Friday, 8 February 2013

Hot (Dolly) Rockin'



What's the chance of coming across someone else owning the same dress as you? If you shop at the big fashion chains there's every possibility, but, if you're talking about a 43 year-old vintage frock, the chances are pretty remote. 


Or are they? Here's my lovely friend, Liz rocking the same Dollyrockers maxi on her blog yesterday.



Liz isn't too keen on hers but I'm rather fond of mine. It's made from a thick crimplene fabric, ideal for a bitterly cold day like today and, you'll be pleased to know, it got a resounding thumbs up from the townsfolk. Cobalt, tan, purple, white and silver are clearly easier on the eye of the average grey tracksuit wearer.


So, who were Dollyrockers? Active between 1963 to 1975, it was a mass produced fashion label by British designer Samuel Sherman, using Patti Boyd (at the time George Harrison's girlfriend) as the brand's muse promising rock star cool at affordable prices.


I've owned a fair few in my time, some I've sold and others I've worn for years. Despite it being an "affordable" brand at the time the fact that so many survive proves that the quality is brilliant.


We're taking it easy and staying in tonight as we'll be hard at it tomorrow, selling our vintage wares at prices starting at £1. That's me on the flier, I'm the Black Country's bargain basement vintage queen! Feck knows what I'm going to wear.

Dollyrockers Maxi (£4.99, eBay), Suedette platforms (£1, car boot sale), junk jewellery (inherited/presents)
Have a fabulous weekend!
See you soon (or in Wolverhampton tomorrow if you're local).

68 comments:

judith said...

Muy bonito el vestido!!
Saludos
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lovesjetlag said...

you've styled this dress so well, I'd wear this one tomorrow! How I wish I lived in England!!!

Helen Le Caplain said...

Well don't you look fab? Great print, and perfect material for this cold weather xx

www.mancunianvintage.com

Valerie Beattie said...

Maybe Liz bought it because it reminded her of you, but its more your style than her's so that's why she isn't sure about it? Anyway, its a strange coincidence alright lol.
V
xxx

Sacramento Amate said...

Take me to you fair,Vix, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Gorgeous dress, and how amazing being two of a kind, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Small world.
Have a great sale, my friend, and don´t leave any alive.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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freckleface said...

How exciting, you have a dress twin!

And guess what, I have exactly that same lamp (the plaster Spanish lady) and I have teamed with almost an identical shade, so now I bagsy be your lamp twin!

So glad you met with local approval today. :D

Good luck tomorrow, bet you frock up a storm, little Miss Poster Girl! xxxx

Fashion art and other fancies said...

Liz has a good sense of fashion and so do you. You both wore the 43 year old vintage frock. I adore the print and the hand jewellery. Are those pink socks?;)

Penny-Rose said...

I think its so cool to find someone else wearing the same dress as you. Shows what great sense of taste and style you both have. Hope the fair goes well, and I am really really looking forward to seeing what you wear!! Have a great day xx

joyatri said...

That is a remarkable coincidence. Gosh, I'd wear that dress in a heartbeat. It is a great mix of African print/hippie colors. And I'm a fan of that heavy crimplene as well. I agree that you should wear this dress tomorrow. Good luck tomorrow and have fun!

Rose&Bird said...

You know, I thought the same thing when you reminded me yesterday! I'd completely forgotten you had the same one when I bought mine, maybe I was subconsciously remembering yours! I decided mine is staying for now - my dollyrockers collection is rather small at the moment! You look great in yours and I know you'll find something to wear tomorrow x

Fiona said...

You look gorgeous in this frock Vix, no wonder it got the local seal of approval. Teamed with your tan, matching tights/shoes and indian (?) jewellery it looks stunning. What a coincidence that Liz has one too.
Good luck at the fair tomorrow.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Gorgeous dress-- how cool to find someone else with the same one! The vintage fair sounds like so much fun. I would go if I was there :)

Punk Glam Queen http://ideefixemon.blogspot.com said...

I adore your Dollyrocker outfits! Tell Liz to send it to me!!! The colours & print are fantastic! I so wish I could attend one of your vintage fairs... I'll be saving my pennies, perhaps one day soon! I'm sure you'll find a fantastic vintage ensemble to wear & can't wait to see the pics. Sell tons! XXX

Frocktasia said...

You and Liz are a pair of delicious Dollyrockers! That frock is PERFECT, I absolutely love the colours and the print is exquisite, now all I need to do is track one down for myself,could there be another one out there? Definitely one to go on the cosmic ordering list ;)
Best of luck for tomorrow, I'm sure it'll be a roaring success.
Lot's of love,
Jennie...xXx

Kezzie said...

That's brilliant!!!! Just today, Clare said she has the matching jacket to my skirt which made me laugh, but wearing them together>?!?!?!x

Loulou said...

Wow, that is rare to see the exact same vintage dress on a friend! It's a lovely one with such great colours. And speaking of great, look at you there on that flyer! Love it. Enjoy the day.

edie pop said...

