Tag Archives: vintage

  • Get spotted!

    May 23, 2016

    We have plenty of ways to get spotted going dotty this season at prices that won't bring you out in a rash! Join up the dots for a classic look that never goes out of fashion.

    spotted swing dress

    Spotted swing dress

    navy and white polka dot ensemble

    Gerald McCann for Dusk navy and white spotted two piece 

    spotted peplum dress

    Spotted peplum dress

    spotted rockabilly dress

    Spotted rockabilly frock

    polka dot shioes

    Dune polka dot heels

  • Frockery EcoFashion Challenge 2016: winners announced

    March 16, 2016

    frockery eco-fashion challenge 2016

    Sincere apologies for the delay in announcing our Frockery Eco Fashion Challenge winners due to a  combination of crises, including internet connection issues,  two days in court for the chief frocker (fotunately not as the accused!) and several days of London lurgy. Thank you all for your patience!

    We had some stunning entries again this year as an amazing array of vintage, hand made and preloved oufits were showcased on our virtual catwalk, along with accompanying stories of creative customisations and bargain buys. There is a tremendous sense of camaraderie among our FrockeryFacebook group members, which always makes the challenge such an enjoyable and fun event.

    It was another unenviable task and difficult decision for our esteemed judges - Janice Stewart of Tweed'll Dee, Kirstin Frocker and the absolutely fabulous Patsy A (whose internet connection is very vintage, practically dial-up, darling!) - as there was once again such an outstandingly stylish display of eco-fashion in all its glorious diversity throughout the month.

    But finally, here are this year's three worthy winners, who will each receive £50 of frockery of their choice from our catalogue, with an additional £25 for the 'story behind the style'. The images give just a glimpse of the range of eco-frockery that was 'rocked around the clock' during February.

     Gail Adams - vintage treasure huntress extraordinaire!

    frockery challenge winner Gail

    "So I am out treasure hunting and it is so cold. Out of the wardrobe comes old faithful, 10 years old and originally from M&S. The beret was a freebie from an elderly relatives house clearance."

    frockery challenge winner Gail 2

    "A lovely cashmere jacket bought from a charity shop in Brechin for £6.50. A perfect match for my tartan full circle skirt."

    Sharan King - vaunting the vintage and hand made!

    frockery challenge winner Sharan

    "#outfitoftheday this one is many years old but still loved like the first day I got her via eBay so was second hand #lindybop #vintagelook#vintagefashion #thefrockery"

    frockery challenge winner Sharan2

    "#‎outfitoftheday my beautiful blue ‪#‎imadethis ‪#‎dressmaker‪#‎makeyourownwardrobe and ‪#‎broochoftheday ice cream mmm‪#‎gofrockyourself ‪#‎letsdressvintage ‪#‎mrssewandsew ✂✂"

     Breagha Cuinn - queen of quirk, princess of preloved and wild child!

    frockery challenge winner Breagha

    "Today's Outfit: Charity Shop jacket (£3), Charity Shop dress (£5), Charity Shop tights (50p) Vintage brooch (£1), Second Hand scarf (Free)!"

    frockery challenge winner Breagha 2

    "Today's Outfit: Second hand leopard top (Free), Second Hand snake skin print cardigan (Free) Charity Shop zebra print jeans (£5)"

    Story behind the style - Gail's lampshade!

    frockery challenge story winner

     "The ultimate in eco fashion. What do you do when you rip your favourite vintage pleated skirt on the car door? Cover a boring lampshade, add matching corsage and a few roadkill feathers and we are good to go."

    Congratulations to our winners (please contact us to claim your prizes, ladies!) and a huge thank you to everyone who entered into the spirit of the #frockerychallenge 2016.  Hope to see you all again next year!

  • Viva la Biba!

    January 28, 2016

    vintage Biba label

    We are delighted to present this delectable vintage Biba dress which dates from the late 60s or early 70s and is looking for an appreciative new home. It is in excellent condition and would best suit a slim, boyish frame.

    Biba produced striped dresses in a variety of designs around this period, and since stripes are very much de rigueur this season, this dress not only fits the on-trend bill but is also a beautiful example of designer vintage fashion history.

    vintage Biba grey striped jersey dress

    Biba vintage dress

    biba vintage striped dress

    Anyone who enters an outfit in this year's Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge, which starts on 1st February 2016, will be eligible for a 10% discount on the catalogue price of this item as long as it is available. Please contact us and we'll reduce the price accordingly.

  • Get ready to frock, it'll soon be February!

    January 24, 2016

    frockery banner

    Are you ready to frock? It will soon be 1st February and time to kick off the 6th annual Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge, where  pics mean prizes and we can all enjoy showcasing our vintage, preloved and hand made outfits to celebrate the best in sustainable style and slow fashion.

