Cheap Clothes Rule / Fashion and Style Blog

{November 23, 2010}   punk fashion

… well, it was a cheap clothes moment, and its influence remains:

{November 18, 2010}   Movember

Have you noticed there’s a lot of people going round with a moustache right now? Well I started noticing this phenomenon last year, and thought it must be some kind of Edwardian retro vibe, y’know, expecting people to suddenly produce a tin of snuff and start talking about Great Britain’s chances in the 1908 Olympics.

But no, the moustache thing is all because of Movember -according to their UK website, Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

With £26 million raised worldwide, it’s a bit of a phenomenon. Or should that be phenomonon?

I’ve decided to start up a series of blog posts here called ‘Get The Look’ where I pick a television programme or film and try to assemble the look using the magic of the internets.

So without further rambling, I bring you, This Is England. This Shane Meadows film was big with the critics and the public – a great success story for the UK film industry. One of the film’s strong points was its brilliant attention to detail in the sets and in the characters’ clothing. The following guide is actually unisex – the girls and the boys more or less wear the same gear in this type of youth tribe.


DM’s – 8 or 10 gimlet version.


Military aviation style MA-1 jacket. Should be widely available from Army/Navy stores.


Tighter the better. Similar to today’s skinny jeans. Elasticated if possible for that extra tightness so the world can see your knobbly knees.


‘Grandad’ style collarless linen, cheesecloth or cotton shirt. Or, Fred Perry polo style shirt.

And that is how to look like a character from This Is England. Get a pair of braces as well, and maybe a tattoo on yer knuckles as well, for extra authenticity.


right boots, wrong jeans

{November 1, 2010}   How to Cheap Clothes yourself up!

There are plenty of places to get cheap clothes these days. Because of the rising cost of resources they’re not quite as cheap as they were 4 years ago when supermarkets were offering a 99p t-shirt, but generally there is still a lot of value fashion out there. It makes a lot of sense because in a recession nobody wants to pay over the odds for stuff, especially when there’s often so little difference in the build quality between the price points.

One good way to get cheap clothes is auction sites – be prepared to spend a lot of time on it though – you won’t intantly find what you want, and you may get outbid. Keep it cheap only bidding low though!

Another good way to get a bargain is to go to one of the places that sells discounted clothes. Places like this can turn up the odd bargain, but be warned, you’ll have to really search for it.

Charity shops can be good if you’re looking for vintage style stuff but obviously they won’t have the latest styles.

The best place to get cheap clothes, I think, is at a value fashion chain. This is a recent phenomenon whereby the very latest styles go on sale to a range that is constantly updated. This type of shop never existed before 9to my knowledge) and is a new way of looking at fashion – making the on-trend the thing, and often leading the way.

One final way to get cheap clothes would of course be to make them yourself. I think that with a few years’ practise I might be able to sew a button on to a shirt, but that’s about as far as I’d get.

{October 25, 2010}   Who says cheap clothes rule…?

Well, none other than Cheryl Cole – according to this site – has been spotted wearing inexpensive clothing.

But, hey – don’t we all wear cheap clothes sometimes? It’s often very difficult, if not impossible, to see why one t-shirt costs £120 and another costs £7 – same weight, same type of fabric.

{October 20, 2010}   On-trend, and what it means.

The phrase ‘on-trend’ never used to exist. Or if it did, I never heard it.

But it’s a good phrase when you think about it – ‘trendy’ sounds too trendy. Makes it sound like those interested in the trend are mere followers, probably of the baa-ing variety. The other thing about ‘trendy’ means that everything else is untrendy:

Phrase: Bobble hats are trendy.
Reaction: Sounds great, I think i’ll stick with my dunce cap.

Phrase: Bobble hats are on-trend.
Reaction: Interesting. I think I’ll buy one.

The difference is that on-trend merely means that a garment, look or style is trending. It’s not saying that you have to join the trend, just that it’s there if you want to join in.

The more I think about it, the more I like this way of looking at the world of fashion – it’s so much more easy going than at times in the past when there was a kind of fashion fascism, and that which was trendy was the only way, and those who didn’t follow were to be ostracized. Not great.

On-trend is also a good phrase in that the fashion world has become more like the stock exhange. In other words: more volatile. Fashionistas of yesteryear could quite probably predict fashions for up to twelve months ahead. Not no more. The multiple ways people communicate now, coupled with incredibly sophisticated processes from manufacture to marketing have given rise to a world where fashion moves faster than we’d ever have guessed it would.

{October 5, 2010}   Laced Up Boots & Corduroys

Have you been watching This is England ’86? For me, the fun’s not so much in the storyline as in the accuracy of Shane Meadows’ recreation of the era in terms of the way people dress and the way the streets look, etc.

One thing that I think is really smart about the show is shows a time in youth culture where the boundaries had started to blur. The skinhead kids we are shown in the original film are very much of a tribe of the time. But by 86 only a hrdcore of that type of skinhead remained – some had grown their hair in the meantime and got into the stadium rock like U2, Simple Minds and Big Country. Some probably morphed into indie-scene types. Let’s not forget that by ’86 you had house music starting to be very big in the UK as well. So anyone still rocking the skinhead uniform was pretty hardcore.

I’ll tell you how highly I rate This Is England ’86 – I rate it as highly as Mike Leigh’s Meantime. And that’s saying a lot.

Hopefully this series will kickstart a revival – get your braces and your DMs ready….

et cetera