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Welcome back to Cheap Clothes Rule.

Today we’re announcing the Girl In Green Awards – this is our version of the Oscars except there’s no awards ceremony, guests or prizes (sorry about that!). Bear in mind that all nominations must be submitted with cheap or affordable fashion in mind. It doesn’t mean that the nomination necessarily has to be from the budget clothes area, just that e.g. best dressed male is someone folks like us can relate to and assemble the general look of if we like.

So without further ado, here’s the nomination categories:

Best dressed female

Best Dressed male

Best affordable clothes brand or outlet

Best clothes item

Best dressed UK city

Bargain of the year so far

Girl In Green Awards 2011 – go vote!

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.


{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.



{August 24, 2010}   Fashion vibe – Autumn ahead…

Let’s face it folks – the summer is like so over. The mercury’s dropped, the sky is grey and those blissful bleached-out soft focus days of summer are just a memory, albeit a happy one.

For many of us, however, autumn beats summer. For one thing, it’s a chance to wear more clothes. So it’s time to fire up the laptop and see what’s available in online clothes stores, or maybe brave the rain and wind and go see what’s on the racks in the shops.

What’s going to be big?

Autumn colours – unsurprisingly: brown is the new brown, in quite a few shades from mustardy to kind of leafy browns.

Stylewise for the blokes coats are big with military patch pockets – don’t be afraid to try out a military greatcoat from a second hand shop. We’re talking bombastic style, looking like an extra from 1949 film The Third Man. For the girls it’s similarly classic looks this autumn, with stuff that’s got an almost 1950s JD Salinger vibe about it, as well as the above-mentioned military look that’s going massive.

But this is the decade of individualism, so if you don’t agree with what the fashion pundits are predicting, you can go off and blaze your own trail.

{July 6, 2010}   Lily’s retail

Lily Allen is set to sell her own second hand clothes, according to this fascinating report from digital Spy.

Lily plans to do this in order to counteract the ‘throwaway’ shopping culture. I don’t know about you, but I’m guessing Lily’s cast-off threads won’t be throwaway items anyway but proper designer vintage stuff.

Lily Allen: clthing magnate?

We’ve a feeling here at Cheap clothes Rule that Lily could be onto a winner with this and that it could be the start of a trend. Who’s next?

We’d like to see shops by style icons like  Paul Weller. Put me down for a crew-neck cashmere Fred Perry jersey in grey please.

{July 17, 2008}   Wardrobe Essentials – Jeans

Following on from our previous post on the importance of a decent t-shirt, its time to turn our attention to another essential wardrobe component – jeans. The Jeans powerbase has shifted over the last 15 years or so from the dominance of US giant Levi’s to the Japanese market (Evisu bought original 1950s US 29inch looms). The good news now is that you can actually grab a decent pair for hardly anything. This gives a great chance to experiment with some different looks.

Here are some of our favourite jeans:

  • Levi’s – Still making great jeans
  • Lee Jeans – Original US Jeans
  • Evisu – Japanese re-invention
  • One True Saxon – Great British Jeans
  • Peacocks Jeans – Nice range of styles including skinny, wide legged, cropped and slouch
  • eBay – Always worth a look for vintage styles – be careful though

Hopefully there should be something there for everyone, let us know if there’s any that we’ve missed!

The glory of denim

The glory of denim

et cetera