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Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

So I reported recently about the loss of my brown fur stole, it ripped while I was down in Palo Alto.


Since I bought it for about $15 at  Bon Marche Thrift store several years ago and almost never wore it I'm not too upset. Although it was lovely and warm. I'm not certain what bread of fuzzy animal it started out as but whatever it was it died a very long time ago., probably 1950s.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

I actually prefer fake fur if I'm buying new, it's easier to clean and maintain, and doesn't shed on everything. Aside from a gift of a proper critter mink, inherited from a friend of my mother's grandmother... I believe this stole was my last piece of real fur.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

As you can probubly tell I tend not to get wrapped up (snort) in the fur debate, but I do live in the Bay Area, land of PC for the sake of it, and I don't want to be covered in paint so I don't even wear the fake ones that much. 

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

 Still, here's an ode to my little fur stole, some modern ways I might have worn it but didn't.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

And some vintage fur looks.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole


Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole
1944 Evening Cape  Charles James  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole
 1955  Norman Norell  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole
1960s  1stdibs.com


Fur in Victorian Times 


Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole
From Godeys Dec 1872

Something for Ivy

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole
1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Felicity

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole
1871 Dolman  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Prudence

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole
1890s  The Goldstein Museum of Design

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Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

<--------------- Poll still going, although I forgot about the Book Inspired Outfit posts. I hope you guys like those because they are probably going to continue.

With winter here, I'm still plugging away on these posts I prepared on Fall Essentials. So put the custard in the trifle, my dear Fashionable Reader, because you're getting them regardless of the poll results.

You will find a fashionable coat this year if it's the last thing I do! My recommendations are mostly from Modcloth, I really liked their selection this year. I wish I could comment more on their fit, but I've only gotten accessories from them. So if any of you do decide to buy from Modcloth, or have in the past, would you please let me know how they handle the Rack?

First of all, what is the one coat can't you can't wear with a Rack? Puffy.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

 Good, now that we've got that out the way. Here we go . . .

If you like the idea of a slim black frock coat that emphasizes the waist, you can pair it with retro looks ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. And black really is quite sensible. Just remember you made need a nice colorful scarf near your face as black isn't kind to most complexions.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
1930  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
1940 Elsa Schiaparelli  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
New York  Christian Dior, 1950-1951  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This jacket is my pick:

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

If you want to mix it up and not go with black, blue is a good alternative. I avoid navy, I'm just not a big fan but soft grey-blues are very vintage looking.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
1939  The Meadow Brook Hall Historic Costume Collection

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
“Handsome Is” Elizabeth Hawes, 1948  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

That said, my choice is this amazing intense royal blue colored coat. It still has a nice vintage shape but the color is more modern, and it's one that looks good on almost anyone. Less harsh than black.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

Cream is another good option. I always think it very brave to wear cream, it's so easy to get dirty. But it certainly stands out against the sea of black at most events.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

I love the one above, but it is a very daring option. So far as the Rack is concerned, the short puffed sleeves draw attention away and down to the wrists, normally the most slender parts of any female form. The details at the hem also draws attention down, and there is a nice belt to emphasize the waist, and a complex collar to put some focus on the face. It actually is a really good design for the top heavy. However, unless you are a very gregarious person, I'd say this is more a second fun coat if you have the extra funds, not the daily wear beastie.

If you are tired of blue, green is also a great option. I happen to adore green.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

This coat design is particularly good if you are quite top heavy like me. I run 8-10 on top and 4-6 on the bottom, so a coat like this balances me out but pulling all the volume down low.

But if you are after a neutral colored coat and black is too harsh while cream is too easy to get dirty, I always suggest grey. I feel like I never see enough grey around. It comes in so many lovely shades and variations that suit basically any complexion. It's very vintage too!

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
Pauline Trigère, 1960s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
Norman Norell, 1955  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here are two lovely options if grey is your thing, both from Modcloth.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats

A floaty light weight number with sash belt, and a tweedy heavier coat with multiple close together buttons, yes! We with the Rack salute you!

And now, something for the characters!


For Prudence in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series:

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
1894 Coat, Evening, House of Worth

And for Primrose:

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
1895-1900 Embroidered velvet coat Marshall & Snelgrove Ltd

And for someone with a bit more daring, perhaps the Queen of the Wimbledon Hive.

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
Evening coat by Worth Paris, Shelburne Museum


And, from the upcoming Etiquette & Espionage we have the first appearance of an oufit for Bumbersnoot to wear!

