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The Fashion Police’s New Year’s Style Resolutions

As 2008 draws to a close, it’s time for us all to sit back, take stock, and decide just what exactly we want to do with this shiny new year that’s just around the corner. Now, The Fashion Police would be the first to admit that in the final months of 2008, we got a little bit… spendy. And clearly it’s our job to obsess over clothes and accessories, so we do have a little bit of an excuse, but sometimes things can get a little out of hand, so we’re taking a few moments before slipping into our party dresses to make some fashion-related New Year’s Resolutions. Feel free to share yours with us in the comments!

The Fashion Police give thanks…

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Now, we know many of our US readers will be too busy enjoying the holiday to be fretting over crimes of fashion, but for those of you who’ve found the time to check in with The Fashion Police, we thought we’d give some thanks of our own. Fashion-related thanks, natch. So, right now The Fashion Police are thankful for: 1. The fact that Crocs seem to be losing popularity. It’s not happening quite quickly enough for us, of course, but our eyeballs aren’t being assaulted by Crocs quite as often as they were last year, and if that’s not a reason to be thankful, we don’t know what is. 2. Skinny jeans People have been predicting their…

Fashion Crimes of Winter – a list

When it comes to fashion seasons, we’re inclined to think summer is the worst for flushing out the fashion criminals. Too-short shorts, underwear-as-outerwear, Crocs – they all seem to be more prevalent than usual during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean winter is a fashion crime-free zone. Far from it, in fact. Here’s a short, and totally subjective list of what we consider to be the worst fashion crimes commonly spotted in winter. Feel free to add to it… 1. Holiday themed clothing and accessories Yes, we know you’re looking forward to Christmas. So are we. Christmas is fun! But holiday sweaters, novelty socks and Christmas tree earrings? Not so much, really.  The first two belong on children and…

Guest Post: Fashion Crimes in Alternative Clothing Stores

Guest author Anna writes… Being a teenager, I think that the fashion police would probably heavily disagree with most of my fashion choices, especially because I’m one of those crazy 16-year-olds who dress partially to get a rise out of people. I take a lot of pride in my style, though, and even though my clunky black boots, miniskirts, fishnet tights and brightly colored knee-socks won’t be appearing in fashion magazines anytime soon, I take pride in my unique style, and often get compliments. Of course, these compliments tend to be from other wacky teenagers, but whatever. I think that people can pull of most anything if they carry themselves with confidence. Some things, however, no one can pull off….

Guest Post: Anna Sui’s runway collection – wallflowers steer clear!

Nikki Smith writes… I have to admit that after spending a good while on www.vogue.com I was less than inspired, until I came across Anna Sui’s latest eclectic Spring/Summer collection, with her mix of crazy colours, styles and patterns. It was very exciting for me, the non-typical girl who hates wearing what everyone else wears and is usually bored to tears just looking through collections from such so-called fabulous designers who can’t come up with a unique idea between them. Cleverly Miss Sui had even incorporated the colours in various hairstyles of the models. From blue, to pink to red depending on the outfit the model was wearing. Fabulous indeed.

Guest Post: I Refuse to Wear Skinny Jeans

Danielle writes… I hate skinny jeans with an unreasonable passion. When they first came out, I thought to myself, “There is absolutely no way that you will get me into a pair of those. I am having trouble breathing just looking at those pants.” I am a curvy girl. I’ve got so much junk in the trunk, it’s hard to drive the car over a speed bump for fear of jostling everything around back there. You will never see me in a pair of skinny jeans because I look like a clown. Who declared it fashionable for curvy girls to wear skinny jeans and flats? Has anyone noticed that it makes us look like clowns? I’ve done a (I think)…

Guest Post: In praise of Karl Lagerfeld

Andy Wass writes… Like any young professional, I constantly think about my resume – How long was that internship? Did I forget a recommendation? I’m pretty satisfied with my experience and look forward to a future of opportunity. Then I think about Karl Lagerfeld. Not only has he established himself as a hugely iconic and influential designer through his work with Chanel, Fendi and Chloe – he’s an all-around over-achiever, an A-student who does extra credit “for fun.” What’s his secret? Why do I envy him so, yet marvel at each factoid I learn about him? I don’t remember a love-at-first-sight moment, but my fascination with Lagerfeld has been gradual, weird and ever-increasing.

