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Crimes of Fashion, Skirts

Strange Skirts at Shopbop

Strange skirts at Shopbop.

Now try saying that fifteen times, fast. Then come and take a look at these skirts, which are pretty far from the usual run of pencil skirts, midis and A-lines…

lightbulb skirt

Karla Spetic ‘Hid Hand’ skirt, $525

It must’ve been a real lightbulb moment when Karla Spetic came up with this design, huh? (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

moschino denim skirt

Moschino denim skirt, $550

If you think this one looks strange enough from the front, you might want to also take a look at the back view.  You might also want to consider never bending down in it – or if you do, make sure you’re wearing your best undies.

fringe skirt

Jacquemus fringe skirt, $336

When we read the words “fringe skirt”, this really wasn’t what we were expecting, somehow. Once again, we find ourselves reminded of one of those posters people put up when they’re advertising for a new room mate or whatever – you know the ones with the tabs at the bottom so you can tear off the person’s number? It’s actually quite surprising how many items of clothing we come across that remind us of those posters…

Want more skirts?

Here are some posts from our archives featuring the good, bad and downright ugly sides of the world of skirts:

How to Wear a Full Skirt 

Full skirts aren’t quite as much of a trend as they were this time last year, say, but they’re a classic style, so they’re normally around in some form or other. This post provides you with some suggestions on how to wear them.

What to Wear With a Sequin Skirt

You might be wondering just how often you’ll need this advice, but the Christmas-themed press releases started arriving at Fashion Police HQ back in July, and sequin skirts are almost always on the festive menu: sartorially speaking, of course.

And finally, this post features what is, quite simply, one of the worst skirts we’ve ever seen. Go take a look

Skirts, Wanted!

Wanted! Balenciaga mint leather pencil skirt

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

Balenciago leather pencil skirt

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

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

Givenchy Antigona satchel

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

Crimes of Fashion, Skirts

The Story of a Skirt

bucket shaped skirt

So, here’s what we think happened: it was The Clothes Ripper. Yes, AGAIN.

This poor model was obviously just walking around, minding her own business, as you do. In a $160 bra. Well, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? Maybe everything else was in the wash that day, who knows? Anyway, she’s minding her own business, as we said, when out he pops: THE CLOTHES RIPPER! And he makes off with her trousers/jeans/skirt/whatever she was wearing before this skirt took over.

So there she is, poor thing: alone on the street, with just a powder blue bra for cover. What does our quick-thinking model do? She pops into the nearest convenience store, buys herself a cheap plastic bucket, a pair of scissors and some string, and there you have it – a cleverly made skirt, which, OK, doesn’t exactly LOOK great, but which will, at least, protect her modesty until she can go home and change!

OK, that ISN’T what happened. Actually, the skirt costs $570, and is inspired by “children’s cut-out drawings”. So, if you were to say it was designed by a child… you’d be wrong: but you’d be on the right lines.

Absolutely nothing about this outfit looks even remotely comfortable to us (and, again, we’re left wondering what kind of occasion it would be deemed appropriate for), but, of course, that’s presumably not the point, and we’re definitely not the target audience, so what would we know?

Given the choice, though, we’re not sure we wouldn’t choose the outfit above over the one below:

model in toddler outfit

Toddler attire at its finest. Or NOT at its finest, as the case may be. Will the Dress Like a Toddler Trend ever end? Not while there are people willing to spend £370 on things like this, it won’t. And, looking at the height of that crotch, we’re not sure how comfortable THIS would be, either…

Crimes of Fashion, Skirts

The Emperor’s New Miu Miu Mini Skirt

Miu Miu see-through mini skirt

Buy It

Well, well… looks like the Empress has been doing some shopping!

This is by Miu Miu, it’s £2,295, and if you’re thinking it’s probably somehow less revealling ON than it looks in the photo, well, you’d be wrong:

miu miu transparent mini skirt

Seriously. Someone needs to explain this to us. (Preferably in a patronising way: we like that…*) We GUESS we could POSSIBLY see it as some kind of fancy swimwear, but … who pays £2,295 for swimwear? And this model is wearing shoes: we don’t think she’s going swimming, somehow.

