Ask the Fashion Police

Can short women wear midi skirts?

(ASOS) Dear Fashion Police, I read your post about Fashion Myths recently and was happy to hear you don’t think short women need to stay away from maxi dresses, because I’m 5″2 and live in them! I was wondering what you think about midi skirts, though? I love them, but keep reading about how they’re unflattering on short people because they hit at the wrong part of the leg. Is this true? ~ Louise As with the maxi dresses, this has more to do with proportion, and with body-shape than with height. Yes, short women can wear midi skirts or dresses – you just may have to shop around for a petite fit, or have a regular one altered to make…

Five Fashion Myths Busted

Some fashion “rules” are repeated so often they come to be accepted as “fact”. We don’t believe there are any real hard facts about style (other than the ones which claim that Crocs are ugly, and harem pants will make you look like you just filled your diaper, obviously), so here are just five myths we’d like to bust: 1. Wrap dresses flatter everyone We read this sage piece of advice frequently in fashion magazines and the like, but your flat-chested Editor-In-Chief is here to tell you it’s not true: on her, wrap dresses gape horribly and make her look like a badly-wrapped parcel (yes, even the much-vaunted Diane Von Furstenberg versions). In fact, we’d go so far as to…

Can you wear white to a wedding?

Alison writes: Dear Fashion Police, I’ve fallen in love with this white Closet dress, which I’d love to wear to my brother-in-law’s wedding this summer. Is it still considered bad form to wear white to a wedding, though, or is that no longer the case? Thanks! Alison Dear Alison, We love this dress too, but bright, unrelieved white to a wedding? Only if you’re the bride, unfortunately. While many of the wedding-related “rules” have fallen by the wayside these days, the fact remains that if you turn up wearing all-white, no matter what you’re wearing, and how non-bridal it looks, people will still think that either a) you’re the bride, b) you wish you were the bride, or c) you’re trying…

Ask The Fashion Police: How young is too young for heels?

(From our Formspring page] Q: What age do you think is the right age to start wearing heels? A: First of all, we don’t necessarily think there IS a “right age” to start wearing heels: it’s something that will be different for everyone, and some people will decide that “never” is the right answer to this question! With that said, heels are more damaging to your feet than some other types of shoes, so logic would dictate that you at least try to wait until your feet stop growing, although that’s probably not a realistic answer for many, as we all develop at different rates, and it can be hard to know when the growth spurt is at an end….

Ask The Fashion Police: Are stockings with sandals a crime of fashion?

From our Formspring page: Q. Is it acceptable to wear stockings with the seam line when wearing open toe shoes (or even peep toe for that matter) if you can’t find seamless stockings? Or should I risk letting my legs look pale and not so perfect? A. We get this question fairly often, so let’s address it once and for all… Although we call ourselves The Fashion Police, you might be surprised to know that in “real” life there are actually very few things that we’d consider an absolute “no”. Sheer stocking with sandals, however, is one of those things: particularly if the stockings in question are flesh-coloured, and the toe seam is highly visible.  Toe seams aren’t designed to…

Ask the Fashion Police: Where to find kitten heel wedding shoes?

A question from our Formspring page: Q: Dear Fashion Police, Do you know where to find beautiful wedding shoes – here’s the challenge: kitten heel (how ugly are kitten heels…) and NON-Pointy… in the uk? No one sells pointy shoes apart from wedding shops.. why oh why Thank you dear FP! A: Wow, this really is quite the challenge! Although the Fashion Powers That Be have decreed kitten heels to be “in” this season, it’s not a decision the shoe-buying public have embraced wholeheartedly, so they’re still a little thin on the ground (or low to the ground as the case may be with kitten heels) – or, at least, pretty ones are! Wedding shops do tend to stock a…

Ask the Fashion Police: Jean shorts with Converse sneakers – cute or clownish?

A question from Formspring: Q. Jean shorts with Converse sneakers – cute or clownish? What about sneakers with casual dresses? A. We’re not fans of sneakers in general, but that’s just a personal preference, and we can’t see anything wrong with the combination of shorts and sneakers, if that’s your style. We wouldn’t describe it as “cute”, particularly – it’s a fairly basic, functional kind of style – but we wouldn’t instantly think “clown” either! As for sneakers and casual dresses, again, not a look we’d go for ourselves (we’d rather wear almost any form of footwear than sneakers), but not crime of fashion territory either. What does everyone else think? Denim shorts with Converse? Sneakers with dresses? Tell us!

Comme des Garcons cropped hybrid waistcoat/jacket

We’re always very suspicious when we see the word “hybrid” applied to items of clothing. Most of the time, you see, we just don’t WANT our clothes to be “hybrids”. We either want a jacket or a waistcoat, not something that tries to be both, and ends up being neither, which was the sad fate of this Comme des Garcons… jacoat? Waistket? What would you call something like this, anyway? With one arm off and one arm on, plus a band to hold it all together, it looks like it’s been subjected to a particularly violent attack, poor thing. Don’t worry, Fashion Police officers are investigating as we write this. If you’d like to offer the item a safe house,…

Ask the Fashion Police: How old is too old?

