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{January 14, 2011}   Working Chic – New Collection

Cool high street fashion news this week, with high street budget fashion retailer Peacocks launching an original office clothing collection called Working Chic.

Working Chic is a very clever name for this new range, as it says what the collection is all about – namely: style for work. And the price is as smart as the name. Less than £100 for the entire collection.

Yes, his new Working Chic collection, incredibly, offers a whole working week’s worth of office wear – and here’s the coolest bit – at a cost of less than £20 per day. (By my reckoning, for a 38 hour week, that’s… not a lot!)

The Working Chic range includes a black pencil skirt with fitted cardigan, black dress with white trim, and with a truly contemporary touch, skinny jeans for dress down Friday. And more!

More information on this collection over at the always well informed fashion website StyleClone, who describe this as a range where “Each piece oozes sophistication”. Looking very good indeed for the price then.

{January 7, 2011}   Fashion sales!


Well after the cold weather and all the snow, it looks like the consumer is the winner because the sales are on and it loks like there’s savings to be made everywhere.

Just as well really, because what with the rise in VAT, people need a bargain more than ever.

But it’s better than the old days when there was only one department store in each big town and people used to fight over the reduced goods.



As we are sure you are all aware the website is pretty much essential for grabbing a fashion bargain. At the moment there are quite a few excellent fashion vouchers about which could save you a fortune! We recieved these in an email yesterday and you may have got the same, if so we apologise! Anyway, here are 21 great voucher codes – be careful though as some of these may expire soon!

1. Up to 50% Off in the Half Price Sale Plus *Exclusive* Free Delivery on Orders Over £30

Fat Face
2. 20% Off Orders

3. *Exclusive* 15% Off and Free Delivery

4. *Exclusive* 18% Off and Free Delivery

Tesco Clothing
5. *Exclusive* 15% Off Clothing

TM Lewin
6. *Exclusive* 15% Off Orders

La Senza
7. *Exclusive* 10% Off Orders

Laura Ashley
8. *Exclusive* 20% Off Fashion Orders

9. *Exclusive* 10% Off Orders

The White Company
10. *Exclusive* 15% Off Orders

Ann Summers
11. *Exclusive* 20% Off Orders Over £50

La Redoute
12. *Exclusive* 20% Off Orders

13. *Exclusive* 10% Off and Free Delivery

14. *Exclusive* 10% Off Orders

Fashion Union
15. *Exclusive* 20% Off First Orders and Free Delivery

16. *Exclusive* 20% Off Orders Over £50

17. Up to 50% Off and *Exclusive* Free Delivery

Savile Row Company
18. *Exclusive* 20% Off and Free Delivery

Rare Fashion
19. *Exclusive* 20% Off Orders

Motel Rocks
20. *Exclusive 20% Off Orders

Peacocks Maternity

20. *50% off in the Maternity Clothes Sale at Peacocks

In reality the January clothes sales start on about the 15th of December these days, but anyway we only just plucked up the courage to hit the streets yesterday to find out what was happening in bargain land. We have to say that the whole experience was not pleasant – as always seems to be the case with sales the good stuff is either:

  • Gone by the time you get to it
  • Your size is inevitably the most popular and hence – sold out
  • Whats left is so unpleasant you wouldn’t even spend a few quid on it

So, in short we bought nothing, and instead ventured online where there are still some real bargains to be had. Here are some great clothes sales that hopefully won’t leave you with the same lingering feelings of disappointment that we experienced yesterday.


End Clothing Sale

Size Online Footwear Sale

Triads Sale

High Street

Peacocks Sale



John Lewis

What did you get in the sales? (either offline or online) – give us a shout with your findings!

{November 17, 2009}   Jimmy Choo Draws Crowds at H&M

The much-hyped Jimmy Choo line for H&M arrived in stores over the weekend, and it certainly drew the crowds to the new H&M store in our home city of Glasgow. The range has also proved massivley popular worldwide (it will only be sold in 200 stores). Some people even resorted to camping outside the stores – now that is dedication to fashion.

Many of the lines have sold out already and are going on eBay for ridiculously inflated prices.

Did you manage to get your hands on anything? How long did you queue up for? and most importantly: Are the clothes any cop?

Guys, forget about elaborate layers, fancy fabrics and meticulously planning your look for the summer ahead – you simply cannot go wrong with a good T-Shirt.

Here’s our top 5 T-Shirts of summer 2009……………..

