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Then & Now ~ Big Floofy White Gown with Ribbon Detail


Then: For Sophronia

Then & Now ~ Big Floofy White Gown with Ribbon Detail
Evening Dress  1860-1863  The McCord Museum

Now

Then & Now ~ Big Floofy White Gown with Ribbon Detail
2014 Rochas

Matched Merch


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You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

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In a Black Coat Dress with Red Accessories at BayCon


BayCon used to be my con, you know way back in the day when I was first bouncing about in fandom (lots of comic book marvel cosplay). It was the first SF/F con I ever attended (not counting Star Trek). I haven't been back in years since it always takes place over the three day weekend in spring and that's a popular weekend for events. I am usually trundling about elsewhere. However, this year my local RWA chapter was invited down, and I happened to be in town, so I figured: why not?

In a Black Coat Dress with Red Accessories at BayCon

The dress is a black 1950s coat dress with big pockets, lined in red, as are the cuffs of the sleeves. Because it's satin it doesn't travel well so you'll usually only see me in it at local events. I do love it, though. I'm wearing two crinolines under it to give it volume, but it could take more.

In a Black Coat Dress with Red Accessories at BayCon
Me and my BFF RWA girls! Lea Kirk & Tess Rider

I've accessorized it with the following:

1. Vintage 1950s beret style felt hat.
2. Double strand of red beads with matching earrings, similar set for $25
3. Obligatory pen necklace, $20
4. Wide red vinyl belt, similar $30 (also comes in dark red)
5. Shoes of Prey pumps, wing tips, leather and patent designed by me, $200 (for my concerns working with Shoes of Prey please read this blog post)
In a Black Coat Dress with Red Accessories at BayCon

There it is. This is certainly a favorite outfit of mine. I'm hoping to get to wear it again soon.

In a Black Coat Dress with Red Accessories at BayCon
Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Then & Now ~ Red & Black Brocade Dress


Then: For Sophronia

Then & Now ~ Red & Black Brocade Dress
1850 Evening gown of red silk brocaded with black rose, c.1850 pinteres

Almost Then: For Gail

Then & Now ~ Red & Black Brocade Dress
1959 Cocktail dress, 1959  From the Kent State University Museum Pinterest

Now

Then & Now ~ Red & Black Brocade Dress
2012 Tadashi-Shoji-American-Pie-Reunion-Madrid-Photocall

Matched Merch


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Black Pencil Skirt ~ Some Thoughts


I've owned so many black pencil skirts over the years, Fashionable Reader. I would almost think it more a staple of my wardrobe than any other item of clothing.

Black Pencil Skirt ~ Some ThoughtsBlack Pencil Skirt ~ Some Thoughts

My current one is the black pin strip fish tale. I think I picked up from Ross or the like. My only concern with it is that the waistband isn't really high enough for vintage.

Black Pencil Skirt ~ Some Thoughts
Genius are evil quote shirt can be found here.

But everything else about it is so perfect I haven't yet been able or inclined to replace it. (I am always on the hunt for the perfect black pencil skirt.) It packs well, has a bit of stretch to it, has the ribbon detail and fish tale to give it something more.

Black Pencil Skirt ~ Some Thoughts
Ellipsis shirt can be found here.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Then & Now: White Sheath Wedding Gown


Then

Then & Now: White Sheath Wedding Gown
1930-1934 Wedding Ensemble  Madeleine Vionnet, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Now

Then & Now: White Sheath Wedding Gown
2014 Tory Burch


Matched Merch


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair


Perhaps I'm being inspired by Wonder Woman, I don't know for certain but I wore this outfit the last day of the convention.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair

I call this my circus corset, because it feels like I ought to be ring mistress in it. It's from Dark Garden (like all my others) and was a customized fabric Christmas special based on their corselette style. I wear it all the time. It's probably my most used steampunk corset because it travels so well and is so very comfortable.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair

Outfit Details:

* I'm wearing the Circus over a little white chiffon dress I picked up at Ross when I was going through a summer is hot Greek phase (similar $19).
* Wine velvet caplet meets shrug with flutter sleeves bought on sale from a fancy shop in some resort town over a decade ago (similar $40)
* Octopus on burgundy lace necklace & earring set made fro me by a fan (similar in black $11)
* Crochet octopus hair bob I got in Alaska last month, find similar here.
* Soft brand gold sandals with big flower, much beloved, no longer available

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair

Sorry I got these shoes years ago and haven't seen ones like it or even similar. Also I really want a hair thing that's like that gold leather flower.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger In Cream Lace Steampunk Worlds Fair


For some reason this is a really hard outfit to get a good photo of, Gentle Reader. Probably all that cream.