Fashion Gripes: Stock issues at Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge? We need to talk. Remember this dress? It appeared on your website back in March, and we liked it so much we made it a Dress of the Day. But the stock, it was low, and the dress, it sold out, so we never did get our sticky little hands on this object of drop-pocket gorgeousness. Then, this week, the dress came back. You can only imagine our excitement, Miss Selfridge, as we feverishly navigated the site, our breath coming short and sharp as we checked whether it was available in the size we wanted. It was not. Here’s the thing, though, Miss Selfridge. This dress? Is not available in ANY size on your website. At all. So,…

Fashion Confessions…

So, we all have them, don’t we? Those dirty, dark little fashion-related secrets that we hope no one will ever find out about because if they do, we’re in a helluva lot of trouble with The Fashion Police. Well, relax. We have those secrets too. And because it’s almost Easter and we’re feeling in an "I’ll show you mine if you show me yours" kinda mood, we’re going to tell you about them. The deal is that you have to tell us some in return, OK? I confess that I… * Don’t own a single pair of black trousers* Or a white shirt*I have never understood the appeal of Tory Burch’s famous flats *And I look ridiculous in a DVF…

Fashion Gripes: The case of the missing dresses

Question: Why does Topshop’s homepage always seem to feature dresses and other items which never make an appearance in the shop? Look at this gorgeous creation, for instance: it’s right there on the homepage today but when we clicked excitedly onto the "new in" section, hot on the scent of a possible ‘Dress of the Day’, it was nowhere to be found. Just a ploy to keep us checking back to see if it arrives, do you think, or will all these homepage items one day be available to buy?

Fashion Gripes: Having to handwash jeans. And everything else.

    The attractive picture above? Oh, that’s just the water in my bath after I washed my black skinny jeans in it last week. Yes, I wash my jeans in the bath. Well, the sinks at Fashion Police HQ are tiny, and the jeans, they are long, so the bath seems to be the best option. I mean, clearly the washing machine would be the absolute best option. I can’t stand having to hand wash denim: it gets so heavy when it’s wet, and it really hurts my back having to bend over the bath to wring them out, but it has to be done. And why does it have to be done? Because every time I’ve tried to…

Fashion Police Love/Hate

It’s Friday, so before you log off for the weekend, let’s tale a look at all of the things your faithful Fashion Police have been loving and loathing this week… Loving: * Navy. On everything. Sweaters, dresses, cardigans, skirts, outerwear.  It gives a nod towards nautical, but it’s not too twee. Love you, navy! * Trench Coats. Sometimes it’s hard being in The Fashion Police, because we start lusting after the things we write about. Trenches are great transitional pieces, so good to have in stock just in case winter ever ends. * Silk scarves in spring colours. They look great with the trench coats. And with everything else… * Bright red lipstick. Yes, we’re having a Gwen Stefani moment….

Fashion Gripes # 1: Size ranges

Question: why can’t fashion retailers just make the same styles available across all of their size ranges? I keep finding myself lusting after items from the ‘Tall’ range lately, which, being short, I can’t actually wear, and which turn out not to be available in "regular" sizes. Ditto ‘Petite’ ranges, which are just that bit too short for me, but which sometimes contain items which aren’t available in "regular". I’m pretty sure that people who are tall and petite probably find themselves wanting to buy styles that are only available in "regular", too, so what gives, retailers? Why can’t you make the same clothes available to all your customers?

Man, I look like I’m boring!

