Tag Archives: Fashion

  • Celebrate the 70s for less!

    July 5, 2016
    We are celebrating the Seventies this summer with a 15% discount code which will be valid for all online purchases from our 70s vintage frockery department until Sunday 10 July. To take advantage of this offer, please just enter the code SEVENTIES at our checkout and the discount will be automatically applied.
  • 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

  • Red hot frockery

    April 27, 2016

    red and white spotted rockabilly dress

    A City University of New York study has apparently found that wearing red makes women more attractive - but only to men who already fancy them a bit.

    Commenting last year in the European Journal of Social Psychology, the study’s principal Steven G. Young said: “Even when women are viewed merely carrying red objects (e.g., laptop computers), they are found more attractive than when holding comparable objects in different colors.”

    But don’t get too excited because he also found that: “In two experiments, red enhanced men’s ratings of female attractiveness, but only for faces pre-rated as attractive; red had no influence on perceptions of initially unattractive faces.”

    So after a night on the red, red wine, the chief frocker may need to put a bag over her head...

    If anyone fancies testing the ‘lady in red’ hypothesis for themselves, here are a few ideas straight from our own Frockery ‘Simply Red’ List. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on!

    ruby slippers

     

    red pleated evening bag

     

    red leather gloves

     

    red flapper top

     

    betty jackson red dress

    red satin corset

    red satin platform sandals

    red pussy bow blouse

     More red hot ideas for all shapes and sizes here >>>

     

  • 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?

  • Tangerine dreams

    June 21, 2014

    Fans of Dundee United FC, known fondly as the Tangerines, will no doubt be delighted to see myriad shades of orange dominate the high streets this season as their statement club colour roars past the pastels to score a winning goal as the latest fashion focus.

    We caught Lorraine Kelly, a die-hard DUFC fan, on the telly the other morning rocking and talking up all things tangerine, but we have to draw the line at this (not for the sensitive) in any colour. Borat has a lot to answer for.

    We have a few tangerine dreams in the Frockery catalogue which we think will tempt orange lovers everywhere. Team with black like the Dundee FC fans, or sport a full on citrus look to dazzle the opposition.

    Go on, give the orange a squeeze and juice up your wardrobe this summer!

    oscar de la renta shirt

    Oscar de la Renta tangerine shirt

    dolly dare orange jumper dress

    Dolly Dare orange jumper dress

    vintage burnt orange paisley dress

    Vintage burnt orange paisley pattern dress

    orange maxi kaftan coat

    Orange maxi kaftan coat

    orange crochet top

    Almost Famous orange crochet top

    orange mod shirt

    Woods & Gray orange mod style shirt

    vintage burnt orange mohair gilet

    70s vintage burnt orange mohair gilet

     

  • Princess Diana's Dresses (and the rest)

    July 17, 2013

    OK, so we admit to being suckers for 80s fashion and could not resist the pull of last night's Channel 4 programme, Princess Diana's Dresses, which documented her fashion ascendancy from shy, awkward teenager sporting stereotypical Sloane Ranger attire to one of the most revered style icons of the 20th century.

    Soon after coming to public and paparazzi attention, Diana ditched her famously transparent Laura Ashley cotton skirts and cutesy tops in favour of a new level of sophistication,  demonstrating a growing confidence and natural ability to rock every type of outfit for every type of occasion, from casual to red carpet.

    Who could forget the black strapless taffeta Emanuel number she wore on her first official outing in 1981 and the accompanying press furore? Coincidentally we have a strikingly similar 80s Bernshaw  dress and matching coat in the stock room at a much more affordable price than the $192000 the original recently raised at auction! When we find it we'll post a picture here. We also have this stunning 80s Emanuel pleated silk blouse that may find its way into the catalogue eventually (if we can bear to part with it).

    80s emanuel silk blouse

    Watching the documentary was like reliving 'our' fashion era and even now we are drawn to alpaca jumpers, Laura Ashley and Liberty prints, hats with feather flourishes and other Diana style vintage pieces which we would have worn ourselves back in the day. We still have many of our own clothes and accessories that were bought in the 80s, some vintage (before it was popuar!) from Kensington, Portobello Road and Camden markets and others actually made in the 80s, including a few designer investment pieces which we are carefully storing for the next generation of frockers.

    Below is one example, a Belville Sassoon black cocktail dress with delicate lace bodice and satin cuffs modelled by Kelly Donaghy and photographed by Oliver Schneider, with hair and make up by SC MakeUp Artistry. Princess Diana wore a similar Belville Sassoon dress in 1989.

    80s black belville sassoon dress

    But there was more to Diana Princess of Wales than just her dresses. Here are a few pieces from the Frockery catalogue that are reminicent of her unforgettable fashion heyday.

    80s does 40s fuchsia dress

    Princess Diana style fair isle jumper

     

    Brown velvet hat with feathers

    80s Princess Diana style navy dot dress

    Electric blue 80s shoes

    red wool riding jacket with velvet trim

    White 80s tea dress with lace collar