Tag Archives: frockery

  • The wonder of woollies

    October 21, 2014

    Hurricane Gonzalo may have lost most of its momentum on its way across the Pond, but we have been experiencing the sting in its tail in the form of high winds, driving rain and plummeting temperatures. We are just hoping to hang on to our slates until it passes.

    As one tweeter observed:

    "When you open the curtains in the morning and a seagull flies past backwards.... You can be fairly sure #Gonzalo has arrived!"

    Readers will be glad to know we've got a selection of warm woollies waiting to provide stylish service for the inclement weather between now and next spring. What's more, we can deliver them to you at 'speedy Gonzalo' hurricane rate! 

    We are big fans of traditional knits and here at Frockery HQ, we have taken to wearing Norwegian knits and Aran cardigans rather than turn on the heating. Call us mean, but we aim to stay stylishly so!

    Here are some of our newly arrived knitwear, mainly jumpers and cardigans but also a fabulous Rodier multicoloured skirt which is sure to lift anyone's spirits as we wave goodbye to summer time when the clocks change this weekend.

    pink icelandic jumper boyfriend sloiuch cardigan jacket

    Alloa Knitear brown patterned jumper brown and cream patterned cardigan jacket

    norwegian red and black jumper  rodier multicoloured knit skirt

    We have an extensive range of knitwear in the catalogue - something for everyone at highly affordable prices - so come on in out of the cold and we'll give you a  warm  frockery welcome!

  • Rain-mates

    October 10, 2014

    rain mate

    Image via Pinterest

    Who remembers the rain-mate, that handy little head topping accessory that the 1950s housewife could whip out of her handbag at the hint of a shower? Apparently more than a few of us harbour fond memories of these concertina-folding pieces of transparent plastic with attached ties, which seem to have been reinvented for the modern Miss/Mrs/Ms and are readily available on ebay and elsewhere. A casual online search even revealed a blogger called Jonathan with a penchant for posting about rain-mates, which, he noted, had brought him a whole lot of new visitors and comments courtesy of Google. We thought we'd try it, too...

    The last sighting of an authentic 50s rain-mate we had was in a vintage shopping bag bought at Dens Road Market in Dundee some years ago by the chief frocker's friend Fiona. It sparked a conversation with K Frocker - at the time an art student - about a rain-mate revival as we felt they could once again become popular, especially in our disproportionately damp climate. We even mused about possible customised designs for festivals and outdoor events, but it appears they never actually disappeared and have just been skulking around the internet waiting for customers who want to keep their heads dry as cheaply as possible. And people obviously do still buy them. But would you wear one (even for a dare)?

    rain-mate bad postcards

    Image credit: Bad Postcards

    Anyway, the rainy season is upon us again and it's always a challenge to stay stylish at the same time as getting drookit. Despite its vintage pedigree, we would have to draw the line at describing the rain-mate as stylish.

    When the heavens open, the chief frocker invariably reaches for her green waxed Barbour jacket and matching hat which manages to frustrate even the stair-rod sort of rain that is native to north east Scotland. If rather more stylish attire is called for, she usually opts for one of her collection of Burberry raincoats and a trusty brolly.

    If you are in need of some storm proof, watertight wear without a thunder and lightningly frightening price tag, then look no further as the Frockery is packed with macs, trenches and anoraks that won't damp anyone's style. Unlike the rain-mate...

    oprions austin reed trench coat

    Options at Austin Reed classic trench coat

    Barbour quilted jacket

    Men's Barbour sportsquilt casual jacket 

    aqua retro raincoat

     Aqua retro raincoat

    burberrys beige raincoat mac

    Classic Burberrys beige raincoat

    Vintage red mod mac

    Vintage red mod mac

    men's burberry beige casual jacket

    Men's Burberry beige casual zip front jacket

  • Get motoring for Goodwood

    September 7, 2014

    Dundee pin up shoot by Dylan Drummond

    Stacy Sturrock models a Horrockses vintage two piece sun suit with complementary accessories from the Frockery. Photography by Dylan Drummond ~ Hair & Make Up by Sandra Cormack

    It's that time of year again when we are receiving lots of enquiries and orders for vintage clothing and accessories suitable for the upcoming Goodwood Revival weekend. We are pleased to report that  we have once again kitted out both regular and new customers for this year's (sold out) extravaganza which runs from 12th to 14th September and we hope they all have a fabulous time revisiting the glory days of the iconic motor racing circuit.

    There's still time to order that last minute vintage (or vintage inspired if you aren't a purist!) dress, handbag, hat, gloves, shoes or other accessories  from our catalogue. We even have a handy Get the Look: Goodwood Revival section to make it easier:

    "The Goodwood Revival weekend is like taking a trip back in time, not only for motor sport enthusiasts but also for vintage fashion aficionados, as ladies and gents dress up in authentic period costume to reflect their own favourite Goodwood era from late 40s to mid 60s. Many of our customers are Revival regulars and we find our vintage frockery flies off the rails in anticipation of the extravaganza every September."

