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Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence


I went through this massive purge recently, frankly I've changed shape quite a bit since my surgery and not everything fits well anymore. Plus I really just want to slim down my wardrobe, I have too much clothing. Some of these I haven't worn in several years.

Modern Made Retro Dresses


Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

I got this dress from Nordstrom Rack, it's not vintage. I like it but the slip under is too short, it doesn't fit well in the waist and it's sleeveless (I'm not into sleeveless these days). I also already have a 1930s style dress in this color that I tend to reach for if I'm wanting bright pink.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence
Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence


This one also came from Rack years ago, here it is in a steampunk style. The sleeves are now too tight and I find it a bit too short for my taste. I requires a slip which negates any advantage on a hot day.  And I just have to admit blush isn't a super flattering color on my skin tone.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

 Cream lace dress, another Rack find. It is easy to get on, travels well, and packs beautifully, but I just don't wear it. It's slightly the wrong length for my taste and it's sleeveless. Which I'm just moving away from.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

This ruched black dress. It's great, it hides a million sins, it packs. But... it's a little black dress. I have too many already. This one is not quite stretchy enough to show off my waist and (say it with me) it's sleeveless.

Vintage Dresses


Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

1960s vintage teal velvet last worn for the Waistcoats & Weaponry book tour. I love this dress, it's flattering on but without my epic Rack it's just too big. It's so well made with lining and tucks and such that it simply can't be taken in, either. Here's hoping some lovely size 8-10 finds it and falls in love.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

1950s striped seersucker makes me very happy, and I love this material. But the dress has never really fit me well and now it's just gone all pear shaped. Or perhaps that's me? I just don't love it anymore. And it doesn't have pockets.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

1970s knitted set, shirt & skirt, both are a nubby cream acrylic knit. I think I like the idea of knitted sets more than the execution. I thought this set would both be so versatile and serviceable but frankly, I barely wear either the top or the skirt. Too warm, slightly scratchy. I'm also getting rid of the purple blouse shown with the skirt of this set. The third picture is of me right before I bought it (I'm wearing it over other clothes) but still, see the former rack? Whoa.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

This black and white skirt. Massive sentimental value and great memories and affection ~ ask me at a signing some time and I will tell you the story, but it doesn't fit right anymore. It's time to let it go.

Goodbye Eshakti

These dresses served me well and brilliantly, and opened my eyes to the joys of eShakti. But after my surgery they are just way too big in the chest and that's just an area it's impossible to easily tailor. So I pass them on in the hopes they go on to find an equally well endowed young lady who, I hope, will be surprised and delighted to find something that actually fits.

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge CommenceGail Carriger Bids Goodbye to Vintage Searsucker, Velvet, eShakti & More ~ Let the 2017 Closet Purge Commence


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Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco

Instead of the Dickens Fair, Fashionable Reader, I managed a quick drop by at Borderlands in San Francisco last weekend. They very kindly came to my rescue. Since I wouldn't actually be visiting Victorian London I elected to decline the planned steampunk cover look in favor of more sensible wear. I opted for purple, cream, and black.

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San FranciscoGail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco

Purple and I have a long and checkered history. I used to hate it. I associated it with the leggings and oversized sweaters my mother wore in the 80s. But now I've come around. I even did my nails to match.

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
My preference is for short, oval shellacs. 

It was raining in the City, so boots were a must. Here's the outfit breakdown:

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco

I use an app called StyleBook to create my outfits. Someday we will talk more about that if you are interested, Fashionable Reader? Anyway, you can see from above that I use it to show all the possible combinations for a given outfit (for example I have three black skirts that work with this top, several different shoes depending on the weather, and different hats to make it more or less fancy).

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
From top down: Hat, Bon Marche Thrift Store, Sonoma, $7; jewelry set Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, Dickens Fair, $25; Madman signing pen, gift from a friend; shirt, Kohls (buttons sewn shut) $10; sweater Kohls, $15; belt Haight Street, $15; skirt Valencia St. thrift store, $7 (buttons added); boots, Miz Mooz, $100; gloves, vintage shop, $10.

That cream hat is quickly becoming one of my favorites. And how excited was I to finally trot out the Kohls sweater? Can you believe something so vintage came from the junior section of a department store, and goes over the Rack, and isn't wool? It reminded me of this set:

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
1955 Sweater Set Christian Dior The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Speaking of wool:

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco

I picked this skirt up super cheep intending mainly to wear it with a corset of mine (hence adding buttons to match) but I find myself really gravitating towards it this winter.

