Tag Archives: vintage fashion

  • Good to go for Goodwood

    September 12, 2013

    We have been embarrassingly neglectful of our blog for the past few weeks, mainly because it has been so busy at the frock face. With one frocker down due to illness and the chief frocker off on a couple of  trips, we have had to prioritise the business nuts and bolts to get the orders fulfilled and stock updates posted. Our customers like to keep us on our toes!

    This year's upcoming Goodwood Revival weekend has seen a huge surge in interest in our wee website and we have had a very busy couple of weeks kitting out Goodwood-going customers (both preloved and new!),  as well as providing pieces for Goodwood-inspired photoshoots. We hope the lovely Jenny, Sarah, Liz's mum, Sam, Emma, Christina and other Goodwood-goers have a great weekend rocking their frockery!

    Normal blogging service should resume shortly as we catch up on ourselves, but here are a few Goodwood goodies to 'get the look' -  even if , like us, you aren't going to the extravaganza this year.

     Vintage daisy print rockabilly swing dress

    50s vintage daisy print rockabilly dress

    Vintage 50s floral rockabilly skirt

    50s vintage rockabilly skirt

    Vintage 50s novelty print dress (coming soon!)

    50s vintage novelty print dress

    Men's vintage nautical blazer

    mens vintage nautical blazer

    Turquoise polka dot swing dress

    turquoise polka dot swing dress

    Why not check out our Get the Look: Goodwood Revival section for more vintage and retro frocks, footwear, accessories and inspiration? We'll be replenishing our stock after the latest rush, so please keep an eye on our What's New  section for new arrivals as our stock room is bursting at the seams!


  • Raspberry festival,1959

    November 20, 2012

    We just had to share this British Pathé video link depicting the Raspberry Festival in Montrose, Angus, in 1959.


    The chef frocker spent her early childhood in a small village five miles outside the north east Scotland town and was once left in her pushchair outside Woolworths while her mum and aunt got the bus home without her.  How could they when she looked this cute?


    Although slightly too young to have appeared in the very vintage footage above, Alison's mum may possibly have made the costumes for the tutu-clad tots on the ballet school float around 2.45m in. The original and unique principal of the Esk Academy of Dancing, Miss Beryl Couper, is still going strong after 58 years in the ballet business and putting the latest generation of young dancers through their paces. Alison has treasured memories of her 1960s cygnet role in Swan Lake and not so fond memories of pointe shoe blistered feet!

    Berry picking in the summer and tattie howking in the autumn (for which local schools closed for a fortnight  - and still do every October) not only kept all of us local youngsters gainfully occupied and healthy in the great outdoors, but also supplemented the pocket money nicely.

    Here's another wonderful British Pathé video (no sound) from the following year which brings back happy memories of a carefree childhood and we're all still loving that 50s and 60s fashion!


  • LimeLight Charity Fashion Show, Perth, 24.06.12

    June 11, 2012

    The Frockery is delighted to be supporting the LimeLight Charity Fashion Show, to be held at the Station Hotel, Perth, on Sunday 24th June at 6pm.

    We will be showcasing some of our authentic vintage frockery from the 40s through to the 80s, hopefully demonstrating the sustainable, stylish and timeless nature of fashion from down the decades. Even better, it's all in aid of an excellent local cause: the Cornhill Macmillan Hospice.

    The show is being ably organised by photographer Robin Carrie, and other local businesses showing their clothing and accessories include Bijoux Bags, La Beck Bridal, Monkey Temple of Edinburgh, The Kilt Company, Shamanic and Natural Collection.

    Seven photographers will be capturing images of the event and an impressive line up of  local business sponsors have pledged their support, including BC Cupcakery, Highland Spring Water, Easy-Carpets Perth, Farquhar & Son Ltd Printers.  In addition, raffle prizes are being donated by Simon Howies, Brig Farm Shop, Tesco, St Johnstone FC, Indigo, Meow Studios Edinburgh and many more.

    Tickets are only £8 and available now from the Station Hotel, so get your glad rags on, grab a front row seat and enjoy a spot of the limelight! You'll not only be guaranteed a fun and fashion filled experience, but you'll be supporting an excellent local cause. What better way could there be to spend a summer Sunday evening?

    Limelight Charity Show

  • We'll take Manhattan (and St Andrews)

    February 16, 2012

    We'll Take Manhattan

    So who else watched We'll Take Manhattan? We enjoyed it so much we watched it twice!

    Young Jean Shrimpton, muse of photographer David Bailey, was to take the fashion world by storm after a boundary-pushing New York photo shoot for Vogue magazine in 1962, becoming the world's first supermodel and an enduring style icon. In the BBC4 dramatisation, Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard played their respective roles to perfection as they transported us back to the beginning of an era in which the times were about to change seismically.

    Last week, in a similar vein, we decided we would 'take' St Andrews, where talented make up artist Sandra Cormack and photographer Gillian Gamble managed to capture a certain 'Shrimp' spirit in Camilla, one of the models we styled for a Dollyfrockers vintage shoot in advance of the upcoming St Andrews Vintage Fashion Fair. Her coat was strikingly similar to the one pictured above, don't you think? We should of course have remembered the teddy bear!

    Dollyfrockers 60s

    Shop for 60s vintage clothing at The Frockery.

    More on Jean Shrimpton's style and We'll Take Manhattan here and here.

  • Juicy Future

    January 24, 2012

    We were at first unsure as to whether the incursion of orange and tangerine into high street stores and fashion websites was a figment of our own over-orange imagination.

    But sure enough, the diagnosis was confirmed by the aptly named Amber, who provided the evidence on her Fashion Police blog in full glorious (depending on your point of view)  technicolour.

    So it's official: the future's orange and distinctly juicy.

    With that in mind, we thought we would flaunt a selection of our own finest orange frockery which we hope you will find 'a-peeling'.

    Top Shop burnt orange cord jacket

    burnt orange cord jacket

    Vintage orange maxi kaftan coat

    vintage orange kaftan coatTangerine print smock top

    tangerine print smock top

    Vintage orange maxi dress

    vintage orange maxi dress

    Burnt orange leather coat

    orange leather coat

    Tangerine tank top

    tangerine tank top

    Finally, one that recently got away: Vibrant vintage orange print maxi dress.

    vintage orange print maxi dress

  • Check these out!

    December 2, 2011

    We just couldn’t wait to feature this fabulous dogtooth check cape which arrived yesterday, probably straight from Miss Marple’s wardrobe! In warm autumnal shades of brown, tan and cream wool with a Peter Pan collar and double breasted styling, it’s a smart and versatile choice for the girl about town or country. Coming soon to the catalogue, price £38.

    Miss Marple dogtooth check cape

    For discerning retrophile gentlemen, this vintage Burton’s tweed dogtooth check overcoat will also be coming to the catalogue soon. Size 40R (generous), price £40.

    Men's vintage dogtooth check wool overcoat

    Returning to Miss Marple, this retro brown dogtooth check wool skirt has also just arrived. Fully lined with twin inverted pleats front and back, it is a stylish classic which is sure to be a wardrobe staple throughout the autumn and winter months. Size UK12, price £14.

    Retro brown check wool skirt

    Why not check out these lovelies as well?

    Black and white dogtooth check secretary dress

    dogtooth secretary dress

    Knitted check wool skirt

    brown check knitted wool skirt

     Vintage blue grey check coat

    vintage blue grey check coat

    And don't forget: Frockery shopping means you'll be sure to keep your bank balance in check! Why buy new when it's more fashionable, frugal and eco-friendly to go retro?