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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

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

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.
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