Frockery Talk

  • Not just a pretty face!

    July 13, 2012

    We thought our readers would like a preview of some of the images captured by photographer Louise Beattie for the next issue of Invite Magazine, due out in September. It was a privilege for the Frockery to be invited to provide the clothing and accessories for the recent photo shoot at Kinnettles Castle in Angus and to work with fellow dollyfrocker  Sandra Cormack, whose hair and makeup artistry transformed young model Sula Powell from fresh faced teen into veritable femme fatale. A real team effort which achieved a truly stunning result!

    invite magazine shoot kinnettles

    invite magazine shoot knnettles

    invite magazine shoot kinnettles

    But the lovely Sula Powell is more than just a pretty face. At just 15 years old, not only does she have a great future ahead of her as a signed model, but she is also an active and passionate fundraiser for charity.  Read all about this inspiring and genuinely nice young woman in the summer 2012 issue of The Bite Magazine, and don't forget to look out for her in Invite Magazine.

  • Prom stars

    July 7, 2012

    As the end of the academic session approaches (or is already upon us here in Scotland), we have been receiving an increasing number of enquiries from young ladies, young men (and sometimes their mums!) looking for the perfect preloved or vintage prom wear.

    The school prom - an event imported from the USA which has largely replaced the humble end of term dance or disco - is now big business with more than a little competition among prom goers determined to push the boat out (or should that be stretch limo,  helicopter or tractor?) in a bid to outshine their peers in true Big Fat Gypsy Wedding style.

    Of course it is fun to get dressed up in your finery, and what better excuse  to celebrate such an important  milestone in your life, but it is quite staggering to learn from Marie Claire that prom nights are now an £80m industry in the UK. And as the girls featured in this article testify, peer pressure is an irresistible force. So much for austerity!

    Prom dresses need not cost a fortune, however, especially if they are preloved; and if they are vintage, so much the better as they will most likely be unique one-offs that nobody else will have. Needless to say we have a selection in our catalogue and most are under £50, so why not  take a look before splashing lots of cash.

     50s vintage dusky pink prom gown

    vintage 50s dusky pink prom dress

    50s inspired rockabilly style floral summer prom dress

    50s inspired bold floral summer prom dress

    John Charles 70s vintage prom dress

    vintage John Charles prom dress

    50s vintage black prom gown

    vintage 50s black prom gown

    60s Jackie Kennedy Mad Men style pink prom dress

    60s vintage pink prom gown


    And don't forget the accessories!

    Vintage pink ruched gloves

    vintage pink ruched gloves

    Vintage black Dita starlet shoes

    black Dita peep toe shoes

    Floral needlepoint evening purse

    needlepoint evening bag

    Black and silver reversible evening stole

    black and silver evening stole

    We also have a smaller selection of menswear including tuxedo shirts, bow ties and cummerbunds.

    To all those celebrating the end of their school years, enjoy your prom!  We wish you all well for the future and would urge you to save both the planet and your wallet in style by adopting our favourite mantra on your journey through life.

    Why buy new when it's more fashionable, frugal and eco-friendly to go retro?

  • Festival frockery rocks, come rain or shine

    July 4, 2012

    It's the height of summer (allegedly) and high season for festival goers with our own local  T in the Park coming up this weekend, 6th-8th July, in Kinross. Given the amount of rainfall we have been experiencing lately , it will  be more like Mud in the Park and Mud Everywhere Else, but it's unlikely that anyone's enthusiasm will be dampened with Snow Patrol, Kasabian and The Stone Roses headlining the event.

    Come rain or shine, music festival fans need frockery that rocks and (cue some shameless self promotion here!) we always have a good selection of affordable festival fashion in our catalogue.

    Here are some of our current favourites which we reckon will brighten up the dullest of days.

    Embroidered white muslin boho top

    white embroidered festival top

    Vintage boho leather bag

    vintage 70s boho leather bag

    Nanette Lepore boho white crochet trim dress

    white boho crochet dress

    Batik tie dye boho festival dress

    boho festival batik dress

    Turquoise boho festival maxi skirt

    turquoise boho festival maxi skirtMonsoon red embroidered dress

    monsoon red embroidered boho dress

    Why not browse through the rest of our boho festival frockery department?

    P.S. Don't forget the wellies, or the brollies!

  • You're beautiful

    June 28, 2012

    This vintage advertising image we spotted on Facebook made us smile. What's not 'normal' about either of these women?

    bathing suit fashion barometer

    And this one demonstrated how changing fashion, aided and abetted by media hype, has dictated what is and isn't desirable (or even acceptable) size-and-shape-wise, sometimes to the detriment of women's (and men's) health, as well as confidence and body image perception.

    model sizes

    One of our voluptuously gorgeous Facebook friends posted this humorous quip as a reminder of the subliminal sizist messages and language we are continuously subjected to by the fashion industry Stasi.

    chunky dipping

     But to be Blunt, surely the moral of the story is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the industry standard equates to plain boring clone!

    you're beautiful

  • Ostrich mentality

    June 24, 2012

    We are big fans of ostrich leather (and indeed ostrich feathers!) and have several classic examples in our own collection of handbags and accessories.

    According to the informative Ostrich Goods website:

    "Ostrich leather is often described as the finest quality leather in the world. Ostrich leather is suitable for articles where durability is an important element. It is one of the toughest and most pliable skins available on the market today. The ostrich hide is full of natural oils, which makes it resistant to stiffening, drying or cracking.

    "No other leather can compete with the unique quill pattern the ostrich leather bears. A simple way to identify genuine ostrich leather is to gently drag your fingertips across the surface of the quill holes. There should be a bumpy feel to it as the markings are slightly raised; something that cannot be reproduced by man or machinery. This in itself makes it one of the most expensive leathers in the world today, a symbol of classic distinction and unsurpassed elegance."

    Ostrich handbags in natural, go-with-anything shades, are a particular weakness of ours, but a dramatic downsizing of our collection is long overdue and we can no longer bury our heads in the sand! You'll therefore find a few ostrich items on the Frockery website at what we think are very reasonable prices, given their quality. Why not take a gander and see for yourselves?

    Vintage ecru ostrich leather handbag

    vintage ecru ostrich leather handbag

    Vintage Holmes creamy beige ostrich leather handbag

    vintage beige ostrich leather handbag

    Vintage tan ostrich leather purse

    vintage ostrich leather purse

  • Spice surprise for RARA!

    June 23, 2012

    Our good friends at RARA and the Pretty Vacant Showrooms have been celebrating their fourth birthday and we decided to spice things up with some serious Girl Power and frockery bakery.

    Fairy cakes on a vintage metal and bakelite cake stand made it from Forfar to Dundee with only one minor pink icing casualty.

    frockery cakery

    Look, we customised them ...

    RARA cakes

    ... and even provided four candles / fork handles.

    rara cakes

    The 5 Spices - Scary, Ginger, Posh, Sporty and Baby - were looking just as fresh faced as they did in the 90s, despite a 15 year stint in the Frockers' attic, and seemed to enjoy their outing.

    spice girls

    They certainly gave a big thumbs up to RARA and are staying until Tuesday. If you're quick, you can get your picture taken with them and pick up some vintage treasures at the same time!

    Who spotted the 6th Spice Girl below and what's she called? Post the answer on our Facebook page or Twitter feed with the #rarabirthday hashtag and we'll send a vintage scarf to the first correct one out of the hat on Wednesday.

    spice girls at RARA