Frockery Talk

  • All about the lace

    July 4, 2015

    We can never resist the allure of lace. Delicate and feminine, it has a timeless quality which makes it an ideal choice for women of all ages. We have in stock a selection of styles and shades to suit all shapes, tastes and budgets.

    We are currently offering a 15% discount on all online purchases from our dedicated Lace department until 12th July 2015. To take advantage of this offer, please enter the code LACE-15 at our checkout and the discount will be applied.

     Pretty pink lace two piece (new)

    Pretty pink lace two piece (new)

    John Zack ivory lace maxi dress

    John Zack ivory lace maxi dress

    red lace cocktail dress

    Red lace cocktail dress

    Zara black lace peplum tunic top

    Zara black lace peplum tunic top

    Blush pink lace ballerina dress

    Blush pink lace ballerina dress

    Adrianna Papell black lace cocktail dress

    Adrianna Papell black lace cocktail dress

    vintage lace wedding dress

    Vintage 70s Pronuptia lace wedding dress


  • Many shades of green

    May 15, 2015

    Now that the green shoots of spring and economic recovery are (allegedly) firmly established - and once the rain lets up, we'll be out mowing our own green green grass of home! -  we thought we'd banish the greys and celebrate the multifarious shades of green by throwing a bit of a green party (not the political sort!)  It's one of our favourite feel good colours and we have a wide selection of verdant vintage to invigorate and greenify the spring and summer wardrobes!

    green silk cocktail dress

     This dress turns us green with envy as it's just too small for us!

    green shoes

    However, these Laura Ashley shoes definitely get the green light!

    green sequinned top

    So does this amazing sequinned top!

    green ball gown

    If green sleeves is your thing, how about this classic gown?

    green silky dress

    One for a green goddess

    green crochet dress

    Green for go go!

    green beret

    We even have a green beret!

    For those who can't get enough of their  greens, there's plenty more emeralds, limes, mints and bottles to browse in our Colour Focus section.

    Who needs 50 shades of grey when you can enjoy 40 shades of green?

  • 'Through the Decades' fashion show for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

    May 15, 2015

    phyllis tuckwell fashion show

     We regularly receive invitations to take part in charity events and requests for contributions to good causes, both local and much further afield. The energy, enthusiasm and dedication of the organisers and fundraisers never fail to impress, but as a small business, we obviously can't commit to supporting many of them and simply have to wish them well.

    We recently received a lovely email from the events coordinator of the Psychology Society at the University of Surrey asking if we might participate in a 'Through the Decades' vintage fashion show in memory of a much loved lecturer to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, Surrey. It will take place on Tuesday 19th May, at 7pm, in the Students' Union, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7XH. Tickets cost £5 and all proceeds will be donated to the hospice.

    "Lynne Millward was previously the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She very sadly passed away from cancer in 2012 in the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Lynne was an inspiration to students and staff alike - she was an excellent lecturer, was an excellent colleague for the staff, and she is very much missed by the department. The staff at the University have been very touched by the way in which a wish to fund raise for the hospice that cared for her has been passed from cohort to cohort, even now that the large majority of our students never had the opportunity to be taught by Lynne. Thus, it is for this reason we are hosting a charity show to raise money for the hospice that was so deeply kind to our very sadly missed lecturer."

    Now those who know the frockers well will already be aware of how committed we are to supporting hospice care, having seen the work of dedicated hospice staff at first hand ourselves in the not very distant past, and we have previously taken part in a fundraising fashion show for the Perth based Cornhill Macmillan Hospice. As big supporters of education charities, we also recognise the importance of inspirational teachers in bringing out students' full potential. Lynne Millward was obviously one such inspirational teacher and colleague.

    Given that it would be unrealistic for us to travel 500 miles ourselves, we are sending this vintage Furla designer silk scarf to auction or raffle on the day.

     furla silk scarf

    If any of our local customers or readers can make it along to support this worthy cause, you are unlikely to be disappointed. In addition to the fashion show,  there will be vintage stalls, a vintage inspired tea party and even a vintage pop up photo booth!

    We hope the event is a great success and look forward to posting an update on how it all went.

  • Celebrating eight years at the frock face

    April 13, 2015

    BIRTHDAY frocker

    Highly calorific birthday cake by Fi Frocker

    It's hard to believe that the Frockery turns eight this month!

    Many thousands of vintage frocks and other preloved pieces have passed through our stock room since we started out in April 2007, and it has been immensely satisfying to help save the planet in style, as well as getting to know so many lovely customers, several of whom have become firm friends.

    There have been many memorable highlights, as well as a few trials (usually technology related!),  over the years. We are especially delighted that our Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge, which underlines our Why buy new? philosophy, has become such a popular and successful annual fixture since its inception in 20011, and we were of course pleased as punch to be finalists in last year's Herald Fashion Awards.

    To celebrate our eight happy years at the frock face,  we're offering a cross-store discount of 15% on all online orders until the end of April. Just use the code BIRTHDAY at the checkout to take advantage of the offer.

    We would like to thank all our loyal customers, followers and friends for their support, encouragement and feedback over the past eight years. You are simply the best!


  • Portobello pays the price of ‘progress’

    April 13, 2015

     portobello road market

     A lot of water has passed under the Westway  since we last wrote about the  redevelopment threat to  Portobello Market and its near neighbours in our post, Portobello Road Market - help save a national treasure. In the meantime, we have been keeping an eye on ‘developments’ and it looks like things have taken a turn for the worse with the latest planning submissions, which, if passed, would undoubtedly destroy the character of this much loved part of London.

