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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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Gail Carriger Wears Silver Sparkle 1950s Cocktail Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


This is one of my very favorite dresses, Gentle Reader, and a marker of why I love real vintage so much. The details and the design.

Gail Carriger Wears Silver Sparkle 1950s Cocktail Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

I love a sparkle cocktail dress. Just love it. I can't remember what vintage shop I bought this from, but is sure is a winner. It is a bit low in the front, even after reduction, so that's why I have the silver flower pin at the decolletage.

Outfit Details!


Silver Turban: $7
Vintage 1950s cocktail dress: Vintage shop
Silver flat sandals: Aerosoles, no longer available, similar
Stacked fake pearl necklace, similar $10
My new bright pink lippy.
(I don't like with the silver. I'm going back to the wine.)
Teapot purse: $69+ etsy
Platform sandals, by Sofft, no longer available.

Gail Carriger Wears Silver Sparkle 1950s Cocktail Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Teapot purse was a grand discovery! There are other colors!

Gail Carriger Wears Silver Sparkle 1950s Cocktail Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

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Gail Carriegr Wears a Grey Ruffled 1930s Evening Dress at Phoenix 2018


Most of the evening dresses I brought with me to Phoenix did not require proper foundation garments (although they look better with corsetry, of course, everything does).  Turns out I likely would have been OK, as inside the convention center in Phoenix it wasn't really hot at all.

Gail Carriegr Wears a Grey Ruffled 1930s Evening Dress at Phoenix 2018

I wore this in the evening so the photos are kinda dark. I've wore this dress before but this is the first time with the silver belt and I REALLY like it so much better with the belt.

Gail Carriegr Wears a Grey Ruffled 1930s Evening Dress at Phoenix 2018Gail Carriegr Wears a Grey Ruffled 1930s Evening Dress at Phoenix 2018

Somehow it looks more ruffly and vintage with the belt. (Yes they did wear belts like this at the time, and no this dress isn't vintage.)

Outfit Details!

Gail Carriegr Wears a Grey Ruffled 1930s Evening Dress at Phoenix 2018

Silver Turban: $7 (I love both the metallic and the waffle style from these people)
Silver shrug: Consignment shop, similar $16
Silver Belt: elastic, comes with a gold version for $12
Grey/gray not-vintage 1930s ruffle gown: Consignment shop
Silver flat sandals: Aerosoles, no longer available, similar
Jewelry (likely going to give this set away to the Chirrup soon, the earring are too long for me).

Gail Carriegr Wears a Grey Ruffled 1930s Evening Dress at Phoenix 2018

I'm wearing my new bright pink lippy with this dress and I don't like with the grey. I'm going back to the wine for this pallet.

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Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


You've seen this dress before, Fashionable Reader, and you'll see it again as I am a fan of this dress. Here I am wearing it at its most summery.

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

I'm carrying one of my new parasols, this one is folding cream and gold, and a straw bag with flat comfy silver sandals. I paired it with mostly silver accessories.

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Getting windy with it!

This dress has lost the elastic at the waist so it needs a wide belt, I borrowed this one from the 1950's evening dress I would wear a few days later. It isn't my favorite belt for this dress, I prefer the corset with it (but as I said in a prior post, I purposefully didn't bring any corsets because I thought it would be too hot in Phoenix).

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Those gloves found at (I bought them) and the photo taken by Starshine Salon.

Outfit Details!

Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress at Phoenix Comic Con 2018

Silver Turban: $7 (I love both the metallic and the waffle style from this vender)
Silver Belt: vintage from a different dress, similar $30
Bright pink maxi dress, BCBG years ago.
Mesh gloves: $16
Cat Eye Sun Glasses: $10
Silver flat sandals: Aerosoles, no longer available, similar
PARASOL! (many colors) $36
My matched new bright pink lippy.


Gail Carriegr Wears a Bright Pink 1930s Maxi Dress 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 in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC


For Friday evening of SDCC I wore one of my more comfortable dresses - a late 20s style flapper number.

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC

Because it's not fitted and I'm a curvy lady, this isn't the most flattering of gowns, but it sure is comfy. There isn't much like it out there to recommend you buy (if you see something like this and it fits, my advice is to snap it up, always elegant and timeless.) However, there are a whole lot of fun 20s style dresses lurking about Amazon these days, here are some options. If I were in the market for a new cocktail dress I'd go for one of these.

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC

Outfit details

Gail Carriger in Retro 1930s Silver Flapper Cocktail Gown at SDCC

Next up... more from SDCC!

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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 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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