Outerwear

Wanted! Black twill front mac and cloche hat from Miss Selfridge

After the various fashion horrors we’ve subjected you to today, we thought we’d give our eyes a rest by taking a quick look at the Miss Selfridge website, where we very quickly found ourselves coveting this very ladylike coat and hat combo, which will give a little bit of 40s style to your winter outerwear this year. Worn together, you’ll look like one of the central characters in a Miss Marple mystery, but that may not be such a bad thing: the ruffle front on the macintosh gives it a modern twist, and as for the cloche hat, well, it’s a damn sight more stylish than Toshop’s pierrot number, at least… The hat is £15 and the coat is £60….

Fantasy Buy of the Week: Paul & Joe Sister wool triple button coat

We’ve started looking at winter coats already, and we were quickly distracted by this one by Paul & Joe Sister. At £300, it’s at the lower end of the “fantasy” league, especially given that wool coats tend to be one of those things that people are willing to spend that bit more on, but it’s still a bit too pricey for us, which means making it our Fantasy Buy of the Week is probably as close as we’re ever going to get to it. The bright green colour was the thing that first drew our eyes to this, of course, but on closer inspection, we were also impressed with the  shape – short swing coats like this have real 60s-style…

Wanted! Black ruffle front jacket

Apologies for bringing you two posts in a row about Dorothy Perkins this week, but we thought they deserved some major credit for this black, ruffle front jacket, which looks much more “designer” than “high street” to us. In fact, if we’d been shown this without knowing where it came from, we somehow don’t think Dotty P’s would have been our first guess… The ruffles on the front are, of course, what sets this apart from every other black, blazer-style jacket we’ve been seeing lately, and we like the curved hem, too. Perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans or adding a bit of edge to a work suit, and only £28, too. Nice, work, Dorothy Perkins!

Style on Trial: Faux Fur

From the very brief look we’ve taken at the Fall 08 collections so far, it’s already clear that there’s going to be a fair old amount of faux fur around this winter. And now we want to know what you think of it. So far, we’ve had comments both for and against faux fur, when we’ve shown you photos of it. On our New Look preview, for instance, Zoe described it as “Ugly, boxy, and glamorizing real fur. Yeugh.” On our Miss Selfridge preview, meanwhile, Gokarm commented: “To me, it has a historical relevance…nearly every civilization in the history of mankind has worn fur, so obviously there is an aesthetic attraction between humans and fur. Thank God we live in…

Martin Margiela tries to bring back shoulder pads. In a big way.

Starting to think about Autumn/Winter outerwear? Yes, us too. Starting to wonder just how you could contrive to walk around looking like a giant black box this winter? Us… actually, not so much, really. And while we can see how Batman, or those who like to emulate him, might be able to totally rock this Martin Margiela leather jacket, the back view makes us laugh too hard to want to consider the idea of mere mortals wearing it. Although, that said, imagine a whole street filled with people shaped like boxes! In all seriousness, we’d probably have loved this if the coathanger hadn’t been left in it. The oversized coat hanger. If you like it even with the coat hanger,…

Style on Trial: Leopard print blazer from Miss Selfridge

There is a certain school of thought that says that any item of clothing covered in animal print is automatically a Crime of Fashion. The Fashion Police don’t necessarily subscribe to that school of thought. We love leopard print shoes, for instance. And we think a little bit of animal print can be great on something like a scarf, maybe. Yes, scarves are good. Jackets, though? Well, when it comes to jackets, our love of leopard somehow seems to desert us, and instead of thinking “yes, that could work”, we find ourselves thinking “What. The hell. Is that?” instead. It’s just all too much for us. Too, too much.  What do you think? Are you a lover of leopard, or…

Two trends collide: ruffle back blazer at ASOS

  Now, we know that blazers are fashionable right now,and we know ruffles are having a bit of a moment, too. Wasn’t it just a matter of time before someone put the two together, and created a ruffled blazer? No sooner said than done… ASOS have created this ruffle back blazer, which they’re selling for £45, and while we’re loving the curved seams at the front (like, really loving them…), we still can’t help but see clothes that are plain at the front and fancy at the back as the fashion equivalent of a mullet. On balance, as much as we like this little jacket, then, we think we’d like it a whole lot more if it didn’t come with…