A guest post by Diane Shipley … I don’t know how they do it. People like Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Dita von Teese almost always hit the right sartorial note: they’re different, but (assless chaps aside) rarely scary. They’ve mastered the art of letting their clothes do the talking and expressing their personalities through the way they dress. They’re individuals, no matter what anyone else thinks. And I admire them for it. I really do. I just don’t seem to be able to follow their example, however hard I try. I have a quirky kinda perspective on life. Conventionality scares me: I hyperventilate at the thought of mortgages, marriage and children, and I’ve always thought I’ll end up as…

When your head says go but your ass says no!

A guest post by Polly Fontayne on fashion for the over 30s… I’m in fashion limbo, I’ve reached a style cross-roads, I’m lost in Outfitville and The Fashion Police are nowhere to be found. Its tough being 35 when it comes to fashion.  I mean, on the one hand, I no longer frequent raves so the fact that I couldn’t fit into a hot pant/bikini top combo isn’t an issue but on the other hand, I can’t face waking up to a wardrobe of ‘flattering’ (read "boring") wrap dresses and kitten heeled mules with the only possible added excitement coming in the form of a colourful silk scarf or a chunky set of beads.  Unfortunately, when I did have a…

Yes, your butt does look big in that: How to tell people how they really look

Ali of Make a Heart on how to answer that age old question: ‘Does My Butt look big in this?" Telling someone they look bad can be tricky. We’re all happy to post photos of bad outfits online and write witty comments about how ridiculous they look, but would we actually tell this person what we really think? I think the blame for a lot of horrible outfits we see on celebrities should go to their stylists and friends, for not saying ‘Hey Beyonce, I know you’re all ‘I’m proud of my curves’ and whatever, but that dress is just too damn tight’. You are completely entitled express your honest opinion in the following situations: * In the store, in…

Abercrombie & Fitch double their prices in the UK. Fashion Police not impressed.

I realise I’m probably opening myself up to a whole world of absuse with this admission, but I actually quite like Abercrombie & Fitch – mostly because I seem to spend most of my life on a never ending quest for jeans that actually fit me, and Abercrombie’s are one of the few that do. I’m not a fan of logos at all, but aside from the denim, they also make some cute camis and tank tops and hey, a girl can never have enough vests, can she? With all of that said, however, I have to announce that I will not be shopping from Abercrombie’s new UK website. Why? Because the stock there is literally double the price it…

Fashion Resolutions for 2008!

It’s 2008! We hope you all had a great holiday, and are ready to face another fashionable (or not-sofashionable, as the case may be) year with us. Here at Fashion Police HQ, I spent part of my holiday ruthlessly cleaning out and reorganising my closet (there ain’t no party like a Fashion Police, party, I’m tellin’ ya), and the sheer horror of this exercise has led me to make some fashion resolutions for the year ahead, including: * Buy some clothes that aren’t black. * Or green. * Stop buying white vest tops every time I see them. Just stop. * Wear more dresses, rather than just throwing on the usual uniform of skinny jeans and vest tops every morning….

Sexy might be the wrong word… (Guest Post by Amy of Talk Fashion to Me)

Amy writes… The store’s description of this knit top includes the phrase, “Be warm, comfy and sexy all at the same time.” And, you know, it’s a nice concept, I guess. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be further from reality. First of all, this top is so flimsy that it’s vaguely skin-toned, even though it’s supposed to be black. Secondly, the model doesn’t look very comfortable—maybe it has something to do with my third point. Thirdly, at what point in the history of the universe has an armpit hole ever qualified as "sexy"? I mean, I doubt that’s what the designers had in mind when they carved out part of the top in an effort to transform it from blah to sexy….

Down the rabbit hole to meet Pocahontas: Guest Post by Caroline of Second Hand Shopper

Caroline writes… I wanted to apply to blog for The Fashion Police. I’m a regular reader, an irregular commenter and an all round fan of the site, on top of being a blogger in my own right. And who would want to give up this unique opportunity? No one in their right mind – that’s who! So I tottered off into the world of online fashion to find some heinous fashion crimes on which to report. I know as well as the next girl just how deep a rabbit hole online fashion can be – a quick jaunt after that absolute must of a pocket-watch can suck you in for, let’s say, your whole 8-hour-long working day (on a slow…