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Casual outfit ideas for classic dressers

Why is it that casual outfit ideas can often be the hardest to come up with? Many of us have no problem dressing for work, for special events, or for anything else that has a dress code you can follow: those outfits are relatively easy. Looking stylish but casual, however, is a whole other ball game, which is why we all know women (or maybe even ARE those women…) who can reach into their closet at a moment’s notice and pull out the perfect outfit for a wedding or other event, but who are totally lost when it comes to a casual lunch with friends, or anything else that requires them to dress down. If the words “smart casual” –…

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How To Help Your Man Pick Stylish Accessories

[This is a contributed post] When it comes to helping your man look more stylish, it can sometimes be tricky to know what to suggest for him. You might be a fashion pro when it comes to dressing yourself, but when it comes to helping out your partner, you may not have any idea where to start. That’s okay, even as a fashionable woman, you aren’t expected to know all the best tips for men’s fashion, as that is where we come in. Most men have wardrobes that are fairly stylish, but what they lack is accessories. The key to helping your man look more stylish and well put together is helping him to accessorize. [Image] To help you, help…

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Anatomy of the Perfect Wear to Work Dress

What makes for the perfect wear to work dress? Well, let’s see… It can’t be too short … …because the last thing you want when you’re trying to be taken seriously at work is to be constantly hauling your skirt down, being afraid to lean too far forward in case you flash your knickers, or having colleagues oggle your legs rather than listen  to your ideas. That doesn’t mean you have to cover yourself for head-to-toe, obviously, but you DO want to wear something you can move around comfortably in without worrying about where your hemline’s going to end up. It can’t be too tight… …because the office is not a club (er, unless you ACTUALLY work in a club, in…

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Style Lessons We Can All Learn from Fashion Blogger Fails

Style Lessons We Can Learn from Fashion Blogger Fails… When you’re a fashion blogger, you end up having to look at a whole lot of photos yourself, and let’s be honest, you’re not always going to like what you see. These fashion blogger fails – for want of a better expression – might make you cringe at the time, though, but there are important style lessons to be learnt from them, if you’re willing to pay attention. Here are some style lessons we can learn from fashion blogger fails… Outfits should look good from every angle Ever noticed how some fashion bloggers only ever show you their outfit from the front? That’s sometimes just an oversight, or because they didn’t…

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3 Things Stylish Women Do Every Weekend

Well, it’s finally Friday: the weekend is just hours away, and for most of us, that means it’s time to kick back, relax, and not think about anything more taxing that what to watch on Netflix, or what topping to get on that pizza we just ordered. Not so for stylish women, though. OK, so stylish women are just people, at the end of the day: they also chill on the sofa, watching Netflix and eating pizza. Or, at least, we hope they do, because a life without Netflix is no life at all. They also, however, use the extra time at their disposal to prepare for the week ahead, and make sure it’s as stylish as they are. Well,…

how to find cheap bridesmaid dresses on the the UK high street without making your friends hate you

How to find cheap bridesmaid dresses on the UK high street – without making your friends hate you

“Why are bridesmaid dresses so ugly?” – said every bridesmaid ever. But… “Why are bridesmaid dresses so EXPENSIVE?” – said pretty much every bride ever. (Or whoever is responsible for purchasing the bridesmaid dresses. Here in the UK, they’re most often paid for by the bride, but in some other countries bridesmaids are expected to foot the bill for their own bridesmaid dress, making the search for cheap bridesmaid dresses even more important…) Herein lies the problem: traditional bridesmaid dresses tend to be both ugly AND expensive. No one wants to wear one, and no one really wants to BUY one either. But cheap bridesmaid dresses sound… well, cheap, really. And probably nasty, too. Is there a way to find…

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2014 Spring is in the air – at least, we hope so – which means many of you are probably starting to think about packing away the winter woolies to make way for the lighter, brighter spring collections. So, what will you be wearing in spring 2014? To help you decide, we’ve put together a quick spring capsule wardrobe for 2014 consisting of just 22 mix-n-match items to get you through the season in style. Before we get on to the items themselves – and the outfits you can create with them – we just want to stress that this isn’t an exhaustive list, and it isn’t a “one style fits all” type of thing, either. We’ve…

The Importance of Developing a Uniform

Today at The Fashion Police, we’re talking about the importance of developing a “uniform”: Whoops! Sorry, wrong kind of “uniform!” No, we’re not suggesting you should dress as a soldier, or a nurse, or cabin crew, or wear any other kind of traditional uniform every day. Well, not unless you actually ARE in one of those professions, obviously, in which case, uniform away! When we talk about “uniforms” in the context of style, we’re referring to those go-to items: the clothes which are most “you”. The items you can pull out of the closet without even thinking about it, and know you’ll look good – and, more importantly, FEEL good, in them. The items that make up a uniform tend…

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The Fashion Police’s Quick Guide to Coats (and how to wear them)