Gail Carriger In Cream Lace Steampunk Worlds Fair

I've worn it several times in various different iterations (I have a cream lace skirt with a train for indoor only events, and a beautiful brocade over-skirt REALLY for indoor only) but this is my travel lace skirt version.

Outfit Breakdown:

* Leather flower hairband with additional pearl decoration added by me (similar $10)
* Lacey shrug from Newport News a million years ago (similar only with more steampunk, so cute $6-11)
* Double breasted corset from Dark Garden, highly customized based off their classic Victorian style but super modified. Autumn would make you one similar but take this picture to show her. I also had her custom make me matching wrist corsets. Back when I was working for her as a lacer I started to get some carpel tunnel, these helped and were cute.
* Crochet neckline under blouse is vintage, here's one sort-of similar for $20
* Pearl vintage looking jewelry set, similar $19
* Necklace watch brass $8
* Long stretch lace skirt found at Ross or similar years ago, similar $19

Gail Carriger In Cream Lace Steampunk Worlds Fair

I like to wear cream at steampunk events as lighter colors are less well represented.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair


The second day of Steampunk Worlds Fair, Saturday, I wore this outfit...


Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair

So I have had this dress hanging around my closet for a while, Gentle Reader.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair
Here I am wearing it a few different ways in France four years ago. It hasn't been worn a great deal since then, to be fair. 
Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds FairGail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair

So because I thought it'd be hot, I busted it out the back of my closet to go with a foundation corset I have. 
Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair

Throwing a bit of shade there, in more ways than one. I swear I don't have indigestion or anything. Anyway, I'm not sure about it paired with the corset as it's not great in the boob arena, even with a killer bra. Always a concern with underbust corsets.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair

Outfit Rundown:
Disregarding the dress, purchased years ago at Nordstrom Rack, I'm wearing...
* Dark Garden Cupid corset which I mainly use and an undergarment.
* Cream glove, long, vintage cotton.
* Suspender nylon thigh highs for $15.
* Cream oxford wingtips (no longer available except in small sizes)

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair

 For accessories I have a blush flower hairband (similar $7), lace necklace (custom made for me by a fan, similar for $9), necklace watch ($5), pen necklace (silver $20), and bottle earrings (similar $8) you can fill them with whatever you like.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair

Anyway, there it is, still not sure on keeping this dress. I suppose I'll see if I wear it again.

Hugs, my lovelies!

Your Miss Gail

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair


So I kind of channeled the ballet for my first outfit of Steampunk Worlds Fair.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair

The thing is when I was in New Jersey for this event a few years ago it was scorchingly hot so I pretty much pack steampunk light, or as light as I could go.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair


Of course it turned out to be rainy, windy, and overcast the entire time. Hence the reason I subbed in the high neck blouse rather than my original idea.

Ah, May.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair

Outfit breakdown: 
* That's a button front pussycat bow blouse worn with bow tied as a cravat (similar $24) and a vintage parasol pearl pin (gift from a fan).
* Dark Garden Alyscia corset in a custom fabric with cross back princess straps.
* Cream gloves
* Fluffy blush high-low chiffon ruffle skirt I picked up from Ross or something a few years ago, similar for $25 or this really cool fancy fluffy one for $40
* I'm in love with these suspender nylons for when I'm in corset, basically a lazy lady's thigh highs for $15. I've multiple pairs now. Now if they would only make a black back-seam version.
* Cream oxford wingtips (no longer available except in small sizes). You can google cream oxfords and see what you get but frankly I don't recommend this color shoe. And make certain, if you do invest to get one with PALE SOLES. Never buy a light colored shoe with a dark colored sole. Trust your Gail on this matter.
* Crochet teacake was a gift from a fan up in Portland years ago, I simply pin it to my head with a bunch of bobby pins.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium


So at the Alaska Steamposium the con com were given a challenge: Dress like a Gail Carriger cover. Beatrix took it literally.

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

The outfit was covered in details from my books including such things as...

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Dandelion Fluff on a Spoon.

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Flowers, bows ribbons and so forth all made from pages and paper.

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

There was even a tiny book written by, as Beatrix put it, any one of the Lefouxs.

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

Really remarkable work.

Gail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium
Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.
Then & Now ~ Big Floofy White Gown with Ribbon DetailIn a Black Coat Dress with Red Accessories at BayCon Then & Now ~ Red & Black Brocade DressBlack Pencil Skirt ~ Some ThoughtsThen & Now: White Sheath Wedding GownGail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds FairGail Carriger In Cream Lace Steampunk Worlds FairGail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds FairGail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds FairGail Carriger Cover Cosplay, Literally, At the Alaska Steamposium

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