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Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath


I recently did a Business of Writing presentation. I don't do this often, but I feel like I'm getting to the point in my career where I should pay it forward. A kind of, "Let me tell you what I have learned from my mistakes so you don't have to."

Anyway, this is what I chose to wear for my presentation:

Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath

I always think of red and black as power colors

I'm not sure there is any scientific reality to my assumption, or if, instead it's just that I feel more powerful when I'm wearing them. I blame Star Trek. Red makes me feel in command.
Also this is a pretty comfortable and cool outfit, it's light weight and simple, and doesn't wrinkle easily. It's one of my go to outfits in general, and for autumn in particular, I think, because of the color profile.
Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered SheathGail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath

This outfit, from the 1950s, is in two parts: a black cotton shift dress with red & orange applique flowers that perfectly matches a stiffened georgette jacket.


Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
In 2012 in just the sheath in Spain, before my publisher there folded
Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
In 2012 at a romance event in LA

The jacket has been a bit of a problem over the years, because it is georgette with a fused backing from the 1950s it's actually pretty fragile. I've repaired it a number of times. Fortunately, the pattern is so busy it's hard to see the repair stitches. It does, however, mean that a presentation is a much better venue then a convention (where I am doing a lot more risky stuff).

Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath

Wearing this dress at a convention before I promptly ripped the jacket. 
I love this dress because it feels faintly Spanish influenced and it reminds me of this one on Joan in Madmen:

Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath

I keep waiting for eShakti to do a run on this style of dress but I suspect the fabric is hard to come by as is, and no one wants to do that kind of applique anymore!
I'm wild about this swim suit:
Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
Bathing Suit  1950s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

For the characters!


For Mrs Barnaclegoose in the Finishing School series...

Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
1855 Kerry Taylor Auctions

Countess Nadasdy in the Parasol Protectorate series...


Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
Charles Fredrick Worth, 1878-1880  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And the countess later in Romancing the Inventor...


Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
1885  Kerry Taylor Auctions

Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath
Boots  1885  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Presentation Outfit ~ Why I wore Vintage 1950s Red & Black Flowered Sheath

Vintage velvet hat with applique leaves (gift), vintage glasses (gift from a reader) with my prescription, necklace vintage heirloom, dress & jacket 1950s, modern CK wedge sandals from several seasons ago (similar $15-30).
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My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger


So I was randomly thinking about social media platforms the other day, Fashionable Reader.

What does this have to do with fashion?

Well apparently in my head it has to do with shoes.

My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger


Want to peek?

My Shoes & The Social Media Platform Each Represents In My Brain


My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Facebook = The Black Stiletto

A beloved staple and vital to my wardrobe but mostly uncomfortable.

My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Twitter = Trainers

Comfortable but not very attractive.

My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Google+ = Folding Flats

Useful but somehow rarely used.
My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

YouTube = Gold Sandals

Flashy but a bit of a pain to wear regularly.
My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Tumblr = Quirky Flats

Seems fun but gets a bit hot and probubly for someone younger than me.
My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Instagram = Red & Black Pumps

Always gets compliments but mostly for show.

My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Flickr = Patchwork Boots

Old fashioned, pretty, but a pain to get into.

My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

The Newsletter = Black Riding Boots

Of vital importance but high maintenance.
My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Goodreads = Green Pumps

Great but only for a specific type of person.

My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Pinterest = Red & Black Flats

Pretty and comfy but doesn't go with much else in my wardrobe.
My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche by Gail Carriger

Wikia = Crazy Wedges

Unique and painful, but vital to my well being.


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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