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Topshop’s £22 stripe bardot top

Topshop's £22 stripe bardot top

Topshop’s £22 stripe bardot top

When you’re in need of a quick wardrobe pick-me-up, but you don’t want to spend too much cash, where do you turn? Well, Topshop, of course! Or, OK, ASOS. Or Dorothy Perkins. Or… OK, you got us: we’re really lucky to have a huge selection of affordable fashion at our disposal here in the UK, but it’s Topshop who are selling this split-sleeve Bardot top (honestly, we could live without the split sleeves, but we get that they have to add an “on trend” element in order to appeal to people who care about that kind of thing, so we’re willing to overlook it, and try not to think about how much those sleeves would probably annoy us, flapping around our keyboards all day…), so it’s Topshop we’re shining the spotlight on today.

Seriously, though, how have you managed to live without a stripe Bardot top in your closet? The Fashion Police closet is practically bursting with the things, but the strange thing about that is that, no matter how many we own, we’ll always be able to justify just one more (Or two more, or three…), which is where we find ourselves today. This is, as the title suggests, just £22. and we can pretty much guarantee that it’ll work with most of your existing summer wardrobe. Stripes look particularly good with red bottoms, as shown in the photo (Look, we can’t help being basic, OK?), but they’ll also be surprisingly effective with something like a floral skirt (Try it if you don’t believe us) or just a plain old pair of jeans. This one, however, is selling out fast, so if your size isn’t available online, you might need to try your luck in store – and don’t blame us if you wait too long and they’re already gone!

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A Quick Spring Wish List

If you read any of our other blogs, you might have noticed that The Fashion Police have been a little bit obsessed with Oasis lately. It’s not that we don’t love Oasis ALL the time, of course, but this is a brand that’s pretty much made for spring – just look at all of those florals they do!

Here are some of our favourite pieces, just in case you’re in need of some retail therapy on this bank holiday Monday…

long textured skater dress

Long textured skater dress

One of the things we love most about Oasis is that they release many of their dresses in both a longer and shorter hem. We prefer longer lengths, ourselves, and are constantly finding dresses we love, but which are much too short, but we know there are plenty of people out there with the opposite predicament, so it’s nice to have a choice, isn’t it?

bird print top

bird print top

A new top is one of the easiest ways imaginable to refresh your wardrobe on a budget (Hey, remember when you were a teenager and you “needed” a new top every weekend? Just us?), and this one is perfect for spring, with the bird-print design and pretty, lace-effect sides.

embroidered crew cardi

Embroidered crew cardi

Finally, if spring is that little bit chillier than you’d like it to be (and let’s face it, it normally IS), Oasis also have tons of pretty knits, many of which come complete with the requisite bird or floral embroidery. Embroidery’s been a big trend this season, and that looks set to continue, but it’s not the kind of look that will date too easily (There’ll probably always be a market for pretty cardigans, for instance…) so we’ll be stocking up while we have the chance. We particularly like this cardi, because it has long sleeves rather than 3/4 length ones – essential for the UK spring!

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The Shopbop Big Sale is on now!

Shopbop sale

Shopbop’s Big Sale is happening this week, which means that, here at Fashion Police HQ, there’s been some endless browsing of the Shopbop website this week, too. Adding items to baskets, removing items from baskets, trying to work out if we can possibly justify squeezing in that one extra item… you get the picture.

You’ll find all of the essential items from the sake in the graphic above, but here are some things that caught our eye from the ‘new in’ section:

Crazy in Love sweater

Maison Labiche Crazy in Love sweatshirt

You just can’t go wrong with a classic grey sweatshirt, can you? No, it probably won’t be the most exciting purchase you’ll ever make for your closet, but we can practically guarantee that it will be one of the most-worn items you ever buy. Those are the items we believe you should invest most money in, so although this one isn’t exactly cheap, it should end up paying for itself in the long run – and don’t forget, if you meet the minimum spend, you’ll be able to get a discount on it, too!

