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Outfits for Denver Pop Culture Convention 2019 Maxi Dresses & Purple!


Here are all the outfits I wore in Denver recently. I was mostly pleased that I managed to wear the right clothes for the weather... always a risk when packing. And never easy with an event of a Comic Con size.

Outfits for Denver Pop Culture Convention 2019 Maxi Dresses & Purple!

Day One: Black with Pink Print Maxi Dress from eShakti 

Outfits for Denver Pop Culture Convention 2019 Maxi Dresses & Purple!

Hat was made for me by a fan.
Dress is from eShakti. Yes it has pockets! (Remember you can make many of their dresses into a maxi dress if you like.)
Leather gloves are vintage. Similar on Amazon.

Day Two: Blue Pattern Maxi Dress

Outfits for Denver Pop Culture Convention 2019 Maxi Dresses & Purple!

Maxi dress on sale from Nordstrom Rack.
Mesh gloves from Amazon.
Teapot Bag from Amazon.
Turban hat from Amazon.
Sunglasses from Amazon.

Day Three: Purple Pattern Pleated Day Dress

Outfits for Denver Pop Culture Convention 2019 Maxi Dresses & Purple!

Day dress is vintage 1970s.
Mesh gloves from Amazon.
Teapot Bag from Amazon.
Turban hat from Amazon.
Sunglasses from Amazon

Outfits for Denver Pop Culture Convention 2019 Maxi Dresses & Purple!

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Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger


Happy New Year! Here's hoping it's a good one. Here are some fashionable shots of yours truly with bubbly (my second favorite beverage)...


Black 1930s style maxi dress (probubly 1970s) more on this outfit here




Pink 1930s style modern maxi dress, more about this dress here.

Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger

Turquoise eShakti with the agents at RWA, more about this dress here.


Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger

Gold eShakti  at Bay Area Book Festival, more about this outfit here.

Happy New Year Fashionable Darlings! Drinking and Celebrating with Fashion from Gail Carriger

Steampunk turquoise Changeless cover match, more about this outfit here

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger


I enjoy writing little odes to my long lost closet items, Fashionable Reader.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger


It is a way of remembering them, and chronicling my relationship with them. But it also reminds me why I got rid of them. Since occasionally I will get into a mode where I think back on on outfit with too much affection, and wonder why was so silly as to get rid of it.

Since I did a major closet purge recently, I'll be blogging a few of these outfits and dresses forthwith.

Today I'm looking with affection on this outrageous

1960s Floral Pink Maxi Dress

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger

I believe this dress started life as a bridesmaid dress. I can't imagine any other reason for this specific design with the train. It's just not quite right to be a prom dress or something along those lines.

I do love this particular style of evening gown from the 1960s, and I managed to find a few images of similar dresses.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger
Pink: Hubert de Givenchy, 1965  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; B&W: 1960s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Here is Audrey Hepburn wearing one of the style of dress.
In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger
1962 Portrait of Audrey Hepburn by Luc Fournol, 1962  (Source- theredlist.com)

This particular style with the body is a completely different color from the skirt part of the dress is very indicative of the early to mid-1960s. I find it particularly flattering, because the darker top and busy or lighter colored skirt is flattering on those of us who are top-heavy.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger

Also the plates at the waist line and the slightly poof out of the skirt, disguises all manner of sins in terms of the girl tum.

So it is with great sadness that I been this pretty goodbye, but we have had fun times together.

In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger

What? 
Maxi dress with chiffon top with tiny pink bows and train, linen skirt with hand painted flowers. Probably bridesmaid.
Why? 
Too tight in torso, requires assistance to get into, linen doesn't travel.

Something for Felicity from the Parasol Protectorate Series?


In Fashion Memoriam: 1960s Pink Floral Maxi Dress by Gail Carriger
1886-1887 Evening Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, The Philadelphia Museum of Art


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

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Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Black With Pink Print Maxi 1930's Style Dress from eShakti on Gail Carriger


So I have worn this dress 3 times, Fashionable Reader, but each time I forgot to take a photo. So this time I dragged the AB into the backyard to get one before I even LEFT for the event.

Black With Pink Print Maxi 1930's Style Dress from eShakti on Gail Carriger

Outfit Breakdown

  • Vintage hat (blog post about changing the color to black here)
  • Flower, gift from a reader. 
  • Glasses mirrored cat eyes, purchased in Ashland. Similar $8
  • Necklace, gold chandelier with pink stones, thrifted. Similar but a jellyfish, similar but pearls.
  • Chiffon eShakti maxi dress customized with added sleeves. Black with pink ballerinas (I like that they looked like fans) this dress no longer available but here is a lovely blue version. (Which I have ordered with elbow sleeves because I have no will power).
  • Black flats, I'm wearing simple pointed toe ones.

