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Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in Texas


For the first two stops of my Imprudence Book tour I wore my new red trumpet skirt. I know, the same skirt, 2x in a row! But you see, Fashionable Reader, 10 stops in 10 days, carry-on only, will limit even my choices of outfit, especially with the impossible heat.

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in Texas
Sorry I didn't note the source, but I think it was on Instagram.

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in Texas
with Valerie & Shannon (via Valerie on FB)

For both Texas events I wore my new red Power Broker- 30s Vintage Style Retro Double Button Skirt $30 (also comes in black). I own the size small (and I run size 4-6 on my lower half). It fits beautifully. This was its first major outing and it was GREAT. It travels like a dream, hardly any wrinkles (taking it into the steamy bathroom while I showered dealt with those). It also washed well out the other side (cold water delicate and a line dry and it looked as good as new).

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in Texas

For both events I paired it with a tiny red bow headband (modern, dying, can't find a good replacement but I'm thinking of something like this), red beaded necklace set (one is vintage the other modern, similar single strand $13, similar earrings $8, similar set $24), 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).

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in Texas

In Houston I paired it with a stretch velvet 1940s style sleeveless top. This was originally a dress from Ross but I cannibalized it into a blouse and I wear it all the time. I adore it. It looks better in person.

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in Texas

In Austin I wore the red skirt with my cherry top. I got this one overseas, I want to say Germany or France, although I think it's a UK brand. Paid too much for it but I've certainly got my money's worth. Here's something in the same pattern if not cut, $34.

Gail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in TexasGail Carriger's Imprudence Tour Outfit ~ Red Trumpet Skirt in Texas
 via Elizabeth on Facebook (thank you!)


More tour outfits to come!

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 Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard


My dear fashionable reader here is what I wore to the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley California over the weekend.

Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard

Gold eShakti cocktail dress with custom modifications. (I added short sleeves and a wide V neckline.) I love the deep gores on the skirt and the sash belt. This is an old gold color (better on my skin then true gold or white gold) and it has a kind of peacock pattern with threads of black, blue, and pink throughout. I adore it. It looks great with a wide range of accessories. It's the only eShakti dress I've bought since the Rack Reduction, and it isn't a perfect fit, but I do adore it.

Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard
Alex White, author friend and date, dressed to match.

I paired it with a dark tan AM CLOTHES Flower and Feather Hair Clip Fascinator $15. They have a number of different styles and colors. I have a couple of them and they pack nicely flat so I love them. Good for day or evening. I added steampunk earrings (gift from a fan, similar $20), gold gloves (similar $5), and robin's egg blue 1940s style platform sandals from Miz Mooz (discontinued, similar $36).


Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard
Photo by Jacqueline Yau (@jyauzer)

My daytime look for Sunday's panel was this eShakti black poof skirt (discontinued, similar $35), and a long ago purchased red top from H&M. I paired it with Guess black wedge sandals with leopard heels (similar $27), vintage leopard bucked bag (similar $35) and a leopard skinny belt (similar $9).

Gail Carriger's Bay Area Book Festival Outfits ~ Gold Dress meets Red, Black, and Leopard

On top I am wearing leopard gloves (similar $15), a vintage leopard pillbox hat, and steampunk earrings (similar $17).

Any questions I haven't answered about my outfits? Ask them in the comments!

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 2012 Outfits In Review

<-------- Vote for your favorite.

Looking back on 2012, Fashionable Reader, I feel like I ought to be a rainbow of colors, like the Queen.


I found, however, that I tend to lean towards neutrals and reds, particularly when traveling. One of my goals for next year, thus, is to broaden my scope into a wider range of color. Wish me luck?

And now, a look back at the many shades of Gail in 2012.

1. Passion & Prose in LA

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This red and black flowered outfit is fun, but the over jacket keeps ripping ~ the fabric is very fragile so I find myself reluctant to wear it regularly as a result. The under dress, on the other hand is a great cotton sheath and very useful. I wore it again later in 2012 in Barcelona.