Dolly Rocker rocks!
It's incredible how the clothes quality changes now, I buy only few new things and they last a season, that's why I'm always more convinced in buying only Vintage, the problem is that if you buy cheap new items, you are paying for the blood of the poor people that work on them.But I just come here to say that you are beautiful in your dress and it's so cool that Liz has the same number and that even gray tracksuit man apprecciate it!
I love that you are on the flyer wearing your stunning Biba pants, you deserve to be an icon just like the gorgeous Patti!
Have a wonderful weekend and have fun for me, my girls are both ill now, so I'm home!
Lots and lots of love xxxxxxxxx

Carina Rosenholm said...

Its a small world and a great dress! I love that you know about'stuff' !

Ivy Black said...

You luck lush and I do love that frock. I have a soft spot for Dollyrockers...my mum liked 'em.
Great to have a frock twin too.
Have a great day tomorrow....weekend already! Hurrah.
Loves ya.
Em
xxxxxxxxxx

Helga! said...

It's a fabularse frock, everytime you wear one of your divoon collection I squee with desire! And such a great brand name! Makes me giggle, just a little bit! Hurrah for crimplene, perfect for the Wintery chills.
There you are on the flier again!!! Fancy using your gorgeous mug to promote their fair.....GENIUS!! I'd totally go across country if I thought there was any chance of bathing in your aura!!!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Shybiker said...

Cool vintage dress. I like learning about its history.

Mary Lou said...

wow what a beautiful maxi dream you are wearing here. and this is really amazing find someone with the same vintage treasure you own.
kiss,mary
http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

simplyvintage said...

I love the colours in that dress, they look vibrant and warm - Mmmm warmth, just what we need in this weather!

Wean said...

oh that is so beautiful ! I love everything about it, the colours, style and cut.

elegancemaison said...

OO-er quite a coincidence and not what you'd normally expect from buying vintage!

I prefer your styling without T-shirt and with all those lovely Indian bracelets. You wear it well.

I remember how I loved Dollyrockers dresses in the day (!)and actually have a paler print short-sleeved summery maxi to sell at my Spring/Summer vintage fairs. Though I wish I could visit your stand!Cx

Alice said...

I’ve always been intrigued by Dollyrockers – so thank you for the little insight! That’s my biggest peeve with the likes of Topshop etc, why would you want to wear what everyone else is? Sending luck for tomorrow, I’m sure you’ll do great :) xxx

Lucys Lounge said...

you look as beautiful as ever. I have sold vintage clothes for 30 years now and about 5 times I've got the same dress twice. the funny thing is they turn up in the same week. good luck with your fair.

pastcaring said...

I liked the dress when Liz posted it on her blog, even though she wasn't sure. The print has a tribal vibe to it, and I love the colours. You rock a Dollyrocker frock like a ...err, a dolly or a rocker? Both! I hope to find one I can fit into and afford one day....
Woohoo, Poster Girl! If seeing you on the flyer doesn't get the punters flooding into the vintage fair, I don't know what will! Hope you are rushed off your feet, sell shed loads, and make a lucrative start to your next holiday fund!
Love ya! xxxxx

Marla Robinson said...

Love the beautiful shade of blue and purple in that dress. Perfect with your silver cuff bracelets and that gorgeous necklace. Perfection!

Veshoevius said...

Gosh I'd love to make it to one of your sales one day! I love the dress on you and the way you wear it with big silver cuffs. Wonderful shoes and tights too!

Patti said...

Wow, two of the same fabulous vintage maxis, how rare is that? You both look grand. Good luck selling tomorrow, wish I could be there, esp for the cocktails : >

Crystal Hammon, ABC, MLS said...

Love the maxi! Adorable on both of you.

Their longevity also proves how much better even the accessible brands were back in the day! They sure don't make them like that now, do they?

P.S. Thanks for visiting my bog today! You gave me a thrill!

menopauselsupermodel said...

How stunning are you??? That Dollyrocker is amazing!!! And you are now semifamous as the face of vintage!! Good luck and make loads of sales tomorrow!

tanaya said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the necklace, your dressing table in the background and ofcourse the dress...Its FABULOUS!!! The Vintage fair poster is something I want up on my wall, I've seen such un-imaginative ones here :(

All the very best for tomorrow, I hope people at the fair take cues from your style. xxx

Janice Tutone said...

I wish we would have something here like the Wolverhampton event. So cool that you are on the flier. You look beautiful in the Dollyrockers ensemble. XXX

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

I love the colors of your dress!! I also enjoyed the history lesson. Hope your event went well!! XXOO

Ofelia said...

Love Patti Boyd and this dress on you!The mix of blues, black, purples and brown give the dress an ethnic felling to it.
Hope that you sell lots, dress fantastic and have lots of fun.
Besos,

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Someday, I WILL visit a market in which you are one of the sellers.

Ronnie (RR) said...

