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Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy


In honor of Romancing the Werewolf, Fashionable Reader, I invited Modern Biffy to the blog today to bring you some VERY strong opinions on menswear.

Take it away... Biffy!

In my humble experience, men can be very difficult to dress. The ones who have an interest in fashion can often be the worst to deal with. For they know that there is a code to be hacked in manipulating others through image, so they are extra paranoid about it.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

My approach it to show them images and ask for input.

Which one do you like?

How do you want to dress?

What kind of impression do you want to give?

I've got some tips inherent in my Dressing for Conventions rant as well.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

I advise trying to focus attention in on the clothing itself, rather than the man who wears it.

Ask a man who he wants to look like and he'll say "Brad Pitt" or "George Clooney" or "James Bond."

That's hopeless.

Better to ask what he wants to look like. What kind of impression does he want to give?

Start directing his attention to the clothing rather than the man underneath it.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

 For example, very few body types can carry of this look:

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

 But a great many out there can do this one, and look marvelous.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

Suits 101

 I think that every man should own at least two suits ~ one grey and one black. These will hit pretty much every necessary event from weddings to funerals, and you can mix and match for casual occasions, like so:

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

This is a very modern look with the skinny trousers and mix of brown & black elements, but you get the idea. He's taken the black trousers from one suit and put them with the grey blazer of the other. How come he gets away with mixing chocolate brown, tobacco brown, grey, black, and a patterned tie? He kept all his lines clean and stuck with neutral colors.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy
 A brown vintage version.

To experiment with color, the base components should be more matched, like so:

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

He's done all black with grey trousers and then two pops of matched red. The color will draw attention instantly, so if you want to rock the yellow socks, make certain your shoes are polished to a mirror shine because people will be looking at them!

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

But I am getting a little advanced here, shall we go back to the basics?

Those two suits?

Here's a break down of the necessary elements.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

1. Choose an English or an Italian cut.

2. In both black and grey.
Because of intended use, I always suggest the grey be of a lighter fabric than the black. Also, while cool, I am against linen, it wrinkles too easily.

A black suit is for:
Weddings that are formal, evening, autumn and winter, and/or inside that don't specify white tie, evening dinners and events, funerals, first time meetings with executives from foreign countries, any afternoon event that might lead into evening. Because this will serve your black tie needs, the trousers should not be cuffed. Tuxes, for the modern man, are usually so infrequently worn that it's OK to rent. So long as when you rent you make certain to get the right size.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

A grey suit is for:
Weddings that are informal, morning or afternoon, spring and summer, and/or outside that don't specify black tie, outdoor formal events that do not specify mourning jackets, christenings, lunchtime appointments, morning occasions. Try to go for slightly lighter greys rather than charcoal. Silvers, steels, blue tinged, or even dove tones. Think about eye color and complexion when selecting the tone of grey.

What about brown?
Serves the same as grey but for formal occasions will require all new accessories, so I'd opt for grey if you can.

Blue?
Has a nice vintage feel and I actually like a blue suit a lot. In lighter hues it could serve instead of the grey but is a daring choice. Navy has similar problems to brown.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy


3. Single breasted jacket. 
Looks best on most body types. Double breasted adds width and bulk.

Yes. It. Does.

I know, honey, you love it. It makes you feel a tough and all mafia-ish. Well, it also makes you look fat. Nash. If you're rail thin and you want to rock the vintage look, than why are you reading this blog? We are talking basics here, not advanced costuming.

I also suggest a notched narrower collar, but do experimented with various different style jackets. Remember the jacket MUST fit you in the shoulder, and around the back and middle, hems and cuffs can be taken up.

Jacket button rule?

From the top down . . .

Always
Sometimes
Never

Only two buttons?

From the top down . . .
Always
Sometimes but mostly never

Remember, however, to unbutton all of them when sitting.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy
1964  The Victoria & Albert Museum

4. Flat front trousers.
For the effing love gentlemen! FLAT FRONT. Never ever pleated. Do you like the crotch poof? No one likes the crotch poof.

No one.

I don't know why they even manufacture pleated anymore. Always bring the shoes you intend to wear with with you to try on suits, so you can check the length of the trouser. Easier to shorten than to lengthen.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

5. Crisp white skirt.
With standard cuffs and collars. Leave the fancy ones for costumes. Again, this should fit the shoulder and neck and I suggest trying a "slim" or "modern" cut even if you are on the larger side. These terms actually mean that the shirts are made to fit closer to the body and can be more flattering as a result, adding less volume with less fabric. They often wear better under a jacket because they have less bulk. They also look better tucked in and don't poof as much.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

6. A relatively skinny black tie.
Black will serve for both suits and most needs so if you only want to buy one tie this would be it. If there are formal occasions in your future you might need a black bow tie as well. Yes, ready-tied is fine. (Hush don't tell Lord Akeldama.)

