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selection of summer dresses from Oasis

High Street Hero: Summer dresses from Oasis

It’s been a while since we last nominated a High Street Hero, and today’s nominee isn’t ONE item, but many: basically, it’s the entire collection of summer dresses from Oasis… Summer dresses are one of the more fun fashion items out there: quirky prints, bright colours and interesting shapes abound, all helping to make summer our favourite style season. Everyone else may be obsessed with Fall, but give us a fabulous summer dress and a great pair of shoes and we’ll be far happier than we ever in the coats, boots and layers which we’re forced into in the colder months of the year. Summer dresses are also one of the easiest items to actually wear. They’re basically a complete…

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High Street Hero: Dorothy Perkins floral petal sleeve dress

Dorothy Perkins floral petal sleeve dress, £18 We seem to be having an inadvertent “Dorothy Perkins” theme today, because right after publishing our “Three Things” post this morning, featuring three items from the UK high street brand, we remembered that Fashion Police Officer Francesca had written to nominate this Dorothy Perkins dress as a High Street Hero! This dress was Francesca’s pick, so we’re going to leave it to her to tell you why she thinks it deserves the title of High Street Hero. Francesca writes: “For £18, the quality is beautiful, the fabric feels full and heavy, but very summery. The skirt is nice and swishy, the length very becoming, and the petal sleeve is a nice delicate detail…

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zara colourblock sandals

High Street Hero: Zara colourblock ankle strap sandals

Zara ankle strap sandals, £49.99 You may well recognise these sandals. Their predecessors were a huge hit last year, and we’re fairly sure there was a point last summer when it was illegal to call yourself a fashion blogger unless you owned a pair of the green/blue or coral/tan sandals. Well, it looks like Zara has taken note of the success of the style: not only have they brought it back (in a slightly re-vamped form) for this summer, they’ve also managed to keep the stock levels high, which is something of a miracle for the Spanish chain, which has a tendency to sell out of items fast. This year’s version of the shoe has the same high ankle as…

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bodycon midi dresses

High Street Hero: Topshop’s bodycon midi dresses

Meet our latest High Street Hero, Fashion Police Officers: Topshop’s bodycon midi dresses: Bodycon midi dresses, Topshop We say “TOPSHOP’S bodycon midi dresses”: this style is currently available all over the high street, and we’ve picked Topshop purely because: a) They’ve been selling this style of dress for a few months now, and have produced an impressive variety of colours and prints. b) We can personally recommend them, having been sucked in by the lure of the bodycon midi dresses ourselves. As you can see, these dresses may all meet the general description of “bodycon midi dresses”, but that’s about ALL they have in common: have a quick browse around the internet, and you’ll find them in every colour and…

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Dorothy Perkins laser cut flowers top

High Street Hero: Dorothy Perkins laser cut flowers top

Dorothy Perkins laser cut flowers top, £32 An intricate, laser cut top isn’t something you generally find in the £30-or-thereabouts price bracket, so when we saw this one at Dorothy Perkins, we decided to nominate it as a High Street Hero. What’s a High Street Hero? It’s one of those items you find on the high street (Well, d’uh), which stand out from the crowd for one reason or another: either they look more expensive than they are, they’re the kind of quality you don’t always find from the price…or you just really like the look of them. This top falls into the third category for us. We haven’t seen it in the “flesh”, so we can’t speak to the…

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Hayden Panettiere does thigh-high boots

Oooh, Hayden! Does your mom know you’re out dressed like this? Oh, of course she does – that’s her behind you. Fair enough. When we said yesterday that where Kate Moss leads, others follow, we really weren’t joking. Just one day later, here’s little Hayden Panettiere out on the streets of New York in a pair of skintight, thigh high boots, much like Mossy’s. Even although I don’t watch Heroes (Yes! I am the one person in the whole world who doesn’t preface every single conversation with the words, "So, have you been watching Heroes?) I still can’t help but think of Hayden almost like a cute younger sister, who should totally be in school right now, so this look…

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How to get a retro look on a budget

We know that many of our readers are, like us, fans of the retro-inspired look when it comes to clothing. If genuine vintage isn’t an option, though, and repro pieces cost more than you’re prepared to pay for them, it’s reassuring to know that you can always add a bit of retro flair to your look even when you don’t have a huge budget to work with, or the time to trawl through dozens of vintage stores in search of one piece that works for you. Here’s how to do it… How to get a retro look on a budget Getting the retro look you’re after will obviously depend very much on which fashion era you’re channelling, and for the…

