Style On Trial

Black wedge shoes with cat print

Style on Trial: ASOS ‘Purr’ Over Lasted Suede Wedges

Cats and shoes: it’s not exactly the most obvious pairing in the world, but ever since Miu Miu released their cat-print platforms a couple of seasons ago, cutesy animal prints have been all over the place: and it’s not just cats, either – we’ve had Scottie dogs, owls, swallows – you name it, it’s probably graced an item of clothing. And now we have these ‘Purr’ wedges by ASOS. The print instantly made us think of Miu Miu, although the shape is totally different: the overall effect is a little bit witchy and a big bit twee, but nevertheless, we think these might be one of those “love them or hate them” items, which is why we’ve put them up…

ASOS wool dress

Style On Trial: ASOS Wool Dress with Assymetric Sleeve

We’ve talked before about single-sleeved dresses, and whether or not they constitute a crime of fashion, and the consensus generally seems to be “Well, not really, but they’re worth the watching.”  In those cases, though, the dresses in question tend to be the standard one-long-sleeve-one-missing-sleeve affair, like this one: The ASOS dress at the top of this post, however, is different. Unwilling to commit fully to the one-sleeved look, it’s chosen to be half-hearted about it, going for one short sleeve, and one three-quarter length sleeve. The effect is a strangely unfinished, lopsided kind of look, which makes us weep for the simple, stylish dress this could have been – and probably WANTED to be – had the designer not…

Skate style boots

Style On Trial: Alain Quilici ‘Payson’ skate lace-up booties

These boots can’t decide whether they want to be heels or wedges. Or ice skates. We can’t decide whether we want to lock them up and throw away the key, or set them free. Well, OK, we CAN decide. We’re going to let you make the decision for us, though, just so we can confirm that our initial hunch about these us correct, so tell us: are they guilty or innocent of the charge of committing crimes of fashion?  (While we’re here, if you want to see a REAL pair of “ice skate” boot, Dsquared2 did a much more realistic job than Alain Quilici: click here to remind yourself of them)

Keira Knightley in grey and black dress at premiere of A Dangerous Method

Celebrity Style on Trial: Keira Knightley at the premiere of A Dangerous Method

So, Keira Knightley has started doing that thing again. Remember that thing? Where Keira decides that her ribcage is totally her best asset, and bases her red carpet outfits around giving it the maximum exposure possible? She did it at the premiere of Atonement: In fact, she did it TWICE at the premiere of Atonement: This latest Ribcage Dress, as we’ve come to think of this style, is much less rib-revealing than the previous two, thankfully: It does, however, seem to be becoming Keira’s “thing”: to wear dresses with bodices which drape “artfully” over the torso, looking a bit like they dressmaker ran out of fabric, and had to hastily DIY something. Should we be worried about this, do you think?…

Long sleeve playsuits from Miss Selfridge

Style on Trial: Longsleeve playsuits

(Playsuits, Miss Selfridge) We don’t know about you, but we’ve always thought of playsuits as “summer” clothing. (We’ve also always thought of them as “toddler” clothing, but that’s another post altogether.) You know, you could probably get away with wearing one to the beach, but … that’s it. The new breed of playsuits, however, are destined for cooler climates, and with their long sleeves and thicker fabrics, are intended to be work with tights for a more wintry look. Are you buying any of this? No, seriously, will you be buying a playsuit this winter? Any time we’ve mentioned them in the past here they’ve tended to be met with shrieks of horror, but we don’t entirely hate these (even…

Ugg Boots with attached socks

Impostor Alert! Ugg boots with attached socks

Straw poll, jurors: these Ugg Boots are pretending to be socks (which, according to the Fashion Police Rule Book, makes them Footwear Impostors.). Does this make them better or worse than the regular old Ugg boots: you know, the ones we all love to hate? We think it makes them look worse. At least regular Uggs book like boots, albeit ugly ones. Wear the thigh-highs on the left of the image above, though, and you’ll look like you’re wandering around in nothing but a pair of thick socks. That’s not good. What do you think: are they guilty or innocent of committing crimes of fashion? (Click here to buy them at Saks if you think they’re innocent.)