Amour striped t-shirt

Maison Labiche ‘Amour’ striped tee

If you liked the small slogan detail on the sweatshirt, you’ll probably like this t-shirt from the same brand, too. (And if you like stripes as much as we do, then we KNOW you’ll love it…) Striped tops are another one of those ‘Can’t go wrong’ items, and we just don’t think it’s possible to have too many – which  accounts for all of those stripe tops currently filling our closets, AND the fact that we still can’t seem to stop ourselves buying more of the things!

Finally…

green tote bag

Deux Lux ‘Leyla’ tote

This little tote bag is just $65, and it comes in pink, black and mint. Which means the biggest question is, which one should you get?

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Things to Buy From H&M

H&M have really stepped up their game over the last couple of years or so, and this season, the collection is looking better than ever. Here’s some of our top picks:

sleeveless silk polka dot dressSleeveless silk dress

OK, so at £99.99, we’re going to guess that this is probably a little more expensive than you’d usually expect from H&M. Luckily, though, the price is justified by the fact that it’s also a little more special than you’d usually expect: this dress is silk, and, from what we can see of it in the product shots, it looks to be beautifully made, with a classic shape, flowing cut, and, best of all, pockets. Gotta love a dress with pockets, right? this would be perfect for spring and summer, but if you can’t wait for the weather to warm up, it’d also look good right now, worn with heels and a cardigan.

polka dot shirt

Spotted shirt

What can we say: we love our polka dots! And our classic shirts, for that matter: they’re the perfect finishing touch to a pair of causal jeans, but they also work well with skirts, for a more dressed-up look. This one is similar to the kind of thing you’ll find from higher-end brands, but it’s just a fraction of the price, making it a whole lot easier to justify.

Finally:

classic trench coatClassic trench coat

You can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat: or not as far as we’re concerned, anyway. We read a long debate on Instagram this week, on the subject of whether the trench coat really is a closet staple, and were quite surprised to see how many people felt they’d never have an opportunity to wear one. Thanks to the UK weather, we reckon a trench is indispensable in spring and autumn – and depending on just how bad summer is, often for even longer than that, too! This one is slightly less of a investment than some we could mention: so what are you waiting for?

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4 Things to Buy for Spring from River Island

The wind might be howling around the Fashion Police HQ as we write this, but that doesn´t stop us looking ahead to spring 2017 – and, more importantly, to all of the wonderful clothes we hope it will bring us!

Today we´re taking a look at some of the spring offerings from River Island: here are four things to get you in the mood for warmer weather…

This mustard trench coat

mustard yellow trench coat

River Island actually released this trench coat around this time last year, too, and we´re more than happy to see it make a comeback for 2017. A good trench is a spring staple for us (and for a lot of other people, too), and this sunny yellow shade will be a breath of fresh air at the end of a long, dark winter.

This pink trench coat

pink trench coat

Yellow not your colour? Don´t worry: not only is the yellow coat above also available in a more traditional beige, there´s also this gorgeous pale pink number, to help you introduce a bit of subtle colour to your wardrobe. This one isn´t available online yet, but keep an eye out for it arriving soon!

cream floral wrap dress

This cream floral wrap dress

Nothing says springtime quite like a floral-print dress (Yes, we can feel you getting ready to drop that ´Devil Wears Prada´quote on us, but try to resist!). This little dress will look good with the pink coat above it, and could also be worn with tight, if the season isn´t quite as warm as we´d like it to be. Speaking of which…

This flower print cardigan

pink and red flower print cardigan

Even when spring does arrive, we all know we´re probably still going to be feeling a chill in the air for quite some time, so this pretty pink and red floral print cardigan offers a nice way to stay warm, while still giving a nod to the season.

