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{May 12, 2011}   Summer clothes

Summer is almost here, and with last month being reported as the warmest April on record, hopes are that we’re in for a good weather summer to make up for the arctic winter that we all had to endure at the beginning of the year.

Which brings me on to today’s topic: how much of a summer clothes shop do you do? Some people pretty much replace everything year on year, and then there’s the opposite end of the scale – people who sport what looks like vintage summer gear on the beach.

I think the best way to shop for summer is to know what needs replaced – any old stuff kicking around the wardrobe  that’s still in good nick but out of style can go to the charity shop or on ebay. Summer’s all about freshness – so make sure that you’re feeling fresh too by refreshing the wardrobe. This is especially important on holiday – you want to get that special holiday feeling, and you’re not going to achieve it with old swimwear. Cool new gear:


With June approaching fast, there are probably several hundred websites and blogs with this title vying for your intention on the internet. The reason being, that the writer has read that list articles are a popular, easily scannable type of post which due to the nature of peoples attention span on the web is more likely to get featured in Digg or Reddit and the like – which is fair enough.

However, here are at CCR we are only interersterd in the clothes and if anyone reads our posts its a great bonus (and a big thanks to all that do!).

We proclaim no qualifications or real expertise – just a deep enthusiasm for fashion and a nose for what we feel people are going to be into this summer. We have nothing too shocking or revolutionary to say here, trends are very difficult to predict and sometimes can emerge from nowhere. Many of the Summer 2009 fashion trends were predicted by the major magazines and blogs in February/March – they have their reasons but its only now as we come closer to the actual summer that trends begin to emerge. What they still don’t understand fully is that the main players in trend setting is YOU. The real power to influence lies with YOUYOU define summer fashion, YOUR choices influence someone, who tells their friends and the effect ripples around the streets.

Anyway, slight rant over – let’s have a look at some clothes! Five fashion trends of Summer 2009:

1 – Denim – Will jeans ever go out of fashion? A perrenial winner, summer 2009 is no different. As well as classic cropped, skinnys and boyfriend jeans, weve seen some pretty cool Denim Skirt and dresses combinations. Peacocks as always have a great range of Denim shorts and  skirts, illustrating that you rarely have to break to bank for this look.

peacocks denim skirts

Denim Skirts from Peacocks - cool but cheap, great!

2 – The single shouldered dress and top – wow, tops and dresses with this look can be so sleek and sexy if done right – we’re so glad to see this style blasting back onto the high street. We would have one formal (like the Jane Norman top below) and one informal one-shouldered top, just to cover every occassion!

One shoulder class from Jane Norman

One shoulder class from Jane Norman

3 – Trousers – there is alot of trouser action on the streets already this year. Jumpsuits, harem, high-waisted and hugely bright colours are what weve come across so far. Fashion chicks have some great examples.

Harem Trousers - big, baggy and back!

Harem Trousers - big, baggy and back!

4 – Transparency – light and airy transparent tops are definitely a big mover in summer 2009 – a great, versatile style that can look fantastic as a component of a layered ensemble – just be careful with transparent-only layers!

Great chiffon at Urban Outfitters

Great chiffon at Urban Outfitters

5 – High heels – the coolest shoes of the summer – literally. We would chuck our cheap clothes sensibiblities out of the window and invest in a pair of top class heels. Some great advice here on making heels comfortable.

High heels - the skys the limit

High heels - the skys the limit

What are you going to wear this summer? – let us know your thoughts on whats going to be big in Summer 2009!

{April 23, 2009}   Five Fashion Links of Q1 2009

Well, that’s almost one-quarter of 2009 down already – how quick was that? – i haven’t even managed to get round to spending my Christmas gift vouchers yet! Anyway, i don’t know about you, but i feel that its been quite a tame start to the year in fashion terms, with very little standout stories, events or styles.

That said, there have been a few standout moments so far in quarter one of 2009 – here are our five favourites…..

  1. Susan Boyle takes over the world! – being proud Scots ourselves the rapid ascent of Susan Boyle has been quite something to behold. A mere two weeks on we already have: A YouTube video with over 40m hits!,  Susan Boyle T-Shirts and Hats and mass debate all over the place as to whether she needs a makeover – our opinion: be who you always have been Susan – let your voice speak for you!
  2. 10 floral dresses for the summer – Lovely list from Popsugar with some classic summer dresses, not long to go now!
  3. Tribeca: Vanity Fair Best Dressed – post from thefashioncult which is pretty cool due to a) its analysis of Vanity Fair and b) some of the clothes look amazing
  4. Showcase of Beautiful Fashion Websites – Great post from the always excellent Smashing magazine, some of the sites listed are truly stunning – our favourites include the Benetton site, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith.
  5. 50 most stylish men – GQ have compiled an excellent list here, which ranges from Marlon Brando to Andre 3000. Inspiration for the men out there and eye-candy for the ladies!

There we go – that’s our top five ‘things’ of this year so far – what has caught your eye?

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