Is that a moth in Gok Wan’s wallet..? Shopping the ‘real’ high-street way at long last!

Over the years Gok Wan has so often proclaimed that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look good. Yet in past series of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow and Gok’s Fashion Fix the stylist continued to spend hundreds of pounds on “high-street” clothing in order to beat designer fashion in a head-to-head battle to creating the season’s hottest looks.

On more than one occasion I have been heard to complain about Gok’s extravagant spending; “Even I could do it for less than that!” and I’ve even written to Channel 4 to point out that a 75 quid cardi is not cheap nor something that I’d happily cut-up as Gok suggests, but would be a serious investment piece for me! Just because it is sold on a high street, doesn’t make it “high street” in the way Gok is suggesting. A bit cheat-y if you ask me.

Rant over. Watching the new series of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow yesterday stopped my whingeing in its tracks. Gok has started using ‘proper’ high-street retailers to create his £50 fashion looks, and by ‘proper’ I mean the sort of places I can afford to shop. And I’m sure I’m not the only one to be delighted that the clothes recommended were from places such as Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Asda and shock-horror even Primark! I can finally buy what I see! I’m off to buy the star-print dress featured in the show for only £17.

Although, perhaps not: Surely the items that Gok recommends will fly out of the shops – even his website containing the list of clothing used proclaims that “unfortunately, many of the items featured in the show are no longer available to buy” – of course not, all the high-street hotties have rushed out and bought ’em!

Despite this small setback, I was pleased with the new Get the Look for Less approach of the show and thoroughly delighted with Gok’s do-it-yourself feature on creating glitter heeled shoes – not the glue-gun-haberdashery he was so fond of in the past, but very clever instructions & the sort of thing I would actually do myself. View the step-by-step video here

Yes, the new series of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow is certainly worth a watch. Especially for all us recessionistas out there!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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