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Gail Carriger In A Steampunk Bow Top & Black Pin Stripe Pencil Skirt at ConFusion, Detroit


I recently returned from Confusion, a lovely little convention on the outskirts of Detroit. My first outfit was a new one for me, I pair an old pin stripe fish tale pencil skirt with a top I usually wear under steampunk stuff.

Gail Carriger In A Steampunk Bow Top & Black Pin Stripe Pencil Skirt at ConFusion, Detroit

I put on vintage black gloves (similar $40), a cream headband flower, black purse (no longer avaiable, but I love the Lux De Ville purse line), and my grey and black Via Spiga cut-out spectator derby pumps. (Want more on how I came by this description? My favorite post on the fine art of Oxford shoe identification.)

 I'm not sure about this outfit. I feel that the shirt untucked isn't flattering yet the skirt isn't high wasted enough to tuck or wear with a vintage sweater. I won't be getting rid of the shirt, for steampunk reasons, but I'm not sure about keeping the skirt. Much as I love it, I just don't wear it very often. No mater what the case, I won't be wearign this particular combination again.

Gail Carriger In A Steampunk Bow Top & Black Pin Stripe Pencil Skirt at ConFusion, Detroit

FYI, I am running a Goodreads Giveaway on Imprudence.

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 a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress


For the first night of WorldCon I wore my new purple dress from the previous blog. But for the first offical day of the convention I wore this favorite vintage 1950s blue and white day dress.

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

It has a cute little jacket too, but I didn't get a picture of it at this event. Here it is at Comic Con, 4 years ago pre-reack-reduction.

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day DressGail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

Believe it or not I weigh less in these Comic Con photos, just goes to show what a little less boob will do for a girl's figure. Now where was I?

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

So I am wearing it with a little flower hair band (similar $18), faux pearl set (similar $10), vintage white leather gloves (similar $29), and some Mia nomad flats (discontinued, similar $23).

A Historical Retrospective on Blue & White

For Lord Akeldama

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1760s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

For Sophronia


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1853-1854 Blue FLower  The FIDM Museu

For Monique


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
c.1860      United States      MET

For Dimity


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Bodice  1865-1866  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris 

For Agatha


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1868 Robe à Transformation   Kerry Taylor Auctions2

For Ivy


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1872  The Kyoto Costume Institute

For Prudence


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Afternoon Dress 1903 s  Jacques Doucet  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Primrose


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
1905 Summer Day Dress  The Victoria & Albert Museum

For Gail


Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Clip Brooches  Raymond Yard, 1935  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
Glamorous 1950’s Dress.  Glamorous❤Vintage❤Soul tumblr

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress
2013 Elie-Saab-Couture-Oblivion-Moscow-Premiere

"A great variety of bright colours is only suited to a carpet. For a dress, two are quite sufficient."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

Gail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day Dress


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 Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

Recently in Tulsa, only flying with carry on so I just took one vintage dress with multiple acessories. I went with black and cream because it's the most versatile.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

So for the evening reception on the Friday I wore left hand side of the outfit board, and for the day spent teaching on Saturday I wore whats on the right hand side.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & CreamGail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

This is the little cashmere sweater I was so excited about finding at the last Alameda Vintage Fair. The evening bag is s new addition as well and worked perfectly for the event. The daytime outfit is a little frumpy. I blame the jacket. It's not vintage, I got it on Haight a while ago. It's a stiff waffle fabric and is alittle less fitted than I prefer. It has pockets, which is nice, and I like the single clasp, but I've been idly looking to replace it for a while now. With out the jacket looks a bit better.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

All in all I was far more excited by the evening outfit than the day version, but they worked well enough for my needs and the layering was good given the inclement weather. I added my pale pink blanket coat to the mix whenever I was outside.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

But the subject of this post is not pink, it's black and cream.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

I also got some pretty Steampunk loot from Samantha of Bohemian Romance!

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

Now, here's some inspiration for you concerning the combination of black and cream. A little softer than black and white, a little more vintage looking. And, of course, cream and its derivatives (ivory, ecru, etc..) are often kinder to the complexion than white (or black, for that matter) so it's always a good idea to put it closest to your face. On the other hand, it can emphasize the Rack considerably, so scarves.

And now for the characters!

Of course, something for Ivy Hisslepenny from the Parasol Protectorate series. (The boxed set just went on sale!)

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream
1875 Bonnet  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And something for Sophronia in the Finishign School series. She's a fan of fans.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream
1620  The Victoria & Albert Museum

And something for Prudence in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series.

Gail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream
1912-1915 Ensemble   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.
Gail Carriger In A Steampunk Bow Top & Black Pin Stripe Pencil Skirt at ConFusion, DetroitGail Carriger in a Blue & Cream Vintage 1950s Day DressGail Carriegr in Tulsa in Black & Cream

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