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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….

How to Find Your Style

Don’t know what to wear? Sick of opening up your closet every morning and staring at the contents in despair, or trying on outfit after outfit, only to end up settling for that ancient pair of jeans and a sweater, because you just don’t know what you like any more, or what actually suits you? Maybe you’ve had a baby, gained or lost weight, or simply reached a point in your life when you no longer feel your old look is working for you any more, and you need a change. But how do you find your style when there are so many choices out there that you don’t even know where to start…

How to look good at the beach

There’s nothing more fun than a day at the beach, is there? The sun, the sea, the sand, the awkward attempts to look and feel like you’re totally at ease wandering around in public in what amounts to little more than your underwear… Well, OK, maybe not that last bit. And as much fun as the beach can be, it’s not much fun if you’re too embarrassed to come out from behind that towel you’ve got strategically placed over your swimsuit, is it? Well, we’re not going to give you any “bikini body” tips, because there are plenty of other places to find those if you need/want them, but we DO have some basic tips to help you look good at the…

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Can you wear boots in summer?

Today’s look at our search referrers revealed one question coming up more than any other: Can you wear boots in summer? Well: CAN you? Dress & boots: ASOS It’s very easy to get caught up in the idea that certain items of clothing are only appropriate in certain seasons. Shorts in summer. Wool coats in winter. Corduroy in the autumn… and so on and so forth. According to this logic, boots are very much an “autumn/winter” kind of item. They’re warm. They’re (often) waterproof. They’re designed to be worn in cold and/or wet weather, and that, of course, is the kind of weather we tend to associate with winter and fall. Summer, by contrast, is made for loose, floaty fabrics: for open-toed sandals…

How to buy clothing on eBay without getting ripped off

Finding clothing on eBay can feel a little bit like winning the lottery: especially if you manage to track down that elusive sold-out item you’ve been after for months… and it’s in your size, brand new with tags, and selling for way less than retail. Unfortunately, however, that scenario can sometimes feel just as unlikely as the possibility of winning the lottery, too. Ever wondered how some people managed to find amazing eBay bargains, while you always just end up in a bidding war over something you didn’t really want in the first place? Read on for some eBay buying tips… How to find clothing on eBay… without getting ripped off First things first: before we get onto the tips,…

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Style SOS: Which shoes to wear with skinny jeans?

The post ‘What shoes to wear with skinny jeans‘ has been moved to our sister site, ShoeperWoman.com – please click here to read it! All shoes: Shopbop No one likes the “cankles” effect, and wearing shoes designed to chop the leg in half at the ankle are a really easy way to create cankles where they don’t exist. This becomes even more of an issue with jeans which hug the ankles anyway, which is why so many people have trouble working out which shoes will look good with skinny jeans, and which ones will create the dreaded “golf club” effect. ShoeperWoman helps solve that dilemma with some skinny jeans styling suggestions. If you’re looking for some posts to read here…

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Summer Style Crimes to Avoid

Summer is a great time for fashion. Without the need to worry about having to stay warm by layering up in coats, tights and anything else you can throw over that that cute outfit to beat the chill, it can be a great time to experiment with summer style and have fun with fashion. The more relaxed atmosphere and less formal dress styles of summer, however, can also make it that bit easier to commit a style crime without realising. Here are some common summer style crimes, and how to avoid them… 1. Letting it all hang out When it’s hot and humid out, it’s tempting to wear as little as possible in a bid to keep cool. We understand….

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Why are there so few opportunities to get dressed up?

From our ASK.fm inbox comes this question from someone who shares our love of getting “dressed up”: This isn’t so much a question-and-answer as it is an opportunity for us to indulge in a quick rant on one of our favourite subjects, namely the phenomenon we’ve dubbed The Cult of the Casual. In very simple terms, people today are pretty obsessed with the idea of being “comfy” at all costs: even if it means going to the supermarket in their pyjamas or dressing like a giant bunny rabbit to relax in front of the TV. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be comfortable: in fact, we’d argue that it’s impossible to be truly stylish unless you feel totally…

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Style SOS: How to wear pastel shoes

From our ASK.fm question box: Pastels, as we’re sure we don’t need to tell you, are as ubiquitous in Spring/Summer as florals are, and pastel shoes have been a trend for the past couple of years, with mint, lemon and baby blue footwear particularly in evidence. While pastel shoes LOOK cute, summery and easy to wear, however, they can actually be rather tricky to style. Those soft pastel shades may look pretty on the screen, but once you put them on your feet those light colours can look much brighter than you might have expected to. They’re colours that draw the eye right to them, which means they can make your feet look larger than they really are, while overwhelming…

Style S.O.S: What to Wear for Graduation

Earlier this week, a question about what to wear for graduation dropped into our Ask.fm suggestion box. The question specifically asked about what to wear to someone else’s graduation ceremony (in this case, a sister’s), but we figured there are probably quite a few people wondering what to wear to their OWN graduation around this time of year, and the advice is similar for both graduate and family members, so we thought we’d roll it into one article and ask: What to wear for graduation? If you’re the graduate… …your graduation robes will mostly cover whatever you’re wearing underneath them. That doesn’t mean you should roll up in an adult onesie or sweatpants, however. Instead…   1. Check for a…

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Got a style dilemma?

