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Gail Carriger Wears a Vintage Silver Cocktail Dress with Dark Garden Waspie Corset for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose


This was my last outfit of the con, I stayed up until 3am dancing in it. So yeah, that was something.

Gail Carriger Wears a Vintage Silver Cocktail Dress with Dark Garden Waspie Corset for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose

Outfit Breakdown

Gail Carriger Wears a Vintage Silver Cocktail Dress with Dark Garden Waspie Corset for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose

I danced a lot, if you're gonna dance in a corset, make it a waspie.

Gail Carriger Wears a Vintage Silver Cocktail Dress with Dark Garden Waspie Corset for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose
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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.

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers


It's been a while since I've done one of these blog posts, partly because I haven't been shopping much recently.

Now I don't *think* there is anything wrong with me.

So here is what I haev added to my wardrobe over the past few months or so...

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers
Brown oxford wedge

Why I got it? I've been looking to add a closed toed heel to my brown shoes collection for a while. This one isn't exactly vintage but it is super comfortable and has great tread for the rains and is both a wedge and a platform (two loves of mine). I wish it had come in black as well, as my favorite black platform booties died recently. I mourn them!

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers
cream silk and lace blouse

I added this beautiful cream silk and lace shirt to my steampunk costume collection. This one has the right cut and shape to go under one of my more difficult corsets, the Fancy.

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & ChokersGail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers

The Fancy has double cross-back princess straps and is a bit of a challenge to find shirts for. The one you see pictured here is very warm and also on its last legs (or should I say arms?) so I have been trying to find a replacement. 
This new one is not only lovely for a foundation piece with several of my corsets, but will also look pretty on its own. I'm planning on taking to to RWA Nationals with me in July. 

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers
red velvet turban
Been wearing a lot of turbans recently and I like these velvet ones a lot. I also got this one in green. The bow isn't quite as big as pictured, but it is lovely, $6-8 depending on color.

More recently I hit up an antique store that was going out of business and picked up a few cuties that I really didn't need but couldn't resist...

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers
green leather gloves





I just purged all my gloves. Yet I saw there hunter green leather ones and... had to have them. They are green. And leather. And have a button!

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers
pear choker


 A pinkish tan pearl strand (faux, I think, but very good quality). These I will like wear doubled up with on of my favorite steampunk necklaces as it's choker length. 

Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers
jet choker




Jet choker. This one actually kind of goes with another jet set I already owned, the one I have is a longer tassel necklace that doesn't always work with my necklines so this will make a good substitute for dresses with higher necklines. And I love jet.



Gail Carriger's New Acquisitions: Oxfords, Silk Blouse, Turbans, Gloves, & Chokers
jet tassel set

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 Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017


The second day of Steampunk Worlds Fair, Saturday, I wore this outfit...


Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

So I have had this dress hanging around my closet for a while, Gentle Reader.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017
Here I am wearing it a few different ways in France four years ago. It hasn't been worn a great deal since then, to be fair. 
Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

So because I thought it'd be hot, I busted it out the back of my closet to go with a foundation corset I have. 
Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Throwing a bit of shade there, in more ways than one. I swear I don't have indigestion or anything. Anyway, I'm not sure about it paired with the corset as it's not great in the boob arena, even with a killer bra. Always a concern with underbust corsets.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Outfit Rundown:
Disregarding the dress, purchased years ago at Nordstrom Rack, I'm wearing...
* Dark Garden Cupid corset which I mainly use and an undergarment.
* Cream glove, long, vintage cotton.
* Suspender nylon thigh highs for $15.
* Cream oxford wingtips (no longer available except in small sizes)

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

 For accessories I have a blush flower hairband (similar $7), lace necklace (custom made for me by a fan, similar for $9), necklace watch ($5), pen necklace (silver $20), and bottle earrings (similar $8) you can fill them with whatever you like.

Gail Carriger in Blush Pink at Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Anyway, there it is, still not sure on keeping this dress. I suppose I'll see if I wear it again.

Hugs, my lovelies!

Your Miss Gail

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 Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017


So I kind of channeled the ballet for my first outfit of Steampunk Worlds Fair.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

The thing is when I was in New Jersey for this event a few years ago it was scorchingly hot so I pretty much pack steampunk light, or as light as I could go.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017


Of course it turned out to be rainy, windy, and overcast the entire time. Hence the reason I subbed in the high neck blouse rather than my original idea.

Ah, May.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Outfit breakdown: 
* That's a button front pussycat bow blouse worn with bow tied as a cravat (similar $24) and a vintage parasol pearl pin (gift from a fan).
* Dark Garden Alyscia corset in a custom fabric with cross back princess straps.
* Cream gloves
* Fluffy blush high-low chiffon ruffle skirt I picked up from Ross or something a few years ago, similar for $25 or this really cool fancy fluffy one for $40
* I'm in love with these suspender nylons for when I'm in corset, basically a lazy lady's thigh highs for $15. I've multiple pairs now. Now if they would only make a black back-seam version.
* Cream oxford wingtips (no longer available except in small sizes). You can google cream oxfords and see what you get but frankly I don't recommend this color shoe. And make certain, if you do invest to get one with PALE SOLES. Never buy a light colored shoe with a dark colored sole. Trust your Gail on this matter.
* Crochet teacake was a gift from a fan up in Portland years ago, I simply pin it to my head with a bunch of bobby pins.

Gail Carriger Plays Ballet 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.
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