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Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

Recently in Tulsa, only flying with carry on so I just took one vintage dress with multiple acessories. I went with black and cream because it's the most versatile.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

So for the evening reception on the Friday I wore left hand side of the outfit board, and for the day spent teaching on Saturday I wore whats on the right hand side.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & CreamGail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

This is the little cashmere sweater I was so excited about finding at the last Alameda Vintage Fair. The evening bag is s new addition as well and worked perfectly for the event. The daytime outfit is a little frumpy. I blame the jacket. It's not vintage, I got it on Haight a while ago. It's a stiff waffle fabric and is alittle less fitted than I prefer. It has pockets, which is nice, and I like the single clasp, but I've been idly looking to replace it for a while now. With out the jacket looks a bit better.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

All in all I was far more excited by the evening outfit than the day version, but they worked well enough for my needs and the layering was good given the inclement weather. I added my pale pink blanket coat to the mix whenever I was outside.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

But the subject of this post is not pink, it's black and cream.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

I also got some pretty Steampunk loot from Samantha of Bohemian Romance!

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

Now, here's some inspiration for you concerning the combination of black and cream. A little softer than black and white, a little more vintage looking. And, of course, cream and its derivatives (ivory, ecru, etc..) are often kinder to the complexion than white (or black, for that matter) so it's always a good idea to put it closest to your face. On the other hand, it can emphasize the Rack considerably, so scarves.

And now for the characters!

Of course, something for Ivy Hisslepenny from the Parasol Protectorate series. (The boxed set just went on sale!)

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream
1875 Bonnet  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And something for Sophronia in the Finishign School series. She's a fan of fans.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream
1620  The Victoria & Albert Museum

And something for Prudence in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream
1912-1915 Ensemble   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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