Fashion Spy


Fashion Spy Ann Russell has been a writer for five years. She’ll examine and review the latest trends, sharing her tips on how you can wear even the most outlandish catwalk looks and provide you with a straightforward, user-friendly fashion guide.

Ann recently launched successful fashion and lifestyle blog

You can follow Ann on Twitter @FrockTrade or email your fashion questions to


  • Despite the fact it's since it's such a rarity,  it's still worth making some summer purchases.

    I've seen some style hits and misses this week but was truly concerned when I spotted a gent in his 40s stomping down Buchanan street in Hawaiian shorts and not much else. It seems we need to address the dos and donts of men's casual wear... guys this one is for you.

  • Whether you've got tickets for Centre Court, will be  joining the crowds on Murray Mound or just watching on the telly, fashion fans will be hoping for sunshine, great tennis and some style inspiration.

    We’ll miss one half of our favourite Wimbledon spectators - the Middleton sisters - due to the impending royal birth but Kate will be back in the Royal Box next year taking up her honorary membership at the All England Club. Rumour has it that she is likely to succeed the Duke of Kent as the club's president when he stands down.

  • We’re being offered so much choice that it’s sending us into a buying frenzy. Shopping trips with friends are becoming less satisfying as we debate over an endless range of options, and impulse buys are on the up as we settle for something we’re not quite sure about.

    Here’s how to to avoid making those bad purchases...

    1. Write a list

  • Let's be honest, packing for a weekend break can be tricky - which of us hasn't packed a family-sized suitcase for a two-night holiday? The key is in the planning.

    You can’t plan for all eventualities but having a good mix of smart and casual clothing means you won’t be shuffling into a posh restaurant in your trainers.

  • Cropped tops are all over the high street and as the weather gets brighter you may be tempted to try the trend. If you don’t possess abs of steel, a cropped top may seem like a silly purchase but if done carefully you can pull this look off.

    Celebrities like Diane Kruger, Rhianna, Azealia Banks, Vanessa Hudgeons and Dee Hemingway have all been spotted in short tops. And it appears that abs, like cropped tops, are back in fashion with Olympic role models like Jessica Ennis encouraging us to build a toned, sculpted physique rather than focussing on weight loss alone.

  • Unfortunately grunge is a hard style to pull off without looking like a hobo. Baggy jeans, studded tops, flatform shoes and beanie hats all lend themselves well to this look, but there’s a fine line between rocking modern grunge and failing miserably with scruffy stonewashed denim and clumpy boots.

    Thank goodness the 90s fashion we’re wearing now is only influenced by the decade rather than acting as an entire reproduction (the clothes I wore in the 90s were criminal not cool).

    Here are some of my tips for wearing grunge well:

  • There’s something to be said about the simple pleasures in life of a giant Easter egg and some holiday TV.

    But don’t worry the chocolate haze didn’t deter my fashion radar. In fact fashion on the box was at a real high - these five stylish ladies caught my eye.

    Jessie J

  • A Spring Trench

    The lightweight trench is always a winner for this time of year. It’s not as bulky as your woolly winter coat and won’t smell funny if it gets wet. A good way to update this timeless classic is to opt for lighter and brighter shades (to entice the nicer weather).

    If you’re looking for an investment this beautiful Burberry trench is worth breaking the bank for. The monochrome option is a simple alternative to plain black or beige and is more affordable and practical than its flashy metallic friend.

  • For 90’s school girls the scrunchie was a wardrobe staple. Problem is we’re all grown up now and scrunchies are having a revival. 

    So it’s time to take a stance - no one over twelve can get away with sporting a scrunchie (unless you’re Cara Delevigne or a Vivienne Westwood model).  If you have photographic evidence to the contrary I’d love to see it. 

  • Leopard print was the pattern of choice for Autumn/Winter with Burberry, Simone Rocha and Tom Ford showing their own variations. I was fond of Christopher Kane’s take on camouflage and of course I waxed lyrical on Sunday about Holly Fulton’s graphic prints which get more beautiful every season.

    Theatrical elements ran throughout the shows this season from waltzing elegance from Fyodor Golan in The Savoy ballroom to the 50,000 falling dominos at the showcase of Anya Hindmarch’s new handbag line.

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