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Dinsosaur Style from Kate Spade

Dinsosaur bags by Kate Spade

Dinosaur bags by Kate Spade, available at Shopbop

Dinosaurs are going to be, like, SO HOT this year, folks  – but only if they´re either purple or hot pink. How do we know? Because Kate Spade says so, obviously. The bags above are just two of the dinosaur-themed creations from her collection currently available at Shopbop. Are they cute, though, or just kinda childish? We´re going to let you be the judge of that: and while you´re making your mind up, here are some other Kate Spade goodies to feast your eyes on…

Kate Spade Alexa heart bag

Dinosaur bags by Kate Spade

Now that Christmas is finally out of the way, it´s time for the PRs and bloggers to start obsessing over Valentine´s day – which we can guarantee all of the press releases we receive for the next few weeks will tell us is “just around the corner”. We can also pretty much guarantee that this little heart print bag will be cropping up on every Valentine themed gift guide you come across – something this cute will be just impossible to ignore!

Kate Spade When Pigs Fly Clutch

Dinosaur bags by Kate Spade

As well as all those purple dinosaurs, we´re predicting that flying pigs will also be pretty big ion 2017. This clutch big is $448 at Shopbop, but there are only three left, so if you´ve always wanted to carry a flying pig around with you, you might not want to wait too much longer before hitting the “add to basket” button.

Speaking of that “add to basket” button, don´t forget that the Shopbop sale is still on, offering up to 70% off some items.  They´ve just added hundreds more items to the sale, bu they´re probably not going to stick around for long, so now´s your chance to grab a last-minute bargain… or a flying pig handbag, whichever you prefer.

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50% off partywear – and your last chance to find that perfect Christmas outfit!

OK guys, there are just four shopping days left until Christmas, and if, like us, you like to do most of your shopping online, we’d recommend getting those last-minute purchases in today – and ponying up the extra cash for next-day delivery- if you want to make sure they get there on time.

If you still have gifts to buy, well, we’re afraid your on your own with that – good luck, though. If you need a last-minute outfit, however, your luck is in, because River Island are currently offering 50% partywear – and there’s still time for that next-day shipping option to get it to you on time. Phew! Here’s some of what you could buy…

black jumpsuit

Black bandeau jumpsuit, £20

The jumpsuit is basically the fashionista’s alternative to the little black dress: it’s almost as versatile (well, unless you’re talking about toilet visits, in which case the opposite is true), but it’s just a little bit cooler. This one is currently reduced to £20, and is available in a range of different colours.

glitter ankle boots

glitter ankle boots, £20

Metallic ankle boots have been one of the big hits of this season: they work really well with all of those pleated midi skirts that are also super-popular right now, and we’re willing to bet this glitter version will be a whole lot more comfortable than strappy sandals by the end of the night. Speaking of skirts, meanwhile…

metallic pencil skirt

Metallic pencil skirt, £10

No, you’re not reading that wrong: this metallic pencil skirt is just £10, and although it’s simple, it’s also sparkly enough to more than make up for it!

red knitted dress

Red Handkerchief hem dress, £20

If you’re looking for something just a little bit different, the red colour of this dress gives it a suitably festive feel, without being too over-the-top. This one will also transition easily enough to daywear, too, making that £20 price tag seem even more of a bargain!

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25% off at Dorothy Perkins – but only until midnight!

OK, Cinderella, you have until midnight to fill up your baskets and run off with your handsome prince – by which we mean your new dress, shoes, or whatever it is you’ve chosen to buy. Yup, the store that just keeps on giving is having yet ANOTHER sale: this time Dorothy Perkins are offering 25% off just about everything, so whether you’re shopping for a Christmas party outfit, searching for stocking fillers, or just giving yourself a bit of a treat, now’s the time to do it. And if you’re spoilt for choice, here are some suggestions to help you on your way:

Angela Western styleankle boots

‘Angela’ western style ankle boots

No, they’re never going to be mistaken for Chloe, but then again, they’re not going to cost you £600 either, are they? (Actually, they’ll cost you £29.25 on sale, which sounds like a pretty good deal to us, given that you’ll wear them all winter long: and possibly all spring and summer too, if your climate is anything like ours…)

Chi Chi London dress

Chi Chi London embroidered dress

Honestly? Unless you’re getting married real soon, or have the kind of lifestyle we at The Fashion Police can only dream of, we can’t even imagine why you’d need this dress. With that said, it’s currently £29.99 on sale, and that might just be reason enough, don’t you think?

