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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
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Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


This was my first outfit in Phoenix recently, Fashionable Reader!


Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


This is an old favorite dress because it's polyester and packs easy (no wrinkles) and is relatively cool. Because there were lines in the sun to get into the event, I paired it with a check umbrella as a parasol, and walking sandals (no heels for me this day).

Outfit Details


Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Mini Black & White Umbrella as Parasol: $15
Knitted Octopus as a hat: Gift
White Sun Glasses: (many colors available) $11
Bumbersnoot Necklace from Badali Jewelry
Gold Pen Necklace: No longer available. Similar
Steampunk earrings: Similar $12
Polka dot A-line dress: Very old, similar $30
Straw Bag: Ross, out of stock, similar $25
Mesh gloves: $16
Flat black walking sandals: No longer available. Similar $30-60
I'm wearing my new dark wine pink lippy. 


Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


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 Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat


So for the next day at WorldCon I wore this old favorite yellow skirt with black dots. It's Max Studio and if I had to buy a new one I'd get something like this instead $20 white with black dots, high waisted. I think it'd fit better in my wardrobe. 

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat

The shirt actually started life as a vintage 1960s black linen pencil dress and I cannibalized it into a peplum blouse. Dress looked a lot like this originally. 

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
Maggy Rouff  1950s  Vintage Fashion INC

I'm wearing these two pieces with steampunk earrings (similar $20), pen necklace (here $18), and flat aerosole sandals to save my feet (here $40). I also added a tilted teardrop hat. You can follow my adventure dyeing this hat here

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat

I love this hat but it is hard to travel with so you don't see me in it often. Here's a bit of a sample of other tilted hats...

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
1943  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Retro 1940s Black Velvet Top and Polkadotted Skirt and Tilted Hat
2014 Ralph-Russo

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's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ San Diego Polka Dots


For my visit to San Diego I planned to wear this polka dot black & white dress with red accessories. Thank heavens I did, because what with layovers and delays I ended up having to change in a plane restroom and run through SDCC. This is one of my few dresses that can take that kind of abuse and still come out looking fresh the other end. My dear old friend Polly Ester. Can't remember where I got it but I'm thinking something strange like Burlington Coat Factory or Ross Junior or what have you. I've had it forever. Hard to let something go that packs so well and goes with everything. (Similar $25, similar sleeveless $30 lots of options, and similar plus size $27.)

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ San Diego Polka Dots
At Mysterious Galaxy, me giving strict instructions to "get the shoes."
For both events I paired it with a headband that's black with red dots (modern, similar $14), red beaded necklace set (vintage, similar strand $13, similar earrings $8), obligatory pen necklace (modern replica, $18), and a pair of Via Spiga suede sandals that I got about 10 years ago (no longer available, similar pumps $20-50). The gloves are much treasured red leather vintage, gift from a friend, (similar $30).

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ San Diego Polka Dots
In the booth signing at Comic Con. Proof I was there if only for 2 hours.

Gifted along the way on this tour (possibly in Portland?) was a scarf very similar to this one, grey background with big ladybugs. I love it! You'll see me wearing it often.

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ San Diego Polka Dots

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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