Black With Pink Print Maxi 1930's Style Dress from eShakti on Gail Carriger


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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriger Wears a Retro Polks Dotted Mesh eShakti Maxi Dress for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose


On my various fashion online places (like Instagram and Facebook), this dress was unanimously voted the best of the convention. (Although it may have to do with how good the photo is (taken by my lovely friend Bob).

Gail Carriger Wears a Retro Polks Dotted Mesh eShakti Maxi Dress for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose

Outfit Breakdown

Gail Carriger Wears a Retro Polks Dotted Mesh eShakti Maxi Dress for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose
Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Gail Carriegr wears a 1930s Style Breezy Blue Maxi Dress for RWA Nationals i2018 in Denver


I was recently in Denver at RWA. Oof, I forgot how hot Denver could get so I was delighted I'd packed this new acquisition of mine...

Gail Carriegr wears a 1930s Style Breezy Blue Maxi Dress for RWA Nationals i2018 in Denver

I've gotten really into maxi dresses these days.

Honestly? Because I don't have to shave my legs. But also they have this tall drink of water feeling, and I don't have to wear high heels with them. Which means I'm not really that tall, but I feel like I look that way in a maxi dress. Make sense?

Anyway this one came from Nordstrom Rack, and I'm not usually one for the Shoulder peek, but it had a 1930's thing going for it, so I couldn't resist.

Here's something similar that has that breezy see-through thing...

Gail Carriegr wears a 1930s Style Breezy Blue Maxi Dress for RWA Nationals i2018 in Denver

Sorry the original dress is no longer available.

So what else am I wearing?

Gail Carriegr wears a 1930s Style Breezy Blue Maxi Dress for RWA Nationals i2018 in Denver

Outfit Breakdown! 


Cream embellished turban - $15
White gloves - similar $10
Octopus earrings - similar $22
Teapot bag - Etsy $69

Gail Carriegr wears a 1930s Style Breezy Blue Maxi Dress for RWA Nationals i2018 in Denver

Check out this fantastic blog post on What to Wear to a 1930s Wedding

Gail Carriegr wears a 1930s Style Breezy Blue Maxi Dress for RWA Nationals i2018 in Denver
 

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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

Today, Fashionable Reader, I'm do a retrospective on one of my all time favorite pieces, a 1970's polyester black maxi dress. I picked this up in Haight Street in San Francisco, and it's not normally the kind of thing I would go for. Except, of course, that it has a pussycat bow at the neck.

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

But the fit on the stress is just amazing, it makes me look tall and elegant. Which, with my curvy figure, is a really challenging. It's this crazy polyester fabric, and I imagine it will last forever. However if it does ever die, I have plans to take it to a seamstress and have it remade in other fabrics.

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail CarrigerVintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail CarrigerVintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

Here I am wearing it three ways. The first image is the most common way I wear this dress, with gold accessories. The second is a steampunk variation that I use when I'm traveling and need both a evening gown and a steampunk costume on the go. The final is the dress with a 1940s style velvet jacket over-the-top.

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger

 Well my address is clearly from the 1970sseventies, there is no doubt about that. This style of dress was common in the 1930s. Here I have a retrospective of this dress style for your entertainment. Enjoy.

Teared Black Maxi-Dresses of the 1930s

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Charles James, 1930s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Evening Dress  Lucien Lelong, early 1930s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Coco Chanel, 1933  Augusta Auctions

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Evening Dress  Madeleine Vionnet, 1936  The Museum at FIT

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger
Evening Dress  Coco Chanel  1937-1938  MET

And here is a modern variant...

Vintage 1970s Black Teared Maxi-Dress with Pussy Cat Bow and Gold A Retrospective with Gail Carriger


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

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get 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 Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

The Sumage Solution officially releases today!

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

For my book launch at Borderlands in San Francisco last weekend, Fashionable Reader, I chose one of my more striking and least worn statement dresses. 

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

I can't for the life of me remember where I bought this maxi dress but my guess is it's late 1960s and possibly was intended as a bridesmaids dress. I love the silly little back pleated empire train, it feels very Grace Kelly. And the bows!

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

When I bought it, the bow and the back area needed some repairs but it's now good as new. Because the bottom skirt part is linen it doesn't travel well but it is pretty darn cool for a vintage dress. (Cool as in "not hot and sweaty".) At first I thought the flowers were hand painted but now I think it's a printed design. The bodice and the train are both chiffon.

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

See how it has those gores at the waist right under the tiny bows which happen to also line up with the princess seams on the bodice? That's the kind of detail you rarely get outside of vintage these days. 

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

I paired it with a...

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

I have on cute (but practical) flats from Aerosoles. I pretty much live in Aerosoles flats all summer. I don't like flip-flops, so flat leather sling-back slides are my thing. One of the reasons I love a maxi dress, I can safely pair it with flats. 

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1960s Pink Maxi Dress for Sumage Solution Book Launch

So there it is, hope you like the outfit.

Your,

Miss Gail


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

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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.
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