Tag Archives: frockery

  • 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 

  • This Old Thing: back to the future for fashion

    June 26, 2014

    this old thing dawn o'porter

    Dawn O'Porter  Image credit: Channel 4

    Being vintage aficionados for more years than we care to remember, and having worn 60s, 70s and 80s clothes with pride the first time around (when we were younger, thinner and rather more dedicated followers of fashion), it was disappointing to read some of the cutting reviews of the first episode of Channel 4's homage to vintage and second hand fashion, This Old Thing, presented by Dawn O'Porter.

    We would say that, wouldn't we? Nevertheless, we  find ourselves driven to disagree with the snooty put downs about the "predictability" of the show, the clothes, the presenter and the concept by mass media, which, one and all, depend on fast fashion corporations for advertising revenue in these straitened economic times. The "predictability" of vested interests, you could say.

    We are not ashamed to admit that we enjoyed the programme, tweeted enthusiastically about it along with some virtual vintage loving chums and saw our website traffic spike to 50% more than its daily average.  Although we didn't rate a mention (nor did we expect to as a micro mini vintage outfit in the sticks), we were happy to receive collateral crumbs of interest via the search engines from many new visitors, whose interest  in vintage had clearly been piqued by the programme.

    Wall to wall sport elsewhere probably had something to do with it, too, but far be it from us to criticise the "predictability" of fit blokes chasing a ball around a field, or hitting a smaller one back and forward over a net. Each to their own! Even if our Andy is defending his Wimbledon title, it won't get exciting until much later in the competition, so we'll stick to old frockery for now.

    We found Dawn's efforts to convert fast fashionistas into lovers of all things retro laudable, but the initial negative reactions of the young contemporary case studies was testament to the cult of disposability that now permeates our society. One wonders if these same people have a similar phobia of sleeping in hotel beds with their second hand mattresses and sheets. Have they not heard of washing machines or dry cleaners? Do they even possess a needle and thread, or know how to stop a ladder in the tights with a spot of clear nail varnish?

    While we're at it, why not mention the war? Back in the old days, without any mod cons, our mothers and grandmothers looked after their (relatively few) clothes to prolong their lifetime out of necessity and all had the skills to do so. Hell, even the chief frocker learned how to darn a sock and turn a heel on four pins (she kids you not!) at school in the early 70s before gratefully dropping domestic science (at which she did not excel) in favour of Latin. It is deeply concerning to see how the old values of thrift, make-do-and-mend and quality have since been supplanted by mass production of trashable fast fashion. We have written about this before - see Slow fashion: winning the race for hearts and minds?

    Even buying high end high street won't guarantee someone else won't turn up in the same frock, so if you want to be unique you really need to embrace the new / old paradigm and look back to the future! Shopping vintage and preloved, making and altering your own clothes and using your imagination to create an individual look that is not dictated by fast fashion brands is, frankly, a no brainer, so we old frockers welcome This Old Thing and will continue to value our own old things, look after them and wear them on a daily basis.

    We like to think we are part of the revolution that is second-handedly saving the planet (and the wallet) in style. As we keep banging on, why buy new when it's more fashionable, frugal and eco-friendly to go retro?

    Still doubtful? Here are a few of our 'old things' on a young and beautiful model. For more examples and inspiration, take a look at our Frockery Fashionistas section, and why not consider entering our next Eco Fashion Challenge?

    juuli

    juuli2

    Photographer Oliver Schneider captured these stunning images of Juuli Vaajaniemi in some of our vintage frockery: a little black 40s cocktail dress (bought in a charity shop 10 years ago) and a 60s ivory silk sequinned two piece (pre-owned by a former model). Hair and make up by SC MakeUp Artistry,

  • Back to Black

    May 10, 2014

    Whatever the occasion, the wardrobe staple that can always be relied upon is the little black dress.

    Looking back over our blog, we wrote in 2007:

    "The little black dress - now known universally by that three letter acronym LBD - is a versatile and timeless classic which can be dressed up or down and worn by women of all ages no matter what the occasion. From breakfast at Tiffany's, through a day at the office and on to the wine bar in the evening, it will never let you down!

    "The LBD first came to prominence in 1926 when Coco Chanel succeeded in bringing black - previously relegated to funeral attire - into the fashion mainstream with a feminine new creation which was quickly adopted by Vogue and has been celebrated by fashionistas ever since.

    "The LBD's appeal is truly universal, and while its various incarnations have made headlines over the decades for fashion icons such as Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Hurley and the late Princess of Wales, its magic somehow manages to make ordinary women look and feel special."

    So going back to black, here is some beautiful black frockery that we have favourited from our current catalogue.

    little black pleated cocktail dress little black pleated cocktail dress

    Vintage Frank Usher black pleated cocktail dress 

    80s Frank Usher black cocktail dress 80s Frank Usher black cocktail dress

     80s wow factor black cocktail dress

    80s Jaeger black velvet and gold cocktail dress80s Jaeger black velvet and gold cocktail dress

     80s Jaeger black velvet and gold cocktail dress

    Black lace evening coat Black lace evening coat

    Black lace evening coat 

    black halter prom dress

     50s Marilyn style black halter neck prom dress 

    50s vintage black prom dress50s vintage black prom dress

    50s vintage black full length prom dress

    Oh, and don't forget that we also have plenty of frockery accessories and footwear to complement any outfit!

  • Victorian Edwardian Belle Époque blouses

    March 21, 2014

    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?

    White Victorian Edwardian blouse with lace yoke 

    victorian edwardian lace yoke blouse

    Black Victorian Edwardian style blouse

    black victorian edwardian blouse

    Vintage Victorian style pink blouse with smocking 

    vintage 70s victorian pink blouse

    New Romantic ivory ruffle front blouse

    ivory ruffle front blouse

    80s pink Victorian blouse with pleating

    pink victorian style blouse

    Victorian Edwardian white frilled blouse

    Victorian Edwardian white frilled blouse

    Dove grey steampunk Victorian Edwardian style blouse

    grey steampunk victorian blouse

    Vintage white frilled jabot blouse

    vintage white frilled jabot blouse

  • 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 occasions...life 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! "

    cecilia 4

    "£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?!