With the Northern hemisphere now firmly in the grip of winter (even although it doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks), chances are your trusty winter coat is seeing a lot of wear right now. Coats and other pieces of outerwear almost become outfits in themselves at this time of year, and although that might make you think it doesn’t matter what you wear under them, think again: the wrong coat, with the wrong outfit, can make you look more like a badly-wrapped parcel than the stylish person we know you are. With that in mind, here’s our quick guide to coats, and how to wear them… What kind of coat to wear with a midi dress/skirt? Midi-length skirts…

Style SOS | What to wear with a sequin skirt

Since we published our first round of Christmas party outfit ideas, featuring that fabulous sequin skirt from River Island we’ve been getting a lot of searches for the same question: what to wear with a sequin skirt? What to wear with a sequin skirt Sequin skirts have been big news this season, and while the sparkly fabric makes them an obvious choice for Christmas parties, they’re not always the easiest items in the world to style. By their very nature, sequin skirts are fairly over-the-top, which means it’s very easy to end up looking like a glitter ball if you’re not careful. Obviously the question of what to wear with a sequin skirt will depend very much on the particular skirt…

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…   Full skirt: ASOS How to Wear a Full Skirt | Choosing your skirt Length 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…

How to dress up your winter coat

Winter coats: Collectif Remember Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, and her amazing selection of outerwear? At this time of year, we often wonder why more people don’t take a leaf out of Blair’s book and turn their trusty winter coats into outfits all on their own, as opposed to simply the warm covering you use to HIDE the outfit underneath. We’re not suggestion you go all-out like Blair, of course, but when you spend so much time in a particular item of clothing, a few small touches can go a long way to making that drab winter coat look a little more glamorous. We’re talking about little things like… Switching out the buttons Many coats come with perfectly serviceable, but not…

Style SOS | Can you wear capris with boots?

Can you wear capris with boots? Lots of you have been searching the site for the answer to this particular question lately, so we figured it was time to put it up for debate. CAN you wear capris with boots? Let’s find out… Capri pants, NOT worn with boots: Bernie Dexter The short answer to the question, ‘Can you wear capris with boots?” is that YES, of course you can. If you want to, that is. Technically, you can wear anything you like: as we’re always keen to point out, we’re not actually real, and if it makes you happy to wear a particular outfit, then you should wear it, regardless of what we have to say about it. That’s the…

What to Wear When You Work From Home

With an ever-increasing number of people choosing to work from home, whether by running their own businesses/freelancing or by telecommuting for their existing employer, today we answer the all-important question: what to wear when when you work from home? What to wear when you work from home? Before we try to help you work out what to wear when you work from home, however, there’s another question we should really address first, namely: Why does it matter? Why should you care what you look like when you’re at home? These are both reasonable questions. For many people, one of the biggest benefits of working from home is having the freedom to do what you like, and that includes the freedom…

Stuck in a Style Rut? Here’s three quick ways to climb out…

Stuck in a style rut? Sick of opening up your closet every morning, seeing the same, tired old items staring back at you, and not wanting to wear ANY of them? Got tons of clothes but absolutely nothing to wear? Here are three quick ways to climb out of that style rut and find your way back to the land of the stylish… How to break out of a style rut Before we get into our three quick tips, here’s one thing to remember when you’re stuck in a style rut: Don’t go shopping. It’s easy to see new clothes as the obvious answer to this particular dilemma, but if everything you own seems tired and stale, a huge shopping…

Ask TFP | Why are you so pale?

For this edition of Ask The Fashion Police, we’re once again delving into our search referrers to answer the questions people ask Google about fashion and style. We’re also delving into the kinda, sorta-related world of social etiquette, which is awesome, because we could talk about etiquette aaaalll day, seriously. So let’s dive right in, shall we? Here are some of the burning questions on our reader’s minds lately…   Is it rude to ask why people are pale? Yes, it’s rude to ask someone why they’re pale: their skin colour is none of your business, and it’s not something they have any control over, either (unless, for some reason, they’re wearing pure white foundation, in which case we’d be…

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Where has all the cleavage gone?

As some of you know, we’ve been on vacation for the past few weeks, which means we’ve gotten a little behind with the ol’ mailbag. In a bid to catch up, here’s one from before we went away…. Dress: ASOS QUESTION:  Where has the cleavage gone to? I see lovely fabrics but its sometimes difficult to tell which is the front and which is the back! I like low cut V neck or sweetheart necklines. Why do shops all have the same fashions? Homogenised styling isn’t attractive! Why do shops all stock the same fashions? The short answer is that, well, that’s fashion for you. It would be awesome if most stores carried enough of a variety of clothing that…

How to stay stylish in a heatwave

If you live in the UK – or any of the other parts of the world currently enjoying soaring temperatures – we’re going to take a wild guess that your biggest style dilemma right now isn’t how to look “cool” in the style sense: it’s just how to look – and FEEL – cool, period. Summer, as we’ve noted, can be a wonderfully fun time for fashion, but it can also be a challenging time, too. When it’s so hot and humid that all you want to do is throw yourself into the nearest fountain, it can be hard to even think about looking stylish, so here are some quick tips to help you stay stylish in a heatwave… 1….