Rihanna wears Antonio Berardi while promoting her new fragrance in London

The fact that it’s Rihanna wearing this outfit, and not, say… oh, almost ANYONE else, really… almost made our officers disregard it. You get used to stuff like this with Rihanna after a while, don’t you? It starts to seem normal and we tend to overlook it, purely on the basis of “But it’s RIHANNA!” That statement sounds dangerously like something a fashion victim would say, though, (See also: “But it’s DESIGNER!” and “She’s X-celebrity: she can wear what she likes!” in our Fashion Victim Drinking Game for reference) so we feel that, whilst it IS, indeed, Rihanna, it’s also important to acknowledge that Rihanna is dressed like one of The Muppets here. In fact, she may actually be wearing…

Celebrity Style on Trial: Zooey Deschanel gets ruffled at Our Idiot Brother premiere

Remember the time Emma Stone wore an “organs on the outside” skirt? That was the day we learned the word “panniculus”, courtesy of reader Heidi. According to Wikipedia, a panniculus is “a dense layer of fatty tissue growth, consisting of subcutaneous fat in the lower abdominal area”. It’s what we would normally call a FUPA. And it’s apparently the very height of fashion, for now here’s Zooey Deschanel, everyone’s girl’s crush, can do no wrong, wearing an abdomen-enhancing outfit to the premiere of Our Idiot Brotherthis week.

Style on Trial: Feathered mini skirts from Zara

Something we’ve noticed in our years of Fashion Policing, is that most people love feathered mini skirts. Witness: (Feathered skirts, £79.99: click here to buy them) You’re already poised to tell us how much you adore these, aren’t you? So today, we’re asking you to explain the appeal. Because while many of our readers think feathered skirts are the cat’s pyjamas, we, on the other hand, tend to think they’re almost as comical as cat’s pyjamas. Seriously, you’re seeing fun, “edgy” fashion here, but we’re just seeing the skinned hydes of Elmo and Grover: Fashion Icons, 2011 We’re also seeing the glimmerings of a Halloween costume idea, but we don’t want to pay £80 for the privilege, which is what one…

Celebrity Style on Trial: Ginnifer Goodwin in Roksanda Ilincic at Comic Con

Quite a few celebrity outfits have jumped up and slapped us square in the face this week, but none so much as this  Roksanda Ilincic dress, worn by Ginnifer Goodwin to Comic Con. Now, the colour of this is what the fashion press would probably describe as “brave”. “Oh, she’s so brave!” they will coo. Or “She really knows how to take risks!” Those statements always make us smile, because, honestly, it’s a dress we’re talking about: she’s wearing clothes, not scaling Mount Everest. Still, we will concede that it takes a certain amount of guts to wear a colour as bright as this one – it’s a shade more commonly seen on construction workers than on the red carpet, but we actually…

Shoe Style on Trial: Mouse shoes by Mellow Yellow

When you saw the words “mouse shoes” in the title of this post, you probably thought of a certain Mr Marc Jacobs, who has been peddling his rodent-themed footwear for a long time now. The Marc Jacobs mouse shoes are one of those items that tend to totally divide opinion: people either absolutely love them, and can’t understand why the rest of the world doesn’t love them just as much as they do, while the rest just can’t understand why anyone over the age of four would want to walk around with faces on their feet. What if the mouse in question was a FAMOUS mouse, though? A Disney mouse? WHAT IF YOU COULD WEAR MICKEY MOUSE ON YOUR FEET,…

Yay or Nay of the Day: Rumer Willis in short denim shorts

A few weeks ago we asked the question, “Who wears short shorts?” and now here is our answer, in the form of Rumer Willis in a pair of short denim shorts worn with high stilettos sandals and an open-fronted shirt. What do you think of Rumer’s Daisy Dukes, though? Can we get a YAY or NAY from you? Here are some more images to help you decide: [Images: MOE/Fame Pictures]

Style on Trial: Gigantic platform shoes

Want to hear something funny, readers? If you type the word “ugly” into the Polyvore search bar, this is what you get: Yes, it’s Jeffrey Campbell’s infamous ‘Lita’ platform boots, and they’re the perfect example of the fashion trend we want to discuss with you today: the trend for absolutely gigantic platforms, of the type that make your feet look like boats. You’re probably already familiar with this trend. It’s beloved of fashion bloggers all over the world, many of whom own either the Litas, or their close cousins, Jessica Simpson’s ‘Dany’ sandals: Some even own both. In multiple colours. But wait, what’s this we hear you shout. “This is last year’s trend, Fashion Police! These shoes are old news!”…

