Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Omaha Outfits at OSFest

 I've returned from Omaha and I'm still recovering. I know it was such a short trip but for some reason it threw me. Nevertheless, here is what I wore.

StyleBook App of the Outfits

Thursday Evening Dinner with the Convention Staff



This is sort of an amended everyday outfit as I didn't bring many options with me. It's a modern Max Studio dress with my favorite Via Spiga peeps, a vintage cream bag with octopus broach, cream belt, parasol scarf, vintage cream gloves, and a vintage cream hat.

Friday Plaid Skirt



BCBG plaid skirt with slight fish tale paired with vintage 1950s cream knit top (pinned at the waist to the skirt to keep from riding or shifting) with nude undershirt, Calvin Klein tan wedge sandals, a vintage cream bag with octopus broach, vintage cream gloves, and a vintage cream hat. Over it I am wearing a late 1940s cream blazer, Ruby Blackbird teapot broach, necklace watch and necklace pen, and amber cluster earrings.

Saturday Blue Day Dress Suit


I know, silly expression

This is the daytime version of this outfit, I forgot to take a picture of the evening one. I wore the cream blazer over the top. I pretty much lived in that blazer because the AC was on to high and I was cold the whole time. I bought this vintage 1950s day dress originally for Comic Con. It's paired with the usual cream accessories. The shoes are BP basics from Nordstrom. The necklace is a vintage piece given to me as a gift when I was a very young girl. The headband is from Ross.

with Gena Fisher (from FB)

Sunday I wore the red check jumper from Comic Con, I forgot to take pictures as it was a rather hectic day. I'm hoping some pop up on the interwebs, although I did have the cream jacket on the whole time. Again. Lesson learned? Always bring the red silk under-blouse for the jumper, just in case the AC is on high. 

One of my favorite steampunk outfits at the convention.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Goodbye My Pretties ~ 7 Closet Losses

Since the Rack has grown, again (it never stops) I have had to get rid of some of my favorite dresses and a few other items. Many of these were at the limit to start with, so I shouldn't have purchased them in the first place, but still it makes me sad to see them go.

My loss, however, is your gain. If you'd like, you can purchase the following over on ebay. They all have a top of about size 8 or so and a bottom of size 4-6. Shoes are size 7.5.

United Colors of Benetton Brown Houndstooth Blazer M


This Italian made blazer is classic cut 100% New Wool fully lined probably a size 6 or 8. Base color is khaki-tan with rust brown check, lining is a dark mushroom. It's beautifully made and very warm. Front closes with three brown buttons at good spacing and stance for the busty lady, fully functional pockets: two small patch pockets high, and flap-top normal pockets low with matched buttons. Full length sleeves boast three matched buttons at each wrist as well. Slender classic collar. The jacket is in wonderful condition partly because the fabric is so strong. Jacket has no size label but I'm a busty 6 to 8 and it fits me perfectly.

No photos of me in it, because I rarely wore it. That's why I'm not keeping it. But here are some fun ways I would have styled tweed for everyday and and post on houndstooth.

Vintage 50s Green Blue Flowered Pencil Dress S/M



This small/medium sized stylish 1950's cream colored pencil dress with petal collar and short (about 1/2) sleeves has pretty blue flowers and green leaves all over it. The amazing, rare, petal collar has a tiny blue bow at the center. There is blue piping at the waist. Strong metal zipper up the back. Fits beautifully as fabric has a tiny bit of stretch to it, particularly the top, the skirt section is lined so less forgiving. Most likely to fit a dress size 6, hourglass shape, slightly top heavy. Skirt section is smaller than top.

 Wearing this dress in France.

I talk about styling this dress two ways in this blog post on my French trip.

Vintage 50s Salmon Pencil Dress Unique Neckline S/M




This small/medium sized stylish 1950's dupioni salmon (dark peach) colored pencil dress is perfectly cut with a very unique neckline and short sleeves. The neck is like a reverse sweetheart, giving great modest coverage to the busty lady. There are small catch pleats at the waist. Strong metal zipper up the back. Fits beautifully, the skirt section is lined, but lining has been cut with pinking sheers above the hem. Dress has no label and could be home made. Most likely to fit a dress size 6, hourglass shape.


