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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”…

Wearing white after Labor day

Style SOS: Wearing White After Labor Day

[All items: Zara] Today is Labor Day in the United States, so we figured it was the perfect time to re-visit the old “Never wear white after Labor day” fashion “rule”. This one may have died out a little amongst younger generations, but we’re still surprised by how often we see it quoted in fashion magazines and on blogs, so we thought we’d take a closer look and try to decide if it’s a rule that’s really worth observing. Now, if you’re not in the US, you may be a little bit confused by this one. We don’t observe Labor Day here in the UK, for instance, and we don’t really have any seasonal “rules” about colour, either. For the…

What to wear to a christening (And what NOT to wear…)

What to wear to a Christening or baptism is one of the most frequently asked question here at The Fashion Police, so let’s jump right in and talk christening attire… What to Wear to a Christening What to Wear to a christening: the basics Like weddings, christenings are formal events, which means that a certain formality of dress is expected of those in attendance. Unlike weddings, however, the good news is that  there aren’t many strange superstitions or colour-based clothing rules attached to them, so you’re much less likely to offend someone by turning up in the wrong thing. They’re also slightly less “dressy” than weddings, so unless you’re a Godparent, or, well, the baby, you’re probably not going to…

Why it’s not OK to wear white to a wedding

A small sample of the keyword searches which recently led people to The Fashion Police: Can you wear white to a wedding? Is it bad to wear white to a wedding? Should you wear white to a wedding? Is it wrong to wear white to a wedding? Is it STILL wrong to wear white to a wedding?  Can you wear white to someone else’s wedding? Why is it wrong to wear white to a wedding? And just about every other variation of that question you can possibly imagine. OK, people, listen up, because this is the last time we’ll say this: NO, YOU SHOULD NOT WEAR WHITE TO A WEDDING.* Yes, it is STILL considered to be a faux pas…

leggings are not pants

STYLE SOS: Why leggings are not pants, and other fashion questions answered

Seeing as it’s Friday, and just a hop, skip and a jump to the weekend, we figured we’d kill some time by answering some of the serious style questions from our postbag, a.k.a our search referrers. Here are some of the burning questions you’ve been asking the Fashion Police this week… Can you wear white to a wedding? Only if you’re the bride. Can you wear tights in the summer? Yes, you can: no harm will befall you. Dress according to the weather, not according to the  calendar. Reasons why leggings are not pants? Does this answer your question? No? Well, leggings are designed to be worn under other garments, such as tunics, dresses, or other, longer items. Because of…

Ask The Fashion Police: Can I wear maroon and teal together?

Maroon and teal: should they ever meet? A few days ago, we re-opened our Formspring account, which means we’re preparing ourselves for the usual barrage of questions from people who: a) Think we’re a shop and b) Think we’re Joan Rivers.(Note: we are not Joan Rivers.) We do tend to get some serious style-related questions, though, and here is the first of them: Q: Can I wear maroon and teal together? I have a maroon shirt and teal shoes that I’d like to wear together, but I’ve heard it’s a bad combination. . . Well, the good news here is that, thanks to the ongoing trend for colourblocking, you can wear pretty much ANY two colours together and call it…

Ask the Fashion Police: Wearing black to weddings, stockings with sandals and other frequently asked style questions

One thing we’ve noticed in the years we’ve been policing the world of fashion is that certain style dilemmas tend to come up time and time again, so we thought we’d take a few minutes to re-visit some of our most frequently asked fashion questions… Can I wear black to a wedding? Wearing black to a wedding is no longer the fashion faux-pas it once was, although if you’re really worried about it, you may want to set your mind at rest by asking the bride (or the maid of honour, or someone else connected to the wedding party) whether they’re likely to be offended by it. Chances are, they’re not going to care what you’re wearing, as long as…

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…