There’s also the option that you’re supposed to wear a slip of some kind underneath it, with the “skirt” becoming a kind of embellished over-layer for your regular clothes. That would make much more sense than the way Net-a-Porter have styled it, and it would also make more sense than the way it came down the runway:

transparent skirt on MIu Miu runway

Wear your transparent mini skirt with a chunky cardigan and lurex bra!

Still, we all know runway fashion isn’t “real life”m and neither is the styling you see on retail websites, so when Net-a-Porter include the metallic blue briefs (a snip at £175) in their “how to wear it” section, we’re sure they don’t mean LITERALLY. Er, do they? How WOULD you style this skirt? Where would you wear it? Mini skirts, as we’re sure you know, are being touted as a big trend for this winter: we’re assuming (or hoping, rather) that most of them WON’T be £2K and completely see-through, but perhaps it’s better that we be prepared…

P.S. If you’d like to see some GOOD fashion along with the bad, don’t forget to check out our sister site,, the home of shoes, style, shopping, and a capsule wardrobe collection for (almost) every occassion…

(*We don’t, but it does make us smile…)

Skirts, Style On Trial

Style Trial | The Mullet Mini Skirt

high-low skirt red mini skirt with high-low hem

ASOS Volume Skater Skirt With Extreme Dip Back, £38

If you thought (or maybe even hoped…) high-low skirts were, like, SO last season, think again. Last week, ASOS released this red, mini version of the mullet skirt, and ever since, we’ve been scratching our heads and wondering why it reminds us so much of a rooster. (Probably the fact that it has a tail, we guess. Should a skirt ever have a tail? That’s what we’re here to find out.)

Also available in black, this is a “Mini Mullet”, although, if you want to be totally accurate, it’s really a REVERSE mullet: rather than being business in front, party in back, we think the party is is pretty up-front here, with a skirt so short the slightest breeze could cause a wardrobe malfunction. Still, on the plus side, unlike some mini skirts, you at least won’t have to worry about bending over in it: although the “tail” of the skirt isn’t exactly “long” either, it is at least longer than the front, providing enough coverage to let you feel like you’re wearing more than just a long top.

What do you think of the Mini Mullet, ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury? We’ll be the first to admit that, having never really got on board with the longer version from last summer, we’re not really loving the shorter version either. High-low skirts always struck us as being what we call a Fashion Flash-In-the-Pan: one of those items you’ll be able to look back on in years to come and instantly say, “Oh yeah, summer of 2013, right? There’s not necessarily anything WRONG with that, of course, especially if you’re someone who prides themselves on being up-to-the-minute with trends, but we’ve personally never been into spending money on items we’ll only wear for one season, so they were never high on our lust list.

With that said, at least the long versions had a certain floaty, hippie-like appeal to them, which is missing from this “red rooster” skirt. What do you think: would you wear it?


Five Fashion Bloggers Wear Primark’s gingham skirt

primark gingham skirt

Five Fashion Bloggers Wear Primark’s Gingham Skirt

When we featured Primark’s pink gingham circle skirt in our Spring/Summer 2014 preview it went down pretty well with our readers. And also with ourselves: in fact, your Chief of Police managed to track down one of these suspects last week, and can tell you that for a £12 skirt, it’s not bad at all. In fact, if it came in other colours, THEY’D probably be hanging in The Fashion Police closet right alongside it by now. But enough about us: let’s tall about this week’s  Five Featured Fashion Bloggers!

The thing we like most about this skirt is that although the print is bold, summery (and very on-trend, too, for those of you who care about these things), it’s not quite as long, or as full, as many of the other skirts we’ve been seeing in stores lately. That makes it a whole lot more versatile – God knows, we love our full skirts, but they can feel just a little bit much at the supermarket, for instance-  and gives you the possibility of wearing it casually (as some of our bloggers have done), as well as in the more vintage-inspired way that gingham print seems to demand.

