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Gail Carriger in 1950s Retro Red Pedal Pushers and Leopard


For the second day of San Diego Comic Con I wore my coolest outfit (literally and figuratively). For this one I went pure pin up.

Gail Carriger in 1950s Retro Red Pedal Pushers and Leopard

I like red and leopard together, but then I love red, so... Leopard is so very versatile.

Here is another way to do Leopard, although, not in Canada. (One gets mistaken for local comedic talent, as it turns out.)

Gail Carriger in 1950s Retro Red Pedal Pushers and Leopard

And here is the last time I wore red and leopard together, on the Sword & Laser podcast & video.

Gail Carriger in 1950s Retro Red Pedal Pushers and Leopard

Right, now where was I? Oh yes... Comic Con.

Gail Carriger in 1950s Retro Red Pedal Pushers and Leopard

Outfit Breakdown

  • Turban style hat. I've gotten really into these lately and am planning on buying more (I already have red, white, and leopard). They come in quite a range of colors, styles, fabrics, and prices, this one is $8. I want to try one of the ones with a bow next.
  • I paired it with a leopard flower hair clip (similar $8).
  • Steampunk earrings (similar $17).
  • Red sunnies $9 (they seem out of the red, but the red and black are killer). 
  • I'm wearing the Bumbersnoot necklace from Badali jewelry that they SOLD OUT at Comic Con. There are more on their website, $23-48 depending on material. (I'm currently giving one away to a lucky winner via my newsletter, The Chirrup.)
Gail Carriger in 1950s Retro Red Pedal Pushers and Leopard

Next up, more from Comic Con!

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 1930s Hot Pink Dress and Gold


My dear Fashionable Reader, for the first day of San Diego Comic Con I wore a hot pink 1930s style dress with a hand painted Dark Garden Corselette.

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Hot Pink Dress and Gold

The dress I picked up from Max Azaria outlet mall store, years ago. I paired it with a Corselette (this is a curved variation in poplin designed to be a foundation garment) from Dark Garden. Since I now have a custom corset for my foundation garment, I decided to attack this one with metallic puffy paint, because I'm kinda like that.

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Hot Pink Dress and Gold

I specifically went for a lightly 1930s design. Not sure I quite achieved that, but I think it looks rather nice. I might still futz with it a bit and I may put a design on the back too. We shall see. Knowing my limited free time these days, I'll likely just leave as is. I paired it with corset busk cover buttons from Ruby Blackbird.

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Hot Pink Dress and Gold

What else am I wearing?


Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Hot Pink Dress and Gold

Hope you liked it! Next up, what I wore on the second day of Comic Con!

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 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions

Well, Fashionable Reader, I ran a poll recently. Almost as many people who follow this blog actually voted, which is amazing! I am truly grateful for all your input.
Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions

 The New Year seems a particularly good time to make a few alterations, shall we say?

 For a long time, Gail's Outfits was in the lead but near the end Fashion History came from behind (as it were) for the win. (Oh, I'm so droll.) I'm not surprised, as Fashion History posts are by far the hardest and most time consuming. Naturally they'd be the winner! I will do my best to give you one a month. In the interim: May I direct your attention to the following blogs with a fashion history bent?


Gail's Outfits came in for a photo finish in second place. (Yes, I am going to keep with the puns!) And of course will continue so long as I remember to get photos taken at events. I have at least one gig a month but many of these feature multiple outfits, so you can expect at least three or more posts on this subject a month.

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions
 In LA; in San Francisco Timeless Launch; on the Timeless tour


Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions
 Europe tour; World Steam Expo; first day of Comic Con


Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions
 Last day of Comic Con; NCBSA; Nimrod


Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions
 Sword & Laser; NCTE; Borderlands

Retro Inspiration came in third, which is one of the areas I'd enjoy to do more of, so I'm glad you liked those posts. They are partly dependent on what I run across around the internet so some of them take a bit of consideration and time. Still, I have a few almost ready to post, so look for the number of these to hopefully ramp up in 2013.

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions
 From the movie Roberta

Then & Now came in for a surprise forth, it was way behind for a while there. These are probably the easiest on me so probably will run about one a week, barring events.

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 ResolutionsGail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions
 Then: 1700's Roses; Now: 2012 Runway Suit

Fashion How Toos fell in the middle so I'll probably be a bit lax about these posts, and only do them when I feel like I really have something to say on the subject. Otherwise follow RetroRack on Facebook where I tend to post links to other peoples posts on care and repairs and the like.

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions

 Then we had Sins Against the Rack, these only happen a couple times a year when I have enough red carpet fodder to be catty. I think that's OK, as I like myself least when I'm catty, although I do have fun with the sinners.

DIYs also only happen when, well, I have a DIY to do. These days that works out to be only a couple times a year anyway. My newly completed steampunk parasol holster is incoming, probably to drop sometime before the LINK Nova Albion Steampunk convention.

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions

Book Inspiration, one of my personal favorites pulled a dismal forth form the bottom. I have some of these stocked piled and ready to go, so you will still get them for all the various books that have already come out, but after that things should dial back to only one or two a year, as that's my schedule and foreign publishers keep opting to use the same covers as the US.

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions

Lust Objects came out near the bottom as well. One of my favorite, and easiest to do, but frankly, it's easier not to do them at all so these posts will probably be one of the ones to get canned.

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions
 Charlotte Olympia Domino Clutch

Seasonal Trends Translated for the Rack is what I've done a lot of over the last few weeks. They are considerable work. If there's something particularity retro and Rack suitable on the runways expect to see them pop up here at the beginning of that season, but only as one or two posts, rather than a whole series on trends. I am going to put my faith in your ability to translate the trends for yourself from here on out.

Shopping was dead last. I might still rec a few products that I love, but I didn't do many of these anyway so weeee. In that vein can I bend your ear about this liquid liner?

Gail Carriger 2012 Fashion Retrospective, Poll Results & Blog 2013 Resolutions

 I hate liquid liner it is such a pain and I'm so bad at applying it but to get true vintage cat's eye look you really need it. Well, have I found the best thing EVER? Yes I have! It's the pen applicator version and it works just like one of those old felt tip artists pens from when I was a kid. So good! I've been using the one from Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, but there are others out there. I'm not sure how long it takes to dry out, and I only use mine about twice a week, but I'll let you know how it goes.
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