green jersey blazer

Closet Heroes: The Jersey Blazer

A closet hero is an item of clothing which, once purchased, quickly becomes indispensable to its owner. Here at TFP, we don’t believe that there are particular items which “every woman” should own: we’re all too different to need or want exactly the same clothes. We do, however, believe that most people have their own closet heroes, and in this regular column, we’ll be sharing some of ours: and hopefully some of yours, too…. Today we’re kicking off with one of our favourite items at this time of year: the jersey blazer. All blazers: Zara Actually, we reckon there’s a convincing case to be made for ALL blazers to be considered as closet heroes, regardless of what they’re made of….

mustard swing coat

High Street Shopping: Topshop A-line 60s swing coat

We’ve been showing you a lot of coats lately, but given that those of us in the Northern hemisphere have reached that time of year when it’s impossible to leave home without one, we hope you’ll forgive us. This coat is from Topshop, and combines a simple shape with a stand-out colour. Mustard is one of those shades that gets a bit of a bad rap sometimes. It definitely doesn’t work on everyone, but if it works on you, it can be surprisingly versatile, and will also provide a splash of pretend sunshine on days when the real sun won’t oblige. We can’t say no to that… [Buy it]

Oasis tweed padded jacket

High Street Shopping Pick of the Day: Oasis tweed padded jacket

Staying stylish in the winter is no easy task, and if you’re anything like us, you might start out with the best of intentions, but quickly revert back to good old “comfort clothes” and anything at all that’ll keep you warm, regardless of what it looks like. We’ve already shown you some cheap winter coats, plus some more expensive pastel-coloured ones, all of which will make great weapons in the style war against winter, but if you’re looking for a more casual option, we also really like this tweed padded jacket from Oasis, which is that all-too-rare thing: a padded jacket that actually looks stylish. Imagine! We think this is a nice alternative to the traditional down jackets, which are…

Karen Millen pastel blue coat

Wanted! Pastel coloured coats

img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-36856″ title=”pastel coloured coats” src=”http://www.thefashionpolice.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pastel-coloured-coats.jpg” alt=”pastel coloured coats” width=”630″ height=”436″ /> Thought pastels were just for the summer? Think again, friends. This winter, we’re pleased to see that quite a few of our favourite brands have decided to carry the summer’s pastel shades right through into their winter collections, and, specifically, into their winter coats. Now, these shades aren’t quite as practical as the traditional blacks and jewel tones found in outwear at this time of year, true. They may need a little more dry cleaning, depending on just how dirty the weather gets. But just because the weather’s dark and gloomy, it doesn’t mean our clothes have to look the same, so if you’re looking to…

Frightening Fashion: Meadham Kirchoff monster-print faux fur jacket

Frightening Fashion: Meadham Kirchoff monster-print faux fur jacket

Halloween is “just around the corner”, as we are reminded by helpful press releases at least twenty times per day, so we thought it only appropriate to show you a piece of truly frightening fashion. When we say “frightening”, though, we’re not just referring to the monster face on the front of this Meadham Kirchoff jacket. We’re also referring to the £4,455 price tag. For faux fur. (Not that real fur would make this any better, obviously. Actually, it would make it considerably worse, because it would mean some poor animal had died for it. But at least it would to some way towards explaining the price tag, no?) Want to see what it looks like on? Your wish is…

cheap winter coats

12 Cheap Winter Coats from the UK High Street

We’ve already established that a good coat is a winter wardrobe essential, and winter coats are generally talked of as investment purchases, too: those few items that are worth paying more for. That’s all well and good, of course, but what if your budget can’t quite stretch to a big investment right now? Worry not: there are plenty of cheap winter coats out there, if you know where to look for them, and buying a cheaper coat doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality: you might be surprised how warm some of the budget options can be, but even if you only get one season’s wear out of them, at least it’ll give you a bit of time to save…

addidas x jeremy scott puffa jacket

Addidas x Jeremy Scott ‘Animal Puff’ jacket

You know those people who are always banging on about how wild and kerrazeee they are, and going out of their way to prove it, by using the words “wacky” and “zany” a lot to describe themselves, and sometimes adopting a wardrobe to match? They’d totally wear this. Mind you, you’d really HAVE to be a bit “kerrazeee” to want to pay $648 for it, wouldn’t you?  And on the plus side, at least people would be able to see you coming from a mile off… [Buy it]

winter coats

Wanted! Covetable Winter Coats from Coast

Winter coats are boring. Well, most of them are, anyway. They’re also that unfortunate combination of super-expensive – generally one of the most expensive clothing-related purchases you ever make – but also super-dull: the kind of purchase you make because you HAVE to, not because you WANT to. (Disclaimer: The Fashion Police are not fans of winter or its fashions. This colours our judgement in this matter. And by that we mean “it makes us totally biased”.) These winter coats are different, though. They’re by Coast, who we’re more used to associating with wedding guest and bridesmaid attire, but who also do rather an excellent line in outerwear, bringing to their coats the same giant dose of “ooh, that’s fancy”…