Let’s take a look at how five different women styled one gingham skirt…

primark gingham skirt : how to wear

Caroline of Burkatron in Primark’s gingham skirt [full post here]

Fashion Slave | Primark Gingham Skirt

Sophie of Fashion Slave [Full post here]

primark pink gingham circle skirt

Danielle Kimberley in Primark’s pink gingham circle skirt [Full post here]

pink gingham circle skirt from Primark

Hannah Louise in Primark’s pink gingham skirt [Full post here]

primark gingham skirt

Gemma of What’s in Her Wardrobe in Primark’s gingham circle skirt [full post here]

Do you have one of these skirts? How do you style it, if so?

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Fifteen Full Skirts

fifteeen full skirts

River Island spot print midi skirt, £30; ASOS quilted midi skirt in floral print, £40

Being the observant types you are, we know you can’t have failed to notice that:

a) Full skirts are still in fashion, and it doesn’t look like that’s about to change any time soon. We hope not, anyway.

b) The Fashion Police are just a little bit obsessed with this look. OK, a BIG bit obsessed.

Rather than keep on mentioning 50s-inspired skirts in every second post, then, we figured we’d indulge ourselves with a quick roundup of our favourites, and get it out of our system. There’s a huge amount of this type of skirt available on the high street right now, ranging in shape from very structured, voluminous styles, which make you look like you’re wearing a petticoat under them even when you’re not, to looser, more flowing shapes, which are slightly easier to wear. They also come in every colour and print imaginable, although, as you’d probably expect, now that we’re into spring, pastels and floral prints are tending to dominate.

We wrote a post on how to wear a full skirt a few months ago, so here are some of the skirts we wish we were wearing. If someone could just arrange to have all of these boxed up and sent to the Fashion POlice HQ STAT, that would be awesome. We promise to take very good care of them…


full skirts from Topshop

Ballerina prom midi skirt, £50; lilac texture midi skirt, £45; pale blue textured midi skirt, £45

full skirts from Coast

Rita skirt, £125; Dionysus skirt, £75 (in three colours) ; Aralyn skirt, £115

full skirts from River Island

scarf print skirt, £35 ; pink box-pleat midi skirt, £35; geometric stripe midi skirt, £35

full skirts from ChicWish

pastel blue midi skirt, $38.17; blue organza midi skirt, $45.82

full skirts from H&M

flared skirt, £34.99; wide skirt, £34.99

What do you think of full skirts?

Skirts, Wanted!

Wanted! River Island navy polka dot pencil skirt

River Island polka dot pencil skirt

River Island polka dot pencil skirt, £22

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

polk dot skirt

[see it here]

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

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

what to wear with a polka dot skirt

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

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

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

casual polka dot outfit

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

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


Catch of the Day | Topshop blurry check pencil skirt

The Fashion Police don’t JUST catch criminals. Sometimes our officers also manage to net some awesome fashion items while we’re out patrolling the streets of style, and in this new feature we’ll be highlighting just a few of them for you. Here’s today’s catch:

Topshop blurry check pencil skirt

Topshop blurry check pencil skirt, £40

This blurry check pencil skirt caught the attention of our officers as soon as it arrived on the Topshop website. We were initially drawn in by the summery blue gingham check, but, having recently had the opportunity to inspect this in real life, we can confirm that the thick fabric should be warm enough to allow you to press it into service right away – albeit with a little bit of assistance from its partners in crime, tights.

This is designed to hit just above the knee, but obviously that’s going to depend on your height. This model is 5″10 (Don’t you find it helpful when brands tell you what height their models are? It helps prevent any unpleasant surprises when that skirt that was midi-length on the model turns out to be more like a maxi-length on you…), and it’s just slightly shorter than knee-length on her, so take from that what you will.

How would you wear this? And where?

Well, it has a bit of a preppy vibe, and while Topshop have piled on the trends, with a slouchy t-shirt and black moto jacket, we think it could work well in a not-too-conservative office setting. We did like the red shoes Topshop used, so we’ve stuck with that theme: of course, if your office is the type where brightly coloured footwear would be frowned upon then poor you you can easily swap them out for something more neutral.

what to wear with topshop blurry check pencil skirt

What would you wear with this skirt – assuming you’d wear it at all, that is?

