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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… 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…

five items of clothing worth investiing in

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!

6 closet staples to build your wardrobe from scratch

6 Wardrobe Staples to Start Your Closet 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….

New Year's Style Resolutions

5 Five New Year’s Resolutions for a Stylish 2016

Happy New Year, Fashion Force! We hope you’ve had an excellent start to 2016. If you’re anything like us, we’re sure you’re starting the year the way you mean to go on: and that means resolutions a-plenty. Here are some style-related resolutions to help you on your way to your most stylish year yet… 01. Stop caring what people think  One thing most stylish people have in common is the fact that they exude confidence. Think of the most stylish person you know: can you even imagine her/him standing in front of the mirror and agonising over that outfit? Probably not: because truly stylish people know what they like, and they don’t really care what other people think of them….

Style Lessons We Learned from Audrey Hepburn

Style Lessons We Learned from Audrey Hepburn

It might seem like a total cliché to name Audrey Hepburn as your number one style icon, but the star’s classic style remains popular for a reason… [This is not Audrey Hepburn. But you get the idea.] Here are some of the style lessons we’ve learned from Audrey Hepburn… Simple is almost always best  When you look back at Audrey Hepburn’s outfits – and particularly at more candid shots featuring her “off duty” style – the main thing you’ll notice is the sheer simplicity of the looks. Hepburn favoured mostly black or neutral colour palettes, and while she wasn’t afraid to throw in a printed dress or colourful skirt, the pieces themselves were always simply cut, with minimal styling. While some would…

shopping habits of stylish people

The Shopping Habits of Stylish People

What are your shopping habits? If you tend to shop when you feel bad, or panic-buy at the last minute, this post’s for you: these are the shopping habits of stylish people… The Shopping Habits Of Stylish People Wear the right lingerie If you’re going to be trying on clothes, make sure your undies aren’t going to let you down. They’re called ‘foundation garments’ for a reason: they form the foundation of your outfit, and should be completely invisible underneath it. Ill-fitting underwear creates lumps and bumps that will make any outfit look unflattering, and bright colours might look pretty on their own, but will show through light-coloured fabrics. We’re not fans of the lists of items that “all women…

capsule wardrobe for people who hate capsule wardrobes

How to Apply the Capsule Wardrobe Philosophy to your Non-Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are big news right now. Everywhere we look, people seem to be embracing minimalism, clearing out their closets and decided to create a simple capsule wardrobe instead. Entire blogs have been built on the capsule wardrobe principle, and you only have to look at Pinterest to see tons of images of perfect, colour-coordinated capsules, for every possible scenario. While it’s not difficult to understand the appeal of the capsule wardrobe, however (Seriously, who hasn’t looked at those images of perfectly-organised closets, and thought how much easier life would be if you didn’t have to work out what to wear every morning?), it’s also true to say that they’re not for everyone. How a capsule wardrobe works Capsule wardrobes…

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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” –…

how to help your man choose stylish accessories

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…

finding the perfect wear to work dress

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…

three things stylish women do on the weekend

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…

fashion police guide to coats

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…