Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scary Indeed! Sins Against the Rack

Aside from crocks + socks and VPL, there is little in life I find more frightening than a mistreated Rack. Therefore, in honor of Halloween I present to you, Fashionable Reader, my most recent collection of Offenses Against the Well Endowed.

Take That Plunge

 In my experience, the Rack doesn't look like that, so I'm suggesting man made.

 Good plunge . . . bad plunge

 Good plunge . . . bad plunge

 Oh my goodness, not that plunge! (Although Rita's Rack looks real.)

Take That Plunge & Shove It!




Poor Christina.


But look how amazing she is with a good plunging neckline!

Lacey Issues

 Bad lace!

 Good lace!

That's Not Solid

 Perhaps you might consider wearing a bra?

 Nope, not like that either. How about a slip?

Oh, but you still need to put the dress on over it.

Good plan, opt for a material that ISN'T SEE THROUGH!

The Gap

 I love that bag, but just a couple stitches or a safety pin is all she needs.

Just Weird



 And just to show our own time period isn't immune, something from the 1890s. However, so far, no one in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series has such bad taste as to wear this dress. Trust me, the nice stuff from 1895 is already bad enough!

1895  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Tulsa in Black & Cream

Recently in Tulsa, only flying with carry on so I just took one vintage dress with multiple acessories. I went with black and cream because it's the most versatile.


So for the evening reception on the Friday I wore left hand side of the outfit board, and for the day spent teaching on Saturday I wore whats on the right hand side.


This is the little cashmere sweater I was so excited about finding at the last Alameda Vintage Fair. The evening bag is s new addition as well and worked perfectly for the event. The daytime outfit is a little frumpy. I blame the jacket. It's not vintage, I got it on Haight a while ago. It's a stiff waffle fabric and is alittle less fitted than I prefer. It has pockets, which is nice, and I like the single clasp, but I've been idly looking to replace it for a while now. With out the jacket looks a bit better.


All in all I was far more excited by the evening outfit than the day version, but they worked well enough for my needs and the layering was good given the inclement weather. I added my pale pink blanket coat to the mix whenever I was outside.


But the subject of this post is not pink, it's black and cream.


I also got some pretty Steampunk loot from Samantha of Bohemian Romance!


Now, here's some inspiration for you concerning the combination of black and cream. A little softer than black and white, a little more vintage looking. And, of course, cream and its derivatives (ivory, ecru, etc..) are often kinder to the complexion than white (or black, for that matter) so it's always a good idea to put it closest to your face. On the other hand, it can emphasize the Rack considerably, so scarves. Cream scarves are good!


Some great versions of this look.












 1935 Evening Dress  Elsa Schiaparelli  The Museum at FIT; 1930s Bow Dress

1927 Coat  Coco Chanel  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And now for the characters!

Of course, something for Ivy Hisslepenny from the Parasol Protectorate series. (The boxed set just went on sale!)

1875 Bonnet  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And something for Sophronia in the Finishign School series. She's a fan of fans.

1620  The Victoria & Albert Museum

And something for Prudence in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series.

1912-1915 Ensemble   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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