What to wear with Topshop blurry check pencil skirt:

Skirts, Style On Trial

Style Trial | tulle ballerina skirts

Once the sole province of ballerinas and, well, little girls, tulle skirts have been making their presence known in the fashion world lately, which made us think it was high time to put this trend On Trial…

Topshop ballerina midi skirt

tulle skirt

Raluca Mihalceanu, $297

Topshop ballerina midi skirt, £50

Coast Cordelia skirt

Coast Cordelia skirt, £135

Beloved by fashion bloggers, the voluminous shape, and fancy net fabric both suggest that these skirts are the type of thing you’d wear to only the most formal of occasions. Not so, though: while the skirts on their own have a very “princessy” feel to them, we’re mostly seeing them being worn with casual pieces to tone down the look. Think sweaters and t-shirts on top, with either plain pumps or boots on the feet: a mix of casual and formal, which can either work REALLY well, or make you look like you got dressed in the dark.

It’ll come as no surprise to our regular readers to know that The Fashion Police love tulle skirts for their Grace-Kelly-in-Rear-Window retro appeal, and also for the aforementioned “princess” factor. There’s no denying, however, that this can be a hard look to pull off: unless you live in the type of fashion-forward metropolis in which no one will bat an eye at the sight of someone dressed a little bit like the fairy on top of the Christmas tree, no matter how sloppy your sweater, you’re probably still going to get a lot of those “where are you going, all dressed up?” questions, and possibly a few less polite ones, too.  Regardless of how you wear it, this will probably never be a particularly “casual” look, so if you don’t like feeling “dressed up”, it’s probably not for you.

IS this look for you? What do you think of tulle “ballerina” skirts? Do you share our love for them, or do you consider them to be a crime of fashion? 


Crimes of Fashion, Skirts

Introducing the Sleeping-Bag Skirt

sleeping bag skirt

Comme des Garcons sleeping bag skirt, £160

Feeling the chill this winter? Feeling, er, a little bit sleepy into the bargain?

This Comme des Garcons skirt will solve both of those problems with one, stripey, blow, but you better be quick: having been reduced from the original £319 to the bargain price of £160, there’s now only one of these left, in a size medium.

Who’ll be the lucky lady to gets to wear this? If it’s you, please promise to come back and tell us how – and where – you wore it?

Buy it here

Crimes of Fashion, Skirts

Fashion Crime Friday | The Emperor’s New Pencil Skirt

We can only assume the recent dip in temperature has sent our hardened fashion criminals running for cover, because this week we have just one solitary style suspect to confront you with on this Fashion Crime Friday. Given that many of you are probably too busy shopping the Black Friday sales right now to pay much attention to your police duties, that’s probably just as well.

Here’s this week’s suspect:

contrast pencil skirt

contrast pencil skirt, $25

This is available at Shopbop, but is only $25, which is unusually cheap for them. Actually, $25 would be pretty cheap for most brands when it comes to pencil skirts, and this low pricing is possibly your first clue, style sleuths, telling you that all is not well with this item.

The second clue? That would be the giant sheer panels cut into the fabric, and reaching almost to the crotch. This is very out of character for Shopbop. We know they sometimes supply us with some high-end fashion surprises, but we’re starting to wonder if they’re possibly being held hostage, forced to sell this item against their will…

As for the skirt itself, it’s the kind of thing that makes us think of that particular approach to style which can basically be summed up as “MUST. SHOW. AS. MUCH. SKIN. AS. POSSIBLE. OTHERWISE. BOYS. WILL. NOT. LIKE. ME.” Pencil skirts pose a problem for those following this particular aesthetic: they can certainly be sexy, but they’re not short, and they’re not (often) sheer, so how do you solve the problem of wearing a pencil skirt, while still revealing as much thigh as you can without being arrested for indecency? Simple: add some sheer panels to the skirt, to the point where it ends up looking more like a fringed pelmet than a pencil skirt. You won’t risk arrest from the regular police, but you may find yourself on the wrong side of US – assuming, that is, that our officers agree.

What do you think, officers? Skirts like this are becoming increasingly commonplace these days: has exposure to them (and the thighs underneath them) normalised the look to the point where it seems perfectly acceptable, or do you think this item is a crime of fashion?