Who wears short shorts? (Of the high-waisted variety)

(H&M, £12.99) Shorts. We can’t really describe them as a “fashion trend” because, well, can YOU remember a summer without shorts? (Actually, if you live in the UK, you don’t need to answer that. We can remember summers when it snowed, so you can probably remember ones when there was absolutely no need for shorts, can’t you?) Yes, shorts pop up every summer, whether they be cut-off Daisy Dukes, tailored Bermudas or anything in between. Now that people like to wear them with tights, they also pop up in winter, too, but the shorts we’re talking about here are the 2011 summer variety, which come with high waists and very short inseams. Like these: (Short shorts by Karen Millen, £85) Now,…

Style on Trial: Hipster/Nerd glasses

Let’s talk about hipsters. Specifically, let’s talk about the way hipsters will often wear prescription-frame glasses… without the prescription. In other words, they’re not short, or long-sighted, and that’s just a little bit inconvenient for our hipster friends, so they buy glasses with clear plastic lenses in them, so they can achieve the LOOK of short-sightedness, without the pesky vision problems that accompany it. Glasses like the ones above, say, which are £280 at Net-Porter, and which contain clear plastic lenses. (Actually, we’re wondering if the appearance of “designer” hipster glasses, and the fact that they’re now being sold as mainstream fashion accessories, means that we can no longer even call them that? Surely hipsters will be obliged to hate the acceptance…

Celebrity Style on Trial: Alexa Chung

We talk a lot on The Fashion Police about crimes of fashion and the people who commit them, but what about the ones who get it right? We think we need an icon: a guiding light, someone we can look up to and say, “HER: that’s how it’s done.” The problem with that, however, is that most of the people commonly granted “icon” status by the fashion world are people who make us scratch our heads and say, “HER? Really?” And of course, everyone has days when they get it right, and days when they get it oh-so-very wrong. We want to find someone who gets it right more often than wrong, though, and who we can look up to…

Fashion Trends on Trial: Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants: wide legged, loose-fit, soft fabric, crazy patterns… they’re like the pyjamas you can wear in public, aren’t they? (Wait, what are we saying here? Some of you wear ACTUAL pyjamas in public, don’t you? You can skip this post.) Of course, not ALL palazzo pants come with prints that scream “summer in Boca”. Some are in plain colours or ditsy florals, and if we wanted to play devil’s advocate (which we don’t, really, but what the hell) we could argue that the loose fit and flowy fabric makes them a good choice for a hot summer, and that, when paired with a floppy hat, they can create a vaguely 70s silhouette which is OMGONTREND. Or we could just say that,…

Fashion Trends on Trial: Brightly coloured jeans

(Zara) Following on from the colourblocking trend (and often an integral part of it) comes the brightly coloured jeans, which we’re sure you can’t have failed to notice in the stores, on the streets, and on your favourite (and not-so-favourite) celebrities and fashion bloggers. These can be any colour you want them to be, really: green, red, blue, pink, yellow… Any colour, that is, as long as it’s not a traditional “denim” wash. And as long as it’s bright. They can be any shape you want to. They’re most often seen in skinny cuts, but the ones shown above, for instance, are very slightly looser, and we’ve also seen these as flares, or boyfriend jeans.  They can be worn with…

Celebrity Style on Trial: Chloe Sevigny

It’s Chloe Sevigny, everyone! She’s here to show us all how to dress! It’s OK, we’re just kidding: phew! Chloe actually stands before you On Trial. We want you, the ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury, to help us decide, once and for all, whether Chloe is the modern-day fashion icon the fashion press would like us to believe she is, or whether she is, in fact, merely another fashion victim, attacked by trends and duped into believing that if you can call an outfit “edgy” THAT MAKES IT OK. Here are some pieces of evidence. For the prosecution: Animal print drop-crotch pants. The prosecution rests, having also drawn your attention to the image at the top of…