Fashion Trends: Blazers

At last! A trend The Fashion Police can give their wholehearted support to! We’re loving the current round of blazers, be they schoolboy-style or Balenciaga-inspired stripes, and we think they make a great, preppy look for Spring, and into Fall. Wear with jeans and heels for smart/casual, or over a dress for a more formal look. Just be careful you’re not actually mistaken for a schoolgirl… Do you like this look? Will you be buying a blazer? L-R  School boy blazer, £60, Topshop;  black and white stripe blazer, £85, Priniples; Cropped blazer, £49.99, River Island; Fitted Blazer, £39, Love Label

Style on Trial: Miu Miu’s silk gazar cape

Miu Miu’s silk gazar cape was actually reported to us as a potential Crime of Fashion by Fashion Police Officer Victoria, who felt that it was a bit too "Little Red Riding Hood" for its own good. Of course, normally we would agree that anything that looks like it could be worn by a character in a fairy tale will generally turn out to be a crime of fashion, no questions asked, but the thing is… we kind of like this one.  And the very next time we do prancing off through the woods to Grandma’s cabin, we’d certainly consider wearing something very like it. We’re going to turn this decision over to you, then, readers. Would you wear Red…

Fashion Trends: Trench coats (as seen on Sienna Miller, Coleen McLoughlin and everyone else this season….)

Rare is the item of clothing that can unite Sienna Miller and Coleen McLoughlin in a common sense of style. One such item of clothing has done it, though, and that one item of clothing is none other than the humble trench coat (actually, we suspect Ugg boots could probably do it too, but this article is about trench coats, so let’s just forget about the Uggs for now) which, you’ll be surprised to know, are making a comeback for Spring ’08 – and we say "surprised" because we didn’t even know trench coats had gone anywhere. Trench coats one of those all-time style classics, and as ably demonstrated by Sienna and Coleen here, all you need to do is…

Short Sleeve Jackets: What’s the point?

Short sleeve jackets. I love ’em. I mean, seriously, they’re adorable, aren’t they? Here’s the thing, though: they’re almost completely useless. Or they are to me, anyway. The short sleeve jackets fail to fulfill one of the most important functions of outerwear, which is to keep you warm. For this reason, they fail. Maybe it’s just me. See, I seem to feel the cold more than most people. I am rarely without a cardi or a (long-sleeved) jacket, even on the warmest of days, just in case it gets a little chilly. I know not everyone is like this. I know this because I see people walk past Fashion Police HQ every day, wearing just jeans and t-shirts. IN FEBRUARY….

Style on Trial: Denim Jackets

Not so long ago, I caused a bit of scandal here at The Fashion Police by admitting that I own a denim jacket. "A denim jacket?" asked one commenter, aghast. "They still exist?" Well, yes, indeed they do – and actually, the humble denim jacket has been reinvented for Spring. Lots of stores are currently carrying versions with cropped sleeves, nipped-in waists and ruffles, so it looks like denim jackets are going to be sticking around for the time being at least. What we want to know, though, is what you think of them. Do you own a denim jacket? Would you wear one of these ones? Or should they be firmly consigned to Fashion Police jail? (Jacket, Topshop; River…

What Up? It’s a crushed silver jacket by Rojas, that’s what…

Continuing with our occasional series of "hilarious model expressions" we bring you Rojas’ silver ‘What Up’ jacket (no, the ‘What Up’ bit in the title there wasn’t just our pitiful attempt to be hip, it’s actually the name of the jacket), modeled here by a young lady who’s either trying to look a bit hard, or who’s desperately communicating to us her utter distaste for the shiny jacket she finds herself trapped in. We say it’s the second option. This crime was reported by Meg, of The Bargain Queens, who says, "I can’t tell if she’s trying to get out of a metallic straight-jacket or trying to screw her head back on." We’re not sure either, but we love her…