Ask the Fashion Police, How to..., Skirts

How to Wear a Full Skirt

The current trend for full skirts has The Fashion Police jumping for joy: with their dramatic silhouette and retro-inspired feel, this is one trend we can definitely get behind. Although full skirts have been around for a long time,  however, they can be tricky to wear without feeling like you just stepped out of a 1950s costume drama. Here are our tips on how to wear a full skirt…


How to Wear a Full Skirt

Full skirt: ASOS

How to Wear a Full Skirt | Choosing your skirt


Many of the full skirts we’re seeing in stores right now are midi length, for that full-on, retro effect. This can be a great look, if you get it right, but that much fabric,and that much length, can totally swamp some figures. If you’re petite, or just wondering how to wear a full skirt without feeling too over-dressed, consider choosing a skirt that hits right on the knee, rather than under it (or having one hemmed, if you can’t find the right length), for a more proportional, and easier-to-wear silhouette.

Structured or floaty?

Skirts like the one in the image at the top of the page use stiff fabric and/or box pleats to create built-in structure, i,e. the skirt will stick out from the body and look very full, without the need for a petticoat or other underlayer. Again, this can be a fabulous look, but it can also be a little too much for some tastes. If you’re looking for something a little less dressy, choose a floatier fabric (chiffon or jersey, say) with a softer drape to it, like the one below:

how to wear a full skirt

Skirt: ASOS

What to wear with your full skirt

Once you’ve picked out your skirt, the next question is what to wear with it. This will, of course, largely depend on your own personal taste, but as a general guide, we’d advise:

A fitted top

Full skirts are all about emphasising the waist, and for this to work, you’ll need something fitted on top, whether it be a sweater, shirt, or other top that’s reasonably form-fitting. At the moment we’re seeing a lot of people wearing oversized or loose sweaters with full skirts: this makes for a very “fashiony” kind of look, and definitely makes the look more modern, but it’s also incredibly hard to pull off as the saggy top half and full bottom half will swamp most figures, and can very easily turn your body into a large rectangle. If you can pull it off, go for it, but an easier, and more classic way to wear a full skirt is to choose something that emphasises the waist and doesn’t create extra volume on the top half of the body: let the skirt provide the focal point of the outfit.

Non-chunky shoes

If your skirt is adding a lot of volume to your body, it’s a good idea to make it the ONLY thing that adds volume, so as well as choosing a fitted top, you might want to choose shoes that aren’t too chunky. Pointed courts are the classic option, but peep toes or sandals also work well, whereas clumpy flatforms or slouchy ankle boots can make the skirt look frumpy or sloppy. On the subject of frumpiness: if your skirt is midi length, consider wearing heels if possible, although pointed flats can be a chic alternative – there are some more tips on how to wear midi skirts/dresses in this article.

full skirts at Topshop

Full skirts at Topshop

Styling a full skirt

How to wear a full skirt without looking overdressed or “costumey” is a question that comes up a lot in relation to this style, and the answer lies in how you style it. Keeping the rest of your outfit contemporary will go a long way towards making a full skirt more wearable, so try wearing something fairly casual, like a t-shirt or casual sweater and  keep hair and makeup simple: very rigid or elaborate hairstyles will add to the retro skirt of the look, which is great if that’s the look you’re going for, but a little harder to pull off if you’re looking for something less formal looking.

Some other tips on how to wear a full skirt:

  •  Crop tops are a great way to update the look of a full skirt, and add extra emphasis to the waist.
  • Want more waist definition? Add a wide waist belt.
  • Stripey sweaters are classic and casual, and work perfectly with a block-colour skirt.
  • Leather (or leather-look) skirts are a good option for those wondering how to wear a full skirt in a modern, slightly edgier fashion.
  • Slogan sweaters or tees also give a contemporary, slightly cheeky feel, to a classic look.

Got any suggestions on how to wear a full skirt? We’d love to hear them!

Skirts, Wanted!

