Dresses

Five party dresses under £25

pink strapless prom dress, £20; oriental print dress, £18; silver jacquard dress, £20; red crepe dress, £18 A £20 party dress, which you can pick up at the supermarket, and pay for along with the rest of your groceries? It doesn’t exactly SOUND like the most stylish solution to a Christmas wardrobe crisis, but when we headed over to George at Asda to check out the party dresses, we found quite a few that we wouldn’t kick out of the closet. All of the dresses above are under £25 – in fact, none of them are over £20 – so if you’re hoping to get through the party season while sticking to a budget, don’t overlook the supermarket, is what we’re…

Dress of the Day | Collectif ‘Regina’ polka flock dress

Collectif ‘Regina’ polka flock dress, £55 Collectif’s winter collection recently arrived online, and more than a few of the pieces have already made their way onto The Fashion Police’s ‘WANTED!” list. And also into The Fashion Police’s closet, if we’re going to be completely honest about this. The ‘Regina’ polka flock dress is one of the items currently on that list: although Collectif is technically a “retro reproduction” label, it’s a little less expensive than many similar brands (At £55, this dress is priced similarly to a mid-range high street store), which makes it that little bit more lethal to our bank balances. This dress has tons of old-fashioned glamour, but won’t look out of place in a contemporary setting…

Review | Oasis stripe bodycon knitted dress

Suspect : Oasis stripe bodycon dress Spotted at: Zalando Price: £40 Officer’s Comments: The words “horizontal stripe” and “bodycon” can be daunting enough on their own, but put them into the same item description and they’re enough to strike fear into this officer’s beating heart. This Oasis knit dress has appealed to me for a while now, though, so when Zalando offered to allow TFP to interrogate something from their women’s clothing section I decided to give it a go. The first surprise with this one came in the colour: in all of the photos I’ve seen of this dress, it looked to be a cream and black stripe. In real life, however, it’s more of a black and tan/beige,…

Crime of Fashion? Gareth Pugh raised neck dress

Gareth Pugh dress, $2670 We couldn’t decide whether this dress was more amusing from the front or from the back, so we’re submitting both photos into evidence and letting you decide for yourselves. Now, don’t get us wrong, we like a high neck on a dress. Or a coat. Or a sweater. Or anything with a neck, basically. The clue to making this work, however, lies in the word “neck”. You have to be able to see, not just the neck of the dress/coat/sweater/whatever, but the neck of the person wearing it. It has to be seen to exist. If the neck of the dress is so high that it makes the wearer look, well, NECKLESS, then Fashion Police, we…

Style Trial | Three Floor scalloped dress

Three Floor scalloped dress, £128 ASOS describe this item as a “fancy dress”, and while we guess that’s technically true – well, it IS pretty fancy – it also totally had us thinking it was supposed to LITERALLY be fancy dress. As in, “a Halloween costume”. Maybe a cartoon dinosaur of some kind, say? As it turns out, however, this isn’t a costume, and it’s not a dinosaur suit either (although if you want to wear it as one, we promise not to tell.) Actually, it’s a dress designed by London label Three Floor, who, ASOS inform us, are “inspired by the effortless style of fashion insiders, from models to bloggers.” So now you know, folks: IT’S THE BLOGGER’S FAULT….

DOTD | Mylene Klass leopard print wiggle dress

Mylene Klass leopard print wiggle dress, £55 Like a little bit of leopard on your wiggle dress? It’s not for everyone, granted. In fact, there’s  a good chance that at least 50% of you are rolling your eyes in horror right now, while the other 50% is nodding enthusiastically. Animal print is just one of those “marmite” kind of prints, isn’t it? If you hate it, you probably think it’s cheap, tacky and the kind of thing that instantly turns an outfit into a Fashion Crime. If you love it, however, you probably appreciate how the odd dash of animal print can add a bit of interest to an otherwise dull dress, or liven up even the most boring of…