2. Goodbye Parasol Protectorate Tea


 Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In ReviewGail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

I love the 1930s but it isn't the best time period for my figure. This dress doesn't quite fit the Rack and isn't all that flattering. I kind of adore it anyway. It also doesn't travel well, so you're unlikely to see me in it outside of the Bay Area. All that said, it does match the cover of Etiquette & Espionage so you may see me in it again soon at a launch party or whatnot this February.

3. Timeless Book Tour


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 Portland, San Diego

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
 Houston

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
Austin

It was on this trip I decided I'd finally figured out how to pack. I still need a few more items to make my travel skillz complete (the illusive light weight jersey short robe, better hat transport mechanisms, etc.) The green dress I wore in Portland got trotted out for two other events later this year (Comic Con & NCIBA), although it met a sad end (more later). The forset green dress I wore in San Diego is too warm to don often, but it travels great and shows no sign of damage which makes it one of my most reliable vintage pieces. The cream and grey stripe I had on in Houston is a relatively new acquisition but a pain. It's back in the repair pile for the 3rd time! I just can't make the front stay closed over the Rack, I might have to put ties in, or relegate it to consignment. The navy and white polka dot is another great workhorse, like the forest green it's warm but travels beautifully never requires ironing and shows no sign of needing repairs.

4. European Tour


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 Check suit at Easter Con, London; just the dress part at blogger meet up, Budapest

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 Improvised steampunk with red Jessica Wiggle dress, London and Nottingham.

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
 The same dress work with black cardy for bookseller meet up, London.

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
Red and white print suit with cardy over in Stockholm, top then worn over the black dress with flowered top in Budapest, and that same dress with a steampunk jacket in Barcelona.

Since I was traveling to multiple countries in a short space of time I planned multiple use outfits. In order: London, Nottingham, Stockholm, Budapest, and Barcelona. Just FYI I'll never be doing this kind of tour again. I had a great time but that many countries in that space of time is too much crazy, and too much organizing with publishers.

5. Vintage Fair


Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review





For a local vintage fair I wore a new flowered day dress, purchased with Comic Con in mind. My experience touring successfully with the forest green and the navy dot dresses showed me I needed some cute day dresses that were cooler, traveled well, and would go with flats. I love this dress and still consider it a great purchase even though the colors don't really go with anything else in my wardrobe, I just wear it with neutrals.

6. World Steam Expo


Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
 In the Autumn outfit with cover of the omnibus.

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
 In the Fancy outfit with lovely ladies!

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
Signing near end of event.

I trotted out the usual stream of Steampunk outfits. I'm pretty much settled on these now. I have essentially 4 that rotate through steampunk events: the Spoons (burgundy & black), the Autumn (cream & rust), the Fancy (raspberry & silver), and Changeless Cover (teal & black). I'd like to finish one more, a black & grey number, but it's not vital. I also have a highly valued brown velvet & cream brocade natural form gown that only makes appearances at local events because it really doesn't travel well (look out for it at Nova Albion next year). They all have parasols to go with! I'm learning different ways to wear my four standards, depending on the weather. For example I did a modified Spoons for Comic Con because of the heat.

7. Sunnyvale Library


Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

For Sunnyvale I did a quick look in at the Library wearing the black and white skirt my mum made for me for my original BEA trip for Soulless in 2009. There I met up with a young lady who cosplays the cover of the manga, looking fabulous!

8. Comic Con


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 Comic Con day one & night one

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 Comic Con day two & night two

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 Comic Con day three & night three

Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review
Comic Con day four

Comic Con was mainly a battle with heat and shoes. I feel as if I won for I emerged with neither blisters nor heat stroke. The tilt parasol made it's first public appearance along side the modified Spoons steampunk look. The two day dresses worked out well. The green and black cocktail had it's second showing of 2012  and my royal blue JC Penny workhorse put in an appearance. However, I think my favorite outfit of the con might be the red check. So easy to wear. Such a silly hat.

