Frockery Talk

  • Maxi mixture

    March 17, 2014

    We have just listed three maxi coats which we have teamed up with boots and bags from our catalogue for maximum style. What do you think of these looks? Which do you like the best?

    This indigo navy wool riding style maxi coat with dove grey trim and buttons is simply stunning and we had one of our familiar 'wish we were smaller' moments when listing its measurements. A one-off statement piece in which you are bound to make a dramatic, sweeping entrance, it should fit a size 8 or 10.

    indigo wool maxi coatindigo wool maxi coat

    Black leather knee length riding boots  and a leather messenger bag would complete the look.

    black leather riding bootsblack leather messenger bag

    We are big fans of the coatigan and this beige knitted maxi cardigan coat by Renay Martan is in fabulous condition. It has dark navy edging and tartan fabric covered buttons as well as tartan appliqué flowers and leaves.

    beige coatigan with tartan trim beige coatigan with tartan trim

    These brown suede knee high boots and boho leather satchel shoulder bag would make the perfect accessories. 

    boho suede knee high bootsboho satchel shoulder bag

     There is something reminiscent of Biba about this Jeffery Rogers ocelot animal print monochrome maxi coat which has a lovely velvetty feel to the fabric.

    ocelot print maxi coatocelot print maxi coat

    We think these black velvet boots by Next and black velvet clutch purse would complement it perfectly.

    black velvet bootsblack velvet clutch purse


  • Frockery eco-fashion challenge 2014: everyone's a winner!

    March 7, 2014

    Well the judges have deliberated, argued, agonised, sweated, swithered and even sworn a bit (as it was such a difficult task), but a decision has finally been reached and it's time to announce the winners of this year's Frockery EcoFashion Challenge.

    Cue drum roll...

    This year's winner is Janice Stewart, who will receive £100 of frockery from our catalogue. Some readers may remember that Janice is a previous winner, but the judges felt her creativity, quirkiness and unique sense of eco-style stood out, along with her colourful personality that was so evident in all her entertaining 'tales behind the togs'. Here is Janice rocking one of her creative combos (where muck boots meet Zandra Rhodes!) and a montage of her amazing customised undertaker's coat cheekily teamed with red lace and tartan!

    muck boots meet zandra rhodes

    "Today's ensemble is entirely charity shops, over the years, not all at once! even the muck boots! (i'm off to an open air rummage site today so need them) NOT taking the fabby Zandra Rhodes bag that i got in a blind auction in a charity shop but had to add it to the picture as i love it! Photo by youngest son...who actually said i looked good, then added...for a wifie your age!"

    frockery challenge winner montage

    "Not exactly Sunday at Church wear...but this jacket will have seen the inside of a few in it's previous life as an undertakers top coat! I have now finished vamping it up & got hubs to take pics last night. The red lace dress underneath is from Sunrise..bought for a wedding that i couldn't get to due to snow a couple of years ago....tartan tights....just because i don't do american tan! Pink lens specs for special looks better through rose coloured specs! #vintage#retro #upcycled #fun"

    Our runner up this year is Cecilia Townley, who will receive £50 of frockery from our catalogue. Cecilia's distinctive style, eye for a bargain (we must all bookmark the Woking hospice shop for a visit!) and showcasing of a range of eco-outfits throughout the challenge - from vintage to charity shop chic, for work, play and special occasions - were truly inspiring.  Here are just two of her winning looks.

    cecilia baby blue

    "This most beautiful crochet baby blue dress, from The Frockery is what I'm wearing! "

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    "£4 for my red wrap dress. £4 for my navy blazer! Love a charity shop bargain Monday."

    But read on, fellow eco-frockers, for there are no losers and everyone's a winner when it comes to eco-fashion! 

    Since it was so incredibly tough for our judges to come up with just one winner and one runner up from the array of fabulous eco-fashion on display throughout February, we have decided to offer £20 of frockery to each of this year's participants. So please email us with your choice of items and we'll wing them off to you.

    Thank you again to everyone who embraced our fourth Frockery challenge with such enthusiasm and contributed to the community camaraderie. We hope you'll all take part again next year.

    Please feel free in the meantime to use the Frockery Facebook group to post eco-fashion tips, bargain buys, vintage adventures and news and we will continue to post events, competitions and exclusive offers there during the year. And if you haven't yet 'liked' our Frockery Facebook page , why not?!


  • The mighty Quo to headline Mofest

    March 2, 2014


     Being big fans of live music, we have previously blogged about our love of festivals, in particular the smaller festivals which do not involve battling through the massive crowds of Glastonbury, T in the Park and other major events.

    As die-hard 70s music fans, it was hard to contain our excitement and sheer delight when we heard that Mofest  - the wee music festival held annually in the chief frocker's home town of Montrose (population approx 12000) - had scored Status Quo as this year's headline act. And no it isn't a tribute band, it's the real Rossi & Co who are coming to little old Mo to rock the East Links on Friday 23rd May!

    We have already scored our tickets and planning what to wear from the boho festival frockery department!

  • Fair Isle style

    February 17, 2014

    ponies in fair isle jumpers

    Image credit: Visit Scotland

    Since it's still so cold, wet, windy and grey throughout the country, we could all do with a bit of winter wardrobe cheer as we (hopefully) see off the last of the freezing temperatures, storms and floods and can begin look forward to a brighter spring.  These Shetland ponies stay warm as well as looking incredibly cute while promoting Scottish knitwear, so why not take a leaf out of their look book and rock some Fair Isle style?

