• A challenging start to the new year

    January 6, 2015


    Well, we are back at the frock face after an enjoyable festive break, having gained at least a dress size and simultaneously lost a few roof slates in the recent storms. If you have ever tried finding a working (and sober) slater on 2nd January, which is a public holiday in Scotland, you will probably sympathise. We were just glad the rain abated until the affable Kevin arrived with his ladders yesterday morning to repair the damage.

    Meanwhile, we have had a brisk start to the new year's trading and are already limbering up for our fifth annual Frockery eco-fashion challenge, which is due to begin on 1st February. Last year's winner Janice Stewart has agreed to be one of our judges and the Frockery Facebook Group is attracting new members in anticipation of the month-long event.

    Why not join in the fun this year? Details of how to enter can be found here.

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  • The Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge 2013 has begun!

    February 1, 2013

    Are you ready to frock? Why not join the Frockers and friends in February to rock the retro, hype the hand made and celebrate the second hand?

    Our 3rd annual Eco-Fashion Challenge kicks off today on our Facebook Group, but you can also take part on Twitter using the #frockerychallenge hashtag.

    This is why we do it!

    And by way of added incentive to save the planet (and the wallet) in style there will be prizes at the end of the month. 

    You'll find the details and (minimal rules) here.

  • Are you ready to frock?

    February 1, 2012

    No, you didn't miss our earlier announcement of the Frockery's Eco-Fashion Challenge 2012 which starts today and runs throughout February, it's just that January ran out faster than anticipated. Our best excuse is that we are dedicated followers of slow fashion!

    Our inaugural challenge was held last year as a fun way of combating the snowdrift blues and was a great success, so we decided to make it an annual event. We have, however, simplified the rules this year to make it easier to take part. So do come and join us in our 2012 February frock-up!

    Frockery February Eco-Fashion Challenge 2012

    In celebration of hand made, vintage, retro and recycled, we are once again encouraging friends, fans and followers to take part in our February eco-fashion challenge during the shortest, darkest and most depressingly bill-filled month of the year.

    The rules are simple

    Most of your clothing should be hand made, vintage, recycled or second hand during February and you should post your pictures, outfit descriptions, sources and costs on the Frockery Facebook page over the course of the month (as many or as few as you like!)

    If you don't 'do' Facebook, you can post your entries here on our blog or email them to us directly and we will post them for you.

    Pics mean prizes

    Frockery vouchers (£100 for the winner and £50 for the runner up) will go to the posters of the most stylish and creative eco-fashionable ensembles at the end of the month.

    So come on everybody, let's frock!

  • Ready Steady Go!

    February 1, 2011

    Our first ever February eco-fashion challenge is now underway!

    So come on, ladies and gentlemen, post your eco-fashion pics for prizes on our Facebook events page (or, if you don't do Facebook, send them directly to for posting). You might want to showcase a different outfit every day or just a few examples of your February eco-frockery, which should comprise predominantly vintage, second hand or hand made clothing.

    £50 Frockery vouchers are up for grabs for the most creative and eco-stylish fashionistas in February. Not only that, vintage themed cupcakes from our friends at  The Scarlet Bakery will be winging their way to some runners up at the end of the challenge.

    It should be a  piece of cake, so it's over to you!

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  • Preloved, reloved and retro make eco-fashion sense

    January 17, 2011

    Following on from our last post, it seems we  are far from alone in our aspirations to rock the retro and celebrate the second hand for the benefit of people, planet and wallet.

    Slow fashion fans have been signing up fast for our February eco-fashion challenge and we are excited to have secured the services of a well known fashion blogger to choose the winner (or winners if we are feeling generous!)  at the end of the month.

    More details will follow, but you can keep signing up here and  remember to like us on Facebook in order to post your outfits and comments on our page from 1st February. For non-Facebookers (and we know there are quite a few) please just send them to us directly and we'll post them for you.

    Thanks to the power of Twitter, we were also delighted to hear about the Preloved Reloved project initiated by Kim Sklinar, who kindly featured the Frockery challenge on her blog. Kim is wearing only second hand clothes throughout 2011 to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Research charity and says of her project:

    "From charity shops, vintage markets and eBay. I’ll be spending less on clothes, making less impulse purchases, wearing more unusual things, accessorising better,  giving more money to charity and generally not giving money to sweatshop factories via the high street."

    Kim is most definitely a  lady after our own hearts (and wardrobes) and we'll be watching her progress with interest. If you want to donate towards Kim's very worthwhile cause, you can do so here.

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  • New wardrobe resolution and an eco-fashion challenge

    January 9, 2011

    It seems some New Year's resolutions are just made to be broken. In our own case, falling off the chocolate wagon happened overnight as we discovered some Thornton's beauties lurking in the cupboard in which we were stashing away the Christmas decorations. There must have been a good reason for their careful concealment (possibly from young pub returners seeking late night sustenance over the festive season), but they were a welcome sight and, like the resolution, didn't last long.

    Other resolutions are easier to keep and so far we have managed to wear preloved, vintage or hand made clothes every day of the year, both at work and at play. We can highly recommend it (we would, wouldn't we!) as it is utterly painless and requires no element of self denial whatsoever.  It also makes sound eco-sense, both economical and ecological, as well as being a fun fashion challenge.

    In celebration of  hand made, vintage and recycled, we  have decided to keep our not so new year's resolution for as long as  possible and are encouraging friends, fans and followers to join us by embracing our eco-fashion February challenge during the shortest, darkest and most depressingly bill-filled month of the year.

    The rules are simple: all or most of your clothing has to be hand made, vintage, recycled or second hand for the 28 consecutive days of February (no cheating!)

    Tell us how you get on by posting your pictures, outfit descriptions, sources and costs on the Frockery Facebook page and we'll offer a £50 Frockery voucher to the most stylish and creative eco-fashionista at the end of the month.

    You have a few weeks to think about it and we'll post a reminder at the end of January.  Go on, it'll be fun!  You may even end up enjoying it so much that you keep on eco-frocking throughout the year!

    Meanwhile, you'll find some good reasons and 'RE' action ideas here.

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