A Visit to Pocket Watch & Petticoats

In my beginnings of exploring vintage style, it took a lot of time and effort to grow my collection of clothes. If I wanted to expand my then small wardrobe, I would need to hop on a train to London, or browse extensively online. Being a country girl from Suffolk, the local vintage community was tiny back then! But luckily, Pocket Watch & Petticoats opened their doors in Ipswich four years ago, bringing awareness to the community. Of course, it is now my go-to repro shop!

Prairie vibes

The Go-To Vintage Repro Shop!

What started in a small upstairs shop in Ipswich back in 2015, Pocket Watch & Petticoats has now grown to a three store enterprise in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and now Cambridge. I remember when I first walked into this little shop; I couldn’t believe the amount beautiful clothes and all the colour! Each shop is vibrant and so much fun to browse in. It is very difficult to visit and leave empty handed.
But more so than the beautiful clothes, the rock n roll music playing and the vibe of the place; the people really do make the shops what they are. Sophia & Adrian are a fantastic couple who can make anyone feel their best. They will go above and beyond for their customers! In fact, all their staff are incredibly helpful and so friendly.

The Prairie Look

My trip to the Bury St Edmunds store with my sister last week was intended to browse some of the new autumn/winter styles. We spent a lot of time chatting and catching up with the gorgeous Miss Jutty-B-Goode, who then helped us choose some new items to try on. When dressing up at any of the boutiques, they will always use interesting colour combos. I always stick to the same old colours in my day to day style, I wouldn’t have considered using a green petticoat and matching belt with this outfit. I love it! Miss JBG found the perfect shoes and finished off the outfit with a beautiful hair flower.


With my birthday fast approaching, I could add a few items to my wish list, but I wanted to make a purchase that day. After some discussion, Miss JBG helped me narrow down my choices to this gorgeous prairie style blouse. It is very different from any style I had seen before; western style were very prominent in modern fashion this year. I love the colour of this blouse, as well as the lace detailing and the cute tie collar. I think every knows by now that I love a cute collar!

My little sister is very much a band t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, but she loves the vintage style too. She was very interested in trying some high-waisted jeans, but also chose some dungarees to try. Miss JBG was so helpful in sizing and her advice in how to style them. We both had a fun afternoon of dressing up and feeling good.

For your information, they recently introduced a new loyalty card scheme. With every purchase over £25, you collect a stamp, saving to get a free dress!


I have wanted to write about Pocket Watch & Petticoats for a long time now – it is unlike any shop I’ve ever been in: the atmosphere, the bright colours, gorgeous clothes and the very lovely people. I can’t recommend them enough, for any occasion.

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