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Gail Carriegr Wears a 1950s Kelly Green Day Dress with Silly Octopus Hat for RWA Nationals 2018 in Denver


This is one of my longest running vintage dresses, I have had it for YEARS now, Fashionable Reader. It's dupione so it doesn't travel well. Can you say IRON the bejesus?


Gail Carriegr Wears a 1950s Kelly Green Day Dress with Silly Octopus Hat for RWA Nationals 2018 in Denver

Anyhoo, so I don't travel with it often, but look, it's the only one that seriously matched my new cover of Competence, so how could I resist?

Gail Carriegr Wears a 1950s Kelly Green Day Dress with Silly Octopus Hat for RWA Nationals 2018 in Denver

So as you can see I popped the silliest knitted cute octopus on my head, some net gloves on my hands, and some super cute peep toes on my footsies and matched!

Gail Carriegr Wears a 1950s Kelly Green Day Dress with Silly Octopus Hat for RWA Nationals 2018 in Denver

Outfit breakdown!

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Gail Carriger in 1950s Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki with Cream


For the final day of SDCC, which was also my spotlight panel, I wore one of my favorite vintage dresses. This is a 1950s tiki faux-wrap dress in pink and cream, cotton, comfortable, and super flattering. (Here's the closest I could find from Sourpuss $30-50.)

Gail Carriger in 1950s Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki with Cream

I'm wearing it over the new Dark Garden foundation corset.

Gail Carriger in 1950s Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki with Cream

Frankly they might have been made for each other. Well, to be honest, the corset was, in fact made to go under this kind of dress.

Gail Carriger in 1950s Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki with Cream

Outfit Details

Gail Carriger in 1950s Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki with Cream

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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 White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017


Perhaps I'm being inspired by Wonder Woman, I don't know for certain but I wore this outfit the last day of the convention.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

I call this my circus corset, because it feels like I ought to be ring mistress in it. It's from Dark Garden (like all my others) and was a customized fabric Christmas special based on their corselette style. I wear it all the time. It's probably my most used steampunk corset because it travels so well and is so very comfortable.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Outfit Details:

* I'm wearing the Circus over a little white chiffon dress I picked up at Ross when I was going through a summer is hot Greek phase (similar $19).
* Wine velvet caplet meets shrug with flutter sleeves bought on sale from a fancy shop in some resort town over a decade ago (similar $40)
* Octopus on burgundy lace necklace & earring set made fro me by a fan (similar in black $11)
* Crochet octopus hair bob I got in Alaska last month, find similar here.
* Soft brand gold sandals with big flower, much beloved, no longer available

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Sorry I got these shoes years ago and haven't seen ones like it or even similar. Also I really want a hair thing that's like that gold leather flower.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

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.

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger


A few more Retro Rack things I encountered in Singapore:

At the National Gallery Artists and Empire exhibit:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Reading an article on the plane, this adorable thing:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Found a wall of fans for Spohronia in Singapore's Chinatown:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

And a beautiful collection of parasols:

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

I also learned a lot about historical dress in Singapore, but I'm saving that in case I decide to put it in an upcoming book.

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger

Singapore: 1880s Australian Lady, Fans, Parasols, and More with Gail Carriger


Wear it well, Fashionable Reader.

Miss G
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.
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