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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

Gingham always seems to have a bit of a retro feel to me, no matter what you do with it. It says homey country kitchen, apple pie, picnics.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Gingham is coming my way.

Sorry, getting a little carried away there. Where was I? Oh yes, gingham. A member of the check family, I believe. Most often seen in black and white, red and white, or blue and white.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham


But I really came around to gingham when I spotted this adorable tennis dress in a local vintage shop. It was muslin and looked very cool and light, and something that woudl pair with flats. All top concerns for my wardrobe and upcoming Comic Con.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red GinghamGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

 It was labeled 1970s but I think it might be more late 1960s.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

It's actually meant to be tighter and shorter on someone a bit larger than me, but I liked it so much as a more 1920's loose feel (and this way it fit the Rack). I walked away from it the first time and then went back after contemplating it for a couple weeks, luckily it was still waiting for me.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

I wore it with cream accessories and cream flats. I made a silly little hat out of a knitted pettit four that a reader gave to me in Portland. (More on that in a separate DIY blog to come.)

As I said, gingham as been around forever. Here's a little retrospective . . .

Before the turn of the century:


Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham
 1840-1845  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Next up, silly DIY hat. I leave you with self much appreciating a lovely cup of tea at Comic Con mid day. Small pleasures make all the difference.
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

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

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired ~ Day Dresses

So, Fashionable Reader, I sacrificed my longed for vintage cream day dress on the alter of a cute retro blush-colored 1920s flapper dress instead. Still, I could not resist the sway of the day dress and turned my attention to patterns.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

With ComicCon coming up, I felt I was justified in investing in one for such an august occasion. After all, what's a girl to wear to stand out at ComicCon but adorable vintage dresses? ( I watched the new Morgan Spurlock documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, it is fantastic, and insightful, and preparatory!) Something cool that packed well, with a nice full skirt.

I was shopping on Haight Street (where I found the blush dress) and I happened upon this newly opened shop: Relic Vintage. Sweetheart of an owner, knows his stock extremely well. We got to talking, I told him my Rack Woes, and he suggested this dress:

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

So cute! A light packable rayon, little sleeves, full skirt, matched belt and even better . . .

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

Comes with a jacket! You know how I feel about matched dress suits. I love them. I love them son. This one fit me beautifully so it came along home.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses
1950s Day Dress Relic Vintage $75

It cost a little more than I like to spend on a dress but it ticked so many boxes . . . of course, had I known what was to come, I might have passed on it. I haven't had a chance to wear it yet, you'll have to wait for the ComicCon photos, I think. We shall see, I might take it down for the Sunnyvale Library Event.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day DressesGail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses
 1902  Whitaker Auctions; dress made of china

Later that same week, I was visiting a newly opened shop in Alameda, Juniper Tree Vintage Fashion, and what did I find? Another rayon, packable, perfectly fitting 1950s day dress! In shades of cream, brown, and blue. With neck pleating and a bow belt! Sigh. Of course I bought it. I have no will power.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses
Juniper Tree Vintage Fashion 1950s $85

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

Just look at the belt, how cute is that?

This dress reminded me of all those beautiful soft colored flowered tea dresses of yore.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day DressesGail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses
 Norman Norell, 1954  Augusta Auctions; the lovely Charlotte of Tuppence Ha'penny

This one is lined, so it's a little warmer than I'd like, but lining always helps for durability and indicates a higher quality, plus the pack-ability and ease of wearing really sold me on it. It's the kind of dress you can pop on without thinking about it. Great for weddings and picnics and any other daytime occasion. Easy to dance in, too. I liked it so much I wore it for an outing to the Alameda Vintage Fair that very Friday.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

And then, because it was muslin, light as air, and (you guessed it) red, I also picked up this adorable check tennis dress. The label said 1970s, I think it could be a little earlier, late 60s. It's so cute with flats for the beach or a very hot day.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses
1970s Red Check Jumper from Juniper Tree Vintage Fashion $38

I do love me some check.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day DressesGail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

 Retro shoes; 1942 add

I feel a little like I planned to buy a full skirt and ended up with yes, two full skirts, but also two sort of 1920s cuts. Which normally I avoid. There must be something wrong with me.

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses

Next up, Fashionable Reader,  I'll shall report on the wonderful Alameda Vintage Fair, a blast was had by all. There are silly pictures. And I may have bought something Parasol Protectorate related!

Gail Carriger's Recently Acquired  ~ Day Dresses
*enter obligatory Monty Python god-speak here*

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
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