Too pale for shorts? I honestly can’t understand that! I’m …

Comment on Skin Colour is Not a Fashion Statement (And no, we won’t “get a tan…”) by Roisin.

Too pale for shorts? I honestly can’t understand that! I’m a bit like you – not as pale, but definitely a celt in that I burn but don’t tan so am covered in at least SPF50 as soon as the sun peeps out. I’ve had things shouted at me in the street and, a bit like the comments on Rumer Willis, they’ve centered on my legs being pale. FFS, that’s just my skin! I don’t think it’s EVER acceptable, and like you very rightly pointed out, the people that do it probably wouldn’t criticise Beyonce for being “too dark” or whatever. I just find it so sad that there are still so many people who think it’s their right to tell other people that their bodies are in any way wrong. It sucks.

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Fashion Confessions: I Got Stuck Inside My Clothes
OMG Amber, this has happened to me twice! Once in a top in Etam years and years ago (like, long enough ago that Etam was still a thing over here) and then again in a dress in Urban Outfitters – which has UNISEX changing rooms. Both times I was lucky enough to have friends with me who could come and free me, but it’s so stressful because I panic, and then I start to sweat and swell up slightly, and then it makes the sticking worse!

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Ha ha, this is wonderful, and not just because of the shout-out! ‘Obsessed’ is a bit of a pet hate of mine, too. Same with ‘cover’ – “I really covet this dress, I’m obsessed with it’ – like, if that is true, you really need to be examining your life choices.

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I think Viv needs to step off, to be honest. I don’t think it’s appropriate for someone whose job it is to sell clothes to be judging anyone for buying clothes! Seriously! Also, as Matthew Williamson has pointed out, Kate Middleton has the kind of job where she needs a lot of clothes and, unlike some, she clearly does rewear things. Yeah, not as much as your average person but, you know, SHE’S A PRINCESS.

I do think it’s possible to have too many clothes, and I certainly think it’s possible to shop too much – anyone with a modicum of sense can see that the explosion of ‘fast fashion’ has a real and significant downside. That said, I think that if Vivienne Westwood really wanted to address that issue, she’s going about it in an asinine way.

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This is all really good advice! You’re certainly right that not all cheap clothes are created equally. I have some really lovely clothes from the cheaper end of the high street and today I’m wearing a Tesco dress and it’s beautiful! The best thing to do is look closely at the finish – I mean at seams and hems. If these have been finished with care your garment has a better chance of going the distance, as the construction will be better. Same with zips – especially with invisble zips! Buttonholes are another area – these are the bits of the garment that take strain and will go shapeless or get damaged. Another good tip about fabric is look at how well it seems to be bearing up in the shop – if the jumper is bobbling in the shop, how much will it bobble in the wearing?! Ditto cotton – if it’s creased on the hanger it will definitely crease up like mad in the wearing!

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Same here! It’s like they think you’re so stupid you can’t determine your own comfort!

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