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Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger

Today, Fashionable Reader, I present to you outfits, vintage pieces and retro looks that match the cover of the fourth Parasol Protectorate Book, Heartless.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger

 This cover has Alexia looking very girly in front of Woolsey Castle wearing a fetching purple combination the background mostly greys. Here are a few picks from my closet to go with this cover.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
A casual look pairing a plaid BCBG fishtail pencil skirt ($50) with a jersey cowl top (Marshalls $20) my favorite cream textured Via Spiga peep toe stilettos (Nordstrom Rack $50) a vintage green bag (Hubba Hubba $35) and a jellyfish bracelet, gift.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
A more formal option with a print blouse (Kohl's $20), floaty Donna Karen skirt (now gone), bow earrings (can't remember), Miz Mooz boots (Nordstrom Rack $75), cream hat (Bone Marche $15), a vintage vinyl purse (moon Zoom $20), white gloves ($20), and a silver chain rose necklace, gift.

A few little pieces to go with this cover.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 Retro bathing suit. Very flattering.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 Ombre tights. I really want some of these. 

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
Prabal Gurung Spring 2012
Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1940s Dress Clips  Sotheby’s

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1939 La Sirène  Charles James  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1910s Earrings   1stdibs.com

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
Octopus tentacle handkerchief, gift from a reader.

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
Flower arrangement from Mum's tea party.

And now . . .

Something for the characters to wear!

For Lord Akeldama...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1770s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For Alexia pre-Biffy...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1872-1876  Manchester City Galleries

For Alexia post-Biffy...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1878 Charles Fredrick Worth,  The Kyoto Costume Institute

A gift for Alexia from Conall...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1870s Bracelet  Sotheby’s

For Ivy after Timeless...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1883-1889  The Goldstein Museum of Design

A hat to go with it...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1909 Dinner Toque  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some sparkles...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1880s Suite   Christie’s

And a fan...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1885-1895 Fan The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And for Evilyn...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1885  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
 1900  Toque  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Something Prudence to wear...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1899  The Victoria & Albert Museum

And for underneath...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1890s  Augusta Auctions

Something for Lady Linette in the Finishing School series...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1840  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Sophronia...

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Today is the offical release date in the US of Soulless Vol. 2. This is the manga version of Changeless. In honor of the event I am presenting to you some of my favorite picks and things coordinated to the most excellent cover REM drew for this book.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

First, the person most likely to dress up and match such and event is, naturally, Lord Akeldama.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1775-1789  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Mrs. Loontwill to carry in her misspent youth.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1810-1811 Parasol   The Victoria & Albert Museum

Something for Dimity to wear, in the Finishing School series. She does like bling.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Something for Countess Nadasdy to wear in the Parasol Protectorate series.
Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1870s  Christie’s

So far as the Rack is concerned, the 1950s were all about turquoise. I happen to adore the idea of a day dress: full skirt cut with tight bodice, full support. The color looks good on my complexion so if I have the chance I'll certainly pick one up! Here's some awesome versions, variation in tone and cut.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
Leather 1953 Bonnie Cashin  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1950s  Christian Dior  Whitaker Auctions

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1950s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1955 Thunderbird

Elie Saab Spring 2013 showed a lot of fun turquoise looks.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Those of you who follow my blog will know I've been immured in Prudence recently and that in this first book they jaunt off to India.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

And, of course, there is the stone from which we get the name turquoise.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
Turquoise & Diamond Necklace

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
 Turquoise and Diamond Bracelet  Cartier  Christie’s

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.
Book Cover Inspiration ~ Pink from Germany's HeartlessWaistcoats & Weaponry Cover Art Dresses Turquoise & Teal from Gail Carriger Gail Carriger's French Outfits: Black & Blush 20's Dress VariationBook Outfits ~ Heartless Purple by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

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