WANTED! Anthropologie bowtie pencil skirt

Anthropologie bowtie pencil skirt

Anthropologie bowtie pencil skirt, £118

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

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

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

Buy it here

Skirts, Style Stealer

Style Stealer | Grey pleated skirts by J.W. Anderson and River Island

grey skirts

The Fashion Police are basically addicted to buying full skirts at the moment, and the bigger and more dramatic they are, they better. (We’re seriously not joking about the “addicted” part: we may need an intervention…) When we saw this full, pleated J.W. Anderson midi skirt at Shopbop, then, we knew we loved it. And when we saw it a few days later, on one of our favourite fashion bloggers, Atlantic Pacific, we knew we loved it even more. Well, there’s nothing like a big skirt to set Fashion Police hearts a-fluttering, and while grey isn’t generally a colour we lust over (Bad memories of too many grey school skirts), the fact that it’s just as versatile as black but a little less harsh against our pasty complexions makes us willing to give it a shot.

The J.W. Anderson skirt, however, is almost £500. No way will we be giving THAT a shot, then.

Luckily. however, it’s River Island to the rescue. We’ve had a lot of love for their scuba skater skirts lately, and this grey midi version (also available in a shorter length) provides us with a way to steal that J.W. Anderson style for just £35. Which is MUCH more reasonable, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Is it identical to the designer skirt? Nope.

Is it as nice as it? Nope.

Is it vaguely similar, in a way that will let you recreate the basic look, without having to survive on Ramen noodles for the rest of the month? We think so. And apparently some other people think so too, because this is sold out at River Island in this length. Luckily, our officers managed to track it down at ASOS, where there are still some sizes available.

(One of these might have fallen into our basket while the officers were investigating, so we’ll interrogate it soon for you in a Fashion Police review…)


River Island gold embroidered skater skirts

gold embroidered skater skirts

River Island skirts

River Island have been doing a great line in skater skirts this season. We featured some of their scuba skirts in our neoprene roundup last week, but it’s this gold textured number that really has our fingers hovering over the “buy now” button.

The basic shape of these skirts is, as we’ve mentioned numerous times now, an all-time favourite of ours, being one of those easy-to-wear shapes which you can dress up, dress down, dress any way you want, basically. We wouldn’t go so far as to say it will work for everyone (We don’t think there are many items of clothing THAT good), but River Island have certainly done their bit to make this skirt work for more people than might otherwise be the case, by releasing it in two different lengths. Our preference will always be for the good ol’ midi skirt, but for those of you who prefer your hems that little bit shorter, there’s also a mini version, too.

There are tons of circle skirts available right now, of course: some of them are reasonably affordable, while some are so expensive they make The Fashion Police weep. This skirt is notable, not only for its good looks, because its one of the few versions which LOOKS expensive without actually BEING expensive. The gold brocade fabric has a real “special occasion” feel to it, and while this COULD be dressed down if you wanted to, why fight the impulse to dress it up, as it clearly deserves? We’d wear it with a fluffy cream sweater and a pair of gold stilettos (River Island have these ones for £45), and think it would make a nice Christmas Day outfit, say. NOT, we hasten to add, that we’re thinking about Christmas. Yet.

The midi version of this skirt will cost you £40, while the mini is a little less expensive, at £30. Get them both at River Island.

Skirts, Wanted!

Wanted Wednesday | Anthropologie Emeline Tulle Skirt

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

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

Anthropologie Emeline tulle skirt

Anrthropologie ‘Emeline’ tulle skirt, £128

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

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

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

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Fashion Trends, Skirts

Full skirts for Fall 2013

Full skirts: The Fashion Police love ’em, as you can probably tell from many of our outfit picks. When we heard that they’d be making a “comeback” for Fall 2013, then, our first reaction was, “Comeback? Why, where have they been?” and our second was simply, “Oh, who cares: bring it on!”

