable-mates, we’ve occasionally stumbled upon awesome petite clothing which isn’t available in regular, so it’s always worth a look.

How to...

4 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe on a Budget

 Feeling like you’re stuck in a style rut? Don’t have the spare cash to get out of it?

Luckily, you don’t actually have to spend money to refresh your look: here are four easy ways to do it, without spending a single penny…

how to refresh your style without spending a penny

01. Let someone else dress you 

We’re not talking literally here: we’re sure you’re perfectly capable of putting your own clothes on, after all. But if you feel like you’re stuck in a style rut, handing the reigns to someone else for a while can give you a whole new outlook on your wardrobe on your style. Invite a friend round (ideally one whose style you admire!), pour a couple of glasses of wine, and let her loose in your closet: chances are, she’ll pick out items you’d long since forgotten about, and style them in ways you might not have considered. You don’t have to commit to actually wearing what she chooses for you if you really don’t like it,but seeing your closet from whole new perspective can be an easy way to refresh your style.

(Of course, this can also go horribly wrong: see what happened when our editor let her husband choose her outfit, for instance…)

Oh, and speaking of friends…

02. Do a clothes swap

When you reach that stage when you’re just sick to death of everything you own, it’s time to bag up a few items you don’t think you’ll want to wear again, take them to a friend’s house, and do a swap. You’re probably not the only one who’s feeling a little uninspired, and as we’re fond of saying, one woman’s crime of fashion is another woman’s most wanted item. You can even make a night of it, and invite as many people as you like – the more choice you have, the better!

03. Photograph your outfits for a week

This is another tip that might sound a bit pointless at first, but it’s really easy to lose objectivity when you’re wearing the same clothes all the time: we get used to throwing on the same things, in the same combinations, and we rarely shake things up, because if it works, why fix it? The problem is working out when it’s NOT working any more, so, as an experiment, try photographing what you wear for a week, then look back at the photos. For some reason, the camera can often help to highlight things you don’t see when you look in the mirror (strange but true), and when you know you’re going to have to look at the photos, it’ll also help inspire you to up your game.

04. Join a style challenge

You know all of those fashion blogger challenges you’re always coming across on the internet? The ones where you have to remix a particular item, or wear a certain colour on a certain day? You don’t actually have to be a fashion blogger to join in with those, and while you might feel a bit silly at first, it can be a lot of fun – and will also help inspire you to come up with outfits you might not have thought of. What do you have to lose, after all?

POPULAR, Style Basics

5 Items of Clothing Worth Investing In

At the start of a new year (or a new month, or a new school season…) a lot of people resolve to start spending less on disposable fashion, and more on the so-called “investment” pieces. But what kind of clothing is actually worth investing in? 

The answer to this will obviously depend on your lifestyle, and what you actually wear day-to-day, but here are some things we think are worth spending a little more on – although that’s not to say you shouldn’t ever try to grab a bargain if you can find one!

five items of clothing you won't regret investing in

Wanted!

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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6 Wardrobe Staples to Start Your Closet from Scratch

6 closet staples to build your wardrobe from scratch

trench / dress /  jeans  / sweater / cami shoes

Anyone else starting the new year with a renewed determination to clear out their closet and start again from scratch? 

Sometimes a good old closet clear-out isn’t enough. Sometimes a complete change of style is what’s needed, and if you’re still trying to work out exactly what YOUR style is (there’s some advice on how to do that here), a good place to start is by building up a solid foundation of basics: the so-called ‘wardrobe essentials’ that allow you to get dressed every morning without having to think too hard about what to wear.

Now, we’re not saying these items will be wardrobe staples for EVERYONE – far from it. It goes without saying that everyone has different taste and different requirements, but if you’re a fan of classic style (and as you’ve probably worked out by now, we ARE fans of classic style), you can’t go too far wrong with these six pieces, all of which can be worn in lots of different ways, and form the building blocks for a wardrobe that will work for you for many years to come.

They are:

The classic trench:

The mainstay of many an “items all women should own” list: we DON’T believe that ALL women should own a classic trenchcoat, but we don’t deny that it’s a handy item to have in your closet anyway.

The simple dress:

It doesn’t have to be black, but a plain dress, that fits perfectly, and can be dressed up or down as required, will see you through many an occasion.

The perfect pair of jeans:

What counts as the “perfect” jeans will be different for everyone: some people love boyfriend jeans, while others stick to skinnies, and still more people swear by the good ol’ bootcut or flare. Whatever your perfect pair, making sure you own at least one version of them will allow you to solve many a wardrobe dilemma, with just one item.

