Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fashion Listicals


Because I have so much to do, of course, I decided it's vitally important that I make listicals on Amazon instead. I don't understand either, Fashionable Reader. I blame jet lag.

Anyway, there are a ton of book related lists, and then these three fashion-related ones:

Travel Dork
My Steampunk
My Wardrobe

The last is the one that may interest you the most. Now, if there is something in particular you would like to see on these lists, please do let me know? Unfortunately, clothing is not like books in that these things go out of stock much quicker and easier, but I will try to keep an eye on them.

In non list related life, here is:

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

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lust Objects Black & Gold

Just a few things I've run across and loved recently.

2014 Cléopatra by Huit
Like it would ever fit me, but a girl can dream.

2014 Kate Spade Lana heels at katespade.com
 I actually like pointy shoes, I just struggle to find ones that are comfortable.

2014 Tom Ford Grid Choker at tomford.com

Alice + Olivia Bain pleated long coat at shopbop.com; Red Valentino flared wool-blend felt coat at theOutnet.com (I actually have one like this)

By the Beauty of the Candle by PeteAndVeronicas

Bec & Bridge Vagabond leather skirt at shopbop.com; Reed Krakoff asymmetric leather skirt (OH HOW MUCH DO I WANT THIS!)

Paula Mendoza Hera gold-plated cuff

Diane von Furstenberg Rail quilt gloves at shopbop.com

"Never be seen in the street without gloves; and never let your gloves be of any material that is not kid or calf. Worsted of cotton gloves are unutterably vulgar."
~ Routledge's Etiquette for Gentlemen (c. 1850)

Inspiration from the past...


1950s via amo-vintage tumblr

Recently acquired because of this mood...


Vintage 1950s black beaded cardy


Modern draped blazer

Black crochet net gloves $20

Although I just found these other ones I think are equally pretty and only $10.

Replacement necklace watch

This is to replace my bigger one that broke. It's smaller than I thought, and the catch is a bit sticky. Plus it seems to be out of stock so I won't link to it.

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

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Steampunk Inspiration


I am off to the Steampunk World's Fair soon in New Jersey, so I thought this would be an apt time to give you some steampunk inspiration.

1790 Riding Habit   The Victoria & Albert Museum

1890 Jacket  Redfern, late 19th century-early 20th century  The Goldstein Museum of Design

1900  Walking Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1902-1904  Dress  Bon Marché, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1908  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1910  Reception Dress  Callot Soeurs, The Philadelphia Museum of Art

1914  Evening Dress  Callot Soeurs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1933 Golf Suit  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1940s  Suit  Lanvin  The Kyoto Costume Institute

1988  Vivienne Westwood  The Victoria & Albert Museum; Autumn_Winter 2007-2008  Vivienne Westwood  IMA

2014 Alexander McQueen cutout wool coat at net-a-porter.com; 2014 Auden Lennox fringe necklace at shopbop.com

2014 Delpozo woven cape-effect cropped jacket at modaoperandi.com

Steampunk in Magazine Marc Jacobs military inspired dress

2014 via steamxlove tumblr Measuring tape ring by Ollipop
Spotted in a magazine on a plane

late 19th century  Belt   The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2014 Spotted in a magazine on a plane

Photographed by Stephen Meisel for Vogue 2009
For both your parasol and bumbershoot needs

Parasol case for iPhone

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

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

TV and the Rack ~ 5 Fashion Tips via Joan from Madmen


Here are some tricks, Fashionable Reader, that the costumer for Madmen is teaching us about how to dress for the Rack...

1. 3/4 Length Sleeves

 I've made no secret of my love for this sleeve length. It's not always practical because of warmth, and it can make it hard to layer, but with a larger bust it is very flattering. The extra fabric in the sleeve draws attention away from all that extra fabric needed in the torso. Also, the slenderest part of most figures is the lower arm ~ show it off, I always say.



2. Leave the neck long and bare. 



I don't often do events without a necklace, but looking at all the images in this post, I'm thinking I should opt for fancy earrings more often in the future.

3. If you must wear jewelry for day, go for a very simple long necklace and a matched brooch.




For some reason, despite the fact that I have them, I rarely remember to wear a broach although I do usually have my pen necklace on.

4. Embellish that neckline


Embellished necklines draw attention upwards to the face and away from the rack. Many of my dresses have embellished necklines for this exact reason. 




5. Choose your neckline wisely


In the interest of foundation garments, you'll note that most of these dresses have a full coverage Rack, and then lean in favor of a particular set of necklines.

A. The V Neckline



B. The Scoop Neckline



C. The Square & Rounded Square



D. The Boat





 E. Notched





So there you have it, Fashionable Reader, a few things to look out for when next shopping for the Rack.

Elsewhere on the Interwebs

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