    We have made a few changes to the prize structure this year due to the increasingly dufficult task for our judges of picking just one overall winner and a runner up from the myriad of stylish outfits paraded down our virtual catwalk. For 2016 we have  introduced three categories – vintage, preloved and hand made – with  Frockery vouchers to the value of £50 going to the posters of the most stylish and creative (in our judges' opinion) eco-fashionable ensembles in each category at the end of the competition. In addition there will be vouchers for the most entertaining ‘story behind the style’ and a chance to win a gift  for a loved one as it’s a leap year and St Valentine’s Day falls midway through the challenge.

    frockery eco-fashion challenge 2016

    The rules couldn't be simpler! Aim to wear clothing and accessories which are hand made, vintage, recycled or second hand during February and post your pictures, outfit descriptions and sources on the Frockery Facebook Group (it's a closed group but just send a join request). Alternatively you can post on our public Frockery Facebook Page or on our Twitter feed (using the #frockerychallenge hashtag so we don't miss it). If all else fails, just email us directly and we'll post for you. You can showcase as many or as few outfits as you like over the course of the month, but more is always merrier!

    We are delighted that Janice Stewart from Tweed’ll Dee By Notions has agreed once again to be our chief judge and 'Ms Motivator', ably assisted by minor frocker Kirstin and the absolutely fabulous Patsy A, whose modelling career began in London back in the 60s.

    Let's all have some frocking fun!

    janice stewart eco-fashion challenge winner

  • Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge 2015: winners announced!

    March 9, 2015

    vintage fair

    "Why buy new?"

    Our fifth #frockerychallenge has ended and our judges have had the most unenviable task of trying to pick the prize winners from a record breaking number, and amazingly eco-stylish, array of entries.

    Chief judge Janice Stewart,  owner of Tweed’ll Dee By Notions of Brechin and a previous challenge winner; the absolutely fabulous Patsy A, a former model who graced magazine covers in the 60s and 70s; and, last but not least, our very own Kirstin Frocker, all admitted to tearing their hair out over the final decision, which we are now delighted to announce.

    Cue drum roll....

    This year's winning slot is a 'first equal' as the judges couldn't separate Breagha Cuinn and Onnagh Cuinn, who they all felt brought a sense of fun and quirkiness to the competition, as well as demonstrating some strongly  'street chic' eco-stylish credentials. They can put their heads together to choose frockery to the value of £100 from our catalogue (and we'll expect photographic evidence!)

    Here's a small selection of their head turning outfits posted throughout the month.

    breagha 2

    Breagha: Second hand vintage sequin top, handmade furry skirt, charity shop tights 50p and handmade bow

    onnagh

    Onnagh: Swallow dress from charity shop

    breagha3

    Breagha: Charity shop dress £6, second hand pin striped blazer, charity shop tie, second hand tights

    onnagh 3

    Onnagh: Brocade top £5 from a charity shop. Pin striped mini skirt £4 from a charity shop 

    breagha4

    Breagha: Chartiy shop sequin dress; second hand faux fur mini cape and glasses; hand made pom pom head band and vintage cat pad lock choker 

    Our runner-up, who is invited to choose frockery to the value of £50 from our catalogue, is Douglas Johnston, a superbly stylish young man who wowed us all with some dramatic costumes, including hand made Jedi robes! There was no going back once he had been entered by A.N. Other (possibly his mum?) in this dashing ensemble.

    douglas 2

    Zara suit from a St Andrews charity shop, around a tenner; vintage silk scarf his mum would have paid £1 for in a charity shop at some point

    Here, Douglas cleverly combined third generation vintage with second hand to create a unique look with a proudly Scottish flavour and 'attitude'.

    douglas kilt

    Kilt 3rd generation handed down through family; boots, waistcoat, shirt, bowtie- all second hand; velvet jacket - charity shop £1.99 

    Congratulations to our winners and please contact us to claim your prizes.

    The fact that we had so many entries this year, all of such an exceptional standard, made it harder than ever for our judging panel. A big thank you goes to Janice, Patsy and Kirstin, as well as to all those who entered into the spirit of the challenge by posting their fabulous outfits and fostering a real sense of camaraderie among group members. [Note to Pat Jones: we're still waiting for that onesie pic!] 

    Looking at the stylish combinations of vintage, preloved and hand made clothes and accessories on display, it's clear that second hand is most definitely not second best, and we salute every one of our entrants for flying the eco-fashion flag and celebrating slow fashion with such passion. As Anne commented during the challenge, "I love the feeling of anticipation you get as you walk into a charity shop", a sentiment with which we can all identify, and some of our flea market finds and 'car booty captures' have been truly awesome. Let's keep spreading the message: "Why buy new when it's more fashionable, frugal and eco-friendly to go retro?"

    See you all next February, we hope, for  a full 29 days of leap year eco-frocking! Meanwhile, please stay tuned to our Facebook group for exclusive offers, giveaways and other one-off events that we hope to run during the year.

     

  • 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