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
Dark Garden Custom Corset c. $1000

Perhaps it's that the shape is very hip right now yet still pleasingly 1940s. Perhaps it's that it seems to fit me really well. It is lined, except the waistband (a fault all to common in wool garments) so I do have to wear an undershirt (or a tucked in shirt) to protect my tummy from the dreaded wool rash but otherwise I love it. Some other ways I'm thinking about wearing it . . .

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I also have an allergy to nickle earrings. Generally this means that I always buy danglings (rather than posts) so I can replace the hooks with silver or gold. Unfortunately, these ones are posts. They must be a pretty low alloy because it took several hours before my ears began to ache, but ache they did, so these earrings are out. (The clear nail polish trick doesn't work for me.) Sad, because I really liked the set.Now the hunt is on for new earring to match! Perhaps I will modify a pair of stemapunk earring to take the pearl drop part. Hummm. DIY plotting!

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco

The shirt I chose is a bold purple rose print. If you, like me, are slow to accept purple print is a good entry point. Although, with the Rack, I might be better wearing a print on my bottom half. 

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 Second image is Giovanna Battaglia

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San FranciscoGail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
 1952 Mainbocher The Museum of the City of New York; 1960s Vintageous

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
Christina Hendricks in Vintage Carolina Herrera

 The sweater over the shirt is a heather knit.

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 Heather knit sweater; Trina Turk Belted Heather Tweed Dress

Purple, like most colors, has a wide range of shades from cool to warm, and from dark to light so it will suit any complexion. So saying "I don't look good in purple" isn't really a good excuse. It is perfectly fine to say "I don't like wearing purple." This is similar to not liking Brussels sprouts ~ own it baby! I feel it is perfectly appropriate to dislike colors illogically. I, for example, don't like yellow. Blech!

That said, I have gone out and found some temptingly beautiful purple pieces for your consideration.

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Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
Hermes leather bracelet at hermes.com

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San FranciscoGail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
Giovanna Bataglia; H&M Dark Purple Coat

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 1914-1915  Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design; 1910s Evening Dress  Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design

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 1900-1905  The Goldstein Museum of Design; 1900 Pendant  1stdibs.com

And if those last two images don't convince you to try purple, nothing will.

And now, for the characters!

For Sophronia after Etiquette & Espionage

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Ivy Hisselpenny in Soulless

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
1872–75 purple dress by poteidia

For Rue in Prudence
Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
1890s  Kerry Taylor Auctions

For Primrose in Prudence

Gail Carriger Purple & Black In San Francisco
1896 Ball Gown Jean-Philippe Worth

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DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look

Just a simple DIY, Fashionable Reader for this month. I try to do mending and small sewing projects regularly but copy edits really derailed me in September. So last night I got a bee in my bonnet about being mending pro-active! I've been meaning to switch out the buttons on my favorite 1940s red sweater for ages.
DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look

The task was finding acceptable buttons. It is so difficult to match reds and get the right size. I like the black ones but I found myself limited in what I could pair the sweater with and I wanted to wear it with more outfits. You know me, I like to match everything ~ very old fashioned. So I needed to loose the black to open up creams and whites.

DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look
$12 for 7

I hunted all over for the right buttons ~ something vintage, not the chintzy modern plastic buttons one finds at supply stores. Eventually, I found what I needed in Petaluma. It's hours away from me, this small farming town, but it has a crazy drag of antique stores one of which is a consortium that hosts an antique button specialist. Called Summer Cottage Antiques it hasn't the best clothing selection, and it's a bit spendy, but when it specializes, it really specializes. And the buttons! Oh the buttons. Occasionally I pilgrimage there just for buttons. If you don't have a source like this, I suggest visiting the dealers room of a local costumer, maker, or steampunk convention. Sometimes, if you are lucky, a button person turns up. And sometimes you don't have to buy a pass just to shop. There are online resource as well. I tend not to use these, as I like to handle the buttons in person before I purchase. I know, frisky of me.

DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look

I hate hate hate widening button holes, but I don't mind narrowing them, so I always shop for buttons that are as much the same size as the original as possible, and if not, then slightly smaller. These turned out to be slightly smaller, so I did have to go over and close down all the holes, but I love the finished effect.

DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look

Of course, now I'm confined to gold jewelry with this sweater, but I find that less restrictive than the black.

So there you have it, not much of a project for this month, but I also repaired this hat, which needed TLC:

DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look

Because I want to wear it for my Sword & Laser video interview next week. Squee! More on that outfit later. Now that I have done all the research on what to wear on film I feel much better equip to chose this time around, I shan't keep you in suspense long, I promise.

I hope you all have a lovely and fashionable weekend!

DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look

I don't have a photo of me wearing the new version, but here's the old one... 

