From Marc Jacobs to Ralph Lauren, top designers have set the trend for Spring / Summer 2016 with striking stripes in bold colours as well as classic nautical navy and white.
If you want to star in stripes and stay up to the minute in one of this season's style statements, without the designer price tag, why not take a browse through the Frockery catalogue?
Ribkoff black and white evening top
Black and red paisley striped blouse
Navy Striped Skirt Suit (La Strada)
Black and white striped dress
80s Marcelle Griffon green and black striped dress
Vintage Wallis black and gold lurex cardigan
Vintage green and white nautical scarf
70s vintage brown striped kipper tie
Black & White Dress (ECI)
Casamia silver and black sequinned chevron top
Zebra stripe faux fur jacket
K Frocker enjoying the sunshine
The sun has made a welcome re-appearance in these parts, which has not only helped brighten everyone's mood but has also encouraged us all to look out the summer frockery that has been patiently awaiting the arrival of warmer weather at the back of our wardrobes - or, in the case of our more organised sisters, in carefully packed storage boxes labelled 'summer clothes' (that's so not us!)
Having just received a reminder about the upcoming Perth Races, we thought we'd put together a look for Ladies Day on 14th May, which raises money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. It promises to be a fabulous event with live music, entertainment and first class hospitality to complement the afternoon's racing. It is also the perfect excuse to glam up in posh frocks, hats and heels, not least of all because there are prizes for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Male and Best Hat.
Enjoying Ladies Day (Image credit: Perth Races)
Of course you don't need to spend a fortune to achieve the wow factor (and possibly carry off the top £1000 prize!) Our featured race outfit combination comprises an elegant pink peplum bow front dress by Dorothy Perkins (a snip at just £20), accessorised with an ivory brimmed hat with faux flower trim (from our own collection, but this Peter Bettley beauty would also turn heads!) and an Episode ivory crochet fringed stole.
We absolutely love these Capollini ivory ribbon tie high heeled ivory sandals and the faux ostrich handbag is just the right size to to hold the requisite paraphernalia (and winnings!) on your day at the races. Don't forget the pearls and sunnies!
You'll find more ideas in our Day at the Races section!
Talking of horses, two of the frockers are going riding next month for the first time in years (decades, actually) and will need to don some suitable stable staples so that we look the part when we get on (and hopefully don't fall off) our cuddies! We'll post pics as evidence at a later date, but here's one possible outfit from our catalogue that might fit the occasion without breaking the bank.
You can also check out our Country Life section for more ideas!
And finally, our Grand National favourite this year (for no particular reason) is: Night in Milan.
Image credit: David Boni (via The Skinny)
Congratulations to Gordon Millar at Scot Street Style on the launch this weekend of his crowd-funded book, Ønward! (Yes, we can do the Scandinavian O with a stroke through it!) Having run into him at the Herald Fashion Awards, we especially like his impressive beard and vintage jacket, not to mention the fact that he kindly retweets our frockery frippery on a regular basis. Gordon is a gifted facilitator and powerful proponent of all things creative in Scotland, but rather than us reinvent the accolades, this is what the Skinny had to say about the phenomenon that is #ScotStreetStyle. It's a great concept, we like the emphasis on freedom of expression and are always up for a bit of collaboration.
On a nostalgic street style note, here is our own K Frocker a few years back when she was snapped by the Herald in Glasgow's Byres Road. The most photogenic of the frockers, she has since exchanged student life in the West End of Glasgow for a career in the West End of London, where she still gets snapped a lot (and still wears Frockery frockery!)
Meanwhile, for those of you who haven't been paying attention, the 5th Annual Frockery Eco Fashion Challenge has kicked off on our Facebook Group and Twitter feed (using the #frockerychallenge hashtag) where we are celebrating sustainable style for the whole of February by showcasing all things eco-chic in the form of vintage, preloved and/or hand made outfits that help save the wallet as well as the planet. There are prizes of Frockery vouchers at the end of the month for the most creative eco-fashionistas, so if, like us, you need something to cheer you up after paying the tax bill and /or post Christmas credit cards, then this is surely it!
Here's one of our previous winners - Janice Stewart, owner of Tweed’ll Dee By Notions - who has joined this year's judging panel to choose our winning eco-fashionistas. She sets a shiningly stylish example of creative and colourful eco chic in Brechin and beyond. You cannae miss her and Gordon would fair like that (former undertaker's) jaikit!
In rather less flamboyant fashion, two of the frockers celebrated the first day of this year's challenge by seeking to show off some 'Scott Street' style in Perth, but actually ended up looking like extras from Frozen!
Frockery Challenge FAQs (with thanks to Janice)
Q: What do I have to do to enter?
A: Easy! Take a picture of yourself in an outfit and add a bit of text to say where you got the items and how much they cost.
Q: Do I have to buy more stuff or use what I have?
A: It’s all about being eco-friendly…you may have had items for years….or maybe you bagged a bargain last week....it doesn’t matter.
Q: I’m camera shy….do I have to show my face?
A: It would be better if your face is shown…otherwise how do we know it’s you?
Q: Do I have to make something?...I can't sew!
A: No…though it is nice to see how people adapt their clothing buys.
Q: Do I have to post a picture every day?
A: No…a couple of pictures are enough…more are a bonus!
Q: Can the whole world see my pictures?
A: No, only those in the closed Facebook group can see them (or you can post them publicly on Twitter).
Have a browse through previous entry pictures to get the idea and remember 'pics mean prizes', so do come and join us!
King Tut's Wah Wah Tent (Image credit: T in the Park)
It's T in the Park time again and the final fling for the festival at Balado which is moving to a new home next year. We have enjoyed watching some of it on TV as we have passed the age and stage of huge crowds mixed with mud! Lots of our customers are there, though, for one of the best weekends of the UK festival calendar.
Since the weather is distinctly festival-like here - sunshine interspersed with downpours - we have been sporting summer festival frockery, minus the wellies, to get into the vicarious spirit!
Later in the month we'll be heading to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival to celebrate a friend's birthday and are especially looking forward to seeing the fabulous Gerry Jablonski Band.
Meanwhile, we are awaiting the arrival of K Frocker from London and F Frocker from Perth so that we can enjoy a family fest of our own over the next few days. The bunting is out, the fatted courgette has been killed. But what to wear?
Ever popular at the Frockery are Victorian and Edwardian style blouses which always sell quickly and are among the most requested items on our customers' wanted and wish lists. Capturing the essence of scenes from Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey, yet equally at home in a 21st century wardrobe, the appeal of Victorian Edwardian frockery is undoubtedly timeless.
Here are a few of our current catalogue pieces and recent arrivals, featuring feminine flourishes of lace, tucks, frills and pleating, which reflect the romantic flavour of the era as 19th century late Victorian melded into early 20th century Edwardian style which was becoming increasingly influenced by European Belle Époque art and fashion.
Why not go for a Gibson Girl look with one of our frilled blouses teamed with a fashionable midi length or maxi skirt? Or create a statement steampunk look with some Victorian inspired fancy frockery?