Finally, and still in the ‘fantasy shopping’ section…

Little Mistress tulle midi skirt

Little Mistress tulle midi skirt

What can we say: we like tulle skirts, and we cannot lie. This style is actually still pretty much on trend right now, so we don’t feel too guilty for showing you this one, but even if it wasn’t, if you’re going to buy yourself the kind of skirt you’re probably not going to find yourself wearing every day (or even every week), you might as well do it while it’s on sale, huh?

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25% off almost everything at Dorothy Perkins

If there was a prize for the brand with the most sales and discount codes, we reckon Dorothy Perkins would win it, no problem. Barely a week seems to go by without another offer (not that we’re complaining, you understand!), and this week is no exception, with 25% off almost everything on the site. Here’s what we’d buy…

pink full skirtpink satin full skirt – currently £31.50

We rarely find a full skirt we don’t love, and while the black version of this skirt would probably be the more practical option, this pink version is a lot more fun.

black 'Bethany' court shoes

black ‘Bethany’ court shoes – now £28.80

If you’re looking for something to wear with that skirt, meanwhile, these black ‘Bethany’ court shoes have a touch of the Manolo Blahnik about them, thanks to the square brooch on the toe: thankfully they don’t have the designer price-tag, though, even when they’re not on sale! (Oh, and they’re also available in burgundy!)

grey snowflake jumpergrey snowflake jumper – currently £25.50

Christmas jumper season is now upon us, which is either good news or bad news, depending on your point of view. For those of you who aren’t into the “dress like a toddler” trend, and who don’t therefore want to walk around with Santa Claus, or a cartoon reindeer, emblazoned on your chest, this grey snowflake jumper is a slightly more subtle way to give a nod to the festive season.

metallic rib bodycon dressmetallic rib bodycon dress

Finally, this metallic rib bodycon dress is another way to add some subtle sparkle to your winter ensembles. This is actually from the ‘Tall’ range, but it’s knee-length on the model, which means it should hit just below the knee on the rest of us, which is a good length for a bodycon style dress. We love the simple shape of this one, which will look as good with tights and boots as it will with a pair of heels.

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15% off at H&M – here’s what to buy

H&M is becoming a dangerous addiction these days: not only is the autumn/winter collection particularly covetable, there’s also been a steady stream of discount codes and sales which have made a spot of internet shopping hard to resist. Right now, the brand is offering 15% off, plus free delivery on all orders over £75: and if you’re wondering what to buy to get that discount, don’t worry: The Fashion Police are here to help…

pink wool coat

Pink wool blend coat

This coat has been doing the rounds on Instagram lately, and it’s not hard to see why: it’s the perfect, baby-pink colour, but in a slouchy, over-sized shape that means you’re not going to look too ‘Elle Woods’ in it. Pink coats were huge a couple of winters ago, but there’s still plenty of them around, and if this one is anything to go by, it’s a trend we hope to see continue.

lilac tuxedo jacket

Lilac tuxedo jackets

Tuxedo jackets are a great alternative to cocktail dresses (or can even be worn WITH cocktail dresses) for evening wear, and they’ll also easily dress up a pair of jeans, too. This one comes in both black and this more unusual lilac shade – and if you want the head-to-toe look, you can also buy the matching pants!

luxury loungewearSilk nightshirt and cashmere blend dressing gown

On the subject of evening wear, here’s some of a different sort. We don’t know about you, but the long, dark nights make us more interested in curling up on the sofa than hitting the town, so we’re loving this silk nightshirt and cashmere-blend dressing gown, neither of which we’d have assumed came from H&M, if we hadn’t found them on the brand’s website. These will bring a touch of luxury to your loungewear, and could also make a great Christmas gift, if you’re feeling generous!

The 15% off offer is valid until October 23rd: just enter code 6085 at checkout. Happy shopping!