DIY with Gail Carriger ~ Switching buttons to get a more vinatge look

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

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

Polka dots are a big trend for this winter, apparently. I've always loved them. I picked up this lovely knit 1970s piece a year or two ago. I can't remember where or for how much, but it has served me well. For one thing, it packs without wrinkling.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress
R&K Knitt

I generally don't go for the 1970s (or navy for that matter) but I do love this piece. Polka dots!

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

Because I have no navy accessories, I generally pair it with white. Although it comes to me now that red might also work, and if miss matched would make for a delightfully modern take.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot DressGail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

This look is a classic, navy and white have a very nautical feel. I must say I like that side of this dress almost as much as the polka dots.

Of course, you can get the vintage navy look without having to find a dress that combines the two colors. Simply mixing and matching navy and white has the same effect.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot DressGail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

Polka dots are not confined to the 1950s and later for vintage either. Here's one from the turn of the century.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

And of course, something for Alexia . . .

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress
1877  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lastly, what to read in your navy polka dot dress? How about Anne McCaffery's The Coelura.

Gail Carriger's Favorite Navy Polka Dot Dress

An oldie but a goodie. This is a novella length book with wonderful pictures included throughout, is a space opera mixed with highly class driven society romance. It's all about fashion, in the end. Which is probably why I love it so.

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple

So Fashionable Reader,

Nor Cal just did that thing that Nor Cal does when faced with the progression of the year. Which is to say, it looked at the calendar, threw its proverbial hands up into the air, and exclaimed,

 "Oh! Is it Fall? It must be Fall. Quick everyone, Fall!"

And in the space of very few days indeed we have rushed from ridiculously hot to that intermittent gray overcast 55-60 that is Nor Cal when it's not hot or raining, e.g. most of the year.

This is all fine with me. 


Being, well, Rack-ish, summer is a great trial of staying cool yet not looking like a stripper or a Real Housewife with granola tenancies.

The rest of the year, here in Old Golden, is made for tights, boots, cute retro dresses, and . . . knitwear!

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple

I am a girl who truly loves the knit top. I apologize to those of you still slaving under summer suns, I'm breaking out the sweaters, and it's time to blog about them.

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple
Bow before the cute knit top with lace collar! Bow, I say!

Ah, hem. Pardon me. Sitting on The Throne, you know how it goes.

Where was I?

Oh yes, knit tops.

Today's blog covers the plain knit top, and I am preparing another blog for later on the subject of patterned knit tops.

I have my own personal list of wardrobe staples for the curvy girl and this is one of them. In fact, I would replace the "white menswear inspired button down" of most everyone else's list, with the cute neutral colored knit top. Mine's cream but I think grey, black, brown, or even a nice pastel would suit most needs.

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In addition to the cream, I've managed to find two modern knit tops with a retro feel ~ they have cap sleeves, but what can you do? (I have a theory on cap sleeves ~ much easier to sew than regular sleeves and these days manufactures are cutting corners and getting lazy. Cap sleeves seem to be everywhere and look good on pretty much no one.)  The pink is actually a cardy (I sewed it closed up the front) from H&M and the teal is a Jean Paul Richard from Three Sister's Consignment Shop in Sonoma. Now, back to vintage knitwear . . .

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple
Super secret style tip: Pin the side seams of the top (at the hem) to the side seam of the skirt (at the waistband) from the inside out, of course, with a large safety pin on each side. No shirt riding up or skirt shifting around all day long!

So, for this outfit, for Reno WorldCon, I paired a modern pinstriped pencil skirt (part of a suit) with black Aerosole peep toes shoes (many years ago $40), vintage leather gloves (gift from the Brother's K), a little velvet hat (gift from Rachel of Ruby Blackbird), and a vintage knit top (origin forgotten).

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple

 I love it because it is very light weight, cotton (I have a wool allergy), and has a very small tight pattern. I do tend to hold that those of us over-endowed on the top should be careful with wearing white, but fit is everything, and this one fits well.

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple
 Sometimes she does it backwards . . .

 Now what do we wear under cream or white tops, ladies?

Miss Gail ~ I hope I hear you say ~ always nude/skin-tone bras and nude/skin-tone tanks or undershirts. Never white!

Very good. I like microfiber shapers and I get mine at Ross.

What I love most about vintage knitwear from the late 1930s through the mid 1960s ~ it ends at or just bellow the natural waist! And it is shaped to fit a curvy girl. And it usually has some kind of sleeves.  These are necessary details the modern world of knitwear seems to have forgotten about.