Style Trial | Valentino wool and silk dress

Dress: Valentino Don’t worry, Style Sleuths: you haven’t gotten lost on the highways and bye-ways of the Internet and ended up on the wrong website altogether. This isn’t, you see, an image from some strange made-for-TV costume drama involving a sexy, high-fashion nun who goes astray (Although, as an aside, we would totally watch that…): it’s a product shot for a £2535 Valentino dress. As in, they’re expecting you to wear this. In public, presumably. So, we have to ask: where would you wear this? And don’t say, “On Halloween, dressed as a bishop, or other religious figure,” because that doesn’t count. Seriously, though, we’re wracking our brains here, and while this isn’t actually offensive, in the way some so-called…

Wanted Wednesday | Coast Occasionwear

When we started to put together this week’s Wanted Wednesday post, we had the best of intentions to use a variety of different sources. Unfortunately, though, we didn’t make it past the “new in” section at Coast: whoops. We’re hoping you won’t judge us too harshly, though, because look: Lily-Anna dress, £180 A fairytale dress if ever we saw one. Now, Coast is pretty ubiquitous when it comes to special occasions: so much so that we know of more than one bride-to-be who’s had to put “No Coast dresses” on the wedding invitations, for fear the guests would turn up wearing the same dresses as the bridesmaids. Even if you can safely take the bridal party out of the occasion,…

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Style Trial: ASOS Dip Dye Fringe Dress

ASOS dip-dye fringe dress, £45 Well, it’s certainly different and it’s definitely dramatic, we have to give it that. Is it “different” and “dramatic” in a good way, though, or in an “OMG, call The Fashion Police!” kinda way? That, Fashion Force, is the question before you today. Under normal circumstances, we’d have looked at the words “dip-dye” and “fringe” in the product description of this dress, and have instantly assumed it was a crime of fashion. We’ve never met a dip-dye item we didn’t dislike, you see, and we’re not too keen on fringes, either… especially not when they appear to be growing out of the model’s back. Still, there’s no denying that this kind of look is popular…

selection of summer dresses from Oasis

High Street Hero: Summer dresses from Oasis

It’s been a while since we last nominated a High Street Hero, and today’s nominee isn’t ONE item, but many: basically, it’s the entire collection of summer dresses from Oasis… Summer dresses are one of the more fun fashion items out there: quirky prints, bright colours and interesting shapes abound, all helping to make summer our favourite style season. Everyone else may be obsessed with Fall, but give us a fabulous summer dress and a great pair of shoes and we’ll be far happier than we ever in the coats, boots and layers which we’re forced into in the colder months of the year. Summer dresses are also one of the easiest items to actually wear. They’re basically a complete…

vintage style midi dresses

Wanted! Pretty vintage-style midi dresses from Topshop

As our regular readers will know by now, The Fashion Police have  soft spot for midi dresses, and we’re also partial to anything that so much as hints at a vintage-inspired style. Thanks to the release of The Great Gatsby this summer, we can probably expect to see a lot more of this kind of style, and this morning Topshop took delivery of a trio of pretty midis which wouldn’t look out of place at a summer garden party way back when. Or a totally modern event in 2013, for that matter. We love…   Blue chiffon bodice skater dress, £120 Pink chiffon midi dress, £65 Lemon lace midi dress, £95

Short prom dresses from the UK high street

Prom season is almost upon us, but of course, you don’t need an actual prom to attend to wear a prom-style dress. Recently our style sleuths have noticed more than the usual number of prom dresses on the UK high street: the full skirts and fitted bodices make them flattering on a variety of different body shapes, and they’re as perfect for weddings, parties and other special occasions as they are for proms. When it comes to dresses that you won’t be wearing every day, we like to save some cash when we can, so here’s a quick roundup of some low-price prom dresses: you just need to supply the event…

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High Street Hero: Dorothy Perkins floral petal sleeve dress