9. Tea in Hayward


Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

This is a nice light-weight dress I actually intended to wear to Comic Con but since it's a pencil and looks better with heals I ended up rejecting it in favor of a day dress with a full skirt. I was glad to have it to wear to an impromptu tea party instead.

10. NCIBA


Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

Book events are, as a rule, a little stuffy. I decided to spruce this one up by going all out glam, also with the intent of hijacking Ken Scholes from his SF in SF event for drinks later. Always don a cocktail dress for hijackings. Sadly, the dress did not survive me trying to get out of it at the end of the evening. The zipper got stuck on the slip underneath and broke. It's with my mum for repairs (she's better at zippers) and the slip is in my mending pile with the head of the zipper still attached to the lace. Sigh.

11. Nimrod


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For Nimrod in Tulsa I wore my black flippy dress three ways. (Two shown.) I love the dress although it is very basic and a little delicate for travel. My new cashmere beaded cardy made it's debut and knocked the cream blazer out of the water. Despite the fact that if fills a niche, I decided I hate that blazer. It's not vintage, the fabric is stiff and it isn't flattering. So it's going the way of the dodo and any outfit that can't take the cashmere cardy will have to cope with the cream cape instead. Blazer be gone!

12. Sword & Laser


Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

For Sword & Laser I began, what I suspect will be, a life long love affair with leopard accessories. I wore the red dress that first appeared at BEA in 2009 when Soulless launched (after all this interview was right around Soulless's third birthday). This dress is a little on the orange side of red but it fits so beautifully and I love the way the back collar sits so high. It's unlikely to ever go away despite being made of that bridesmaid's taffeta that is a constant worry so far as wrinkles are concerned. After this event I went out and got a leopard belt to complete the outfit.

13. Las Vegas


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Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

What better place to get my leopard on than Las Vegas? And to answer your question, yes I am on the look out for leopard flats. They are everywhere but so far none I really like that are comfortable enough and light enough to fit my needs.

14. Borderlands


Gail Carriger 2012 Outfits In Review

I ended the year surrounded by books in on of my favorite places on earth, Borderlands in San Francisco. It was raining and I wore purple and black with cream accents. (The closer the holidays get, the less likely I am to wear read or green, mostly because everyone else is and I'm contrary like that.)

And there you have it, Fashionable Reader, event outfits in review!

I've put a poll up for you to vote on your favorites. I'm always interested in what you thought of the choices, which ones you liked, whether you felt they worked or not.

Also, I want to know what you wore this last year. Anything new you particularly loved? An outfit you remember fondly? Let me know. And I hope you all have a very fashionable New Year!


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

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.

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 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.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

So, Fashionable Reader, I am procrastinating terribly and have decided to post one of my occasional book outfit posts. Today, we will take a look at Changeless.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book the Second of the Parasol Protectorate is all greys and black and teal. I've two outfits influenced by this book and formal one, as you see above and the flowing, which is more casual.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

I love Alexia's dress on this cover, it's probably my favorite. In fact, I had it made up for me from Clockwork Couture.

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Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail CarrigerBook Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

 One of the things I really love about the Changeless cover is the range of teal to turquoise in both the dress and an script background slashes.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Here are some Retro Rack friendly images I've collected inspired by this cover, starting with some fun vintage pieces.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1912 Tunic dress Museum Purchase

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 1930s Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1932  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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 1940 nov; 1953 Norman Norell  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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 1960 Hubert de Givenchy  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1961 Roger Vivier for Dior,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here we have some retro images.

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Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

And here are a few modern takes on this color pallet.

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Some interior design inspiration from this color pallet.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Something for Sophronia to wear in the Finishing School Series

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for young Prudence to wear, in between the Parasol Protectorate and the Parasol Protectorate abroad books.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1885 Girl’s Dress  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

And I will leave you with . . . cake!

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

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