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Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

On the cover of Blameless (which may be my favorite cover partly because of the "oops" which you see in action here) Donna wears a loved wine red traveling suit.

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

It reminds me of a steampunk version of this famous one by Chanel.

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
Suit  Coco Chanel, 1938  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here are a couple of outfits from my wardrobe that I put together to match the cover of Blameless.

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
A formal outfit using my Jessica Wiggle dress $98, a black velvet and feather jacket gift from a friend, black velvet hat gift from another friend, beeded bag gift from my mum, grey hematite jewelry set gift from my mum, and black and white spectator shoes by Via Spiga $50 Nordstrom Rack. 

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
A funky casual outfit using a leather look pleated skirt from BCBG $50; a jersey red shirt with Asian style from a thrift store in SF $15; gold and black patent mini bag inherited from my grandmother, ace of spades earrings from Dark Garden $30; and plaid tights from Target a few years back $15.

Thinking about Blameless reminded me, yet again of my love of the red dress.Here are some I've gathered from about the net that I consider appropriate to the Rack. First, retro inspiration . . .

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
 1955 Christian Dior cocktail dress via The Victoria & Albert Museum; 1963  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

Some retro takes:

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
Self at Sword & Laser interview with pencil dress & Leopard; and rocking the red with white at WorldCon 2011 and best arm candy ever, the BFF

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
The Jessica Wiggle with black & white in Germany, and with black

And now for some modern options!

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
 Three looks from Elie Saab Spring 2013

Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger
Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Belted Dolman Sleeve Sheath Dress

I'm optimistic. Looks like red might be around for Spring 2013. Regardless, I'll wear it anyway.

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

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

As I just blogged about on my Author blog, this here is my new cover for the Spanish edition of Blameless.

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

There is something very Spanish about it, perhaps the color pallet. Perhaps it is her profile. Perhaps it is the little lace gloves. Delving into my own wardrobe I uncovered the following items of clothing that might go with this book.

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

And here are some fun fashion items from around and about the interwebs to match . . .

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
This Prada necklace at prada.com
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Ombre patent leather Vernice Bowler from Prada
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Bow Pumps

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 Abbey-Lee-Kershaw-Vogue-Russia-Design Scene Net
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Diane von Furstenberg

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Ruby and Diamond Necklace Michele Della Valle  Christie’s
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Moustashe Pumps

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Dita; Monique-Lhuillier

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Emilio Pucci from a magazine

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Amazing bloody nails

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 Vena Cava; Derek Lamb

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
From a magazine
Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Kendra Scott Maxine earrings

Vintage looks

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1961 Cocktail Hat  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
Marilyn Monroe

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1950s Cocktail Dress  Pierre Balmain  Whitaker Auctions; 1950s  The Frock

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1948 Cocktail Dress  Cristobal Balenciaga,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1945  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1940s  Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1930s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
 1925 Coco Chanel  The Chicago History Museum; 1910s  Antique Dress

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1910s  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1902  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the Characters


For Alexia after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1880s  Whitaker Acutions

For Countess Nadasdy after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1885 Charles Fredrick Worth  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 For Ivy after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1885-1886 Charles Fredrick Worth,  The Museum of the City of New York

For Prudence after the Parasol Protectorate series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1884-1887 Mantle  Emile Pingat, The FIDM Museum

For Primrose in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1896  Whitaker Auctions

And for Prudence in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1890s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger
1890-1899  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Blameless Inspired ~ Red Dresses by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Wine for Spanish Blameless by Gail Carriger

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