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The Fashion Police’s Favourite Phone Cases

6 of the best iphonecases

In an age when it seems no one is without their phones for more than a few minutes (Hey, can YOU remember what humans used to look like WITHOUT a phone clutched in one hand? No, us neither…) there’s no quicker pick-me-up than a new phone case. Plus, they look good in all those mirror selfies you post to Instagram, don’t lie…

When it comes to phone cases, our favourite brand would have to be Kate Spade, whose fun, quirky cases take some beating. If you prefer your phone cases more on the sophisticated side, however, new brand Richmond & Fitch have a range of rather more elegant cases, in a range of different colours. (One for every outfit? Just us?)

Finally, for selfie addicts, Snaplight’s  vanity phone cases are exactly what they sound like, with a built-in backlight to provide you with an extra source of lighting for your selfies. Oh, and there’s also a built-in rechargeable battery, for all of those times when Pokemon Go has drained your battery yet again, but you just HAVE to upload something to your Instagram story. Because how will the world keep turning if you don’t?

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Fashion Police Hit List: What to buy this week

Greetings, fashion force: here’s what we’d buy this week, if we only had the cash…

Schutz cady Lee sandals in light wood

// SCHUTZ Cadey Lee Sandals in light wood

We’ve never been believers in the idea that there are certain items of clothing that EVERYONE should own, but if we were, we’d probably put a pair of a neutral, single-strap sandals on that list. Yes, we could definitely live without them: but would we really WANT to, we ask ourselves?

Topshop bird print robe// TOPSHOP BIRD PRINT ROBE

OK, so this does look a little bit like something Dumbledore might wear to bed, but that’s all part of the charm, really. We firmly believe in the feel-good factor of feeling stylish even when you’re just lounging around at home, and this robe is definitely a cut above those hideous adult onesies everyone was wearing a couple of years ago, at least.

Oasis butterfly skater dress// OASIS LONG BUTTERFLY SKATER DRESS

One of the things we love most about Oasis is the way they release some of their dresses in two different lengths: so this one, for instance, is a available in both short and long – and if you’ve ever come across a dress you love, only to realise it would only just skim your butt-cheeks, you’ll understand just how refreshing it is to finally have a choice. Oh, and the dress isn’t bad either…

Warehouse flare cuff jumper// WAREHOUSE FLARE CUFF JUMPER

Cosy jumpers are one of those items that fall into the “necessary, but not very interesting” category, so it’s nice to find one with just a little bit of a twist – in this case the flared cuffs. The rest of the shape is super-simple, which will make it a great basic for your autumn/winter wardrobe. And by “yours”, we obviously mean “ours”…

And finally…

J Crew ruffled popover shirt

// J CREW RUFFLED POPOVER SHIRT

We’ll never say ‘no’ to a polka dot shirt: just throw it on with jeans, and instantly look like you made a little bit of an effort – even when you blatantly didn’t…

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5 Things To Buy This Week

Week going  little slowly? 

Not to worry: here are five things to brighten it up, from the super-simple basics to the slightly more special: enjoy!

stripe bardot top

01. Vero Moda stripe bardot top

Can you ever have too many stripe tops? Don’t think so. What about bardot tops: can you have too many of those? Nuh-uh: or not the last we heard, anyway. This is a stripe bardot top, and it’s only £22: it’s impossible for us not to love it.

anchor print t-shirt

02. Oasis embroidered anchor t-shirt

Because if there’s something else we can’t get enough of, it’s anchor print. This is a cute way to make a plain white t-shirt a little more interesting, and if you’re a fan of the nautical look, it might be hard to say ‘no’ to.

red dress

03. Warehouse’s cross-back red dress

When it comes to making a statement, there’s nothing quite like a bright red dress. Warehouse’s cross-back dress is super-simple, but add a pair of killer heels and it’s the kind of thing that’ll turn heads – in a good way, we hope. Need shoes to wear with it? No problem…

Kurt Geiger Gabriella

04. Kurt Geiger ‘Gabriella’ sandals

Kurt Geiger’s ‘Gabriella’ sandals are a stunning black bow sandal, with just a touch of red on the insole and platform. They’ll go with far more than just that dress, but you’ll have to be quick, because these are on sale, and starting to sell out. Apologies in advance if your size isn’t available…

Finally, and because one dress just isn’t enough, really…

Ted Baker bird print dress

05. Ted Baker ‘Zaldana’ bird print dress

We kinda saved the best for last with Ted Baker’s ‘Flight of the Orient’ bird-print dress, which is all kinds of awesome. It’s pricey, true, but we reckon this one’s definitely worth it, with the classic shape and full skirt brightened up with that beautiful bird print.