Budget Classic!

Peacocks Cheap Menswear – Black Beatles T-Shirt

The Beatles are back (again) this summer, mainly due to the launch of The Beatles Rock Band Video Game. This White Logo T-Shirt has been around for years but our friends at Peacocks have this great version for a tenner.

The Beatles T over at Peacocks Menswear

The Beatles T over at Peacocks Menswear

Retro fun from 8 Ball

It’s fathers day on Sunday, and it’s not too  late to visit and grab some great shirts for your old boy. This Dad’ll fix it T-Shirt is our best bet. - dad'll fix it t-shirt - dad'll fix it t-shirt

The Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt on Amazon

Instantly prove that your down with internet humour with this now notorious Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt from Amazon. Read the reviews, hilarious stuff.

Amazon's legendary Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt

Amazon's legendary Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt

Classic Mid Range Value

You can’t go wrong with a good, old fashioned solid Polo Shirt – they can be worn with virtually every type of bottoms in any situation. A classic Fred Perry should see you right – although personally we’d keep it pretty simple, avoiding big stripes and logos.

Classic Fred Perry Polo

Classic Fred Perry Polo

Im sorry, how much!!!??

Billionaire Boys Club is probably one of the most sought after labels on earth right now. Set up by the impossibly cool combo of Pharell Willams from NERD and Bathing Ape founder Nigo, BBC have a superb range of streetwear, at a price! For example, this T-Shirt will set you back £70, but it is pretty awesome. Money well spent.

Billionaire Boys Club T-Shirt - Costly but Cool

Billionaire Boys Club T-Shirt - Costly but Cool

There we go, five of our mens t-shirt selections for summer 2009! Any of your suggestions are welcomed – cheers!!

With June approaching fast, there are probably several hundred websites and blogs with this title vying for your intention on the internet. The reason being, that the writer has read that list articles are a popular, easily scannable type of post which due to the nature of peoples attention span on the web is more likely to get featured in Digg or Reddit and the like – which is fair enough.

However, here are at CCR we are only interersterd in the clothes and if anyone reads our posts its a great bonus (and a big thanks to all that do!).

We proclaim no qualifications or real expertise – just a deep enthusiasm for fashion and a nose for what we feel people are going to be into this summer. We have nothing too shocking or revolutionary to say here, trends are very difficult to predict and sometimes can emerge from nowhere. Many of the Summer 2009 fashion trends were predicted by the major magazines and blogs in February/March – they have their reasons but its only now as we come closer to the actual summer that trends begin to emerge. What they still don’t understand fully is that the main players in trend setting is YOU. The real power to influence lies with YOUYOU define summer fashion, YOUR choices influence someone, who tells their friends and the effect ripples around the streets.

Anyway, slight rant over – let’s have a look at some clothes! Five fashion trends of Summer 2009:

1 – Denim – Will jeans ever go out of fashion? A perrenial winner, summer 2009 is no different. As well as classic cropped, skinnys and boyfriend jeans, weve seen some pretty cool Denim Skirt and dresses combinations. Peacocks as always have a great range of Denim shorts and  skirts, illustrating that you rarely have to break to bank for this look.

peacocks denim skirts

Denim Skirts from Peacocks - cool but cheap, great!

2 – The single shouldered dress and top – wow, tops and dresses with this look can be so sleek and sexy if done right – we’re so glad to see this style blasting back onto the high street. We would have one formal (like the Jane Norman top below) and one informal one-shouldered top, just to cover every occassion!

One shoulder class from Jane Norman

One shoulder class from Jane Norman

3 – Trousers – there is alot of trouser action on the streets already this year. Jumpsuits, harem, high-waisted and hugely bright colours are what weve come across so far. Fashion chicks have some great examples.

Harem Trousers - big, baggy and back!

Harem Trousers - big, baggy and back!

4 – Transparency – light and airy transparent tops are definitely a big mover in summer 2009 – a great, versatile style that can look fantastic as a component of a layered ensemble – just be careful with transparent-only layers!

Great chiffon at Urban Outfitters

Great chiffon at Urban Outfitters

5 – High heels – the coolest shoes of the summer – literally. We would chuck our cheap clothes sensibiblities out of the window and invest in a pair of top class heels. Some great advice here on making heels comfortable.

High heels - the skys the limit

High heels - the skys the limit

What are you going to wear this summer? – let us know your thoughts on whats going to be big in Summer 2009!

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