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how to dress up

How to Dress Up…without feeling looked down on

Wondering how to dress up to your heart’s desire, without having to answer endless questions about where you’re going, and whether you have a job interview? Here at The Fashion Police we’ve talked about how dressing up is not a crime of fashion (despite what some people would have you believe), and we’ve also talked about HOW to dress up, if you want/need to. But what about those of you who’d like to smarten up your look, but who are too afraid to ditch the jeans and sweaters because you know you’ll be looked down upon, or even just stared at, by people who consider a simple cotton sun-dress to be the most outrageously over-dressed item in existence? How do you start dressing…

how to survive a shopping ban

How to Survive a Shopping Ban

Shopping rocks: you can trust us when we say that no one knows that better than us. But as much as we love to shop, sometimes there comes a time when shopping for fashion has to take a back seat to some of the other, arguably more important things in life. Whether you’re putting yourself through college, starting a family, or saving up for that house, holiday or pension fund, every now and then there comes a time when a shopping ban starts to seem like a good idea. But how on earth do you survive one? How does a fashion-obsessed shopping addict get through a shopping ban without breaking down and hitting the shops hard? Well, we can’t promise…

how to find items that are sold out

Out of Stock: How to find those sold out items

OUT OF STOCK: three little words guaranteed to make every fashion-lover’s heart sink. We all know the feeling, don’t we? You find something you absolutely love: maybe on Pinterest, maybe on a blog – maybe even on THIS blog. You know you have to have it, so you click excitedly on the link, you wait for the page to load, and…. OUT OF STOCK. Gah. So, what do you do when the item you love is out of stock? Well, many of you come here and ask The Fashion Police where to find it, which is why we’ve put together some tips and tricks which might help you track down that out of stock item. Note the word might, though:…

How to Wear a Midi Dress

… without looking frumpy “How to wear a midi dress” and “what shoes to wear with a midi dress” are two of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to the Fashion Police, and it’s not hard to see why. Ever since the midi dress came back into fashion a couple of years ago, they’ve become pretty ubiquitous, with most mass-market retailers stocking at least one midi for all of the legions of mini skirts which are their more usual fare. Although midi dresses are now easy to find, though, they’re not necessarily easy to wear. In fact, this can be one of the most troublesome lengths of all: it’s very easy to look frumpy in a dress that hits…

how to spot a crime of fashion

How to spot a crime of fashion

Last week, in our random roundup, we made reference to consulting the Fashion Crimes Checklist. What we didn’t mention is that this is an ACTUAL checklist, distributed to trainee officers to help them quickly and easily tell the difference between a crime of fashion and a completely innocent item of clothing. It might help you one day, too, so without further ado, allow us to introduce… The Crimes of Fashion Checklist: How to spot a crime of fashion in progress. Spotted a potential fashion infraction? Not sure whether to call The Fashion Police, make a citizen’s arrest, or simply look the other way? Just ask yourself the following questions… 1. Could you wear a diaper under it? Harem pants, and…

How to wear stripes

How to wear stripes… whatever your figure

Want to wear stripes? Worried they’ll make you look wider than you are, or otherwise accentuate things you’d rather keep hidden? Been told a million times that stripes are only for the slender? Don’t listen to the naysayers: there are lots of ways to wear stripes, whatever your shape – let The Fashion Police show you how…

How to stay stylish in the winter

[Dunnes Stores] As we observed last week, winter presents all kinds of problems when it comes to getting dressed AND staying stylish, and all too often we end up putting warmth before fashion (as we should, of course) and stumbling through the season looking like we’re contestants in some strange kind of Supermarket Sweep gameshow, the aim being to pile on as many items of clothing as we can, in the shortest time possible. People, it doesn’t have to be this way. There ARE ways to stay stylish in cold weather. Here are just a few of them…   [Accessorize] 1. Wrap up Now, before you go sighing loudly and closing down the browser, berating us for telling you things…

How to make cheap clothes look like designer clothes

How to make cheap clothes look like designer clothes*

 (*Well, almost like designer clothes…) In an ideal world, The Fashion Police would walk around clad head-to-toe in designer clothing. Everything we wore would be lovingly made from the highest-quality fabric, by the most skilled seamstresses the fashion world has to offer. (Actually, can we be totally honest here? Even if we miraculously became filthy rich overnight, we don’t think we’d be able to resist a quick look around our favourite high-street haunts every now and then. Low price doesn’t ALWAYS mean low quality, of course, and once a bargain hunter, always a bargain hunter…) But this isn’t an ideal world. Like many people, if we want to indulge our love of fashion, we often have to shop from the…

How to dress up an outfit

Style SOS: How to dress up an outfit

[Image: Next] Got a hot date right after work? An important meeting you totally forgot was happening? Or maybe you just slept late, tumbled out of bed at the last possible second, and now need a quick and easy way to look like you put some effort into your outfit – even when you totally didn’t. Here are five easy ways to instantly dress up an outfit, without actually getting “all dressed up”…