Gail Carriger Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Then & Now Coats
1920  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger

Some time ago now, Gentle Reader, I fell in love with a coat. Fortunately for me it was practical, for it was a rain jacket that packed small without wrinkling but was still relatively warm, it was both modern at retro feeling, and it was Christmas. So the Mum bought it for me. Yay, mums!

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger

It doesn't look like much on the hanger but once put on it has this great noir feel to it.

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail CarrigerOde to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger

This coat has done me proud. It's gone all over the world with me, even through a spontaneous blizzard (hello, Seattle). It dresses up any given outfit. It has a zipper front (so it fits over the rack) and a sash belt (so it nips in at the waist). It's a good length, I could have done with bellow the knee and I might have opted for camel or taupe, not black, but black was what they had.

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger
Dan Sawyer photo shoot at Balticon 2009

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger
With my publisher in Australia in 2010


Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger


Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger


My coat even got on a cover!

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger


So the look of this jacket is quite retro, even though I got it new.

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger
1940s  Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1940s Day Dress

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger
1948 Mainbocher The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ode to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail CarrigerOde to a Stylish Black Raincoat by Gail Carriger
1950 Christian Dior “New-York” via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1952 Charles James The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!

I know it's the middle of summer, and if there is any fabric that is a winter fabric, it's tweed! However, I'm going over old WorldCons and one of the skirts that turns up more often than not is my tweed. Probably because it packs and travels well.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
Here I've paired it with red for WorldCon in 2008 with Amy, Prannish, & Paul at the Tor party.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
Mine is modern, not vintage (fortunately this means it doesn't smell). It's a Liz Claybourne from Marshalls, I probably paid about $30 for it. It's lined and not wool, contributing factors to me buying it. Vintage tweed is almost always wool, which I can't wear to my sadness.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
1940's stylish tweedy ladies

Tweed has a very 1940's feel to me, but it's been particularly popular from 1930s on. It has a definite reputation in England for being associated with the gentry (or countrified aristocracy). It was worn for hunting and riding and other sporting pursuits. "Getting into the tweed" is a colloquialism for getting ready for a country jaunt. Also it's irreparably linked to both a boy's public school education (for the yanks this means private school ~ don't ask) and the House of Lords.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
The ladies of Gosford park, in the tweed zone.

I tend to pair mine with a knit bow top.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!

Or a pussycat bow (see future blog). As we have discussed before I love red, so most of the time this outfit ends up with red accessories, as discussed in a previous blog. But sometimes I pair it with brown for a more fall look.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
Photo by Lori Nyx

Here I am doing a reading in the skirt on the Blameless book tour. I'm wearing a little fur and velvet net hat which I adore (affectionately referred to as the tarantula hat) and some brown shoes.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
 Hat from Decades of Fashion on Haight Street. $30
Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
T-strap pumps by Soft from Nordsrtom Rack $25, and peep toes by Aerosoles from source $35. 

Both shoes started life pink and have been dyed brown. I seem to always end up dying shoes brown because I can't find a pair I like in the shade I want.

In adition to the skirt I have two jackets in tweed as well. Or rather one coat and one jacket.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
Coat from Banana Republic outlet mall $60, American Eagle check jacket from thrift store $10.

I've had the winter white coat for ages, it seems terribly impractical but I can't seem to get rid of it. Every time I think, I have too many coats, this is the one I end up reaching for when it's cold and I don't want black. The jacket, sadly, doesn't quite fit the rack and is wool, although lined with a lovely red pinstripe, so it has been (rather aptly) retired to the countryside (AKA my mother's). It's a tweedy fabric, but with a brown hounds-tooth check. It's very equestrian, and I LOVE equestrian so I haven't been able to completely get rid of it.

But where was I? Oh yes, tweed! Like the black pencil skirt the tweed skirt often shows up on the fall winter runways. Here are some examples from both future and past.

I think you can dress tweed modern, as in the last two pictures above, but it will still have a vintage look to it. Particularly if you are wearing a pencil skirt form. I suspect this, combined with the country equestrian nature, is why I love it so very much.

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!
Joan on Madmen sporting tweed, and a 1940's tweed suit paired with what? Oh yes, red!

So what book do I suggest with the tweed?

Gail Carriger WorldCon 2010 Retrospective: Tweed Skirt!

Patricia C. Wrede's The Raven Ring. Set in Lyra (a world in which Wrede has written many books) this one stands entirely alone. It features a tough mountain lass, who just happens to be a bad ass fighter, and is basically a murder mystery with magic. Eleret must figure out who murdered her mother and what that has to to with the magical Raven Ring that is her only inheritance. It also features two marvelous love interests and a fun ending.
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