The Breton stripe:

It might be just a causal sweater, but it will add instant style to anything you wear with it.

The silk cami:

So much classier than a tank top or t-shirt, the silk cami is an easy shortcut to grown-up style.

The black patent pumps:

Don’t like heels? A classic ballet flat will work just as well!

 

What To Wear

Fashion Police Picks of the Day: Clothes for a rainy day

rainy day outfit

If you live in the British isles, we’re sure you’ll have noticed that it hasn’t stopped raining now for, ooh, about 50 years, give or take.

Not only is this pretty depressing for those of us who live here, it also creates all kinds of sartorial issues, so for today’s Pick of the Day, we present you with this emerald green shower-proof trench coat from F&F.  The classic trench coat never goes out of style (that’s why it’s a classic, obviously), but if beige is too boring for you, the bright green of this coat will brighten your day – and if you don’t fancy that, perhaps the bright red will be more to your liking? (And it also comes in beige, just in case you really DO prefer to keep it classic…)

This doesn’t have a hood, so you’ll also need this heart-print umbrella – and maybe a pair of glitter wellies, too. (Don’t worry, they’re subtle enough for you to still feel like a grown-up while you’re wearing them…)

Of course, once you’ve got the outerwear sorted, you can wear pretty much anything you like underneath. We’ve picked this polka dot wrap dress from Uttam Boutique, just because we like it (It also helps that it’s the kind of dress you can wear to work AND out for drinks afterwards…), and because we’re pretty sure you’re not going to want to walk around in your wellies all day, we’ve also included a bag large enough for you to pop your regular shoes into, so you can wear them later.

None of this will change the weather, of course: we’re The Fashion Police, not God. But if it’s going to keep on raining anyway – and it very much looks like it is, unfortunately – you may as well look good, and have a bit of fun in the process, no?

 

Opinion

Why We Don’t Follow the Red Carpet Any More

red-carpet

Amber writes…

Last night’s Golden Globe Awards made me heave a huge sigh of relief: not because of who won, or what they wore, mind you – I actually don’t have a clue who won, or what they wore. No, I was relieved simply because this year, as with the past couple of years, I don’t have to pretend to care about it.

No more late nights, trawling through image agencies, trying to work out who designed each celebrities dress, and get a blog post up about it ASAP. No more scratching my head and wondering what on earth to say about a sea of evening gowns that all start to look identical after a while. No more waiting for the backlash that always followed the expression of any kind of opinion whatsoever – negative OR positive – on a celebrity’s appearance. No more of any of that.

I realise I’m the odd one out here, and that my position is a particularly strange one given that I own a blog called The Fashion Police, but the fact is, I’m just not particularly interested in red carpet fashion. Oh, there’s the occasional dress that takes my breath away, and makes me wish I had a reason to wear something like it, but the fact is, I don’t – which is why I don’t find it all that interesting. What celebrities wear on the red carpet has no more relevance to my life than what sheep shearers wear in the outback: sure, I can admire the outfits from afar, and there’s some fun to be had in that, but I know I’m never going to have to wear any of them – and even if I did, I wouldn’t look like those immaculate women, with their perfect hair and makeup, and their figures honed through hours of workouts with an expensive personal trainer.

I understand that red carpet fashion appeals to people in a “how the other half live” kind of way  – or even just in a “look at the amazing clothes”, kind of way, which is why it’s important to say here that I’m not knocking anyone who loves this kind of stuff, and I do understand why they like it. But for myself, I’ve always been much more interested in what REAL people wear, in situations I can relate to. Or even what celebrities wear in their down-time: the clothes they picked out themselves, with the hair and makeup they threw on before heading out the door.

On the red carpet, you don’t see any of that. You see celebrities wearing borrowed clothes (not even they can afford to buy a different couture gown for every event of awards season, knowing they’ll never be able to wear it again without being ridiculed in the fashion press), and with professionally done hair and makeup: and, for me at least, that’s just not relatable. I said earlier in this post that I wouldn’t ever look like a celebrity on the red carpet, but that’s only true if you assume I had to buy my own dress and do my own hair. I guess if I was lent a gown by Oscar de la Renta, and had a top makeup artist and hair stylist to get me ready to the cameras, I’d have a much better chance of looking OK – and none of that would be anything to do with me at all.

