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  • The Frockery's Top 10 Eco-Fashion Re-Solutions

    January 1, 2017
    Why not adopt some or all of our Top 10 fashion ‘RE-solutions’ this new year and help save the planet and your wallet in style?
  • Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge 2015: winners announced!

    March 9, 2015

    vintage fair

    "Why buy new?"

    Our fifth #frockerychallenge has ended and our judges have had the most unenviable task of trying to pick the prize winners from a record breaking number, and amazingly eco-stylish, array of entries.

    Chief judge Janice Stewart,  owner of Tweed’ll Dee By Notions of Brechin and a previous challenge winner; the absolutely fabulous Patsy A, a former model who graced magazine covers in the 60s and 70s; and, last but not least, our very own Kirstin Frocker, all admitted to tearing their hair out over the final decision, which we are now delighted to announce.

    Cue drum roll....

    This year's winning slot is a 'first equal' as the judges couldn't separate Breagha Cuinn and Onnagh Cuinn, who they all felt brought a sense of fun and quirkiness to the competition, as well as demonstrating some strongly  'street chic' eco-stylish credentials. They can put their heads together to choose frockery to the value of £100 from our catalogue (and we'll expect photographic evidence!)

    Here's a small selection of their head turning outfits posted throughout the month.

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    Breagha: Second hand vintage sequin top, handmade furry skirt, charity shop tights 50p and handmade bow

    onnagh

    Onnagh: Swallow dress from charity shop

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    Breagha: Charity shop dress £6, second hand pin striped blazer, charity shop tie, second hand tights

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    Onnagh: Brocade top £5 from a charity shop. Pin striped mini skirt £4 from a charity shop 

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    Breagha: Chartiy shop sequin dress; second hand faux fur mini cape and glasses; hand made pom pom head band and vintage cat pad lock choker 

    Our runner-up, who is invited to choose frockery to the value of £50 from our catalogue, is Douglas Johnston, a superbly stylish young man who wowed us all with some dramatic costumes, including hand made Jedi robes! There was no going back once he had been entered by A.N. Other (possibly his mum?) in this dashing ensemble.

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    Zara suit from a St Andrews charity shop, around a tenner; vintage silk scarf his mum would have paid £1 for in a charity shop at some point

    Here, Douglas cleverly combined third generation vintage with second hand to create a unique look with a proudly Scottish flavour and 'attitude'.

    douglas kilt

    Kilt 3rd generation handed down through family; boots, waistcoat, shirt, bowtie- all second hand; velvet jacket - charity shop £1.99 

    Congratulations to our winners and please contact us to claim your prizes.

    The fact that we had so many entries this year, all of such an exceptional standard, made it harder than ever for our judging panel. A big thank you goes to Janice, Patsy and Kirstin, as well as to all those who entered into the spirit of the challenge by posting their fabulous outfits and fostering a real sense of camaraderie among group members. [Note to Pat Jones: we're still waiting for that onesie pic!] 

    Looking at the stylish combinations of vintage, preloved and hand made clothes and accessories on display, it's clear that second hand is most definitely not second best, and we salute every one of our entrants for flying the eco-fashion flag and celebrating slow fashion with such passion. As Anne commented during the challenge, "I love the feeling of anticipation you get as you walk into a charity shop", a sentiment with which we can all identify, and some of our flea market finds and 'car booty captures' have been truly awesome. Let's keep spreading the message: "Why buy new when it's more fashionable, frugal and eco-friendly to go retro?"

    See you all next February, we hope, for  a full 29 days of leap year eco-frocking! Meanwhile, please stay tuned to our Facebook group for exclusive offers, giveaways and other one-off events that we hope to run during the year.

     

  • Ønward!

    February 1, 2015

    scot street style book

    Image credit: David Boni (via The Skinny)

    Congratulations to Gordon Millar at Scot Street Style on the launch this weekend of his crowd-funded book, Ønward!  (Yes, we can do the Scandinavian O with a stroke through it!)  Having run into him at the Herald Fashion Awards, we especially like his impressive beard and vintage jacket, not to mention the fact that he kindly retweets our frockery frippery on a regular basis. Gordon is a gifted facilitator and powerful proponent of all things creative in Scotland, but rather than us reinvent the accolades, this is what the Skinny had to say about the phenomenon that is #ScotStreetStyle. It's a great concept, we like the emphasis on freedom of expression and are always up for a bit of collaboration.

    On a nostalgic street style note, here is our own K Frocker a few years back when she was snapped by the Herald in Glasgow's Byres Road. The most photogenic of the frockers, she has since exchanged student life in the West End of Glasgow for a career in the West End of London, where she still gets snapped a lot (and still wears Frockery frockery!)

    kirstin frocker

    Meanwhile, for those of you who haven't been paying attention, the 5th Annual Frockery Eco Fashion Challenge has kicked off on our Facebook Group and Twitter feed (using the #frockerychallenge hashtag) where we are celebrating sustainable style for the whole of February by showcasing all things eco-chic in the form of vintage, preloved and/or hand made outfits that help save the wallet as well as the planet. There are prizes of Frockery vouchers at the end of the month for the most creative eco-fashionistas, so if, like us, you need something to cheer you up after paying the tax bill and /or post Christmas credit cards, then this is surely it!

    Here's one of our previous winners - Janice Stewart, owner of Tweed’ll Dee By Notions - who has joined this year's judging panel to choose our winning eco-fashionistas. She sets a shiningly stylish example of creative and colourful eco chic in Brechin and beyond. You cannae miss her and Gordon would fair like that (former undertaker's) jaikit!

    frockery challenge winner janice stewart

    In rather less flamboyant fashion, two of the frockers celebrated the first day of this year's challenge by seeking to show off some 'Scott Street' style in Perth, but actually ended up looking like extras from Frozen!

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    Frockery Challenge FAQs (with thanks to Janice)

    Q: What do I have to do to enter?
    A: Easy! Take a picture of yourself in an outfit and add a bit of text to say where you got the items and how much they cost.

    Q: Do I have to buy more stuff or use what I have?
    A: It’s all about being eco-friendly…you may have had items for years….or maybe you bagged a bargain last week....it doesn’t matter.

    Q: I’m camera shy….do I have to show my face?
    A: It would be better if your face is shown…otherwise how do we know it’s you?

    Q: Do I have to make something?...I can't sew!
    A: No…though it is nice to see how people adapt their clothing buys.

    Q: Do I have to post a picture every day?
    A: No…a couple of pictures are enough…more are a bonus!

    Q: Can the whole world see my pictures?
    A: No, only those in the closed Facebook group can see them (or you can post them publicly on Twitter).

    Have a browse through previous entry pictures to get the idea and remember 'pics mean prizes', so do come and join us!