• Not socks again, Santa! (reprise)

    December 10, 2013

    We've covered this topic before in a previous Not socks again, Santa! post, but since finding a suitable Christmas, or indeed any other occasion, gift for the man or men in your life can often be a frustrating task for even the most seasoned shopper, we thought a seasonal reprise would be in order.

    When you are uninspired by the same old mass produced 'predictables' from chain stores and want to find something a little bit different -  all the while still watching the budget - that task becomes even more daunting.

    Cue the Frockery (we would say that, wouldn't we!) for some affordable vintage inspired and eminently useful accessories that will put a smile on any man's face on Christmas morning.

    How about some Mad Men red or pink vintage button braces? Only a tenner each, you can't go wrong!

    mad men red vintage button braces pink vintage button braces

    Mod style is hotter than ever and a vintage scarf will be a welcome addition to the wardrobe of the discerning male fashionista. We especially like this mustard paisley fringed scarf and this pure silk maroon patterned version.

    mustard paisley fringed mod scarf mens patterned silk scarf

    We also stock vintage ties, from designer Hermès to 70s kipper!

    Hermès designer silk tie  70s vintage kipper tie

    From stylish cravat to vintage velvet bow.

    red patterned cravat vintage velvet bow tie

    For more gift ideas for him indoors (and outdoors), do check out our Menswear Department.

  • Not socks again, Santa!

    November 19, 2011

    Christmas is coming and we all know that socks and slippers make practical but predictable presents for the man (or men) in your life. Instead, why not treat him (or them) to something a little more thoughtful with a sartorial flavour and vintage twist?

    Naturally we have a few suggestions from our Menswear department...

    Vintage navy silk bow tie

    vintage navy silk bow tie

    Gentleman's vintage grooming set in zipped cowhide leather case

    men's vintage grooming kit in leather case

    Hico vintage gold mod style scarf

    Hico vintage gold mod scarf

    Retro paisley print dressing gown

    men's retro paisley print dressing gown

    Vintage Irish lawn handkerchiefs

    men's vintage Irish lawn handkerchiefs

    Of course it just wouldn't be Christmas without the traditional Christmas jumper!

     Bottle green snowflake pattern jumper

    men's green snowflake jumper

  • Weather proof presents

    December 14, 2010

    There is no doubt that the recent bad weather has played havoc with Christmas shopping schedules, especially in some areas of the country. Whether on the high street or online, the elements have conspired against present buying as transport systems have in some places ground to a halt and deliveries have been unreliable as a result.

    Here in Scotland, our transport minister resigned (not that he could have controlled the weather, but the closure of the M8 and abandonment of stranded travellers for 12 hours was pretty serious) and Tesco suspended home deliveries to the frozen north. Meanwhile on the Frockery front, Dan the IT man had to hole up in a hotel for two nights until the main roads became passable, and our vehicle was stuck under more snow than we have seen for years. We almost had to call in the huskies!

    As dedicated online shoppers ourselves, we were panicking slightly that Christmas orders wouldn't reach us, despite having placed them in good time and well before the white stuff descended. Thankfully, everything has arrived safely and Frockery orders have also been getting through to customers with minimal delays, despite the atrocious conditions.  However, we have always had contingency plans which were not at all reliant on the weather - online gift vouchers.

    Gift vouchers in various denominations are available these days from most online stores, including here at the Frockery, and are a good choice for those who can't think of the right present and don't want to buy the wrong one! They are always popular with last minute shoppers who have missed the last posting dates, as they can be sent by email directly to the buyer or to the intended recipient in good time for Christmas. Vouchers will be especially useful this year as the weather has frustrated present purchasing plans for so many people.

    So be prepared and weather proof your present list!

    Back to shop

  • Festive frockery offer

    November 25, 2010

    xmas tree

    Overspending at Christmas is always hard to resist as the shops are crammed with temptation and marketing messages are blasted out as relentlessly as Slade’s Merry Christmas EverybodyWhile many of us want to exchange thoughtful gifts with family, friends and colleagues, none of us wants to break the bank.

    But never fear, for we are here with affordable festive frockery, vintage, retro and recycled stocking fillers and quirky secret Santa ideas that don’t cost the earth but are sure to please.  What's more, early bird Frockery shoppers will have 10% deducted from their purchases when they enter the code xmas-10 at the checkout (offer valid until 30 November).

    Rather than hit the high street, why not browse for bargains online to avoid the cold, the crowds, the consumerism  and the credit card meltdown?  There are many independent online traders selling hand made, vintage and  recycled items, but naturally we  have some suggestions from our own shop for those who prefer personalised presents to  mass produced predictability.

    We especially  like this retro tea towel and these 60s table napkins Old fashioned pinnies are always popular, as are scarves, bags, jewellery, hats and gloves.  Here are a few more ideas.

    pigskin gloves brooch

    Or how about a holly print dress or top?

    holly print dressholly print top

    Of course, dedicated fashionistas will still find plenty of affordable party wear for the upcoming festive season with sequins, beads and glitz aplenty in our catalogue.

    fuchsia party dress sequinned dressalexon dressblack seuin topred velvet dressdisco top

    By shopping vintage, retro, handmade and recycled, you can not only congratulate yourself on saving money but also on reducing unnecessary style miles!


  • Love is in the air

    February 5, 2010

    We are already into the shortest month of the year and Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Love may be in the air, but if these post festive bills are threatening to dampen your romantic spirit, you need look no further than The Frockery for some inexpensive but tasteful tokens of affection for your loved one. Or why not just treat yourself?

    We are especially loving this fun heart print party frock from Top Shop, this Lolita Lempicka lace trimmed silk slip and this raspberry silk camisole from Coast, all of which will win hearts without breaking the bank.

    There there is still plenty of time to order before Valentine's Day as we usually dispatch the same or next day by first class recorded delivery.

  • We wish you a merry Christmas

    December 24, 2009

    We would like to wish our customers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thank you all for your support throughout 2009.

    And a special thanks to James from Marketing Donut for the Frockery mention in their end of year blog.