Frock&Roll (aka My Happy Place)

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I’ve not always been into vintage clothing but I have always loved dressing up – even to my lectures during my gruelling PGCE. A fellow student noted this fact and recommended visiting Frock&Roll Vintage in Reading; a dangerous wonderful suggestion.

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Roughly a ten minute walk from Reading town centre, Frock&Roll Vintage is located on Watlington Street (near the old part of the Royal Berkshire Hospital). It can be a real jaunt to have travel further afield for quality vintage; the shop’s location is so convenient. I have regularly visited Frock&Roll Vintage since my PGCE in 2011 – it’s my go-to for a good mooch.

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These are the reasons why I keep on running back for more:
. Quality clothing (clean, pressed and in good condition)
. Real vintage
. A wide range of eras (from the 20s to the 90s)
. Sizing (a label gives me a rough idea of what I can get into)
. Affordable prices (sale rail items can be as low as £5; evening dresses can go up to £60)
. Weekly picks on Facebook (this can also cause me to buy much more than I need!)
. Great customer service

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Ali – the amazing owner!

The shop is run by Ali, who I managed to get a quick interview with:
Papow: Where do you source your clothing?
Ali: We source from all over: wholesale, house clearances, auctions and anywhere else.
P: What make Frock&Roll different from other vintage shops?
A: We try to keep our stock varied at reasonable prices – without compromising quality.
P: What are your most popular items?
A: Younger customers tend to go for casual styles – denim or nineties style items. Other customers go for a mixture, depending on their personal style. Classic fifties and sixties dresses are always popular; they just evoke nostalgia.
P: What would you recommend for a first-time customer?
A: Look for something that catches your eye and try it on. Don’t close your mind and don’t be daunted.

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Er…why is this not my size?

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These are some of the pieces from my, now quite extensive, Frock&Roll Vintage collection:

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Being a terrible lovely wife, I suggested my husband should try a vintage-inspired look over his usual uniform of black. Here are the results:

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What do you think? My favourite is the brown, though it’s odd seeing him out of black clothing.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of this place. If you are new to vintage or a retro expert, pop into Frock&Roll Vintage – I love it!

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