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Sitemap – May 2013

WRITE FOR THE FASHION POLICE: GUEST BLOGGERS REQUIRED WHY ARE THERE SO FEW OPPORTUNITIES TO GET DRESSED UP? SHEER DRESSES AND OTHER PUZZLING CRIMES OF FASHION TREND TRIAL: BARELY THERE SANDALS PRIMARK ONLINE SHOPPING NOW AVAILABLE AT ASOS STYLE SOS: HOW TO WEAR PASTEL SHOES CRIME OF FASHION? SPIKED CUTOUT LEGGINGS FROM FOREVER 21 WOULD YOU WEAR… MOSCHINO’S 60S-STYLE JUMPSUIT? RIHANNA FOR RIVER ISLAND AND OTHER CRIMES OF FASHION: OUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP THROWBACK THURSDAY: HIGH TIDE HEELS STYLE TRIAL: ASOS DIP DYE FRINGE DRESS STYLE S.O.S: WHAT TO WEAR FOR GRADUATION HIGH STREET HERO: SUMMER DRESSES FROM OASIS GOT A STYLE DILEMMA? GARETH PUGH PANTS, AND OTHER CRIMES OF FASHION FIVE FABULOUS FLORAL PRINTS PUZZLING PANTS: HELP US SOLVE THESE…

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Sitemap April 2013

DUNGAREE DISASTERS CRIME SCENE SHORTS, FASHION TAPE AND OTHER CRIMES OF FASHION GWYNETH PALTROW AT IRON MAN 3 PREMIERE HOW TO WEAR THE NAUTICAL LOOK… WITHOUT DRESSING LIKE A SAILOR ADULT ONESIES: THE HORROR CONTINUES MODELLING IS HARD: MENSWEAR EDITION STYLE SOS: CAN YOU WEAR BLACK SHOES WITH WHITE SOCKS? THREE THINGS: PRINTED TROUSERS UGLY SPORTSWEAR FASHION CONFESSIONS: I GOT STUCK INSIDE MY CLOTHES HIGH STREET HERO: DOROTHY PERKINS FLORAL PETAL SLEEVE DRESS STYLE TRIAL: THE PYJAMA SUIT DOTD: BUTTERFLY WRAP DRESS FROM OASIS FRANKENSHOES: FOUR PAIRS OF PLATFORM WEDGES UNDER ARREST DOTD: ZARA FLORAL PRINTED DRESS CRIME OF FASHION: ROBOT LEGGINGS FRINGE LEGGINGS, REVISITED FASHION POLICE HUNT EXTREME BOYFRIEND DO YOU RETURN CLOTHES YOU’VE ALREADY WORN? DOTD: OASIS EMMA…

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Sitemap March 2013

HAPPY EASTER FROM THE FASHION POLICE! FIVE CLOTHING COMPLIMENTS WE’D RATHER NOT HEAR DOTD: TOPSHOP BRANCH FLORAL TEA DRESS HOW TO DRESS UP…WITHOUT FEELING LOOKED DOWN ON DOTD: OSCAR DE LA RENTA STRIPED SILK-BLEND GAZAR GOWN FASHION CONFESSIONS: I BOUGHT A SMOCK HOW TO SURVIVE A SHOPPING BAN DOTD: J CREW PRINTED SILK AND COTTON-BLEND DRESS SHOCKING SMOCKING: UGLY DRESSES AND OTHER CRIMES OF FASHION HIGH STREET HERO: DOROTHY PERKINS LASER CUT FLOWERS TOP DOTD: HELENE BERMAN POLKA DOT SHIFT DRESS TOP TEN: BIRD PRINT PIECES ON THE HIGH STREET DRESS(ES) OF THE DAY: THREE BLUE LACE DRESSES HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY FOR…THE PERFECT JEANS? GALLERY: H&M CONSCIOUS COLLECTION PARTYWEAR STYLE TRIAL: FRINGE SHORTS AND JACKET DRESS OF THE…

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Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop | The Verdict

The Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop collection launched online this morning, and we’re now considering declaring a State of Style Emergency. Seriously: this isn’t a brand we’d have expected to come up with anything even remotely “ordinary”, but given that this is a high street collection, aimed at the people who wander into Topshop during their lunch hour, we have to admit that some of it surprised even our more hardened officers. For instance: A red PVC frill playsuit (£150) and matching red PVC shorts (£100). We’re just going to say it: these look more like the kind of thing you’d see in a more, er, specialist store than Topshop. Are people buying these to wear in the bedroom? Because we really…