    If you see anything  that takes your fancy, we offer a speedy next day special delivery option to make sure your order reaches you in time. Our sold items are mounting up, though, so best get motoring!

    errol airfield vintage sports car

  • Holiday snaps and new arrivals

    August 24, 2014

    Apologies for the lack of Frockery Talkery, but we have been in catch-up mode since the chief frocker's short break and it has been very busy here. We are feeling the Google love at the moment and our website traffic has increased significantly, bringing  lots of lovely new customers with it. Thank you all!

    brighouse valley

    View across the valley from our Yorkshire hosts' land -  not a frock in sight!

    Despite the rain - some of it of the distinctly stair rod variety - our whistle-stop trip to Yorkshire and Liverpool was  a wonderful opportunity to escape the frock face for a few days and catch up with friends and family. Our first tango in Halifax was everything we could have hoped for, and the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of a sizeable gathering of old friends from across the UK. The fog (and swell) on the Mersey meant we didn't catch the ferry, but it was a delight to see the redevelopment of Liverpool since our last visit to the city.  Many of the modern buildings are dramatic in appearance and in stark contrast to the iconic Liver building and parts of the sympathetically re-developed harbour area, but it all melds together beautifully and the city's musical history is celebrated everywhere.

    Billy Fury statue Liverpool

    Billy Fury statue


    Fab Four tribute barge

    The highlight of the trip had to be meeting three week old baby Lilly, the latest addition to the frockers' family, who is just beautiful! And talking of new arrivals, we  have lots of lovely new stock which will be appearing soon on the website. We thought we'd post a sneak preview of some of our favourites and once they are added to the catalogue, we'll add the links to the product pages.

    navy polka dot swing dress

    Navy and white polka dot rockabilly swing dress

    80s does 50s rose print swing dress

    80s does 50s rose print swing dress

    emerald green dirndl skirt

    Amazing emerald green dirndl skirt

    Monsoon brown velvet skirt

    Monsoon brown velvet skirt

    Nicowa stretch velvet dress

    Nicowa stretch velvet dress

    Ghost bias cut ivory dress

    Ghost bias cut ivory dress 

    Emerald green evening gown

    Emerald green evening gown

  • Rewind to the 80s

    July 20, 2014

    Mary Poppins vintage luggage

    Mary Poppins vintage luggage helped the moving medicine go down

    This blog post is coming to you via new servers as our landlords moved us without warning on Friday from our previous home, which was apparently showing signs of imminent subsidence!  We suffered some unplanned downtime as our hosts undertook the removal and installed us in our new virtual premises. We had to have our mail redirected, but we seem to have survived the transition relatively unscathed, save for the sheer stress of it all. Those who follow us on Facebook and Twitter will have realised we hadn't just vanished without trace ( we have been paying the rent on time, honest!), and we can only apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced by bouncing mail or 'not found' notices.

    rewind scotland

    Anyway, we had been planning to write a bit about the Rewind Festival this weekend, but having been distracted by all of the above, we will just sum it up by saying that the rain has failed to dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of  80s revellers who have converged on Scone Palace in all their neon glory to enjoy a fantastic line up of performers.

    The Frockers meanwhile all arrived in Perth from different directions on Friday evening to enjoy a family curry as Kirstin Frocker is returning to London this weekend. Before she departed, she modelled this fab 80s tan leather pencil skirt topped with a reversible camel and cream coat. Our loss is Urban Outfitters' gain and we miss her lots!

    kirstin frocker

    By way of apology for our unscheduled disappearance, and in homage to all things new wave, we are offering 15% off everything in our 80s vintage frockery department until the end of July. Just use code REWIND-15 at the checkout and the discount will be applied. We don't have any shell suits in stock, but we have plenty of wearable 80s pieces to choose from that are bound to get you noticed, like this amazing electric blue leather jacket...

    80s new wave electric blue leather jacket

    80s statement black velvet dress with polka dot bow and bustle

    80s black velvet dress with polka dot bow and bustle

    Feminella metallic blouse

    80s metallic blouse

    80s black and gold shoes with comfy low heels

    80s black and gold shoes

    or 80s C&A high heels with bows

    Black leather 80s vintage heels with bows

    How about an 80s vintage Richards bold floral strapless dress?

    80s vintage Richards bold floral strapless dress

    New Wave white vinyl bag

    New Wave white vinyl bag

    or 80s glam silk sequinned evening top?

    80s vintage silk sequinned evening top

    Don't delay, fire up the Quattro and pick up your discount today!

  • Time for T and a bit of boho

    July 13, 2014

    King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent

    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?

    boho festival embroidered dress

     Boho festival embroidered dress

      boho festival patchwork halter neck dress

    Boho festival embellished halter neck dress

    Boho festival 70s style cardigan jacket

    Boho festival 70s style cardigan jacket 

    Joe Browns navy floral sun dress

    Joe Browns navy floral sun dress

    Dr Martens 14 eyelet AirWair boots

    Dr Martens AirWair boots