I wore this dress for my Heartless launch party in San Francisco.


 Retro and modern takes on peach.

Vintage 50s Black Pencil Dress Unique Neckline S/M



This small/medium sized stylish 1950's brushed dupioni black pencil dress is perfectly cut with a very unique neckline and short (almost cap) sleeves. The neck is a V, with a double layer color and in slash front, also giving great modest coverage to the busty lady. There are slight pleats at the waist, and the design of the front panel is very forgiving over the stomach area. Dress fastens with eight buttons up the front, close enough together not to gap over the bust, and a safety snap. Fits beautifully, fabric is relatively strong, back is lined, has waist tape and internal hip tabs (which gives it the early 50s feel).

No photos of me in it, because I rarely wore it. That's why I'm not keeping it. Even though it's my only black pencil dress I simply find myself reaching for a black pencil skirt instead.

Vintage 50s Green Blue Pencil Dress Sz S/M



This small/medium sized stylish 1950's linen pencil dress is simply cut with a unique bold green & blue leaf print and short sleeves. The neck is relatively high and there is piping detail at the waist. The dress is in wonderful condition partly because the fabric is so strong, almost duck cloth weight. There are slight pleats at the waist. Fit is tight and almost a wiggle dress, skirt is fully lined. This dress is selling for $50 because I love it so much, I'll just keep it if it doesn't meet the minimum.


I wore this dress to ALA in New Orleans where I had the honor of giving a speech on my love of Terry Pratchett. Good memories. Much as I love it, I find myself reaching for my green day dress instead.


Two Pairs of Shoes




Worn twice these Chelsea Crew NIRVANA Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals in Emerald Green are just too small for me. Size 38. I love green shoes so much but these ones simply don't work for my foot.

From a 1940s add. So similar!



Worn twice these Alfani Cream Peep-toe Heels with Bow Detail size 7.5 are also too small for me. I dithered over buying them and shouldn't have, in the end, because I was never able to break them to fit well. I'll be smarter next time.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Then & Now ~ Bow Print

Then


1888 Evening Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Now



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Monday, July 22, 2013

Then & Now ~ Lounging Pajamas

Then

Lounging Pajamas  Claire McCardell, 1938  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

Golden Globes Afterparty ~ Lana Del Rey

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Queen's Parasol

A Queen's Parasol


1897 Diamond Jubilee
Diamond jubilee footage from 1897 Queen Victoria with a parasol during her diamond jubilee carriage procession.

Victoria's 1897 Diamond Jubilee

Queen Vic in her carriage

Another photo
Carriage parasol

A younger Queen Victoria in the garden.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Windsor
1870-1880  The Victoria & Albert Museum
And another queen...

Queen Elizabeth II 1976

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Then & Now ~ Peacock Dresses

Then

Weeks, 1910  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Now

Torn by Ronny Kobo floral jacquard intermixonline.com

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Then & Now ~ Pale Blue Undergarments

Then

1880s  The Kyoto Costume Institute

 Now

Pale Blue Silk & Lace Bra – Topshop (no longer available)

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Bonnet De Douche & Other French Wonders

From out and about France, here are a few catch all fashion photos of things that I found amusingly stylish, lust-worthy, historically interesting, or just fun. Sometimes all at once.

Bonnet de Douche = best name EVER!
Anaig's Lovely Oxfords

Cute Jacket in St. Malo

Bra that could come in my size, in Strasbourg

Cameo necklaces in the window of a high end fashion shop

$1500 pencil skirt I coveted and did not buy.

Window display of ladies standing among the tea.
Iconic Chanel suits

Amazing Dior suit

Field of epaulets at the Army Museum

Shoes with sparkle

Gaiters!


Victory dress after WWII

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