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{September 13, 2011}   Cheap Clothes Rule will return!

Hi everyone, sorry for the complete lack of posting over the past few months – the business of life has once again drained all our time. We will be back soon with some exciting new posts! Cheers.

In the meantime, why not enjoy some of our old material!!

{February 17, 2011}   Men’s clothes – new era?


Remember when decades used to have names? There were the roaring 20s, the thirsty 30s, the WW2 40s, the Sid Vicious 70s, and so on. Of course, it was largely a journalistic shorthand not for an entire decade or even the majority of one, but for some shortlived but salient part of the decade. I mean, just mention the 70s and people will laugh and talk about the decade that had no taste – flares, brown paisley patter curtains, stacked heels. But this is only a very small part of the story: sample a look-back and you’ll find that the very early 70s had more of a 60s influence, and that after 1976 the flares began to disappear, and by 1978 the kids were wearing drainpipes. So, by 70s what people really mean is 72 to about mid-75.

Same deal with the 80s. Say 80s and the response will be – shoulder pads, yuppies, 80s excess. Yeah that all went on but it went on at the same time as the third generation of punk, Red Wedge, strong mod and skinhead scenes on the housing estates, and later in the decade you had Acid House and the return of flares via a Manchester Arndale market stall.

And the 60s? Anything in fashion we associate with the 60s is always post- 1965.  Why?

Anyway, eventually we ran out of names for decades, or just stopped caring because after 1999 it would all be 00s and 10s and they don’t have much of a ring to them.

But fashion continues regardless. And mens clothes by the year 2000 were expected to be space age but no, we still wear jeans and trainers. The invention of the trainer is probably a bit like the invention of the wheel – they’ll last for millennia, in different colours shapes and forms, but they will go on and on and on.

Meanwhile there’s a trend towards dressing formally in style again, possibly the influence of the likes of David Beckham, Kanye West and others who gave up bling and swapped it for sartorial excellence. Just check out this vid of Tinie Tempah at the Brits. Genius threads…

Wayyyyyy back in November 2008 we published a post on Christmas party dresses, “Christmas Party Season Dresses – The Rules” – amazingly, this off-the-cuff semi-advice piece became our most viewed post of all time! Last year we conducted a Christmas Shopping Poll on shopping habits at this year, where most of you said that you’ll be leaving everything till the last minute!

This year, we thought we’d ask straight out – what are you wearing this year?

In a quick straw poll of our mates, one range that seem s to be getting loads of recommendations this Christmas is the Pearl Lowe for Peacocks range – with the Gold Tanya dress and Salmon pleated dress being particularly popular. We’ve talked extensively ourselves about Pearl Lowe several times in the past – its no surprise to see it doing so well.

Gold dress from Pearl Lowe

Salmon Pleated dress proving popular

Anyway, what are you wearing to this Christmas party season? Leave us a comment!

Well, one of the most anticipated High Street fashion releases for a long time is finally on the shelves. The Pearl Lowe Spring Summer 2010 range for Peacocks arrived last weekend and we are keen to hear your thoughts! What did you buy? Are you pleased with your purchase? or could you just not make up your mind!

The range has been recieved very positively by the fashion blogging community, including a nice post by blogger Susie Lau from Style Bubble – see her thoughts on the range here (complete with some cool photos from the launch event!)…….

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Daisy Lowe models a dress from the new Peacocks range

Find your way in fashion

Thought it might be interesting to point you in the direction of some useful fashion resources that you can find online. These are sites that we refer to regularly when trying to learn about a new trend or find information on the industry itself.

Fashion jobs and careers

The fashion industry

Fashion guides, trends and networking

Professional Organisations

If there are any other fashion links that you feel could be added here then please let us know, thanks!

In need of some summer dresses inspiration? Here’s some we like at the moment (in no particular order):

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{April 20, 2010}   Peacocks New Website

Just thought id give a quick heads up that one of our favourite retailers Peacocks appear to have launched a new website, which from initial impressions seems like a big improvement from the old version – there’s a pretty cool option to ‘build your look’ so you can get an idea of what the outfit you’re thinking of buying will look like when its put together. In addition to this they have also added boys, girls and baby clothing ranges. Have a look for yourselves and let us know what you think!

Peacocks new homepage

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