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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

After a day spent in steampunk garb I changed that night for my easy royal blue dress. This is the one I put to the vote for the documentary. It's not vintage but it fits well and with the full skirt it looks good with flats.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

With the AB off and about on his own I sadly got very few pictures of this outfit. But i paired it with black and fake white diamond accessories.

I like blue and black as a color combination, I think it's quite classic but with just enough edge. Wine or red with black is so popular in goth culture, that though I love it blue and black feels fresher to me.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

To make it ultra modern I like to go for blue leather, or mix it with neutrals.And my retro cut JC Penny printed one is an old favorite. Apart form anything else, it packs great. Although, I am thinking of putting a crinoline under it to make it more poofy.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black

Something for my characters to wear.

 Something for Sophronia in the Finishing School books . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black
1850-1852  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Alexia in the Parasol Protectorate books . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black
1875  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And something for Ivy after the Parasol Protectorate books . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Three Blue & Black
 1880  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green

After a day spent in the cream, brown and blue dress, I changed into my black and green i.magnin for the Eisner Awards ceremony.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & GreenGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green


Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green

I paired it with black, as usual, for I still have not found the perfect green shoes, clutch, and gloves.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green
Proenza Schouler Tiki stingray clutch at barneys.com


I'm looking, but that emerald green is scarce on the ground. I did, however pick up an adorable feather green and black headpiece at the Alameda Vintage Fair a few months back and with the addition of a broach to one side am rather pleased with the resulting look.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & GreenGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & GreenGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green

The necklace is hanging woonky, but its a lucite piece I found on my last trip to london at a little fleemarket near St. Charles. I'm not happy with my current earring options to go with so that might have to get added to the list.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green
 Hair Ornament  Mid-19th century  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Back to the hair feather thingy. Above is a vintage look that kind of had the same feel to me. Almost cabaret, or something.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green

This black and green dress is a tulip style, which can be flawed as it often adds bulk to the hips. Since I'm top heavy I rather like this feature as I think it balances me out. It's better with heels though.

And for the characters?


Something for Sophronia in the Finishing School series. 

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green
1850-1855 Evening Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And this could be a drawing of her.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green
Toussaint Fernand-The_Green_Dress

Something for her friend Dimity, who is a bit more flashy and loves velvet.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green
1855-1857  The Victoria & Albert Museum

That's it for now! Still more Comic Con outfits to come.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Night Two Black & Green

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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!

I am sorry for my visual silence, Fashionable Reader. I have been traveling to San Diego Comic Con and internet access was restricted.

However I am back now. First, however, I would like to ask for a moment of silence for the fact that there I was the biggest of big cons and because of my stupid ankle I couldn't were heels, not even for the evening event.

However, it certainly made packing easier! Goodness it's nice not to have to work about pumps. Flats are so much easier to deal with.

I'm prepping lots of blogs both on the events of Comic Con and the clothing. Here's a sneak look at some of my outfits and encounters . . .

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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!

However, right now I'm still recovering, so I hope you will come back to see the madness tomorrow.


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