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TFP Pick of the Day: The Perfect Stripe Dress for Winter

stripe knitted dress

Staying styling AND staying warm aren’t necessarily one and the same thing at this time of year: in fact, all too often we end up forgetting about style altogether, and just layering on as many items of clothing as it takes to keep out the chill.

The answer? Knitted dresses.

They’re easy to wear (just as easy as jeans or leggings: maybe even easier, in fact, because you don’t need to find a top to wear with them), warm, but when you find one that works for you, you’ll look like you made a bit of an effort, even when you didn’t. Which is why we love this navy stripe dress by Sugarhill Boutique. The navy and white stripe gives this a classic/nautical feel, which will be effortlessly stylish with absolutely no fuss, while the little heart appliqués on the collar are a cute little touch. If it’s not quite warm enough for you, a silk slip underneath will keep you warm AND stop the dress catching on the tights you’re probably going to have to wear with it for now: when spring rolls around, though, bare legs and a simple pair of flats will look just as good.

If you haven’t heard of Sugarhill Boutique, they’re a good brand to check out for cute knits and sweet floral dresses. We love this slogan sweater:

'Happy' slogan sweater

And we’re also fans of this heart-print dress, which is another one of those items that’s really easy to just throw on with tights and boots in the winter, and a pair of sandals during the warmer months:

Betsey heart print dress

Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of light weekend reading, don’t forget to check out Forever Amber, for personal style and lifestyle topics, and ShoeperWoman, for all the shoes you could ever need! Have a great weekend…

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Fashion Police Picks of the Day: Cute nightwear from New Look

inexpemsiove nightwear from New Look

All items: New Look

One of the new year’s resolutions we forgot to tell you about was to dress better ALL the time: not just when other people are going to see what we’re wearing.

We’re sure most of you don’t mind investing in a new dress every now and then, for instance: or a pair of jeans, smart top, or whatever else makes up the “public” part of your problem. How many of you, though, have a drawer full of greying undies to wear underneath those cute new clothes? Or a ratty old dressing gown hanging on the back of the bathroom door? We’re pretty sure more than a few of you are looking a little bit guilty right now (And you shouldn’t, by the way, because we’re right there with you on that one: well, it’s not nearly as much fun to shop for new pyjamas as for a pretty new dress, is it?), so this post is for you.

Refreshing your lingerie and nightwear collection every now and then is an easy way to give your confidence a bit of boost, and feel that little bit better about yourself: which is what fashion is all about, after all, isn’t it? At the same time, though, we totally hear you when you say you don’t exactly feel like breaking the bank over pjs and lingerie, which is why all of the items in the collection above are from New Look – and all are priced between £7-£14.99. We’re actually big fans of New Look for lingerie and loungewear: they’re one of those budget fashion chains which a lot of people look down on, but they have a surprisingly nice selection of nightwear in stock right now – and like we see, it’s all very affordable, too.

While you’re there, check out the lingerie, too: we don’t think you’ll be disappointed…

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Fashion Police Picks of the Day: Black and white stripes at Boden

Boden Maggie Ottoman dress

Boden Maggie Ottoman dress, £89.50

The Boden spring / summer 2016 collection hit the website earlier this week, and there’s a whole lot of stripes going on. There are other colours and patterns too, you understand – in fact, all of the items we’re about to show you come in a selection of other colours – but it’s the black and white stripes that jumped right out of the page at us, and those items are the ones we’ve selected for our Picks of the Day.

