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Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths


I have this multi-strand stacked mock pearl necklace that I bought on a whim from a retro fair and wear all the flipping time.


Here's your names for the different lengths...

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
via antique-royals tumblr

Collar, choker, princess lengths are my favorites. I will occasionally wear a rope. The other two don't work with the Rack. Not on me, anyway.

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths

This kind of stacking has been around a long time.

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
Queen Margherita of Italy via antique-royals tumblr

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
1840 antique-royals tumblr

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
1870 fawnvelveteen tumblr stacked pearls

Mine I'll wear for daytime or evening because of the style of bead.

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace LengthsPearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths

Although in the past with real pearls it does tend to be MAJOR formal events.

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh then Grand Duchess of Russia

After the Turn of the Century

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
1925  Christie’s

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
via sala66- Clara Bow, 1927

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
Christian Dior 1948 Hat, Philippe Pottier, Fashion Photography  (Source- hprints.com)

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths
 “More is More” Hilary Rhoda by Roe Ethridge for W Special Edition May 2014
via Glamorous Vintage Soul tumblr


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.

Gail Carriger Discusses Felted Hat from the 1890s


I'm kinda obsessed with felted hats. Sadly, Fashionable Reader, I usually can't wear them (wool allergy). I love a vintage felted and folded cloche and I do tend to associate this kind of hat with the 1920s-1940s. Yes I am aware they hung around.

I have a couple pretty nifty ones from the 1950s.


Gail Carriger Discusses Felted Hat from the 1890s

Gail Carriger Discusses Felted Hat from the 1890s

Gail Carriger Discusses Felted Hat from the 1890s

I suppose I knew they must have felted hats in the Victorian era but I don't often encounter elaborate folded versions in my fashion wanderings. So you can imagine my delight when I saw this little beauty at a recent exhibit!

Gail Carriger Discusses Felted Hat from the 1890s
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution
Gail Carriger Discusses Felted Hat from the 1890s
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution

Gail Carriger Discusses Felted Hat from the 1890s

Isn't it just fabulous?


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.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


I realized recently that I don't have a place on the interwebs where I chronicle my parasol collection.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

How could I be so remiss?

My parasol collection has been the work of years, people have gifted me with vintage ones, and I have purchased quite a few for myself.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


Here for you enlightenment is my parasol collection! 

Modern

These ones are modern, in other words I bought them for myself from a vendor.

Black & Grey Lace


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Technically an umbrella, this one folds so it packs well and it's pretty enough to also be a parasol. It came from Amazon for $15. It's probably the most versatile piece in my collection.

Tenticular Paper Parasol 


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
Strictly a parasol as this is made of waxed paper, I bought mine from Donna (the Alexia books' cover model) when she owned Clockwork Couture. It's now available other places online. You can find it online for about $20. 
Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
I find I use it a lot because it goes with everything. It's got both brown and black in it, and it works for both a retro look and a steampunk look.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


It doesn't, however, pack well. Although, for paper, it has been surprisingly resilient.

Blue Pattern Parasol 


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
This is the parasol that appears in my standard headshot (see the top of this post). I love it for its uniqueness. This is not a parasol I've ever seen anyone else own, also it feels really vintage to me. I bought it from Lace Parasols online shop years ago, it's still offered for $37.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

This one is cream lace and I modified it with royal blue ribbon threaded through. However, I am more likely to use the other blue one above, so I will be giving this beauty away in a forthcoming Chirrup.

This parasol style is pretty common these days. So I like suggesting if you get one, adding ribbon, or painting sections or some other DIY. If you are looking for a particular color of parasol this particular style has you covered for round about $20.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

I, however, when I was looking for something cream really wanted something more embroidered and solid then lace, and really big and vintage looking.

Big Lace Parasol


I ended up with this one, again from lace Parasols online, which I have been really happy with over the years. It now is priced at $45, I can't remember what I paid for it.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

While quite beautiful, it is REALLY massive so I never travel with it.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


Gold Lace Parasol


So I invested in this...

