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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

So, in case you hadn't guessed, Fashionable Reader, I enjoy standing out visually, but in a classy way, or course. Or as classy as I can possibly manage.  *insert snorting noise here*

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

Under circumstances such as San Diego Comic Con standing out is a challenge. There are amazing cospay ladies everywhere, from comic book characters to steampunk to cross overs between the two. There are also lost of shorts and logo t-shirts, wings and hats, and robotic attachments.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

So what did I decide to do in order to be unique? Well, frankly, just dress the way I normally do. With the exception of Saturday day, when I wore a cool adaptation of my old favorite spoon steampunk outfit, I mostly just chose nice bright ladylike dresses.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

I've been hunting down, expanding, and investing in some day dresses in light packable fabrics. And a good thing too, day dresses look much better with flats and we've already discussed that crisis. On Thursday I wore my new blue and cream dress, paired with cream accessories.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

I wore it with the matched jacket, day hat and low key pearls for daytime.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

And switched the jacket out for an evening muff, the hat for a flowered hairband, the purse for a clutch, and the daytime pearls for an evening set for that night.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

I love blue & cream (or blue & white) together. It's an elegant color combination and I just don't have enough of it in my wardrobe. I always think of Wedgwood china and the like when I see it, which reminds me of tea, which is no bad thing.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

This outfit packs beautifully. As ever, here are some other takes on this classic combo for your perusal, fashionable reader. Let us start with some great retro options.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & WhiteGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
 Dita-von-teese-westwood-louboutin; Dior 2011

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & WhiteGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
 Monique-Lhuillier; Louise-Roe-Rebecca-Taylor

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
 stella_mccartney_resort

Here are links to a few up for purchase.
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & WhiteGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
With a peplum and belt, so cute.


How about a few accessories?

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
Cornelia James blue leather driving gloves at corneliajames.com

For a modern take on this look I really love adding a touch of red. It remains ladylike but has a bit of an edge. Black tights can also work well, or simply choosing a dress that is a little more modern.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White


How about something for the characters to wear?


For Lord Akeldama . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
1740 Waistcoat The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

For Monique in the Finishing School series . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
1860 Wedding dress Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Alexia and Ivy in the Parasol Protectorate series . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White
1870 A blue dress circa from La Mode Illustree

Next up, another day dress at Comic Con! (You know you want one.) Until then I leave you with myself, manga Alexia, and a reader.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day One Blue & White

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

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!

I am sorry for my visual silence, Fashionable Reader. I have been traveling to San Diego Comic Con and internet access was restricted.

However I am back now. First, however, I would like to ask for a moment of silence for the fact that there I was the biggest of big cons and because of my stupid ankle I couldn't were heels, not even for the evening event.

However, it certainly made packing easier! Goodness it's nice not to have to work about pumps. Flats are so much easier to deal with.

I'm prepping lots of blogs both on the events of Comic Con and the clothing. Here's a sneak look at some of my outfits and encounters . . .

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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits Are Coming!

However, right now I'm still recovering, so I hope you will come back to see the madness tomorrow.


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

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1952 Valentina  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Bondage purse. How fun, the bits all move around and can go on the purse or one the wrists. It's like a transformer bag! (The good transformers, the ones from the cartoons.)

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

These tights are very like a pair I used to own, there were gifted to me by a bride afer her wedding. I was 10. It began my life-long love of hosiery.  I adore the dress, I could see it on many different figure types. No certain about the belt but it is lovely.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
Graphic print neutral peep toe pumps? Yes please.
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1920  Christies
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 Infanta  Charles James, 1950  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


Neutral Mary Janes are nice and practical.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Adorable pink blazer. I already have one of a different cut but I love the retro color wit the slightly modern cut.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I have a passion for clutches, although I rarely use the ones I have and they aren't practical because the occupy a hand.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 By We Love Yan's Cakes
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I love love love this printed dress, although the cut isn't great over a Rack. And the grey peplum jacket with the military detailing works multiple duty for everyday, event, and steampunk.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

1950s faux book bag.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

This season's retro look.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Fantastic cherry blossom nail art. I've never had or done nail art on my nails but the more I see it the more appealing I find it.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

 I am on the active hunt for this slip. I have one already like it but it's about to die and it is endlessly useful.
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Cutest most impractical little purse ever!

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I've been hunting for and craving the perfect cream colored suit for a very long time but the blue sure is lovely. Perhaps I shoudl switch loyalties.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Not in my size but so adorable.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Perhaps better in ideal the actuality, this kind of ring gets caught on everything.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 By Melania's Exquisite Cakes
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Such a cute little spare stool, I'd like a whole little collection for company. Except that we rarely have company because out apartment is so tiny.


Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


Too expensive for what it is, but the idea is sound. I'd like something like this for travel, would work for both the computer transport for convention events and for tourist trotting about foriegn climes.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I covet these scissors. How amazingly cool are they?
 

And, something for Prudence.


Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1890  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1906  The Indianapolis Museum of Art


From the Mum's Lady's Tea. 

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


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

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger

What my room looks like moments after arriving. Costume explosion!

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
Gail delighted to meet her own character alive and in person.

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
A close up of the lovely Alexia cosplay.

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
With fans on Friday night. For opening night I chose my fancy iridescent outfit, the one with the tea died blouse.

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
I also me a very Ivy hat. It reminded me very much of the work of Lilly Daché.

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail CarrigerSteampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
Lilly Daché; and Lilly Daché, 1950s  The Dorothea June Grossbart Historic Costume Collection

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
Steampunk parasol!

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
Speaking of parasols, I received this lovely parasol pin gift.
Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
There was also octopus nail art!

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail CarrigerSteampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger


Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
The beautiful Miss World Steam 2012.

Steampunk Fashion From World Steam Expo 2012 with Gail Carriger
And just for fun: girls in mustaches!

Many more blogs to come, I'm running with a back log right now.

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

Gail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro Outfit

Because I was trying to travel light I didn't bring full steampunk to Europe with me. However, I did have two steampunk events so I thought I would kind of jury rig an outfit.

Gail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro OutfitGail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro Outfit

Basically I took my old favorite stretchy red cocktail dress and added lots of details and accessories. For the hair I took a bow hairband and modified it with some steampunk buttons and an octopus and a feather that could add in or be taken out.

Gail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro Outfit

I put a little vintage-inspired lace shrug I bought from Newport News about 8 years ago and some red gloves to handle the cold. For jewelry, I wore an octopus necklace, spy glass necklace, and steampunk earrings. My Dark Garden waist cinch corset with Ruby Blackbird steampunk busk covers made for a wasp waist look.

Gail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro OutfitGail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro OutfitGail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro Outfit

I added my modified belt (made from a pair of cargo shorts) and the Miz Mooz red pumps. The blush colored underskirt is a short one by Free Poeple I bought recently from Nordstrom Rack, I pulled it way down and wore it with stocking suspenders so it came out the bottom properly like a ruffle and gave a 1930s length.

Gail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro Outfit

The rack was definitely on display, but sometimes that's necessary with steampunk.

I wore the same outfit to the steampunk gathering up in Nottingham at Waterstones on Friday night as well.

Gail Carriger in a Steampunk Meets Retro Outfit

I'm not certain how much online time I will have for the next to weeks, so this may be the last entry for a while.

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger

Just got back from Teslacon (have posted the convention report.) Sadly, I did not have a ladies maid so I had to A. get into my own corsets and B. take my own photos. This means the corsets were no where near as tight as they should be and I forgot to take pictures of myself. Hopefully some of the shots others took at me from the event will show up.

On Friday I wore my spoon corset outfit.

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger

On Saturday I wore the autumn outfit.

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger

I changed for the ball that night into the fancy outfit I had originally brought for Sunday, but ended up mostly at the bar so no one got a photo of me. Sunday morning I had to wear a cobbled together outfit, because I needed to change quickly for my flight home.

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger

And here are some shots (with analysis) I took at the fashion show.

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
Steampunk Doctor Who #5! I was a particular fan of the color pallet. I love how she cross dressed the character, made a sweater cover for her corset, and put her own twist on everything. (Plus, Peter Davidson is MY Doctor.)
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
The obligatory Firefly representation. I'd love to see this idea taken fully into steampunk, perhaps by changing the skirt shape and adding a whole load of gadgets.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
Votes for Women! Votes for more gadgets!
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
This was our winner of the contest!

Now for the fashion show.

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
We both have photos in the steampunk bible.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
Almost steampunk, I'd use a different color for the top, add a hat, a cargo belt of some kind, and some major arm bangles.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
I do love this one, the cutaway jacket. But again, more accessories and gadgets please.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
Cute, how about a cargo belt?
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
Adore the librarian take, this is the kind of look I tend to go for.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
I understand he's also a total sweetheart.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
This is lovely, very steampunk, some arm decoration and a hat and she's a complete outfit.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
Little House on the Airship?
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger

Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
Possibly my favorite of the show. So Alexia.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
And an interesting new use of your Rococo paniers.
Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger Steampunk Fashion from Teslacon 2011 with Gail Carriger
This one was also in the show. I don't really think its steampunk at all, but it was so amazingly beautiful! Very late 1930s. Stunning. Impossible for a lady with a rack to wear (being backless and satin) but had I different body that little beauty would have been MINE.
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