That’s why I love the airport outfits over the red carpet gowns. I’m fascinated by what an actress or model wore on a quick Starbucks run, but not so much on what she wore to an event which she was “dressed” for. More than that, I’m interested in what people like you and me wear to those places: to the airport, to the coffee shop, to work. Those are the outfits that inspire me: the ones I might draw some inspiration from, and maybe even end up buying, because they’re much more likely to be in my price range.

And that’s why you won’t find any more red carpet coverage here at The Fashion Police. There hasn’t been for a while now, I know, but I figured some of you might like to know some of the reasoning behind that decision. There are plenty of sites out there offering that kind of commentary, after all, so if you love looking at red carpet looks, you’ll have no shortage of options: and when you’re done, don’t forget to come back and check out some everyday fashion, for people like us.

Wanted!

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.

Wanted!

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.

Fashion Trends, POPULAR

5 Terrible Fashion Trends We’d Like to Leave in 2015

It’s a new year, which means we can expect a whole new set of fashion trends: some of which we’ll love, some of which we’ll hate so much we’ll instantly want to throw them into fashion jail. 

Before that happens, though, and in the spirit of a new start, here are some of the fashion trends of 2015 which we’re hoping will stay there, rather than following us into 2016…

I woke up like this

01. ‘I Woke Up Like This’ on everything 

It wasn’t particularly clever the first time we saw it, and it definitely wasn’t making us laugh by the 67,556th time, either.

the 70s look

02. The 70s look

Although the retail world beat the 70s look to death this year, we actually didn’t see too much uptake of it on the streets, which makes us wonder if this one was really as popular as the fashion magazines and clothing stores would’ve liked us to believe. We’re not saying the 70s look can’t work if it’s done right (the problem is that it rarely IS done right, unfortunately…), but we’ve had it thrust upon us for almost two years now, so we reckon it’s time for a change. Anything would be better, really…

goat hair slippers

03. Furry shoes

This is another one that was all over the fashion press, and the shoe sections of Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter et all, but we’d be really interested to know how many pairs of these shoes were actually sold: and who to. Let’s all just agree to leave these in 2015, and never speak of them again. Deal?

bad denim by Cheap Monday

04. Ridiculous denim

We’re not sure how 2015-specific this one is, but denim has been getting out of control for a while now, and we think it’s time to get it back under control. Denim, you’re on your last warning: if we have to speak to you about this again, you’re going straight to Fashion Jail, you hear?

05. Awful overalls

overalls

We realise we’re fighting a losing battle here (and also that the example we’ve used here possibly owes more to the 70s trend than the overalls one), but as long as retailers keep making clothes that look like this, we’ll keep fighting the good fight. Don’t worry, Fashion Force: we won’t abandon you to Overall Overlords…

What To Wear

How to Wear a Red Pleated Skirt 3 Different Ways

red pleated skirt from Topshop

Pleated skirts go in and out of fashion all the time: but for every woman out there who somehow manages to look effortlessly elegant in them, there’s another one wondering why she just looks like a little old lady, rather than a Pinterest Princess. 

The pleated skirt can take a bit of careful styling to get right: to help you on your way, here are three ways to wear this red pleated skirt by Topshop…

Red Pleated Skirt, Take One: Dramatic

red pleated skirt with matching sweater and leopard print shoes

sweater / shoes / watch

Some might dismiss this look as too matchy-matchy, but when you think about it, if it was a red dress, rather than a sweater and skirt, you’d probably have no issue with it, so don’t let the fear of being “too matchy” hold you back! Actually, looks which concentrate on just one colour can have tons of impact, despite being super-simple to pull together. For this look, we’ve added a pair of leopard print pumps, for added drama, plus a swipe of bright red lipstick – simple but stylish.

red pleated skirt with stripe top and black flats

top / shoes / sunglasses / bag 

Red pleated skirt, take two: classic

Black, white and red: it never gets old, does it? There’s something about a stripe top with a red bottom that instantly looks classic, so we’ve paired Topshop’s red pleated skirt with one of H&M’s off the shoulder tops (they’ve been releasing these all year, in a variety of colours, and they’re an awesome – and inexpensive – wardrobe basic) for a classic, chic look. Just add a pair of pointed flats and you’re good to go.

red pleated skirt and white t-shirt

t-shirt / sneakers / jacket / bag

Red pleated skirt, take three: casual

There are those who believe skirts can’t ever be casual, but this outfit is here to prove them wrong: it doesn’t really get more casual than sneakers and a t-shirt, and it’ll be just as comfortable as any other “casual” look you can throw together too: we promise.