Wanted! Topshop’s Puppy Tooth Jacket

OK, I admit it: I’m officially obsessed with Topshop at the moment. Can you blame, me, though? This cute little puppy tooth jacket (see, even the name makes me want to buy it, because who doesn’t love puppies? And their teeth?) reminds me of Vivienne Westwood’s front drape jacket, which looks very similar when you see it actually worn, and it has that kind of Gwen Stefani-style glamour to it that makes me want to wear it with tight jeans, peep toes and bright red lipstick. The short sleeves make it impractical for the Scottish winter, sadly, but come springtime, this will become the perfect piece.

Wanted! Fabulous, structured jackets by Vivienne Westwood

One thing Vivienne Westwood can be relied on to do well is tailoring, as these two fabulous jackets prove. The jacket on the right is from the Anglomania label, and is a classic example of Westwood’s quirky cuts (you really need to see it on to appreciate it fully – this picture isn’t the best). The jacket on the left, meanwhile, is the Exaggerated Lapel Fitted Jacket by Red Label, and it had me from "exaggerated lapels" – I’m an absolute sucker for them, and the sheer drama of this piece has me drooling. It’s £430 from Net-a-Porter, while the other is a "mere" £311.

Wanted! Schoolboy blazers from Topshop in grey and red

Balenciaga got us lusting after blazers last year, but Topshop have managed to pick up the baton and run with it, producing these cute schoolboy blazers in red and grey, for £60 each. I’m loving the little badge on the pocket (which would actually be easy enough to make yourself, and add to your own old school blazer,if you still have one. Sadly, those days are long since past for me…). These would look great with skinny jeans and a long, striped scarf, or wear with jodhpurs to emulate Balenciaga. If you’re hard enough.

Wanted! Bow neck jacket by French Connection

I have a massive blind spot when it comes to French Connection. It’s like they just don’t exist for me. Their sizing is so ridiculously large that I’ve never been able to buy anything from them in my life: and trust me, I’ve tried. Every so often French Connection will come to my attention again, and I’ll take a wander through the store, hoping that things will have changed and that this time French Connection and I will be able to enter into a warm and loving relationship – or at least set aside our differences and be friends – but it never seems to work out. Their clothes can be beautiful, but they’re just too damn big, and so…

Fabulous winter coats from Forever 21

Now, this is the kind of thing that just makes me sick. For at least two months now, I’ve been engaged in a fruitless search for a new winter coat. And I don’t ask for much: just something cute and stylish – a little bit of "quirky" would be good too, but I won’t insist on it. The problem is that such a thing doesn’t appear to exist in Great Britain at the moment. No, all we’ve got is a selection of dull old pea coats and trenches (which are stylish, yes, but warm, no) in shades of boring black and grey. Nothing has grabbed my attention at all so far, so it’s ironic that when I do finally find…

Wanted! Sailor style coat from Topshop

Ooh, we’ve come over all nautical all of a sudden! First there was Dollydagger’s Sailorette dress, and now we find ourselves lusting after this sailor-style coat from Topshop, which is £65. This looks like more of a spring coat than a winter one to me, because it’s made of cotton rather than wool: wear with a stripy, boat neck sweater underneath, some capri-length jeans or pants and a pair of cute flats, for a nautucal/French look. Just don’t wear it with the Sailorette dress. That would be silly.

Wanted! Topshop’s Boucle Cape Coat

I’m still on the hunt for a new winter coat, and I’m still finding myself drawn to cape-coats, which is pretty lucky, really, considering there are so many of them around right now. At the moment, Topshop’s boucle cape jacket is at the top of my list. I love the funnel neck and warm, thick fabric, but most of all, I love the fact that it has that nipped in waist, complete with belt, which would stop it totally drowning a small girl like me, and making me look pregnant – never a good look (unless you are, actually pregnant, obviously…) It’s £70 at Topshop, and is, of course, sold out in my size, but you might just get lucky…