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Gail Carriegr Wears a Dark Garden Alyscia Corset with Pencil Skirt and Patchwork Boots for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose


This is probubly the outfit I got the most complements on in person. The internet liked the polka dot one the best.

It works best in person, I think.

Gail Carriegr Wears a Dark Garden Alyscia Corset with Pencil Skirt and Patchwork Boots for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose

Outfit Breakdown


Gail Carriegr Wears a Dark Garden Alyscia Corset with Pencil Skirt and Patchwork Boots for WorldCon 2018 in San Jose

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Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017


Perhaps I'm being inspired by Wonder Woman, I don't know for certain but I wore this outfit the last day of the convention.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

I call this my circus corset, because it feels like I ought to be ring mistress in it. It's from Dark Garden (like all my others) and was a customized fabric Christmas special based on their corselette style. I wear it all the time. It's probably my most used steampunk corset because it travels so well and is so very comfortable.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Outfit Details:

* I'm wearing the Circus over a little white chiffon dress I picked up at Ross when I was going through a summer is hot Greek phase (similar $19).
* Wine velvet caplet meets shrug with flutter sleeves bought on sale from a fancy shop in some resort town over a decade ago (similar $40)
* Octopus on burgundy lace necklace & earring set made fro me by a fan (similar in black $11)
* Crochet octopus hair bob I got in Alaska last month, find similar here.
* Soft brand gold sandals with big flower, much beloved, no longer available

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

Sorry I got these shoes years ago and haven't seen ones like it or even similar. Also I really want a hair thing that's like that gold leather flower.

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair 2017

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.

All About Trumpet (AKA Mermaid Meets Pencil) Skirts with Gail Carriger


So I have been into the trumpet/mermaid skirt recently, Fashionable Reader. Why? Because I liked the red outfit I wore at Gaslight Gathering so much. I figured it might behoove me to have more of this style skirt for away steampunk conventions. They go well with corsets and pack small.

Let the shopping trials commence.

Before we start, FYI: I'm a size 6.

First up, here is the one I have:

All About Trumpet (AKA Mermaid Meets Pencil) Skirts with Gail Carriger

This one is listed as: The Power Broker- 30s Vintage Style Retro Double Button Skirt - USA Stock! in Small/Red and it is $30. The material is stretchy and relatively thick, I really love it. The buttons are sewn on well, there is a little black lace round the bottom and a back zipper. It also comes in black.

All About Trumpet (AKA Mermaid Meets Pencil) Skirts with Gail Carriger

Because it would work with my accessorizes I went ahead and ordered (what I thought was) the same skirt in teal. However, this one is listed as VfEmage Women's Elegant High Waist Party Work Mermaid Bodycon Pencil Midi Skirt 120 BLU S 4/6 (size no longer available) for $24. Now this is listed as blue, it is absolutely teal. The Small 4/6 was way too small for me. Also the material was a great deal thinner (which gives nice movement), the zipper didn't go down as far, and the buttons not as well sewn on as my red version. Despite all of this I would have ordered the next size up but it's not offered.

Returned it.

All About Trumpet (AKA Mermaid Meets Pencil) Skirts with Gail Carriger

I ordered the Partiss Women's Vintage High Waist Wear to Work Bodycon Mermaid Pencil Skirt $28 in Medium instead. It's a Chinese manufacture which means I can't make returns (it says you can but it's usually too expensive) so it's a risk, particularly on color. But the same skirt comes in white, and so if it works I have more future options. So I decided to take the risk.

It arrived in reasonable time. It's more blue than pictured, on the turquoise end of teal. The fabric is a soft cotton blend, slightly ribbed body-con. It's a tiny bit loose on me, but because of the fabric (which shows all sins) I don't mind that, although not sure how it will work with a corset. It's not nearly so flow-y as pictured above, looking a bit more like the skirt below with obvious hem seam. It's mid-calf (a bit longer then I like). It'll work for now, but it isn't nice enough for me to buy the white version.

I don't think it's worth the $28 price tag.

All About Trumpet (AKA Mermaid Meets Pencil) Skirts with Gail Carriger

Next I ordered this Women's Vintage High Waist Wear to Work Skirts Wine Small $17. It's fine, fits well and very plain. I wanted something without black trim/buttons so I could wear it with my fancy corset. Unfortunately, it's better for the Spoon corset than the Fancy, which to say the color is more burgundy than raspberry (on the brown end rather than the pink end of the wine spectrum). It'll do for now and I'll keep an eye open for a pinker more special option going forward as I thrift hunt.

All About Trumpet (AKA Mermaid Meets Pencil) Skirts with Gail Carriger


So there it is: one highly recommended, one difficult to deal with and lukewarm, and one recommended with reservations. 

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.

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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