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Frock coats with a dress like Cabotine 5007272 are in vogue

Frock coats – the great cover up to beat the winter blues

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Pinch, punch first day of the month and all that! October’s here. Or Frocktober as we love to call it.  It’s time for winter weddings. That can mean a thick vest to some mothers of the bride and frock coats to others. It’s without a doubt trickier to find an outfit for a winter event. […]


Wedding guest dresses for plus size women

I’m a wedding guest and I’m too big for dresses

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The name of our shop should be self-explanatory. Fab Frocks – it says what it does on the tin right? So today, when I was able to help a stressed-out wedding guest I felt really proud. Fab Frocks  is living up to its name! This lady has honestly never owned a dress in her life. Her comfort […]


Focus on your style not your size label

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

It would seem size really does matter when you consider the revelation that 1 in 5 UK women cut the label out of their clothes because they’re embarrassed.  I fully support the #NoSizeFitsAll campaign, aiming to take away the shame connected to clothing sizes. More than in any other clothing sector, when it comes to occasionwear, […]


The decolletage debate – will you stick your neck out?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

I promise I won’t do a fashion review every week about ‘Strictly’ but I just had to comment on this weekend. As well as some dodgy moves on the dancefloor, there were also some disastrous decolletage moments when it came to the frocks! Host, Claudia Winkleman, in her two-tone orange and black dress looked like […]


Arming up with sleeves and a baked bean can

Monday, September 26th, 2016

It’s my birthday today! I think sadly I’m now on tricky ground to carry on calling myself mid-40s. I’m starting to notice all those thing that “come with age”  – wearing glasses, middle age spread etc. Whenever I visit my doctor now , his cheerful diagnosis is always that “it’s to do with your age.” […]


Enjoying an Indian summer romance

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Who says romance is dead? I’ve spent some of today meeting lovely couples thinking of getting married at the beautiful Bournemouth Beach Weddings venue.  A whole range of lovebirds were there  – from young, first-timers to the more mature deciding to give it another go. It’s mind-blowing to see the choice when it comes to […]


Why boutique doesn’t have to mean big bucks

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Word Origin & History. boutique “fashion shop,” 1953, earlier “small shop of any sort” (1767).  So why do many people associate a boutique shop with it being expensive? At the moment we’ve got a range of dresses in our window for under £55. We’ve got evening dresses starting at £85 and day dresses at £48. […]


Navy is the new black darling

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

It’s this time of year we reach for our trusted LBDs as invites to parties, awards dinners and the C word starts to approach. I have to be honest – I’ve never been a fan of black. I must be the only boutique owner in the land not to have a little black dress of […]


TV with tassels on

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Only one more sleep until ‘Strictly’ comes back on to our screens. Sad I know but my diary is cleared for Friday and Saturday night (and for the rest of  autumn and winter to be completely honest) as the new show launches us into that wonderful Glitter Ball world of fake tans, sequins and fab-u-lous […]


Mothers of the groom please stop taking a back seat

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

It’s been a busy morning at our boutique with mothers of the bride and groom in looking for their wedding outfits and today again I’ve heard what always amazes me. “I’m the mother of the groom so need to take a back seat.” “I’m not as important as the other mother”. Why? I tell my […]


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