    Red jumper dress with Fair Isle pattern

    retro red jumper dress

    Vintage Fair Isle yoke cardigan

    vintage fair isle yoke cardigan

    Child's vintage Fair Isle tammy

    child's fair isle tammy

    Craftcentre Cymru patterned jumper

    craftcentre cymru jumper

    Pink Fair Isle patter jumper dress

    pink fair isle jumper dress

    Shearling Fair Isle hat

    shearling fair isle hat

    Fair Isle crew neck jumper

    fair isle patterned jumper


  • Letter from America

    February 5, 2014

    We were recently pleased to hear from Gen, one of our readers in the US, who had enjoyed our focus article on Droopy & Browns and wanted to share with us her own 'find' in the form of a delightful merino wool dress designed by the inimitable Angela Holmes.

    She wrote:

    On my travels I've found a wonderful Angela Holmes dress, 100% merino wool in beautiful condition.  I learnt a great deal about her from your helpful site.  If you'd like photos I can send them. 

    I'm in the Pacific Northwest - we're quite close to British Columbia and a surprising number of Brit designer labels find their way down here.  

    Naturally we wanted to find out more and see the well travelled dress, which is indeed an Angela Holmes classic.

    droopy and browns dress

    Describing the dress, Gen wrote:

    The gathering around the waist is exquisitely done, with beautiful inner tailoring. It's made from a smooth, lighter weight pure merino wool woven and does up the back with a long zipper.  It's a size 14 UK. The skirt is very full with just yards of fabric.   

    droopy and browns dress

    A lady after our own heart, Gen also told us she does most of her shopping in charity shops, commenting:

    How I found it is that I shop for most of my clothing in charity shops - both in my area (Pacific Northwest US) and in England (I stay part time in London but will shop anywhere). I'm a bit of a textile and clothing hobbyist and used to design and create clothing, upcycle and the like but haven't done as much of that lately.  I'm always on the look out for good British designers, though, as I think they, along with the Japanese, do some of the most innovative designs anywhere.   I really appreciate your blog!

    It's certainly good to know that our blog attracts such a discerning readership and that our Droopy & Browns article provided some useful background for this beautiful dress's new owner!


  • Dead dongles and tales of the unconnected

    February 2, 2014


    Those who follow us on Twitter will be aware of the unprecedented catalogue of crises to have befallen the Frockers over the past week as a consequence of BT discontinuing our telephone line and, to add insult to injury, losing us our high speed broadband in the process. We were not amused by this failure to follow our simple instruction (to disconnect our second phone line), which apparently cannot be simply reversed, even in these technologically advanced times.

    The story gets worse as our broadband provider (not BT) is in the process of ‘migrating’ its customers elsewhere and so we had to re-order our service with a lead-in time of up to 14 days. Pleas for clemency fell on deaf ears (there was nothing they could do after BT ceased the line) and the only silver lining is that the new contract will be considerably cheaper, but we were still left last week without a reliable internet connection, which is not a good thing for an ecommerce business.

    There is a limit as to how useful an iPhone alone can be in such trying circumstances, so rather than decamp to McDonalds or our local Asda cafe which offer free wifi, the chief frocker dashed to Dundee for a dongle last Tuesday evening. So far so good, and we were able to work into the wee small hours catching up, all thanks to Three’s mobile broadband.

    It was of course too good to be true and by 7am on Wednesday the dongle was as dead as John Cleese’s parrot, unable to raise a single bar of network coverage. The chief frocker thought she had broken it (such a scenario has been known in her previous dealings with technology), but Danny diagnosed the network as down and out, while pronouncing the dongle to be in possession of its almost full complement of (now inaccessible) data faculties.

    So we waited and waited for any sign of life, and consulted Three’s Facebook page, and followed @ThreeUKSupport on Twitter, where we found a sizeable cohort of Forfarians who were all as sick as parrots about the lack of connectivity in the DD8 area. The responses from Three were painfully patchy and frustratingly inconsistent, but they eventually declared it to be a problem with not one, but two masts serving the Forfar area. Pressed by one especially tenacious tweeter, the estimated timescale for said mast or masts fixing was said to be “as soon as possible” (like the length of that piece of string) and, later, “by 14th February”.  By then the disconnected of Angus had collectively had enough of Three’s dismal service (and we frockers considered ourselves relatively fortunate only to be lumbered with a non functional pay as you go dongle, rather than being locked into a phone or internet contract).

    Frustrated beyond measure by now, another dash to Dundee on Wednesday evening  clocking up another 30 miles in the old Merc secured us a new dongle, this time on the Vodafone network, for another £25. We were feeling smugly optimistic until the ‘plug in and play’ promise failed to materialise and it took Danny the techie frocker over an hour to bring it to life.

    So since last Wednesday night we have been operating exclusively by iPhone and dongle, and it is admittedly a bit slow, but at least we are connected. Danny now even has his own personal dongle.

    As of today (Sunday) the Three network is still stone dead in DD8 with no explanation as to why it should be taking so long for the masts serving our local area and hundreds of unhappy customers to be fixed. It may have been simpler to scale the Sidlaws ourselves with a screwdriver  to remedy the fault!

    On a positive note, our broadband should be up and running again this week and we won’t be taking it for granted after this unwelcome experience akin to re-living the old days of dial-up. Indeed we are already looking forward to fibre optics arriving at the box we can actually see across the road from Frockery HQ. We may be lovers of vintage and slow fashion, but high speed broadband is a necessity in the modern age.

    The Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge 2014 started yesterday, but we feel we have already run a marathon in the form of our own Techie Challenge!

    By the way, did we mention we had a new phone number as we lost the old one? We (or more usually our answering machine) can now be reached on 01307 468372, but please email us if you have an urgent query as we are often out and about or in the depths of the stock room and can't always answer the phone.