Yes, full skirts are officially back in fashion: so naturally, we want to know what you make of looks like this:

full skirts: fashion trend for Fall 2013

Full skirts for Fall 2013: Net-a-Porter

Full skirts, of course, have been around for a very long time, and while they’re most often associated with the 1950s, the concept is much older than that. It’s that 50s silhouette which the looks above are making reference to, however: the words “ladylike” and “feminine” are the ones most often used to describe this particular style, and as you can see, while some of these skirts have been given a bit of a modern edge, with slouchier shirts and a touch of chambray, it’s all still very classic, with pointed toe shoes and clutch bags.

full skirts from Net-a-Porter

Full skirts by (L-R): Roksnada Ilincic, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Tibi

Full skirts come in every kind of length imaginable, but the look of the moment stays faithful to that 50s inspiration, with a midi length, nipped in at the waist, and cut either with our without pockets (our preference is WITH: we can never resist a skirt with pockets…).  It’s a style that many people resist, feeling that the longer length will be frumpy and old-fashioned, but if you want to give it a go, take a look at our article on how to wear a midi dress (The same rules apply), and consider giving the look a more contemporary edge by pairing your skirt with a slouchy sweater, logo T, or another, more casual piece.

Oh, and although the runway, as always, sets the trends, the high street is never far behind, and there are already plenty of affordable full skirts to choose from the usual suspects: take a look at the gallery below for a few of our favourites!

Gallery: Full Skirts

Crimes of Fashion, Skirts

Cut Out Skirt Crimes: Murmur Neoprene Cut-Out Skirt

We only have one crime of fashion for you this week, but we think you’ll agree, it’s a doozy:

skirt with cut-out sections

Neoprene skirt, £412

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this kind of crime, and we’re sure it won’t be the last time. What we want to know is where you’d want to wear it, and what with. We normally see pencil skirts, as fairly formal, office-type attire, you see, but we can’t think of many offices where a skirt with suspenders wouldn’t get you dragged in for a little chat about the dress code, so perhaps the full body shot will give us some clues to this one:

harness top and suspender skirt

Well, that certainly answers the “what would you wear with it” question, at least. You’d wear a corseted harness top, and some hoof shoes. OBVIOUSLY. As for WHERE you’d wear it, we’re going to go with “fetish club or similar”.  But given that these two pieces are nestled amongst the rest of the designer fashion available at Louisa Via Roma, we have to assume they’re at least hoping it will have more mainstream appeal, which leaves us with the question: would YOU wear it? And if so, WHERE?

Meanwhile, we know we said we only had one crime to arrest this week, but this just in:

ugly sandals

Sandals, £225

If there are uglier sandals out there, we’re not sure we want to know what they are, but hey, send them over to us anyway: there’s always room for one more crime of fashion in the depths of the Fashion Police jail!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Skirts, Style On Trial

Denim Skirts: Crime or Classic?

Last week we addressed the thorny issue of double denim, and whether or not its wearing constitutes a crime of fashion. (Verdict: the jury was divided in the comments section, but our Facebook officers delivered a resounding “GUILTY” verdict.) This week, we turn our attention to another denim-related matter: denim skirts:

models in denim skirts

Denim skirts: Zara

Denim skirts are making a comeback this season, and we’d imagine those words will get one of two possible reactions from most of you: either…

a) How can denim skirts be making a “comeback”? They’ve never gone anywhere!


b) How can denim skirts be “back” in fashion, when they were never actually IN fashion to start with?

Yes, officers, this is one of those items that can divide opinions. For some, the denim skirt is a classic: there are so many different styles and washes available that it can be casual or smart as required, and seriously, when you have that much variety in a style of skirt, they can’t ALL be crimes of fashion, surely?

Then there are those who veer strongly in the opposite direction. They associate denim skirts with the teenage years (Maybe even their OWN teenage years, which they don’t want to re-visit: at least, not in a sartorial sense…), Western wear, and maybe Britney Spears, back at the start of her downward spiral.

Which group is right?

Actually, they both are, because, as with everything else, it all comes down to a matter of personal taste. As for us: we’ll admit to having owned denim skirts in the past, and we’ll also admit to having no desire whatsoever to own one in the future. However, just to be difficult, we’ll just add that we have no real objections to the dark denim pencil skirt in the image above, so there’s always the chance that our minds could be changed on this one.

Want to be the one to change it? Go on: tell us what you love or loathe about denim skirts, and most importantly, help us answer the question:

Are denim skirts a crime of fashion?

If you’re still struggling to make up your minds, here are just a few of the different styles currently available:



Acid wash denim is making a comeback
Style Challenge: What to wear with a denim skirt
Tiered denim mini skirt by RED Valentino