Got a style dilemma or a burning fashion question you need answered? Now you can submit your Fashion Police queries quickly, easily and anonymously (if you so desire) over at our ASK.fm profile. We’ll be sharing the most interesting and frequently asked questions here on the blog, so you can get some extra input and other opinions from our Style Squad, a.k.a. you, our readers. What are you waiting for? Click here to submit your question… P.S. Our profile has only been live for 24 hours, and we’ve added what we thought was a clear disclaimer to it, but already we’re getting questions about Joan Rivers and the E! Network TV show of the same name, so maybe this is…

How to wear the nautical look… without dressing like a sailor

It’s no secret that The Fashion Police are fans of the nautical look, which is more of a spring/summer classic than it is a fashion trend. But how do you wear it without looking like you’re en-route to a sailor-themed costume party? This is the question we were asked by Fashion Police reader Claudia, who writes: “This spring the shops seem to be full of “nautical” stuff: Breton shirts, blue-red-white belts-bags-shoes-whatever, sailor’s pants, scarves with anchors printed on them, big golden anchors on rope-like cords to wear as a necklace and so on. Some years it’s safari or military, some years it’s Carmen, here in southern Germany it’s often “Alpine” stuff, and so on.  I often wonder, as I love the…

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Style SOS: Can you wear black shoes with white socks?

“Is it wrong to wear black shoes with white socks?” This question was submitted last week, and we were actually quite surprised to realise we hadn’t already addressed this subject. Although it might surprise some of you to hear it, in “real life” (i.e. when we’re not playing at being Fashion Police officers on the Internet) there are actually very few style-related “crimes” that really bother us. This, however, is one of them: Socks and shoes: ASOS This particular photo is actually a slightly lesser crime than that involving black dress shoes, white athletic socks and a dark suit of some description, but the principle is the same. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, wearing high heels or…

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How to Wear a Playsuit

Playsuits have never been particularly high on The Fashion Police’s list of Looks We Love (Yes, there is an actual list…). While they can look great on the hanger, this is a look that can be rather infantilising on a grown woman, and for those of us no longer in our teens, number of situations in which the super-short look is appropriate seems to grow shorter with each passing year. Then, of course, there’s the fact that you have to get totally undressed every time you want to use the bathroom: ain’t nobody got time for that. That said, every so often a new crop of playsuits comes along which makes us think, “You know, we don’t totally HATE those…” And that…

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How to look like a fashion criminal … even when you’re not one

Let’s face it: no one actually WANTS to look like a fashion criminal. And yet, sometimes even the most stylish people out there can make a good outfit turn bad, just by making one simple mistake. We figure if you know what those mistakes are, you’ll also know how to avoid them, so here are some quick ways to look like a fashion criminal – avoid them at all costs! Wear shoes you can’t walk in Look, we love heels as much as the next woman: they’re part of the Fashion Police uniform, in fact. If you’re going to wear heels, though – or any shoes, really – you have to be able to walk in them. There’s no easier…

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How to Look Good Fast

Do you ever look at those perfectly coiffed and made-up women you see on the morning commute and wonder how on EARTH they do it? How do THEY find the time to apply a full face of makeup and create an elaborate hairdo every morning when YOU’RE still stumbling around wiping the sleep out of your eyes and wondering if there’s enough coffee in the world to wake you up? How come their clothes are never creased and their accessories are always perfectly chosen? What’s their secret, and how do you get in on it? Or, to put it more realistically: what’s their secret and how do you hack it? You’d much rather spend extra time in bed than get up at…

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Five clothing compliments we’d rather not hear

Much has been written on the subject of how to gracefully receive compliments. The art of gracefully GIVING a compliment is just as important, though, and sometimes we think it’s an art that’s in danger of being lost. Here are five types of commonly-heard clothing-related “compliments” that aren’t really compliments at all… What they say: That’s such a brave choice! What they mean: It’s brave because people are probably going to laugh in your face as soon as they lay eyes on it. Unless you’re that special breed of fashionista who prides herself on being edgy and frets about whether she’s taking enough “risks” with her clothing choices, you probably don’t want to be praised for your “bravery” in getting…

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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…