The abundance of stripes, you see, is a very good thing, as far as we’re concerned. There’s just something about bold stripes that manages to be both classic and contemporary at the same time, and although many people refuse to wear horizontal stripes, thinking they’ll make them look larger than they are, we’re here to tell you to set aside that fear and give them a go: you might just be pleasantly surprised. The Maggie Ottoman dress shown above, for instance, will actually make your waist look smaller, thanks to the stripe pattern: and the fit and flare shape is one that flatters many different figures. It’s not the only stripe item to have caught our eye, however: we also love this structured top:

Boden Maggie Ottoman top

This is the kind of thing you can throw on with a pair of jeans or cropped pants for easy, effortless style, which will allow you to look like you made an effort, even when you didn’t.

stripe midi skirt

Finally, the Maggie Ottoman midi skirt uses that same, distinctive stripe pattern, and attaches it to a full skirt, with pleats at the waistband. It’ll be as easy to wear as it is on the eye, and there’s even a pair of stripe shoes to wear with it, should you happen to be a fan of the matchy-matchy look.

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Fashion Police Picks of the Day 04.01.16

In this new series, we’ll be bringing you a selection of our favourite items, available to buy now, on the UK high street. Starting with…

Topshop Baxter jeans in mid-blue

Topshop Baxter jeans in mid-blue, £40

Topshop’s ‘Baxter’ jeans are the perfect skinny jeans for people who don’t really like skinny jeans. By that, we mean they’re definitely skinny, but they’re not skin-tight, so they won’t create that “sausage-casing” look that’s become so familiar over the last few years. It’s been increasingly hard lately to find skinny jeans that aren’t super-skinny, and sometimes it feels like there’s no middle-ground between the legging look and boyfriend jeans – which can also be hard to pull off. These jeans, however, are everything you need: we just wish they’d stock them in more washes!

pink coat

Pink double-breasted coat, £85

Pink coats were big in winter 2013, but they still look just as cute now, and this one comes in the kind of classic shape that will continue to look good for years. Oh, and it would look good over those jeans, too…

black rib dress

Miss Selfridge black rib dress, £35

It can be hard to find dresses that are casual enough for everyday wear, but smart enough to make you look like you’ve made the effort, but we think this little Miss Selfridge number checks all the right boxes. It’ll look good with boots and tights for a causal, daytime look, but won’t look sloppy if you decide you want to dress it up a little.

midi skirt

Eva Franco ‘Epoque’ midi skirt, £168

Finally, it’s no secret that The Fashion Police are fans of a good midi skirt, and this one by Eva Franco is a very good midi skirt, as far as we’re concerned. Sure, it’s on the pricey side (As you’ll probably know as soon as we tell you we found it at Athropologie…), but it’s unusual enough to turn heads anywhere you wear it – and we love the sweater shown here, too.

Skirts, Wanted!

Wanted! Balenciaga mint leather pencil skirt

Time for a little bit of fantasy shopping to kick off this Monday morning. Because if we could just have this Balenciaga leather pencil skirt, we promise we’d never complain about Mondays ever again. Or about anything, really…

Balenciago leather pencil skirt

It’s funny, because for the most part, leather skirts fall into the “love to look at them, don’t love to wear them” category for us. Sure, they look fantastic (or they CAN do, if they’re done right), but it can be hard to get the perfect fit, then you have to worry about them ruching around the hips when you walk, bulging uncomfotably when you try to sit down in them… Of course, most of those issues will be solved if you can just make sure you get the perfect fit, but honestly, we’d be willing to overlook a lot with this particular skirt. The mint green leather, the nipped-in waist, the chunky belt. It’s a perfect “wear now, wear later” piece… so it’s just a shame it’s £1,495, isn’t it?

