• Tartan frockery parade

    November 5, 2015

    Now that the clocks have changed, and that time of year is almost upon us  - St Andrew's Day on 30th November, that is, not the dreaded C season for which there is still plenty of time to prepare  -  we Scots frockers invariably turn our attention to tartan trendsetting in this land  of haggis, shortbread and deep fried Mars bars. Several days of permanent fog have depressed our mood considerably, so we are ditching the plains and embracing the plaids to stave off SAD syndrome and all things dreich!

    Having been absent from regular blogging duties recently, due entirely to being exceptionally busy in the shop and having only a skeleton staff  (not nearly enough deep fried Mars bars at Frockery HQ!), we are delighted to present this November's tartan parade from our current catalogue. We have more in our stock room awaiting listing, so watch this space if you are a tartan fan.

    Short or medium length kilts, in Royal Stuart or Black Watch tartan

    short red tartan kilt  Black watch tartan kilt skirt

    Maxi kilts from Mulberry or Scott the Kiltmaker [see more kilts]

    mulberry maxi kilt  vintage tartan maxi kilt

    Mixed monochrome

    Pepe Jeans monochrome mixed print maxi dress    Sybil Zelker black and white plaid dress

    Outer wear

    vintage tartan wool jacket     Per Una plaid cape with corsage

    Check out the Converse

    converse blue check    black and white check Converse

    or classic beige nova check

    nova check scarf    burberrys nova check silk tie

    Liberty tartan trim or casual Fred Perry

    liberty dress shirt tartan bow tie  fred perry tartan shirt

    And so to bed (with a wee dram)...

    vintage tartan wool dressing gown

    Browse our Scots Frockery department for more tartan, tweed, mohair, Fair Isle and Aran knitwear.


  • Get ready to reel with 15% off all Scots Frockery

    January 10, 2015

    Burns Night

    Burn's Night is fast approaching and it's time to bring out your inner Braveheart, tartan up your wardrobe and get ready to reel!

    Take some tartan...

    tartan and fur hat tartan mohair scarf tartan topped gloves black watch kilt skirt

    Add some Aran

    aran cardigan  aran slipover  aran scarf 

    ... and perhaps a touch of tweed

    harris tweed jacket tweed skirt tweed hat 

    Mix and match to suit.

    Enter code SCOTS-15 at our online checkout and get a 15% discount on all items from our Scots Frockery department until 16th January.

    Prepare to reel in style, enjoy the haggis, the stovies, the whisky and the interminable Tam O'Shanter!

    Burns Night reel tam oshanter


  • Keep calm, eat haggis, wear tartan, read Burns

    January 8, 2014

    eat haggis

    Burns Night is fast approaching when haggis and Scots frockery are obligatory for those who take their Bard's birthday seriously. So we thought we'd feature a few of our tartan treasures in advance of the celebration on 25th January.

    Rally Klad purple plaid suit

    Rally Klad purple plaid suit

    green plaid mohair tabard

    Vintage green plaid mohair tabard

    red tartan kilt skirt

    Royal Stuart tartan kilt skirt

    nova check tartan gloves

    black watch tartan gloves

    Nova check tartan gloves   &   Black Watch tartan gloves

    fred perry tartan shirt

    Fred Perry tartan shirt

    There's still time to brush up on your poetry...

    tam o'shanter

    Tam O'Shanter and his cuddie Meg

    For those with a keen interest  in Burns, may we also recommend a book shortly to be published by our friends at Stenlake Publishing in Ayrshire? Managing Director Richard Stenlake writes:

    "We are publishing Ann Matheson's 'The Essential Robert Burns' on 20th January. Ann is doing a presentation and book signing session at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayr on Saturday 25th January at 2 pm. This free event is by ticket only so if you'd like to attend please contact us. If you've never quite understood what all the fuss is about Burns then this event (and the book) are aimed at you! Ann is superb at explaining what the poems are about and why they are important. For those who have always found the Scots language (even Burns called it a dialect of English but it's now recognised as being a separate language) a bit hard to understand - there are full English translations for each poem. We have also been lucky enough to get permission from Irvine Burns Club to reproduce the manuscript of The Holy Fair in full and in colour in the book."

    essential robert burns

    We'll leave you with a (poor quality) 'selfie' of the chief frocker sporting her vintage Tinkers (before they became Pedlars) hotchpotch tartan trousers. The elasticated waistband is thankfully forgiving of large helpings of haggis!

    pedlars hotchpotch tartan trousers

  • To a haggis and our Bard

    January 25, 2013

    It's becoming something of a tradition that we mark Burns Night with a wee blog post in memory of our great Scots Bard, Robert Burns, so here we are again on what would have been his 254th birthday. How the years fly by between suppers!

    We have of course  already covered the Burns Supper routine in previous posts, but what of the man himself? From his pictures (and how cool were his clothes?) he cut a dashing figure and was certainly popular with the ladies. The Mirror  has helpfully reported some lesser known information about Rabbie, including the fact that the fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is his great great great nephew and that his image appeared on a million commemorative Coca Cola bottles in 2009.

    And did you know you can even download a free app with 558 of  Burns's poems and love songs and a handy glossary of terms to help interpret the Scots dialect? Wonder what the Bard would've made of that?

    Burns was a keen observer of the natural world, his To A Mouse being one of our own favourite poems since childhood. And so it was that, in anticipation of Burns Night and equally inspired by the natural forces which had turned our town white overnight,  Johnny Frocker set out on a haggis hunting expedition the other day.

    johnny haggis hunting on skis

    Although he didn't come across any mice, or indeed a single haggis, he did manage to shoot a selection of other wildlife (with his camera) ...




    ... before picking up a ready prepared 'offal creature' from the local butcher's! 

    haggisImage credit: Wikipedia

    Our own chieftain o' the pudding race is presently chilling in the fridge, but since there has been more heavy snowfall overnight, we are gong to have to harness up the huskies to fetch the requisite accompaniments of neeps and tatties, along with some leeks for the soup. Fortunately we are not short in the malt department so will be enjoying a wee dram (or maybe two since it's Friday) a bit later.

    Naturally we'll be wearing our best  Scots frockery, the warmer the better! And for the haggis-hunting Henrys out there, we have this stylish vintage Drescott shooting jacket in stock.

    vintage shooting jacket

  • 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!


  • Red carpet frockery at the Scottish Fashion Awards

    June 15, 2012

    Some of our frockery made it along to this year's Scottish Fashion Awards courtesy of the lovely Sandra Cormack from SC MakeUp Artistry, who rocked one of our vintage cocktail frocks, some D&G heels and a vintage clutch bag on the red carpet.

    sandra on the red carpet

    Here she is with talented musician Nina Nesbitt and a(nother) glass of wine.


    Then there was cake with Heather, wife of SFA nominee Philip Stanley Dickson.  


    Much hilarity ensued with the Dundonian contingent, who had good reason to celebrate as Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone graduate  Hayley Scanlan was named Scottish Young Designer of the Year.


    And finally, Sandra hangs out at the after party with newly crowned Scottish Fashion Icon Karen Gillan - star of Dr Who and We'll Take Manhattan -  in her baffies!

    karen gillan

    Images courtesy of Keri Fullwood