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Why end at the natural waist? Because it makes your legs look longer. Why a small tight pattern? Because it doesn't stretch over the Rack (thus highlighting it). Why sleeves? Because this isn't a darn vest! Why fitted? Because it is a truth universally acknowledged that not matter what your size, tailored and fitted clothing will always look better and make you look smaller ~ or at least the size you actually are and no bigger.

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Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple

I'm a particular fan of this kind of 1930's knit top. The pattern at the neck and decolletage area draws attention up to the face, and away from the bust, and the slight butterfly to the sleeve makes the arm look more narrow because it floats away (no sausage casing issues).

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Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and SimpleKnitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple

The 1940s sees more emphasis on a strong shoulder and some silly sleeve action. If you already have big shoulders, like me, this can make you look a little like a linebacker. (And please be certain to pair a 1940s top with other retro items or you'll harken 80s in a bad way).  I'll still go for this style (and I have a terrible weakness for very silly sleeves) because once again it draws attention away from the rack and I don't mind a super strong shoulder, but I'll often pair with a full skirt, for balance, or I look top heavy.

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Speaking of silly sleeves . . . (Tassels! Tassels on the sleeves. Love it!) Here are few 1950s options. As you can see the knit is getting tighter to the torso, tucked in, and belted (blame Dior). This is a bit more Marilyn va-va-voom but I think, if paired with a suitably conservative skirt, it edges into sexy-librarian in the right way.

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1952 still, and Charlotte of Tuppence Ha'penny

While we are on the subject of knitwear, here are few not to do if you have a Rack.

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and SimpleKnitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple

The first is too thick and too short, over a larger breasted gal it'll look like she's smuggling melons across enemy lines. The second is too fuzzy. I adore cashmere, I have a real weakness for it, but one must be careful not to chose a yarn with too much of a hallo, it adds bulk, as on a long haired cat.

Knitted Tops with Gail Carriger: Part 1, Plain and Simple
Knitwear . . . not just for the ladies.

Gail Carriger Reviews Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Fashion

And now, for your viewing pleasure, Fashionable Reader, the day-by-day outfit log from Reno. I'll do a breakdown of outfits as soon as more photos start to filter in, and I did miss photographing one dress from the first night, but all-in-all I remembered to pigeon-hole someone to take a full body picture ~ hat to stilettos ~ every time. Of which I am inordinately proud. I have learned that it is best to ask a female to do it (remembers the shoes) or when someone approaches me to photograph for themselves to thrust my camera upon them.

Gail Carriger Reviews Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Fashion
Thursday, Day

Sorry for the blurry. Red dress with white acessories, photographed by Francesca Myman of Locus Magazine with senior editor Liza Trombi photo-bombing me ~ much to general giggles. I like to start out a convention with red, it makes a nice powerful impression. However, the shoes were a mistake, especially without stockings. I had blisters to baby for the rest of the con. Sigh, always go with leather.

Gail Carriger Reviews Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Fashion
Thursday, Evening

Briefly put in an appearance at the Girl Genius ball, mostly to play homage to Phil & Kaja.

Gail Carriger Reviews Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Fashion
Friday, Day

Switched out what I had planned to wear as these are my most comfortable shoes when blisters are in play (yes, better than flats), and because I was going to be interviewed for SF Book Club. Red pattern reads better on film than white knit, particularly on The Rack.

Gail Carriger Reviews Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Fashion
Friday, Evening

For the parties I slipped on my 1940's robe dress. I substituted my favorite sandals for the dark brown 40's style T-straps, again because of the blisters. The dress was a little warm for the parties, but they weren't all that crowded, so it worked out fine.

Gail Carriger Reviews Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Fashion
Saturday, Day

I tend to call this my pea green dress, but we realized that night it was actually wasabi green. I opted for flats, as this was my busiest day, which I really will only do for dresses with full skirts.

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Saturday, Evening

This is one of my favorite dresses of all time. It's a little tight over the rack and requires I go (gasp) bra-less, but sometimes a girl's got to sacrifice for such a rich color and amazing cut. I didn't wear this to the Hugos, but I wanted to put my best foot forward on the last night of parties.

Gail Carriger Reviews Reno WorldCon 2011 Renovation Convention Fashion
Sunday, Day

This is a modern skirt, nice because it's synthetic and doesn't wrinkle. Skirts I can buy modern, it's tops and dresses that never fit me. This one has a faint blue pinstripe. While it is a little boring, I keep it in the closet because it travels so well and has a matched jacket and pants, all of which fit! The knit top is vintage.

Today's secret tip?

As I did in the above outfit, you can fasten your blouse to the waistband of the skirt (from the inside, of course) at the seams of both sides with safety pins. Then you don't have to spend all day tugging and rearranging.
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