Style On Trial

Style Trial | tulle ballerina skirts

Once the sole province of ballerinas and, well, little girls, tulle skirts have been making their presence known in the fashion world lately, which made us think it was high time to put this trend On Trial… Raluca Mihalceanu, $297 Topshop ballerina midi skirt, £50 Coast Cordelia skirt, £135 Beloved by fashion bloggers, the voluminous shape, and fancy net fabric both suggest that these skirts are the type of thing you’d wear to only the most formal of occasions. Not so, though: while the skirts on their own have a very “princessy” feel to them, we’re mostly seeing them being worn with casual pieces to tone down the look. Think sweaters and t-shirts on top, with either plain pumps or boots…

Spaghetti straps over t-shirts: the 90s revived

We haven’t said much about the 90s-revival that’s been going on in fashion for a while now: mostly because we were hoping that if we ignored it for long enough, it would simply go away. Well, it didn’t go away. And now the stores are full of items of clothing that look like this: Dresses: Miss Selfridge Spagetti-strap dresses over white t-shirts: all you need is a velvet choker and a pair of Doc Martens, and it’ll be like 1995 never ended. GOD. Back then, of course, people wore ACTUAL dresses, over ACTUAL t-shirts, not this “stuck together” nonsense that prevails nowadays. This was all fields then, of course. Onesies were just for babies. Crocs hadn’t been invented. People didn’t…

Trend Trial | Sheer Stripes

Phillip Lim trousers; Jason Wu skirt and top; Nasty Gal track pants;  Tata Naka stripe skirt; Over the course of The Fashion Police’s history, we’ve (unfortunately) become very used to the sight of completely sheer items of clothing, both on the runway, and in some of our favourite stores. For some reason the fashion world continues with the belief that in order to be “edgy” it’s often necessary to expose large amounts of flesh, and we don’t see that stopping any time soon – if ever. Recently, though, a slightly different twist on this look has come to our attention: we’re talking about sheer stripes. You can see some examples of what we’re talking about above, and while most of…

Style Trial | Bare ankles in winter

If you read a lot of fashion blogs, you’re probably familiar with a look we’ve come to think of as “Big Coat/Bare Feet”, and which you probably know simply as “bare ankles in winter”. It’s exactly what it sounds like: an outfit in which the wearer is wrapped up warmly, in a thick winter coat and scarf… but whose bare feet are totally exposed to the elements in a pair of stiletto pumps: All looks: Net-a-Porter This is the kind of fashion “thing” that seems to be just begging for us to make the observation that if it’s cold enough for a thick coat and woolly scarf, then surely – SURELY – it’s too cold for bare ankles in winter?…

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The Christmas Sweater gets trendy. Sort of.

Santa sleep tee, Topshop Once upon a time, Christmas sweaters were the kind of items that were worn just once a year (Christmas Day itself), and normally out of a sense of obligation: well, if someone had gone to the trouble of knitting one for you, the least you could do was to wear the thing for a few hours, huh? Now, however, things have changed for the Christmas sweater. Once the inspiration behind many an “Ugly Sweater” party, Christmas sweaters have now taken their place in our stores, and in our closets, and are being worn un-ironically, and by people who generally consider themselves to be “fashionable”. It may only be the middle of November, but we’ve already seen…

Style Trial | Fluffy fashion from Topshop

All items available at Topshop We had a lot of love for Topshop’s fluffy knitwear a few weeks ago, but we’re a little less enamoured with some of the latest fluffy fashions to hit our favourite website. With their lurid colours and long-haired wool, these pieces have more in common with The Muppets than they do with Lana del Rey and other fuzzy sweater-wearers: in fact the neon green number could work pretty well as a part of a last-minute Kermit the Frog Halloween costume, if you can just find some matching bottoms. Do you hold it against them, though? Well, let’s see: The case for the prosecution: 1. They’re (mostly) neon. Neon may well be fashionable at the moment,…

Style Trial | Boyfriend jeans

While the skinny still reigns supreme in the world of denim, this year skintight styles have found themselves a rival in the saggy, baggy shape of boyfriend jeans: Boyfriend jeans available at Shopbop Boyfriend jeans, of course, aren’t a new thing, so we very much doubt you’ll need us to tell you that they are exactly what they sound like: not your ACTUAL boyfriend’s jeans, but simply jeans that are designed to LOOK like they belong to your boyfriend. The idea is to create that , “Gosh, aren’t I cute, just wandering around in my boyfriend’s clothes!” look, so the jeans in question are intentionally oversized, slouchy and often (although not always) a little more distressed than regular jeans tend…

Style Trial | Charlotte Olympia ‘Bear Necessities’ shoes

  Charlotte Olympia ‘Bear Necessities’ pumps, £565 Charlotte Olympia has never been a brand we’ve ever associated with the word “ordinary”. We described designer Charlotte Dellal as “the Queen of Quirk” in yesterday’s post, and just like any reigning monarch, she has her trusted supporters, and her sworn enemies. Which one of those groups you find yourself a member of will probably determine how you’re likely to vote in this edition of Style Trial. If you love Olympia, and Della’s particular brand of off-the-wall style, you might just love the idea of a pair of shoes with a teddy bear’s head glued to the toes. Sorry, make that TWO teddies. Well, it would be weird if there was just one,…

Style Trial | Bright yellow coats

We’ve already talked about pink coats as a fashion trend for this autumn/winter, but pink isn’t the only colour dominating the outerwear world right now: in fact, another, slightly less “safe” colour has also been cropping up on coats and jackets this season: we’re talking yellow, folks. Neon yellow, to be specific. Bright yellow coats are one of the slightly more unusual trends of the year, and we need to know what you think of them. First, however, let’s take a look at the evidence: Bright Yellow Coats for winter 2013 Coats by Topshop // Orla Keily // Zara Yellow itself isn’t an unusual colour for outwear, of course: in fact, mustard yellow is shade we see fairly often on…

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….