I have never seen two vintage dresses the same, I have only seen someone wear a dress in the same material as one of my maxi skirts, that's the closest I have ever come. How brilliant it's owned by one of your friends. Best of luck at the fair, hope it goes well and that you have an evening in the pub as a reward afterwards!

MyStyle said...

Hi there- wishing you a successful day today and I know you'll look lovely as always! xxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Well you've got rockstar cool in buckets love!!!!!!! I'm so glad you got out and about today, sharing the love and teaching the locals a thing or two about dressing for the cold:). I loved seeing Liz in her Dollyrockers maxi yesterday too and I KNOW, what are the chances eh? You look radiant darling and I just know you're going to nail the markets tomorrow - big hugs:)) xoxoxo

Stacey said...

How crazy that you both ended up with the same dress! It's an incredible frock - I wish I could find one too! I love the print & the colours, it suits you down to a t!

Linda said...

How cool is that! the dress ids gorgeous, love the pattern and colours. Have a great day selling!

Amie K said...

You and liz both look smashing in the dress. Love your shoes too!

Love your picture on the flier too....next stop world domination woo hoo! Will have to get myself up to wolves at some point because the fair sounds amazing!

Big kisses xxxxxxxx

Mrs. D said...

What a lovely dress!
I wish I could go to that swap. I have a lot of stuff to pass on for further loving in nice homes :)
Have fun!

thorne garnet said...

Beautiful dresses, love that color combination. Good luck at the fair.

Lynne DeVenny said...

Vix, this is one of your loveliest frocks, and that's saying a lot since you already own so many gorgeous dresses. The color combination is vibrant but relaxing. This dress lights up your dark hair, great complexion, and beautiful eyes.

I'm wondering if your friend might like hers better with some minor styling modifications, like at least low heels and several long and short necklaces instead of the belt.

I also love seeing your house in your style photos.

Silhouette de Femme said...

Too bad I am not a local! My mom has a DollyRocker maxi I believe in orange...I am going to try & find a pic or see if she still has the dress. Your post brought back memories of her wearing it...I thought the name was cool back then! You both look pretty in yours.
Denise

Heather said...

That dress is gorgeous love the shoes and tights with it!! With vintage clothing I really think the accessories really make a difference you really have to know how to pair it up ~You do a great job of this ~Have fun at your sale!! How I would love to be there and have you dress me up hehehe Oh my word if I could get something on other than blue jeans nowadays it would be a miracle lol!! ~xoxo Love Heather

Vintage Coconut said...

I think both of you look great in your "twin" dresses. I think it's so cool when I see someone has a same vintage item as I do.

daisychain said...

What an incredible dress, you look wonderful xx

Krista Gassib said...

I love this dress! How random and rare that you both own the same dress! I do love it! It feels a bit African. I love how differently you both wear it too. You look gorgeous girl!

Best of luck at the fair! Of course you are on the flyer, makes me wanna go! I wish I could rummage your rack:). It was so wonderful seeing you and chatting a bit, I miss you!

Lotsofvintagelove
Xxoo

Hayley Rose said...

Love that dress! My mother does not understand why but I love crimplene :D I am planning a trip to wolverhampton soon amoung other places as I need a new shoppign scene :)

Bella Q said...

You birds both look amazing- and you are the planet's Vintage Queen! Have a great market day- and be safe and stay fabulous!

Forest City Fashionista said...

I'm afraid I have a bit of a bias against crimplene, having worn a lot of it as a child, and hating it. I love the name "Dolly Rockers"! I hope you had a successful day at the Vintage Fair, and sold more than you brought home.

shooting star said...

you got such an amazing collection..everytime I come here am dazzled by your vintage!!!!


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carrievintage said...

love your vanity table *_*

rosyragpatch said...

What a coincidence! It is a great dress so maybe there are others aaround that people have carefully saved? Would be interesting to see.

Little Blue Mouse said...

That's a great looking dress, you wear it well!

WeShop said...

Woo hoo - you're on the flier! You're famous Vix! Hope you had a great day's sales. xx

The Style Crone said...

You, the vintage maxi and the pink vanity are a vision on a Sunday evening in Denver. How fun that your friend Liz found the same treasure.

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

I have drooled over eBay listings of Dollyrockers! The pattern on that dress is wild! You look great :)

Trees said...

I love the fact you both have the same beautiful vintage frock - what's the odds of that happening? It's pretty cool though :D

Julie bohomumma said...

what are the odds on that! And you both look so fab in them too!!

Cristi said...

What a cool dress and name for a clothing label-so perfect and fun!
I had a gal run over to me at a club many years ago so excited that I was wearing a vintage dress that she also had. It was an instant friendship, as we both couldn't believe that there was 2 of them still around.
Both of you gals were it well!!!:)
Wish I could jumble it up in your sale!:) Vintage Poster Girl is right!

Lisa G said...

What a lovely dress! The colours really suit you.

Lx

www.whatlisawrote.blogspot.co.uk

pao said...

Stranger than fiction. What does it all mean? You both have great taste!

Melanie said...

Lovely dress! Funny that you both have the same dress xxx