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Gail Carriger in Steampunk Pinup Red & Black Corset at Teslacon


I broke out the big guns for Teslacon this year, Fashionable Reader. Which is to say the red and black leather and brocade flasy corset. AKA the Class 5. You can read more about how it came to be in this blog post.

Gail Carriger in Steampunk Pinup Red & Black Corset at TeslaconGail Carriger in Steampunk Pinup Red & Black Corset at Teslacon

 Outfit breakdown...
  • Fascinator with knit ladybug addition (similar $15)
  • Ornate pendant necklace, gift from family friend (similar $9)
  • Leaf earrings, gift from an ex (similar $10)
  • Pen necklace, no longer available (eeek!) 
  • Black chiffon wrap shirt (similar $20)
  • Class 5 corset, bespoke from Dark Garden, style no longer exists, I'd say the Alexandra is most similar, with wide, tie cross back straps.
  • RubyBlackbird corset buttons, no longer avaiable 
  • Long bias cut maxi-skirt, thrifted (similar $15)

Gail Carriger in Steampunk Pinup Red & Black Corset at Teslacon

With a lovely reader who is portraying Queen Victorian as drawn in the Soulless Manga.

I really do love this corset, very eye catching and I always get a ton of complements.
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Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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Gail Carriger Wears a Retro Polks Dotted Mesh eShakti Maxi Dress for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose


On my various fashion online places (like Instagram and Facebook), this dress was unanimously voted the best of the convention. (Although it may have to do with how good the photo is (taken by my lovely friend Bob).

Gail Carriger Wears a Retro Polks Dotted Mesh eShakti Maxi Dress for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose

Outfit Breakdown

Gail Carriger Wears a Retro Polks Dotted Mesh eShakti Maxi Dress for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose
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.

Why Pick Quirky Accessories? Black Buttons Bag & Totoro Glasses Case with Gail Carriger


Hello Fashionable Reader!

Two things have come into my life recently that I really love and have found myself using a great deal. They are also quite a bit... well... weird.

One of my prevailing attitudes on accessories, particularly in social situations, is if you wear them quirky this gives others an opening to chat with you easily. Since I hang out with geeks a lot, anything that facilitates small talk (mine or theirs) is a good idea. This bag is a great conversation starter:

Black Button Barrel Bag $25

I know this bag is ridiculous, but I love ridiculous. It's got a very 1960s feel. Comes in three other colors (turquoise, pink, black & yellow). I came across it while I was researching bag shapes and trying to determine the exact point of demarcation between a bowler bag and a barrel bag. (Long story.) Once I saw it, I pretty much had to have it, fortunately the size suited my needs.

So, why was I so attracted to it?

I'm always looking for a bag that is the right size for conventions (this is: it holds my phone, wallet, swag, and snacks easily), and black, but is different and unique and noticeable. Black bags are so ubiquitous that it's nice to find one that people perk up and comment on. Even if that attention is occasionally, "What IS that?"

The other quirky thing I got recently?

Totoro Glasses Case $9

I invested in a new pair of working glasses to carry about with me last month, so I could put my special vintage frame ones (that you always see me wearing for FB Live) on lay away for only public appearances. Since those gold glasses were a gift from a fan, and one of a kind, I really didn't want to loose them. So I got this special case to hold them and because it's SOOOOOO cute.

Speaking of FB Live here's my latest, I talk a bit about the cherry shirt I am wearing.


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.
Gail Carriger in Steampunk Pinup Red & Black Corset at TeslaconGail Carriger Wears a Retro Polks Dotted Mesh eShakti Maxi Dress for WorldCon 2018 in San JoseGail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCCWhy Pick Quirky Accessories? Black Buttons Bag & Totoro Glasses Case with Gail Carriger

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