7. Trouser (or Dress) Socks.
"When wearing dress pants or casual pants, apart from jeans, the color of your socks should be dictated by the color of your pants and not by the shade of your shoes."
~ From Ask Men

8. Black formal shoes.
I leave the style up to you. I dislike a square toe, and kind of like a pointy modern look, but if you're struggling I'd opt for something simple. Oxfords are a great choice, wingtips if you want a little flash, spectators if you want a lot.

That is really all you need. Amazing.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy
 1960s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Packing for a trip?

Mix up your suits for other events. Use the grey trousers where you might wear jeans for a more formal daytime look. Invest in some nice colored fitted t-shirts (blue, green, graphic black & white) for less formal occasions for under the jacket. Add a great pair of dark wash boot-cut non-distressed jeans, and one or two fancy patterned shirts, a good trench or warm overcoat or a black leather blazer (depending on the weather) and you have the perfect wardrobe suited to almost any occasion.

Suit Samples

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 Modern grey suit & a Lounge Suit 1911 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
How little has changed.

Modern and vintage takes on the grey suit. Note that the modern one is generally a slimmer cut and has been paired with a faint check shirt and brown accessorizes for a very contemporary twist? The vintage look paired grey with blue, a classic combination that never gets old (joke intended).

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 Right is 1961  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Black formal suits modern and vintage. Again, note the looser cut in the vintage look? But otherwise little has changed. Although both vintage examples are three piece suits, which brings us to . . .

Addendum . . . Going Retro

So you have your two classic suits, what next?

The 3 Piece Suit.
I always suggest if a matched vest is offered for your suit that you spring for it. Why? Because it adds an instant vintage component to your look.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy
 James Bond in a grey 3 piece, the vest has a small shawl collar.

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 Modern takes on the vest are both collarless. In the first we see a casual grey version without a tie and with brown shoes, and the second is a formal take with all the trimmings.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy
Jean Patou in that late 1920s wearing with a double breasted cross over vest with a shawl collar under a single buttoned jacket.

Shawl collars are difficult to find now, but very vintage looking, so if you think you are only going to use the vest for steampunk, costume, and retro events than go for it.

As with jackets I strongly suggest single breasted vests (as opposed to double breasted waistcoats).

Also, its a good idea to pay close attention to where the top button of the vest sits (the neckline's stance). Not only does this dictate how much of the tie is seen but it should be dependent on the stance of the jacket. If the jacked buttons higher, the vest should go higher up, as seen in the very first look. When jacket is buttoned you should see the top button of the vest, sometimes the second to the top.

There are some fun ways to pars out a 3 piece. For example:

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Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy
Jean Patou 1924

The check suit.
Madmen has much to answer for, this is one of them. I suggest making certain you have the bases covered. Then, if you are ready, go vintage shopping and find some kind of outrageous check suit or sport coat. Why not? Break all the rules, rock a wide tie too!

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

Sweaters
A pull-over v-neck sweater is a good addition to a man's wardrobe. It adds that vintage feel when worn with the white shirt, suit trousers, and a tie. Good for sporting events, added warmth, or the very casual meet-up. I'd go for a nice neutral soft blue, grey, or taupe/mushroom.


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The turtleneck.
The turtleneck with a suit is an . . . option. Be careful though. It can look quite pretentious.

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf DandyMenswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy

"Happily, Woman is much more susceptible to external polish than Man is."
~ Etiquette for Ladies, c. 1850

Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf Dandy
Romancing the Werewolf has the cutest cover ever & is up for preorder. 
Releases Nov 5th! 
Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Lyall is wearing a Dark Garden Beau Brummel custom corset.

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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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

Ada Lovelace Day 2017


Today is Ada Lovelace Day!

"Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)."

Here's one of my picks... Tempest Anderson: Pioneer of Volcano Photography

I am going to trivialize the entire operation by doing a fashion post based on one of Ada's most famous portraits.

Ada Lovelace Day 2017
Ada Lovelace portrait

A similar actual historic dress.

Ada Lovelace Day 2017
1860 Robe à Transformation The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ada Lovelace Day 2017
1860 Robe à Transformation The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ada Lovelace Day 2017
1820 Pocket Watch  1820  Sotheby’s

Stuff from my own collection that might go with...

Ada Lovelace Day 2017

Ada Lovelace Day 2017

Ada Lovelace Day 2017

Ada Lovelace Day 2017



You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between


Here, Fashionable Reader, I put together a bit of a design board for masculine steampunk garb. In honor of Romancing the Werewolf, my first gay romance set in my steampunk Parasolverse.

Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between

I thought I'd provide you all with some fun images to inspire either for yourself or another. Because, my dears, these men are certainly inspiring!

Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In BetweenMen of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between

Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In BetweenMen of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In BetweenMen of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between

Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between

Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between
My dear friends. The gentleman at the front inspired Tunstell!

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Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In BetweenMen of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between


Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between
My Darling friend portraying Lyall!

Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In BetweenMen of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between

Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In Between
Romancing the Werewolf has the cutest cover ever & is up for preorder. 
Releases Nov 5th! 
Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Lyall is wearing a Dark Garden Beau Brummel custom corset.

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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective

Today, Fashionable Reader, I'm do a retrospective on one of my all time favorite pieces, a 1970's polyester black maxi dress. I picked this up in Haight Street in San Francisco, and it's not normally the kind of thing I would go for. Except, of course, that it has a pussycat bow at the neck.

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective

But the fit on the stress is just amazing, it makes me look tall and elegant. Which, with my curvy figure, is a really challenging. It's this crazy polyester fabric, and I imagine it will last forever. However if it does ever die, I have plans to take it to a seamstress and have it remade in other fabrics.

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Here I am wearing it three ways. The first image is the most common way I wear this dress, with gold accessories. The second is a steampunk variation that I use when I'm traveling and need both a evening gown and a steampunk costume on the go. The final is the dress with a 1940s style velvet jacket over-the-top.

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective

 Well my address is clearly from the 1970sseventies, there is no doubt about that. This style of dress was common in the 1930s. Here I have a retrospective of this dress style for your entertainment. Enjoy.

Teared Black Maxi-Dresses of the 1930s

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective
Charles James, 1930s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective
Evening Dress  Lucien Lelong, early 1930s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective
Coco Chanel, 1933  Augusta Auctions

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective
Evening Dress  Madeleine Vionnet, 1936  The Museum at FIT

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective
Evening Dress  Coco Chanel  1937-1938  MET

And here is a modern variant...

Black Teared Maxi-Dress Retrospective


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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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

Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways


So one of my most worn wardrobe pieces is a little black dupioni suit, Fashionable Reader. Here I am wearing it over the years in various different ways. It's basically a sheath dress with a little short jacket over top.

ALA in Las Vegas. 

I call this my Dior suit (and it might be, hard to tell as someone tore out all the lining at one point including labels). I'm thinking, from the cut and the length, that it's late 1950s.


Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways

Here is is not on my body...

Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways

"Dupioni (also referred to as Douppioni or Dupion) is a plain weave crisp type of silk fabric, produced by using fine thread in the warp and uneven thread reeled from two or more entangled cocoons in the weft. This creates tightly-woven yardage with a highly-lustrous surface."

~ From Wikipedia

Dupioni's biggest flaw is that it wrinkles, so this is one of those pieces I always have to plan time into my schedule to iron before wearing, and it's not for sitting still for long times.

The suit is basically a simple v-neck sheath dress...


Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways

The skirt is pencil and to below the knee. It's hard to tell with black fabric, but the seaming is to die for (so flattering, that image is BEFORE reduction) especially in the bodice. This is one of those deceptively simple dresses that I really wish eShakti would get hold of and deconstruct because I would buy it in a million different colors and patterns.

I find the arm holes a little high (or perhaps that's because of my swimmers shoulders which pull the bottom of the arm hole up). 

With a short jacket...


Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways

It comes with this little short jacket, one big button and a very wide lapel and the much-coveted half length sleeve. (I adore this sleeve.) Also super versatile.

Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways

Here I am wearing the whole suit as an evening look. (I met Mercedes Lackey in this outfit!) I have a fancy hair bob in, a nice jet beaded tassel necklace ($20), peep-toe wing tip stilettos, and long red gloves ($8).

All I need to do is change the hat & gloves and this look works fine for daytime too. I love that kind of versatility.

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Here it is with shorter gloves and no gloves, and more casual accessories.

If I want to turn it super daytime I put a shirt on underneath it, like so...

Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways

See? I am even wearing it with flats. (I try to avoid flats with a pencil skirt but sometime the feet just hurt too much.)

And here is one of my favorite versions...

Versatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many Ways

So there you have it, so many different outfits out of one vintage suit.

Any preferences on which one you like the best?

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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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

Latest Aquisitions: Convertable Bra, Flat Sandals, Versitile Scarf


I put in a new order at eShakti recently, I'll let you all know how that goes, Fashionable Reader. I haven't purchased anything from them in over a year. Just haven't felt the need but I went on a big maxi dress purge recently and decided to use eShakti to update may wardrobe with replacements. The ones I was finding in shops just didn't have the vintage feel I was looking for. (Nor, for that matter, did they have sleeves & pockets.)

One of the things I like about eShakti is that most everything they make has pockets, and because I am putting in custom measurements anyway and paying the $10 extra for alterations, I tinker with neck lines, sleeves, and skirt length so I look at each dress with this in mind. Also they have added to option to put in a back zipper (instead of side) which I LOVE. That way putting the dress on isn't a makeup worry.