Marc Jacobs fur jacket

Crime of Fashion: Marc Jacobs faux fur and crystal-embellished stretch-wool cardigan

Uh-oh: Marc Jacobs is trying to make Muppet Fashion happen, again: we may need to call in reinforcements here, folks! This £2,280 “cardigan” looks a lot like a badly-plucked muppet to us, but then again the use of patchy faux fur, dyed a shade that doesn’t occur on real fur, almost almost has an unfortunate comedic effect as far as The Fashion Police are concerned. What do you think, though: guilty or innocent?  [Click here to buy it]

Comme des Garcons padded coat

It’s hip to be square pentagon

Winter is coming, people. It’s time to transform yourself into a giant, walking pentagon. A pentagon with a bit of a chilly backside: We just can’t WAIT for this look to catch on. [Comme des Garcons coat: click here to buy it]

Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit jacket

Crime of Fashion: Maison Martin Margiela jumpuit jacket

That awkward moment when the hostess asks if she can take your jacket and you have t wriggle your way out of it and then hand it over, legs dangling… (Oh, don’t give us the, “But it’s ART! It doesn’t HAVE to be practical!” thing. Yoox.com describes it as a “jacket”, not a “sculpture”. It’s being sold as an item of clothing, on a clothing website: it’s fair to assume they expect you to wear it, not hang it on your wall…). [Click here to buy it]

To Infinity and Neon Coat

Bright Enough For Ya?

Modcloth recommend wearing this coat with “neon pumps”. We guess there just wasn’t enough neon here already, huh? You know what else there isn’t enough of right now? Eyeball bleach. [Thanks to Meike for the report! | Click here to buy it]

Comme des Garcons blazer

Half a Fashion Crime?

If it’s only half a blazer, does that mean it’s only half a fashion crime? It definitely doesn’t seem to mean it’s half the price anyway, because this is £580. And you’d still have to buy the other half… [Click here to buy it]

penguin suit

Fashion for the well-dressed penguin

The Fashion Police have a lot of love for Norma Kamali. She makes amazing, retro-inspired swimwear… and also fluffy penguin suits. Well, even penguins need their designer fashion fix, don’t they? (Aside: we’d like to award this model a special medal for bravery in the face of fashion crimes. She’s been forced to endure so many indignities this year already, all in the name of fashion… Model, we salute we!)

Jeremy Scott denim jacket

Jeremy Scott re-invents the denim jacket

Oh, that Jeremy Scott! We bet you didn’t even know the humble denim jacket needed a makeover, did you? Well, it did. And JS knew it. He’s given this one an off-the-shoulder cut, with a large neck ruffle. The poor jacket will never be the same again. Would you WANT it to, though? Do you think so-called “classics” (We know a lot of people hate jean jackets, but just as many others would consider them something of a wardrobe staple…) should just be left alone, or is this one a welcome breath of fresh air? Does THIS influence your decision at all? How about the fact that it’s $426? Innocent or guilty, Fashion Jurors: what say you?  [Click here for…

strange outerwear for men

Modelling is Hard: Kampe Menswear edition

They had to balance on scary cubes. And they had to do it while wearing some of the most uncomfortable looking outerwear we’ve seen outside of a Margiela runway show. They did it for fashion, people. And they did it for YOU. Yes, these brave models wear the strange coats so you don’t have to. But perhaps you WANT to wear the strange coats? Well, the good news is that you can: these are by German label Kampe, and they’re not just concept pieces – they’re actually available to buy and wear over at Not Just a Label. Just be aware that you won’t get much change out of £1,000 – and for some of them, you’ll be needing much…

white tuxedo blazer

Designer Vs High Street: White tuxedo blazers

So, Tibi’s leather-trimmed satin-twill tuxedo jacket is kinda nice, no? Great with black skinnies, pencil dresses, jeans… an easy way to dress-up an outfit, just by throwing on a jacket. Awesome! “But Fashion Police,” we hear you cry, “It’s $495! How can we be expected to pay $495 for a jacket? We will have to starve, or make ourselves homeless because we spent our rent money on a designer blazer, woe is us!” Don’t worry, though, help is at hand! You SHALL have a white tuxedo blazer, Cinders! You shall have one from… Penneys,  €25  Next, £55 M&Co, £49 You could buy ALL THREE of these, in fact, and still have change from your $495: all is right with the world…

Ugly faux fur coat by KTZ

Yeti discovered at Topshop, turned into a coat

A long, long time ago, there lived a magical creature. Its fur was brown and grey… and also pink, and blue and green. It carried its magic in its shoulders: the biggest, most magical shoulders you can imagine! They had mystical powers, those shoulders. It’s said they could raise people from the dead, turn base metal into gold and make harem pants look good. It. Was. Amazeballs. Then designers from KTZ found the magical creature, killed it, and turned it into this coat. So that sucks. It’s faux fur, of course. No magical creatures were ACTUALLY harmed in the making of this coat. Even although the fur is fake, though, it still looks like it’s been pre-sprayed by PETA, doesn’t…