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Gail Carriger Black Ruffles & Striped Swiss Waist Steampunk at the Alaska Steamposium 2017


For the second day of the Alaska Symposium I wore my favorite waist cincher, or Swiss waist, over a black evening dress.

Gail Carriger Black Ruffles & Striped Swiss Waist Steampunk at the Alaska Steamposium 2017

That's a little gold meets brown buckram facinator that travels well so I wear it a lot, discontinued. If I had to buy a replacement I'd go for this one, $9.

The dress is 1970s (1930s revival) and I ADORE it. It's one of my most flattering pieces. I brought so I could wear it as a dress for dinner one night and under this corset on another night. It has a pussycat bow at the neck.

Gail Carriger Black Ruffles & Striped Swiss Waist Steampunk at the Alaska Steamposium 2017


I'm wearing it over a Max Studio silk cross over full sleeved blouse (similar $16).

The waist cincer is from Dark Garden. (Similar costume version for $30.)

Gail Carriger Black Ruffles & Striped Swiss Waist Steampunk at the Alaska Steamposium 2017

Gold steampunk earrings (similar for $25) & vintage necklace (heirloom) and the obligatory pen necklace $20.

That's a little gold shrug I got on a whim from Ross for like $15. Similar $17-23

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.

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.

Then & Now ~ Black & Gold Gown


Then

Then & Now ~ Black & Gold Gown
1873 Afternoon Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

Then & Now ~ Black & Gold Gown
2014 Escada

Matched Merch


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 Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat


So for the next day at WorldCon I wore this old favorite yellow skirt with black dots. It's Max Studio and if I had to buy a new one I'd get something like this instead $20 white with black dots, high waisted. I think it'd fit better in my wardrobe. 

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat

The shirt actually started life as a vintage 1960s black linen pencil dress and I cannibalized it into a peplum blouse. Dress looked a lot like this originally. 

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
Maggy Rouff  1950s  Vintage Fashion INC

I'm wearing these two pieces with steampunk earrings (similar $20), pen necklace (here $18), and flat aerosole sandals to save my feet (here $40). I also added a tilted teardrop hat. You can follow my adventure dyeing this hat here

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat

I love this hat but it is hard to travel with so you don't see me in it often. Here's a bit of a sample of other tilted hats...

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
1943  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
2014 Ralph-Russo

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 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.
Gail Carriger Black Ruffles & Striped Swiss Waist Steampunk at the Alaska Steamposium 2017Why Pick Quirky Accessories? Black Buttons Bag & Totoro Glasses Case with Gail CarrigerThen & Now ~ Black & Gold GownGail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted HatGail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel JewelryThen & Almost Then ~ Black & Gold India Influence with Gail CarrigerThen & Now ~ Black & GoldGail Carriger's Gold Hugo Dress in England from WorldCon 2014Then & Now ~ Deco DressesThen & Now ~ Black & Gold

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