    We have just signed this petition calling for a halt to the building of the “foul aberration” that is being planned for Portobello. According to the Westway Trust, its proposed 'Portobello Village' represents the perfect opportunity to develop 50,000 square feet of “underutilised land, both under and alongside the Westway” - but at what cost to local livelihoods, social diversity and cultural heritage?

    As one petitioner put it: “This developer led cleansing of London has to stop, it's killing neighbourhoods and making it impossible to actually live 'local'. An area can't survive solely on boutique coffee stores and premium gyms.”

    On our most recent visit to Portobello, it may have been raining cats and dogs, but the spirit and enthusiasm of the traders was far from dampened by the inclement weather. They are at the very heart of the local community and should not be forced from their pitches as calculated collateral damage in a move designed to squeeze maximum profit from every “underutilised” square foot of W.11.

    And it’s not just the market that’s at risk of airbrushing out of the picture. We have also signed this petition urging the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to retain the Maxilla Children’s Centre and Nursery School at the heart of the local community, rather than permanently relocating it to the obvious detriment of its local service users.

    Look what happened to The Inn on the Green, which closed its doors four years ago, having been being deemed a "failed experiment" by the Westway Development Trust, despite being a much loved community venue which prioritised  local people over  profits. Back in the day, such facilities were supported by the local authority as their social value was rightly recognised, but there was never much hope of a lifeline for a prime location that was ripe for far more profitable redevelopment.

    We may not live in the area any more, having left in the mid 80s with a bucket load of happy memories, but Portobello Road still touches our soul, and we are 100% behind community members in this latest battle to preserve their proud heritage and save this priceless piece of London from death by a thousand coffee shops and characterless shopping malls.

    Now that the area has found favour with celebrity sorts and property developers, there is no longer room for any perceived blot on the luvvies' landscape, and little or no regard is paid to the views and values of local people, who are simply seen as obstacles to profit, to be cynically and systematically sidelined. We've seen it all before in other parts of London, and the capital itself is rapidly becoming a no-live zone for "hard working families" due to increasingly unaffordable housing costs. The architects of these relentless clearance projects would perhaps do well to remember that there may soon be no one left to serve their coffees or cleanse their streets.

    On a positive note, the underdogs of W.11 are biting back and garnering significant support for their campaign to stop the steamrollers and preserve the unique character of Portobello. Please consider supporting their petitions, follow their community campaign on Facebook  and check out these links for further information:

    ‘Don’t suck the lifeblood out of Portobello’: Thousands sign petition against plan to redevelop vintage clothing market (Evening Standard, 10/04/15)

    Save us from the developers’ vision of an antiseptic London  (The Guardian, 06/04/14)

    The slow death of Portobello  (International Times, 02/04/15)

    London’s Portobello Road faces redevelopment with Westfield-style shops (Metro, 12/03/15)


  • Horses for courses: hats, heels and stable staples

    April 10, 2015

    here comes summer

    K Frocker enjoying the sunshine

    The sun has made a welcome re-appearance in these parts, which has not only helped brighten everyone's mood but has also encouraged us all to look out the summer frockery that has been patiently awaiting the arrival of warmer weather at the back of our wardrobes - or, in the case of our more organised sisters, in carefully packed storage boxes labelled 'summer clothes'  (that's so not us!)

    Having just received a reminder about the upcoming Perth Races, we thought we'd put together a look for Ladies Day on 14th May, which raises money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. It promises to be a fabulous event with live music, entertainment and first class hospitality to complement the afternoon's racing. It is also the perfect excuse to glam up in posh frocks, hats and heels, not least of all because there are prizes for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Male and Best Hat.

    perth races ladies day

    Enjoying Ladies Day (Image credit: Perth Races)

    Of course you don't need to spend a fortune to achieve the wow factor (and possibly carry off the top £1000 prize!)  Our featured race outfit combination comprises an elegant pink peplum bow front dress by Dorothy Perkins (a snip at just £20), accessorised with an ivory brimmed hat with faux flower trim (from our own collection, but this Peter Bettley beauty would also turn heads!) and an Episode ivory crochet fringed stole.

    day at the races ladies day outfit

    day at the races outfit

    We absolutely love these Capollini ivory ribbon tie high heeled ivory sandals and the faux ostrich handbag is just the right size to to hold the requisite paraphernalia (and winnings!) on your day at the races. Don't forget the pearls and sunnies!

    day at the races outfit

    day at the races outfit

    You'll find more ideas in our Day at the Races section!

    Talking of horses, two of the frockers are going riding next month for the first time in years (decades, actually) and will need to don some suitable stable staples so that we look the part when we get on (and hopefully don't fall off) our cuddies!  We'll post pics as evidence at a later date, but here's one possible outfit from our catalogue that might fit the occasion without breaking the bank.

    snowgoose padded jacket

    Snowgoose padded jacket

    moschino indigo jeans

    Moschino indigo denim jeans

    red guernsey sleeveless cardigan

    Red Guernsey sleeveless cardigan

    faded blue denim shirt

    Faded blue denim shirt

    black leather riding boots

    Black leather riding style boots

    equine tooled leather belt

    Equine tooled leather belt

    You can also check out our Country Life section for more ideas!

    And finally, our Grand National favourite this year (for no particular reason) is:  Night in Milan.