Also on our Most Wanted list on this fine Monday morning: the Givenchy Antigona bag, in a colour Net-a-Porter are calling “pastel pink”, but which we call… well, NOT pastel pink, by any means:

Givenchy Antigona satchel

We’re gonna call it “creamy neutral”. Yes, it’s a thing. Whatever you want to call it, though, it looks like a pretty useful neutral, and yes, we know: the ‘Antigona’ is so much of an “It” bag that everyone and their uncle seems to have one now. ‘It’ bags become popular for a reason, though, and snobbery is never stylish, so if you like something and you’re not wearing just because it’s popular, that makes you just as much of a fashion criminal as the people who wear things because they ARE popular. There’s more than one way to be a fashion criminal, folks…

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Wanted! Spots and stripes at Stefanel

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There’s nothing quite like spots when it comes to making an ordinary item of clothing seem a little more special. Except maybe stripes, that is. Spots and stripes, stripes and spots: we wouldn’t want to choose between them. so we’ll just declare both of them to be our favourite prints, and leave it at that, shall we?

This season, Stefanel have created a fabulous collection of spots and stripes: here are some of our most wanted items…

01. Longline stripe cardigan, £150

The nautical look never goes out of style: this longline stripe cardigan uses the classic red, white and blue colourway to create a fun cover-up that’ll look good over jeans, leggings, and anything else you choose to pair it with.

02. Long-sleeve polka dot sweater, £160

Two different dotty patterns, making an ordinary long-sleeve sweater a little less ordinary: just add jeans…

03. Short-sleeve polka dot sweater, £140

As above, but with shorter sleeves: simples!

04. Cropped jacket, £290

Just because it’s spring, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to pack the outerwear away. We love this cropped jacket, which has bracelet-length sleeves, and a 60s-inspired shape. Channel Audrey Hepburn with cropped trousers, pointed flats, and over-sized sunglasses.

05. Silk spotted dress, £160

From the dress section, this silk striped dress would be the perfect piece to throw in your suitcase for a summer vacation: lightweight, easy to wear, and always in style.

06. Polka dot puffa jacket, £160

Puffa jackets are rarely stylish, and, let’s face it, they’re not really designed to be: their aim is to keep you warm, and not much else. We think this one bucks the trend: it’ll still be warm enough for chilly spring mornings, but the close-fitting style and fun polka print will make it look less like a sleeping back, and more like the kind of thing you might actually choose to wear.

You can see more Stefanel dresses here.

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Wanted! Six Spring Pieces from Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins spring fashion

Everyone has their favourite fashion season, and our would most definitely be spring. Particularly THIS spring. We’re totally in love with all of the pretty pastel colours, the big skirts, the polka dots and the stripes this season has seen fit to bestow upon us, and every day seems to bring new items to add to our WANTED! list. We’re particularly impressed with the current spring collection at Dorothy Perkins: here are six of our favourite things, which we’re hoping you’ll go and buy, so we don’t have to…

01. The baby blue sweater, £18

It’s still sweater weather, and probably will be for a while yet. Baby blue has been one of the big colour trends of the season, and we love the way it seems to brighten everything up. This one will look good with everything from jeans to pencil skirts, and is only £18.

02. The mint pencil dress, £32

Mint green has been popular for a couple of years now, and we’re not complaining: it’s one of our favourite shades, and a nice, fresh colour for spring. You can’t quite see from the image, but this mint pencil dress is overlaid with bonded lace, which makes it that little bit more special.

03. The full skirt, £28

This skirt is available in lilac, navy and white. We’re showing you the lilac version because it’s the most unusual of the three (and because we’re obsessed with pastels, let’s face it…), but we’d happily wear all of them. Just not at the same time, obviously.

04. The polka dot pencil skirt, £18

Polka dots never really go out of fashion, and neither do pencil skirts: there are lots of both around right now, and this high-waisted skirt is a nice combination of the two.

05. The pink bag, £18

We couldn’t really do a spring roundup without including something pink: it’s the trend that just won’t quit, and this pink bowler bag is a cute way to get in on in without looking like you’ve been “Barbie’d”.

06. The pastel biker jacket, £49

A little bit more mint to finish off our list. The pastel shade updates the classic moto jacket nicely: it’s not real leather, but you wouldn’t expect it to be at that price, and it’ll be a great way to keep warm in those chilly April winds, while still getting into the spirit of the season.