A question from our Formspring page: Q: At what age are skinny jeans and playsuits a no go? A. This is a really interesting question, so we thought we’d open it up to our readers as well as answering it ourselves! While there’s no magic age at which The Fashion Police will come along and revoke your skinny jeans licence (We can think of some 40 year olds who look much better in skinnies than certain 20-year-olds, which makes us think it’s not so much about what you wear as how you wear it), we think the simple answer to this one is that if you’re old enough to feel uncomfortable in a certain item, or like you’re in fancy…

Ask the Fashion Police: What colour of shoes with a royal blue dress?

Holly writes… I am a mother of the bride and we are having a sophisticated but casual morning outdoor wedding. I purchased a royal blue short satin dress. clean lines very Jackie O what do you suggest for shoes? Some suggest silver but that seems too night club like. Do I need to stick with silver jewelry. Our advice is under the jump – feel free to leave yours in the comments box.

Can you wear tights / stockings with open toed shoes?

Can you wear tights with open toed shoes? Socks with sandals at Bertie Donna writes… Hi There- Is it ever acceptable to wear hose with opened toed shoes? Thanks   We get this question a lot, and it comes in many different forms: Can you wear hose with sandals? Can you wear socks with peep toes? Is it OK to wear tights with strappy sandals? Can I wear stockings with open shoes? and so on and so forth. It seems a lot of you are worrying about whether or not it’s permissible to wear your sandals, peep toes and other open shoes with anything other than bare feet. So: IS IT? The short answer: It totally depends on the type…

Ask the Fashion Police: How to stay stylish AND warm at the same time…

Nina asks… "Now that autumn is approaching much faster than anyone would have thought, I find myself being cold ALL THE FREAKING TIME (I know you understand me, I read your blog). So in order not to freeze to death this winter, I was looking for some really warm yet stylish clothes to wear on Campus and in the city. I wondered whether you could help me in my search for pullovers (and maybe skirts or dresses as well) that will keep me from dying without making me look like a fashion criminal. Thanks for helping me out!" Oh Nina, Nina, we feel your pain! The Fashion Police HQ is located in the frozen north, which generally means that as…

Ask the Fashion Police: Which dress should I buy for a formal dinner dance?

It’s been a while since we had an Ask the Fashion Police question to resolve, so when Anita wrote to ask for our help with a fashion dilemma, we thought it was high time to revive this section – and, of course, to enlist the help of our other readers. Anita writes: Dear Fashion Police,I have to attend a formal Annual (Dinner/Dance) Ball in December; and I know it’s ages, but you know it takes ages to find the perfect dress! I am a size 0. I have medium coloured skin, black/very dark brown hair and black/very dark brown eyes. I can’t decide which one of the following gowns to wear: Dress One or Dress Two

To Buy or Not to Buy: Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Woodbow’ pumps

Taylor writes, Dear Fashion Police, I’ve been invited to a wedding this summer (yes, me and everyone else) and I’m going to play it safe in a black strapless dress, which I want to accessorize a bit to make it less boring. I was thinking pink? Anyway, these bow peep toes from Nordstrom are what I was thinking of wearing on my feet, but they are $299, which is expensive. Do you think I’ll be able to wear them again, or are they too "weddingy"? I don’t want to spend the money on something I’ll only wear once. ~ Taylor

To Buy or Not to Buy: Kate Moss pansy print dress on eBay

Dear Fashion Police, Last year I fell in love with the Kate Moss for Toshop pansy print dress. I didn’t buy one because I couldn’t find any in my size, and also because I don’t generally like wearing things that are very "fashionable", but I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind and I’ve found a couple of the dresses on eBay. Should I buy one? ~ Alicia

Ask the Fashion Police: Can I boil my Crocs?

Question received via our web search: "Can I boil my Crocs?" What, you mean like lobsters? To kill them? Well, we guess anything you can do to Crocs other than actually wearing them is probably a step forward, but a cursory search of the Crocs website reveals that no, you cannot boil your Crocs. And you can’t eat them, either. Sorry to be the ones to break it to you. Crocs say: "4 out of 5 Crocs, Inc. Customer Service Representatives in this study agreed that even though the shoes had a nice texture and looked tasty; they would not recommend eating the shoes." If you just want to clean them, then, stick to good old soapy water, and keep…

To Buy or Not to Buy: Black lace cocktail dress

Laura writes… Dear Fashion Police, My husband I are were given a weekend at a posh hotel as a wedding present, and it’s one of those "dress for dinner" places. The wedding itself took up most of our available money, so I’m shopping on a budget here, and I found this dress at ASOS. I like the shape and the simplicity of it, but I’m just not sure about the lace. I don’t want to look cheap, just to buy something cheap! What do you think? ~ Laura

Ask the Fashion Police: Internet Edition

Sometimes, people like to email us looking for solutions to their fashion dilemmas. Sometimes, though, they don’t, and they just run a search of site, hoping their question will have been answered before. Well, we think these people, too, deserve our help, so just for them, here’s a quick roundup of searches we’ve had lately, with our responses… 1.  Do skinny jeans suit big women? Well, anonymous asker, that all depends. There is a commonly held belief that skinny jeans can only be worn by skinny people, but we’d like to call "bullshit" on that one, if we may. Actually, skinny jeans can be worn by lots of different shapes, and what’s more important here isn’t how "big" or "small"…