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
It's a cream and gold sunshade umbrella that folds very small and has it's own cute little container. I get a lot of compliments on it. It's one flaw is the inside is LINED in solid black, so it doesn't photo well when carried over the shoulder. I found it on Amazon for $33

Baby Parasols

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

I also bought this set of three tiny parasols for $40. The smallest two I mostly use for decoration around the office, and for pretty photos with books.
Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

The largest one, however, I would really love to find a way to add an extending folding handle. At various times, but particularly in the late 1880s, ladies carried very small parasols with very long handles. I'd love to make this into a cream version of that. (See the last parasol in my collection below.)

Vintage

1920s Double Brolly


For a girl who loves vintage and parasols, I only own two vintage parasols. They are so delicate it's hard to find nice ones that have survived in tact and are still reasonably priced.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

This is, technically, and umbrella not a parasol. It has double lining and a beautiful interior decoration with scalloped flutter edge. The outside is plain black. It has a beautiful metal handle with an ostentatious crystal. It's bent a little and somewhat sun bleached but otherwise in pretty good condition.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

This was a gift to me from one of my mother's dear friends. I'm not sure on the age but my best guess is 1920s.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Folding Parasol 


Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

My black tilt parasol. This is probubly late Edwardian and it isn't in great shape. It's black silk with ruffles an the silk is torn in multiple places. I basically just stopped it from tearing further with clear nail polish, the old nylon trick.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Not only does it tilt, it folds, which makes is the perfect travel companion. I love this parasol and you will see me with it at steampunk events all the time.I even made it a special holster out of a pair of cargo shorts. You can find a step-by-step guide on how to DIY your own here.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection
I see tilt parasols turn up on Etsy or at vintage fairs regularly, but because they are mostly silk from this time period, and silk is easily damaged by sun, they are almost always in disrepair. So be careful if you are looking to buy one.

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection



Finally I also have this lovely mother of pearl pin, which was a gift from a reader. It means I can allude to the parasol, even if I am not actually carrying it!

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection

Parasols for Every Occasion with Gail Carriger! A Glimpse at Her Collection


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.

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm


I love tweed, Fashionable Reader, here I am in a tweed pencil skirt in 2013, early on in my career as a public speaking authorbeast...

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm


Today I made a big decision and got rid of this tweed pencil skirt. I've been doing a lot of purging recently and I just wasn't wearing it enough. (I still have that shirt.) It's sad really, it was one of the last tweed items in my closet.

Symptom of begin a California girl, I suppose. Not much use for tweed.

Still in honor of its demise I though I would post a few tweed-related images:

For Prudence

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm
Walking Dress  1893  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Primrose

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm
1895  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

For Gail

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm
Ensemble  Utility, 1942  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm
Suzy Parker; photo by Nina Leen, 1951

If you want to be inspired by tweed I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the movie Cold Comfort Farm. This is hands down one of my favorite movies of all time and I want every single one of her outfits.

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm
Cold Comfort Farm


Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm


Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm

And here is a fun new bit of merch!

Gail Carriger Loves Tweed & Cold Comfort Farm
Teapot in an Octopus Cameo Steampunk T-Shirt
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.

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC


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

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC

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.

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC

Outfit details

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC

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.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry


So this was the first eShakti dress that I purchased after the Rack Reduction. It's a little bit big and I need to work on the measurements that I give them if/when I order from them again.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

I ordered this just after the holiday season because I love the fabric. It's better in person but it has a peacock component with blues and pinks within the gold.  It's no loner available. It came with a sash belt and pockets (!) and I had the neckline altered to a wide V and short sleeves added because I wanted it to look more 1950s like this:

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Party dress, 1950s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

I'm wearing it with short beaded cotton gloves (because of the heat in Kansas City) similar $15 in satin.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

The multi-colored hair flower is a gift (similar $10) and the shoes are modern MJ almond toe pumps (similar $30). I love them but they are wicked painful. The tassel necklace is a modern jet piece that I love (similar $17). I got it from Dark Garden years ago. I have a THING about tassel jewelry.

Tassel Jewelry a Retrospective


Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Watch Fob  1850  Lang Antiques
Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Pendant  1910  Bonham’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1920s  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
1920s Necklace  1stdibs.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1925  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Diamond and Pearl Necklace  Sterlé, 1955  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2014 via 13 Amazing It-Bags to Seriously Invest in for Fall and Beyond on WhoWhatWear.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2016 Saint Laurent Lolita tassel choker at ysl.com


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.
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