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…

Style Trial | Patent leather clothing

Patent pencil skirts by ASOS and Valentino We’re all used to seeing patent leather used on shoes and handbags, but this season patent leather clothing is set to take over. So, what do we make of it? This trend mostly revolves around skirts: The Fashion Police’s officers have already identifies several pencil skirt suspects, and there are a large number of full midi skirts out there too, with a patent (or mock patent, as the case may be: the high street’s take on the patent leather clothing trend doesn’t generally extend to real leather) finish. Skirts aren’t the only items getting the high-shine treatment, though, and you’ll also find shirts, jackets, and even the odd pair of patent pants, too….

Style Trial | Pink coats

We’ve already talked about pink as a colour trend in general for winter 2013, but there’s one area in which all of that pink is really going to dominate: outerwear. For some, the pink coats will come as a welcome relief from all of the grey, black and navy that retailers usually try bombard us with as the weather gets colder. Why do fashion designers think that when the weather’s gloomy, we’re going to want our clothes to be gloomy, too? We will never know. What we DO know, however, is that they’ve recently had a change of heart: last winter saw an infusion of pastel coloured coats into the outerwear market, and this season the trend continues, but with…

Style Trial: THAT Zara “skort”…

If you follow any fashion blogs (other than this one, obviously), this probably isn’t the first time you’ve been confronted with a sight like this: Zara mini skort, £25.99 It’s THAT Zara skort. It’s been one of the fashion blogger’s favourite summer items this year, and there have been times when we’ve found ourselves wondering if there was some kind of “MUST WEAR SKORT” memo we’d missed. We’ve hesitated to write about THAT Zara skort until now, because, well, it’s obviously very popular. Lots of people have it, lots of people are wearing it, and so far only a few lone voices in the wilderness have plucked up the courage to stand forward and say, “You know… does that thing…

scrunchies are making a comeback

Scrunchies are making a comeback: will you wear one?

Scrunchies: ASOS Like many items from the 80s and 90s, scrunchies are currently making a bit of a comeback, and are available to buy at places like ASOS (where we found the examples above) and various other mass-market retailers. So, how do we feel about this? Well, on the plus side, scrunchies are kinder to your hair than many other forms of hair-tie. The fabric which surrounds them doesn’t snag or pull at your hair, and they’re comfortable to wear to bed, say, or to tie your hair up in the shower or bath. Scrunchies also come in a variety of different colours and prints (like the monochrome one above, which is “bang on trend” for this season), so they’re…

selection of fashionable boiler suits

Trend Trial: Boiler Suits

“The boiler suit trend”: now THERE are some words we hoped never to have to write. It’s happened, though. Boiler suits are being deemed a “hot trend” for the summer, which means we find ourselves in the expected position of having to ask you… Boiler suits, ASOS Before we looked at these images, we’d automatically have dismissed boiler suits, not as a crime of fashion, necessarily, but as something we would never want to wear. (Unless we were actually, you know, boiling…) After looking at the images, however… we’re STILL dismissing them as something we’d never, ever want to wear. Especially the denim version, which is just too ‘Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ for words. You are not us, though, and for…

selection of PVC shoes

Trend Trial: PVC Shoes

For many people, PVC shoes are an automatic crime of fashion, no questions asked. Do not pass ‘Go’, do not collect $200, just proceed directly to The Fashion Police jail, and take your stripper heels with you, thanks all the same. In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, but for many people, the words “PVC” and “shoes” in the same sentence will instantly conjure up images of something like this: ABS by Allen Schwartz wedge sandals, £89 / Christian Louboutin high heel sandals, £960 / Valentino leather shoes, £575 / Alexander Wang clear shoes, £630 / Christian Louboutin high-heel shoes, £510 / Christian Louboutin leather shoes, £400 Which we think most of you will agree, is most definitely a crime of fashion….

selection of barely there sandals

Trend Trial: Barely There Sandals

Barely-there sandals have been one of the biggest shoe trends of the summer so far, and although this style isn’t actually a new one (Jennifer Aniston has always loved them, for instance, and so did Carrie Bradshaw…), it’s certainly seeing an increase in popularity at the moment, and you know what that means, don’t you? Yup, it’s time for a Trend Trial… Trend Trial: Barely There Sandals So, what exactly ARE barely there sandals? Well, the clue is is in the question there – as if there wasn’t enough of a clue in the image. These are exactly what they sound like: shoes designed to be almost invisible on the feet – they’re there, but they’re barely there. Capiche? Most…

60s-style floral jumpsuit

Would you wear… Moschino’s 60s-style jumpsuit?

So, 60s style is back in fashion, just in case you hadn’t noticed. And while some brands are choosing to embody the spirit of the 60s in a fairly subtle way –  a mini skirt here, a graphic print there, a pair of clumpy platform shoes everywhere – others are taking a far more literal approach: This is by Moschino, it’s £852 (about $1,300), and, well, it’s a whole lot of look, to put it mildly. A whole lot of look that we really can’t imagine anyone pulling off, outside of a costume party.  If you actually WERE going to a costume party, of course, this would be awesome (Or it would be if it was as cheap as any…

fringe dress

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…