Cheap Clothes Rule / Fashion and Style Blog

Hopefully 2011 will be a better year for weather than 2010 was. The summer was pretty good, but after that we descended into some eternal winter like something out of a Mervyn Peake volume. And if the snow continues we could end up with, ahem, a white St Patricks Day.

The clothes shops will hopefully be stocking woolly hats for a few weeks yet.

In other news, Kate Moss gets the 70s vibe – pictured according to the Telegraph as if she was “channelling Margot Leadbetter” for a 70s party.

What can we say apart from a) LOL and b) Kate looks as great as ever.

Full story here


Kate Middleton’s back in the news today, with the news that Peacocks clothes have seen a whopping 95% rise in the sale of fascinators since the princess-to-be was seen wearing a bespoke pheasant feather one a short while back – and the £5 high street version sales soared.

It looks as though Kate Middleton is going to be ever more present in the news as the big day approaches – so watch this space for more reports on affordable versions here.

In other cheap clothes news, apparently Amy Winehouse has donated twenty grand’s worth of clothes to charity. Now that’s a lot of clothes. In fact, that kind of money would pay for at least 200 times what I’m wearing just now – and I’m a well dressed blogger. Makes you wonder how much in the way of expensive clothes goes unworn by famous people.


{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…

{February 15, 2011}   Clothes advice – how to tie a tie

First in an occasional series where we search YouTube for clothes advice and post our findings here.

Mens clothes generally these days don’t involve the use of a tie so much these days , so on the occasions that a tie is needed, it might be an idea to go for a more unusual type of knot than the old office standard whatever-it-was-called.

{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.



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!

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