Anyway, I've a number of posts on advice when shopping with eShakti if you are going to try.

Meanwhile here's a few things I have added to my wardrobe recently.

Latest Aquisitions: Convertable Bra, Flat Sandals, Versitile Scarf
Ekouaer Women's Strapless Convertible Padded Underwire T Shirt Bra 32B-42DDD $20

I already owned this in nude. My new size is 32DDD (at least in this bra). I like it. Not too much padding, just enough for shape and the convertible strap is great, two different spots to fasten on the back so it accommodates different cuts of straps and it can also be a halter, single strap or cross back. Here's the kicker, it's $20. It's so amazing to be spending so little ona  bra I like, and that fits. I supose after a lifetime of this the surgery will have paid for itself.

Latest Aquisitions: Convertable Bra, Flat Sandals, Versitile Scarf


For summer I got some new sandals:

Latest Aquisitions: Convertable Bra, Flat Sandals, Versitile Scarf
Aerosoles Women's Chronichle Flat Sandal $30
Man do I love these sandals. I now have them in nude and silver as well as black. I wear them all summer. I don't like flip-flops (the thing between the toes bothers me and I'm not happy with how casual they look) these are perfect. Little bit of bling to bring them up in the world and a bit of a squish to the sole so they really are comfortable. 
Latest Aquisitions: Convertable Bra, Flat Sandals, Versitile Scarf
Kobwa(TM) Women Flower Mulberry Silk Square Scarves Bandana Scarf with Keyring $7
This is the first scarf I've found that is in the size I prefer for tying about the head and has a steampunk pattern in colors that will work with my wardrobe. So yeah, pretty chuffed about that!

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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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

Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple


A year ago, Fashionable Reader, Poison or Protect released into the world. Now, finally the audiobook is also available.
Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple

Here for your fun an entertainment are some fashionable items that match this cover...

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 1880 Mourning dress, 1880-85  From Kerry Taylor Auctions

 For Alexia...

Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple
Worth day dress, 1880’s  From the State Hermitage Museum

Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple
1890s  Sotheby’s

 For Prudence...


Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple
Day Dress  1895  Augusta Auctions

For Quesnel...


Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple
1890s Ascot The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Gail...


Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple
Earrings  Cartier, 1920  Sotheby’s

Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple
  Suzy Perette, 1950s  Mill Street Vintage

Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple
 Jabot Pin  1925  1stdibs.com

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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki


For the final day of SDCC, which was also my spotlight panel, I wore one of my favorite vintage dresses. This is a 1950s tiki faux-wrap dress in pink and cream, cotton, comfortable, and super flattering. (Here's the closest I could find from Sourpuss $30-50.)

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki

I'm wearing it over the new Dark Garden foundation corset.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki

Frankly they might have been made for each other. Well, to be honest, the corset was, in fact made to go under this kind of dress.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki

Outfit Details

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki

Retro Rack is also on Facebook and Pinterest 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.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Red Steampunk Pin-Up


For the Saturday of SDCC, Fashionable Reader, I wore what I'm calling my red pin-up steampunk.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Red Steampunk Pin-Up

This is turning into a new favorite outfit. I also had on gloves but I forgot them in the photo, and a parasol for when I went outside.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Red Steampunk Pin-Up

Outfit Details

Lets go from the bottom up, just for a change of pace.
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One more to come!

Retro Rack is also on Facebook and Pinterest 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.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 as Silver Flapper


For Friday evening of SDCC I wore one of my more comfortable dresses - a late 20s style flapper number.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 as Silver Flapper

Because it's not fitted and I'm a curvy lady, this isn't the most flattering of gowns, but it sure is comfy. There isn't much like it out there to recommend you buy (if you see something like this and it fits, my advice is to snap it up, always elegant and timeless.) However, there are a whole lot of fun 20s style dresses lurking about Amazon these days, here are some options. If I were in the market for a new cocktail dress I'd go for one of these.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 as Silver Flapper

Outfit details

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 as Silver Flapper

Next up... more from SDCC!

Retro Rack is also on Facebook and Pinterest 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.
Menswear Basics ~ Hacking Style for Dudes from a Werewolf DandyAda Lovelace Day 2017Men of Steampunk Style ~ From Biffy to Lyall with Everything In BetweenBlack Teared Maxi-Dress RetrospectiveVersatile Black Dupioni Suit - Daytime, Evening, Everytime Many WaysLatest Aquisitions: Convertable Bra, Flat Sandals, Versitile ScarfDress the Cover: Poison or Protect in PurpleMiss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Vintage Pink Flowered TikiMiss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Red Steampunk Pin-UpMiss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 as Silver Flapper

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