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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

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

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.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & Red


For the second day of San Diego Comic Con I wore my coolest outfit (literally and figuratively). For this one I went pure pin up.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & Red

I like red and leopard together, but then I love red, so... Leopard is so very versatile.

Here is another way to do Leopard, although, not in Canada. (One gets mistaken for local comedic talent, as it turns out.)

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & Red

And here is the last time I wore red and leopard together, on the Sword & Laser podcast & video.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & Red

Right, now where was I? Oh yes... Comic Con.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & Red

Outfit Breakdown

  • Turban style hat. I've gotten really into these lately and am planning on buying more (I already have red, white, and leopard). They come in quite a range of colors, styles, fabrics, and prices, this one is $8. I want to try one of the ones with a bow next.
  • I paired it with a leopard flower hair clip (similar $8).
  • Steampunk earrings (similar $17).
  • Red sunnies $9 (they seem out of the red, but the red and black are killer). 
  • I'm wearing the Bumbersnoot necklace from Badali jewelry that they SOLD OUT at Comic Con. There are more on their website, $23-48 depending on material. (I'm currently giving one away to a lucky winner via my newsletter, The Chirrup.)
Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & Red

Next up, more from Comic Con!

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 Hot Pink


My dear Fashionable Reader, for the first day of San Diego Comic Con I wore a hot pink 1930s style dress with a hand painted Dark Garden Corselette.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Hot Pink

The dress I picked up from Max Azaria outlet mall store, years ago. I paired it with a Corselette (this is a curved variation in poplin designed to be a foundation garment) from Dark Garden. Since I now have a custom corset for my foundation garment, I decided to attack this one with metallic puffy paint, because I'm kinda like that.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Hot Pink

I specifically went for a lightly 1930s design. Not sure I quite achieved that, but I think it looks rather nice. I might still futz with it a bit and I may put a design on the back too. We shall see. Knowing my limited free time these days, I'll likely just leave as is. I paired it with corset busk cover buttons from Ruby Blackbird.

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Hot Pink

What else am I wearing?


Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Hot Pink

Hope you liked it! Next up, what I wore on the second day of Comic Con!

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.

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress


Then: Something For Alexia

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress
1878-1879  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress
2014 Anna Sui

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.

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

The Sumage Solution officially releases today!

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

For my book launch at Borderlands in San Francisco last weekend, Fashionable Reader, I chose one of my more striking and least worn statement dresses. 

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

I can't for the life of me remember where I bought this maxi dress but my guess is it's late 1960s and possibly was intended as a bridesmaids dress. I love the silly little back pleated empire train, it feels very Grace Kelly. And the bows!

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

When I bought it, the bow and the back area needed some repairs but it's now good as new. Because the bottom skirt part is linen it doesn't travel well but it is pretty darn cool for a vintage dress. (Cool as in "not hot and sweaty".) At first I thought the flowers were hand painted but now I think it's a printed design. The bodice and the train are both chiffon.

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

See how it has those gores at the waist right under the tiny bows which happen to also line up with the princess seams on the bodice? That's the kind of detail you rarely get outside of vintage these days. 

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

I paired it with a...

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

I have on cute (but practical) flats from Aerosoles. I pretty much live in Aerosoles flats all summer. I don't like flip-flops, so flat leather sling-back slides are my thing. One of the reasons I love a maxi dress, I can safely pair it with flats. 

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

So there it is, hope you like the outfit.

Your,

Miss Gail


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.

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck


Then: For Monique

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck
Ball Gown  Emile Pingat, 1860  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck
2014 Altuzarra

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.

Things I'm Picking Up for Prime Day


So I keep a long list of items that interest me, Fashionable Reader, but that I'm not sure if they are worth it or not. Prime day, for me, is an excuse to try out some stuff at a lower price point.

So here is what I am picking up...


Things I'm Picking Up for Prime Day

Angerella Vintage Retro Pin Up Halter One Piece Swimsuit Monokinis for $9.99 comes in four different patterns, sizes are kind of restricted. I'm trying the L & XL (6 & 8) respectively. (I know, right?)

Things I'm Picking Up for Prime Day

Pretty Polly Womens Nylon Backseam Tights for $14. Like all other denizens of the nude with black back seam (who can't wear Leg Avenue), I used to buy American Apparel. They discontinued their version years ago. I've been hunting for a replacement since. We shall see how these fit.



Things on sale that I have, love, and recommend...



Things I'm Picking Up for Prime Day


Life's perfect silk head scarf for $13 There is something about this scarf, the colors just seem to always go with everything in my wardrobe and its thick enough to be full cover, but still light-weight, and it's the right size to tie in pretty ways without too much excess.

Things I'm Picking Up for Prime Day



Life's perfect sleep mask $9.99. Super-smooth with the all important Two Straps.
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.

Then & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves


Then: Something For Primrose

Then & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves
Evening Dress  1890s  Antique Dress

Now

Then & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves
2014 Dolce & Gabbana

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.

Miss 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 FlapperMiss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & RedMiss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Hot PinkThen & Now ~ Gold Evening DressSumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi DressThen & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-NeckThings I'm Picking Up for Prime DayThen & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves

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