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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!

There is a basic rule for mens summer fashion – keep it simple.

T-Shirts from – as always avoid big logos. Something like this Polo Top from American Apparel would do the job….

American Apparel Polo Top (£25)

You can see more solid styles of mens jeans and trousers online at Peacocks, these would be ideal……

Peacocks Trousers (£20)

Boat Shoes  – a pair of Sperry TopSiders would be nice but Asos currently have a nice range on offer that are about half the price.

Sperry Topsiders (£70-90)

Asos Deck Shoes - Cheaper alternative to Sperry (£35)

{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

Its been a while since we a) posted with an y purpose and b) had a look at some of the other cool fashion websites and blogs out there that you may not be aware of.

If we take it as pretty much a given that everyone has heard of The Sartorialist, Bryan Boy, Catwalk Queen, Facehiunter and the like –  but there are other sites out there that have some very cool content and most of all, can provide us with some fashion insipration:

Nerd Boyfriend – Ingenious, image based site that posts a picture of an iconic figure and then matches ‘real world’ items of clothing to the picture. Inspiring and also great fun!

Nerd Boyfriend

The Impossible Cool – The clue is is the name really here, images and quotes from some of the most impossibly cool people ever to have walked the face of the Earth. Simply brilliant.

The Impossible Cool

A Continuous Lean – According to Michael Williams, the man behind A Continuous Lean the site is about “…………things. American things, good looking things, well designed things and all sorts of other things.” Some of the ‘things’ highlighted are very cool indeed, well worth bookmarking this site.

A Continuous Lean

The Selvedge Yard – A great site for all the men out there, TSY has a wonderful collection of vintage movie star photos at its core.

Selvedge Yard

The Selvedge Yard

The Glamourai – We love this site – its bursting with glamorous looks and ideas for fashion fun.


The Glamourai

That’s a quick look at some of our favourite sites at the moment, have you found any cool sites recently?

{February 23, 2010}   Maternity Clothes in 2010

There is little doubt that maternity clothes have evolved greatly in the last ten years, there are a variety of factors which have contributed to this development – some of which will be highlighted in this post. We have looked into some of the best maternity clothing in previous posts so there’s no need to go over old ground. Here we thought that it would be interesting to look over some of the factors invloved in the evolution of maternity fashion. Read the rest of this entry »

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