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Sitemap – July 2010

Boot in a Wig! Opening Ceremony’s faux-fur platform boots Style Challenge: What to Wear With a Denim Corset Top? Dress of the Day: Rodarte green bow dress Stuck-Together-Clothes-Crimes: Juicy Couture wide leg terry jumpsuit Functional to fashionable? Tommy Hilfiger Thigh High Duck Boots Fashion Crimes for the Home: the cardboard box duvet cover Links à la Mode: July 29th Dress of the Day: Red one-shoulder signature dress from Karen Millen Skirting the Issue: When Skirts Go Sheer Shoe Porn: Giuseppe Zanotti crystal-bow embellished suede pumps Style on Trial: Balmain gold toned biker pants Celebrity Style on Trial: Jessica Biel’s red “shress” at the A-Team premiere Dress of the Day: Cream structured shift dress by Closet The Emperor’s New Maison Martin…

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Sitemap – March 2010

Dress of the Day: Domino Doll Bolero Dress by Bettie Page Clothing Style on Trial: ‘Your Biggest Fan’ jacket by Sass & Bide Balmain under Fashion Police arrest for worst case of Daylight Robbery ever seen Maison Martin Margiela’s “leggings with boot”: not quite what you’d expect Wanted: Tory Burch Embossed Turquoise Patent Coin Purse Meet The Fashion Police! Dress of the Day: La Petite S***** white sequined silk-chiffon dress Would you wear… socks and stilettos, like Rihanna? Wipe-Clean Clothes: DSquared2 denim and PVC jeans Style on Trial: LnA loose side tail white t-shirt Angeline Tournier Beano cartoon wedges: what do you think? Fashion Police at Perez Hilton’s Carn-Evil 32nd Birthday Party Spotted! Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton in Jeremy Scott’s…

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Sitemap – January 2010

Kelis at the First Annual Data Awards: Fashion Criminal Extraordinaire Dress of the Day: Red ‘Mylee’ one shoulder dress from Coast Style Challenge: What to Wear for a Valentine’s Day date? Lady Gaga’s girdle: $29.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond Maggie Rizer’s revealing dress at the ‘From Paris With Love’ premiere Kate Moss in a mini dress at the Ritz Club in Paris Handbag of the Week: ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchel Something for the Weekend: Paloma Faith, Joan Rivers and chocolate Dress of the Day: Marchesa asymmetric silk and wool-blend dress Paloma Faith wears her name on her hat at the Cervical Cancer Charity Concert in London The harem pant jumpsuit undergoes the Victoria’s Secret Model test Kapow! Wow!…

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Sitemap – November 2007

Wanted! Green beanie hat by Sonia Rykiel Penelope Cruz meets the Queen, looks pretty good Weird Handbag of the Week: Dolce & Gabbana’s Miss Silky Tote Katie Holmes gets a haircut Dress of the Day: Topshop’s purple pleat front tea dress Write for The Fashion Police! Guest bloggers required! Classic Crimes of Fashion: Julie Roberts dresses like your granny* Sarah Jessica Parker wears big pants on the Sex and the City Set Dress of the Day: Nude sequin shift dress by Laundry by Design Wear or Die, celebrity edition: Keyshia Cole v. Piper Perabo Barely Legal: The knickers Britney tried to steal. (Allegedly.) Christmas party fashion from Love Label More Hammer Pants. We mean “jodhpurs”. JEREMY loves KSUBI’s hotline zip…

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Fashion Police at the MET Gala 2011: Ginnifer Goodwin in Topshop

No, that’s not a typo: amidst all of those high-end designer labels at last night’s MET Gala, there was also a fair bit of good ol’ Topshop. One high-street hero was Ginnifer Goodwin, whose emerald green dress is by Topshop Unique. This particular shade can be a bit “evil queen” sometimes. We mean that in a good way, of course. Well, the theme was ‘Savage Beauty’ after all…

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Links à la Mode: July 29th

Looking back, moving forward? Edited by: Florrie Clarke of Intrinsically Florrie. This week’s links bound across time as we go from the first incarnations of the handbag, to both the glamour and reality of the mid-20th Century and the modern phenomenon of online shopping. And when, in all this, will women be happy with their bodies? Debenhams may now be using unretouched images alongside the photoshopped, but the Daily Mail and the UK’s new equalities minister have decreed a new, and for a lot of us unattainable, body shape for us to aim for. Links à la Mode: July 29th Amanda Lee: How to Do More With the Clothes You Have [Instead of Buying More] An Early-Life Crisis from Academia…

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