Dorothy Perkins floral petal sleeve dress, £18 We seem to be having an inadvertent “Dorothy Perkins” theme today, because right after publishing our “Three Things” post this morning, featuring three items from the UK high street brand, we remembered that Fashion Police Officer Francesca had written to nominate this Dorothy Perkins dress as a High Street Hero! This dress was Francesca’s pick, so we’re going to leave it to her to tell you why she thinks it deserves the title of High Street Hero. Francesca writes: “For £18, the quality is beautiful, the fabric feels full and heavy, but very summery. The skirt is nice and swishy, the length very becoming, and the petal sleeve is a nice delicate detail…

bodycon midi dresses

High Street Hero: Topshop’s bodycon midi dresses

Meet our latest High Street Hero, Fashion Police Officers: Topshop’s bodycon midi dresses: Bodycon midi dresses, Topshop We say “TOPSHOP’S bodycon midi dresses”: this style is currently available all over the high street, and we’ve picked Topshop purely because: a) They’ve been selling this style of dress for a few months now, and have produced an impressive variety of colours and prints. b) We can personally recommend them, having been sucked in by the lure of the bodycon midi dresses ourselves. As you can see, these dresses may all meet the general description of “bodycon midi dresses”, but that’s about ALL they have in common: have a quick browse around the internet, and you’ll find them in every colour and…

striped dresses

Designer Dupes: Striped dresses edition

So, did you all get the message that black and white stripes are, like, SO HOT this year? Because we could probably mention it a few more times if you’re not totally sure yet. Since the word was passed down from the powers that be, designer labels have been churning out black and white striped dresses like they’re going out of fashion. Which they will be, of course, but probably not until next season. Luckily for those of you who love the designer look, but hate the designer price tag, the high street brands have been equally busy making their own versions “inspired by” designers. Here are some expensive striped dresses… and their more affordable high street counterparts. Striped dresses:…

Dress of the Day: Michael Kors belted cotton crepe dress

Michael Kors belted cotton crepe dress, £1,330 A slightly different take on the monochrome trend, this dress abandons the bold stripes seen elsewhere in favour of a classic black and white shift, with a bit of a 60s vive: another big trend for spring, if that matters to you. A belt to emphasise the waist, a cute little collar and some big round pockets (And who doesn’t love a dress with pockets, we ask you?) finish off this look. The price tag, meanwhile, just about finished off US: here’s hoping for a more affordable high street version soon. Buy it

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Dress of the Day: Red Valentino hand painted floral silk dress

Red Valentino hand painted floral silk dress, £599 This dress is possibly the girliest thing that’s ever existed. Naturally, then, some of you will absolutely hate it, for that very reason. Equally naturally, though, we couldn’t possibly have NOT shown you it. Us, resist the lure of a floral-print dress, with added bow? That’s never going to happen, which is why this random Tuesday morning in March is being brightened up (for us at least) by this Red Valentino hand painted floral silk dress. We know what you’re thinking, though. “But Fashion Police,” you’re saying, “What kind of shoes would you wear with a dress such as this?” Well, we’d probably go with something like these, to pick up the blue…

is this the worst wedding dress ever?

Worst Wedding Dress, revisisted

We thought we’d found the worst wedding dress in the world last month, when we showed you the see-through creation with the long, plastic-looking train. We were wrong. We’re pretty sure THIS is the worst wedding dress in the world: Or, at least it WOULD be if it was actually available to buy and wear. Happily for wedding guests all over the world, though (Seriously, can you imagine trying to keep a straight face as THIS walked down the aisle towards you?) this isn’t actually “fashion”, but ART. It was designed by artist Hazel Moore, who displayed it during her degree show at Glasgow School of Art. Hazel says: [yo_quote author=”Hazel Moore”]My degree show work for example explored the iconic…

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Dress of the Day: Alice + Olivia Venus Straplesss Gathered Fitted Dress

Alice + Olivia Venus Straplesss Gathered Fitted Dress, $396 Right now, we’d be quite happy if we could somehow find a way to crawl inside the Alice + Olivia website and just stay there. Anyone know who we need to talk to about that? It’s safe to say, then, that we’re loving the S/S 2013 collection. This dress is just one of the pieces we love from it, and although it’s a length which many – and perhaps even most – people find problematic, the good news is that Shopbop have an above-the-knee version, if that’s more your style. As for us, well, we’re suckers for midi dresses, and think the strapless bodice and bodycon design more than compensate for…