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Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence


I went through this massive purge recently, frankly I've changed shape quite a bit since my surgery and not everything fits well anymore. Plus I really just want to slim down my wardrobe, I have too much clothing. Some of these I haven't worn in several years.

Modern Made Retro Dresses


Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

I got this dress from Nordstrom Rack, it's not vintage. I like it but the slip under is too short, it doesn't fit well in the waist and it's sleeveless (I'm not into sleeveless these days). I also already have a 1930s style dress in this color that I tend to reach for if I'm wanting bright pink.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence
Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence


This one also came from Rack years ago, here it is in a steampunk style. The sleeves are now too tight and I find it a bit too short for my taste. I requires a slip which negates any advantage on a hot day.  And I just have to admit blush isn't a super flattering color on my skin tone.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

 Cream lace dress, another Rack find. It is easy to get on, travels well, and packs beautifully, but I just don't wear it. It's slightly the wrong length for my taste and it's sleeveless. Which I'm just moving away from.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

This ruched black dress. It's great, it hides a million sins, it packs. But... it's a little black dress. I have too many already. This one is not quite stretchy enough to show off my waist and (say it with me) it's sleeveless.

Vintage Dresses


Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

1960s vintage teal velvet last worn for the Waistcoats & Weaponry book tour. I love this dress, it's flattering on but without my epic Rack it's just too big. It's so well made with lining and tucks and such that it simply can't be taken in, either. Here's hoping some lovely size 8-10 finds it and falls in love.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

1950s striped seersucker makes me very happy, and I love this material. But the dress has never really fit me well and now it's just gone all pear shaped. Or perhaps that's me? I just don't love it anymore. And it doesn't have pockets.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

1970s knitted set, shirt & skirt, both are a nubby cream acrylic knit. I think I like the idea of knitted sets more than the execution. I thought this set would both be so versatile and serviceable but frankly, I barely wear either the top or the skirt. Too warm, slightly scratchy. I'm also getting rid of the purple blouse shown with the skirt of this set. The third picture is of me right before I bought it (I'm wearing it over other clothes) but still, see the former rack? Whoa.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

This black and white skirt. Massive sentimental value and great memories and affection ~ ask me at a signing some time and I will tell you the story, but it doesn't fit right anymore. It's time to let it go.

Goodbye Eshakti

These dresses served me well and brilliantly, and opened my eyes to the joys of eShakti. But after my surgery they are just way too big in the chest and that's just an area it's impossible to easily tailor. So I pass them on in the hopes they go on to find an equally well endowed young lady who, I hope, will be surprised and delighted to find something that actually fits.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence


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


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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.
Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceThen & Now ~ Black Lace OverlayThen & Now ~ Black LaceThen & Now ~ Black Lace Over CreamGail Carriger in a Cream Lace Dress With Black In England fro WorldCon 2014Then & Now ~ Black OverlayThen & Now ~ Black LaceGail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

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